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Soil Moisture Sensors Help Suwannee Valley Growers Manage Irrigation

Dan Field Crops, Florida, Research, Water

Soil Moisture Sensors (or SMS) are a precision agriculture technology on the rise in North Florida. Using electronic sensors at various depths, moisture readings are taken continuously throughout the day. By using this technology, growers are now able to “see underground” and at a distance through cell phone transmission of data. UF/IFAS Extension, as part of the land grant system, …

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WOTUS Argued Before the Supreme Court

Dan Cattle, Environment, Industry News Release, Livestock, Pork, Water

The pork industry and other ag interests argued before the Supreme Court that now possibly moot lawsuits over the Obama administration Waters of the US. (WOTUS) rule should be handled at the federal district court level, not before an appellate court. The National Pork Producers Council and dozens of other agriculture groups in oral arguments before the high court, say …

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As Lake Okeechobee Levels Rise, So Do Community Concerns

Dan Environment, Industry News Release, Water

It’s only been a few weeks since Hurricane Irma battered our farms and farming communities. EAA farmers have been working overtime to make sure our farms and farming communities south of Lake Okeechobee have the resources they need to get back on their feet. We’ve delivered more than 10,000 meals to local residents in need and our farms have donated thousands …

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USDA Invests in 48 Projects in Local Watersheds

Dan Environment, Industry News Release, USDA-NRCS, Water

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to invest in 48 new, multi-year projects that aim to build vital infrastructure while conserving natural resources in 20 states or territories through the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Program. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) works with local groups to help prevent floods, protect watersheds, improve agricultural water management and enhance wildlife habitat through …

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NMPF Supports Effort to Bring Clarity to EPA’s Waters of the U.S. Regulation

Dan Environment, Industry News Release, Water

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) told the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today that the dairy industry supports a two-step process to roll back the existing Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) regulation and generate a new policy that provides farmers greater certainty in the future. NMPF has supported efforts by the Trump Administration since January to restart the regulatory …

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Deadline for WOTUS Rule Repeal Comments September 27

Dan Industry News Release, Water

Landowners are being reminded the deadline to make comments on the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule repeal effort is Wednesday, September 27. The Environmental Protection Agency, along with the Army Corps of Engineers, will accept comment through that date. The EPA formally proposed to repeal the rule in late June, and the Trump administration plans to separately write a …

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Lake Okeechobee Rise Spurs More Water Releases

Dan Environment, Florida, Water

Water started to be released southwest from Lake Okeechobee on Tuesday morning, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks to stem a post-hurricane rise in the lake’s water level. The Army Corps had resumed flows from the lake east toward the St. Lucie Estuary on Friday but held off on western releases because of flooding from Hurricane Irma that …

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Deadline for WOTUS Repeal Comments Nearing

Taylor Hillman Water

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to remind producers the deadline to submit comments on the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule repeal effort is September 27. The EPA formally proposed to repeal the rule in late June, and the Trump administration plans to separately write a new regulation to replace the rule. Comments on the repeal effort can be …