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House Approves DeSantis’ Call to Hike Environmental Fines

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release, Water

(NSF) — The Florida Legislature is close to approving Gov. Ron DeSantis’ push to boost fines on environmental lawbreakers. The House, with little comment, voted 106-0 on Friday to pass a proposal (HB 1091) that would make numerous changes in the amounts and duration of penalties for violating Florida environmental laws. The Senate put on hold a similar proposal (SB …

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USDA and EPA Announce Continued Commitment to Support Rural Water Systems

Dan Industry News Release, Water

(USDA) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that will help rural water systems face the challenges of aging infrastructure, workforce shortages, increasing costs, limited management capacity and declining rate bases. Through this MOA, USDA and EPA will conduct joint activities to help rural water systems continue …

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Farmers Need to Examine Irrigation Equipment Now

Clint Thompson Irrigation

By Clint Thompson Planting season is just a week or two away for some row crop farmers in the Southeast. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension irrigation and precision agriculture specialist Wes Porter encourages producers to take stock of their irrigation equipment and ensure all the pieces are in working order before crops are planted. “We want to make sure that …

Farmers Need to Examine Irrigation Equipment Now

Clint Thompson Irrigation

By Clint Thompson Planting season is just a week or two away for some row crop farmers in the Southeast. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension irrigation and precision agriculture specialist Wes Porter encourages producers to take stock of their irrigation equipment and ensure all the pieces are in working order before crops are planted. “We want to make sure that …

Florida Land Council Tracking Water Issues in Legislature

Clint Thompson Environment, Irrigation, Water

Week 4 of the Florida Legislative session is underway, as last week both the House and Senate released their proposed budgets for the 2020-2021 fiscal year that starts July 1. The environment and water issues are areas that continue to be topics in all areas of the state and an issue of importance to the Florida Ag Coalition. The Florida …

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Rubio, Scott, Waltz Introduce Bill To Enable More Funding for Florida’s Clean Water Infrastructure

Clint Thompson Water

Washington D.C. — U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Rick Scott (R-FL), and U.S. Representative Michael Waltz (R-FL) introduced S. 3211, the Clean Water Allotment Modernization Act. The legislation would nearly triple Florida’s current Clean Water State Revolving Fund allotment each year and enable the state to finance billions of dollars in new clean water infrastructure over the next decade without …

Alabama Irrigation Questionnaire Due Friday

Clint Thompson Alabama, Irrigation

The Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries (ADAI) wants to remind producers who performed agriculture irrigation upgrades in 2019, the required irrigation questionnaire in order to obtain an income tax credit is due this Friday, Jan. 31. An income tax credit is available for certain costs of irrigation equipment, fuel conversions and reservoirs. Only qualified irrigation systems or reservoirs for …