irrigation efficiency

Irrigation Efficiency Project Coming to Alabama

Dan Alabama, USDA-NRCS, Water

It was announced a few weeks ago that Alabama will receive funding for a new project through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Program. The Irrigation Efficiency Project is a new multi-year project that will provide a PL 566 Watershed plan to address irrigation needs in Alabama watersheds that have high potential of irrigation …

supreme court

Supreme Court to Hear Water Battle in January

Dan Florida, Georgia, Water

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Jan. 8 in the long-running legal battle between Florida and Georgia about water in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system. The Supreme Court on Friday scheduled arguments in the case, which centers on Florida’s allegations that Georgia is siphoning too much water from the river system. Florida contends that Georgia’s water use has damaged the …

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Judge Sides with Landowner on Disputed Water Permit

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Water

An administrative law judge Friday backed a decision to issue a water-use permit to a major Marion County landowner, despite arguments by environmental groups about possible harm to Silver Springs and the Silver River. Judge E. Gary Early, in a 67-page decision, recommended that the St. Johns River Water Management District move forward with issuing a consumptive-use permit to Sleepy …

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GAO to Investigate Pruitt NCBA Videos

Dan Cattle, Environment, Water

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) will investigate an appearance by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt in a video by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Pruitt appeared earlier this year in a promotional video against the EPA Waters of the U.S. rule. In the video, Pruitt called for public comments in favor of repealing the rule. The GAO has been …

waterways

America’s Waterways, An Important Part of Ag Infrastructure, Need Repairs

Dan Industry News Release, Water

America’s waterways, including some of the largest rivers in the country, are an underappreciated but highly important part of American agriculture. The nation’s lock-and-dam system was put together to provide a cost-effective means of transporting goods from rural areas to major cities and coastal ports. Lynn Muench is the Senior Vice President of Regional Advocacy at the American Waterways Operators, …

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Scott to Seek More Money for Lake Okeechobee Dike

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Water

Gov. Rick Scott confirmed Monday his budget request for the 2018 legislative session will include $50 million to help speed federal repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee. “These repairs are a priority, and that’s why I’m proposing $50 million in state funding to help expedite the project,” Scott said in a prepared statement. Scott last week announced …

soil moisture

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 …