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Funding to Support Research on Sustainable Water Use

sustainable water research
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $34 million in available funding for projects that promote sustainable water use for food production, processing, and other competing uses. Funding is made through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Read the rest of this entry »

Supreme Court to get More Input in ‘Water War’

From: The News Service of Florida

water war supreme courtFlorida’s “water war” with Georgia is not over. The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that more legal briefs will be filed in the case, including allowing Florida to contest a special master’s report that recommended a ruling in Georgia’s favor. Read the rest of this entry »

Water War Fight

Everett Griner talks about the fight over water not over in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more.

Trumping the Army Corps?

by Lloyd Dunkelberger and Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida

scott money fight zika grimsley army corpsNegron is banking on the owner of a certain waterfront Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach for help with a new reservoir.

Negron said Wednesday he sees no need to change his pursuit of 60,000 acres of farmland in the Everglades Agricultural Area, after Col. Jason Kirk, the Florida commander for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, indicated there were no plans to speed up federally planned work on a water-storage area south of Lake Okeechobee. Read the rest of this entry »

Bondi Holds Out Hope in ‘Water Wars’

by Lloyd Dunkelburger, The News Service of Florida

scott money fight zika grimsleyWith the U.S. Supreme Court expected later this week to review a recommendation that would deny Florida relief in its decades-old water dispute with Georgia, Attorney General Pam Bondi said Tuesday the case is not over yet. Read the rest of this entry »

Alabama Legislators Discuss Water and Irrigation Equipment

irrigation equipment
The Alabama Legislature this past week discussed bills concerning water and irrigation equipment. Alabama Agribusiness Council’s Executive Director Leigha Cauthen has the details. Read the rest of this entry »

Negron Water Plan Picks Up Other Projects

scott money fight zika grimsleyBy Jim Turner
The Florida News Service

A controversial plan to speed construction of a 60,000-acre reservoir on farmland south of Lake Okeechobee — to reduce the risk of more “guacamole-thick” water appearing in Treasure Coast communities — was expanded Wednesday to include water projects in other parts of the state. Read the rest of this entry »

Justices to Consider ‘Water War’ Report

The News Service of Florida

scott money fight zika grimsley water war justicesThe U.S. Supreme Court will take the next step March 17 in Florida’s lawsuit against Georgia over water use in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system. Justices are scheduled that day to discuss in a closed-door conference a report from a court-appointed special master who last month recommended rejecting Florida’s call for limiting Georgia’s water usage in the river system. Read the rest of this entry »

Sticker Shock: Examining the Economic Impacts of Land Acquisition in the EAA

Published with permission of the James Madison Institute


Dr. J. Antonio Villamil

by Dr. J. Antonio Villamil
Founder and Principal of the Washington Economics Group, Inc.

Over the past several years, a policy debate has emerged surrounding the most efficient and effective course of action to address a complex series of challenges regarding the Everglades – its protection, its restoration, and its future. There isn’t a reasonable scientist, economist, or policymaker who would dispute that the issue is complex, complicated, and ultimately involves sensitivities to all stakeholders. Read the rest of this entry »

House Cool to Negron Water Plan

by Jim Turner
The News Service of Florida

water florida rubio Apalachicola bayIt appears doubtful the House will take up, as written, a $2.4 billion proposal by Senate President Joe Negron to buy land south of Lake Okeechobee to ease the impacts of polluted water releases into estuaries on the east and west coasts. Read the rest of this entry »

Senate Panel Backs Money for St. Johns River

From: The News Service of Florida

senate scott money fight zika grimsleyLooking to tap conservation money approved by voters in 2014, a Senate committee Tuesday approved a plan that would earmark $35 million a year for projects related to the St. Johns River or the Keystone Heights lake region in North Florida. The Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee unanimously approved the proposal (SB 234), sponsored by Sen. Rob Bradley, a Fleming Island Republican whose district includes areas along the St. Johns River. “It is central to our way of life as Floridians, and it in many ways defines the keystoneheightsarea_map senatecharacter of the region that I represent and come from, along with our springs,” Bradley said. The bill is similar to a measure last year, known as “Legacy Florida,” that earmarked money for the Everglades, Lake Apopka and natural springs. Under Bradley’s proposal, money would be distributed each year from the state’s Land Acquisition Trust Fund to the St. Johns River Water Management District for projects related to the St. Johns and the Keystone Heights lake region. The trust fund is used to carry out a 2014 constitutional amendment that required spending on conservation projects.

Map courtesy of St. Johns River Water management District

Dunn Plan Targets ‘Urgent’ Apalachicola Problem

From: The News Service of Florida

scott money fight zika grimsley dunnWith backing from a dozen other members of Florida’s U.S. House delegation, Congressman Neal Dunn announced Tuesday he has filed a resolution seeking to block the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from using a water-control plan impacting the Apalachicola Bay region. Read the rest of this entry »

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