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To save water, Maharashtra govt wants 50% sugarcane crop on drip irrigation in 2 years


Officials in Maharashtra hope to shift 50% of the state’s sugarcane crop to drip irrigation over the next two years by implementing an incentive program for farmers. The announcement comes on the heels of a report that found 70% of the state’s irrigation water was going to sugar crops.  Read More

Source: Hindustan Times     By: Surendra P Gangan

Climate change is shrinking the West’s water supply


The West’s water supply depends on interconnected sources: the frozen reservoir of snow atop mountain peaks, mighty rivers like the Colorado & groundwater reserves deep below the earth’s surface. But the snowpack is becoming less reliable, one of the region’s most important rivers is diminishing & in many places the groundwater level has dropped. Three recent studies illuminate the magnitude of these declines, the role climate change has played & the outlook for the future.  Read More

Source: High Country News     By: Emily Benson

Agpocalypse project highlights food-energy-water nexus


A University of Nebraska-Lincoln research team is trying to stimulate interest in the food-energy-water nexus by developing an educational video game called Apocalypse 2050.  Read More

Source: Nebraska Today     By: Haley Steinkuhler

Arizona farmers expand water conservation, crop options amid drought


About 350 people in Arizona’s farming & ranching industries attended a one-day 2017 Irrigated Agriculture Conference held this spring in Tucson where 33 speakers shared a smorgasbord of viewpoints, problems, & potential solutions to Arizona’s worsening drought-based water woes.  Read More

Source: Western Farm Press     By: Cary Blake

How Sustainability Helps Farm Businesses Grow


If you think sustainability is a term clever food companies use to sell products to shoppers at a higher mark-up, you need to do some homework. Sustainability is increasingly a driving force behind profitable farm businesses as they seek to serve consumers, food manufacturers & retailers demanding transparency around how producers treat their land, people & animals.  Read More

Source: AgWeb     By: Nate Birt

Techies & tractors: Silicon Valley’s next big thing is saving water


Silicon Valley, the nation’s most powerful tech hub, sits in the middle of California’s most productive farmland. To the east lies the Central Valley, growing crops like almonds & walnuts; to the north is Napa Valley, with its world-famous grapes; & to the south is the Central Coast, the “salad bowl of the world.” Despite their proximity, the agriculture & technology sectors haven’t had much interaction. Though both are powerful forces in the state — ag a long-time influencer, tech a newer one — the cultural divide between the two is vast. But bridging that gap could help solve one of agriculture’s most pernicious problems: water scarcity. Technologists are betting their solutions will ensure a steady stream of revenue for both industries in an increasingly dry world.  Read More

Source: Grist     By: Emma Foehringer Merchant

The wine industry’s battle with climate change


In a warming West, areas where wine grapes are growing at the limit of their cold tolerance may see a respite from frigid, plant-damaging winters. But other changes, including droughts, erratic swings in temperature, & earlier ripening may make viticulture more difficult even in cooler locations like Western Colorado. Warmer areas, meanwhile, including parts of California, may become too hot for the high-quality wine grapes that thrived there in the past. Thanks to the resilient nature of grapevines & the growing demand for regional wine, experts don’t expect vineyards to disappear from the West. However, which varieties are grown where, & at what cost, will likely continue to shift in the coming decades.  Read More

Source: High Country News     By: Emily Benson


Climate-Smart Agriculture – From Tanzania to Vietnam


As part of efforts to move towards “climate-smart” agriculture, several countries have shared In a meeting in Rome new experiences on how to produce food in ways that help farmers cope with the impacts of climate change & to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture. The exchange took place at a special April 26th side-event during a session of the UN Food & Agriculture Organization– FAO’s executive Council. While countries are embarking on the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions –the actions nations are taking under the Paris Agreement– the event provided an opportunity to learn from countries that have championed climate-smart agriculture in different regions.  Read More

Source: Inter Press Service     By: IPS World Desk


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