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USDA-NIFA grant will help address water, agricultural challenges in Rio Grande Basin


A team of researchers representing various Texas A&M entities & the New Mexico Water Resources Institute has been awarded a $5 million four-year grant from the USDA’s National Institute of Food & Agriculture (NIFA) to address water challenges in the Rio Grande Basin. The grant will help researchers investigate alternative water sources, new crops, management practices & improved water conservation to sustain agriculture in the basin.  Read More

Source: AgriLife Today     By: Paul Schattenberg

Dryland cropping systems research addresses future drought & hunger issues


The projected world population by 2056 is 10 billion. If researchers succeed in improving the yield potential of 40% of global land area under arid & semi-arid conditions, it will lead to a significant contribution to future food security.  Read More

Source: Science Daily     By: New Mexico State University

Soil water storage, new varieties critical to wheat production


Regardless of what watering regimen a producer might have on wheat, in the High Plains it is critical that new varieties are grown to maximize yields, according to a long-running study by Texas A&M AgriLife Research. The purpose of this study is to show how different varieties of wheat respond to different levels of water.  Read More

Source: AgriLife Today     By: Kay Ledbetter

Regulating Reservoir Benefits Environment & Agriculture Industry


The Bureau of Reclamation has announced the completion of the Orchard Mesa Irrigation District Regulating Reservoir, a project that several different agencies have been working on for around a decade. The reservoir is the result of a partnership between the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program, the Colorado River District, the Colorado Water Conservation Board, the Orchard Mesa Irrigation District, & the Bureau of Reclamation. The 74 acre-foot regulating reservoir is an $8.86 million dollar project, & is the largest feature of the District's Canal System's Improvement Project.  Read More

Source: Western Slope Now     By: Colette Bordelon

NRCS Approves Grant to University of Missouri for Grazing App


The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has approved a $444,000 grant to the University of Missouri to help the University develop a web-based mobile application to guide forage management decisions.  Read More

Source: Natural Resource Conservation Service - Missouri     By: Karen Brinkman

How NASA's Satellites Can Help Solve the Middle East Water Crisis


Ever since it was established in 1958, America’s national space agency has produced a raft of invaluable scientific data. From tracking melting glaciers to identifying mineral deposits, its efforts to accumulate enormous troves of information have helped inform U.S. government decisions & spurred impressive breakthroughs. With up to 30 science-focused satellites in orbit at any one time, it even serves as a sort of one-stop life-saving shop for other countries—like Iraq—that lack eyes in the sky. Since 2008, most NASA research has been freely available from its website.  Read More

Source: Newsweek     By: Peter Schwartzstein

India's campaign to conserve water yields results


The campaign by National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD) to promote water conservation has yielded results with water conservation structures coming up in 600 villages in the erstwhile Karimnagar district.  Read More

Source: The Hindu     By: NA

Thai Farms urged to study water app


Farmers who live outside irrigation zones should use smartphone apps & self-learning methods online to play a bigger role in water management as climate change threatens to hurt their livelihoods, a senior Thai official warned Asean members Thursday. Most Thai farmers operate in rain-fed zones that are potential drought hot spots. As such they should learn how to manage their water resources for personal consumption & farming in line with an initiative spearheaded by late King Bhumibol, Royol Chitradon said.  Read More

Source: Bangkok Post     By: Apinya Wipatayotin


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