Water

Nearly half of Washington state under drought emergency

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee expanded the drought emergency declaration to cover nearly half of Washington state due to worsened, poor water supply conditions around the state and warmer and drier weather predictions through the summer. Snow... more »

PMA, United Fresh react to LGMA revisions to ag-water standards

The United Fresh Produce Association and Produce Marketing Association have commended the collective efforts of the California-based leafy greens industry to bring the months-long effort of substantially improving their auditable ag water standards to an LGMA... more »

Leafy greens organization strengthens water safety requirements

The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement’s (LGMA) board of directors has voted to strengthen mandatory food safety practices required on farms. Every box of leafy greens placed into commerce by a certified LGMA member will... more »

New tool helps Georgia vegetable growers with irrigation schedule

University of Georgia (UGA) scientists have created a new app to help Georgia vegetable growers irrigate their crops more efficiently. Irrigating, an internet-based app, provides users with the crop’s water requirements during the growing season.... more »

Western water challenges subject of letter to Congress from organizations

Over 100 organizations representing water and agricultural interests in the Western U.S. urged Congress today to use any infrastructure package under consideration to help address severe hydrological conditions in the West.  “As a nation we... more »

Michigan’s environmental assurance program hits 5,000 verifications

On March 19, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) celebrated its 5,000th verification with an event at the Lansing Center. More than 500 farmers, commodity representatives,... more »

FDA publishes final rule extending compliance dates for ag water

USDA issued a rule March 15 to finalize the new compliance dates for the agricultural water requirements in the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. Larger farms are now required to comply... more »

Colorado tech award goes to water accounting, harvest systems

SWIIM, a water accounting system with its on-farm grower dashboard, was the judge's top pick at the Second Annual Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association's (CFVGA) Tech Pitch. The competition, which featured four of the... more »


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