Water

New Extension publication on interpreting irrigation water tests

A growing number of farms and greenhouses in Pennsylvania rely on irrigation for crop production. Sources of irrigation water include wells, springs, streams, ponds, runoff and municipal water. Penn State Extension surveys of irrigation water... more »

What to look for in the FSMA Produce Rule

On Nov. 2, 2015 FDA announced that the food safety rule governing the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce – as well as rules governing foreign suppliers and third party accreditation – was submitted to the... more »

Handheld meters, testers introduced by Dosatron

Dosatron International has introduced HM Digital handheld meters and testers to the Dilution Solutions product line. These handheld meters and testers, in both professional and economy lines, will increase the efficiency of mineral nutrient water... more »

EPA proposes to revoke chlorpyrifos food residue tolerances

EPA is requesting comment on a proposal to revoke all tolerances for the insecticide chlorpyrifos, in response to a court-ordered deadline. At this time, EPA is unable to make a safety finding as required under... more »

Map identifies farmland with potential for groundwater recharge

Growers, researchers, policymakers, and others can now pinpoint California’s most promising parcels of farmland to help replenish the state’s dwindling groundwater supplies, thanks to a new interactive map developed by the California Soil Resource Lab... more »

Michigan Farm Bureau sues EPA over WOTUS

Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) Oct. 26 joined the growing list of combatants targeting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the implementation of its rule redefining “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) in the Clean Water Act.... more »

Compost increases water capacity of droughty soils

Compost is an earthy-smelling, humus-like material that is a product of the controlled aerobic decay of organic nitrogen (such as manure) and carbon (such as sawdust, straw or leaves). One advantage of compost is its... more »

USDA offers flood assistance to Carolina farms

USDA reminds farmers and ranchers affected by the recent floods in North and South Carolina that USDA has programs to assist with their recovery efforts. State and county staff in USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA),... more »


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