Challenges facing irrigated agriculture in the western U.S.

Dan Keppen is Executive Director of the Farm Family Alliance, a non-profit association that acts as an advocate for family farmers, ranchers, irrigation districts, and allied industries in the 17 western states.  He has 28 years of experience in water resources engineering and policy matters. At the July meeting of Metropolitan’s Agriculture and Industry Relations Committee, he gave this presentation […]

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Israel-California Water Conference: California agriculture panel discussion

Officials discuss drought, regulations, technology, and the future of California agriculture Over the past several decades, Israel had made large investments in its water system through water conservation, desalination, water recycling, and advanced irrigation management systems. Israel also leads the world in recycling water, with 85 percent of wastewater in Israel used for agriculture.  These investments and technologies have led […]

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Climate variability and change: Trends and impacts on California agriculture

Dr. Tapan Pathak looks at how climate variability, increasing temperatures, and changing precipitation could affect California agriculture In this presentation, Dr. Tapan Pathak, a Cooperative Extension Specialist with University of California Division of Ag and Natural Resources, discusses climate variability and climate impacts on California agriculture. Dr. Tapan Pathak began with some basic facts about California agriculture.  California has 76,400 […]

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This just in … UC Davis: Drought costs California agriculture $1.84B and 10,100 jobs in 2015

From the UC Davis Newsroom: The drought is tightening its grip on California agriculture, squeezing about 30 percent more workers and cropland out of production than in 2014, according to the latest drought impact report by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences. In 2015, the state’s agricultural economy will lose about $1.84 billion and 10,100 seasonal jobs because of […]

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California Water Law Symposium: The Advancements and Challenges of Agricultural Water Use Efficiency Since 2009

A panel discussion on agricultural water use and efficiency improvements made since the passage of the Water Conservation Act of 2009 California is the nation’s largest farm state, providing half of the nation’s fruits, vegetables, and nuts, as well as adding $40 billion to the state’s GDP. Agriculture is the largest user of consumptive non-environmental water in the state, a […]

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Guest Commentary: Potential for ag conservation is far less than Pacific Institute/NRDC report claims, says Mike Wade, California Farm Water Coalition

Mike Wade at the California Farm Water Coalition offers this rebuttal to last Friday’s flashback post, Dr. Peter Gleick on The Untapped Potential of California’s Water Supply: He writes: California’s leading irrigation experts have repeatedly shown that the state’s potential for agricultural conservation is a mere 5% of the amount claimed by environmental activists at the Pacific Institute and Natural […]

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Heather Cooley: The Untapped Potential of California’s Water Supply: Efficiency, Reuse, and Stormwater

Recent study by the Pacific Institute and the NRDC show that there is potential water savings equivalent to 10.8 to 13.7 MAF per year At the Bay Delta Science Conference held last fall, Heather Cooley from the Pacific Institute gave a presentation entitled, “The Untapped Potential of California’s Water Supply,” which draws on a series of reports jointly released by […]

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2014 Water Year in Review, part 2: Urban water conservation, agricultural impacts, water transfers

At the November meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, council members heard from numerous agency and water officials on how the state has responded to the drought conditions.  In this installment of the coverage, Eric Oppenheimer, Director with the State Water Resources Control Board’s Office of Research, Planning and Performance reviewed the statistics for urban water conservation; Dr. Richard Howitt, […]

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A. G. Kawamura: “Food is a privilege, not a right”

A. G. Kawamura is owner and partner of Orange County Produce, LLC, and a board member of Western Growers Association. He recently spoke at a TEDx Orange Coast Conference. Here’s what he had to say: “When it comes to food and agriculture in this country, there are a lot of critics. And the critics say that the food system is […]

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Dr. David Sunding and Josue Medellin-Azuara on the economics of drought

At the San Gabriel Valley Water Forum held at the beginning of October in Pomona, Dr. David Sunding gave a presentation on the costs of shortage in urban water systems. Afterwards, Josue Medellin-Azuara discussed the impact of drought on agriculture and food prices. Dr. David Sunding Dr. David Sunding’s presentation to the forum dealt with the economics of shortage and […]

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