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AgDay Daily Recap -February 18, 2014

February 18, 2014
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

FEBRUARY 18, 2014

 

WATER RULES:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. MANY SECTORS OF AGRICULTURE ARE WATCHING THE E-P-A CLOSELY AS IT PREPARES TO RELEASE ITS UPDATE OF THE CLEAN WATER ACT.

WHEN AGDAY SPOKE WITH EPA THIS FALL THE ADMINISTRATION TOLD US THEY FEEL THE CURRENT CLEAN WATER ACT IS TOO BROAD AND THE GOAL IS TO BETTER DEFINE IT.

CALIFORNIA:

WATER WAS AT THE HEART OF THE PRESIDENT'S VISIT TO CALIFORNIA LAST WEEK. THAT STATE IS IN IT'S THIRD YEAR OF DROUGHT AND WATER RESOURCES ARE A GROWING CONCERN. THE PRESIDENT FOCUSED ON DISASTER AID AND IS PROMPTING THE REGION TO BEGIN PREPARING FOR THESE TYPES OF SITUATIONS. THE PRESIDENT MADE HIS COMMENTS AT CALIFORNIA FARMER JOE DEL BOSQUE'S FARM. AGDAY VISITED DEL BOSQUE LAST SPRING WHERE HE TOLD US EACH YEAR HE STRUGGLES TO HAVE ENOUGH IRRIGATION WATER. HE SAYS IT'S THAT'S BECAUSE ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS STANDING IN THE WAY. DEL BOSQUE SELLS FRESH PRODUCE TO LARGE CHAINS LIKE WHOLE FOODS. SO IT'S AN ANNUAL BATTLE TO FIND ENOUGH WATER TO SUPPLY ALL OF ALREADY CONTRACTED ACRE AND CROPS.

CROP WATCH:

FROM THE CORNBELT TO CANADA, WINTER ISN'T EASING ITS GRIP. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS DETAILS IN CROPWATCH.

FARMING IN THE ZONE:

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