One of the greatest resources of this country is our inspiration – an idea every time you turn around.
Puddles, ponds, ditches, ephemerals (land that looks like a small stream during heavy rain but isn’t wet most of the time) and isolated wetlands dot the nation’s farmland. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) on March 25 issued a proposed rule that would expand its regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act (CWA) to these types of land features and waters, giving the agencies the power to dictate land-use decisions and farming practices in or near them. The rule will make it more difficult to farm or change a farming operation to remain competitive and profitable.
Extended discussion on water must include our environmental concerns.
Some of Arizona Farm Bureau's policy requires clarifying and updating, while perhaps some require outright revision. What do you think applies?
Agriculture has a much more storied relationship with water than many other sectors of the public. It's a key input of production, and for all of agriculture, it matters that it falls "somewhere" in some form out of the sky.
Four State Representatives: Barton, Mitchell, Pratt and Otondo are holding hearings across the state, to take testimony on “Regional Water Augmentation Authorities” (House Bill 2338), a bill which generated much controversy and was held in Committee this session.
Farmers and ranchers need a reliable workforce to produce food for America, and accept that most of the workers they need come from other nations. It has been a long time coming, but U.S. lawmakers are increasingly recognizing this as well.
By Joe Sigg, Arizona Farm BureauThe Statewide Water Advisory Group (SWAG), a panel of government, business and nonprofit leaders that met for months with the Arizona Department of Water Resources (DWR), recently provided several recommendations dealing with rural area water issues. While the efforts are aimed at helping rural areas, they lack the financial resources to be successful. Essenti...