farm water use News

  • Water Use on Australian Farms 2011-12 publication

    The ABS has released its Water Use on Australian Farms, 2011-12, publication This publication presents estimates of agricultural water use (including pastures and crops irrigated), irrigation water sources and irrigation expenditure. Estimates are presented at Australia, State/Territory, and Murrary-Darling Basin (MDB) levels. Additional datacubes for regional geographies, i.e. Statistical Area ...


    By Irrigation Australia Limited

  • US fish farms tap former coal mines for water

    In the Appalachian mountains of the United States, growing numbers of fish farmers are raising trout, catfish, and even salmon throughout the valleys of the state of West Virginia. What they'd rather not tell you, however, is that the source of their water is deserted coal mines. Worry not, seafood lovers. According to independent experts from within West Virginia and outside the state, the ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • AUS$5.6m for on-farm water efficiency

    Three water management projects will share in $5.6 million in funding under the Rudd Government’s On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency (Pilot Projects) Program, Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong, said today. Senator Wong made the announcement in Moree, on day one of a three-day tour of the northern Murray-Darling Basin. “These pilot projects will provide the Government with a ...


    By Australian Government

  • Water concerns in farming back in the news

    Tighter water abstraction rules once again threaten to have an affect on UK food production growers have been warned, according to Farmers Weekly. Time-limited water abstraction licenses, which are due to expire this year, are being assessed by the Environment Agency to ensure that they comply with the EU Water Framework Directive. License conditions may change if they are deemed to be a risk to ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • UV water disinfection in fish farms and hatcheries

    To protect fish farms and hatcheries from outbreaks of water-borne diseases, water treatment specialist Hanovia Limited has developed a high intensity UV disinfection system. Capable of treating up to 700m3/hr of both fresh or sea water with at least a 99.99% kill rate, the UV system can be used to treat both incoming and recirculation water, allowing flexibility in the choice of site and a rapid ...

  • Bosch Farming Robot Monitors Fertiliser and Water Usage

    We have spoken many times about technological advancements in farming, from The Internet of Things, to satellite crop imaging, farming drones, to GPS automation. However, reported by Farming Life this week, Bosch is bringing us one step closer to an automated farm with their Deepfield Robotics wing. The company’s Bonirob farming robot will make plant breeding more efficient and reduce the ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Aqua-Cage Fisheries Uses DTG2 ROV on Rainbow Trout Farm

    Aqua-Cage Fisheries is an aquaculture farm in Parry Sound, Ontario that produces rainbow trout for the food market. They receive fingerlings from a hatchery in Southern Ontario, grow the fish in the open waters of Georgian Bay and harvest them for a processor that ships to major grocery stores. Aqua-Cage produces environmentally sustainable, high quality fish for the consumer, while bringing in a ...


    By Deep Trekker Inc.

  • Keeping an eye on water use… from space!

    As food shortage weighs heavily on the minds of many, several countries recognise the key role irrigation can play in this issue. A team of EU-funded researchers teamed up to assess how the latest satellite imagery can be applied not only to make water use more efficient, but also to boost farming output in the process. Researchers from Europe, North Africa and North America are using the ...

  • Vietnam eyes water-saving technology for its rice farms

    Agriculture experts say application of alternate wetting and drying (AWD) technology in Vietnam’s rice farms, one of South-East Asia’s largest rice-producing countries, holds great promise in cutting water use and greenhouse gas emissions from rice cultivation without sacrificing yield output. Vietnam along with Bangladesh and Colombia recently partnered with ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Study uses farm data to aid in slowing evolution of herbicide-resistant weeds

    The widespread evolution of herbicide-resistant weeds is costing farmers, especially through decreases in productivity and profitability. Although researchers and industry personnel have made recommendations to slow this evolution, an understanding of the patterns and causes of the resistance has been limited. Diversifying the herbicide mechanisms of action (MOAs) has been recommended to stop the ...


    By University of Illinois

  • California Farm Water Users Ask Court to Block Water Releases to Protect Salmon

    Agricultural water districts in California's Central Valley have asked a federal court to halt increased flows in the lower Klamath River to protect the seasonal run of Chinook salmon. Filed Aug. 25 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, the ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • Wastewater fears for urban farms

    Urgent action is needed to remove pollutants from urban wastewater, which is often used in cities to grow food, an international study has warned. Data collected by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) found that 85% of cities discharged the water without any appropriate treatment. With many developing nations swiftly urbanising, the authors said people were at increasing risk of ...

  • California farmers agree to drastically cut water use

    California farmers who hold some of the state's strongest water rights avoided the threat of deep mandatory cuts when the state accepted their proposal to voluntarily reduce consumption by 25 percent amid one of the worst droughts on record. Officials hope the deal agreed upon on Friday will serve as a model for more such agreements with ...


    By Associated Press

  • More California winemakers using less water to grow grapes

    The grape vines that grower Frank Leeds tends in Napa Valley stand among the unheralded heroes of California's drought, producing decade after decade of respected Cabernets and other wines without a drop of added water. In a state where farms and dairies take the biggest gulp of the water supply, Leeds and the owners of his Frog's Leap Winery are among a minority - but a growing minority - of ...


    By Associated Press

  • A model farm for emissions studies

    Anyone downwind of a pig barn knows that animal production facilities generate some notable emissions. Now Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have reported that preliminary findings from wind tunnel studies indicate that positioning farm buildings perpendicular to prevailing winds could help reduce odors from downwind lagoons or tanks. Wind speed and direction, topography, structures, ...

  • Is Vertical Farming Here to Stay?

    Farmers growing vertically, in a warehouse, say they can grow 100 times more greens per square foot than traditional farms. Videos and articles are popping up everywhere about new vertical farms opening. An article from Business Insider features a new farm called ...


    By Dosatron International Inc.

  • EPA Orders Kevin Basham farm to stop discharging pollutants into Louisiana waters

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a cease and desist administrative order to the Kevin Basham Farm in Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, for unauthorized discharges of chicken litter into a tributary of the Dugdemona River. The Kevin Basham Farm chicken broiler facility is a concentrated animal feeding operation located approximately five miles east of Arcadia on the south side of U.S. ...

  • EPA orders foster poultry farms to stop discharging pollutants into Louisiana waters

    On January 26, 2012, the EPA inspected the hatchery and found unauthorized discharges of pollutants from its process wastewater lagoon to an unnamed tributary of Leatherman Creek. Leatherman Creek drains into Black Creek Bayou and it in turn drains into the Red River. “A chicken hatchery should be raising chickens not pollution levels in nearby rivers,” said EPA Regional Administrator ...

  • Farming and knowledge monocultures are misconceived

    Food needs can be met with a new vision for agriculture and science, say Brian Wynne and Georgina Catacora-Vargas. In mainstream policy and corporate thinking, scientific knowledge and global markets are considered key for food ...


    By SciDev.Net

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