Increasing food production without using additional water and land resources could be possible through further developments in irrigation and water engineer, plant breeding and gene editing, and innovative management of things like heat and sunlight.
The Department of Conservation (DOC) wants to hear from people about how to set up the $50 million Multibenefit Land Repurposing Program established by the legislature this year. The goal is to hear from stakeholders in the Central Valley about what uses they would like to see for acres removed from irrigated agricultural use.
Concerns about the proposed groundwater sustainability plan for a basin that includes parts of Kern, Inyo and San Bernardino counties prompted a request for adjudication that is scheduled for a court meeting on Nov. 19, which is also the deadline for anyone claiming groundwater rights to join the lawsuit.
As California plans for continued climate change, including the need to manage agricultural water use to comply with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), a new report finds the intersection of energy with water and climate may not be getting as much attention as it deserves, especially in farm country.
A new water trading and accounting platform aimed at easily matching those who need water with those who have it would also give Groundwater Sustainability Agencies near real-time data for maintaining accurate water accounting and that, in turn, would help them comply with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.
Farmland values in parts of the U.S. are on the rise as commodity prices and government payments spur buyers in the Corn Belt while water access fuels the market in California's drought-stricken Central Valley.