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Agricultural Water Conservation Clearinghouse Addressing Agricultural Water Security in a Changing Climate

June 16, 2010

[Source: Rural Connections, June 2010]

Conservation of agricultural water is complex and today, more than ever, the forces applying pressure and attention to water conservation are many, including: increasing competition for water resources due to a changing climate and population shifts and growth, an array of widely dispersed and contradictory information about agricultural water use and conservation, and mounting pressure to improve agricultural water use efficiency while at the same time increasing agricultural output. Additionally, needs for water for wildlife support and habitat improvement, recreational and leisure-time activities, expansion of domestic energy production as biofuel, and other industrial uses continue to grow and become more vocalized. Today, competition for limited water supplies is evident in the semi-arid and arid West, as well as throughout the United States.

To help address complex water issues, The Northern Plains and Mountain Regional Water Program of the USDA National Institute for Food and  Agriculture (USDA -NIFA) National Water Program developed the Agricultural Water Conservation Clearinghouse.

The Clearinghouse is a comprehensive repository of information and resources with a central focus on agricultural water management and conservation. Our vision is to develop a globally recognized information source and community of practice consisting of technical experts and researchers who will collaboratively address the complex issues of agricultural water conservation and water security.

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  1. June 17, 2010 6:59 pm

    Good work, thanks.

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