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ISSUE DATE: 12/14/2009

Irrigation's economic impact is not a dry issue

By Amy Gardener

Irrigation's economic impact is not a dry issue

The message was loud and proud, in Texas, to farmers across the state and throughout the High Plains; it's clear the precious supply of irrigation is dwindling. With the heart and soul of the farming industry at stake, the crisis is actually everybody's issue, and farmers need to be proactive now, before local control is watered down by state and federal officials.

A packed crowd of nearly 200 farmers, agricultural businessmen and women listened intently as a panel of farming experts outlined the stark reality of the High Plains' dissipating irrigation supply from the invaluable Ogallala Aquifer, Wednesday during the ninth annual Texas Commodity Symposium at the Amarillo Civic Center. The symposium, coinciding with the yearly Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show, was hosted by Corn Producers Association of Texas, Texas Grain Sorghum Association, Texas Wheat Producers Association, Plains Cotton Growers, and the Texas Peanut Producers Board.

According to a new study released at the symposium, crop irrigation contributes more than $1.6 billion a year and 16,650 jobs to the economy of the Amarillo/Panhandle region.


NEWS

Arkansas Farm Bureau celebrating 75 years
Biotechnology's effect on agriculture
Borlaug Institute, Texas A&M faculty working to improve Afghan agriculture
Burlington Greenhands sweep State FFA Quiz Contest
Chambliss, Johanns warn cap and trade will harm American agriculture
Changes will reduce risk, stabilize crop insurance industry to ensure program sustainability for pro
Connect Kansas rural broadband initiative gets $2 million grant
Deadline for National Ag Day Essay Contest Feb. 12
Deere reports 4Q loss on charges, lower sales
Department of Ag entering social media arena
EQIP/WHIP application cutoff date Jan. 15, 2010
Farm Bureau members discuss climate change, energy seed genetics
Farm Bureau's 91st annual meeting "right time" to plan the future of ag in Iowa
Farms, fertilizers and greenhouse gas emissions
Justice Department, USDA set dates for regulatory issue workshops
Kansas State Fair receives international recognition
Lang re-elected Iowa Farm Bureau president
New USDA study helps identify strategies to improve nutrition of school meals
NFS places 50 pieces of equipment on loan to rural fire districts
NM family works to settle suit against JBS Swift
Paulsrud named Woman in Agriculture Award winner
Senators Roberts, Harkin fight to improve senior nutrition programs
Settlement talks set in Indian lawsuit
Shop at the Extension office
Story County family farmer named 2009 Joslin award winner
Student video contest voting has started
UNL nutrition specialist looks to make contacts, build program
USDA awards more than $14 million for training, assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ran
USDA designates two counties in New Mexico as primary natural disaster areas
USDA releases first draft of proposed crop insurance agreement
USDA, HHS continue food safety working group efforts
USDA: States struggle to administer food stamps
Young Farm Bureau members honored for management, participation

CROPS

2008 Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey highlights released
A KAWG membership makes a great Christmas gift
ACGA Nebraska Chapter elects new slate of officers
American Agri-Women host 35th annual convention
ARS explores ways to keep carbon in soil
ASA seeking grower input on anticompetitive practices within agriculture industry
Charting water use by invasive species is topic of Dec. 11 seminar
Colorado Conservation Tillage Association to host conference in February 2010
Commodity groups hold elections
Crop insurance price elections reflect efforts of National Sorghum Producers
Crop Management Conference highlights farm technology improvements
Economist sees positive indications for grain markets in 2010
EPA announcement on E15 good news for rural economies
Fall producers' meeting scheduled for Dec. 15 in Claude
Greenhouse crop production training course offered online
Growers are nuts about organic production
How weather affects corn stalk quality
HPWD: Annual depth-to-water level measurements begin early December 2009
Irrigation's economic impact is not a dry issue
Kansas fall harvest lingers on amid wet weather
Kansas growers will wait for EPA's science-based decision on ethanol waiver
K-State crops team earns rare sweep of two contests to claim national title
K-State Grain Science & Industry Department appoints new Buhler Instructor of Milling
Long-term effects of carbon dioxide on plants studied by ARS
MGGA elects officers and sets policy direction for 2010
NBB releases study on critical importance of biodiesel tax credit
NCGA concerned with impacts of EPA endangerment finding
Nebraska Corn Board honors Wehrbein, Bosselman, Andersen
Neighbors bring in Arkansas farmer's last crop
NSB seeking candidate to serve as United Soybean Director
Oklahoma grown Christmas trees support economy and the environment
Pedal to the metal: Arkansas farmers' speedy harvest virtually complete
Roasting does more than enhance flavor in peanuts
Scientist reminds soybean growers of considerations when making seed purchases
Shelby, Montana rail rate successfully mediated
Start thinking about crops for the future
Study finds irrigation pumps 16,000 jobs into Panhandle economy
Texas AgriLife researchers helping reduce vegetable 'transplant shock'
UNL Crop Production Clinics set for Gering, other locations
USB helps make 26 soy-based products a reality
USDA scientists, colleagues sequence corn genome
USDA soil scientists study the effect of tillage
USGC: Doha Round conclusion means market access for U.S. grains
Water Issues Forum in Wichita, Hays to examine climate change, Kansas' future
Winter weather could affect '10 crop season

LIVESTOCK

Animal welfare organization finds religion
Beef plant has new general partner
Cattle producers face competition for land
Cattle sellers reject meatpacker payment request
Cut winter feed costs by culling cow herd
Dr. Dee Ellis selected to take reins of Texas Animal Health Commission
Economist tells cattlemen it will be tough in 2010
Estate tax repeal breakthrough seen
Exports key to beef demand
First Montana Hereford feeder calf sale a success
Heifers with top genetics attract buyers at Show-Me-Select sales
ISU Block and Bridle Club receives national recognition
Know the score: Improved body condition in beef cows increases conception rates, decreases postpartu
K-State to team with other universities to host 26th Annual 4-State Beef Conference
Minnesota woman sues Cargill for tainted hamburger
National Beef in Dodge City to vote on unionizing
NCBA opposes House proposal to extend current estate tax law
NCBA unveils enhanced educational platform for 2010 Cattle Industry Convention
NCBA: EPA greenhouse gas ruling could be devastating to agriculture
Nebraska Cattlemen say ranch, feedlot biz to improve
Nebraska company poised to lose organic certification
Opposition grows to Salazar's wild horse plan
Pelton's Red Angus wins Red Angus GridMaster Award
Plan rejected for Texas packing house
Postville immigrants face likely deportation
Producers find market for grass-fed and grain-fed beef
South Dakota Stockgrowers hold quarterly meeting in Pierre
Study shows moving pigs inside has huge benefits
Testing feed, balancing rations saves money
Texas A&M poultry team repeats as national champion
U.S. holds hearing on roundup of wild horses
USDA launches toll-free help desk for small meat and poultry processors
USMEF unveils integrated beef imaging campaign in South Korea

EDITOR

Go get 'em
Promises, promises
Reader takes issue with health care story
Wheat farmers want Cuba and United States to get down to business

COLUMNS

Bayer encourages students' interest in science, technology with laboratory
Boehringer Ingelheim expands product line
Fungicide receives full EPA registration
Just a scoop full
Manifest destiny for Brazil versus global climate treaty
Pioneer expands effort to develop drought tolerant corn
Snow daze!
Syngenta expands sunflower business in North America

MARKETS

Colorado feeder cattle report
Continued dry weather allows harvest to finish up
Corn harvest at 81 percent complete
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dunlap livestock sales report
Ericson livestock sales report
Faith livestock sales report
Farmers close to finishing row crop harvest
Ft. Smith livestock sales report
Georgia cattle sales report
Goldthwaite sheep sales report
Good export demand pushes soybean bids higher
Grain market close
Hay trade slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter news
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Lexington livestock sale report
Light rain, snow slows corn harvest
Long lines at elevators reported
Most hay prices remain steady
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock sales
Ogallala livestock sales report
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock sales report
Producers continue row crop harvest
Row crop harvest winding down
Salina cattle sales report
Springfield livestock sales report
Superior video auction report
Thanksgiving over harvest continues
Tulia livestock sales report
Tulsa livestock sales report
Winter wheat makes good progress with recent moisture
Woodward livestock auction report
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

Ag groups file Supreme Court brief in biotech alfalfa case
Hay, Grazing Conference set for Jan. 13
Missouri WRAPS to sponsor livestock management and profitability workshop in Highland
Scientists uncover immunity-related genes in alfalfa leafcutting bee
Thune applauds prairie dog decision

FAMILY

Accidental poisonings more abundant during the holiday season
Calloway provides more than shelter
Decorate safely for the holidays
Family fun with gingerbread
Make family holidays teen-friendly
Meanwhile, we have to eat
Meditation for 12-14-09
Nebraska-grown Christmas tree directory available
Sedgwick County to host Spring Gardening Series
Ted Turner gets OK for Yellowstone bison on ranch
Upcoming K-State horticultural events

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