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Coverage of irrigation since April 5, 2021.

Self-contained SmartFarm grows plants using water drawn from the air

"...In many parts of the world there may not be much precipitation, but there is a fair amount of water vapor in the air – particularly at night. An experimental new device draws in that vapor, then uses it to irrigate edible plants. Known as the SmartFarm, the small-scale prototype was designed by a team at the National University of Singapore, led by Asst..."

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Water scarcity footprint reveals impacts of individual dietary choices in US

"...A lot of attention has been paid in recent years to the carbon footprint of the foods we eat, with much of the focus on the outsize contribution of meat production and especially beef..."

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Almond production remains stable in the long term, despite deficit irrigation

"...Over the last decade, however, the nut's surging prices havegiven rise to intensive almond tree plantations characterised bya high density of trees per hectare and the employment offertilisation and irrigation, yielding endless rows of white when the trees are in bloom. Knowing what the future of these plantations will be like in a country where the availability of water for irrigation is limited is one of the main tasks tackled by agronomic research. The recent establishment of this type of plantation makes it difficult to conduct long-term studies on them..."

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Petsmart Kelowna stops selling fish, cites federal oversight and invasive species

"...“We are working quickly with our provincial, territorial and federal partners to take appropriate measures to stop the import and further distribution of products potentially containing prohibited zebra mussels and to promote the responsible disposal of products already in the hands of Canadians. ”The threat over zebra mussels is being taken serious by the federal government, according to Fisheries and Oceans Canada, as the invader can destroy aquatic ecosystems, fish populations, hydro power stations, agriculture irrigation systems and other infrastructure. “They multiply rapidly and are extremely difficult to eradicate once they become established in an area,” it said..."

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Province to finish funding for Oliver irrigation system repairs

"...“The canal pipeline has served a critical role in delivering irrigation water to over 5,000 acres of farmland in Oliver, surrounding Area C (rural Oliver), and the Osoyoos Indian Band lands for 100 years. The 2016 rockfall significantly threatened this crucial irrigation water supply,” said Oliver mayor Martin Johansen. “The $11-million rerouting project is currently underway along Gallagher Lake and this $5-million provincial contribution towards this project is gratefully received by many small and large farms, orchards, wineries and businesses in the agricultural sector..."

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Permanent irrigation water pipes on way near Oliver, B.C., 5 years after rockslide destroyed system

"...Water flowed, but with reduced capacity and was vulnerable during the dry season, according to the province. On Friday, the B. C..."

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Projects enhance Okanagan Valley water protection

"...The Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) marked the 15th year of its water conservation and quality improvement (WCQI) grants this week with the awarding of funds to projects throughout the valley that will enhance water security..."

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Moe sees lots of opportunity with irrigation expansion

"...“The importance of a secure, reliable and safe food supply chain is essential for our citizens and for our economy,” Agriculture Minister David Marit said in a release. “The 2021-22 agriculture budget will once again fully fund business risk management programs, provide a record level of per-acre coverage under the Crop Insurance Program, continue last year's record investment in agriculture research, and make important investments in irrigation expansion. ”..."

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UMD tracks the adoption of green infrastructure, from water conservation to policy

"..."In Maryland with the Bay, a lot of GI is implemented as a way to meet water quality standards and meet pollution reduction targets," says Pavao-Zuckerman. "But in this case, there aren't water quality mandates, and the focus is really on harvested water. A lot of water consumption in the Southwest goes to domestic irrigation for lawns and gardens, which can sometimes be up to 50% of potable water usage, so the demand is huge..."

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Crack at Summerland dam will not affect water supply

"...Irrigation supply not expected to suffer as crews examine horizontal crack John ArendtApr. 6, 2021 2:56 p. m..."

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Siphon rerouting begins on Highway 97

"...The irrigation canal is being rerouted around Gallagher Lake, heading south along 97 until it crosses the highway again south of James Way..."

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Low-cost technology reduces the cost and carbon footprint of pressurized irrigation

"...With the aim of increasing the energy efficiency of irrigation, researchers at the Hydraulics and Irrigation Group with the María de Maeztu Unit of Excellence,at the Department of Agronomy of the University of Cordoba (DAUCO), Juan Antonio Rodríguez Díaz and Jorge García Morillo, have field-tested a low-cost technology that takes advantage of the excess pressure on the grid to generate energy. This technology has made it possible, on the farm where it was installed, to forego the diesel generator that was used to power filtering equipment, fertilizer injector pumps and other devices necessary for irrigation, rendering the gridself-sufficient and operating on clean energy. The annual savings for the farmer came to €2,400, and his carbon footprint was reduced by up to 9 tons of CO2 thanks to the complete elimination of the diesel generator..."

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Irrigation Technician - City of Kamloops (Kamloops, BC)

"...For new hires, and for those working in designated positions of trust, including those working directly with vulnerable persons, no formal offer of employment will be made until an applicant completes a police information check..."

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Irrigation Specialist

"...This role is suited for someone wanting to start a career as a grower and may provide several opportunities to do so within PRT..."

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Research Scientist – Energy and Irrigation System Science

"...The Centre conducts research in six sector strategies: • Agro-ecosystem Resilience • Cereal and Pulse • Dairy, Pork, Poultry and Other Livestock • Forages and Beef •..."

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Horticulture Coordinator

"...soil types, plant health and nutrition, pest control, irrigation systems and landscape construction methods..."

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RealAg LIVE! with Peter “Wheat Pete” Johnson on early seeding, warmer weather, and irrigation

Duration: 48:20

"...If the ground is fit, it’s time to roll into the field..."

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Coal policy, drinking water, and calling your MLA — a LIVE! with Corb Lund

Duration: 21:10

"...Corb Lund may be best known for his singing and songwriting, but he’s also a resident of Alberta with strong rural roots..."

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Alberta, irrigation districts announce over $800 million for new irrigation projects

Duration: 7:42

"...Leveraging a loan from the Canada Infrastructure Bank, the province of Alberta and eight southern irrigation districts will pony up over $400 million for new irrigation projects..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about irrigation.

Introducing the Furrow Runner Plow

"...Matt Fryer, University of Arkansas Soils Instructor, discuss the importance of improving external drainage using a furrow runner plow to create a shallow channel to aid in removing excess rain or to allow irrigation water to cover the field..."

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Climate change: understanding the facts (Vostok ice core)

"...This is based on the Vostok ice core research published in 1999 and more recent research published by the European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica (EPICA) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report published in October 2013..."

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Biomimicry: definition & examples (explained with drawings)

"...Biomimicry is related to sustainability, sustainable development, circular economy, natural capitalism, corporate sustainability; sustainable design..."

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Before & After Scans after 5 years.

"...Taken from one of the high points of the Al Baydha Project's demonstration site, this shows the growth of the project's agroforestry system..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about irrigation relevant to the latest news.

Integrated valuation of semiarid Mediterranean agroecosystem services and disservices

"...The water supply for irrigation switches between AES and AEDS depending on its provision level, while groundwater pollution is conceived as one of the AEDS..."

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Water-land tradeoffs to meet future demands for sugar crops in Latin America and the Caribbean: A bio-physical and socio-economi

"...We further analyse the tradeoffs between water and land use under future scenarios of climate change and socio-economic development regarding to the expected goals of biofuel policies and irrigation expansion strategies in LAC countries due to sufficient local water resources..."

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Assessing local impacts of water use on human health: evaluation of water footprint models in the Province Punjab, Pakistan

"...Results and discussion The cause-effect chains for the agricultural water deprivation include malnutrition due to reduced food availability and income loss as well as diseases resulting from the use of wastewater for irrigation, out of which only the first one is addressed by existing WF models..."

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Economic Evaluation of Water-Saving Irrigation Practices for Sustainable Sugarcane Production in Guangxi Province, China

"...The limited water is one of the most significant constraints for sustainable agriculture development and crop productivity in China, and thus water-saving irrigation technology can reduce the seasonal water shortage in agricultural crop production, improve crop yield and quality, and enhance sustainable agricultural crop development..."

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Local Effects of Climate Change on Row Crop Production and Irrigation Adoption

"...This research investigates the ex-ante effects of climate change on cropping mix and irrigation decisions at a watershed scale by integrating a downscaled General Circulation Model (GCM) projections, a crop growth model, and an economic model of the row crop sector typical of corn, soybean, wheat, and sorghum operations in Tennessee, United States..."

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Testing the hypothesis on estimating field maize height and above-ground biomass using tower-based gradient wind data

"...Maize height and dry above-ground biomass (AGB) are of great significance for farmland ecosystems, agricultural yield and production statistics, greenhouse gas emissions and climate change..."

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Soil-dependent responses of US crop yields to climate variability and depth to groundwater

"...To enhance food security for a rapidly growing global population under a changing climate, best management practices should be adopted that improve soil structure and carbon stocks that can increase soil available water storage (“Green Water”) and nutrient retention and promote energy conservation..."

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Water use efficiency and public goods conservation: A spatial stochastic frontier model applied to irrigation in Southern Italy

"...Technical efficiency of farms with similar structural and management characteristics greatly varies across crops and geographical areas, because of the different natural resource endowment and agro-climatic factors..."

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The edible biota in irrigated, deepwater, and rainfed rice fields of Asia: a neglected treasure for sustainable food system

"...Irrigated, rainfed, deepwater rice agro-ecosystems of Asia replete with a suite of edible flora and fauna have provided an alternate and affordable source of essential nutrients apart from the staple..."

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Cloud and IoT based smart architecture for desalination water treatment

"...The desalination framework integrates smart enabling technologies such as Cloud Portal, Network communication, Internet of Things, Sensors powered by solar energy with ancient water purification as part of seawater's desalination project..."

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The Green Revolution from space: Mapping the historic dynamics of main rice types in one of the world's food bowls

"...This paper develops a methodology to map the two main rice types in northwest Bangladesh from 1989 to 2016, when Green Revolution technologies and policies resulted in a 300% rice area expansion and localised unsustainable groundwater use..."

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Optimizing irrigation to reduce N leaching and maintain high crop productivity through the manipulation of soil water storage un

"...For the annual double cropping system of winter wheat and summer maize in the North China Plain (NCP), irrigation management in the dry winter wheat growing season affects the water balance in the summer rainy maize growing season and therefore influences the water drainage and N leaching from the crop root zone..."

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