House Committee on Agriculture report to Congress confirms commitment to efficient irrigation and fertigation

09.05.2018

In another positive step for efficient irrigation, the House Committee on Agriculture reiterated its commitment to expanding the uses and opportunities of irrigation through its committee report on the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, otherwise known as the farm bill.

The report, which was released on May 3, comes at the heels of the committee passing the farm bill on a party-line vote of 26-20 on April 18.

The report, which will provide direction to the U.S. Department of Agriculture on implementation of the farm bill’s programs, states that the Committee urges USDA to use the farm bill authorities to promote adoption of conservation practices that promote efficient and effective use of irrigation water, and not focus on net water savings per acre irrigated and encourages the USDA Secretary to consider whether the projects include an integrative approach to addressing nutrient management and water efficiency issues.
“The Irrigation Association welcomes the direction set by the House agriculture committee regarding irrigation and the farm bill,” Irrigation Association (IA) Government and Public Affairs Director John Farner said.

Currently, irrigation projects funded by EQIP must prove a savings of water. If passed and signed into law, this farm bill will remove the requirement, thus opening the door for other uses, such as nutrient application and management through pressurized irrigation.
“We look forward to working with Congress and the USDA as the farm bill continues to work its way through Congress,” Farner continued. “We thank the committee for listening to the concerns of the irrigation industry and strengthening the EQIP program through these changes.”
The full House of Representatives is scheduled to debate and vote on the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 later this month.

More information:
www.irrigation.org

 

 

 

 

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