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The legislative journey towards a balanced and effective farm bill has been fraught with challenges and steeped in strategic negotiations.
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The CTA requires small businesses with 20 or fewer employees or $5 million or less in revenues to report beneficial owners to the FinCEN.
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The H-2A protections include ensuring fair wages, safe working conditions and providing a framework for better monitoring and enforcement.
This is the second year of funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, with $38.4 million distributed so far. 
EQIP focuses on practices that enhance carbon sequestration, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve energy and improve soil health.  
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced an investment of $1.5 billion for fiscal year 2024 under the RCPP.
A coalition of commodity groups has united to press the U.S. Senate to pass the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act of 2024.
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For this funding cycle, the NWQI will target four priority Hydrologic Unit Code-12 watershed areas in Texas.
As of now, the farm bill has been granted an extension through September 2024 amid ongoing negotiations that could reshape its future provisions.  
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Other sectors such as leisure, hospitality, and other services, also showed positive trends, contributing to the overall employment growth.
Topics of discussion at the 2024 fly in included the farm bill, business policy and guest worker programs. 
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The USDA unveiled the Working Lands Climate Corps, an initiative under President Joe Biden’s American Climate Corps.
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The FCC has announced the launch of a voluntary cybersecurity labeling program designed to enhance the security of wireless IoT products.  
The legislation seeks a delay of the filing deadline, aiming to provide small businesses additional time to understand the requirements.
Bisconer has served on the IA Board since 2018 and took over for Randy Wood, who served as the 2023 IA president. 
In terms of cash receipts, the total is anticipated to drop by 4.2% to $485.5 billion in 2024, with declines in both crop and animal product receipts.
The results reveal a 7% decline in the total number of U.S. farms since 2017, alongside an increase in new and beginning producers.
The SEIS outlines a plan developed in collaboration with the seven Basin states to conserve at least 3 million acre-feet of water.
In a decision by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama the CTA has been declared unconstitutional.
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Congress will vote on a $435 billion spending package on Feb. 28 that will keep portions of the government funded through the fiscal year.
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The GAO released a report, “Precision Agriculture: Benefits, Challenges, and Policy Options,” examining the state of precision agriculture.
The University of Nebraska’s Testing Ag Performance Solutions program concluded its seventh year with an awards banquet on Jan. 13. 
The 2022 census reports an increase in the number of establishments with paid employees, rising to over 8 million.
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Adjustments to the rule aim to help USCIS cover operational costs and improve application processing times. 
The rule revises DOL’s guidance on how to analyze who is an employee or independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The CTA is designed to prevent the misuse of shell companies and opaque ownership structures by malicious actors.
The task force is a federal advisory committee established in consultation with the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture.
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The Irrigation Association, Fairfax, Virginia, endorsed the bill before its introduction through supportive action in November.
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Two recently published studies from Nebraska provide insights into sustainable water and agricultural management.  
The latest edition of “America's Farms and Ranches at a Glance: 2023” was released in December 2023.
The 2024 Equip Exposition, owned and managed by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, will bring several new offerings to the 2024 event.
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Applications for 2024 scholarships are now open and are due March 31, 2024. Scholarship recipients will be notified by May 31, 2024. 
Concerns about the Columbia River Power System are not new, with legal battles pertaining to it spanning decades. 
USDA announced a $27.9 million investment in 45 organizations that support and train new farmers and ranchers.
The 2024 Family Farm Alliance Annual Meeting and Conference is set to take place Feb. 22-23 at the Silver Legacy Resort in Reno, Nevada.  
45 new products and technologies were entered in three categories: agriculture irrigation, landscape irrigation and landscape lighting.
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Growers can respond to the survey online and will receive a paper survey at the beginning of 2024.
The Irrigation Association created the E3 program to focus on providing irrigation students with exposure, experience and education.
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The IA announced the winners of the 2023 Pitch Competition, showcasing products by agriculture and landscape irrigation technology startups.
NRCS has invested more than $173,000 in 2023 EQIP contracts, bringing the total investment in the Navajo Nation to $2.2 million.
The bill was passed by the Senate with a bipartisan vote of 87-11 and established two deadlines in early 2024.
The map was developed in conjunction with Oregon State University’s Prism Climate Group and the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service.
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The association was joined by more than 1,000 other businesses representing a diverse group of industries across the country. 
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The Biden administration announced a $5 billion investment to support rural communities through his Investing in America agenda.
Nepal, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Ghana, Honduras and Guatemala will be countries of specific focus initially for the DWFI project.
The Bureau of Reclamation published a revised draft SEIS as part of an effort to update Colorado River water use guidelines. 
The Irrigation Show and Education Week offers attendees an opportunity to gain fundamental skills during the event’s Industry Insights series. 
The Biden administration has allocated $63.4 million in new funds for Colorado River conservation as part of the Investing in America agenda.
The IA submitted comments to the California State Water Resources Control Board regarding its proposed regulatory framework.
Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Louisiana, has been elected the 56th speaker of the United States House of Representatives. 
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Researchers at CSU are working with farmers to improve irrigation using sensors, satellite imagery and deep learning tech.  
The Irrigation Association, Fairfax, Virginia, has selected 20 winners for the 2023 Irrigation E3 program.  
Want to make a difference? Step up, step in and get involved, says Julie Bushell, vice president of Paige Water Solutions.
The Upper Colorado River Commission approved the 2024 System Conservation Pilot Program at a meeting Sept. 21.
The EPA presented the 2023 WaterSense Sustained Excellence, Partner of the Year and Excellence Award winners during the WSI Conference.
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The Department of Homeland Security proposed modifications to both the H-2A and H-2B temporary guest worker programs in September. 
The 2023 Excellence in Education Award was presented to Aavudai Anandhi, PhD, PE, of Florida A&M University.
The Tomorrow’s Workforce Coalition delivered its congressional letter to leaders in Washington, D.C., Sept. 28.
The U.S. Drought Monitor’s weekly report showed parts of the United States continuing to experience moderate to exceptional drought.
The United States federal government could shut down Oct. 1 with several potential impacts on the irrigation industry.
The Dept. of the Interior launched a water recycling program that will incentivize projects at a larger scale, with no cap on project size.
The Bureau of Reclamation is lowering water reductions for the Colorado River Basin States due to improved drought conditions for Lake Mead.
The Irrigation Association signed on to a letter asking legislators to include $750 million in funding for FFAR through the 2023 Farm Bill. 
The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers issued a final rule to amend the final “Revised Definition of WOTUS rule.
The Irrigation Association announced that Alan Ence has been appointed to the IA Board of Directors. 
The State Water Resources Control Board released its proposed regulatory text for Making Conservation a California Way of Life on Aug. 18.
The funding will provide nearly $700 million in grants and loans to rural residents, farmers and business owners across the country.
The IA joined agriculture and conservation organizations in sending a letter to the leadership of the Senate Ag Committee supporting S.2636.
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The Department of the Interior allocated $152 million dollars for water storage and conveyance projects in the Western U.S. through H.R.3684.
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The House of Representatives drafted bipartisan legislation to revise seasonal work visa programs to address labor shortages. 
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The IA has joined the Tomorrow’s Workforce Coalition, a group of companies with a mission to build support for workforce development policy.
Aavudai Anandhi, PhD, PE, of Florida A&M University, is the recipient of the 2023 Excellence in Education Award.
The Chips and Science Act, H.R.4346, began its second funding phase in June.
Upgrading outdated irrigation systems can provide rapid returns on investment and significant savings for growers.
The IA joined NAW and more than 160 other business groups asking Congress to make permanent a 20% deduction for small businesses.  
Water is a critical input in agriculture, reducing uncertainty in ensuring food and nutrition security and meeting fuel and clothing needs.
The Department of the Interior is initiating the process to develop future operating guidelines and strategies to protect the Colorado River.
The irrigation industry has a significant impact on the economy in the U.S. with its impacts totaling nearly $23.3 billion per year.
Registration and housing for the 2023 Irrigation Show and Education Week opened July 12. The event takes place Nov. 27 through Dec. 1.
The Irrigation Association will host “Irrigation’s Role in Sustaining Value & Mitigating Risk,” a one-hour webinar on July 26.  
The Environmental Protection Agency is working to provide an update revising its current Waters of the United States rule.  
The practice of precision agriculture, including precision irrigation, could provide a fruitful path to fewer inputs with increased yield.
Even though irrigated agriculture occupies only 20% of the world's cultivated land, it yields 40% of the global food supply.
The IA joined the Manufacturers for Sensible Regulations coalition in expressing concern over several Biden administration regulations.
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Learn more about some of the 18 recipients of the 2023 Anthony W. “Tony” LaFetra Scholarship Program sponsored by Rain Bird.
The Irrigation Association has issued a Call for Proposals to gather ideas for future industry presentations.  
The United States House of Representatives passed H.R.1339, the Precision Agriculture Satellite Connectivity Act, April 25. 
The clouds have parted over the Colorado River, letting the shining light of consensus illuminate the rising water.  
The national debt limit has been suspended until January 2025 thanks to a bipartisan debt ceiling agreement.
The Irrigation Association, Fairfax, Virginia, opens its annual Smart Water Application Technologies awards program May 31.
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Michael and Chantell Sackett in the case of Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency.
The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee proposed a bill cutting USDA funding by more than $9 billion below 2023 levels.  
The Irrigation Association is excited to announce that Nathan Bowen has been promoted to advocacy and public affairs vice president.
Colorado farmers and ranchers can now independently repair their equipment due to the Consumer Right to Repair Agriculture Equipment Act. 
This May the Fourth, it’s worth taking a moment to reflect and consider how irrigation might look in galaxies far, far away.
House Republicans narrowly passed H.R.2811, passing a debt ceiling bill to the Senate and setting up further potential government gridlock. 
The House of Representatives failed to reach the 2/3 majority necessary to overturn President Biden’s veto of H.J.Res.27.
Two dozen additional states have been added to the growing docket of jurisdictions no longer under the Biden administration WOTUS rule.