KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Verde River to Benefit from Nearly $3 Million in Federal Conservation Funds

The Verde River runs through north and central Arizona and feeds into the Salt River. In recent years the Verde has seen sharply decreased flows due to prolonged drought in the Southwest as well as outdated, inefficient agricultural practices.

A nearly $3 million grant from the federal government will help restore parts of the Verde River. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the funds will boost a decade-long effort by conservation groups and farmers to increase sustainable water use on the river.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:49 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

USDA Awards Nutrition Grant to Diné College on the Navajo Nation

Farming on the Navajo Nation
Credit Arizona Farm Bureau

Diné College on the Navajo Nation will receive a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of a tribal nutrition program. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the project is designed to combat high rates of diabetes and other health problems.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:47 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Disease-Spreading Insect Poses Threat to Arizona Citrus Crop

Though the Asian citrus psyllid has been found in Arizona, the disease the insects spread has not.

People raised in Arizona might be familiar with the five C’s that the state is known for, copper, cattle, cotton, citrus, and climate. As Arizona Public Radio’s Parker Olson reports, one of those five C’s is facing danger from a disease-spreading insect.

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8:40 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Pipe Dreams Part 3: Indirectly Exporting U.S. Water Overseas

David Sharp and his brother grow 2,400 acres of alfalfa, wheat and cotton. He says alfalfa is a good rotation crop because it puts nitrogen back in the soil. There's also a big market for it in the U.S. and overseas.
Credit Photo by Laurel Morales

Federal officials are cutting off water to some California farms stuck in the worst drought on record. At the same time Arizona farmers are irrigating their fields with the diminishing Colorado River. They’re using the water to grow most of the country’s winter vegetables, and even shipping some crops to China. In the final part of the series Pipe Dreams, a look at the controversy of indirectly exporting water overseas.

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4:34 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

As Heat Dries Land And Lake, Asthma Fears Rise In Imperial County

Effects of drought in Imperial County, Calif.
Adrian Florido

Imperial County, east of San Diego, has one of the worst childhood asthma problems in California.

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State Capitol News
9:30 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Cost of Beef is Inflating Family Grocery Bill

Erik Calonius

The cost of feeding your family is going up, at least a bit. 

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