agriculture

Each year in spring and early summer, families across the Navajo and Hopi Nations gather to plant crops on their land. This year preparations were more thorough than usual for a group of Native students who took part in a seven-month organic agriculture training program at Tolani Lake Enterprises near Leupp, Arizona. 


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A new Discovery Channel documentary, “Killing the Colorado,” premieres tonight. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it examines some of the human causes behind the growing scarcity of water in the West.


A break in a massive pipe that supplies irrigation water to the largest farm on the Navajo Nation is a step closer to being repaired with the delivery of a new section of concrete piping.

The decades-old pipe broke May 13, cutting water to 72,000 acres of farmland in northwestern New Mexico. Many of the crops on the land managed by the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry had just been planted.

Researchers say environmental protection for the 1,450-mile-long Colorado River is disjointed and too often gets a low priority.

A new critique from the Colorado River Research Group says four multimillion-dollar conservation programs do valuable work but would have more impact if they treated the entire river as a single, integrated system instead of operating separately.

  

The research group is an independent organization of academics with expertise in water, agriculture, law and other fields.

  

Melissa Sevigny

Demand for local, sustainable beef is on the rise. But getting into the alternative beef business isn’t easy. In drought-stricken Arizona, grass and water are in short supply, and the infrastructure—like processing plants—isn’t in place for robust local markets. So how does grass-fed beef get from pasture to plate?

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