Tuesday Talks With Dr. Patterson
April 21, 2015
Big Data and Agriculture
Some market observers have described the potential presented by big data in agriculture as transformative as the green revolution or modern plant breeding. However, the concept of big data, as it is applied to agriculture, is not broadly understood. Furthermore, as promising as it is to agriculture, it faces numerous challenges.
April 7, 2015
On April 1, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown ordered a 25 percent reduction in water usage by California’s 400 water supply agencies, which deliver water to 90 percent of the state’s residents, based on 2013 usage levels. This is California’s first-ever mandatory reduction in water use. The order authorizes the State Water Resources Control Board to impose fines on those agencies not meeting the 25 percent reduction requirement. This reduction is expected to save 1.5 million acre feet (Nagourney). The order directs agricultural water management districts to develop water management and drought management plans. It also calls for increased reporting on groundwater pumping by farmers and water districts (Agri-Pulse). However, agriculture was spared from the mandatory water use reduction in the governor’s order.