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As populations steadily increse, agriculture must keep up with production of crops to fulfill the growing amount of humans' needs. This leads to a great amount of water being used for agriculture. In fact, agriculture is the number one use of water worldwide, surpassing industry and household needs. Approximately one-third of all greshwater in the US is used for irrigation. Crops aren't the only reason why agriculture uses so much water; livestock requires as much, if not usually more water to produce the same amount of meat. 

 

Though it is obvious water conservation is an important factor in the future of the world, it is difficult for those working in agriculture to conserve water. Many of the more eco-friendly irrigation techniques cost more money and require more time. This leads to less of a profit for the production companies, and most companies prefer to use fast and more efficient irrigation. Some companies produce their plants in greenhouses, leading to a more controlled enviornment and a more moist soil naturally. This as well, though, can be more expensive than the standard irrigation processes. 

 

New inventions have been created to aide in the water conservation effort. Faculty of the University of Georgia have created a GPS based device that allows farmers to pinpoint which areas need more water than others, thus preventing them from overwatering and also conserving water they would otherwise be wasting. Invention such as this are beneficial not only to water conservation, but to the future generations of the world. As climate changes become more erratic, water supplies are becoming less constant, and conserving water is one of the biggest ways in which we can ensure water is always accessible. Agricultural practices often waste more water than necessary, and it needs to be moderated, even if it means companies have to pay more money for more eco-friendly irrigation systems.

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Flood Irrigation in India

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Less developed countries use different methods of irrigaton that involve more manual labor, like flood irrigation.

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Water use in agriculture | Sustainable living | Unilever Global

Water use in agriculture | Sustainable living | Unilever Global | Water Conservation in Agriculture B4 | Scoop.it

Good water management is critical to conserve water resources because half of our water impact is due to agriculture. Half of our impact is from the water needed to grow agricultural raw materials. Trenches, dams and catchments can help farmers use water efficiently and improve their crops. Drip irrigation is helpful in conserving water because it leads to less wastage and evaporation.

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Water Conservation and Agricultural Water Management

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With our expanding population in the United States, there is a higher need to supply safe, reliable sources of water. Conserving water is extremely important in agriculture because farmers must meet the food and fiber standards of the population that is continuously growing. Adaquete water supplies are a must to meet these needs. Issues with agricultural water is now a national crisis.

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Water Conservation in Agriculture

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Various methods of water harvesting and recharging have been applied around the world. The construction of dams excavates the ground and collects rainwater.

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Half-Circle Spinning Irrigation System

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Technology has advanced sustainable water use in agriculture by irrigation systems as pictured above.

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Spotlight: Water use in agriculture

Spotlight: Water use in agriculture | Water Conservation in Agriculture B4 | Scoop.it

There are many reasons to worry about the role of water control in agriculture. When farmers invest in irrigation it provides them with protection against erratic rainfall. This boosts crop productivity and stablizes their agricultural output. Investments in water development increases the value of land. Agricultural water control is critical in Africa, the Near East and small developing islands.

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