Irrigated agriculture expert Daniele Zaccaria joins The Water Values Podcast for an in-depth look at the state of irrigated agriculture. Daniele has been around irrigated agriculture his entire life and has a lot of knowledge to share about how irrigated agriculture works and where it’s headed. Tune in for an informative and fun talk with Daniele.
In this session, you’ll learn about:
- The size of California’s agricultural sector
- How much water the ag sector uses in a “normal” California year
- How that water is split between groundwater and surface water
- Where the water comes from for irrigated agriculture
- The different irrigation methods
- Which irrigation methods are more water-efficient
- The trade-offs involved with improved water-efficient irrigation
- Where Daniele sees irrigated ag heading in terms of water use and efficiency
- How irrigation water is priced
- Environmental impacts of irrigated agriculture
Resources and links mentioned in or relevant to this session include:
- Daniele Zaccaria’s biography page on the UC – Davis website
- UC – Davis website on subsidized water for agriculture
- United States Department of Agriculture Publication – Water Conservation in Irrigated Agriculture: Trends and Challenges in the Face of Emerging Demands
- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations – Choosing an Irrigation Method
- Eco-efficient Agriculture: Concepts, Challenges, and Opportunities by Brian Keating, et al
- Wikipedia page on environmental impacts of irrigation
Click here to download the Transcript for Session 76 of The Water Values Podcast.
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