New Regulations Mean More Work

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Farmers in the Tulare Lake Basin Area are preparing for new regulations that will add to their workload. Sabrina Hill has more.
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New water regulations will require more record-keeping, and that could add hours to a farmer’s already long day. It’s all in an attempt to stay on top of “groundwater loading” – or nitrates entering the groundwater through agriculture applications. Nitrogen is used as a fertilizer, then absorbs into the soil. Eventually some of that nitrogen enters the groundwater as nitrates.

A grower in the Riverdale-Five Points area, Mark McKean says the new regulations are going to add what he calls a tremendous amount of bookkeeping.

This is just the first part in an ongoing series we will have on the new regulations. For more on the regulations, click here.