**Researchers in California are testing potential low-cost technology to make reclaimed water safer for agricultural use.

A $1 million project being undertaken by scientists with the USDA’s Salinity Laboratory at UC Riverside, is testing the effectiveness of “biochar” in filtering the reclaimed water.

Researchers say using biochar polishers could potentially remove the need to detect antibiotics, assisting treatment plants that do not have advanced detection or treatment technologies.

Seven States Reach Agreement On Water Use From Dwindling Colorado River
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**American Farmland Trust is accepting applications to help farmers nationwide improve farm viability, access, transfer, permanently protect farmland, or adopt regenerative ag practices.

AFT’s Brighter Future Fund’s “National Grant for Historically Underserved Farmers and Ranchers” provides grants of up to $5,000 per project.

The grant focuses on beginning, socially disadvantaged, limited resource, women, and veteran farmers and ranchers.

In 2024, the grant program will continue to fund farmers and ranchers nationwide.

Federal Funding Cuts To Food Stamp Program Take Affect Today
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**Senator Debbie Stabenow, chair of the Senate Ag Committee, is not happy about the payment error rate for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

She says it’s critical that the program is accurate to protect program integrity and ensure people receive the assistance they need to put food on the table, and the national error rate is unacceptable.

In other words, Stabenow says, it’s about accuracy and not fraud.

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