The Kansas Watershed Partnership for Agricultural Conservation & Excellence (PACE) Farm Initiative is a new interagency effort between the Kansas Water Office, the Kansas Department of Health & Environment and the Kansas Department of Agriculture – Division of Conservation to work in collaboration with interested partners from all sectors to highlight and showcase the positive impacts conventional and innovative conservation practices can provide to farm profitability and surrounding water resources through partnerships on working farms across Kansas. Fundamental principles of PACE Farms will include improving soil health and precision nutrient management which help to decrease sediment and nutrient runoff impacting surrounding water quality conditions as well as provide the potential to decrease on-farm input costs.
Agricultural commodity/advocacy organizations, private industry, county conservation districts, local WRAPS projects, and institutions of higher education are just some of the groups and organizations who state agency partners look to collaborate with on PACE Farm efforts.
Beginning in 2020, the Loess Hills Farm, which previously was included within the Water Technology Farm network, will be rebranded as a Kansas Watershed PACE Farm. Additional information regarding the Loess Hills Farm and PACE Farm Initiative efforts will become available later this summer. Please visit Kansas Water Office social media or this page and additional information will be posted as details become known.
PACE Farm expansion target areas include watersheds associated with ongoing partner conservation practice implementation
activities and associated programs, including but not limited to the Kansas Reservoir Protection Initiative, Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) projects, or partner initiatives. Consideration will also be given to areas identified as priority by Regional Advisory Committees for conservation practice implementation.
Financial resources for PACE Farm efforts at this time are provided through public-private partnerships by the way of financial and/or in-kind contributions.
For additional information regarding partnership opportunities for existing or future Kansas Watershed PACE Farms please contact Matt Unruh at firstname.lastname@example.org or (785) 296-3185.