Water Technology Farms are three year pilot public-private partnerships where irrigation technology is demonstrated, related research is conducted on the field scale, and water conservation is supported. New irrigation technologies, management techniques, and cropping patterns can be tested on a larger scale on these farms. These public-private partnerships involve numerous agriculture vendors, agronomists, colleges and technical schools as well as other state agencies.The Water Tech Farm program has also provided an opportunity for agronomy research to be conducted by Kansas State Research and Extension.
The Water Technology Farm concept is a Phase II action item from the Ogallala-High Plains Aquifer section of the Long-Term Vision for the Future of Water Supply in Kansas. These farms have been valuable in expanding the conversation and education of producers and decision makers on water conservation in areas primarily overlying the depleting Ogallala Aquifer.
For producers interested in the Water Technology Farm program and the opportunity to apply for funding for the following year, please contact the Kansas Water Office by November 15. Funding is limited and farms currently enrolled in a conservation program, such as a Water Conservation Area (WCA), Local Enhanced Management Area (LEMA) or other documented program will be given priority. Access to land as well as annual crop and harvest data records will be required throughout the term of the Water Technology Farm agreement. This data will be shared in report each year.
For more information about becoming a Water Technology Farm please contact Armando Zarco at Armando.Zarco@kwo.ks.gov. Armando is located at the KDA-DWR office in Garden City, KS.
Hear from producers about the Water Technology Farm Program
Thank you to our generous sponsors, vendors and those who attended!
It was another great success!!!
SAVE THE DATE for the 2021 WATER TECH EXPO
February 5-6, 2021
For a complete list of 2019 Water Tech Farm partners click HERE
For the 2020 growing season, the Water Technology Farm program has 17 total farms enrolled to help expand the concept to additional areas of the state, specifically where Regional Advisory Committees have identified a need for water conservation and increased irrigation water use efficiency. For 2019, there were more than 100 sponsors and partners assisting with this endeavor and we anticipate that number to increase for the 2020 season.
Click here to view an interview with Tracy Streeter regarding Water Technology Farms. Tracy Streeter was a former Director of the KWO and helped this program come to fruition in 2016.
The Kansas Water Office provided $40,000 in FY2016, $50,000 in FY2017, $45,000 in FY2018, $50,000 in FY2019, and $75,000 in 2020 from the State Water Plan Fund. The majority of the Water Technology Farms success is contributed to the public-private partnerships for cash and in-kind contributions from many, many agencies and partners.