Farmers meet to discuss methods to preserve water

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (KSNW) – Southwest Kansas farmers met with Gov. Sam Brownback Tuesday as part of water technology field day.

The goal was to discuss methods and technology to help preserve water in the Ogallala Aquifer without hurting the farming industry.

“The overall goal for the state of Kansas through the water vision is to conserve and extend the life of the Ogallala aquifer, and to do that, we’ve got to reduce our usage of Ogallala, and primary usage in this part of the state is of course irrigation,” said Earl Lewis, Kansas Water Office.

Farmers and politicians talked about how developing technology can conserve water.

“New mobile drip irrigation is very interesting. It’s in its infant stages. It’s got some quirks that need to be worked out of it, but I think that it does have merit,” said John Jenkinson, KSN Agriculture Expert.

Officials KSN News spoke with are optimistic that conservation efforts will help preserve the aquifer, and the farming industry for future generations.

“Well certainly the aquifer is the life blood of the economic engine that drives western Kansas, and so it’s gonna have to be preserved as much as it can, because we know at some point the rain will stop,” added Jenkinson.

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