Water Features

waterssmallAbout Water Features At AG am in Kansas we have been covering the water issue both on a state and national level through the process. Below are features including preliminary discussions, the 50 Year Water Vision Plan, and full presentations from EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy about Waters of the US. Check back for more as the plans and proposals are presented and updated.
Dwane Roth’s Water Project in Finney County My name is Scott Schechter. I’m from Hugoton, Kansas. I work for Seaman Crop Consulting. This is the first Water Tech Field Day here at Plymell Garden City, Kansas. Basically, Seaman Crop Consulting’s role here is we have 18 soil moisture probes…click link for more. 
Tech Field Days with Scott Schechter My name is Scott Schechter. I’m from Hugoton, Kansas. I work for Seaman Crop Consulting. This is the first Water Tech Field Day here at Plymell Garden City, Kansas. Basically, Seaman Crop Consulting’s role here is we have 18 soil moisture probes…click link for more. 
How to Apply Date from Precision Ag I’m Brad Shogren, I’m a producer from McPherson County in central Kansas. We’re a diversified farm operation with my son. We raise a variety of different crops, corn, soybeans, sweet sorghum, sometimes some sunflowers and alfalfa. We do have some irrigated land that we water our crops with…click link for more. 
Conservation with Mike Meyers A lot has happened in this last year. We’ve had multiple meetings. We established 14 different regions in Kansas because there’s so much variation on the water supply recharge in the different aquifers. So, it was important to make sure that we understood those differences because one size does not fit all in Kansas…click link for more. 
Irrigations Systems with Dr. Jonathan Aguilar Hey, my name is Jonathan Aquilar and I’m an extension research engineer out here in Garden City and I’m happy to be able to address all of the people, all of the farmers’ issues regarding water irrigation systems…click link for more…click link for more.
Tracy Streeter and Water Technology Farms  I’m Tracy Streeter; I’m Director of the Kansas Water Office, South Topeka. We’re here at the T&O Farms Water Technology Farm Field Day, south of Garden City. This is the first Water Technology Farm to come out of the governor’s water vision…click link for more. 
Livestock Watersheds I’m Ron Graeber, K-State Extension Watershed Specialist. I work in the central part of Kansas. And one of the things that I do as part of my job is to try to educate or help livestock producers understand how their feeding operation might impact streams and waterways from an environmental standpoint. 
Water Conservation Methods I’m Brad Shogren, I’m a producer from McPherson County in central Kansas. We’re a diversified farm operation with my son. We raise a variety of different crops, corn, soybeans, sweet sorghum, sometimes some sunflowers and alfalfa. We do have some irrigated land that we water our crops with. 
Implementing the Water Vision A lot has happened in this last year. We’ve had multiple meetings. We established 14 different regions in Kansas because there’s so much variation on the water supply recharge in the different aquifers. So, it was important to make sure that we understood those differences because one size does not fit all in Kansas. 
Dragon-Line Hi I’m Monty Teeter and I’m very happy to be here at the Governor’s Conference this year. We displayed here last year as a new sponsor. And this year we’re a sponsor of the conference. And our purpose at our business, Teeter Irrigation/Dragon-Line, is making every drop of water count.
The High Plains Aquifer The High Plains Aquifer, it lies in the middle of the United States, covers eight states from South Dakota to Texas. It’s important. It provides approximately 30 percent of all the irrigated water used for agriculture in the United States. With this study what we showed is that the peak depletion has occurred in some states already.
Watershed Specialist Program  I’m Dan Devlin of Kansas State University and I serve as the Director of the Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment. And I want to talk to you today a little bit about the K-State Extension Watershed Specialist Program. It really started about 10 or 12 years ago in response to Kansas setting the total maximum daily loads. 
Governor’s Conference for Water I’m Susan Metzger, I’m an Assistant Secretary with the Kansas Department of Agriculture and I’m here today at the Fourth Annual Governor’s Conference for the Future of Water in Kansas. And this morning session was an exciting opportunity to unveil the first year of implementation of our vision for the future of water in this state.
A Look at Climate Change Whether it’s climate change or an evolving weather that confronts agriculture, I think any time wasted debating that is time that we don’t spend preparing for a myriad of outcomes that we could have. So, I joined with Cargill’s agreement, a group called Risky Business, at the request of the former Secretary of the Treasury, Hank Paulson….click link for more.
Kansas Agricultural Watershed Field Laboratory We’re out here at the Kansas Agricultural Watershed Field Laboratory. This is a facility that we have developed to investigate the effects of agricultural systems and agricultural practices on water quality, particularly surface runoff. Our current study we’re looking at the effects of cover crops and fertilizer timing and placement on phosphorus loss from a corn-soybean rotation. ….click link for more.
El Nino Well, we’ve just come out of the second strongest La Nina, the opposite of El Nino, that we have had in the recorded history of about 200 years. And this second strongest one brought us a disastrous drought, the drought we had in the Corn Belt in 2012. ….click link for more.
Ryan Flickner – Policy Update I’m Ryan Flickner, Senior Director of Public Policy at Kansas Farm Bureau. We just wrapped up the annual meeting at Wabaunsee County Farm Bureau. Great event, great turnout. I was asked to come speak and give a quick update on some of the different policy issues that Farm Bureau has been fighting on behalf of our members over the last few months….click link for more.
Rebecca ScheckRebecca Scheck Teacher Chemistry and physics aren’t easy subjects to tackle, especially as teenagers. I remember zoning out entire physics classes my junior year in high school. Scheck is a physics and chemistry teacher at Hoxie Community Schools in Hoxie, Kansas. Realizing the struggle many students have in regards to these tough subjects Scheck tries to make all of her lesson plans hands on and relatable to her students, thus making it easier and more fun to learn.
Kelly IversonTeacher Feature The Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom has a mission to connect classrooms to Kansas agriculture and an ultimate end goal to see agriculture in every classroom, every day. We work hard to make sure Kansas teachers and students know about the importance of agriculture in their lives.
DeAnn Presley soil cleansSoil Cleans What you see with respect to the transition of the landscape from a rural, more natural system, to an urban area is that much of the natural landscape then has been converted to parking lots and streets and buildings. And as we go through that transition of natural land that has the ability to soak up and move water into the soil profile, we see much more runoff in the urban areas where there’s more impervious surface.
Brad CasemierBrad Casemier – Owens Corning  Brad Casemier from Owens Corning talks about how they are part of the water vision plan and how they conserve water in their opperation.
McCarty DairyKen McCarty – McCarty Family Farms   Ken McCarty talks about how his families dairy farm is being a part of the vision and encourages other to find ways to conserve and protect water resources on their opperations.
Rich PrattCol. Rich Pratt  Today we take a special look at the 50-Year Water Vision Plan proposed at the Kansas Water Office. Take a look. The U.S. Corps of Engineers are responsible for several reservoirs in Kansas. These reservoirs are essential to Kansas citizens’ lives.
Duke DeLucaBrigadier General Retired Duke DeLuca  After the first draft was made, provisions were brought to the annual Governor’s Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas which was held November 12th through the 13th at the Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center in Manhattan, Kansas. Brigadier General Retired Duke DeLuca presented at the conference..
Mike Beam copyMike Beam – Kansas Livestock Assoc.   Water has always been a problem for ag producers in our state and concerns for water supply have come into question in the recent years. A few weeks ago Farm Factor reported about the 50-Year Water Vision Plan. This segment features Mike Beam with Kansas Livestock Association.
Governor Brownback copyGovernor Sam Brownback – Water Plan  Water has always been a problem for ag producers in our state and concerns for water supply have come into question in the recent years. A few weeks ago Farm Factor reported about the 50-Year Water Vision Plan. This segment features Governor Sam Brownback explaining the plan.
Earl Lewis copyEarl Lewis – Kansas Water Office   Water has always been a problem for ag producers in our state and concerns for water supply have come into question in the recent years. A few weeks ago Farm Factor reported about the 50-Year Water Vision Plan. This segment features Earl Lewis from Kansas Water Office.
Kansas-Water-Office-LogoGovernor Brownback’s 50 Year Water Vision Plan Conrad Kabus meets with KDA’a Water Resource Office Director, Tracy Streeter, to discuss details of the recently released 50 Year Water Vision Plan and he also gets feedback from some Kansas producers and ag professionals regarding the plan.
GinaMcCarthy_websiteEPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s Full Presentation Entire presentation from Gina McCarthy addressing the Waters of the US proposed rule. Ms. McCarthy presented in front of the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City, a room full of farmers, ranchers and agribusiness professsionals. So if you missed it view it here, or if you want to see highlights and farmer reactions click on the link below.
Ditch the Rule graphicSteve Baccus, Glenn Brunkow and Jeff Grossenbacher EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy speaks at the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City luncheon about the proposed “Waters of the US” rule. Then we’ll hear feedback from Kansas farmers Steve Baccus, Glenn Brunkow and Jeff Grossenbacher about the gray areas they see in the document and how the current language of this proposal would negatively affect their operations. Plus we learn about the “Ditch the Rule” campaign.
Dan_JerryDr. Dan Thomson and Jerry McReynolds Dr. Dan Thomson is at Kansas Farm Bureau with Jerry McReynolds, 6th District Director from Woodston, discussing the serious water issues facing Kansas producers and why it is so important for every farmer and rancher to get involved.
JimJuryDr. Dan Thomson and Joe Jury discuss Water K-State’s Dr.Dan Thomson is at Kansas Farm Bureau discussing the water situation in western Kansas with Joe Jury, 8th District Director and a farmer and rancher in Ingalls, Kansas. Learn about the depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer and the corrective measures currently being taken.
waterpanelDr. Dan Thomson discusses water at KFB K-State’s Dr. Dan Thomson is at KFB discussing the issue of water in Kansas. Along with him we’ll meet Richard Felts, KFB Vice President; Jeff Grossenbacher, 1st District Director; and Joe Newland, 3rd District Director, and learn about a proposed aqueduct from the Missouri River to SW Kansas; possible EPA regulations; and how KFB is leading the effort to secure sustainable water for all Kansans.