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Future Directions Irrigation Study

By Quenna Terry, Public Affairs Specialist

Water continues to be an increasingly scarce resource that must be shared by agriculture, other businesses and industries, and with city residents.  Because agriculture is the largest user of water, it bears the greatest responsibility for conserving water and using it efficiently.  The Future Directions project is one way farmers are working with agricultural partners to ensure adequate water supplies are available for future generations.

Future Directions is a partnership between USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Texas Corn Producers Board (TCP) and individual farmers on the High Plains and South Plains regions to address multiple resource concerns.

The demonstrations highlight conservation practices and integrated advanced irrigation technologies, while the research component is derived from NRCS and TCP working in collaboration with Texas A&M AgriLife Research and USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) to conduct the evaluations, collect data and finalize the results.

Farmers are participating in the project through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).  They are working through the NRCS to plan and implement the most advanced technology with a suite of conservation practices to include: Soil Health - cover crops using no-tillage/strip-tillage/nutrient management; Energy - variable frequency drives; Irrigation System Efficiency - center pivot conversion - drops, center pivot replacement and Irrigation Water Management - soil meters/soil moisture meters.

Learn more about this project from the farmers who are participating in the study: Future Directions

For more information about conserving natural resources on your farm, contact your local USDA Service Center and visit to an NRCS employee.

Future Directions Irrigation Study, Quenna Terry, USDA-NRCS public affairs specialist (2019, March)