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Water Conservation on the High Plains

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For nearly two decades, Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) has funded nearly $1.5 million in grants to Texas Tech University, Texas Coalition for Sustainable Integrated Systems (TeCSIS), Texas Alliance for Water Conservation (TAWC), and their many collaborating partners to develop alternative production systems to monoculture cotton that address the growing need for water conservation, while keeping soils fertile, crop yields profitable, cattle production thriving, and surrounding communities viable in the Texas High Plains.

The following links provide information on each of these organizations, and the contributions they've made in research, outreach, education and technology related to integrated crop/livestock systems in the Texas High Plains.

Texas Tech University Texas Coalition for Sustainable Integrated Systems (TeCSIS): The Texas Coalition for Sustainable Integrated Systems Research Program (TeCSIS) is part of the Plant & Soil Science Department at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. The multidisciplinary program focuses on quantifying the water use of forage crops and pastures as affected by grazing management in an effort to integrate forages into row-crop systems as a way to reduce the use of irrigation water while sustaining profitability in the agricultural systems of the Texas High Plains.

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Texas Alliance for Water Conservation (TAWC): For over a decade, producers across the Texas High Plains have been educating other producers on production methods and new technologies that help save water.
The Texas Alliance for Water Conservation (TAWC) in Lubbock, TX consists of about 30 producers across 9 counties who use 6,000 acres of land to demonstrate a range of agricultural practices, including monoculture cropping systems, crop rotations, no-till and tillage practices, land applications of manure and fully integrated crop and livestock systems. The demo sites, along with resources, events and other activities, follow an outreach/educational model similar to the Cooperative Extension Service.

Texas Tech University New Deal Farm: The Texas Tech University New Deal Farm is a research facility in New Deal, TX that supports forage and livestock systems research, and serves as a bridge between research and outreach to producers. The research conducted at the Texas Tech University New Deal research station covers the use of grazing systems with beef cattle that, when integrated into farming systems involving annual crops, can reduce inputs of irrigation water, fertilizers, and pesticides, while building up soil organic matter and microbial diversity.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension: The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is a unique education agency with a statewide network of professional educators, trained volunteers, and county offices.

Texas A&M AgriLife Research: Texas A&M AgriLife Research is the state’s premier research agency in agriculture, natural resources, and the life sciences.

Texas A&M Farm Assistance: FARM Assistance is best described as a computerized decision support system. The computer model itself was built on a foundation of 20 plus years of research. Agricultural economists with the Texas A&M University System have developed and perfected methods in risk analysis and in simulating the financial future of an agricultural production firm. Through FARM Assistance, these capabilities have been extended to provide farmers and ranchers in Texas with sound decision-making information.

High Plains Underground Water Conservation District: The High Plains Underground Water Conservation District is charged with protecting, preserving, and conserving aquifers within the District's service area.

Texas Water Development Board: The mission of the Texas Water Development Board is to provide leadership, information, education, and support for planning, financial assistance, and outreach for the conservation and responsible development of water for Texas.

USDA-NRCS -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service provides farmer's and ranchers with financial and technical assistance to voluntarily put conservation on the ground, not only helping the environment, but agricultural operations, too.

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USDA-ARS -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service is the chief USDA research agency. USDA-ARS finds solutions to agriculture problems that affect Americans every day from field to table.

Published by the Southern Region of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Southern SARE operates under cooperative agreements with the University of Georgia, Fort Valley State University, and the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture to offer competitive grants to advance sustainable agriculture in America's Southern region. This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, through Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, under sub-award numbers: LS97-082, LS02-131, LS08-202, LS10-229, LS11-238, LS14-261, LS17-286, GS02-012, GS07-056, GS15-152 and GS18-196. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.