Water should be saved. Farmers should save money.
Federal agricultural officials have announced a $2.5 million grant to ease pressure on the Ogallala Aquifer. Natural Resources Conservation Service spokeswoman Joanna Pope says the service, part of the USDA, will provide technical help to farmers and ranchers who have applied for grant money.
It won’t just be a conservation issue, according to Pope. It also will help improve the bottom line for farm operations using irrigation. It will reduce reliance on irrigation, reducing costs.
The Ogallala aquifer flows underneath parts of eight states including Nebraska, South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas.