The Ogallala Water Coordinated Agriculture Project (OWCAP) is a USDA-​NIFA funded (2016-​2020), multidisciplinary research and outreach project focused on helping to address issues related to groundwater declines (quantity & quality) and long-​term agricultural sustainability in the High Plains region.

Our team of ~80 university researchers, Extension specialists, students and post-​docs is based at 9 institutions and 6 hub agricultural experiment stations in 6 Ogallala states.

OWCAP Project Objectives

  • Integrate hydrologic crop, soil, and climate models and databases
  • Develop and improve understanding of successful field-​based management across the spectrum of dryland to fully irrigated production.
  • Investigate socioeconomic factors affecting water use decision making and identify incentives and policies effective at increasing efficient water use while maintaining productivity and profitability.
  • Encourage the adoption of tools and strategies effective at improving water use efficiency, water conservation, and farm operation profitability.

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