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Summit goals

  1. Increase networking & collaboration among the region’s water-​focused community members
  2. Encourage momentum of activities related to advancing ag water management and sustaining the vitality of High Plains communities
  3. Identify common vision, practices, and opportunities applicable across state lines that have the potential to benefit the aquifer region over the short and long-​term

Who should attend? 

The 2021 Ogallala Virtual Summit will bring together a diverse group of participants- including producers, water district and city managers, technology and commodity group representatives, state and federal agency staff, students, and others. High interest keynotes and panels will serve as springboards for thought-​provoking, and action-​oriented discussions among participants in small group facilitated workshops that will take place throughout the event.

This event’s format has been designed to build on and expand beyond information shared & activities catalyzed by the inaugural 2018 Ogallala Aquifer Summit.

Key details

Where & when? The 2021 Ogallala Aquifer Virtual Summit will take place online over two consecutive days, in the mornings of  Feburary 24 and 25, 2021, from 8 a.m.-12 p.m Central Time (7 a.m.-11 a.m. MT).

Registration

Cost to register: $40 for general admission, $20 for producers and students. Your registration includes a complimentary coffee mug that we’ll do our darndest to ship to you before the event so we can raise a glass together in celebration of this unique gathering.

Please plan to attend the both days if you can - this means buying a ticket for each day at the registration link below. You’ll get to meet more people, and get more opportunities to exchange with others, all the way through to the final capstone discussion.

Zoom details will be shared with registrants by email after they sign up.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER on EventBrite

Are you interested in participating as a facilitator or notetaker at this event? We provide the training/​templates, and this is a great way, particularly for students, to get a unique and in-​depth view of perspectives shared by participants from across the High Plains, and attend this event for free. Reach out to Amy Kremen if you’re interested in this opportunity.


Agenda 

Additional details to come as plans & presenters are finalized! 

February 24, 2021 - Day 1 of 2

8:00-8:30 a.m. Central Time:

Welcome from Ogallala Water director Meagan Schipanski

Kickoff keynote Tackling tough questions” John Tracy (Texas Water Resources Institute)

Small group icebreaker: “Picture a thriving region in 30 years. How do you imagine agriculture looking similar or different in terms of pumping, crop choice, markets, input use, covid, technology and other tools, partnerships, or other factors?

8:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m. Central Time:

Panel & Interactive Workshop #1 - Water: what motivates action? This session will showcase effective water-​management activities and partnerships underway throughout the region. Focal question: How to leverage and link local actors and actions that make a difference today that also serve longer-​term, larger goals? 

Panel moderator: Hannah Birge, Director of Water & Agriculture Programs at The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska. Panelists: Gina Gigot (KS) Circle Land & Cattle and SW KS emerging partnership on water use; Brandi Baquera (Burlington, CO) - Expanding Master Irrigator; Jason Warren (Goodwell, OK - Testing Ag Performance Solutions prorgram): Robert Hagevoort, NMSU Dairy specialist

9:45-10:15 a.m. Central Time

Panel #2 Water + Communities Centering in on the pivotal and central role of farmer decision making for the region’s water future, this session will focus on gathering perspectives of different generations to refine our perspective on what it means for ag to be successful and sustainable in this region. Focal questions: What is the value of groundwater to current and future generations? What does progress in water management look like for the region? 

Panel moderator: Susan Metzger, Kansas State University; Panelists: Tim and Gerald Franklin, producers- Goodland, KS; C.E. Williams, General Manager of the Panhandle Groundwater Conservation District (TX); Russell Isaacs, OK Panhandle Irrigators, OK (invited); Dustin Meyer, Panhandle Regional Planning Commission (TX)

Q&A and 5-​min break

10:15-10:45 Central Time:

Panel #3: Managing risk with limited water. This diverse panel will cover strategies on managing businesses, soil health, and playas, and understanding and mitigating drought risks. 

Panel moderator: Joel LisonbeeNOAA/​National Integrated Drought Information System (CO); Ken McCarty, McCarty Family Farms (Rexford, KS); Anne Bartusevige, Playa Lakes Joint Venture; Meagan Schipanski, Ogallala Water CAP, Colorado State University; Ben Holland, Research Scientist at Cactus Feeders

Q&A

11:00-11:35 a.m. Central Time

Interactive workshop #2: Addressing barriers to action to achieve important goals with multi-​generational impacts. During this workshop, participants will consider social, economic, and policy driven factors that hinder adaptation and action, and strategies and opportunities that could be replicated or adapted to make a difference on water related challenges.

Short keynote interlude (speaker still to be confirmed): Prioritization of soil and water management in the rollout and implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill 

11:50-12:00 Wrap on day 1 and looking ahead to day 2! Led by Connie Owen, Director, Kansas Water Office

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Questions? Comments? Please get in touch.

Summit co-​chairs: Meagan Schipanski (Colorado State University), Brent Auvermann (TX A&M), Connie Owen (Kansas Water Office), and David Brauer (USDA-​ARS Ogallala Aquifer Program)

We are grateful for funding & other support for the summit provided by:

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