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 BirgeDirector of Water & Agriculture Programs at The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska.

Panelists: Gina Gigot (Garden City, KS) Circle Land & Cattle & SW KS emerging partnership on water use; Brandi Baquera (Colorado Master Irrigator program in the Republican River Basin; Jason Warren (Goodwell, OK - Testing Ag Performance Solutions program active in OK and in NE)Robert Hagevoort, NMSU Dairy specialist

Short keynote interlude: Acting Chief Terry Cosby. NRCS priorities and focus related to of soil and water management in the Ogallala region

9:50 a.m.-11:50 a.m.

Panel #2: Managing risk with limited water. This diverse panel will cover adaptation approaches to maintaining business profitability, soil health, playas, and understanding and mitigating drought risk. Focal questions: Who needs to know what, and when? What groups could be communicating more to help mitigate risk given the water limitations and declines in this region? What are the short and longer term time scales in which risk management must happen to improve resilience? 

Panel moderator: Joel LisonbeeNOAA/​National Integrated Drought Information System (CO)

Panelists: Ken McCarty, McCarty Family Farms (Rexford, KS); Anne Bartusevige, Playa Lakes Joint VentureMeagan Schipanski, Ogallala Water CAP, Colorado State University; Ben Holland, Research Scientist, Cactus Feeders (Amarillo, TX)

Panel #3 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 going forward. 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 MetzgerKansas State University; Panelists: Tim and Gerald Franklin, Producers- Goodland, KS; C.E. Williams, General Manager of the Panhandle Groundwater Conservation District (White Deer, TX); Russell Isaacs, Producer, Turpin OK, Panhandle IrrigatorsDustin MeyerPanhandle Regional Planning Commission (Amarillo, TX)

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, and strategies for supporting and mobilizing younger generations that are taking on the mantle of economic and resource stewardship.

11:50-12:00 Wrap on day 1 and looking ahead to day 2! 

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