Garden City Farm Show will address ground water shortage, alternative crops
Drought, depleting water supply, crops and alternative energy will be the hot topic at the fifth annual Garden City Farm Show Jan. 24 to 26.
The Kansas Water Forum will be addressing the current water issues facing farmers along with alternative sources for crops that use less water. Guest speakers for this annual event will include, Rep Tim Huelscamp, Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Dale Rodman, Tracy Streeter from the Kansas Water Office, and more.
Jan. 24 is Alternative Energy Day and the Dairy Summit, with featured speakers Huelscamp, (former U.S. Ag Committee member); Tom Willis, Conestoga Energy and president, Kansas Ethanol Association; and Mike Brouks, Ph.D., KSU Dairy Management.
Jan. 25 is the Ag Outlook 2013 with Rodman and the progress of local enhanced management areas. Jeff Hutton, National Weather Service, will give a presentation on weather trends. Ag marking professionals will also speak on world supply and demand of crops for 2013 and their effect on farm prices.
On Jan. 26 at 11 a.m., the Kansas Water Forum will address the groundwater issues facing farmers and use of alternative crops requiring less water. Headlining the event is Tracy Streeter from the Kansas Water Office along with a panel of guest to discuss options and possible water shortage emergencies for producers in the near future.
A question and answer time will be available to farmers in the audience for their input on using less water with incentives presentations.
The Kansas Water Forum panel includes David Barfield, chief engineer, Kansas Division of Water Resources, regarding LEMA and the multi-year flex program to reduce amount of water allocated and options for limited impact on agriculture. Speakers include Wayne Bossert, manager of Northwest Kansas Groundwater Management District No. 4, the initial research arm for LEMA. Representatives from West Central and South Central Kansas Ground Water Management districts will also be present.
Rex Bucannan, director of Kansas Geological Survey, will discuss oil and gas industry fracking, and its effect on agriculture, including a question and answer session.
The Mid America Ag Network is the host media for this event, which will be televised in a special webcast each day of the show at KWKSmedia.org and MidAmericaAgNetwork.com.