Western Kansas

The 2004 Southwest Kansas Irrigation and Southwest Kansas Corn Growers Association's annual meeting will be held Feb. 6 at the Grant County Civic Center in the Lawson Room. Free registration begins at 12:30 p.m. with booth exhibits open and refreshments served.

Beginning at 1:30 p.m., the first panel discussion will take place. Representatives from many local, as well as state agencies will address the topic of managing the Ogallala Aquifer. Representatives from the Kansas Water Office, Kansas Water Congress, the Western Kansas Groundwater Management Districts (Hank Hansen #3 & Keith Levons #13, the Kansas Department of Water Resources and Cliff Mayo (Mayo Committee) will take part in this important discussion. We are asking them to inform the attendees about their individual agencies purpose, mission statement and long-term goals concerning the conservation of the Aquifer.

Following a break, the second panel discussion will take place at about 2:45 p.m.

During this session, the selected panel will address the topic of the economic effects from the management of the Ogallala Aquifer. Representatives who have been asked to take part in this session will consist of the Kansas Department of Agriculture, the Kansas Department of Commerce (Gabe Schlickau), the Southwest Kansas Retailers Association, the Kansas Geological Survey, and David Traster with the firm of Foulston Siefkin, LLP. This group will be addressing the economic effects from the management of the Aquifer in our area.

After a second break, the Southwest Kansas Irrigation Association will hold a business meeting around 4:30 p.m. and the Southwest Kansas Corn Growers Association will follow with a meeting at 5:00 p.m. A catered meal will be served at 5:30 p.m.

For more information, contact the SWKIA office at 620-356-3021 or swkia@pid.com.

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