Water Saver: Oklahoma Master Irrigator Program

Raging wildfires. Devastating hurricanes. Prolonged

dry periods in the middle of the country. These consequences

of climate change are becoming increasingly frequent and


In Oklahoma, recent droughts have significantly decreased water levels in lakes, reservoirs, and the Ogallala aquifer, putting pressure on farmers and communities that rely on agriculture for their livelihoods. In 2011 and 2012, the state lost more than $2 billion worth of crops because there wasn’t sufficient irrigation water. With water shortages likely to continue, Oklahoma farmers need innovative ways to manage irrigation and minimize risks to their fields and livestock. Inspired by a program developed by the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District, Extension specialists at Oklahoma State University created a Master Irrigator program to give farmers a fighting chance against these shortages. It provides cutting-edge,


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