The Kansas Water Office is looking to expand its Water Technology Farms program for the 2019 growing season.

KWO plans to add a limited number of farms to the program, and is accepting initial notice of interest through Dec. 1. The program began with just three farms in 2015, and now works with 10 farms in over 30 fields.

Water Technology Farms are part of the KWO Long-Term Vision for the Future of Water Supply in Kansas. The public-private partnerships are three year pilot programs demonstrating irrigation technology, management techniques, research techniques and more. The aim is to develop strategies for water conservation in the Ogallala Aquifer region, and water quality protection in the Equus Beds Aquifer region.

Becoming a water technology farm is eligible to producers statewide, but priority consideration will be given to those in a Water Conservation Area or a Local Enhanced Management Area. Documented conservation programs will also be taken into account.

Access to land as well as data records are required as part of this effort.

Those interested or wanting more information, please contact Armando Zarco at Armando.Zarco@kwo.ks.gov or 620-276-2901. To learn about the existing farms, visit www.kwo.ks.gov.