Why participate in Colorado Master Irrigator?
Colorado Master Irrigator's focus is on providing Republican River Basin irrigators the opportunity to explore how integrating different conservation-oriented practices might have the potential to positively impact their bottom lines and the aquifer under their farms, thus extending and increasing the financial return that can be derived from irrigated agriculture longer into the future.
How could this program benefit you?
- Increase water-use and energy-use efficiency on your operation.
- Increase water-savings and cost-savings on your operation.
- We are working to line up cost-share incentives that could help you implement or upgrade tools and technologies on your farm.
- Meet other farmers and irrigation/water management specialists and exchange/get feedback on your ideas.
Why is this program needed?
Irrigated agriculture and related businesses drive northeastern Colorado's economy, supporting more than $2 billion in annual commodity sales (NASS, 2019). Groundwater pumped for agricultural crop production, however, is extracting water much faster than precipitation replaces it. Current pumping practices may become unprofitable as the water table drops; land values, and in some places household water supplies, may also be affected. Lacking alternative water sources, more water conservation-oriented management is needed to address regional declines in groundwater quantity and quality that threaten community quality of life and Colorado's ability to meet Compact-related obligations.