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Agriculture

 
PROGRAMS

ADWR supports programs that help farmers and urban irrigation users improve the efficiency of their irrigation programs. Water Conservation Management Program (WCMP) and the Irrigation Management Service (IMS) is essential to achieving water conservation in the AMAs. 

 

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The Water Conservation Management Program (WCMP) was established in 1991 and is currently administered by the East Maricopa Natural Resources Conservation District. WCMP staff use a mobile irrigation lab to provide on-site technical assistance to agricultural (and urban) water users in the Phoenix AMA to help guide their irrigation water management decisions. The WCMP can provide help to farmers and landowners that wish to enroll and be regulated by the Department under the Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMP) Program, rather than the "base" agricultural conservation program.

Contact Information:

East Maricopa NRCD Water Conservation Management Program, District Clerk, 480-988-1078

Chris Fredman, WCMP Program Manager, 480-244-8394 [email protected]   

 

IMS staff and sign photoIrrigation Management Services (IMS) has provided technical assistance to Pinal AMA area growers since 1987.  The Pinal AMA, in conjunction with the West Pinal, Florence-Coolidge, and Eloy Natural Resource Conservation Districts (NRCDs) has provided financial support to IMS, and works with IMS personnel and cooperative farmers.  IMS provides assistance to growers in making on-farm improvements, irrigation scheduling and management, conducts facility audits, and can provide help to farmers and landowners that wish to enroll and be regulated by the Department under the Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMP) Program, rather than the "base" agricultural conservation program.

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Irrigation Management Service
Eduardo Enriquez, Irrigation Specialist, 520-836-1960, [email protected]

 

In addition, programs such as the AMA Crop Survey help identify the impacts of agriculture in the AMAs, and help assess the effects of crop markets on water use.  This tool is used by ADWR hydrologists and water resource specialists, in consultation with Irrigation Districts, and provides a relatively inexpensive tool to assess water use and conservation potential in the AMAs. The Crop Survey could also be used as an educational and outreach tool to demonstrate the contribution of agriculture to the local economy.

RESOURCES AND ORGANIZATIONS

 

  • Agri-Business Council of Arizona (ABC)OffSite Icon is a trade association whose membership represents the entire agricultural community. It serves as the State’s Reclamation representative to the National Water Resources Association. ABC’s purpose is to ensure the vitality and sustainable profitability of the agriculture industry; and to further ensure that it remains a strong contributor to the overall diversified economic health of Arizona.

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  • Agricultural Water Management CouncilOffSite Icon is a non-profit organization established in 1996 dedicated to bringing together all interested parties in agricultural water management with the expressed goal to achieve greater water management efficiency. All those interested in the management of agricultural water are invited to join the Council and participate in its program.
  • Arizona Association of Conservation Districts (AACD)OffSite Icon is made up of local citizens who work to provide leadership in natural resource conservation to the people of Arizona. The mission of Arizona's Conservation Districts is to identify natural resource problems and opportunities and formulate working plans to address them. AACD enhances this mission by providing leadership, which represents the issues and concerns of local people. AACD provides a mechanism for conservation districts work cohesively in addressing issues at the state level and above.
  • Arizona Farm BureauOffSite Icon is a grassroots organization dedicated to preserving and improving the Agriculture industry through member involvement in education, political activities, programs and services.
  • ASU - Morrison School of Management & AgribusinessOffSite Icon 
    Students in the Morrison School of Management and Agribusiness learn the business of agricultural production, finance, marketing and distribution. Through technology-rich curriculum that focuses on real-world projects, students explore global agribusiness issues such as international trade, food safety and security, and sustainability.
  • Cal Poly Irrigation Training and Research Center (ITRC)OffSite Icon was established in 1989 at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, as a center of excellence, building on a history of contributions to the irrigation industry. The first commitment of ITRC is to enhance Cal Poly's strong irrigation teaching program through outside activities in training, research, and technical support.  Irrigation faculty members comprise the board of directors; an industry advisory board provides guidance and support.

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  • Family Farm AllianceOffSite Icon is an advocate for family farmers, ranchers, irrigation districts, and allied industries in seventeen Western states. The Alliance is focused on one mission: to ensure the availability of reliable, affordable irrigation water supplies to Western farmers and ranchers.
  • Field To Market: The Keystone Alliance for Sustainable AgricultureOffSite Icon is a diverse alliance working to create opportunities across the agricultural supply chain for continuous improvements in productivity, environmental quality, and human well-being. Through its online calculators and resources, Field to Market is enabling growers to measure the outcomes of their production and access information on practices that can improve their productivity and protect their local environment.
  • The Irrigation Association®OffSite Icon is the leading membership organization for irrigation equipment and system manufacturers, dealers, distributors, designers, consultants, contractors and end users. Originally founded in 1949, IA includes over 2,000 corporate and individual members and is dedicated to promoting efficient irrigation.
  • National Water Resources Association (NWRA)OffSite Icon is a nonprofit federation of state organizations whose membership includes rural water districts, municipal water entities, commercial companies and individuals. The Association is concerned with the appropriate management, conservation, and use of water and land resources on a national scope. NWRA works to balance the needs of people and the environment.
  • UA - College of Agriculture and Life SciencesOffSite Icon educates students for a wide range of career opportunities in agriculture, natural resources, and in family and consumer sciences. The various curricula offer professional preparation for careers in agribusiness, government, public service agencies, retail and service industries, human health institutions, the food service and processing industry, financial institutions, youth development agencies, conservation and environmental organizations, farming, ranching, research, extension, communication and education.
  • UA - Cooperative Extension,OffSite Icon the outreach arm of The University of Arizona, is "taking the university to the people." Extension serves as a statewide network of knowledgeable faculty and staff that provides lifelong educational programs for all Arizonans. We are part of a nationwide educational network of scientists and educators who help people solve problems and put knowledge to use. Arizona Cooperative Extension provides a link between the university and the citizens of this state.
  • UA - Maricopa Agriculture Center (MAC)OffSite Icon has a goal to develop, deliver and service the best integrated agricultural technologies for all problems faced by Arizona consumers and producers. Research focuses on cotton, small grains, alfalfa, and new specialty crops that could be used to provide fibers, oils, and pharmaceuticals. The Center also supports extension outreach programs, such as Ag-Ventures, various University classes, and Ag-Literacy for all age groups.

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  • U.S. Arid-Land Agricultural Research CenterOffSite Icon integrates the former Western Cotton Research Laboratory and the U.S. Water Conservation Laboratory on a 20-acre site at the University of Arizona, Maricopa Agricultural Center. The 97,000 ft2 research center houses 26 research scientists and over 90 research and administrative support personnel. The mission of the research center is to develop sustainable agricultural systems, protect natural resources, and support rural communities in arid and semi-arid regions through interdisciplinary research. Research topics include crop management, integrated pest management, irrigation technology, remote sensing, water reuse, crop breeding and physiology, and global climate change.
  • U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Lower Colorado RegionOffSite Icon serves as the "water master"OffSite Icon for the last 688 miles of the Colorado River within the United States on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior. It manages the Colorado River and its reservoirs to meet water and power delivery obligations, protect endangered species and native habitat, enhance outdoor recreation opportunities, and provide flood control.
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation ServiceOffSite Icon has helped the people of Arizona conserve valuable natural resources. It provides services to all private landowners who are interested in restoring and enhancing Arizona’s landscape through a unique partnership with landowners, conservation districts, state and local governments, American Indian Nations, and rural and urban citizens. Arizona NRCS is an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), with offices located in USDA Service Centers and other sites throughout Arizona.
  • Western Growers AssociationOffSite Icon is dedicated to improving the competitiveness and profitability of more than three thousand members from the farmlands of California and Arizona. Being the nation’s leading agricultural trade association, it is Western Growers vision to guide members toward a healthy, sustainable and profitable future by offering quality services and programs that complement their businesses.

Conservation Section Navigation Links

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