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Tough choices for Kansas when it comes to water.

The annual Kansas Water Congress met last week in Wichita, with keynote speaker David Pope, former chief engineer of the Division of Water Resources, bluntly describing the state of western Kansas water supplies.

  • "Some hard choices need to be made," Pope said of restricting the amount of water available for irrigation in western Kansas, which uses as much as 95% of the available groundwater, much of it coming from the Ogallala Aquifer. The story was reported last week by the Associated Press...
  • Pope left his post earlier this year to become executive director of the Missouri River Association of States and Tribes…
  • Kansas Wheat, the combined effort of the Kansas Wheat Commission and Kansas Association of Wheat Growers, presented longtime AgriPro Wheat regional manager Chuck Johnson a Distinguished Service to Agriculture award…
  • Johnson who retires at the end of the year, is popular among AgriPro associates most of all for his extreme willingness to help farmers achieve the best wheat yields possible. Chuck's dry sense of humor will be missed, but as the founder of the annual AgriPro Open, held each year before the Summer Field Tour, his golf game will not...
  • Greg McCormack, former Extension Ag Agent from Reno County, will take Johnson's place…
  • The KAWG also gave plaques recognizing the following folks: Art Armbruster, late sales manager for Sharp Brothers Seed; John Morris, retired communications specialist for KAWG and longtime farm broadcaster; and to the Friendship House, Wamego, for the annual Best of Breads award…
  • Despite the festivities of the Kansas Wheat Conference in Wichita last week, many farmers continue to lament the poor wheat crop suffered by much of the state. A status report of the 2007 harvest was offered by the Hutchinson News last week…
  • Federal Crop Insurance has paid more than $94 million in claims so far this year. Sumner County, annually the state's largest wheat producing region, has the dubious honor of collecting the most insurance indemnity cash thus far, with nearly $8 million. Harper and McPherson county farmers were next, according to Rebecca Davis, state director of USDA's Risk Management Agency.
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