Featured speaker announced for NRD’s Water Expo
SCOTTSBLUFF — The North Platte Natural Resources District would like to announce Amy Kremen will speak during the lunch hour at the NRD’s first annual Water Expo. Kremen will be talking about the Ogallala Water Coordinated Agriculture Project (OWCAP). The expo will be Saturday, Sept. 8, at the NRD office building, 100547 Airport Rd. in Scottsbluff. She will speak at 12:30 p.m. after the free lunch is served.
The OWCAP project brings together a team of around 70 people including faculty, students and post-docs based at nine institutions in six of the eight Ogallala states. This team of economists, agronomists, soil scientists, sociologists, climate scientists and engineers is sharing its research findings and working with irrigators, groundwater management districts, state government representatives and other key stakeholders. The OWCAP project has been funded by USDA-NIFA from 2016 through 2020 to identify practices and institutional changes that can prolong the life of the aquifer and improve the sustainability of agricultural systems and rural economies in the Ogallala region.
Kremen is project manager for the USDA-NIFA funded Ogallala Water Coordinated Agriculture Project. Prior to her current position, she lived in Montreal, Canada, for 10 years, where her work as a consultant for the province of Quebec and the Canadian government mostly focused on organic production systems and regulations. She has also worked as a technical and science writer, editor and research assistant focused on sustainable agricultural systems for Canadian Organic Growers, USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program and USDA’s Economic Research Service.
For more information about OWCAP, go to www.ogallalawater.org or to find out more about the expo, you can go to www.npnrd.org.