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David Sparks Ph.d Water Management
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Idaho Ag Today
Date: December 15, 2017

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The 78th annual meeting of the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation took place at the Fort Hall Resort in Eastern Idaho last week. One of the many breakout sessions farmers and ranchers could attend was presented by Teton County Farm Bureau President and Teton County farmer, Stephen Bagley. He shared how his community has chosen collaboration over conflict in the management of water resources in the Teton Valley. The effort brought farmers and environmental conservationists to the table in order to find solutions to water conservation and quality which Bagley says is vital to his survival as a farmer. “A couple of years ago with this collaborative effort with a lot of different groups around the valley, has just given us an awareness of what is really going on with our water issues in the county. I know for me it is critical that I have water later in the season as an inrrigator because if it goes all down stream, as the senior water users call for, I am left without and on hot dry summers in those July August months it just kills me. I lose my crops, migraine wilts, so it is crucial for me to be able to collaborate with a bunch of individuals who are all concerned about water and that has been a positive benefit for us.”

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