I was contacted a few months ago about participating in a new effort being developed by the Climate and Energy Project - a group interested in water and energy conservation in the Midwest.
Their effort involves promoting on-farm water and
energy efficiency. Their plan is to work with all the influential agriculture,
water organizations and progressive coops in the state to identify best
practices in water and energy conservation on farms and in agriculture
businesses. They then want to highlight the best practices in a highly publicized report (and
videos) at a recognition event and share them across the state for others to
The steering committee members - myself included - are to scour our areas to find examples of energy and water conservation that meet the criteria of: 1) replicable, scalable and appropriate for diverse Kansas farms; 2) preserves and enhances water quality; 3) reduces greenhouse gas emissions; 4) represents an affordable approach; 5) saves money; and 6) preserves or enhances soil quality. When these specific cases are identified, we'll all decide which are the best of the best, then the CEP folks will seek to contact and interview the user for all the detail that will help others implement their great ideas.
As we move forward on this, I'm wondering if anyone out in the blog-o-sphere has any superlative ideas or examples that they'd like to share. Not so much people, but practices. If it's being done elsewhere, I'm pretty sure someone in Kansas is trying it too.