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New "Water Saver" publication documents Master Irrigator Program


A new publication - Water Saver: Oklahoma Master Irrigator Program - is available from the Extension Foundation. It documents the Oklahoma State Master Irrigator Program, which is helping Oklahoma farmers respond to the challenges they face due to decreasing water levels (a consequence of climate change.)

Inspired by a program developed by the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District, a team of academics at Oklahoma State University created a Master Irrigator program to help farmers manage irrigation. The publication describes the process they used to create the program, including assembling an advisory panel to help create the curriculum. It provides detailed information about participant recruitment (including incentives) and program impacts.

Members of the Oklahoma State team are Extension specialists Sumit Sharma, PhD (who authored the publication); Saleh Taghvaeian, PhD; Jason Warren, PhD; and Kevin Wagner, PhD, who is an Associate Professor at OSU and also serves as the director of the Oklahoma Water Resources Center.

The project was supported by a grant from the New Technologies in Agricultural Extension (NTAE) program. The team was supported in their work by the Extension Foundation.

Additional titles have recently become available in the Extension Foundation library on topics such as diversity, equity, and inclusion; ecosystems services in working lands; creating mass media campaigns; game-based education; wellness in β€œtough times”; innovating curriculum; prescribed fire; emergency preparation and response; understanding food labels; and building farm and farm family resilience. You can find the entire library of publications here.

A note about our Publications:

After listening to the feedback of our Cooperative Extension partners, the new Publication bookshelf serves as a replacement for our old eFieldbook library. We greatly value and appreciate the feedback we received, including eliminating a LinkedIn login to access titles on the bookshelf. All titles are publicly available on our Connect Extension platform. Titles that were on our former eFieldbook bookshelf are in the process of being migrated.

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