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Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment (KCARE)

Ogallala Aquifer Program (OAP)

Preplan submissions for the 2018 Ogallala Aquifer Program are due June 22, 2018. Preplans should address the overall OAP goal of “Developing and evaluating water management strategies and technologies for maintaining and/or enhancing the economic viability of the agriculture industry and the vitality of the Southern Ogallala Aquifer Region.”

The OAP is a research consortium between USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Kansas State University, Texas AgriLife Research and Extension, Texas Tech University and West Texas A&M University. Contact KCARE for more information and OAP submission documents.

NIFA Sustainable Agricultural Systems (SAS)

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has released their request for applications for the Sustainable Agricultural Systems (SAS) competitive grant program. The amount available for new grants in the SAS FY 2018 grants is $80 million, for awards of up to $10 million each.

According to the RFA document, this program’s goal is to help transform U.S. food and agricultural systems to increase production in sustainable ways. NIFA seeks creative and visionary applications that take a systems approach, and that will significantly improve the supply of abundant, affordable, safe, nutritious and accessible food, while providing sustainable opportunities for expansion of the bio-economy through novel animal, crop, and forest products and supporting technologies. 

The Letter of Intent Deadline is June 27, 2018. The application deadline is October 10, 2018. Contact KCARE to learn more about the application process.


The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources, requests proposals on the topic of improving and enhancing the nation’s water supply and availability, and promoting the exploration of new ideas that address or expand our understanding of water problems. This request includes proposals focusing on:

  • Evaluation of innovative approaches to water treatment, infrastructure design, retrofitting, maintenance, management and replacement;
  • Exploration and advancement of our understanding of changes in the quantity and quality of water resources in response to a changing climate, population shifts, and land use changes. This includes associated economic, environmental, social, and/or infrastructure costs;
  • Development of methods for better estimation of water supply (surface and groundwater), including estimation of the physical and/or economic supply of water;
  • Development and evaluation of processes and governance mechanisms for integrated surface/ground water management;
  • Evaluation and assessment of the effects of water conservation practices, as well as adoption, penetration and permanence. 

Projects are 1-3 years in duration, and applicants can request federal funds up to $250,000. Contact KCARE for more information about this funding opportunity.

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