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Special to The News-courier
AMARILLO—The latest declaration about COVID-19 viral has prompted postponement of the 2020 Ogallala Aquifer Summit.
Brent Auvermann, Ph.D., director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Amarillo and program chair for the conference, said the summit is important enough to reschedule, but for now safety and attendance is the primary concern.
“The 2020 summit is designed to give us an opportunity to think together and to let all the states overlying the Ogallala learn from one another and from their own experiments and efforts to manage water related challenges,” Auvermann said.
Texas A&M AgriLife will co-host the summit with the Ogallala Water Coordinated Agriculture Project, the Kansas Water Office and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service supported Ogallala Aquifer Program.
The Ogallala Aquifer underlies eight states– Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. The aquifer supplies water for about 25% of U.S. agricultural production and more than 40% of U.S. feedlot beef cattle. It also supplies drinking water for 82% of the people living within its boundaries.