Provide a crop insurance program for producers who want to conserve water by reducing their irrigation water usage while maintaining historical insurance production data and risk protection.
Historically there were only two alternatives, non-irrigated or irrigated crop insurance coverage. Those under an irrigated crop insurance policy needed to maintain the water use their APH was historically built on to satisfy requirements. With the creation of Local Enhanced Management Areas and Water Conservation Areas, an additional crop insurance option was needed to allow those undertaking conservation measures to have a policy option.
Prior to 2017, Limited Irrigation crop insurance was only available within the boundaries of the Sheridan 6 Local Enhanced Management Area. For 2017 the United States Department of Agriculture-Risk Management Agency (USDA-RMA) has expanded coverage to 28 counties for soybeans and 47 counties for corn, most of which are in areas overlying the declining High Plains Aquifer.
Sign-ups for 2017 Limited Irrigation coverage are open. A Limited Irrigation calculator and website are in development which will provide producers with crop insurance information and allow them to preview various water use proposals.
In 2016 the KWO received a Risk Management Education Partnerships Program grant from the USDA-RMA to conduct educational events and develop a crop insurance calculation tool. Currently there have been six educational events held in the High Plains Aquifer area with more than 450 participants who received information on Limited Irrigation crop insurance.