Agricultural Water Optimization Task Force
The Agricultural Water Optimization Task Force was formed to identify critical issues facing the state’s long-term water supply, to optimize agricultural water supply for future needs, and to sustain Utah’s vital agriculture industry and heritage. The task force will also identify obstacles and constraints to optimization and recommend ways to improve the quantification of agricultural water use.
This will help the state evaluate ways to improve agricultural water use practices, create benefits for farmers, optimize water use, and protect water quantity and quality for all uses in the system.
The task force will share its findings with the Legislative Water Development Commission; the Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Interim Committee; the Executive Water Task Force; water providers; and the general public.
Agricultural Water Optimization Task Force Admin Support
HB39 Agricultural Water Optimization Task Force Amendments
Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) Water Optimization Funding Program
Research Plan for Agricultural Water Optimization in Utah
This annual report gives an update on the UDAF Ag Water Optimization Funding and the ongoing projects funded by the task force. It includes recommendations for agricultural water optimization investments going forward and notes key obstacles. The additional documents included identify potential research studies and important policy questions to be answered.
This annual report gives an update on the recent progress made by the task force and recommendations for agricultural water optimization studies and investments going forward.
Utah Agricultural Water Optimization – Water Savings from Drip Irrigation
Literature Review of Current & Upcoming Irrigation Technologies and Practices Applicable to Utah
Depletion Accounting for Irrigation Water Rights in Utah
Case Study of Emery County Agriculture Water Quantification System Implementation
Long-term Water Optimization Trials: Stacking Conservation Practices
(2019 - ongoing)
This is an ongoing study being completed by Utah State University with multiple partners to investigate how different combinations of crop genetics, crop types, tillage, emerging irrigation technologies and irrigation levels can both benefit agricultural production and reduce water consumption.