Texas Water Development Board approves $1,000,000 loan to the Panhandle Groundwater Conservation District to finance an agricultural water conservation program

For immediate release.  Contact: Kimberly Leggett at 512-463-5129

AUSTIN - (October 20, 2011) - The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution a $1,000,000 loan from the Agricultural Water Conservation Program to the Panhandle Groundwater Conservation District (Carson, Gray, Wheeler, Donley, Armstrong, Potter, Hutchinson and Roberts Counties) to finance an agricultural water conservation program.

The Panhandle Groundwater Conservation District (District) will utilize these funds to provide loans to area farmers to purchase center-pivot irrigation systems.

The District’s jurisdictional area covers all or parts of eight counties in the Panhandle of Texas, including Carson, Gray, Wheeler, Donley, Armstrong, Potter, Hutchinson and Roberts. The area covers 6,378 square miles and has 967,000 cultivated acres, of which 281,500 are irrigated. Principal crops grown in the area include wheat, grain sorghum, corn and sunflowers.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional planning and preparing the state water plan for the development of the state’s water resources. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

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