General Information

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program
(301) 504-5230;
Studies and spreads information about sustainable agriculture via a nationwide grants program. See research findings at

Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC)
Free assistance and resources to farmers and agricultural professionals, including information on water use and water quality. (301) 504-6559;

National information service offers 200+ free publications. Click on “water management” for information on irrigation and water use.
(800) 346-9140; Spanish (800) 411-3222;

Water Quality Information Center
Links to drought and weather information:
and water conservation:

Soil Management Resources

Building Soils for Better Crops
by the Sustainable Agriculture Network.
How ecological soil management can raise fertility and yields and improve water-holding capacity.
240 pp; $19.95 + $5.95 s/h. (301) 374-9696;

Drought Resistant Soil
Pamphlet on how texture, aggregation and organic matter affects water-holding capacity.
Free. (800) 346-9140;

Field Guide for Compost Use
by the U.S. Composting Council.
Technically based compost use guidelines.
$30. (631) 737-4931;

Managing Cover Crops Profitably
Comprehensive look at the use of cover crops to improve soil, slow erosion and capture precipitation.
$19 + $5.95 s/h. (301) 374-9696;

Stubble Over the Soil
by Carlos Crovetto Lamarca.
In-depth look at no-till applications, which renovated soils and brought higher wheat and corn yields to this Chilean farmer.
247 pp; $40. (608) 273-8080;

Plant Management Resources

PLANTS Database
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
Click on “Advanced Search” for detailed characteristics.

Texas Tech University
Department of Plant and Soil Science Forage Research Program, which focuses on water conservation.

Water Management Resources

Colorado High Plains Irrigation Practices Guide: Water-Saving Options for Irrigators in Eastern Colorado
80 pp.; free.
Colorado Water Resources Research Institute, Fort Collins, Colo.
(970) 491-6308;;

Crop Residue and Irrigation Water Management
by Nebraska Cooperative Extension.

Drip Irrigation for Vegetable Production by Penn State University Extension

Drought Preparedness and Response
by University of Wisconsin Extension.
22 pp.

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) irrigation cost-share assistance:

The Agricultural Management Assistance Program (AMA).
The Ground and Surface Water Conservation program, part of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Available in selected states only.
For state water management cost-share programs, go to your state NRCS home page (locate that at and select “programs.”

Water Conservation and Irrigation
Selected linked publications compiled by North Carolina State University.

Water Conservation Publications
such as “Livestock Water Management During a Drought” and “Estimating Water Flow Rates.”
Oregon State University Extension.


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