“Water Conservation,” the seventh episode in SARE’s “What is Sustainable Agriculture?” series shows how farmers and ranchers can manage water to increase the resilience of their operations while improving the health of their crops and livestock. This simple animation outlines basic principles of sustainable water management and is intended to complement more detailed training materials.

Dig Deeper: Water Conservation Strategies

Information for farmers, ranchers, educators and researchers who are seeking to conserve water and limit the effects of excess moisture related to climate change.

Stories from the Field

Here are some of the ways SARE grantees are conserving and managing water.

Strahinja Stepanovic working with farmer Steve Tucker

Field Peas: A New Crop to Replace Fallow and Diversify the Farm

" "As a result of this project, field peas became an established crop in southwest Nebraska, and we built a foundation for a successful and long-term pulse industry." Strahinja Stepanovic, University of Nebraska-Lincoln " THE CHALLENGE In semi-arid regions, farmers without irrigation oftentimes conserve precious soil water by rotating cereal crops such as corn or…

Ray Gaesser

Ray Gaesser - Corning, Iowa

Ray Gaesser, a soybean producer from Corning, Iowa, who uses cover crops and no-till, is president of the American Soybean Association.

Resources and Learning

Browse all of SARE's resources on water conservation. Examples include:

Cover page of Smart Water Use bulletin

Smart Water Use on Your Farm or Ranch

As producers throughout the nation grow increasingly concerned about water scarcity, farmers, ranchers and agricultural educators are beginning to explore new, conservation-oriented approaches to water use.