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- Young farmer is conserving water for the long-term
Chavez and his father do their best to apply the most effective conservation measures on their land because they depend on the land to make a living.
Greg Chavez_OAI_13 Greg Chavez has worked with NRCS Resource Team Leader Mike White to plan and implement more efficient irrigation practices through the Ogallala Aquifer Initiative (OAI).
Greg Chavez moved to the United States from Mexico when he was just two years old. His father wanted to relocate the family to find a more prosperous life.
Growing up on a farm near Hereford, Texas, Chavez, 38, said he always knew he wanted to be a farmer and do his best to grow high-quality crops while taking care of the land.
Today, he and his father are in a partnership where they own and operate approximately 3,500 acres of farmland that includes the land he was raised on in Deaf Smith County. Water is a major concern as they manage cattle with a diversified cropping system of corn, cotton, wheat and hay.
Chavez and his father do their best to apply the most effective conservation measures on their land because they depend on the land to make a living. They agree farming isn’t without challenges. Severe drought in recent years, for instance, forced them to reevaluate operation and management strategies.
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“Drought conditions are going to change the way we run our farms,” says Chavez. “I am working on making my operation more efficient, saving time and resources.”
To be as successful as possible, Chavez asked for assistance through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). For the past 10 years he’s utilized technical assistance in conservation planning and program assistance to improve irrigation practices and soil health, and most recently through a program specifically for Historically Underserved or Socially Disadvantaged Farmers.