Work Plan

2014 Priority Items

Marketing

  • Continue to work with the Green Vision Group in developing energy beets as a biofuel and for other industrial uses. A member of the NDIA staff is on the Energy Beet Project Advisory Council and attends meetings as appropriate.

  • Assist individuals and groups in developing irrigation in North Dakota.

  • Continue to communicate with groups, agencies, individuals, and companies to discuss the production of crops under irrigation.

  • Continue to communicate with a consulting group to support the establishment of a potato plant in western North Dakota.

  • Develop new and maintain up-to-date educational and related information.

Funding and Financing

  • Work with NRCS on the EQIP to develop and implement cost sharing water and energy conservation programs and activities, innovative irrigation water supplies, natural resource improvement, and other irrigation conservation measures.

  • Monitor the AgPace Program funding level with the Bank of North Dakota and submit requests to the State Water Commission for additional funds when required.

Projects

  • Support and work with entities involved in the development of irrigation using water from the McClusky Canal under the authority of the DWRA.

  • Support and work with entities with existing irrigation and developing new irrigated acreage utilizing water from the Missouri River.

  • Continue to work with irrigators and potential irrigators in developing water supplies utilizing off-stream storage and other innovative means.

  • Work with the Upper Sheyenne River Joint Water Resource Board to develop water storage opportunities (retention ponds) to relieve flooding and provide water supplies for irrigation.

  • Work with the Dickey-Sargent Irrigation District and others regarding the Oakes Test Area water supply, infrastructure needs, and transfer of facilities.

  • Monitor legislative issues on the national and state level which may affect irrigation and provide support as appropriate.

  • Attend, participate, and provide appropriate input at meetings related to Missouri River management and development to address issues affecting irrigation in North Dakota.

  • Monitor and keep abreast of subsurface drainage activities in the state as related to irrigated agriculture.

Research

  • Work with irrigators, irrigation advisors, equipment dealers, research managers, and others to identify needed irrigation research, potential benefits, funding sources, and personnel requirement.    

  • Support NDSU Extension and Agricultural Experiment Station in implementing the Soil Health and Land Management Initiative authorized by the 2011 Legislature.​

  • Attend meetings relative to the improvement and expansion of the Oakes Irrigation Research Site and support this activity proactively.

Energy

  • Work with Reclamation, Upper Missouri Water Association, irrigation districts, and others to implement the project pumping power provisions of the DWRA.          

  • Develop and distribute cost data on alternative power sources for irrigation.

Communication and Coordination

  • Continue the effort to increase NDIA membership through direct communication with potential members and describe accomplishments, ongoing work, and resulting benefits to irrigation.

  • Continue to improve the NDIA website as appropriate.

  • Provide irrigation-related information to producers and irrigation entities as needed or requested through workshops, newsletters, Irrigation Frontier in the North Dakota Water magazine, and individual communication to strengthen existing irrigation and foster new development.

  • Attend quarterly and other meetings of the GDCD Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and board meetings and perform follow-up work as appropriate.

  • Work with NDSU Extension, GDCD, State Water Commission, and other partners in implementing the Comprehensive Strategic Plan for Irrigation in North Dakota and update as appropriate. Develop a general plan for future irrigation development in North Dakota.

  • Continue to participate in workshops, tours, and meetings relevant to irrigation and other water resource-related activities in the state.

  • Participate in monthly telephone conference calls with NDSU Extension, State Water Commission, Reclamation, and others to discuss irrigation issues of mutual and current interest and benefit.