July 29, 2022

8/4 Presentation: Water Optimization on Utah's Farms

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Water Optimization on Utah's Farms

Thursday, August 4, 2022, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

O.C. Tanner Headquarters, 1930 South State Street, SLC

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As Utah and other Western states face continued drought conditions, agricultural irrigation practices are being increasingly targeted. Irrigation accounts for upwards of 70% of Utah's water use, but those farms provide approximately 80,000 jobs and contribute 15 percent of the state's GDP. At the next USU Research Landscapes, Dr. Matt Yost will discuss the latest irrigation research and share techniques to optimize water use while supporting, instead of scrutinizing, Utah's food producers.


A USU Extension specialist and faculty member in the Plants, Soils and Climate department, Dr. Yost has been working with farmers across Utah to test various water optimization techniques. During the event he will discuss the pros and cons of various practices and systems, including:

  • irrigation scheduling methods
  • recent advances in irrigation systems and sprinklers
  • drought-tolerant crops
  • soil management approaches

USU Research Landscapes will be held Thursday, August 4 from 4-5:30 p.m. at the O.C. Tanner headquarters in Salt Lake City, and will include a 25-minute presentation, 30 minutes of live question-and-answer, and time to network with other attendees.


Craig Buttars, Commissioner of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, and Casey Snider, member of the Utah House of Representatives will both be part of the discussion and conversations about water optimization at the event and, at the beginning of the presentation, attendees will hear their thoughts and perspectives on Utah's agriculture and food producers.

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What is Research Landscapes?

At Utah State University Research Landscapes, we provide an entry-point for state and community decision-makers across the Wasatch Front to connect with the researchers who are investigating the most critical issues facing the state.

Why should I attend?

As the state’s land-grant institution, Utah State University is uniquely situated to help solve Utah’s land, water, and air challenges. During the event, the presenters will share data-driven discoveries to provide the state's decision-makers and stakeholders with tools and insights to address these critical issues.

What is the event like?

Each event will feature a live presentation that highlights the researcher and their work, followed by a question-and-answer session with the presenter.