‘Stewarding Our Auqifer’ field day to educate public and ag producers

NAZARETH, Texas (KFDA) – Ogallala Commons will hold the second Stewarding Our Aquifer field day next week.

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The event will focus on landowner management practices contributing to a rise in groundwater levels in certain parts of the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District.

Another presentation will examine large-scale rainwater harvesting.

The event’s feature presentation will be by Alan Birkenfeld, owner and manager of a 640-acre farm on the Castro-Swisher county line, where organizers say the water levels are “stable and rising.”

Birkenfeld will give an overview of his vision and discuss use of cover crops. His presentation will also include a discussion on grazing and management practices used to transition to grass farming.

Organizers encourage farmers, ranchers, agency personnel, educators and the general public to attend the presentations.

Activities begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Home Mercantile Building in Nazareth on Tuesday,

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Occupation: Professor, Midland University; teacher, Learning for All

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Adrian Petrescu

Public offices held: Secretary of delegation, delegation of Parliament of Romania to NATO Parliamentary Assembly, 1991-95; diplomatic counselor, Parliament of Romania, 1991-95; adviser, Constitutional Assembly of Romania, 1991

Military service: None in the U.S. but served as a reservist in the Romanian army

Education: Doctor of philosophy, economics of science and technology for innovation, University of Pittsburgh, 2003; juris doctor, law, litigation certificate, Creighton University, 2016; master of arts, economics-finance, NSPSA, Bucharest Romania, 1993; master of science, engineering, Politehnica University, Bucharest, 1989

Family: Married, one adult daughter

Faith: Orthodox Christian

What is your top priority? “Facilitate true equity in education of our children and lifelong learning for all Nebraskans in a fiscally responsible way. Every child deserves to be nurtured to self-trust to have her or his curiosity satisfied and beliefs supported and to achieve their fullest potential in life.

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Some things went better than others, Sapp said. Her daughter loved music time, but she zoned out during story time. And when her teacher gave her short assignments to help prepare her for writing, it was a struggle to get her to do them.

“She likes to bargain with me — ‘I’ll do half, and then I’ll do the other half later,’” Sapp said.

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