ItemThe Economic Value of Irrigation in the Texas Panhandle(Southern Agricultural Economics Association, 2010-02) Guerrero, Bridget; Wright, Andrew; Hudson, Darren; Johnson, Jeffrey; Ammoson, StephenThe Texas Panhandle relies largely on the Ogallala Aquifer for access to water for irrigated agricultural production. With current pumping rates and slow recharge rates, the aquifer will at some point in the future no longer be an economically viable source of water for agriculture. The objective of this study is to estimate the value of irrigated agriculture to the region. A hypothetical policy restriction is imposed which assumes a one hundred percent conversion to dryland agriculture. The study estimates the economic impact of such a change on producer income and the resulting socioeconomic impacts on communities in the region. ItemGroundwater Policy Research(Southern Agricultural Economics Association, 2011-02) Johnson, Jeffrey W; Johnson, Phillip N; Guerrero, Bridget; Weinheimer, Justin; Amosson, Steve; Almas, Lal; Golden, Bill; Wheeler-Cook, ErinThe unique nature of the Ogallala Aquifer and Texas groundwater law present interesting and confounding problems for water policy makers. The purpose of this paper is to link previous efforts in water policy research for the Ogallala Aquifer in Texas with current collaborations that are ongoing with regional water planners. A chronological progression of economic water modeling efforts for the region is reviewed. As a result of advances made in the modeling studies and recent requirements for goal setting from groundwater conservation districts, water policy makers have become involved in collaborative studies with researchers to identify potential impacts of changes in water conservation strategies. The results of two recent collaborative studies are presented that provide estimates of impacts of alternative policies on groundwater saturated thickness, water use, net farm income, and regional economic activities.