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FARMS Programs

There are a variety of different programs that FARMS supports including:

  • Well Back-Plugging

    The Well Back-Plugging Program addresses water quality problems that result from agricultural users pumping poor water quality from deep zones of the Upper Floridan aquifer.

    This program is implemented throughout the SWUCA but primarily focuses on the Shell, Prairie and Joshua Creek watersheds located in Charlotte and DeSoto counties.

    For more information about the Well Back-Plugging Program, contact David Brumbaugh at (941) 377-3722, ext. 6590, or at David.Brumbaugh@WaterMatters.org.

  • Mini-FARMS

    The Mini-FARMS Program is a cost-share program for agricultural operations of 100 irrigated acres or less aimed to conserve groundwater and protect water quality through water conservation best management practices.

    This program reimburses growers up to 75 percent of their project costs up to $5,000 per project.

    For more information about the Mini-FARMS Program, contact David Brumbaugh at (941) 377-3722, ext. 6590, or David.Brumbaugh@WaterMatters.org.

  • Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) Program

    The AMR Program is part of the recovery strategy for the Dover/Plant City Water Use Caution Area that incorporates flow meters and automatic meter reading equipment installations to monitor and reduce resource impacts from future frost/freeze pumping events.

    This program’s primary focus is to:


  • Improve the allocation of well mitigation responsibilities among permit holders.
  • Allow District staff to better identify permit compliance issues resulting from pumping during frost/freeze events.
  • Improve the modeling of impacts resulting from pumping during frost/freeze events.
  • Allow the monitoring of performance and track the progress of implemented management actions.
  • Provide for the overall assessment of the recovery strategy goal of reducing frost/freeze protection quantities by 20 percent by 2020.

For more information about the Automatic Meter Reading Program, contact Patricia Robertshaw at (941) 377-3722, ext. 6523, or Patricia.Robertshaw@WaterMatters.org.

  • Flow Meter Calibration Verification

    The FARMS Program offers a flow meter accuracy testing service at no cost for all flow meters associated with a FARMS project. Additional flow meters associated with a Water Use Permit (WUP), separate from those associated with the FARMS project, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    Flow meters associated with WUPs within the District are required to be tested and calibrated at least once every five years to ensure that they are accurate within +/- 5 percent of actual flow rate.

    Any work or cost associated with repairing or replacing hardware necessary to achieve the +/- 5 percent accuracy are not included with the flow meter accuracy testing service.

    For more information about the Flow Meter Calibration Verification, contact Patricia Robertshaw at (941) 377-3722, ext. 6523, or Patricia.Robertshaw@WaterMatters.org.

  • Funding for the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Research

    The FARMS Team manages the District’s funding of IFAS research to support its core mission.

    The District has a number of ongoing research projects dealing with various agricultural commodities, urban landscape research and nutrient issues. The majority of the research helps support agricultural water use permitting as well as water quality and water quantity best management practice research funding.

    For more information about the IFAS Research Program, contact Carole Estes, P.G., at (941) 377-3722, ext. 6590, or Carole.Estes@WaterMatters.org.

 
 
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