Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives
Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives

Kurtis Charling
Business Solutions Specialist, Lindsay Corporation

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Location
Oakland, Nebraska
Farm Credit Affiliation
Farm Credit Services of America
Kurtis' Perspective

Nebraska native Kurtis Charling is at the forefront of water conservation innovation, addressing an anticipated increase in water resource demands from agriculture. Agriculture uses 70 percent of all freshwater “withdrawals” from the water table, which will need to feed an estimated 40 percent more people by 2050.

Kurtis has developed an automated technology that improves irrigation management efficiency. When coupled with a variety of irrigation concepts and methods, growers with center pivot irrigation can realize an average savings of 25-45 percent in energy and water. The technology reduces the input costs related to irrigation for growers and creates a more sustainable environment from both a cost and resource standpoint.

“Growing up on a farm and feed yard has given me an innate passion for agriculture. With the current issues surrounding water availability for agriculture, I have taken it upon myself to find ways to alleviate these issues for producers,” Kurtis says. “I want to know that my family’s hard work and dedication will continue to pay-off well into the future and the only way to ensure this is through vital resource sustainability.”

As a result of this technological development, Kurtis was recently invited to the prestigious ForbesUnder 30 Summit after placing in the Top 50 (out of 3,000) in the Forbes Under 30 Changing the WorldCompetition. Kurtis was also selected as a semi-finalist for the Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge, placing fifth out of 165 applicants.

"With the ever-increasing world population, the agriculture industry will be expected to produce more than ever before. The job of the farmer will not only get more difficult, but will become even more important,” says Kurtis. “Finding ways to help farmers address resource and production issues is extremely critical, and advancements in technology, management practices, and education will continue to play a role in the agriculture industry well into the future.”

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