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The 150 Largest High Plains Aquifer Users in Kansas

2005-17 (CUMULATIVE ACRE-FEET USED BY PERSONAL ID NUMBER)

Groundwater in the Ogallala Aquifer belongs to the people of Kansas, but the right to use it goes to irrigators who are putting it to uses considered to benefit the whole state.

This list of the largest 150 waters users of the High Plains Aquifer, which includes the Ogallala, is a who’s who of some the largest, most successful and most powerful agriculture-oriented ventures in Kansas. It includes cooperative utilities, land-holding companies, multinational food companies, family farm corporations, as well as municipal users such as the cities of Wichita, Liberal and Dodge City.

State law requires groundwater users to self-report annually how much water they are using from each of their wells. Records show that aquifer users pumped 37.3 million acre-feet total between 2005 and 2017, more water than can fit in Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir, near Las Vegas. One acre-foot is equal to 325,851 gallons of water.

The top 150 represent just 2 percent of all water permit users but consumed about 22 percent of all groundwater being drawn by the High Plains Aquifer over the past 13 years. The Journal is including this list because understanding who has the most at stake in dealing with the challenges facing aquifer is an important aspect of wrestling with the issue.

UPDATE: Read The Journal’s full story about the Ogallala Aquifer here: https://klcjournal.com/the-clock-is-ticking-on-dealing-with-western-kansas-drying-ogallala-aquifer

 

1 WHEATLAND ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE INC                                  384,136
2 THE GARDEN CITY CO                                  244,879
3 CITY OF WICHITA                                  240,471
4 CIRCLE LAND & CATTLE CORPORATION                                  197,905
5 TYSON FRESH MEATS INC                                  164,669
6 SYRACUSE DAIRY LLC                                  138,363
7 TRIANGLE H GRAIN & CATTLE CO                                  102,654
8 RICHARD & SUSAN JAMES                                    99,166
9 CITY OF HUTCHINSON                                    99,000
10 GARY L BAKER                                    97,156
11 NICK R HATCHER                                    93,653
12 KENNETH COX                                    91,167
13 NICHOLAS FARMS INC                                    88,755
14 T L W LAND & CATTLE CO LP                                    88,615
15 DUANE E & KATHLEEN AKOSTER TRUSTS                                    86,393
16 HITCH LAND & CATTLE CO                                    85,831
17 SPRING CREEK FAMILY FARMS                                    83,304
18 EDNA E COLLINGWOOD TRUST                                    83,066
19 LAWRENCE D WITHERS                                    81,672
20 ROGER STOTTS                                    79,251
21 NATIONAL BEEF PACKING CO LLC                                    77,278
22 ROME FARMS                                    74,227
23 BROOKOVER LAND ENTERPRISES                                    73,778
24 TIMOTHY L & PATRICIA L DEWEY                                    73,493
25 PREMIER 4 FARMS                                    73,437
26 CIRCLE D FARMS LLC                                    70,830
27 IRSIK G & B FARMS INC                                    70,633
28 CITY OF LIBERAL                                    69,853
29 HATCHER LAND CO LP                                    69,136
30 CITY OF DODGE CITY                                    65,933
31 CITY OF GARDEN CITY                                    64,596
32 DAVID T WALKER                                    64,062
33 DONALD PAUL GREWELL                                    63,731
34 C L FARMS                                    61,936
35 TIM DEWEY FARM & CATTLE COMPANY                                    61,303
36 JAMES L & DARLA S MOSBARGER                                    61,241
37 CORLEY FARMS LC                                    59,805
38 ROCK ORMISTON                                    57,892
39 BRADNER A TATE                                    57,814
40 KENT DUNN                                    57,400
41 SUNFLOWER ELECTRIC POWER CORP                                    56,766
42 WILLIAM R & TERESA M COTTRELL JR                                    56,741
43 ARCH B & MICHELLE FRINK                                    56,327
44 TRI-STATE GENERATION & TRANSMISSION                                    56,026
45 WARREN F & SUSAN FOX                                    55,961
46 H & C FARMS INC                                    55,798
47 CARL LEATHERWOOD INC                                    53,830
48 JACOB W & SHIRLEY A ROENBAUGH                                    53,593
49 LAYNE ANGELL                                    51,431
50 JOHN D & CAROLYN K SMITH                                    51,071
51 LEWIS W WHEELER                                    50,775
52 DARRELL N & NATALIE D WOOD REV TRUSTS                                    50,688
53 CITY OF MCPHERSON                                    50,504
54 STRANDMARK FARMS INC                                    49,563
55 ROBERT J & PATRICIA M KNOLL                                    48,908
56 FRED L & KATHY R BLOOM                                    48,352
57 SHARP FARMS                                    47,334
58 FORD LAND COMPANY                                    47,168
59 W R RENICK INC                                    46,821
60 TRIPLE G FARMS ET AL                                    46,492
61 CLAWSON LAND PARTNERSHIP                                    45,915
62 HINES FARMS                                    45,876
63 WESTAR ENERGY                                    45,342
64 SMITH RANCH COMPANY INC                                    44,957
65 VERGIL E JOHNSON                                    44,770
66 MITCHELL FARMS                                    44,045
67 FLETCHER RANCH INC                                    43,681
68 ROGER L & LESLIE R STOTTS                                    43,454
69 CLAWSON HASKELL CO #1                                    43,183
70 JOANN DOWDY FRANZ                                    43,028
71 DOUGLAS F & RENELL M BELL                                    42,269
72 TRI-STONE FARMS INC                                    41,741
73 DUANE LAMBERT                                    41,699
74 STAPLETON FARMS INC                                    41,548
75 BEYMER & BEYMER INC                                    41,534
76 GRAHAM FARMS INC                                    41,367
77 NATIONAL COOPERATIVE REFINERY ASSN                                    40,999
78 ALVA E REXFORD                                    40,600
79 FRED RITSEMA & YOKA RODENHUIS TRUSTS                                    40,583
80 FORREST COX                                    40,504
81 BOYD FARMS INC                                    40,125
82 HARLEY D & MARGARET R SCHMIDT                                    40,093
83 FARMERS NATIONAL COMPANY                                    39,453
84 GREGORY C & SUE LOVE                                    39,104
85 MARIETTA J NIGHTENGALE                                    38,941
86 GARETSON BROTHERS                                    38,930
87 BEST FARMS INC                                    38,585
88 GOETZ FARMS INC                                    38,290
89 RICHARDSON FARM INC                                    38,203
90 ROBERT L & SYLVIA D SELLARD                                    38,150
91 KURT A & SHEILA RUGAN                                    37,877
92 MILLER FARMS OF DEERFIELD INC                                    37,759
93 MID AMERICA CATTLE CO                                    37,720
94 RICHARD E & REBECCA SALLY CLAGGETT                                    37,560
95 LARRY A & ROMA ROEHR                                    37,525
96 FRAHM FARMLAND INC                                    37,329
97 MARSHALL P REEVE                                    37,299
98 JAMES L LIVENGOOD                                    37,296
99 CATTLE EMPIRE LLC                                    36,959
100 MULL INVESTMENTS LP                                    36,947
101 NEWPORT FARMS LLC                                    36,700
102 CLAWSON MEADE CO #4                                    36,599
103 MARLIN & ERMA HEGER                                    36,559
104 ILS LAND LLC                                    36,413
105 HITCH ENTERPRISES INC                                    36,392
106 KLEYSTEUBER & GILLEN INC                                    36,348
107 JEFFREY J & SHARLEEN L UNRUH                                    35,859
108 GAYLE GREESON                                    35,701
109 BRENT L & JOAN K KOEHN                                    35,685
110 PHILLIP A DERSTEIN                                    35,505
111 HERITAGE FEEDERS LP                                    35,206
112 CLINTON RUSSELL                                    35,058
113 PARITY GRAIN INC                                    34,449
114 EUGENE L & JANET M SHORE                                    34,444
115 BLUE HOUSE FAMILY TRUST                                    33,853
116 PATRICK JOSSERAND & CYNTHIA JOSSERAND                                    33,728
117 WILLIAM WILEY MCFARLAND                                    33,287
118 CARL DUDREY                                    33,274
119 RON & CHERISSE JANTZ                                    33,104
120 WESTWIND FARMS INC                                    32,918
121 FRANK P DEVINE                                    32,456
122 DOUGLAS MILLS                                    32,214
123 CRAIG D & DONITA L FISHER                                    32,195
124 DWAYNE & VICKIE HULL                                    32,104
125 PARITY INVESTMENTS INC                                    32,012
126 ILS FARMS                                    32,001
127 TIMOTHY & CONNIE LIVENGOOD                                    31,976
128 MICHAEL OBRATE                                    31,835
129 B & B AG FARMS                                    31,833
130 CITY OF HAYS                                    31,736
131 REEVE CATTLE CO INC                                    31,618
132 RICKY R & LINDA R ROGERS TRUSTS                                    31,598
133 EDWARD R & REBECCA J SCHULTE                                    31,591
134 ROY WALKEMEYER                                    31,438
135 DON L & JEWEL NIGHTINGALE                                    31,415
136 DARLENE BROWN                                    31,248
137 BOB HUSBAND                                    31,101
138 M & G FARMS                                    31,062
139 JIM MCKEE                                    31,026
140 ERNESTINE E HOLMES LIFE ESTATE                                    30,891
141 THERON & CAROLYN CULWELL                                    30,858
142 JACK D & JANICE L BOEGEL                                    30,597
143 ROGER KELMAN                                    30,561
144 KAY BERGHAUS LIVING TRUST                                    30,500
145 FANSHER INC                                    30,404
146 TFT ALFALFA FARMS LLC                                    30,283
147 MIKE ROME JR                                    30,256
148 WALTER & ALBERTA REDGER LIVING TRUST                                    30,084
149 VENTURE LAND INC                                    29,974
150 CHARLES WHITHAM                                    29,660

A version of this article was originally published in the Summer 2018 issue of The Journal, a publication of the Kansas Leadership Center. To learn more about KLC, visit http://kansasleadershipcenter.org. For a subscription to the printed edition of The Journal, visit klcjr.nl/amzsubscribe.

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