New Waves August 2008

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Irrigation training event planned Aug. 19

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI), Texas AgriLife Extension Service and Texas AgriLife Research are hosting a one-day Irrigation Training Program Aug. 19, in Chillicothe, Texas. The program is designed to help farmers and others learn about efficient tools and techniques of irrigation management.

The program will be from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with the morning session at the First United Methodist Church, 301 S Avenue J. in Chillicothe.

Drs. John Sij, AgriLife Research agronomist, and Dana Porter, AgriLife Extension agricultural engineer, are coordinating the event. Presenters will speak on soil moisture management, irrigation timing, applications of center pivot and drip irrigation technologies and updates on cost-share programs and water-issues legislation. Field demonstrations of center-pivot and drip irrigation systems will be in the afternoon.

Interested participants can register online at http://watereducation.tamu.edu or by calling Heather Easterling at 940.552.9941, ext 252. Pre-registration is not necessary, but will help plan for the barbeque lunch provided. Participants will also be able to register the day of the program.

Continuing education units will be available.

The Chillicothe event is the second of six Irrigation Training Program events being held in different regions of the state during 2008-09. The first training program was in Lubbock and each site offers region-specific information about irrigation practices, cropping systems and climates. Other training programs will be at Mercedes in October, San Patricio County in November, Uvalde in November and Amarillo in January 2009.

The program is a collaboration with TWRI, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service. The Texas Water Development Board funds the project through its Agricultural Water Conservation Grant program.

For more information about the upcoming programs, contact Cecilia Wagner at cawagner@ag.tamu.edu or 979.458.1138.

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