New Waves October 2008

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Irrigation training program set for Rio Grande Valley, Gulf Coast

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) is continuing to co-sponsor irrigation training events around the state as part of its Irrigation Training Program (ITP).

The next event, the 7th Rio Grande Valley Irrigation Conference and Trade Show, will be on Wednesday, Oct. 29 in Mercedes. Following the valley program, the Gulf Coast Irrigation Conference and Trade Show is set for Tuesday, Nov. 18 in Sinton.

At each training program, irrigation experts will speak on efficient irrigation systems and their operation and management. Other topics are specific to the location.

These training events are part of six programs being held around the state to help farmers and others learn about efficient tools and techniques of irrigation management. Each event will offer region-specific information about irrigation practices, cropping systems, policy updates and cost-share programs available to local producers. Future programs scheduled are Jan. 14, 2009 in Amarillo, and the final event, the South Texas Irrigation Conference, will be Jan. 20, 2009 in Hondo.

The ITP is a collaborative effort of TWRI, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, and USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service. The Texas Water Development Board provides support funding for the project through its Agricultural Water Conservation Grant program.

For more information about the Rio Grande Valley or Coastal Bend conferences events, visit For more information on the Irrigation Training Program, visit

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