New Waves March 2009

Breaking news about water resources research and education in Texas

Irrigation Training Program successful

More than 500 participants attended 6 training events over the last 12 months as part of the Irrigation Training Program, a multi-agency project designed to help farmers and others learn about efficient tools and techniques of irrigation management to enhance water conservation.

"We successfully completed these training events and accomplished our goals of providing a cohesive program of region-specific irrigation information," said Cecilia Wagner, project manager of Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI).

The program was 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 funded the project through its Agricultural Water Conservation Grant program.

Along with hearing experts on various aspects of irrigation practices, cropping systems, policy updates and cost-share programs available to local producers, participants received a region-specific manual of AgriLife Extension and related agencies' educational materials on such topics as determining crop water needs, using climate data for irrigation scheduling, and improving on-farm water management. The manuals are available at online at

Training events were held in Chillicothe, Lubbock, Mercedes, Sinton, Hondo, and Amarillo.

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