New TWRI Web site offers irrigation training materials
Producers tapping into water supplies for irrigation needs can now get training online at a new Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) Web site.
The Texas Water Development Board, through a three-year Agricultural Water Conservation Grant, provided funds to TWRI to develop a statewide Irrigation Training Program to help farmers and others learn about efficient tools and techniques of irrigation management, said Dr. B.L. Harris, TWRI acting director.
TWRI, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and its network of local soil and water conservation districts, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, collaborated to develop and implement a comprehensive program.
Six training programs were held throughout the state during 2008 and 2009. Agendas and presentations from these trainings are available on the new Web site located at irrigationtraining.tamu.edu/ . The six trainings reached 296 agricultural producers who manage approximately 700,000 acres, Harris said. The program saved an estimated 93,848 acre-feet of water during the project when participants implemented the recommended practices.
The Web site also provides access to two electronic editions (North Texas and South Texas) of an inclusive 500-plus page manual. Free CDs of the manuals can be ordered by contacting TWRI at firstname.lastname@example.org. A limited number of hard copies are also available, Harris said.
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