Southern Region Water Conference July 23-25 at Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center

COLLEGE STATION — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host the Southern Region Water Conference, titled “Improving Adoption of Sustainable Water Management Practices,” July 23-25 at the Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center, 177 Joe Routt Blvd. in College Station.

The Southern Region Water Conference will be July 23-25 at the Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center in College Station. (Texas A&M AgriLife Research photo by Kay Ledbetter)

The conference, co-hosted by the Texas Water Resources Institute, is designed to provide relevant information to farmers and ranchers, agricultural professionals, researchers, agency representatives and students about optimizing water-use efficiency and protecting water quality in the south.

“This conference will have farmers and specialists describing practices and research with direct application to agricultural enterprises, as well as agricultural producers and water resource professionals addressing barriers to water use and the use of effective irrigation techniques,” said Dr. Diane Boellstorff, AgriLife Extension water resources specialist, College Station.

Joel Pigg, AgriLife Extension program specialist, College Station, said the conference is intended to be practical and uncomplicated, using straightforward communications to deliver relevant information for the farmer.

Registration is $200 for general attendees, $100 for producers and $50 for students. After July 21, registration is $250 for general attendees, $150 for producers, and $100 for students. Registration is available at https://agrilife.org/southern-region-water-conference/registration-2019/.

Conference topics include:

  • Irrigation water management.

  • Urban water conservation.

  • Water considerations around the home, including private water well management, protecting drinking water supplies, turf management, irrigation and rainwater harvesting.

  • Watershed management.

  • Programs/incentives for growers, including new farm bill programs, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service programs and Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, or SARE, opportunities.

The conference is a collaboration between SARE, AgriLife Extension, Texas Water Resources Institute and others, including the cooperative extension programs of Prairie View A&M University, Mississippi State University, North Carolina State University, University of Florida, University of Georgia, Louisiana State University AgCenter, University of Kentucky, Clemson and Auburn University.

For more information, contact Pigg at 979-845-1461 or j-pigg@tamu.edu. The conference is supported in part by SARE.

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Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu

Contacts: Dr. Diane Boellstorff, 979-458-3562, dboellstorff@tamu.edu

Joel Pigg, 979-845-1461, j-pigg@tamu.edu

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