Natural Resources Training Program

Vegetable Irrigation Advances Program

Texas International Produce Association
901 Business Park Dr. Suite 500, Mission TX

March 6, 2018
8:00 am – 12:00 pm

This free producer program will focus on the practical aspects of implementing water conserving irrigation technologies in vegetable production. Producers currently using these practices will provide local perspectives and industry representatives will discuss technology advancements, water conservation impacts and economic returns for discussed technology. Pest management implications of practice implementation will be covered and allow 1 hour of TDA CEUs to be provided. Technical and financial assistance opportunities and resources available to producers will be discussed. Please register by March 1st.

07:30  Registration and coffee
Texas International Produce Association
08:00 Welcome
Dante Galeazzi, President and CEO, Texas International Produce Association
08:05 Workshop Overview
Lucas Gregory, Research Scientist, Texas Water Resources Institute
08:15      Grower Experiences and Perspectives on Drip Irrigation in Vegetables
Moderator: Ray Prewett

Grower Representatives

  • Mike Helle, Helle Farms
  • Fred Schuster, Schuster Farms
09:00 New Irrigation Technologies for Produce
Moderator: Lucas Gregory

Industry Representatives

  • Danny Sosebee, Netafim
  • Steven Vandever, Sostena

AgriLife Representative

  • Juan Enciso, AgriLife Extension – UAS in Vegetable Production
  • Juan Landivar, AgriLife Research – Advances in Valley Vegetable Production
10:00 Agency Resources Cost share programs
  • EQIP program – Sonny Vela, NRCS
  • 319 and 503 program – Ronnie Ramirez, TSSWCB
  • TWDB Water Conservation Programs – Kathleen Jackson, TWDB Director
  • Regional Conservation Partnership Program – Victor Gutierrez, Texas Water Resources Institute
10:45      Vegetable Production IPM
Juan Anciso
11:45 Discussion and Next Steps in the Industry
Dante Galeazzi
12:00      Adjourn
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