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Irrigation Workshop Helps Landowners and AG Producers


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AUBURN, Calif. - More than 25 ag producers and landowners from Placer County participated in an irrigation workshop recently hosted by the Placer Resource Conservation District (RCD).

 Held at Highland Orchard in Penryn, the workshop allowed participants to see first-hand various types of irrigation equipment and management systems.  Topics covered included micro-spray and drip irrigation system components; filtration needs of ditch water; and irrigation water management, including understanding soils and water holding capacity, crop water needs, and water use changes throughout the season.

 In addition to Placer RCD staff, other local professionals provided their expertise.  Marc Denzin of Anderson's Sierra Pipe gave an overview of the current equipment available to address various irrigation needs.  Representatives from the Placer County Water Agency and Nevada Irrigation District provided updates on the water storage and delivery situations of their respective agencies.  Workshop participants also heard about various landowner assistance programs that provide financial incentives for making irrigation systems more efficient. 

 As part of their ongoing effort to help area landowners manage their land and natural resources, Placer RCD plans to host an irrigation workshop at least once a year.  Besides providing an educational service for landowners, Placer RCD technical assistance contributes to beneficial environmental outcomes, such as clean water, water conservation, erosion control, pasture health, wildlife habitat, and species diversity.

 Placer RCD is planning a series of other land and natural resources management field days.  Two that are being planned for this fall include small acreage management and pasture establishment. 






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