Water conservation award goes to Texas Alliance for Water Conservation
The Texas Alliance for Water Conservation, a research project made up of producers, industries, universities and government agencies, has been selected to receive the '2016 National Water and Energy Conservation Award' from the Irrigation Association. The Fairfax, Virginia-based organization is made up of a consortium of leading irrigation companies and professionals committed to promoting efficient irrigation and long-term sustainability of water resources for future generations.
The award recognizes TAWC's achievements in the conservation of water and energy through irrigation procedures, practices, equipment, methods and techniques, said Maureen Acquino, communications manager for the Irrigation Association. The award will be presented at a special ceremony in December during the 2016 Irrigation Show & Education Conference in Las Vegas.
"We're honored to receive this national award and be recognized for the TAWC's water conservation efforts at this level," said Rick Kellison, project director for TAWC. "It's a collaborative effort of extraordinary producers, researchers and outreach personnel whom contribute to the TAWC's success."
Established in 1966, the water and energy conservation award recognizes an irrigation-related company or group that demonstrates outstanding contributions to the advancement of the irrigation industry and its products and programs. The nominee's efforts ideally reflects contributions to a combination of industry products, practices, education, research and/or professionalism.
Kellison noted the TAWC project is a partnership of area producers, data collection technologies, and collaborating partners that includes industries, universities, and government agencies.
It uses on-farm demonstrations of cropping and livestock systems to compare the production practices, technologies, and systems that can maintain individual farm profitability while improving water use efficiency with a goal of extending the life of the Ogallala Aquifer while maintaining the viability of local farms and communities. The TAWC project was made possible through a grant from the Texas Water Development Board.
All production-related decisions are made by the more than 20 producers involved in the project. The project field sites involve more than 6,000 acres in Castro, Crosby, Deaf Smith, Floyd, Hale, Lamb, Lubbock, Parmer and Swisher counties. These sites represent the range of agricultural practices including monoculture cropping systems; crop rotations; no-till, limited-till and conventional tillage practices; land application of manure; and fully integrated crop and livestock systems.
Written by Norman Martin
CONTACT: Rick Kellison, Project Director, Texas Alliance for Water Conservation Project, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2774 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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