New Release from the California Energy Commission

For Immediate Release: February 16, 1996
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 - 654 - 4989

Irrigation And Fertilizer Conference
Will Help Salinas Growers Manage Water Pollution Problems

A day-long Irrigation Conference and Trade Show for growers interested in water conservation and the reduction of nitrate levels in local groundwater will be held Wednesday, February 28, 1996, at the Salinas Community Center, 940 North Main Street in Salinas.

Nitrate levels in the Salinas Valley groundwater basin have increased significantly and agricultural fertilizers have been identified as the primary source of the contamination. The symposium “Irrigation and Nutrient Management” will explore new technologies and practices designed to help farmers cost- effectively manage water and nutrients.

Fee for the day-long session is $40, which includes course materials, lectures, admission to the trade show and lunch. Topics covered range from drip irrigation and composting strategies to fertilizer needs for vegetables and wine grapes.

The conference is sponsored by the California Energy Commission; the Monterey County Water Resources Agency; University of California Cooperative Extension; University Extension at UC Davis; the Irrigation Training and Research Center at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; and the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Applicants can charge the cost of the conference to a credit card by calling, toll free, (800) 752-0881. For additional information call Karen Fischer, at University Extension, UC Davis, (916) 757-8777.

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