With forecasts painting a sobering picture of the 2013-14 state water supply, the California Department of Water Resources and the Center for Irrigation Technology will conduct a drought preparedness workshop for Valley agriculture professionals.

The workshop, aimed at growers, irrigation managers, water district personnel, engineers and policy makers, will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17 at Fresno State’s Alice Peters Auditorium (room 191 in the Peters Business building).

“Access to information and resources will be key components in helping California agriculture prepare for what the National Weather Service has forecast as a potentially short water year,” said David Zoldoske, director of the Center for Irrigation Technology.

Presentation topics include:

  • Statewide Water Conditions and Preparing for a Dry 2014
  • State Water Project Supplies
  • Groundwater Conditions
  • Water Transfers for 2014
  • USDA Farm Services Agency Program Status Under Interim Farm Bill
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Program Status Under Interim Farm Bill
  • Pumping Efficiency Preparedness for Drought Conditions
  • Getting by With Less Water in Orchards and Vineyards

There is no charge for the full-day event but space is limited. Lunch is included for workshop attendees.

To register, or for more information, visit www.californiawater.org (click “Calendar”) or call 559.278.2066.

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