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Master Irrigator

Applications for 2018 are not yet being accepted. Please check back here soon for 2018 dates and the application process. To put your name on the wait list and reserve a spot for next year, call 806-935-6401.

 

Check out a sample of what Master Irrigator is all about as Irrigation Engineer, Leon New talks about the in’s and out’s of irrigation systems:

Through a partnership agreement between the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District (NPGCD) and the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an estimated $1.6 million in funding through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) has been provided to support the new Master Irrigator Program for four years. Participants who complete the 2017 course and receive their Master Irrigator Certification will have priority access to the NPGCD EQIP funding.

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“We cannot stop doing better or we lose everything.”
– 2016 Master Irrigator Graduate

The Master Irrigator Program is an irrigation management curriculum made up of 32 hours of intensive irrigation education conducted over four one-day sessions to show producers how to maximize advanced conservation irrigation management and conservation practices that work together to save water, conserve energy, build soil health and enhance farm profitability.

The topics from 2017 were:

  • Agronomics
  • Irrigation Scheduling
  • Systems
  • Systems & Special Topics

*Perfect attendance is required for EQIP funding and graduation of the course. Each day begins at 9am and adjourns at 4:30pm. We strongly encourage participants to show up around 8:30am to sign in and gather materials. Breakfast and lunch will be provided every day of the program.

For more information about the Master Irrigator program, check out the 2017 Master Irrigator Brochure. Additionally, you can find all of the 2017 presentations here.

Master Irrigator 2016 Graduates  

The graduates from 2016 think you should attend Master Irrigator because:

“I gained knowledge of new products that are available and coming out in the future to make irrigation more efficient and sustainable.”

“I was able to see challenges faced from many different producers in the water district.”

“Implementing better irrigation practices. We have heard of many of these practices just never implemented.”

“This was a great program that has been a great benefit from a knowledge standpoint and information sharing among producers.”

“Producer panels were outstanding. It was beneficial just to listen to producers in the audience discuss the things they were doing on their individual operations.”

“NPGCD does a great job in conserving our water. I’ve heard several people say they wish their water districts were as active as this one.”

“Overall, the entire training provided good information, the producer panels showed how many different operations adopted individual practices/tools to make a successful operation.”

Also, of the 2016 graduates who took the survey, 100% said they plan to implement the information they learned in the course.

The 2016 graduates said they appreciated learning about:

  • Irrigation scheduling
  • Soil health and fertility management
  • Efficient center pivot technology
  • New technology and methods
  • SDI
  • Remote sensing
  • Economic Analysis of Irrigation Alternatives

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Interested in seeing more pictures from Master Irrigator 2016? They’re on our Facebook page @NPGCD, or click here for the direct link to the photo album.

Do you have questions? Our staff members here at the District would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. For more information, please call our office at 806-935-6401.

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