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June 17, 2013   Email to Friend 

IRRIGATION FOCUS OF NEXT ALABAMA WATER POLICY SYMPOSIUM
Mary Johnson
(334) 235-1406
June 17, 2013

The Huntsville Water Management Planning Symposium June 28 will focus on irrigation.

Farmers are among those invited to discuss irrigation at the Huntsville Water Management Planning Symposium June 28. The conference, open to the public, is 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at University of Alabama Huntsville’s (UAH) Shelby Center.

The symposium is one in a series aimed at developing a statewide water management plan.

“Alabama lags behind our neighboring states in irrigation, but UAH research shows we can increase irrigated acreage without negatively impacting the environment,” said Alabama Farmers Federation Director of Governmental and Agricultural Programs Jimmy Carlisle. “It’s important our farmers participate in these discussions to ensure agricultural water needs are addressed.”

Featured speakers include former Alabama Farmers Federation President and Limestone County farmer Jerry Newby; State Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, sponsor of the 2013 irrigation tax credit legislation; State Climatologist Dr. John Christy; and UAH atmospheric sciences professor Dr. Dick McNider.

Members of the Alabama Permanent Joint Water Policy Legislative Committee and the Alabama Water Agencies Working Group (AWAWG), established by Gov. Robert Bentley, will participate in a question-and-answer session with attendees.

The symposium is sponsored by the Alabama Rivers Alliance, UAH and the Federation.

There is no fee to attend, but registration is required by June 25 to reserve seating. For more information, including the conference agenda and registration, visit http://bit.ly/ZtRg5X.


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