MONAHANS - A special West Texas Rangeland Water Management Conference has been set for June 6 in the Monahans Community Center.
“Much of West Texas is in the midst of one of the worst droughts on record,” said Pascual Hernandez, Ward County Extension agent and a conference coordinator. “The drier it gets, the more people worry about water or the lack of it. The purpose of this conference is to bring landowners and managers up-to-date on a variety of water-related issues and items. Though ranchers have primary interest, a number of topics apply to anyone using ground water.”
The program is being sponsored by the Texas Agricultural Extension Service offices in Upton, Crane, and Ward counties. Registration starts at 9 a.m. Participants are eligible for 2.5 Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units.
Moderator for the morning session will be Jerry Warren, Upton County Extension agent. Dr. Kerry Shropshire, Irion County Extension agent, will discuss plant and animal water needs and Dr. Juan Enciso, Extension irrigation specialist at Fort Stockton, will talk about water quality and testing. Other speakers will compare the cost of implementation and maintenance of solar pumps and windmills, discuss herbicide alternatives, and state laws governing well plugging and pesticides.
Pre-registration by May 25 is $10 per person. Registration after May 25 is $12.50 per person. The fee includes the noon meal.
For further information, contact Hernandez at (915) 943-2682.