Advisory council recognizes agricultural water conservation efforts
The Water Conservation Advisory Council (Council) announces the 2012 winners of the Save Texas Water Blue Legacy Award in Agriculture. The awards will be formally presented during the Texas Commodity Symposium (http://www.texascorn.org/news-releases.html) on Nov. 28. This event is held in conjunction with the Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show. The event is free and will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Grand Plaza Room of the Amarillo Civic Center. It will conclude with the annual Ag Appreciation Luncheon hosted by the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Ag Council.
The Blue Legacy Award in Agriculture is an annual award that recognizes the outstanding water conservation efforts and successes of the agriculture community. Award winners were selected based on their demonstrated willingness and commitment to incorporate water conservation practices into their operations as well as their leadership in furthering water conservation in their communities or within the industry. This year's award selection committee consisted of Water Conservation Advisory Council members representing the Texas Farm Bureau, Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service.
The Council recognized the following award winners for successfully promoting and incorporating water conservation through efforts in their operations or programs.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service - Panhandle District 1 for their work on the 2011 North Plains Corn Irrigation Demonstration Project: Efficient Profitable Irrigation in Corn.
The Ogallala Aquifer Program: a research-education consortium that promotes water conservation while helping to maintain or improve profitability of farming and the prosperity of farming communities in the Texas High Plains.
Texas Alliance for Water Conservation: on-farm demonstrations of cropping and livestock systems to compare production practices, technologies, and systems that maintain profitability while improving water use efficiency with a goal of extending the life of the Ogallala Aquifer.
Robert Meyer Farms: a family owned and operated farm in Deaf Smith County. Robert Meyer is a leader in adopting conservation practices on his own farm and as president of the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District No. 1.
The award program provides an opportunity to broaden water conservation awareness in the agricultural industry. The Council hopes to use these success stories to promote the agricultural industry's efforts in water conservation as well as promote the individuals and agencies themselves as credible spokespersons.
To read more about the 2012 winners and to learn more about the Save Texas Water Blue Legacy Award in Agriculture, visit http://savetexaswater.org/awards/AG/2012/AgWinners.htm or contact Council Support Staff at email@example.com or 512-936-6090.
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