Many companies from throughout Texas and across the nation that provide water conservation technology and services to farmers and irrigation districts are coming to the Rio Grande Valley this fall as part of the Texas Irrigation Expo.
The Expo will be held Oct. 21 and 22 at the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show Grounds in Mercedes, Texas.
Major out-of-state sponsors include:
-- An Australian company with offices in California and Colorado that manufactures water control gates and automation software.
--A California company that offers field monitoring stations and software.
--A Louisiana company that manufactures PVC pipe that's used for irrigation.
--A South Dakota company that produces heavy-duty mowing and vegetation maintenance equipment.
There also are plenty of companies representing every corner of Texas that will be in attendance.
On Thursday, Oct. 21, there will be more than 5 hours of presentations on various ways to conserve water for agriculture. A free lunch will be served, and then conference attendees can choose to go on one of two tours of demonstration sites that are using different irrigation techniques, or stay on site for product demonstrations.
There also will be a half day of presentations on Friday, Oct. 22, including pesticide training by the Texas Department of Agriculture for continuing education units.
The Expo is free, but reservations are required.
You can register online at www.texasirrigationexpo.org.
And for more information about the Expo, please contact Tom McLemore at the Harlingen Irrigation District-Cameron County #1 at 956-423-7015 or Robyn Hadley of WaterPR at 512-477-5445.