This event on agricultural water use was hosted by the Farm Bureau of Ventura County
AGQ Labs USA attended an educational event hosted by the Farm Bureau of Ventura County and by the Ventura County Agricultural Irrigated Lands Group.
The event was an educational outreach for commercial growers by the State of California, Department of Water Resources from Proposition 84, the Agricultural Water and Energy Use Efficiency Grant Program. The drought is challenging farmers to use water wisely, consequently the main purpose of the event was to educate and provide financial aid to farmers. To help, the State of California has awarded Ventura County a cost share grant with $1.2 million available for technical assistance and equipment rebates to improve agricultural irrigation and energy efficiency.
The Agricultural Water Use Efficiency (AWUE) program will rebate farmers up to 60% of equipment upgrades that demonstrate quantifiable water and energy savings. This equipment may include irrigation timers, meters, sprinklers, soil moisture sensors, drip tape and emitters, irrigation software, high efficiency pumps, pipes and valves.
AGQ Labs USA was present as one the preferred resource conservation technologies from local agricultural and technical service providers for the county of Ventura. In cooperation, AGQ Labs has provided our lab services and agronomic expertise to the programs in efforts of providing a clear understanding of water quality and irrigation management. Involvement with these projects are to help improve both product quality and caliber, optimize fertilizer and water usage, control salinity, while establishing zero leaching production methods. This is accurate information that clients can use to improve productivity and optimize natural resources usage once the research is conducted and published by the Ventura County Resource Conservation District.
At AGQ Labs we continuously evaluate the crop water needs at all times. We monitor the water and nutrient uptake of the crop and advise our clients on how to adjust their irrigation and fertilizers to the optimal level.