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Technology Transfer: Promoting Irrigation Progress and Best Management Practices

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  5th National Decennial Irrigation Conference Proceedings, 5-8 December 2010, Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona USA  IRR10-9641.(doi:10.13031/2013.35816)
Authors:   Dana O Porter, Danny Rogers, Thomas H Marek, Freddie Lamm, Norman L Klocke, Mahbub Alam, Terry Howell
Keywords:   irrigation, educational methods, best management practices, Ogallala Aquifer, irrigation management, water conservation

Educational efforts promoting irrigation best management practices are designed to increase adoption of these practices and increase public understanding of the importance of irrigation. They increase visibility and impact of the Ogallala Aquifer Program and promote affiliated research and extension programs to agricultural producers, consultants and water resources managers. Building upon existing programs and collaborations, successful programs are being expanded to accommodate additional audiences and applications. Improved quality, effectiveness and efficiency of educational programs are made possible through improved communication and complementary expertise of the collaborators. A variety of methods and media (electronic and print; modular educational packages; mass media; and traditional Extension field days and workshops) are being used to reach an expanding and diverse audience. Evaluation surveys and levels of participation in education events indicate that audience response has been very positive.

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