3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. The Food Safety Modernization Act: What Does This Mean to Farmers, Growers, Packers? Speaker: Mary Ellen Taylor, Public Affairs Officer, US Food and Drug Agency Discuss the proposed and final rules of the FSMA; what is required by you as a grower or packer; the upcoming deadlines; import requirements, and third party audits.
THURSDAY IRRIGATION SEMINARS Presented by: International Center for Water Technology and the Irrigation Association
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Agricultural Activities of the Irrigation Association Speaker: John Farner, Irrigation Association Hear an update from the Irrigation Association.
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Good Irrigation Efficiency by Increasing Distribution Uniformity Speaker: Bill Green, Center for Irrigation Technology Learn about irrigation efficiency by increasing distribution uniformity.
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Irrigation Automation with Wireless Telemetry Speaker: Jacob Christfort, Ranch Systems As water becomes more scarce and costly, irrigation monitoring and control becomes an imperative. Partial or full automation not only saves on labor costs, but provides more precise control and data on the amount of water delivered to crops (conserving water and better controlling plant growth). This session consists of: 1) Wireless Telemetry Technology, 2) Software Overview and Demonstration and 3) Case Study results from a pistachios and wine grape grower in Lemoore, CA.
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Leveraging Irrigation Technology in Drought Conditions-Tree, Vine and Row Crops Speaker: Pat Biddy, Irrigation Matters Projections are already being made that irrigation water available to growers in 2014 to be worse than 2013. We will discuss the tools that are available to growers that will allow them to maximize their available irrigation water.
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Volumetric Flowmeters Selection, Operation & Maintenance for Water & Irrigation Operators and Maintenance Personnel Speaker: Craig Pfaff, Seametrics Flow Meters and Controls Flow meters offering volumetric measurement have been used for many years by both water and irrigation personnel for custody transfer, system flow analysis, throughput monitoring, control system pacing, and other applications. However, the "right" meter is often selected across very divergent applications, without applying in-depth criteria or consideration as to the specific nature of the application, such as environmental temperature and humidity, media pressure and amount/size of solids, accuracy across volumetric range, or ease of access and replacement by maintenance personnel. This seminar will explore application-specific selection criteria of volumetric flow meters from the viewpoint of water and irrigation operations and maintenance personnel.