VIDALIA, La. — Louisiana rice producers will learn about water conservation methods during an LSU AgCenter workshop May 26 in Vidalia. Known as the LSU AgCenter’s Rice Irrigation Water Conservation meeting, the event will begin at 9 a.m. in the Vidalia City Hall, located on Spruce Street across from the Concordia Parish Courthouse in Vidalia.

Bill Branch, LSU AgCenter irrigation specialist, said the meeting will consist of discussions on a variety of water conservation methods being used successfully by producers in such states as Arizona, Arkansas and Mississippi.

“We will focus on water conservation and how this can reduce production costs,” Branch said. “We will show how that for every inch of water saved, the result is a cost savings up front.”

Speakers on the agenda include Bert Clemmens, director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Water Conservation Laboratory in Phoenix, Ariz.; Phil Tacker, an Extension irrigation engineer for the University of Arkansas; and Jim Thomas, an Extension irrigation engineer from Mississippi State University.

Following the discussions, participants will go to Angelina Plantation and look at methods used there. Several researchers and engineers from the USDA also will be on hand to answer questions, provide technical information about water conservation and offer suggestions on how producers can take advantage of Louisiana’s abundance of surface water.

For more information, contact LSU AgCenter county agent Glen Daniels at 318 -336-5135 or e-mail: gdaniels@agcenter.lsu.edu