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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

A local discussion of current science and issues concerning dairying in northwest iowa

This workshop will focus on the Village Creek/Lake Arlington Watershed and is being co-hosted by the Trinity River Authority, The AgriLife Extension Office in Tarrant County, and the Texas Water Resources Institute. The training will focus on the nature and function of stream and riparian zones and the benefits and direct impacts from healthy riparian zones.

The riparian education program will cover an introduction to riparian principles, watershed processes, basic hydrology, erosion/deposition principles, and riparian vegetation, as well as potential causes of degradation and possible resulting impairment(s), and available local resources including technical assistance and tools that can be employed to prevent and/or resolve degradation. This one-day trainings will include both indoor classroom presentations and outdoor stream walks.

The goal is for participants to better understand and relate to riparian and watershed processes, the benefits that healthy riparian areas provide, and the tools that can be employed to prevent and/or resolve degradation and improve water quality. At the conclusion of the training, participants will receive a certificate of completion.

Continuing Education Units will also be available from: Texas Department of Agriculture Pesticide Applicators License – 3 CEUs; Texas Water Resources Institute  – 1 CEU; Texas Nutrient Management Planning Specialists – 6 hours; Texas Floodplain Management Association – 7 CECs; Certified Crop Advisor- 7 CEUs (Nutrient Mgmt: 1, Soil & Water: 1.5, IPM: 1.5, Crop Mgmt: 2.5, Manure Mgmt – 0.5; Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying – 7 hours; Texas Board of Architectural Examiners “Acceptable for HSW credit. The program may also be used for CEUs for Professional Engineers. Also check with your Chapter for Master Naturalist and Master Gardener to see if it is approved for your area.

RSVP is required by May 19, 2016. RSVP online at:

or by email to or by mail to Nikki Dictson, 1500 Research Pkwy, Ste 110, College Station, TX 77843-2260.

A catered BBQ lunch including 2 meats, two sides, and tea for the cost of $10 will be available. Lunch can be purchased in advance by using the Lunch Payment by Credit Card link on-line, however an additional $1 charge for processing Credit Card will be added.  You may also mail in a check to Nikki Dictson, 1500 Research Pkwy, Ste 110, College Station, TX 77843-2260 or participants can pay with cash at the door. Dress is casual and comfortable for the weather as we will be outside at the stream during the afternoon.

The riparian education program is managed by the Texas Water Resources Institute, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research AgriLife Extension and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University. It is funded through a Clean Water Act grant provided by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


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