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The Toro Company Recognized With 2016 EPA WaterSense® Excellence Award

Toro is the first major irrigation manufacturer recognized for a second consecutive year.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today recognized The Toro Company with a 2016 WaterSense® Excellence Award for its efforts and education in water conservation. Toro was presented the award at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas. Continue reading

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Webinar: The role of Uniformity in Irrigation Water Efficiency

Irrigation water efficiency is a priority for producers in the United States and is impacted by field uniformity. Uniformity issues may result in over irrigation, however, new technology and science can bring potential solutions.

This Monday, July 25, Western Growers Association will host a Lunch & Learn webinar that will highlight findings of a recent study conducted in key produce regions in California and provide participants with some practical ideas to address differences in uniformity and efficiency. Continue reading

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Drip Irrigation Systems Study shows Dramatic Improvements to Water Efficiency

Water use efficiency has long been a priority for produce growers in the United States, but with diminishing water resources there has been a renewed urgency to improve efficiency in irrigation systems.

Western Growers, in concert with JR Simplot Water Services and The Toro Company, recently concluded a study to evaluate distribution uniformity in drip irrigation systems in key produce regions in California, including both the Oxnard Plain and the Coachella Valley. This study was done in cooperation with Western Growers members who were interested in water efficiency and will be published soon to provide useful information to those operating drip systems. Continue reading

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Toro and Western Growers Take Lead in Ag Tech

In an interview with Western Grower & Shipper Magazine, Toro’s Paul McFadden discusses ag tech and innovation. Paul shared his insights into the world of agriculture and Toro’s view of how technology can help growers in our region. Continue reading

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The Toro Company Recognizes World Water Day with Efforts to Promote Water Efficiency

Today is United Nations World Water Day 2016, promoting awareness of serious regional water shortages around the world and the search for solutions to the critical threats these scarce water supplies pose to humanity. The Toro Company is a worldwide leader in the development of innovative water-preservation technologies for turf and agricultural irrigation applications. In recognition of the company’s commitment to driving water sustainability, Toro was invited to the nation’s capital today to participate in the White House Water Summit. Continue reading

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Learning How Drip Irrigation Works Around the World

Two Kansas State University faculty members recently joined experts from around the world in China for an information exchange about micro-irrigation technologies.

Freddie Lamm, research irrigation engineer at K-State’s Northwest Research-Extension Center in Colby, and Gary Clark, senior associate dean for the College of Engineering and professor of biological and agricultural engineering, were invited presenters at the Irrigation in Action Symposium at China Agricultural University in Beijing, in October. Continue reading

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Water Use Efficiency in Alfalfa on The Water Zone

Alfalfa’s been getting a bad rap lately, thanks in part to the drought currently affecting much of the western United States. This Thursday, January 14th, at 6p.m. PST on The Water Zone Radio Show, join special guest-hosts Inge Bisconer and Paul McFadden as they discuss water use efficiency in alfalfa. Continue reading

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The Water Zone: How California Agriculture is being Modernized

Toro Micro-Irrigation’s Inge Bisconer and Claude Corcos will guest-host tonight’s episode of “The Water Zone” radio show. On tonight’s show, they’ll take a closer look at how research and funding is helping to modernize California agriculture.

Tune in at 6:00pm PST as they discuss the latest research in water technology in agriculture with Becky Phene, a leading irrigation expert and University of California research associate. They’ll also talk to Carolyn Cook, and Environmental Scientist and California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Liaison to the Climate Change Consortium, about the recent announcement that the CDFA will be awarding $16 million in grant funding for agriculture operations throughout California. Continue reading

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CDFA: $16 Million SWEEP Funding for CA Water Saving Projects

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has announced that another $16 million in State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) funding has been released for projects within California. The CDFA will be accepting applications immediately, and will continue receiving applications until Friday, January 8, 2016 at 5:00p.m. PST.

The funding will provide financial assistance to implement irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gases and save water at California agricultural operations. The funding is made available through the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, from proceeds of California’s Cap‐and‐Trade program. Continue reading

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Drip Irrigation Infographic

This Drip Irrigation infographic highlights just a few of the many good reasons why switching to drip is a good idea. Continue reading

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Toro Micro-Irrigation to Host The Water Zone, Focus on Urban Agriculture

On Thursday, November 19, Toro Micro-Irrigation’s Inge Bisconer and Paul McFadden will guest-host a very special episode of “The Water Zone” radio show, focusing on urban agriculture.

They’ll be speaking with some very special guests. Tune in Thursday at 6 p.m. PDT on NBC News Radio KCAA 1050 AM, KCAA 106.5 FM, or online at www.kcaaradio.com. Continue reading

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Staples Irrigation Efficiency Program Update

Get in touch with Staples Energy ASAP about any projects that save energy and use less water – projects must be approved by PG&E and installed by November 30th. There’s still time to get these incentives if you act fast.

The Irrigation Efficiency Program is offered by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) in collaboration with Staples Energy to help growers achieve both energy and water savings through more efficient irrigation equipment. Continue reading

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