EPA Ire & New Precision Irrigation Company

EPA Ire & New Precision Irrigation Company

EPA Ire & New Precision Irrigation Company. I'm Greg Martin with today's Northwest Report.

EPA is taking a lot of heat regarding the funding used for a couple of billboards in Washington State that blamed farmers for high nutrient loads in Washington state rivers and streams. The EPA, meanwhile, said it has nothing to do with the content of the campaign. The grant being used to fund the billboard was awarded to a consortium to be directed at endangered salmon recovery efforts. The consortium then made a sub-award for a campaign which should not be using EPA funds. The billboards have since been removed.

The northwest is the newest market for a precision irrigation management company. Hortau has been in the business of irrigation management since 2002 and saw the need for better water management here in the region. Aaron Voelker and Verlyn Burgers will be the regions reps and Burgers says

BURGERS: Well it gives them an opportunity to have a program from Hortau that they can monitor plant stress and can manage it from the irrigation level. Basically that's what we're about is managing plant stress and we can do that by monitoring what's going on in the soil and the available water because Hortau's patented tensiometer acts like a mechanical root so it reads just like the plant does.

That's today's Northwest Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network of the West.

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