- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Natural Resources Conservation Service has awarded a nearly $75,000 Conservation Innovation Grant to the University of Arkansas Extension Service.

The grant will be used to demonstrate the use of computerized poly-pipe hole selection software for furrow irrigation so water flow is equalized for each furrow.  Flow meters will be used to document the water savings benefit.

Once data is collected from the field demonstrations, training workshops will be held for agricultural producers and certified crop advisors. If the technology is proven to be effective, it could be adopted as an NRCS conservation practice.

Last month, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the award of $15.7 million in national-level conservation grants to help develop and demonstrate cutting-edge ideas to accelerate innovation in private lands conservation.

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