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Water issues to dominate meeting

WYNNE, Ark. — You can learn about water issues in the Delta by attending a 7 a.m. breakfast on consecutive Mondays, Feb. 13 and 20, at Kelly’s Restaurant in Wynne.

“The recent rains are helpful, but they haven’t solved the water challenges being faced in the Delta,” said Phil Tacker, irrigation specialist with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. “Declining water tables, TMDLs (Total Maximum Daily Load), increasing dependence on surface water and new regulations all impact what producers can do on the farm,” he said.

The U of A Division of Agriculture is sponsoring the meetings to discuss a new Decision Support System to help address these issues, Tacker said. Topics will include water quality, environmental and economic impacts and ongoing efforts to improve the water situation in eastern Arkansas.

The breakfast is free, and the meeting is open to everyone interested in the topic.

For more information, contact the Cross County extension office at (870) 238-5745, or Tacker at (501) 671-2245, or email: ptacker@uaex.edu.

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