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Western Colorado's Selective University

2015 Course

Water for Agriculture

Feb 11, 18 & 25 from 6-9pm

CMU's University Center Ballroom, Grand Junction, CO

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Continuing education: The 2015 Water Course has been approved for .6 SU credits from the CO Operators Certification Program; certificates of completion will be provided upon request.

Thanks to the City of Grand Junction, Ute Water, Chevron, Olsson Associates, Rettig Farms and the Roaring Fork Conservancy for sponsoring!


Feb 11, 6-9pm: Legal and Climate Context for Irrigated Agriculture in Colorado

Speaker Biographies

Feb 18, 6-9pm: Water Use and Economics

Speaker Biographies

  • How much water agriculture uses; pros and cons of irrigation efficiency - Dr. Perry Cabot, Western Region Water Resources Specialist, Colorado Water Institute
  • Local examples of efficiency projects - Kevin Conrad, Grand Valley Water Users; David Harold, Delta County farmer (invited)
  • Economic contribution of irrigated agriculture and economic issues faced by farmers and ranchers - Jesse Russell, Agriculture and Business Management Specialist, CSU Extension.
  • Producer perspectives: Carlyle Currier, Rancher; Bruce Talbott, Fruit-grower, Joe Bernal, Rowcrop farmer.

Feb 25, 6-9pm: Future of irrigated agriculture in Colorado and the Colorado Basin

Speaker Biographies


Cost is $45 for the whole series or $20/ session.*

*FREE for K-12 teachers and Colorado Mesa University students, staff and faculty. Scholarships also available for others who show financial need.

*Water Center financial supporters receive discounted admission: $35 for the whole series or $15/ session; course is free for CMU students and employees.

Discounts are applied in the on-line registration process.

For more information:

Call 970-248-1968 or email

Sponsorship Opportunities

Benefits of sponsoring the Water Course include:

  • Recognition in the program and on this website
  • Multiple registrations
  • The opportunity to provide handouts to course participants.