Want to Learn More about Agricultural Drainage?

by Greg LaBarge, Fulton County

The 2011 Overholt Drainage School sponsored by The Ohio State University will be held at Fulton County Junior Fair Building on March 21-25. The school is intended for land improvement contractors, soil and water conservation technicians, farmers, engineers, consultants, sanitarians, and others interested in advancing their knowledge of drainage with an emphasis on water management and water quality.

The 5 day program is divided into three sessions that can be registered for separately. SESSION I: March 21-22 (1 ½ days) with topics focused on Laser Surveying, Topographic Mapping, & GPS. SESSION 2 is March 22-24 (2 1/3 days) focusing on Agricultural Subsurface Drainage Design, & Installation. SESSION 3 is March 25 (1 day) focusing on Drainage Water Management specifically related to Controlled Drainage System Design and Installation.

Session include both outdoor field use of equipment and lecture sessions. Dress appropriately to the weather conditions.  Instructors include Land-Grant University Faculty/Staff, NRCS/ODNR/SWCD engineers and technicians, ARS engineers and scientists, and experienced OLICA contractors and associates.

Registration Cost depend upon session length

Full-Program Registration (All Three Sessions), March 21-25, 2011 (5 Days)
$600 ($675 per person if register after March 11)

SESSION 1, Laser Surveying, Topographic Mapping, GPS Mapping. March 21-22 (1 ½ Days) $300 ($350 per person if register after March 11)

SESSION 2, Agricultural Subsurface Drainage Design, Drainage Installation. March 22-24 (2 1/3 Days)  $500 ($600 per person if register after March 11)

SESSION 3, Drainage Water Management, Controlled Subsurface Drainage Design, Installation. March 25 (1 Day) $150 ($200 per person if register after March 11)

The program is sponsored by Overholt Drainage Education and Research Program, Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, OARDC, The Ohio State University, in cooperation with USDA-NRCS, USDA-ARS, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Ohio Land Improvement Contractors and Associates.

The Fulton County Fairgrounds is located at 8514 Ohio 108, Wauseon, OH 43567-9663 and is just north of I-80 (Ohio Turnpike Exit 34). Several motel are available in the area.

For detailed program and registration see http://fulton.osu.edu/events/overholt-drainage-school-session-1 or contact Dr Larry Brown, brown.56@osu.edu or 614.292.3826.

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