The seminar will help farmers learn how to specify and maintain an efficient pump and know how much water has to be pumped.

The seminar is part of the statewide Agricultural Pumping Efficiency Program (APEP), administered by the Center for Irrigation Technology at California State University, Fresno and funded by a grant from the California Public Utilities Commission. The program provides funds to support pump efficiency tests, incentive rebates for pump retrofits/repairs, technical assistance and education to growers.

Agricultural rate customers of natural gas and/or electric service from PG&E are eligible to participate.

Using approved pump-testing companies, farmers can test their pumps at a reduced cost to achieve maximum efficiency. The program also provides incentive rebates for repairs and retrofits of working electric- or natural gas-powered water pumps. The program will pay 100 percent of the cost for a pump test up to $200, and up to 65 percent of the cost of the retrofit/repair of an agricultural water pump.

In addition to providing pump efficiency testing and retrofitting incentives and rebates, the program has two mobile education centers, featuring real-time displays of pump performance and information to measure water flow, crop water requirements and irrigation scheduling. A mobile education center will be at the July 10 seminar.

For details about the seminar, call Tim Frahm at (650) 560-0232 or APEP toll-free at (800) 845-6038, or visit on-line at www.pumpefficiency.org. For more information about scheduling a seminar, contact Bill Green, of CIT, at (559) 278-2327.