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California Agricultural Technology Institute

New e-learning program to help growers analyze pump efficiency

A new web-based educational tool is now available to help California farmers reduce costs of pumping groundwater for crop irrigation.

The tool is an e-learning module that simplifies the Advanced Pumping Efficiency Program (APEP) managed by Fresno State’s Center for Irrigation Technology (CIT).

The new e-learning module helps growers to understand “just what they need to know” and encourages them to get their pumps tested by delivering a simpler message and training methodology.

Old fashioned hand water pumpUsing “story-based” recursive learning techniques, the site gives growers a short presentation about pumps – including four scenario-based examples of possible pump conditions, along with analytical tools to evaluate saving opportunities and return on investment in a new pump.

The Advanced Pumping Efficiency Program is a continuing program to help farmers understand the factors that affect the cost of pumping and assist them in offsetting some of the expenses of getting their agricultural pumps tested. The program is designed to help growers determine whether they should repair their pump or not.

The central goals of the APEP are to improve overall irrigation pumping efficiency and encourage energy conservation. Under the APEP, farmers may be eligible for subsidized pump efficiency tests for working electric- or natural gas-powered agricultural water pumps. Cash incentives for retrofitting are also available through the program.

The new e-learning phase of the APEP was funded by PG&E as part of its partnership with Fresno State to develop and test new technologies for enhancing water and energy use efficiency. Ag H2O, a member of the Water, Energy and Technology (WET) Center based at Fresno State, was commissioned to develop the web-based e-learning module by delivering a simpler message and training methodology.

To access the e-learning module, visit the site location and select #2 Pump Efficiency.

To learn more about the APEP, click here