Wednesday 13 – Friday 15 June 2018 | International Convention Centre, Sydney

Caitlin Pilkington

Sustainable Agriculture Project Officer, West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority

Caitlin Pilkington

Sustainable Agriculture Project Officer, West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority

Caitlin Pilkington is the Sustainable Agriculture Project Officer in the Land Team with the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority. She is passionate about supporting farmers to improve environmental sustainability and productivity, and her role involves coordinating sustainable irrigation (nutrient management and water efficiency) programs. Her background is in environmental engineering, water management and project management.

Where: International Convention Centre, Sydney – Room E5.2 – E5.3

When: Day 2 – Thursday, 14 June 2018, 17.00 – 17.30

Abstract Outline: The Macalister Irrigation District (MID) Irrigation Efficiency Incentives Program has supported irrigators in the MID with farm planning and on-farm irrigation upgrades for 17 years, with aims of improving water use efficiency, increasing productivity and reducing the negative offsite impacts of irrigation. Despite considerable achievements over the years, there was a need to improve how the program monitors and demonstrates the benefits of on-farm improvements.
This project is establishing, trialing and implementing a process to rapidly assess the benefits of on-farm irrigation upgrades (in particular, water use efficiency (ML/ha)). It also considers other benefits of irrigation upgrades, such as time and labour savings, pasture/crop performance and financial benefits. Case studies were developed for different system types: flood to spray conversion, irrigation reuse systems and high-flow flood irrigation (best practice surface irrigation). The rapid assessment tool will be used to estimate the benefits to help farmers and agencies make decisions about on-farm irrigation improvements. The presentation will cover:
• Project aims and background
• Results of the study and the rapid assessment tools developed
• Irrigation system case studies
• Outcomes of a pilot assessment
• Conclusions and implications, including about the suitability of the method for application to various system types

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