Thank you for your interest in agriculture in the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) and for your willingness to share your thoughts and practices. This survey is funded by an Ag Water Conservation grant from the Texas Water Development Board to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Water Resource Institute and will be used to improve future irrigated related programming in the LRGV.

Please know that your answers are anonymous. You will be given the option to share your email address with us if you are interested in discussing these issues further. And even then, your answers will remain anonymous.

* 1. How long have you been a grower in the RGV?

* 2. In what county do you primarily farm?

* 3. What are your primary crops today? (Please check all that apply)

* 4. Which size category below best fits your current farming practice?

* 5. Have you ever farmed in other parts of Texas (beyond the LRGV), United States or world?

* 6. Indicate your top three concerns about the future of agriculture in the LRGV in the order of importance by numbering 1 through 3, with number 1 being of greatest importance:

* 7. Please provide other concerns or comments here:

* 8. In the past 5-7 years, have you made any changes in your farming or irrigation practices with regard to water conservation or efficiency?

* 9. In the 5-10 years ahead, do you expect to make any changes in your farming or irrigation practices with regard to water conservation or efficiency?

* 10. How often do you seek professional advice or attend field days to learn new practices from other growers and/or ag researchers from Texas universities?

* 11. Who do you turn to for advice or to answer questions about your farming operation? Please answer in the order of importance by numbering 1 through 3, with number 1 being of greatest importance.

* 12. Any other sources?

* 13. What media resources do you turn to for agriculture and water related information? (Check all that apply.) 

* 14. Please indicate which of the following practices you would consider on your farm. (You may choose more than one.)

* 15. Would you be willing to participate in cost sharing programs?

* 16. What reasons would prohibit you from changing to an alternative irrigation method? (You may choose more than one.)

* 17. Do you think there are ways you can save water or become more efficient with water through revised irrigation practices on your farm?

* 18. Does your irrigation district encourage or incentivize growers to become more efficient with irrigation practices?

* 19. Would you be willing to participate in field days or workshops hosted by state or local ag researchers?

* 20. Would you be willing to participate in a focus group to further discuss thoughts and ideas on water conservation in the LRGV?

Thank you for your time! This information will be very helpful.
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