The State Water Board (SWB) will hold public meetings from May 5-8 to discuss groundwater issues as it relates to farming practices. Specifically, the “Agriculture Expert Panel” will review how agriculture, farm management practices, irrigation and fertilizer use impacts groundwater. The Panel consists of eight experts to assess existing agricultural nitrate programs and to develop recommendations that ensure ongoing efforts are protective of groundwater supply quality. The SWB contracted with the Irrigation Training and Research Center to assemble the expert panel. The results of the Expert Panel will likely have a substantial impact on the next Ag Order. As a result, participation in these public meetings is highly recommended.