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August 22, 2017: Irrigation System Assessment Workshop (Blackstone, VA)

Irrigation Assessment Flyer

Please consider joining us for an Irrigation System Assessment Workshop at the Virginia Tech Southern Piedmont Agricultural Research and Extension Center (AREC) (2375 Darvills Road, Blackstone, VA 23824) on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Please see below, and the attached flyer, for more information.  


Space is limited and a $10 registration fee is required. The event registration may be paid online (at this link: OR via check as indicated on flyer.


The event is sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension's "Agricultural Energy Efficiency & Renewables Initiative" (AEEI). The AEEI is a farm energy program for Southside and Southwest Virginia, and is funded by a 2014 grant from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Revitalization Commission.  This workshop is also co-sponsored by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (VA-DMME).  

The workshop will feature a mix of presentations and in-field irrigation assessment activities – please come prepared to get a bit muddy!  We’ll begin with background information on irrigation management practices, system assessment techniques, overview of USDA financial and technical assistance programs related to improving irrigation, and highlight decision support tools.  Then, we’ll hop in tractor-pulled- wagons for a brief tour of the Virginia Tech Southern Piedmont Agricultural Research and Extension Center while in route to our hands-on irrigation system assessment activities.  After getting both knowledge and muddy in the field, we’ll head back to the classroom to review how the assessed data is analyzed and interpreted in management decisions.


General Workshop Agenda: 9AM – Morning Presentations; 12PM – Lunch (included); 1PM – Field Assessment Work; 3PM –Assessment Analysis & Afternoon Presentations; 5PM – End of Workshop


Workshop Presenters: Mr. Don McMoran, Washington State University; Mr. Moneim Mohamad, Washington State University, Dr. Hamid Farahani, Acting National Water Management Engineer, USDA-NRCS; Ms. Laurette Tucker, VA-USDA Rural Development; Mr. Derek Hancock, District Conservationist, VA-NRCS; Mr. Sean Kimmel, Area Engineer, VA-NRCS; Dr. David Reed, Extension Agronomist-Tobacco, Southern Piedmont Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Virginia Tech; Dr. Julie Shortridge, Extension Specialist, Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech & Extension; Mr. Mike Parrish, Virginia Cooperative Extension; and Mr. John Ignosh, Area Specialist, Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Cooperative Extension


Please contact Mike Parrish, Dr. Shortridge, or Dr. Reed for more information about this workshop. 

The Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition is a state-wide and coalition-based Extension program, housed in Virginia Tech’s Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education. Funding was sponsored by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Award #2017-70011-26861, and the Southern Risk Management Education Center Grant #545015. For more information about the program or funding, contact Kim Niewolny, Program Director and Extension Specialist, at or 540-231-5784.

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