IRRIGATION SYSTEM ASSESSMENT WORKSHOP
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM - Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Virginia Tech Southern Piedmont Agricultural
Research and Extension Center (AREC)
2375 Darvills Road, Blackstone, VA 23824
Please join us for a workshop exploring irrigation system assessments. This workshop is offered as part of the Agriculture Energy Efficiency Initiative which is a program funded by a 2014 grant from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Revitalization Commission and is supported by Virginia Cooperative Extension's Community Viability and Biological Systems Engineering Department.
This event will be held at the Virginia Tech Southern Piedmont Agricultural Research and Extension Center (AREC), directions are available at: LINK and the address is: Virginia Tech Southern Piedmont Agricultural Research and Extension Center (AREC), 2375 Darvills Road, Blackstone, VA 23824.
Workshop Content & Format: 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.
Registration Information: Registration is required and space is limited. Participants may register by calling (434) 292-5331 AND sending a check for $10 made out to “Treasurer of Virginia Tech” via mail to Virginia Tech Southern Piedmont Agricultural Research and Extension Center (AREC), 2375 Darvills Road, Blackstone, VA 23824, please note in the check memo: "Irrigation Workshop". The check must be received by August 18, 2017. A box lunch will be provided. Please indicate any dietary restrictions during registration.
General Workshop Agenda:
9AM – Morning Presentations
12PM – Lunch (included)
1PM – Field Assessment Work
3PM –Assessment Analysis & Afternoon Presentations
5PM – End of Workshop
· 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
· Mr. John Ignosh, Area Specialist, Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Cooperative Extension
Notice: If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact John Ignosh at 2322 Blue Stone Hills Drive Harrisonburg, VA 22801 at (540-432-6029/ TDD number is 800-828-1120) during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event. Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Interim Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg. Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments.