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Small-scale Micro-irrigation Design and Components

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Sep 10, 2013 2:00 pm US/Eastern

Length: 01:00   (hh:mm)

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  • Hamid Farahani, Ph.D., Water Management Engineer, USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center, Greensboro, NC
  • Clare Prestwich, P.E., Irrigation Engineer, USDA NRCS National Water Quality and Quantity Team, West National Technology Support Center, Portland, OR


  • Conservation Planner - 1 hour Conservation Planning Credit

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Learn the basics of micro-irrigation design and components with emphasis on small-scale systems within the context of NRCS Conservation Practice Standard 441.

Small-scale micro-irrigation is on the rise in the East region and producers are taking advantage of NRCS' programs to install micro-irrigation systems to enhance resource conservation, food security, produce quality, and rural livelihoods. Small-scale micro-irrigation systems are generally a fraction of an acre or a few acres in size that also include the smaller systems in high tunnels, gravity-fed irrigation, and community gardens. Regardless of how small the micro-irrigation system is, it must be planned, designed, installed, and maintained properly or the system will perform poorly or even fail. Increasing small-scale irrigation activities and the difficulty in securing a design from third-party designers have created a challenge for NRCS, necessitating significant in-house design and training. Viewers of this webinar will be introduced to the basics of micro-irrigation and its components, and they will learn about the critical design factors for a system. A list of available micro-irrigation information resources and tools with a brief introduction to an NRCS design spreadsheet tool will be provided, along with many other useful handouts and factsheets.

This webinar is sponsored by the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center. Contact Hamid Farahani, Ph.D., Water Management Engineer, for assistance with small-scale micro-irrigation systems. Contact Holli Kuykendall, Ph.D., National Technology Specialist, for more information about our webinars.

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