Assistant Professor Julie Shortridge has received a grant from the USDA Southern Extension Risk Management Center to develop programming that assists agricultural producers in managing regulatory, financial, and production risks associated with irri- gation in coastal regions of Virginia. This grant will fund a two-day workshop at Vir- ginia Tech’s Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center (AREC) and the development of an interactive tool that will help producers estimate the financial costs and benefits of irrigation based on their farm’s characteristics and information about crop water needs, typical rainfall in different regions of the state, and historic prices for different agricultural commodities. Dr. Shortridge is conducting this project in collaboration with David Langston, Director of Virginia Tech’s Tidewater AREC, extension specialists from North Carolina and Georgia, and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

BSE Assistant Professor Julie Shortridge