Successful government affairs advocacy programs require three essential components:
- Direct lobbying of policymakers and regulators.
- Political involvement (IrrigationPAC).
- A strong grassroots program.
The Irrigation Association works hard to grow each of these components of our advocacy program, but we need our members’ help to succeed.
Regardless of company type or size — or whether you work in agriculture, turf/landscape or golf irrigation — raise your voice on behalf of the industry.
Government Affairs Briefings
Irrigation Association government affairs staff conduct regular briefings to membership regarding issues affecting the irrigation industry. Focusing on legislative and regulatory topics relating to agricultural irrigation, landscape irrigation and others, these briefings are a valuable resource to IA members looking for information about government activities at the state and federal levels of government.
Government Affairs Webinar – 2011.06.23 (58MB file, .wmv format)
Become an IA Legislative Coordinator
Legislative Coordinators are the eyes and ears of the Irrigation Association relating to state-level legislation and regulations affecting the irrigation industry. The Irrigation Association welcomes all IA members in good standing to apply to become a Legislative Coordinator. With the goal of having one Legislative Coordinator in each state for turf/landscape issues and one for agricultural issues, the Legislative Coordinator program will afford the Irrigation Association the opportunity to maximize our potential in effectively advocating for irrigation-friendly issues throughout the United States. Whether the issues focus on agricultural water transfers, contractor licensing or use of technology in irrigation, Legislative Coordinators will work with IA staff in crafting a strategy to appropriately position the IA and the irrigation industry within each state-level debate. If you are interested in becoming a Legislative Coordinator, please fill out an application and return to IA’s Government and Public Policy Director John Farner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Legislative Action Center
The Irrigation Association’s online Legislative Action Center makes it easy to become an advocate for your company and the entire irrigation industry. Lend your voice to the policy discussion with IA’s Legislative Action Center by clicking here.
Become a Key Contact
Key contacts focus on developing close, personal relationships with elected officials at the state and federal level. If you already have this type of relationship with your representatives, becoming a key contact is easy. If not, IA has tools and resources to help you raise your visibility, benefiting you, your company and the entire industry.
Attend IA’s Legislative Conference
IA’s Legislative Conference brings industry leaders together in Washington, D.C. each year to promote efficient irrigation and directly advocate on our industry’s behalf with Congress and the Administration. The Legislative Conference provides a forum for IA members to speak with one voice about the topics that really matter to the irrigation industry, including the Farm Bill, WaterSense, water-use research and other issues.
Host a Site Visit
Help policymakers understand the critical role our industry plays in the economy, and in preserving and protecting water supplies. Site visits — tours of a manufacturing floor, a research and development facility, a farm, a golf course or even a complex landscape irrigation system — educate decision makers about the importance of efficient irrigation, while fostering closer relationships with your elected representatives.
Participate in IA’s quarterly government affairs webinars for regular updates on state and federal issues affecting the irrigation industry. Plan to attend the government affairs briefing at the Irrigation Show to learn how you can help IA advance the industry’s agenda.
Stay in Contact
Nurture relationships with your federal and state representatives. Easy ways to stay in contact include:
- Send an e-mail using IA’s Legislative Action Center.
- Attend a town hall meeting in your city or state.
- Visit your representatives in their district or state offices.
For more information about getting involved at the grassroots level, including help becoming a key contact or scheduling a site visit, contact us.