Awards Program

Each year the Irrigation Association recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the irrigation industry:

  • Peer nominations are reviewed by the IA Awards and Honors Committee.
  • Finalists are submitted to the full Board of Directors for approval.
  • Awards are presented each year at the Irrigation Show general session.
  • Awards are chosen at the board’s discretion and are not necessarily distributed annually.

Click on the award name for a more detailed description and a list of past winners:

  • Industry Achievement Award recognizes an individual from an industry firm who has made outstanding contributions to the development of the irrigation industry.
  • National Water and Energy Conservation Award is presented for significant achievement in the conservation of water and energy relating to irrigation procedures, equipment, methods and techniques.
  • Innovator Award honors individuals who have made significant, tangible contributions consistently to the industry and the Irrigation Association within the past five years.
  • Vanguard Award honors a team of individuals, companies, organizations or other group entities that have executed an innovative installation project in the irrigation industry.

Visit the Foundation website to nominate an educator for the Irrigation Foundation’s Excellence in Education Award.