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The Toro Company Recognized as Lead Sponsor of the 2015 Irrigation E3 Program


FALLS CHURCH, VA (Nov. 20, 2014)
— In support of the Irrigation Foundation’s Irrigation E3 Program, The Toro Company will present the Foundation with a $20,000 check later today at the Irrigation Show & Education Conference in Phoenix. 
Founded in 2012, the Irrigation E3 Program aims to actively engage the next generation of irrigators through three E’s: exposure, experience and education. Academics nominate outstanding students for consideration as an E3 learner and/or apply to become an E3 leader themselves. Those selected as either an Irrigation E3 learner or leader receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the Irrigation Show. At the show, they participate in education classes, interact with the latest technologies, network with industry leaders, and gain a real-life perspective of the irrigation industry.
 
“This year saw a record number of exceptionally qualified applicants,” said J. Louis “JR” Bergantino Jr., current chair of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. “Because of Toro’s support, eleven students and two faculty members were selected to join us in Phoenix and will be able to actively engage in all the irrigation industry has to offer.”
 
Foundation and Toro representatives will be available in booth 901 at 3:00 p.m. to share their excitement for the partnership, answer questions and provide photo opportunities. Toro was the exclusive sponsor of this year’s E3 Program.
 
“Preparing the next generation of irrigation professionals is important to the future of our industry, and we are pleased to support the Irrigation E3 Program. Seeing the latest in irrigation technologies, and participating in education sessions with current professionals, gives students and educators the tools they need to move our industry forward,” said Judson McNeil, president of The Toro Foundation’s Giving Program.
 
For additional information on the Irrigation E3 Program or other Foundation initiatives, visit www.irrigationfoundation.org or contact Foundation Manager Janine Sparrowgrove (703-536-7080; janinesparrowgrove@irrigation.org).