The Advocate, Spring 2020

IA provides go-to COVID-19 resources page

In mid-March, the COVID-19 impacts on businesses and everyday lives suddenly began to snowball. As major NCAA sporting competitions were canceled, students were sent home from schools and colleges, and everyday services such as restaurants were suddenly closed, it became apparent that our world was experiencing a rapid and monumental change.

The Irrigation Association quickly went into action and pivoted to begin providing a support role to members. With information and regulations coming in quickly from federal and state governments and the IA putting increased emphasis on its advocacy efforts, we realized the importance of offering a go-to site for the industry to get the latest COVID-19 information and resources.

We encourage you to visit for the most up-to-date resources, including information about IA programs that are affected by the pandemic. Below are just a few highlights of what is included on our resource page.

  • business resources – Find links to the various programs and resources available to aid businesses as a result of COVID-19.
  • state resources – The IA is closely following how each state is responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency and providing updated links as available.
  • federal resources – Find numerous links to guidelines for businesses regarding everything from loan resources to cleaning and disinfecting public places to travel.
  • advocacy letters – The IA has advocated for irrigation to be defined as essential and for various support programs for businesses.

Please continue to check this site as we will update and monitor the page to provide our industry and members with the most current information and guidance.

The advocacy efforts relating to COVID-19 do not stop here. Though we have put many of our advocacy letters on our resource page, much work lies ahead for our industry. The IA staff and leaders are continuing to work with state and federal officials to address how our industry is responding to this global health crisis, as well as the benefits that our full supply chain provides to our society. Whether you work in agriculture, turf or landscape irrigation, the IA is working to convey the role we provide to our nation’s infrastructure, while promoting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state public health directives.

For additional ways to stay up to date with what is happening in the industry, please join our official LinkedIn COVID-19 resources page.