Successful government affairs advocacy programs require three essential components:
- direct lobbying of policymakers and regulators
- political involvement
- 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 and landscape, or golf irrigation — your voice is vitally important
Legislative Action Center
Visit the Irrigation Association’s Legislative Action Center to contact your elected representatives on key issues affecting our industry.
Become an Advocate Member
If you’re interested in staying updated on legislative and regulatory issues affecting the industry, become an advocate member. Advocates receive regular updates from the IA’s government affairs staff on pressing issues that could impact the industry. Advocates also receive a discount on registration fees for the annual Washington, D.C., fly-in. Learn more about becoming an advocate member.
Attend IA’s Washington, D.C., Fly-in
The fly-in brings industry leaders together each year to promote efficient irrigation and directly advocate on our industry’s behalf with Congress and the administration. This 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.
Engage in Your District – 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.
Stay in Contact
Nurture relationships with your federal and state representatives. Easy ways to stay in contact include
- sending an email using the IA’s Legislative Action Center.
- attending a town hall meeting in your city or state.
- visiting your representatives in their district or state offices.
For more information about getting involved at the grassroots level, including help becoming an advocate member or scheduling a site visit, contact John Farner.