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Fremont businessman elected to IA Board of Directors

FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA (Dec. 8, 2017)
— The Irrigation Association is pleased to announce that Gene Ross, PE, CID, has been elected to the IA Board of Directors.

Ross began his irrigation career with Valley Irrigation where he held positions in customer support, including both parts and technical service, as well as application engineering. He has been at Nelson Irrigation for 15 years as a district manager.

Ross’ involvement with the Irrigation Association includes being on the Certification Board for six years, including one year as the chair; writing for Irrigation, Sixth Edition; presenting at Irrigation Show seminars and technical programs; and participating in the new product contest and common interest groups.

Outside of the IA, Ross’ volunteer experience includes serving as a board member and past president of the Central Plains Irrigation Association, being a member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers and volunteering for various local organizations.

“I believe the IA does a nice job of presenting a unified voice for our industry,” Ross said. “Most all of my career has been in irrigation, and I’m passionate about promoting and protecting it. I think I can provide a unique perspective to help the IA fulfill its mission, and I have always felt strongly about giving back when possible. I’ve always seen the IA as an organization full of dedicated people I’ve enjoyed working with.”

Ross joins additional newly elected board members Barbara Booth of San Diego, California; Michael Dukes, PhD, PE, CID, of Gainesville, Florida; John Newlin, CIC, CIT, CLIA, of North Ridgeville, Ohio; Monty Teeter of Ulysses, Kansas; and Bryan Wynen, CIC, CLIA, CLWM, of South Bend, Indiana.

The IA Board of Directors establishes the association’s strategic direction, policies and programs. The board monitors current and evolving industry trends, determines strategic priorities, defines public policy positions and acts as stewards of IA’s financial resources. Directors are elected each fall by regular members of the association and represent the diversity of member types and market segments.

For more information about the IA Board of Directors or the election process, visit the IA website at