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Gainesville professor elected to IA Board of Directors

FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA (Dec. 8, 2017)
— The Irrigation Association is pleased to announce that Michael Dukes, PhD, PE, CID, a professor and irrigation specialist at the University of Florida, has been elected to the IA Board of Directors.

Dukes’ first exposure to the irrigation industry was in his uncle’s irrigated cornfield. He has almost exclusively worked in irrigation research and education and has been active with the Irrigation Association since 2001. He served on the Smart Water Application Technologies group of the IA, where he developed the rain sensor test protocol used to test a variety of commercially available products. In addition, Dukes has been a member of the Irrigation Show Technical Program Committee since 2006 and has served as vice chair and chair of that committee. He has won many awards and honors for his work, including the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Fellow in 2017 and the Irrigation Foundation Excellence in Education Award in 2014.

“I am excited about being nominated to serve on the IA Board of Directors. Having served in volunteer capacities at the ground level, I am interested in learning more and helping the IA navigate policy questions and promote efficient irrigation so that we can meet societal needs in the future,” Dukes said.

Dukes joins additional newly elected board members Barbara Booth of San Diego, California; John Newlin, CIC, CIT, CLIA, of North Ridgeville, Ohio; Gene Ross, PE, CID, of Fremont, Nebraska; 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