Press Releases & Announcements

The IA communicates association and industry news through periodic press releases to the media. Press releases address:

  • Association events, programs and services. 
  • Industry initiative updates.
  • Policy outreach and accomplishments.
  • Irrigation Foundation activities.

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Press Releases

Irrigation Association 2020 Faculty Academy registration now open

Posted on 3/12/2020
The Irrigation Association will be offering both agriculture and landscape versions of its popular Faculty Academy again this year.

IA’s fly-in takes irrigation’s message to the Hill

Posted on 3/10/2020
On March 3-4, approximately 30 irrigation professionals representing all facets of the irrigation industry descended on Washington, D.C., to advocate on behalf of the irrigation industry during the Irrigation Association’s 2020 Washington, DC Fly-In.

IIC announces projects for 2020 funding

Posted on 12/20/2019
The Irrigation Innovation Consortium, a public-private initiative to advance irrigation research, recently announced funding for seven research projects in 2020. The Irrigation Association was selected for one of two industry pitch projects funded.

IA applauds FCC’s appointment of irrigation industry leader to precision ag task force working group

Posted on 12/13/2019
On Dec. 3, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai named the leaders of the FCC’s precision agriculture task force’s working groups.

Irrigation Association announces newly elected directors

Posted on 12/12/2019
The Irrigation Association is pleased to announce the newly appointed members of the IA Board of Directors.

The IA celebrates a successful 2019 Irrigation Show & Education Week

Posted on 12/11/2019
Nearly 9,000 people from 57 countries attended the 2019 Irrigation Show and Groundwater Week in Las Vegas Dec. 2-6.

2019 New Product Contest winners revealed at Irrigation Show

Posted on 12/5/2019
The Irrigation Association is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 New Product Contest at the Irrigation Show and Education Week in Las Vegas Dec. 2-6, 2019.

The Toro Company recognized as a lead sponsor of the 2020 Irrigation E3 program

Posted on 12/5/2019
The Irrigation Association is excited to announce that The Toro Company will be a lead sponsor of the 2020 Irrigation E3 program.

IA releases statements regarding the GAO Technology Assessment Report for Irrigated Agriculture

Posted on 11/15/2019
In response to the recent release of the Technology Assessment for Irrigated Agriculture report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, IA staff and leadership have released two statements.

2020 SWAT awards accepting applications

Posted on 11/14/2019
The Irrigation Association is pleased to announce that applications for the 2020 Smart Water Application Technologies Awards are now open.

2019 Irrigation Show New Product Contest entries announced

Posted on 10/23/2019
The IA is pleased to announce the entries in its annual new product contest. An exciting collection of new irrigation, lighting and specialty products have been entered into the contest and will be featured at the 2019 Irrigation Show.

Irrigation Association announces 2019 E3 program winners

Posted on 10/21/2019
The IA has selected 35 exceptional winners for the 2019 E3 program. This year’s class, 33 students and two educators, will receive education and travel awards to attend the 2019 Irrigation Show.

Apply for the 2020 scholarship program

Posted on 10/16/2019
Students are encouraged to apply for the 2020 Irrigation Association scholarship program.

IA Certification Board updates CID landscape program

Posted on 10/15/2019
The Irrigation Association’s Certification Board is reducing the number of specialty exams from three to two for the landscape track of the certified irrigation designer program.

IA Certification Board updates CAIS program

Posted on 10/15/2019
The Irrigation Association’s Certification Board has updated the certified agriculture irrigation specialist exam content outline based on the results of a job task analysis finalized in June 2018.

Kyle Brown named editor-in-chief of Irrigation & Green Industry

Posted on 10/14/2019
The Irrigation Association has hired Kyle Brown as its new editor-in-chief of Irrigation& Green Industry. Brown takes on the new role following Kristin Smith-Ely, who was editor-in-chief until September 2019.

Fort Collins Utilities named inaugural recipient of Outstanding Public Engagement Award

Posted on 10/3/2019
SWAT recognizes Fort Collins Utilities for its community engagement and education in promoting smart irrigation technologies and practices.

Canadian regions named inaugural Outstanding Industry Partnership Award recipient

Posted on 10/3/2019
SWAT recognizes two fast-growing regions in Canada for building partnerships with irrigation professionals to maximize outdoor water conservation in their communities.

Irrigation E3 program provides winners with unique experience at the Irrigation Show

Posted on 8/20/2019
Students and faculty are encouraged to apply for the Irrigation E3 program and take advantage of the unique opportunities available only at the annual Irrigation Show and Education Week.

Irrigation is featured at Made in America showcase in D.C.

Posted on 7/17/2019
On Monday, July 15, irrigation was featured at the White House during the third annual Made in America product showcase. For this event, businesses from each of the 50 states are invited to display their products made and produced in the U.S.

Marcus Duck named recipient of 2019 Excellence in Education Award

Posted on 7/9/2019
The Irrigation Association is excited to announce that Marcus Duck of Michigan State University has been named the recipient of the 2019 Excellence in Education Award.

Lindsay Corporation’s Riverview LLP project named 2019 IA Vanguard Award recipient

Posted on 7/9/2019
The Irrigation Association is excited to announce that Lindsay Corporation’s Riverview LLP project has been named the recipient of the 2019 Vanguard Award.

Carl Kah Jr. named recipient of IA’s 2019 Board of Directors Award

Posted on 7/9/2019
The Irrigation Association is excited to announce that Carl Kah Jr. of North Palm Beach, Florida, has been named the recipient of the 2019 Board of Directors Award.

Jake LaRue named IA’s 2019 Industry Achievement Award recipient

Posted on 7/9/2019
The Irrigation Association is excited to announce that Jake LaRue of Omaha, Nebraska, has been named the recipient of the 2019 Industry Achievement Award.

Monty Teeter named recipient of IA’s 2019 Innovator Award

Posted on 7/9/2019
The Irrigation Association is excited to announce that Monty Teeter of Ulysses, Kansas, has been named the recipient of the 2019 Innovator Award.

IA & Irrigation Foundation join forces

Posted on 7/1/2019
To further strengthen their commitment to promoting careers in irrigation, the Irrigation Association and Irrigation Foundation are excited to announce that they are joining forces.

IA to recognize water providers for promoting conservation through efficiency

Posted on 5/29/2019
The Irrigation Association recently announced two new Smart Water Application Technologies awards aimed to recognize water providers for spearheading efforts to conserve water.

Irrigation Association announces July 2019 as Smart Irrigation Month

Posted on 5/29/2019
Furthering the mission “to promote efficient irrigation,” the Irrigation Association is excited to announce that July 2019 will once again be celebrated as Smart Irrigation Month.

2019 E3 application now open

Posted on 5/22/2019
The Irrigation Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2019 E3 program. Students and faculty are encouraged to apply and take advantage of the unique opportunities available only at the annual Irrigation Show and Education Week.

Irrigation & Green Industry receives TOCA awards for editorial & design

Posted on 5/8/2019
The Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association, New Prague, Minnesota, honored winners of its annual communications awards during its 30th annual meeting, held April 30-May 2, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Irrigation Foundation awards 21 scholarships to students around the nation

Posted on 4/5/2019
The Irrigation Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of its 2019 Irrigation Foundation scholarship program. The program awarded 21 scholarships to deserving recipients studying and pursuing careers in the irrigation field.

News & Announcements

Register now for ag & landscape faculty academies

Posted on 3/2/2020
Registration for the 2020 agriculture and landscape faculty academies is now open! Those involved in educating the next generation of irrigation professionals are invited to join us.

Nominate a leader who deserves recognition

Posted on 3/2/2020
Nominations for all Irrigation Association and SWAT awards are currently being accepted through March 31.

Irrigation front & center at World Ag

Posted on 3/2/2020
The IA and its members put irrigation in the spotlight at the recent World Ag Expo held in Tulare, California, Feb. 11-13.

Industry Insights call for presenters now open

Posted on 3/2/2020
The IA is now calling for presenters for the 2020 Irrigation Show Industry Insights program to be held in San Antonio Nov. 30-Dec. 4

Industry Insights presentations available for download

Posted on 3/2/2020
The 2019 Industry Insights presentations are now available at your fingertips as a PDF download on the Irrigation Association website.

Efficient irrigation a focus during house committee hearing on agricultural technologies

Posted on 2/3/2020
The U.S. House Committee on Small Business’ Subcommittee on Innovation and Workforce Development recently heard testimony from IA member Kevin France, president and CEO of SWIIM System Ltd.

Renew now so you don’t miss a single issue

Posted on 2/3/2020
Now is the time to renew your subscription to Irrigation & Green Industry magazine, the Irrigation Association’s monthly publication focused on the business of landscape and irrigation.

Priority points take you to the front of the line

Posted on 2/3/2020
Booth space assignments for the 2020 Irrigation Show and Education Week begin in March. To ensure you get the best booth selection, take advantage of your priority points by submitting your contract by Feb. 28.

Get ready to head to Capitol Hill With the IA

Posted on 2/3/2020
The 2020 IA Washington, DC Fly-In is your opportunity to make an impact on irrigation issues.

Register now for the Northeast Irrigation Expo & Conference

Posted on 2/3/2020
The Connecticut Irrigation Contractors Association, Irrigation Association of New England and Irrigation Association of New York have teamed up to provide the northeastern irrigation industry with three days of education accompanied by a trade show,

Center pivot inventor honored with hall of fame induction

Posted on 2/3/2020
The National Inventors Hall of Fame is honoring Frank Zybach, inventor of the center pivot, in its class of 2020 inductees.

IA brings knowledge to you through webinars

Posted on 2/3/2020
The IA works to provide resources for irrigation professionals to deepen their education and expertise in the industry. IA webinars are an easily accessible tool to hear directly from industry experts.

Apply by Feb. 15 for a 2020 scholarship

Posted on 1/1/2020
The Irrigation Association is accepting applications for the 2020 scholarship program. The annual program awards several scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,500.

IA announces dates for 2020 fly-in

Posted on 11/1/2019
Furthering its mission to promote efficient irrigation, the Irrigation Association announced that it will again host a Washington, D.C., fly-in on March 3-4, 2020.

CICA, IANE and IANY host inaugural Northeast Irrigation Expo & Conference

Posted on 11/1/2019
The Connecticut Irrigation Contractors Association, Irrigation Association of New England and Irrigation Association of New York have teamed up to provide the Northeastern irrigation industry with three days of education, accompanied by a trade show.

IA now accepting nominations for the 2020 awards

Posted on 11/1/2019
Honor your hardworking colleagues by nominating them for an annual Irrigation Association award. Nominations are due by March 31, 2020.

2019 Irrigation Show offers students free passes & resume wall

Posted on 11/1/2019
Introduce your students to the irrigation industry! Get them out of the classroom and into the exhibition hall of the 2019 Irrigation Show. And, students are encouraged to submit their resumes to be featured on the resume wall.

Submit your abstract

Posted on 10/1/2019
The Irrigation Association in collaboration with the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers will be hosting the 6th Decennial National Irrigation Symposium in San Antonio, Texas in 2020.

Students: Present a poster showing your knowledge

Posted on 10/1/2019
New this year, the Irrigation Association will host a student irrigation poster competition at the 2019 Irrigation Show and Education Week in Las Vegas on Dec. 5.

NEW Ag Dealer Day

Posted on 10/1/2019
The Irrigation Association is excited to bring Ag Dealer Day to the 2019 Irrigation Show and Education Week. Dealer Day is a new half-day educational opportunity for dealers to learn about running a successful agricultural dealership.

Education has a NEW look!

Posted on 10/1/2019
We’ve taken this year’s education at the Irrigation Show and Education Week to a whole new level! Read more about Industry Insights and IA University.

Don’t-miss special events at the show

Posted on 10/1/2019
Networking with people who are in a similar place in their career is one of the best ways to share ideas and strategies for how to get involved in your industry, contribute to your company and reach your career goals. Join us at the women in irrigati

New laws require pressure-regulating devices

Posted on 9/23/2019
Smart Water Application Technologies creates testing protocols for irrigation equipment that have potential to improve water-use efficiency in the landscape.

Stay up to date with IA workforce development initiatives

Posted on 9/3/2019
Learn about the different workforce development programs currently in process.

There’s still time

Posted on 9/3/2019
The new product contest deadline has been extended to Sept. 15. Many of our industry’s great new products and technologies have been entered into this year’s new product contest, but we don’t want to miss any other great products that are out there.

IA announces newly elected directors

Posted on 9/3/2019
We are pleased to announce that the following three irrigation leaders have been elected o serve on the IA Board of Directors. The board is tasked with establishing the association’s strategic direction, policies and programs. Directors are nominated