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 E3 program provides winners with unique experience for IA Education Week

Posted on 9/9/2020
Students and faculty are encouraged to apply for the 2020 Irrigation E3 program! In place of the Irrigation Association’s in-person Irrigation Show and Education Week, the IA is hosting Education Week+.

IA debuts Preferred Partner Program

Posted on 7/31/2020
The IA understands the tremendous value its members bring to the irrigation industry, and we are proud to partner with these companies as we pursue our mission of promoting efficient irrigation.

Isaya Kisekka named recipient of 2020 Excellence in Education Award

Posted on 7/7/2020
The IA is excited to announce that Isaya Kisekka, PhD, of the University of California, Davis has been named the recipient of the 2020 Excellence in Education Award.

USDA-ARS VRI SCADA management project named 2020 IA Vanguard Award recipient

Posted on 7/7/2020
The IA is excited to announce that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service Sensor-Based VRI SCADA Management project has been named the recipient of the 2020 Vanguard Award.

Lynda Wightman named recipient of IA’s 2020 Industry Achievement Award

Posted on 7/7/2020
The IA is excited to announce that Lynda Wightman of Missoula, Montana, has been named the recipient of the 2020 Industry Achievement Award.

Brent Mecham named IA 2020 Industry Achievement Award recipient

Posted on 7/7/2020
The IA is excited to announce that Brent Q. Mecham, CID, CLWM, CIC, CLIA, CAIS, of Loveland, Colorado, has been named the recipient of the 2020 Industry Achievement Award.

Stephen Smith named recipient of IA’s 2020 Innovator Award

Posted on 7/7/2020
The IA is excited to announce that Stephen W. Smith, PhD, FASIC, CAIS, CLIA, of Fort Collins, Colorado, has been named the recipient of the 2020 Innovator Award.

IA issues support for reinstatement of H-2B

Posted on 6/23/2020
President Trump has signed an executive order to suspend the issue of new H-2B visas, along with other temporary worker visas, through the end of 2020.

IA celebrates efficient irrigation during July’s Smart Irrigation Month

Posted on 6/18/2020
The Irrigation Association is excited to announce that July 2020 has once again been designated as Smart Irrigation Month.

Irrigation Association offers portion of Faculty Academy events virtually

Posted on 4/28/2020
In place of the in-person events, the IA will host a series of free live Faculty Academy webinars ranging from one to two hours in length.

Irrigation Association awards 22 scholarships to students around the nation

Posted on 4/16/2020
The Irrigation Association is excited to announce the winners of its 2020 scholarship program. The program awarded 22 scholarships.

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.

News & Announcements

Industry Insights for Landscape announces its webinar schedule

Posted on 9/1/2020
Get ready! The IA’s Education Week+ is taking you on a virtual road trip throughout the industry this October through March 2021.

IA announces new lineup of virtual conferences

Posted on 9/1/2020
Today’s most exciting and sought-after topics in the industry will be the focus of the IA’s new virtual conferences. These one-day events will allow attendees to tap into what the experts know as they share their knowledge and experience.

IA University opens for registration

Posted on 9/1/2020
Registration is now open for the 2020 IA University classes — the industry’s most comprehensive listing of core curriculum for irrigation professionals.

Workforce development has the perfect fit for you

Posted on 9/1/2020
Check out the unique 2020 virtual opportunities to learn more about the industry, and get ready to apply for a scholarship.

Irrigation Association commits to equality

Posted on 8/3/2020
Like many other organizations, companies and individuals, the IA has taken time to reflect on the various inequalities and prejudices that continue to occur throughout the United States.

Submit a proposal for Industry Insights for Agriculture

Posted on 8/3/2020
Reach an unlimited audience with the new virtual Industry Insights for Agriculture format and share your latest research, best practice or how-to with the industry.

IA offers membership to unemployed professionals

Posted on 8/3/2020
The IA is here to support our industry during this time of crisis. We understand that many in the industry have lost jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the IA is here to help.

Thank YOU for making 2020 Smart Irrigation Month a success!

Posted on 8/1/2020
After our industry experienced a rough spring season, this year’s Smart Irrigation Month in July was a true reminder of the strength, resilience and positive outlook of those in our industry.

Become part of IA’s new Preferred Vendor Directory

Posted on 7/1/2020
Set your company apart by becoming a member of this unique new directory providing expanded reach to irrigation professionals.

Be a part of Industry Insights for Landscape

Posted on 7/1/2020
Reach an unlimited audience with the new virtual Industry Insights for Landscape format and share your latest research, best practice or how-to with the industry.

2020 New Product Contest goes virtual

Posted on 7/1/2020
Although we won’t be seeing you in San Antonio this year for the annual Irrigation Show and Education Week, we know that you still want to see the latest new products and technologies to hit the irrigation and lighting markets.

Advocacy update

Posted on 7/1/2020
From responding to the president’s actions on the guest worker program to continued advocating for coronavirus relief, June was a busy month for IA advocacy.

Virtual Faculty Academy is a success

Posted on 7/1/2020
The IA hosted a series of free live webinars for both agriculture and landscape educators in place of the annual in-person events.

IA’s Brent Mecham retires

Posted on 7/1/2020
After a 45-year career, Industry Development Director Brent Mecham, CID, CLWM, CIC, CLIA, CAIS, retired at the end of June.

Smart Irrigation Month celebrates YOU – The people behind irrigation

Posted on 7/1/2020
It’s July, and that means the Irrigation Association’s Smart Irrigation Month is set to begin.

New opportunities abound for Irrigation Show exhibitors

Posted on 6/2/2020
The IA has many exciting plans underway to continue our partnership in having the IA promote your products in different ways throughout the rest of this year and beyond.

Congress returns as economies begin to open

Posted on 6/1/2020
As many areas throughout the United States begin reopening their economies, the Irrigation Association staff and volunteers continue working to ensure our businesses remain open and successful throughout the pandemic and economic recovery.

ASABE releases new soil moisture sensor standard

Posted on 6/1/2020
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers recently released a new standard for testing soil moisture sensors used to control landscape irrigation.

IA welcomes Stephanie Clark

Posted on 6/1/2020
The IA is pleased to announce that Stephanie Clark, CEM, has joined the IA staff as the new director of business development.

IA switches gears for 2020 Irrigation Show

Posted on 6/1/2020
It is with both sadness and optimism that I’m writing today to announce the cancellation of the 2020 Irrigation Show and Education Week, scheduled for Nov. 30-Dec. 4 in San Antonio, Texas.

Save 25% through June 30 on Irrigation Career Link job postings

Posted on 6/1/2020
To help irrigation professionals looking to fill open job positions during these difficult times, the IA is offering a second Irrigation Career Link discount.

Be a part of a special 2020 Irrigation Show

Posted on 5/1/2020
As the effects of COVID-19 have changed our world, companies in both the ag and landscape irrigation sectors have responded with incredible resilience, integrity and grit in the face of monumental challenges over the last few months.

IA remembers Don Olson

Posted on 5/1/2020
The irrigation industry recently lost one of its long-time supporters and irrigation innovators.

Deadline extended for Industry Insights

Posted on 5/27/2020
If you have an innovative research project, best practice, how-to or hot topic to share with irrigation experts, we invite you to be a presenter at the Industry Insights sessions during the 2020 Irrigation Show.

IA continues response to COVID-19

Posted on 5/1/2020
The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant toll on industries everywhere. Just under two months ago, we began seeing states and localities shut down many small businesses and issue stay at home orders that significantly impacted our industry.

Manufacturers: Share your efforts

Posted on 5/1/2020
Just as Rosie the Riveter became the memorable cultural icon for manufacturing during World War II, today’s manufacturers are playing a crucial role in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 response a priority for the IA

Posted on 4/2/2020
As the resiliency of our society, economy and industry is tested, the Irrigation Association’s staff and leadership have been working behind the scenes advocating on behalf of agricultural and turf-landscape irrigation.

Irrigation Show: Looking forward to better days ahead

Posted on 4/1/2020
We have never lived with so much uncertainty. Will my family and friends be safe? When will we be able to return to “normal”? How long will it take for the economy to recover? The IA is here for you through this difficult time.

IA offers 25% discount on educational resources

Posted on 4/1/2020
Between now and May 15, the IA is offering its educational resources at a 25% off discount.

Top 5 tips to share during National Lawn Care Month

Posted on 4/1/2020
The National Association of Landscape Professionals encourages industry companies to use the month of April to promote National Lawn Care Month.

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

Posted on 4/1/2020
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.

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

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.

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.