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 Foundation announces 2018 E3 program winners

Posted on 11/9/2018
The Irrigation Foundation has selected 32 exceptional winners for the 2018 Irrigation E3 program. This year’s class, 30 students and two educators, will receive an education and travel award to the 2018 Irrigation Show and Education Conference.

The Irrigation Association welcomes water infrastructure bill signed into law

Posted on 10/26/2018
The Irrigation Association is excited to announce the return of the Bringing Water to Life podcast on Oct. 22. While the name remains the same, many changes are ahead for the revamped podcast.

The Irrigation Association announces return of Bringing Water to Life podcast

Posted on 10/18/2018
The Irrigation Association is excited to announce the return of the Bringing Water to Life podcast on Oct. 22. While the name remains the same, many changes are ahead for the revamped podcast.

2019 Irrigation Foundation scholarship program now open

Posted on 10/11/2018
The Irrigation Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2019 scholarship program. The annual program was created in an effort to promote careers in irrigation by providing meaningful financial support for education.

2019 awards open for nomination

Posted on 10/8/2018
The Irrigation Association and Irrigation Foundation are pleased to announce that the nomination process for the 2019 awards program is now open.

New CIC exam to debut at Irrigation Show

Posted on 10/4/2018
The Irrigation Association Certification Board has updated the exam content outline for the landscape certified irrigation contractor exam, and the revised exam will launch during the 2018 Irrigation Show.

2018 Irrigation Show New Product Contest entries announced

Posted on 10/2/2018
The Irrigation Association is pleased to announce the entries in its annual new product contest. A record number of at least 60 new irrigation, lighting and specialty products have been entered into the contest.

Irrigation Foundation program allows winners to experience the Irrigation Show

Posted on 8/28/2018
The Irrigation Foundation’s E3 program offers exposure, experience and education to students and instructors. This year’s winners will attend the 2018 Irrigation Show and Education Conference in Long Beach, California, Dec. 3-7.

The Irrigation Foundation announces Excellence in Education Award recipient

Posted on 8/3/2018
The Irrigation Foundation is honored to announce Franklin Gaudi, EdD, CID, CIC, CAIS, CCA, of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, as the recipient of the Irrigation Foundation’s 2018 Excellence in Education Award.

IA announces Industry Achievement Award recipient

Posted on 8/2/2018
The Irrigation Association is honored to announce Jim Klauzer of Clearwater Supply in Ontario, Oregon, as the recipient of the 2018 Industry Achievement Award.

Sustainability project honored with Irrigation Association Vanguard Award

Posted on 7/11/2018
The Irrigation Association is honored to announce that the Conserva Irrigation – Target Corporation sustainability project has been awarded a prestigious 2018 Vanguard Award.

IA announces a Vanguard Award recipient

Posted on 7/11/2018
The Irrigation Association is honored to announce that the Netafim and Gallo Vineyards Inc. variable rate drip irrigation project has been awarded a prestigious 2018 Vanguard Award.

IA welcomes House passage of farm bill & calls on Senate to act

Posted on 6/22/2018
As part of its mission to promote efficient irrigation, the IA welcomes progress on the farm bill and remains committed to securing a bill that prioritizes conservation programs.

IA receives “Best Manufacturing Association to Work for” recognition

Posted on 6/13/2018
The Irrigation Association is pleased to announce that it has been named a “2018 Best Manufacturing Association to Work for” by the National Association of Manufacturers’ Council of Manufacturing Associations.

Irrigation Association announces July as Smart Irrigation Month

Posted on 5/31/2018
Advancing its mission of “promoting efficient irrigation,” the Irrigation Association announced July 2018 will once again be celebrated as Smart Irrigation Month.

2018 Irrigation E3 applications now being accepted

Posted on 5/23/2018
The Irrigation Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2018 Irrigation E3 program. Students and faculty are encouraged to apply for the E3 program and benefit from the unique opportunities available only at the 2018 Irrigation Show.

House Committee on Agriculture report to Congress confirms commitment to efficient irrigation

Posted on 5/7/2018
In another positive step for efficient irrigation, the House Committee on Agriculture reiterated its commitment to expanding the uses and opportunities of irrigation.

IA announces new public-private initiative to advance irrigation research into the 21st Century

Posted on 4/27/2018
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research awards $5 million to advance irrigation technology development and transfer.

Irrigation Foundation releases 2017 Annual Report

Posted on 4/13/2018
Following a successful year, the Irrigation Foundation has released its 2017 Annual Report, an overview of the Foundation’s programs and achievements.

Irrigation Foundation awards 21 scholarships

Posted on 4/12/2018
The Irrigation Foundation is proud to announce the winners of its 2018 Irrigation Foundation scholarship program.

IA urges congressional action on farm bill & WaterSense during summit in Washington, D.C.

Posted on 3/14/2018
The IA hosted the annual Water Resources Congressional Summit, in partnership with the NGWA and the WQA, on March 6-7, 2018.

Irrigation Foundation opens annual Faculty Academy registration

Posted on 3/13/2018
Building on the success of past years, the Irrigation Foundation is again offering both agriculture and landscape versions of its Irrigation Faculty Academy.

IA announces 2018 U.S. Farm Bill priorities

Posted on 1/23/2018
As part of its mission to promote efficient irrigation, the Irrigation Association is pleased to announce its 2018 U.S. Farm Bill priorities.

Deadline approaching for Foundation scholarship program

Posted on 1/16/2018
The Feb. 15 deadline is quickly approaching for the 2018 Irrigation Foundation scholarship program. This annual program was created to support the Foundation’s mission of promoting careers in irrigation.

Irrigation Foundation launches career pathways portion to website

Posted on 1/2/2018
The Irrigation Foundation is continuing its efforts to promote careers in irrigation and is excited to announce the launch of a new irrigation career pathways portion on its website.

Nominations being accepted through March 1 for 2018 IA & Foundation awards

Posted on 12/15/2017
The Irrigation Foundation is pleased to announce that, once again, both Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply and The Toro Company will be co-lead sponsors for the 2018 Irrigation E3 program.

Gainesville professor elected to IA Board of Directors

Posted on 12/8/2017
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.

North Ridgeville businessman elected to IA Board of Directors

Posted on 12/8/2017
The Irrigation Association is pleased to announce that John Newlin, CIC, CIT, CLIA, president of Quality Sprinkling Systems Inc., has been elected to the IA Board of Directors.

San Diego businesswoman elected to IA Board of Directors

Posted on 12/8/2017
The Irrigation Association is pleased to announce that Barbara Booth, president of Rivulis Irrigation Inc. in San Diego, California, has been elected to the IA Board of Directors.

Ulysses businessman elected to IA Board of Directors

Posted on 12/8/2017
The Irrigation Association is pleased to announce that Monty Teeter, CEO and president of Teeter Irrigation, has been elected to the IA Board of Directors.

South Bend businessman elected to IA Board of Directors

Posted on 12/8/2017
The Irrigation Association is pleased to announce that Bryan Wynen, CIC, CLIA, CLWM, president of WISSCO Irrigation and CEO of Springwise Facility Management, has been elected to the IA Board of Directors.

Fremont businessman elected to IA Board of Directors

Posted on 12/8/2017
The Irrigation Association is pleased to announce that Gene Ross, PE, CID, has been elected to the IA Board of Directors.

Toro & Ewing recognized as co-lead sponsors of the 2018 Irrigation E3 program

Posted on 11/28/2017
The Irrigation Foundation is pleased to announce that, once again, both Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply and The Toro Company will be co-lead sponsors for the 2018 Irrigation E3 program.

News & Announcements

Final prep for the Irrigation Show

Posted on 11/1/2018
Have you checked the calendar? The 2018 Irrigation Show and Education Conference is only one month away.

SWAT introduces two new documents

Posted on 11/1/2018
Smart Water Application Technologies held its annual update meeting recently at the WaterSmart Innovations Convention and Exposition on Oct. 3 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Irrigation & Green Industry named finalist for publishing award

Posted on 10/3/2018
Irrigation & Green Industry magazine has announced it is among the finalists of the Folio: Eddy and Ozzie awards. The prestigious awards are the most comprehensive magazine publishing industry awards.

Foundation initiatives support those pursuing careers in the industry

Posted on 10/1/2018
The Irrigation Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2019 scholarship program. The annual program awards multiple scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,500.

New opportunity to volunteer without a full-time commitment

Posted on 10/1/2018
The Irrigation Association’s newest volunteer opportunity is the 30 for 30 Initiative. This new program was created to focus on IA membership recruitment and retention.

IA publications poised for growth

Posted on 10/1/2018
Although the Irrigation Association is the new kid on the block when it comes to publishing, the success of its two magazines is evident and a cause for excitement and sales team expansion as both look to the future.

SWAT hosts roundtable at WaterSmart Innovations

Posted on 10/1/2018
The 2018 WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition is scheduled for Oct. 3-5 at the South Point Hotel and Conference Center in Las Vegas, and the Smart Water Application Technologies will again be hosting a roundtable meeting.

Water Rating Index standard goes out for public comment

Posted on 9/4/2018
The first draft of the Residential Energy Services Network proposed standard BSR/RESNET/ICC 1101-201x, Water Rating Index, is open for public comment through Sept. 17.

Apply now for 2018 Irrigation E3 program

Posted on 9/4/2018
The Irrigation Foundation’s E3 program is all about gaining exposure, experience and education in the irrigation industry. This year’s winners will gain these three e’s during the 2018 Irrigation Show and Education Conference in Long Beach.

Submit abstracts for the World Ag Expo

Posted on 9/4/2018
The Irrigation Association and the Center for Irrigation Technology are organizing an Irrigation Seminar series for the World Ag Expo in Tulare, California, on Thursday Feb. 14, 2019.

Irrigation Foundation announces Excellence in Education Award recipient

Posted on 9/4/2018
Supplying the irrigation industry with educated professionals who provide efficient irrigation solutions is an important focus of the Irrigation Foundation.

Irrigation Association announces Industry Achievement Award recipient

Posted on 9/4/2018
The Irrigation Association is honored to announce that Jim Klauzer is the recipient of the 2018 Industry Achievement Award.

New Product Contest Deadline Extended

Posted on 9/4/2018
The 2018 New Product Contest deadline for applications has been extended to Sept.14.

IA remembers LeRoy Thom

Posted on 8/27/2018
The irrigation industry recently lost one of its long-time supporters and center pivot irrigation innovators.

IA staff participates in Smart Irrigation Month, too!

Posted on 8/1/2018
Instead of just talking about creating beautiful landscapes and working in the soil, the Irrigation Association staff recently got to put their words into action during a community service project.

Show registration brochure now available!

Posted on 8/1/2018
Find answers to anything and everything you need to know about the 2018 Irrigation Show and Education Conference in the new registration brochure!

Faculty academies attract educators to the Rockies

Posted on 8/1/2018
The Irrigation Foundation hosted both the agriculture and landscape faculty academies in June.

IA remembers Fred V. Kruse

Posted on 8/1/2018
The irrigation industry recently lost a long-time supporter whose career focused on providing products and solutions to those involved in production agriculture.

2018 Vanguard Awards honor irrigation innovation

Posted on 8/1/2018
A “vanguard” is known as a group of people leading the way in new developments or ideas. In the irrigation industry, the vanguards are the people, companies, organizations and other group entities leading the way with innovative projects.

Thank you for celebrating Smart Irrigation Month!

Posted on 8/1/2018
Smart Irrigation Month 2018 was a huge success. From all of the great social media posts on Technology Tuesday to state proclamations declaring July Smart Irrigation Month, there was no shortage of engagement throughout the month.

IA continues advocacy & Congress races to finish farm bill before deadline

Posted on 8/1/2018
All farming eyes are on Congress as the final days approach to get an agreement on farm bill language to send to the president.

The SWAT Initiative & WaterSmart Innovations 2018

Posted on 8/1/2018
The Smart Water Application Technologies initiative continues working to expand its efforts to include additional programs and resources that assist water providers in promoting landscape water-use efficiency.

Apply to be an E3 program learner or leader

Posted on 7/30/2018
The Irrigation Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2018 Irrigation E3 Program.

Scholarship applications accepted in the fall

Posted on 7/30/2018
The Irrigation Foundation’s scholarship program will begin accepting applications Oct. 1.

IA briefs congress on the benefits of efficient irrigation

Posted on 7/2/2018
On June 21, the House passed its version of the farm bill, H.R. 2, by a vote of 213-211. This bill is unchanged from the version that failed the House on May 18.

IA encourages compromise after the House & Senate pass farm bills

Posted on 7/2/2018
On June 21, the House passed its version of the farm bill, H.R. 2, by a vote of 213-211. This bill is unchanged from the version that failed the House on May 18.

IA named one of the best associations to work for

Posted on 7/2/2018
The Irrigation Association is proud to announce that it was recently named one of the “2018 Best Manufacturing Associations to Work for” by the National Association of Manufacturers’ Council of Manufacturing Associations.

Smart Irrigation Month starts now

Posted on 7/2/2018
The clothing people wear, produce they eat, golf they play and local parks they enjoy are all benefits of irrigation.

Register for the 2018 Irrigation Show

Posted on 7/2/2018
Plans are in full swing for the 2018 Irrigation Show and Education Conference in Long Beach, California, Dec. 3-7. Attendee registration is now open.

Irrigation Show housing is now open!

Posted on 6/1/2018
Your plans are made to attend the 2018 Irrigation Show and Education Conference in Long Beach, California, Dec. 3-7, so now you need a place to stay!

Get smart with the IA

Posted on 6/1/2018
July is only a month away, and the Irrigation Association is gearing up for another busy Smart Irrigation Month. This annual initiative is our industry’s collective opportunity to spread the message of what smart irrigation is and to promote its soci

IA continues to follow farm bill process

Posted on 6/1/2018
After the House released its farm bill draft in April, the Irrigation Association voiced its support for changes outlined in the conservation title.

IA visits Nebraska & discusses top issues facing the industry

Posted on 6/1/2018
With more than 8 million irrigated acres of farmland, Nebraska continues to be at the forefront of not only agricultural production, but also innovation.

Standards & codes report

Posted on 6/1/2018
Brent Mecham, IA industry development director, recently attended code hearings in Columbus, Ohio, for the International Residential Code and the International Plumbing Code.

Be an E3 leader or learner

Posted on 6/1/2018
The Irrigation Foundation’s E3 program offers a unique opportunity for you to expand your irrigation knowledge and learn more about the industry.

IA remembers Bill Koonz Sr.

Posted on 6/1/2018
The irrigation industry recently lost long-time leader and pioneer Bill Koonz Sr. Koonz was a strong supporter of the Irrigation Association and served as president in 1993.

New IIC set to propel irrigation research into the 21st century

Posted on 5/1/2018
On April 27, Irrigation Association CEO Deborah Hamlin announced the creation of the Irrigation Innovation Consortium.

IA announces support of draft House farm bill

Posted on 5/1/2018
The House of Representatives Agriculture Committee released its proposed farm bill draft on April 12, and the Irrigation Association welcomed the proposed changes outlined in the conservation title.

Apply for the 2018 New Product Contest

Posted on 5/1/2018
The 2018 Irrigation Show New Product Contest provides a unique opportunity for exhibitors to present their new products and technologies.

Mark Eaton announced as 2018 Irrigation Show keynote speaker

Posted on 5/1/2018
At 7 feet 4 inches tall, Mark Eaton was a force to be reckoned with on the basketball court during his 12-year career in the National Basketball Association.

Get the latest news through News Harvest

Posted on 5/1/2018
The Irrigation Association and Irrigation Today magazine are bringing ag irrigation industry news straight to you through the new monthly e-newsletter News Harvest.

IA hosts legislative fly-in

Posted on 4/2/2018
On March 7, representatives from 11 Irrigation Association member companies traveled to Washington, D.C., to promote the importance of efficient irrigation in both the agriculture and landscape sectors.

Do you want your company to stand out in the crowd?

Posted on 4/2/2018
Get the most out of your trip to Long Beach, California, for the Irrigation Show and Education Conference by taking advantage of unique sponsorship options.

Certification Board seeks agriculture & landscape irrigation experts

Posted on 4/2/2018
The Irrigation Association Certification Board is soliciting volunteers for up to four board openings for agriculture and landscape irrigation experts.

Register for 2018 Faculty Academy

Posted on 4/2/2018
The Irrigation Foundation offers a unique opportunity that takes instructors out of their classrooms and allows them to become students again.

Irrigation Foundation’s scholarship program winners announced

Posted on 4/2/2018
Students from two- and four-year institutions across the nation were selected as recipients of the 2018 Irrigation Foundation scholarship program.

IA’s classroom comes to you – Register for upcoming webinars

Posted on 3/1/2018
The Irrigation Association brings its educational opportunities straight to you with multiple webinars scheduled this spring.

Faculty academies – 2018 sessions announced

Posted on 3/1/2018
The Irrigation Foundation will once again offer both agriculture and landscape versions of its popular Irrigation Faculty Academy.

IA’s Mecham honored with ASIC award

Posted on 3/1/2018
The Irrigation Association’s industry development director, Brent Mecham, has been selected as recipient of the ASIC’s Roy Williams Memorial Award.

Save the date for the 2018 Irrigation Show & Education Conference

Posted on 3/1/2018
Mark your calendars now! You don’t want to miss the largest irrigation show in the world. See new products and technologies and find solutions to any and all issues in agriculture, landscape, golf and turf irrigation.

Irrigation & Green Industry – A Year Later

Posted on 3/1/2018
It was just a year ago that the IA announced it had acquired Irrigation & Green Industry magazine, and some new names and faces have been added to the publication team.

2017 Irrigation E3 applications now being accepted

Posted on 8/28/2017
The Irrigation Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2017 Irrigation E3 program.