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Irrigation Association 2020 Faculty Academy registration now open

FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA (March 12, 2020) — The Irrigation Association will be offering both agriculture and landscape versions of its popular Faculty Academy again this year. The two events are free to attend and allow instructors to network with fellow academics and discover irrigation-related curriculum to implement in their classroom.

Educators attend Faculty Academy year after year to continue broadening their irrigation knowledge to best educate the next generation of irrigation professionals.

Instructors teaching at high schools and two- and four-year institutions are encouraged to attend these free events. Travel grant assistance is available on a first-come, first-served basis to qualifying applicants.

The agriculture Faculty Academy will be held at the University of California, Davis in Davis, California, June 11-12. Participants must register by May 7. Sessions include the following:

  • Frost Protection & Overhead Cooling Applications
  • How Drones Are Being Used in Ag Irrigation
  • Irrigation Design Software (hands-on)
  • Irrigation Uniformity Lab: Troubleshooting & Servicing Drip (hands-on)
  • Water Management Panel
  • Tour of Turkovich Ranch
  • Tour of UC Davis Facilities

The landscape Faculty Academy will be held at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, June 18-19. Participants must register by May 14. Sessions include the following:

  • Backflow Prevention for Landscape Irrigation (hands-on)
  • Greenhouse Irrigation
  • Irrigated Soils for Landscape Applications
  • Irrigation Components (June 17)
  • Marketplace Trends
  • Tour TBD
  • Tour of Spectrum Technologies
  • Using Pumps in Irrigation (hands-on)
  • The Why Behind Irrigation (June 17)

Again this year, landscape Faculty Academy will provide two introductory sessions: Irrigation Components and The Why Behind Irrigation. These sessions will be held on Wednesday, June 17, 1-5 p.m. These sessions are intended for novice instructors and will be a great building block for the two days to come.

The full schedule, travel information and registration link for each event can be found at Please contact Workforce Development and Administration Manager Nicole Preisner (, 703.536.7080) with any questions.

Thank you to this year’s sponsors! Agriculture sponsors include Irrometer Company Inc. and Rain Bird Corporation. Landscape sponsors include BrightView Landscape Services, Hunter Industries, Irrometer Company Inc. and Rain Bird Corporation.