May 25 2018 01:31 AM

Through a variety of efforts, the IA furthers its mission to promote efficient irrigation.

The Fairfax, Virginia-based Irrigation Association is dedicated to promoting efficient irrigation. One of the ways it does that is through outreach. It also provides opportunities for industry stakeholders to come together. Landscape contractors can play a part, and here are some ways you can participate now and later.

Investing in the future

The Irrigation Foundation has selected 21 students as recipients of the 2018 Irrigation Foundation scholarships. The recipients are from two- and four-year institutions across the nation and will receive scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,500. This is the second year the Foundation has awarded these scholarships, which go to students with an interest in the irrigation field.

A list of the winners and more about the Foundation’s scholarship program can be found at

Make plans to promote smart irrigation in July

Smart Irrigation Month is the month of July. The initiative was developed by the IA to promote the social, economic and environmental benefits of efficient irrigation technologies, products and services in landscape, turf and agricultural irrigation. First launched in 2005, it continues to gain traction as stakeholders recognize the positive impact of efficient irrigation.

Irrigation Technology Tuesday. Irrigation Technology Tuesday kicks off the Smart Irrigation Month campaign July 10. Anyone who wants to join in can use the hashtag #smartirrigationmonth on social media.

Additional resources. Visit for information, tips and resources about incorporating Smart Irrigation Month into marketing, using social media, engaging policymakers and more.

Bringing the industry together

The Irrigation Show and Education Conference brings together irrigation industry professionals from across the country and around the world. New products and technologies offer attendees solutions to their landscape, golf and turf irrigation issues.

The 2018 edition of the event is Dec. 3-7 in Long Beach, California. Stay tuned for more updates on the 2018 Irrigation Show in Irrigation & Green Industry magazine and at

Swarming in on Washington

Representatives from the IA and 11 of its member companies headed to Capitol Hill March 7-8 to promote the importance of efficient irrigation. The fly-in was part of the Water Resources Congressional Summit hosted by the IA in partnership with the National Ground Water Association, Westerville, Ohio, and the Water Quality Association, Lisle, Illinois.

The farm bill, the country’s infrastructure and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program were main topics of discussion as IA members met with 30 congressional offices.

Contact the IA at 703.536.7080 or at for more information about the fly-in and future similar events.


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