Press Releases

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.

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Irrigation & Green Industry’s new Changing the Landscape Awards go live

Posted on 2/17/2021
Irrigation & Green Industry’s new Changing the Landscape Awards, spotlighting amazing projects by landscape, lighting and irrigation professionals, are officially open for online submissions.

IA welcomes release of final specs for sensor-based controllers

Posted on 2/11/2021
With the release of this specification, consumers will now have more choices than ever for WaterSense-labeled irrigation technologies available on the market.

Irrigation Today launches new website

Posted on 1/14/2021
The Irrigation Association is proud to announce the launch of a brand-new website for Irrigation Today magazine, the quarterly publication focused on agricultural irrigation.

Green Industry Outlook survey shows contractors looking for future growth

Posted on 1/8/2021
Despite a pandemic and a presidential election, 57% of landscape and irrigation contractors surveyed expected to see some growth in their businesses when closing out 2020.

Irrigation Association announces newly elected directors

Posted on 1/7/2021
The Irrigation Association is pleased to announce four newly appointed members of the IA Board of Directors.

IA plans three 2021 virtual conferences

Posted on 12/17/2020
The Irrigation Association is pleased to announce that it has three conferences planned for the first quarter of 2021: Landscape Lighting Conference, Leadership Summit and Landscape Technology Conference.

IA announces 2020 New Product Contest winners

Posted on 11/20/2020
The Irrigation Association is excited to announce the winners of the 2020 New Product Contest. The contest is usually held during the annual Irrigation Show and Education Week, but this year the IA hosted it online.

Colorado Springs Utilities named recipient of SWAT Outstanding Industry Partnership Award

Posted on 10/29/2020
Smart Water Application Technologies, a committee of the Irrigation Association, named Colorado Springs Utilities as the recipient of the SWAT Outstanding Industry Partnership Award.

Sonoma Water named recipient of SWAT Outstanding Public Engagement Award

Posted on 10/29/2020
Smart Water Application Technologies, a committee of the Irrigation Association, named Sonoma Water as the recipient of the SWAT Outstanding Public Engagement Award.

IA 2021 scholarship program now open

Posted on 10/21/2020
Open to students at two- and four-year institutions of higher education, the Irrigation Association scholarship program provides students with financial support.

IA hosts first virtual ag irrigation summit

Posted on 10/20/2020
The IA’s first Agricultural Irrigation Summit on Nov. 5 will draw together knowledgeable ag speakers, top industry CEOs and a panel of growers to discuss today’s most relevant and sought-after topics.

IA & industry leaders to discuss the future during Irrigation 20/20

Posted on 10/19/2020
The IA is hosting a dialogue with industry leaders to discuss the future of the irrigation industry and the role that the IA plays.

IA offers core irrigation curriculum through IA University

Posted on 10/12/2020
The Irrigation Association is offering its popular IA University courses virtually Nov. 30-Dec. 4. IA University is the core curriculum for irrigation professionals.

IA announces Industry Insights webinar series

Posted on 10/6/2020
The Irrigation Association is excited to announce the start of its Industry Insights webinar series beginning in October and extending through April 2021.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Posted on 10/1/2020
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.

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.