Foundation News Faculty Academy Registration Is Open

Join instructors from around the nation this June for two days of free, hands-on training at the agriculture or landscape Irrigation Faculty Academy. Learn what matters most for students and bring back valuable knowledge and teaching techniques to the classroom.

The agriculture version will be held June 8 – 9, 2017, in Grand Island, Nebraska, at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln Extension. Registration closes April 20, so register now! Enjoy sessions on automated irrigation management, hands-on with a center pivot, irrigation management approaches, pumping plants, recent advances in center pivots and variable rate irrigation — all geared for the agriculture instructor. There will also be a tour of T-L Irrigation Company.

The landscape version will be located in Orlando, Florida, June 15 – 16, 2017, at the Disney World Horticulture Services. Register now; April 27 is the registration deadline. Landscape instructors will have two days of sessions on the anatomy of an irrigation system, design capacity, drip conversion with a hands-on activity, irrigation maintenance at The Walt Disney World Resort, pipe sizing, pressure regulation with a hands-on activity, and a tour of the irrigation at Animal Kingdom. There will also be a tour of Behind the Seeds at the Epcot Center.

There is no cost to attend these two events, and they are open to all instructors at high schools and two- and four-year institutions. The Irrigation Foundation has a grant assistance program to aid with travel expenses on a first-come, first-served basis.

Many thanks to our sponsors, Rain Bird Corporation, lead sponsor of the Agriculture Faculty Academy, along with supporting sponsors Irrometer, T-L Irrigation and Nebraska Extension. The Landscape Faculty Academy is supported by BrightView Landscape Services, Hunter Industries and Irrometer.

To register, visit For further questions, contact Foundation Coordinator Nicole Preisner (

Now Accepting Nominations for the Excellence in Education Award

Students and colleagues are invited to nominate educators who have inspired those around them. The award recognizes a person who is actively teaching, or has formerly taught, irrigation, water management and/or water conservation in affiliation with a two- or four-year institution. This person helps supply the irrigation industry with educated professionals who provide efficient irrigation solutions that protect water and the environment.

The Foundation is now accepting nominations for its annual award. Submit a nomination by May 15. The recipient will receive a full travel grant to the 2017 Irrigation Show and Education Conference, Nov. 6 – 10, in Orlando, Florida. The nomination form can be found at

Irrigation E3 Program

Mark your calendars! In May, applications will be accepted from students and instructors for the acclaimed Irrigation E3 Program.

The program focuses on the three E’s as they relate to the irrigation industry: exposure, experience and education. This is accomplished by providing the winners with an education and travel award to the 2017 Irrigation Show and Education Conference in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 6 – 10.

Watch for details coming soon. For further information, contact Foundation Coordinator Nicole Preisner (nicolepreisner@irrigation. org).

National Collegiate Landscape Competition

The Foundation had a presence at the National Collegiate Landscape Competition career fair held March 16 at Brigham Young University, Provo. Many engaged students and instructors stopped by the booth to find out about the Foundation’s programs and how we are promoting careers in irrigation by engaging with both students and instructors.

Your irrigation career is looking bright!

Foundation Coordinator Nicole Preisner meets with attendees at the National Collegiate Landscape Competition career fair. 15

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