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WG & Bayer partner to host AgTechx Summit

Western Growers, in collaboration with Bayer Crop Sciences, rolled out the Sacramento area’s inaugural AgTechx event on Feb. 7, 2019.

AgTechx — a summit where farmers and technologists collaborate on new innovations to help sustain the world’s food supply — featured a riveting Junior AgSharks Competition, a “State of the Ag Industry” fireside chat, and in-depth panels on how robotics/ automation and new technologies to improve soil health can help farmers’ operations.

More than 120 growers, agtech startup companies, agricultural industry stakeholders and community leaders attended the event, which was held at the Bayer Crop Science Research Facility in West Sacramento. The event also included an Agtech Startup Showcase where numerous companies developing irrigation technology provided quick pitches about their inventions.

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CAIA announces fall meeting

The California Agricultural Irrigation Association invites irrigation industry representatives and other interested parties to the CAIA 2019 Fall Meeting, Sept. 10-12 at the SeaCrest Oceanfront Hotel in Pismo Beach, California.

Highlights include

• a legislative/regulatory roundtable where state and federal legislation, new and changing regulations, and other issues affecting agriculture and irrigation will be discussed.

• technical/educational sessions featuring presentations on special projects/research and innovations in the agricultural irrigation industry.

• the member meeting with keynote speaker.

• an educational tour of a local/regional agriculture operation.

• a golf tournament.

CAIA members and nonmembers are welcome to attend. Meeting information and registration materials will be available in early summer on the CAIA website at

Save the date for exposure, experience & education

In May, applications will be accepted from students and educators for the Irrigation Foundation’s E3 program. This annual program provides students and educators with the three e’s: exposure, experience and education in the irrigation industry. Winners of the E3 program are provided with an education and travel grant to attend the 2019 Irrigation Show and Education Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, Dec. 2-6. For more information, visit

Irrigation Show registration opening soon

Make plans to head to Las Vegas Dec. 2-6 for the annual Irrigation Show and Education Conference. This unique event is the biggest and best trade show focused on irrigation. 2019 will feature some new additions and changes that will allow even more exposure to industry innovations and opportunities to connect with others in the industry.

This year, the IA is co-locating with the National Ground Water Association and the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association, and the show will be held in conjunction with NGWA’s 2019 Groundwater Week.

Teachers do the learning

Agriculture educators from around the nation are invited to the Irrigation Foundation’s fifth annual agriculture Faculty Academy. This year’s event will be held at the Irrigation Training and Research Center at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, June 27-28.

Faculty Academy is free to attend, and grant assistance is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Instructors return each year to network and learn the latest irrigation- related curriculum. To register or for more information about the schedule and sessions, visit facultyacademy.

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Registration opens in June with early registration discounts. For more information, go to

Smart Irrigation Month coming in July

Each July, irrigation industry companies and professionals come together to promote the message about the social, economic and environmental benefits of efficient irrigation.

This year’s theme is “smart irrigation in action,” and it all kicks off with Irrigation Technology Tuesday on July 9. This is a great day to use social media to highlight water- efficient irrigation technologies.

Go to www.smartirrigation for more informa- tion, tips and resources.

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