President’s Message

Continuing the Legacy By Gregory R. Hunter

It is a privilege to be at the helm of the Irrigation Association. I am proud to hold a position that my father held back in 1989. When I spoke at the general session in Las Vegas in December, I mentioned how important this association’s history is to me. My father and my grandfather have both been recipients of the IA’s highest honor, the Industry Achievement Award. Our family has been, and continues to be, dedicated to this industry and the association that supports it. And, I am pleased to contribute as president this year.

I am also keenly interested in the future. During the Irrigation Show’s keynote address, Dr. Peter McCornick talked about sustainable irrigation and developing sustainable sources of water. This is a challenge for the industry, but it is also an opportunity for the association. Facing these challenges together is why we exist as an organization. We can find solutions better together than we can individually.

In December, the IA Board of Directors approved a new strategic plan. We upheld the IA’s mission to promote efficient irrigation and confirmed that paths to success remain through advocacy and professional development. These are the paths we have been following for some time now, but each year we add new efforts. In the first quarter of 2017, under advocacy, we will be investing more resources into public affairs to help share our message of the benefits of irrigated agriculture and landscapes. We will also be providing greater support to the Irrigation Foundation. The Foundation exists to promote careers in irrigation, and our professional development efforts will now include working more closely with our sister organization. And, of course, we will continue to grow our time- honored education, certification, government affairs and standards work.

This issue of Irrigation Today provides valuable content about moisture sensing products that help users manage their systems. It also includes discussions about hiring the right professionals to help you through your irrigation project – large or small. These, and other articles on the pages that follow, are meant to help our industry face today’s challenges. They also show policymakers that irrigation companies and professionals are committed to efficiency, reducing waste and protecting our most precious natural resource, whether on farm or in your backyard.

I look forward to working with you over the course of the next year to further these efforts.

The 2016 Irrigation Show was a family affair for IA Past President Richard, wife Jan and Greg Hunter.

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