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VOL. 2, ISSUE 1 | July 2017 Contents 13 Incentives for modernizing


14 EQIP program offers valuable support & incentives • Colorado fruit orchard sees long-term success through EQIP project • Minnesota EQIP funds innovative program leading the way on water conservation


• USDA’s NRCS EQIP program assists Arkansas landowners to overcome water issues


18 Incentives & education for modernizing irrigation pumps in California


20 20 Center pivot drip hybrid — The wave of the future?


Smart Irrigation Month/Smart technologies 22 A grower’s guide to the ‘internet of things’ for irrigation 24 PAIL supports precision irrigation 26 The future of smarter irrigation management is here


29 Promoting Smart Irrigation Month Company finds numerous avenues to raise efficient water-use awareness and promote July as Smart Irrigation Month


22 Other features


37 Irrigation Show & Education Conference The best show of the year just keeps growing.


Departments 24


4 Editorial message 6 From the CEO 9 IA happenings 11 Legislative update


12 Foundation news 30 Technology corner 31 Voices from the industry


32 Economy 34 International trends 36 Regional roundup


Irrigation Today is published quarterly by the Irrigation Association, 8280 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Suite 400, Fairfax, VA 22031-4511 USA, Tel 703.536.7080, Fax 703.536.7019, www.irrigation.org. Contact IA for subscription information.


This is the official publication of the Irrigation Association and carries news and announcements con- cerning the IA. The association and Irrigation Today are not responsible for content or opinions other than those relating to association activities.


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