Foundation News Irrigation Foundation Strives to Enhance Industry

The Irrigation Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the Irrigation Asso- ciation, strives for a future where the irrigation industry is thriving, with an ample supply of educated, highly-skilled professionals who employ technology and best practices to provide efficient irriga- tion solutions that protect water resources and the environment.

To attract the next generation of irrigators and promote careers in irrigation, the Irrigation Foundation specializes in providing scholar- ships to students and faculty for irrigation education and exposure to the irrigation industry. The Foundation’s efforts complement the Irrigation Association’s mission to promote efficient irrigation.

The Foundation has two flagship programs to fulfill its mission: the Irrigation Faculty Academy and the Irrigation E3 Program.

The Irrigation Faculty Academy is a two-day event where faculty from high schools, community colleges and four-year institutions learn about the latest irrigation technologies and techniques, and discover turnkey curriculum to use in the classroom. In 2015, it held two academies for the first time, one targeting landscape and one for agriculture. Over the last 10 years, irrigation content has been added to classrooms reaching an estimated 62,000 students across the U.S.

The E3 Program (Exposure, Experience, Education) exists to provide opportunities for students and instructors in community colleges or universities to attend Irrigation Association classes at the annual Irrigation Show and Education Conference and gain exposure to industry companies and technologies. Students can apply to be “learners” for this elite event, and instructors are encouraged to apply as “leaders.”

The Foundation also sponsors an Irrigation Career Link and the Excellence in Education Award. The Irrigation Career Link is the only online job board dedicated to irrigation professionals. Check out

The Excellence in Education Award recognizes an outstanding irrigation, water conservation or water management instructor at a two- or four-year institution. The award honors academics who are playing a critical role in developing educated professionals with the knowledge and skills to create efficient irrigation solutions that will protect water and the environment.

For more information about any of the Irrigation Foundation pro- grams, visit

Exposure. Experience. Education.

10 Irrigation TODAY | July 2016

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