Additional non-federal contributions of funding, equipment, expertise, and other resources provided by IIC members more than doubled FFAR’s investment.

New Projects Funded in 2020

  • Advancing Development of the Parallel 41 Flux Network for Real-Time Evapotranspiration Monitoring (Principal Investigator: Christopher Neale, University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
  • Deployment and Maintenance of Flux Towers in Kansas to be Integrated to the Parallel 41 Flux Networks to Support Multi-State Real-Time Evapotranspiration Estimates (Principal Investigator: Eduardo Santos, Kansas State University)
  • Optimizing Irrigation of Turfgrass Using Sensors, IOT, Lora Technology and Artificial Intelligence (Principal Investigator: Jay Ham, Colorado State University)
  • Toward pivot automation with proximal sensing for Maize and Soybean in the Great Plains (Principal Investigator: Derek Heeren, University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
  • A Remote Sensing Approach to Identify Critical Areas in California Orchards for Improving Irrigation Water Management through Precision Agriculture Technology (Principal Investigator Dilruba Yeasmin, University of California-Fresno)
  • An Economic Impact Study of the Irrigation Industry (Principal Investigator: John Farner, Irrigation Association)
  • Connecting field scale performance to watershed health: the added power of sharing data/Calculating producer water use in real time (Principal Investigator: Dayle McDermitt, Nebraska Water Balance Alliance)

Introducing Tim Martin,
Executive Director of the Irrigation Innovation Consortium!


September 21: PASAE-NIAE 2020 International Conference

The PASAE-NIAE 2020 International Conference aims to harness an emerging global movement for Africa’s renaissance through knowledge and practice-driven agriculture and agriculture-led industrialization.


August 25-Sept 17: Colorado Water Conference Summer Conference

Whether or not you are directly involved in federal advocacy, understanding how Congress is organized to work on water-related matters will be of help as we report on the progress of federal legislation.


August 24-25: Necessity of Agriculture During the COVID-19 Pandemic Webinar



Deadline: September 25

Awards are presented at ASABE’s annual Agricultural Equipment Technology Conference (AETC). The award-winning products are also highlighted in a special issue of ASABE’s Resource magazine.


Stephen Smith named recipient of
IA’s 2020 Innovator Award
This prestigious award is given to those who have made significant contributions to the irrigation industry in the past 5 years.
Congratulations, Stephen!



Transformational Irrigation Technologies for 2020
Presented by Aric Olson, President of Jain Irrigation this webinar training provides a framework for where technologies have come from and how they can be applied to other market segments.


Farmer Led Irrigation Seminar
Organized by the Water for Food Daughtry Global  Institute, this 2-part webinar focuses on accelerating inclusive farmer-led irrigation development: a sustainable approach to reaching scale.
Part 1
Part 2


Irrigation Glossary
Compiled by the Irrigation Association


Tools from EPRI
Resources and tools that irrigators can use to improve their field yield and to save on energy and water costs


Provided by the Irrigation Association, this page
addresses the major changes that many industries
and institutions across the nation have adopted

New corn sprouting at the IIC Headquarters in Fort Collins, CO
June, 2020

The performance of landscape controllers are evaluated under identical weather inputs.