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)

Congratulations to Stephen Smith, recipient of the 2020 Irrigation Association Innovator Award!


July 17: Workshop
Artificial Intelligence
Applications to Agriculture
Over a half-day, 20-minute presentations and discussions will address problems and opportunities at the intersection of artificial intelligence, data science and agriculture. Presenters from academia and industry will focus on applications, tools and case studies.


July 23: Webinar
Clean Tech Spotlight
CleanStart, in collaboration with BlueTechValley, is launching a new investor pitch event for clean tech startups. Their goal is to increase awareness of these promising startups by hosting networking events to hear what these companies are doing and introducing them to a broad range of potential investors, supporters, and peers.


August 5: Webinar
Let’s Beat the Heat! Organized by Santa Cruz Works, guest speakers will discuss how our agricultural community is being affected by rising temperatures and share strategies for centering climate actions and solutions on equity. Join optional Virtual Networking meeting after the webinar to continue the conversation.



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!


Deadline August 3:
Sign up for Irrigation Association University
Every year, the IA offers classes to develop fundamental and practical skills necessary to design, install or maintain an irrigation system, as well as the business skills to manage a small irrigation company.

Deadline August 10:
Call for Presenters: Education Week
The IA is looking for presenters for
Industry Insights in Agriculture

for Industry Insights in Landscape
contact Tiffany Wilson



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

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