The Irrigation Innovation Consortium (IIC) is a collaborative research effort to accelerate the development and adoption of water and energy efficient irrigation technologies and practices through public-private partnerships. The Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR) provides funding for the project on a 1:1 basis with non-federal dollars. Funds from non-federal partners support individual projects, specific university collaborators, or the full IIC. Together with foundation funds, these strategic collaborative partnerships will catalyze innovative technology development and enhanced strategies for irrigation efficiency.

The Consortium has five founding university partners and eight founding industry partners (please visit the Partners page for more information on these entities). Initial participants are working to create a platform for other universities, federal agencies and the private sector to work together on the critical water challenges facing agriculture, municipalities and industry. This platform will allow for the development of more strategic collaborative partnerships that generate new synergies by leveraging each other’s expertise, technology and resources.

Project Goals

The overarching goal of the IIC is to create an internationally recognized, self-sustaining center of excellence that promotes and enhances water and energy efficiency in irrigation, ultimately creating greater resiliency in food and irrigated landscape systems. Building dynamic, collaborative public-private partnerships will help to increase access to information and technical expertise, while enhancing irrigation technology innovation.

Geographic Region

The Consortium seeks to address growing water scarcity domestically (e.g. western United States) and internationally by enhancing energy and water use efficiency in irrigated food systems and amenity landscapes.

More Information

Press Release – April 27, 2018

IIC Flyer

IIC Brochure


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