Date and Time: December 9, 3-5 p.m. PST
Location: Room 5A
Description: What is the economic impact of the irrigation industry? How can collaborative research fill irrigation industry knowledge gaps and benefit  the broader irrigation community, society, and the environment? This session will cover these questions, unveiling findings from two recently completed studies produced in partnership by the Irrigation Association and the Irrigation Innovation Consortium (IIC). Updates on other, public-private collaborative projects supported by the IIC will also be shared. IIC is supported through a generous 5-year grant from the Foundation from Food and Agriculture Research along with contributions from industry and other partners. Come to this session to learn more and find out how you can get involved. This event will be open to the public and livestreamed. IIC’s Executive Director Tim Martin and IA’s CEO Deborah Hamlin will co-moderate.


Deborah Hamlin,
Irrigation Association CEO

Deborah Hamlin has served as the CEO for 15 years and led the association through numerous milestones, including establishing a new brand and mission, consolidating industry training, and developing a profitable online learning center. During her tenure, she also bolstered the certification program to third-party accreditation, created a standards and codes arm, and expanded into the publishing arena with two industry magazines.

Inge Bisconer,
Surf ‘N Earth Enterprises, Managing Member

Inge Bisconer, Managing Member of Surf ‘N Earth Enterprises, is a sales and marketing consultant who began her career in production ag and transitioned to irrigation sales, marketing, management and technical roles with leading manufacturers over the past four decades.  She is passionate about helping farmers become better irrigators, and leveraging her unique perspective as a farmer, environmentalist and urbanite to help agriculture become more profitable and sustainable through education and advocacy to improve water and resource use efficiency. She is the principal investigator on the Agriculture and Landscape Irrigation Industry Needs Survey and Assessment.

George Oamek, Ph.D
Headwaters Corporation, Economist

​Dr. Oamek’s areas of expertise include agricultural and natural resource economics, public finance, and mathematical Statistics. He is repsonsible for devaluating potential water acquisitions, developing water leases, and planning assistance for meeting  long-term water goals at the Headwaters Corporation. He is the principal investigator on the Economic Impact Study of the Irrigation Study.

Timothy Martin, Ph.D
Irrigation Innovation Consortium Executive Director

Throughout his career, Dr. Martin has engaged science, engineering, and information technology research and applications in irrigation and water management, soil and crop management, and modeling; GIS and remote sensing; and data and knowledge management. He has served as founder or principal of three consulting firms and has led development projects in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas. Martin’s strengths in business development, irrigation and crop science, and science and information technology are key assets to the Irrigation Innovation Consortium.