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Timothy Martin joins the Irrigation Innovation Consortium

October 28, 2020

The Irrigation Innovation Consortium is taking new steps forward in its mission to foster collaboration between industry and academics in advancing irrigation technology and strategies with the addition of Tim Martin as its new director.

Source: SOURCE By: Susie Hutton

Irrigation Innovation Consortium launches 2021 Requests for Proposals

October 15, 2020


Irrigation Innovation Consortium launches 2021 request for proposals (RFP) 


Tim MartinIIC Executive Director

AJ BrownIIC Assistant Director

Allan AndalesIIC Principal Investigator

Research projects funded through this RFP will equip the irrigation industry and irrigation end users with cutting-edge tools and strategies. 

The Irrigation Innovation Consortium (IIC) has $600,000 available to support collaborative research that aims to accelerate the development and adoption of water and energy-efficient irrigation technologies, tools, and practices. Research projects will address gaps important to the irrigation sector and/or end users of irrigation in agriculture, landscape, or turf applications.  

The IIC prioritizes pre-competitive research projects that involve pooling of resources and data for public benefit. While data and resulting publications from this research will be open and accessible, commercial endeavors resulting from the application of these data and research outcomes can be proprietary.  

Projects should fit within one or more of IIC’s priority research topic areas 

  1. Water and energy efficiency 
  1. Remote sensing and big data applications to improve irrigation water management 
  1. System integration and management 
  1. Acceleration of irrigation technology innovation and adoption 

While the IIC has historically funded projects in the $50,000-$100,000 range, it is open to reviewing larger and or smaller project requests. IIC seeks to support projects that bring together partners that may normally be competitors who plan to workworking collaboratively on issues critical to the irrigation industry. Coalitions of partners involving industry members, academics, and others from different institutions are encouraged to submit proposals. At a minimum, projects must involve at least one industry partner and one IIC member university (Colorado State, Kansas State, California State-Fresno, TX A&M, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln). 

The full RFP is available at Lead PIs of project teams must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) by midnight Mountain Time on November 23, 2020. Detailed instructions on what to include in LOIs are available at the link above. The IIC’s Research Steering Committee (RSC) will review LOIs and rank proposed project concepts based on the criteria provided in the RFP. Selected teams will be invited to participate in a virtual interview in mid-December, 2020 with members of the RSC to discuss their project’s concept and potential impacts in greater depth. After interviews, in early January, 2020, the IIC will invite finalists teams to submit full proposals that will be due in mid-February, 2021. Project selection will be announced by Monday, February 29; projects will have an anticipated start date of April 1, 2021, and a maximum duration of 21 months. 

IIC funding requests, inclusive of allowable indirect costs, must be accompanied by a total non-federal match of 1.25x, where x is the amount of IIC funding requested.  

IIC Executive Director Tim Martin said, “The IIC is unique in its goal to foster collaboration among university researchers and irrigation industry innovators. We look forward to reviewing and supporting a variety of partnerships with the potential to substantially and positively impact irrigation sector and irrigation end users, society, and/or the environment.” 

IIC is hosting a webinar to provide an overview of the RFP and provide attendees an opportunity to ask questions on Thursday, October 22, at 2 pm Mountain Time. The session will be recorded. Please RSVP at to receive a calendar invite with call-in details or to request a link to the webinar recording. 




Source: Irrigation Innovation Consortium By: IIC Staff

A wellspring of innovation: New Mexico State University researchers test new water conservation practices

May 29, 2019

When Sangu Angadi was traveling to his science center office in Clovis, New Mexico, one spring day, he was engulfed in the dust of a prairie windstorm. As a crop scientist, Angadi had a pretty good idea of the source of the dust – fallow fields that had dried to powder over the winter months. What he learned later would spur him into seeking new solutions to this decades-long, and worsening challenge.

Source: NMSU News Center By: Darrell J. Pehr

TreeTown USA Sponsors UC Davis SmartLandscape Program for Developing Water-Conserving Landscapes

May 21, 2019

reeTown USA today announced it has made a donation to the University of California, Davis’ California Center for Urban Horticulture (CCUH) to help develop water-conserving landscapes under its SmartLandscape Initiative. It is part of the company’s ongoing commitment to support the horticulture industry in providing resource conservation and sustainable urban landscapes.

Source: Business Wire By: NA

Future of Farming, UI Professor develops smart sensor for farm irrigation

May 16, 2019

Farming across the midwest is about to get a lot smarter thanks to smart sensors being developed at the University of Iowa. Professor Jun Wang at the University of Iowa’s College of Engineering knows weather changes can make it or break it for farmers. His background in Atmospheric studies and understanding of farming practices led him to develop a way for farmers to adopt a concept called precision farming. From a microchip prototype to a smart sensor, Professor Wang and his team are working to take the guesswork out of farming and help farmers save money on water resources. The smart sensor they’ve developed gathers real-time information and sends it back to an online data cloud system, via wifi.

Source: News 7 KWWL By: NA

Cover crops plus irrigation reduce energy costs

May 10, 2019

Several farmers, particularly in southwest Indiana, are trying to improve the health of their soil while using irrigation. Many are discovering that using cover crops in their irrigation systems can help reduce costs, thereby increasing potential profit margin. If you’re not using cover crops, you probably are wondering how they can make a difference. Are you limited to how much water you can put on at one time or in one pass of your unit? Do you see runoff from your irrigated field even if you only apply a half-inch of water? Would you like to increase the amount of water you can put on in one pass? Can introducing cover crops into your system make that much difference? If you answered “yes” to the first three questions, the good news is that the answer to the fourth question is also “yes.” Cover crops can make a difference.

Source: Indiana Prairie Farmer By: Don Donovan

Solar-Powered WaterBit System Irrigates Farms, Saves H2O

May 8, 2019

If you’ve ever dragged around a hose and sprinkler to water your lawn, you know the pain. It takes time and energy, and imagine if you had a farm to irrigate. WaterBit is a lot like a sprinkler system for the yard, designed for farmers. It uses sensors to give farmers more control over how much water and other nutrients are reaching their crops. Soil conditions are monitored through a remote dashboard and farmers can leverage the infrastructure to more precisely apply water according to specific plant needs.

Source: Forbes By: Jeff Kart

Case studies to increase resilience among farmers and ranchers in the Pacific Northwest

May 2, 2019

Many strategies can enhance resilience to climate change and other future challenges – and these strategies often also provide immediate benefits to farming and ranching operations. This case study series explores strategies that innovative farmers and ranchers in our region are already using, and which may be of interest to others. Each case study and its complementary video centers around the experience of a regional producer, and provide summaries of relevant biophysical, economic, and social science that help inform when and how these strategies might work in other places.

Source: Washington State University Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources By: NA