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Title: Smart Practices. Sustainable Solutions.


1
Smart Practices. Sustainable Solutions.
  • Smart Initiatives
  • Irrigation Association (USA)
  • Irrigation New Zealand
  • Conference and Expo
  • April 2014

2
Irrigated Agriculture in the United States
  • 310 million acres of harvested cropland in the
    U.S. (USDA 2007)
  • Approximately 57 million acres of U.S. cropland
    are irrigated (18) farmers use pressure
    irrigation systems on about 40 percent of these
    acres. (USDA 2007)
  • Potential exists to improve irrigation water use
    while sustaining yields in every basin.
    Conservation applied
  • on all irrigated cropland could provide
    nationwide improvement. (USDA 2011)

3
Irrigated Agriculture in the United States
4
Irrigated Agriculture in the United States
  • World population expected exceed 9 billion by
    2050 an increase of 50 from today (UN Water
    2013)
  • In 2009, irrigated fields accounted for less than
    20 of of U.S. cropland, but yielded 40 of total
    agricultural output. (NumbersUSA.com)

5
2013-2016 IA Strategic Plan Approved September
2013
MISSION To promote efficient irrigation
VISION To be the recognized authority on
irrigation
CORE STRATEGIC INITIATIVES
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
ADVOCACY
Education
Training
Government Affairs
Public Affairs
Standards Codes
Certification
CORE SUPPORT INITIATIVES
Membership
Irrigation Show
6
Advocacy
  • Government and Public Affairs
  • Influence policy to increase the demand for
    efficient irrigation.
  • Standards and Codes
  • Establish product and practice standards that
    drive efficient irrigation.

7
Standards and Codes
  • Agreement with the Irrigation Association,
    currently working on
  • Reevaluating standards on how to test pivot
    nozzles
  • Drip irrigation installation and design
  • Recently met in New Delhi representative from
    IA and ASABE attending.
  • Focusing on water metering for agricultural water
    use

8
Smart Water Application Technologies (SWAT)
  • Joint industry water agency effort for market
    transformation since 2003
  • Product testing for efficient products
  • Weather-based controllers
  • Soil moisture sensors
  • Rain sensors
  • Rebate programs

9
Smart Irrigation Month
  • Public affairs campaign since 2006
  • PSAs, sample proclamations,
    statement stuffers, articles,
    press releases
  • Smart Marketing Contest
  • www.smartirrigationmonth.org

10
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11
Professional Development
  • Education Training
  • Increase the recognized value of IAs educational
    programs.

12
Professional Development
Increase the recognized value of and demand for
IA-certified professionals.
13
2014 Irrigation Show Phoenix, Arizona Trade
Show 19-20 November Conference 17-21 November
  • 300 exhibitors
  • 4,000 total attendees
  • Educational opportunities
  • Networking opportunities

14
SMART Trends
  1. Greater need for efficient products and
    professionals services.
  2. More sophisticated irrigation designs and
    installations will be required.
  3. Sustainability is driving discussion and
    education about irrigation, inside and outside of
    our community.
  4. Partnerships formed today will be long lasting
    providing positive results.

15
Deborah Hamlin, CAE, FASAE Irrigation
Association Chief Executive Officer deborahhamlin_at_
irrigation.org
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