On March 7, representatives from 11 Irrigation Association member companies traveled to Washington, D.C., to promote the importance of efficient irrigation in both the agriculture and landscape sectors.

These meetings occurred as part of a two-day Water Resources Congressional Summit hosted by the IA in partnership with the National Ground Water Association and the Water Quality Association.

IA members attending the event began the two-day summit by meeting with Speaker Paul Ryan’s senior advisor on natural resource issues. After a productive meeting, the IA joined participants from the NGWA and WQA for presentations on water resource issues and the federal budgetary climate. On the second day, the group headed to Capitol Hill to educate congressional offices about current legislative opportunities for the irrigation industry.

“This IA fly-in could not have come at a better time,” said IA Government and Public Affairs Director John Farner. “Issues directly affecting our industry are front and center this legislative year. IA members had the unique opportunity to ensure Congress heard directly from the irrigation industry as policy decisions are made.”

By the end of the event, attendees had met with staff at more than 30 congressional offices. During these productive meetings, IA members shared the association’s farm bill priorities, advocated for the authorization of the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program and highlighted the importance of including water infrastructure in any comprehensive infrastructure package. By sharing their expertise, IA members hope to foster the adoption of efficient irrigation technologies and establish the IA as a relied-upon source of information during the production of policies affecting our water resources.

For more information or to learn about how to participate in future fly-in events, contact IA Senior Policy and Advocacy Manager Elizabeth McCartney at 703-536-7080.