IA award nominations due Jan. 31

Each year, the Irrigation Association and the Irrigation Foundation present awards to honor individuals and projects that have made — and continue to make — significant contributions toward the advancement of the industry. Now is the time to honor your hardworking colleagues by nominating them for an award. Nominations are due by Jan. 31, 2019.

The awards open for nomination include the following:

  • The Industry Achievement Award, the highest honor given by the IA, recognizes an individual from an industry firm who has made outstanding contributions to the development of the irrigation industry.
  • The Innovator Award honors individuals who have made significant, tangible contributions to the industry within the past five years.
  • The Vanguard Award honors innovative projects in the irrigation industry executed by teams of individuals, companies, organizations or other group entities. Self-made and peer nominations are acceptable.
  • The Irrigation Foundation is accepting nominations for the Excellence in Education Award, which recognizes an individual who is actively teaching or has formerly taught irrigation, water management and/or water conservation in affiliation with a two- or four-year institution.


Award recipients are selected by the IA Awards and Honors Committee and will be announced on Smart Irrigation Month’s Technology Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Recipients will be recognized during the general session at the 2019 Irrigation Show and Education Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. They will also be recognized across IA’s media channels, including the IA Times monthly e-newsletter and Irrigation & Green Industry and Irrigation Today magazines.

For more information or to nominate a deserving individual or project for an IA award, visit the IA website. To nominate an educator for the Foundation’s Excellence in Education Award, visit the Foundation website.