IA reveals award winners

The Irrigation Association has announced the winners of its 2016 awards, which honor individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the irrigation industry. Award recipients will be recognized during the general session at the 2016 Irrigation Show and Education Conference, Dec. 5 – 9, in Las Vegas, Nevada.


This year’s award recipients are:


Industry Achievement Award: Inge Bisconer, CID, CLIA, The Toro Company (Riverside, California)

The Industry Achievement Award recognizes an individual employed by or retired from an irrigation-related company and whose career demonstrates outstanding contributions to the advancement of the irrigation industry and its products and programs.



Crawford Reid Memorial Award: Andrii Gogolev, Terra Tarsa (Kakhovka, Ukraine)

The Crawford Reid Memorial Award recognizes an individual who has significantly advanced both the irrigation industry and proper irrigation techniques and procedures outside the United States.


Partner of the Year Award: The Irrigation Training and Research Center (San Luis Obispo, California)

The Partner of the Year Award is awarded to a person or group making exceptional contributions or distinctive accomplishments to irrigation as part of an organization that is allied with, related to, or an integral part of the irrigation industry.


Person of the Year Award: Richard Allen, PhD, University of Idaho Kimberly Research and Extension Center (Kimberly, Idaho)

The Person of the Year Award is awarded to a person outside of the commercial irrigation industry who has made outstanding contributions toward the acceptance of sound irrigation practices or policies.


National Water & Energy Conservation Award: Texas Alliance for Water Conservation (Lubbock, Texas)

The National Water and Energy Conservation Award is presented to a company, organization or other group entity that has made significant achievements in the conservation of water and energy due to irrigation procedures, practices, equipment, methods and techniques.


Excellence in Education Award: Ronald Sneed, PhD, PE, CAIS, CIC, CID, CLIA, North Carolina State University (Raleigh, North Carolina)

The Excellence in Education Award, established by the Irrigation Foundation, is given to a person who is currently teaching or has formerly taught irrigation, water management and/or water conservation in affiliation with an institution of higher learning.