Irrigation featured at White House event

July 24, 2019 -  By
Photo: The Irrigation Association

As part of the Made in America event, T-L Irrigation, constructed a section of a center pivot on the South Lawn of the White House. Photo: The Irrigation Association

Irrigation was featured at the White House during the third annual Made in America product showcase, the Irrigation Association (IA) said. For this event, businesses from each of the 50 states are invited to display their products made and produced in the U.S.

T-L Irrigation, a center pivot manufacturer located in Hastings, Neb., represented the Cornhusker State at the event. For the product display, T-L constructed a section of center pivot on the South Lawn of the White House.

As the industry celebrates Smart Irrigation Month throughout July, spotlighting irrigation during Made in America was a perfect complement to the other efforts happening throughout the month to recognize and promote the benefits associated with smart and efficient irrigation.

“We are excited that irrigation was one of the industries that received recognition during this event,” said IA Government and Public Affairs Director John Farner. “Because July is also Smart Irrigation Month, the timing was perfect to showcase how the industry is promoting the efficient use of water through smart irrigation practices. Congratulations to T-L on this recognition and for its 65 years in business.”

Including an irrigation manufacturer at this year’s Made in American showcase expands upon the message of the importance of efficient irrigation. This message was the primary topic of discussion in a meeting with White House representatives held this past March during the IA’s annual Washington, D.C., fly-in.

This year’s fly-in brought irrigation leaders from across the country to Capitol Hill to meet with congressional office and White House staff to discuss issues currently affecting the irrigation industry. These discussions helped promote irrigation’s role in U.S. manufacturing and how strong and thriving industry benefits all of America, according to the IA.

“When my mom and dad started this company 65 years ago, they would have never imagined the T-L pivot being on the lawn of the White House,” said Dave Thom, president of T-L Irrigation. “I’m sure they’d be very proud, just like all our workers here are proud of it. It’s just a nice honor. We really appreciate it.”

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