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TAG: John Farner

Facing challenges in the irrigation industry

May 21, 2018By
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The landscape industry faces its own water challenges, requiring unique solutions that are not always one-size-fits-all. In a recent Irrigation Association (IA) webinar titled “Landscape’s Water Challenges—Solutions from the Experts,” John Farner, IA government and public affairs director, and a panel of irrigation experts discussed some of the industry’s biggest current and future challenges. The panel included Brent Mecham, IA... read more

IA launches irrigation curriculum for elementary schools

July 24, 2017By

The Irrigation Association (IA) launched its first elementary school lesson plan. Focusing on grades three through five, the curriculum’s activities were created to share with students the benefits of irrigation, including agriculture, landscape and its history. “This is an exciting initiative of the IA,” said Deborah Hamlin, CEO of IA. “Elementary school students need to understand that there is this... read more

Wanted: Skilled irrigation technicians

May 12, 2017By
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A lack of skilled technicians is taking its toll on the irrigation industry The struggle to find quality workers is hitting irrigation harder than almost anywhere in the green industry. Experts say companies are struggling to keep up with seasonal demands due to a significant shortage of skilled irrigation technicians. “Labor is available,” says Scott King, owner of Preferred Building... read more

New podcast series aims to provide expert analysis on water issues

February 1, 2017By

The Irrigation Association (IA) launched a new podcast series, titled “Bringing Water to Life” (BWTL). The BWTL podcast series works to address questions that many have about water, including information about state and federal programs focusing on water. The inaugural episode features a conversation on the water cycle and water use in America. The weekly podcast is hosted by IA... read more

Irrigation outlook for 2017

December 29, 2016By

We chat with the Irrigation Association about the state of irrigation regulations and what contractors can expect in 2017. Water issues remain on the forefront in many regions of the country in 2016, keeping the irrigation industry under the microscope on local, state and federal levels. With Republicans taking control of Congress and the White House at the beginning of... read more

In the know: Irrigation Show 2012

December 20, 2012By

Contractors should take note of potential WaterSense program changes, state affairs updates and innovative new products. At the 2012 Irrigation Show and Education Conference in Orlando last month, more than 4,200 contractors, distributors and suppliers convened to learn about best practices and new products. For landscape and irrigation contractors, there are a few government affairs updates to note, reports John... read more