Irrigation Innovation Critical to Water for Food

AgWired Precision, Audio, Irrigation, water, Water for Food

LtoR: Aric Olson, Jain; Deborah Hamlin and Brent Mecham, Irrigation Association Innovation in irrigation is critical for the future of water for a hungry world and the irrigation industry was happy to play a role in the 2019 Water for Food Global Conference this week in Lincoln, Nebraska. “This one conference brings all the top agriculture folks together,” said Irrigation … Read More

Foundation Grants $5 million for Irrigation Innovation

AgWired Precision, Irrigation, Water for Food

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), a nonprofit organization established by the 2014 Farm Bill, has awarded a $5 million grant to launch the Irrigation Innovation Consortium. The purpose of the consortium is to “accelerate the development and adoption of water and energy efficient irrigation technologies and practices through public-private partnerships.” The $5 million FFAR grant was matched … Read More

Nebraska Water for Food at 8th World Water Forum in Brazil

AgWired Precision, Audio, International, Irrigation, water, Water for Food

The 8th World Water Forum, held in Brazil last month, drew more than 20,000 participants from 170 countries to focus on the challenges and solutions to ensuring water security around the world. The Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska (DWFI) coordinated the Water for Food track of sessions with the Food and Agriculture … Read More

Water For Food Charts the Way Forward

AgWired Precision, International, Irrigation, water, Water for Food

The Water for Food International Forum last week ended on a high note as more than 40 high-level participants from around the globe shared their vision for and commitment to how the private and public sectors can work toward expanding access to irrigation. Kicking off the very large round table discussion was World Food Programme Ambassador Ertharin Cousin, Distinguished Fellow … Read More

Reinke’s Partnership with NCTA in Curtis

Agribusiness, AgWired Precision, Education, Irrigation

A skilled labor shortage is being addressed by providing student scholarships for workforce training for the manufacturing industry. And that is how Reinke Manufacturing’s partnership with the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) in Curtis comes into play. Reinke Manufacturing has teamed with NCTA to offer an Irrigation Technician Area of Concentration. This 34-credit, hands-on program helps students obtain knowledge … Read More

Crop Water Use App Makes Farmers More Efficient

AgWired Precision, Apps, Audio, Irrigation

Matthew Rhine from the MU Fisher Delta Research Center presented information about a new app at the recent Missouri Rice Council annual Rice Field Day at the Rice Research Farm in Campbell, Missouri. The Crop Water Use app, available from, is helping growers make the best use of their irrigation systems. “What we’ve done with the development of the … Read More

New Propane Irrigation Engines Available

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The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has partnered with Origin Engines to develop new 5.7- and 6.2- liter engines, EPA-certified and optimized for industrial applications like irrigation and power generation. Pete Stout, Origin Engines PERC invested in the research and development of Origin’s new engines, providing industry expertise and financial support through the research, development, and testing process for … Read More

Latest In Irrigation Tech from Tevatronic

Kelly MarshallAlltech, Audio, Irrigation, technology

Oleg Korol was a software engineer for the Israeli army when he simply tired of the work and decided to run Tevatronic instead. He looked at several companies before finding this technology that measures plant pressure on the soil to decide when to turn irrigation on, and water depth to decide when to turn it off. If we have autonomous … Read More

Irrigation Pumps Move Africans Out of Poverty

Kelly MarshallAg Group, Audio, Food, Irrigation, water

Now founder and CEO of KickStart International, Martin Fisher went to Africa for one year.  Seventeen years later he was still in Kenya, finding ways for technology and engineering to make a difference.  Martin presented what he’s learned at the 2017 Water for Food Global Conference where Jamie was able to sit down with him to hear his story of the … Read More

Water for Food Improving Sub-Saharan Security

Kelly MarshallAudio, Food, International, Irrigation, Video, water

The 2017 Water for Food Global Conference took place this week at at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.  More than 400 experts attended the event to focus on ways to grow more food with less water.  One of the major topics of concern at the conference was finding new ways to increase sustainable irrigation in sub-Saharan Africa for increased water … Read More