Irrigation Leader
  • Arizona Edition,  Flipbook

    Volume 13 Issue 5 May Arizona Edition

    By Kris Polly Israeli company N-Drip recently moved its U.S. headquarters to Arizona, where it aims to transform existing flood irrigation into drip irrigation that does not need filters or pumps. N-Drip’s U.S. vice president for business development, Uri Segev, tells us about how N-Drip is helping farmers in Yuma, Casa Grande, and beyond grow more with less.  We also learn about several new developments in horticulture. First, we speak with Mathias Levarek, the CEO of Agrotonomy, which manufactures aeroponic tower farms that drizzle plant roots with nutrients and water. Next, we speak with Dr. Trentee Bush, Jill Heemstra, and Richard M. Wright of Northeast Community College about its Horticulture…

  • Flipbook,  Montana State

    Volume 13 Issue 5 May Montana State

    By Kris Polly I am pleased this month to introduce our new Montana edition of Irrigation Leader, and there is no better way to do it than with our cover interview with Governor Greg Gianforte, conducted by Contributing Editor Mike Murphy. Governor Gianforte is a champion for Montana agriculture, and in this fascinating interview, he discusses infrastructure needs, drought, the prospects for new irrigation districts, and more.  We also learn about several new developments in horticulture. First, we speak with Mathias Levarek, the CEO of Agrotonomy, which manufactures aeroponic tower farms that drizzle plant roots with nutrients and water. Next, we speak with Dr. Trentee Bush, Jill Heemstra, and Richard…

  • Flipbook,  Washington State

    Volume 13 Issue 5 May Washington State Edition

    By Kris Polly For this month’s cover story, we speak with Norman Semanko, who brings more than 30 years of experience with water resources and regulatory issues to his work as the water law practice group leader in the Pacific Northwest Region for Parsons Behle & Latimer. He tells us about his work and the trends affecting irrigated agriculture, irrigation districts, and canal companies today.  We also learn about several new developments in horticulture. First, we speak with Mathias Levarek, the CEO of Agrotonomy, which manufactures aeroponic tower farms that drizzle plant roots with nutrients and water. Next, we speak with Dr. Trentee Bush, Jill Heemstra, and Richard M. Wright…

  • Flipbook

    Volume 13 Issue 5 May

    By Kris Polly The idea of irrigated agriculture conjures up images of expansive fields and center-pivot irrigators, but irrigated ag goes far beyond that. In this issue, we learn about several unconventional irrigated horticultural methods.  First, we speak with Mathias Levarek, the CEO of Agrotonomy, which manufactures aeroponic tower farms that drizzle plant roots with nutrients and water. Suitable for roofs, greenhouses, or the outdoors, Agrotonomy’s towers hold great potential.  Next, we speak with Dr. Trentee Bush, Jill Heemstra, and Richard M. Wright of Northeast Community College about its Horticulture and Golf Course Management program, which includes significant in-field learning opportunities.  Then, we talk to John Scholten, a product specialist…

  • Arizona Edition,  Featured,  Interview

    Uri Segev: Bringing N‑Drip’s Advanced Microirrigation Systems to Arizona

    N‑Drip wants to help solve the global water crisis by helping the world’s farmers convert flood irrigation to gravity-powered microirrigation. Its system, developed by Israel’s former water commissioner, Professor Uri Shani, transforms existing flood infrastructure into cost-effective, precise drip systems, without the use of filters or pumps. Irrigation Leader spoke with N‑Drip’s U.S. vice president for business development, Uri Segev, about how N‑Drip is helping farmers become more efficient so that they can increase yields with much less input, one field at a time. 

  • Featured,  Interview,  New Zealand

    Mayor Neil Brown: Navigating Irrigated Agriculture in New Zealand’s Ashburton District

    With its rich soil and abundant water, New Zealand’s Ashburton District has a thriving economy based on dairy farming and crop production. The 67‑kilometer (42‑mile) Rangitata Diversion Race is an irrigation and power generation scheme that diverts water from the Rangitata River to irrigate the district’s farmlands. In this interview, dairy farmer and district Mayor Neil Brown talks about local farmers’ contributions as well as their challenges, such as how to prevent nitrates from leaching into the aquifer. 

  • Flipbook,  New Zealand

    Volume 13 Issue 5 May New Zealand Edition

    By Kris Polly Ashburton District’s rich soil and abundant water make it an agricultural powerhouse, but those resources must be carefully husbanded to ensure economic success and environmental protection. In this month’s cover story, district Mayor Neil Brown discusses Ashburton’s farming prowess as well as the challenges posed by regulation, climate change, and nitrate leaching.  We also learn about several new developments in horticulture. First, we speak with Mathias Levarek, the CEO of Agrotonomy, which manufactures aeroponic tower farms that drizzle plant roots with nutrients and water. Next, we speak with Dr. Trentee Bush, Jill Heemstra, and Richard M. Wright of Northeast Community College about its Horticulture and Golf Course…

  • Featured,  Interview

    Planning for the Future: Jason McShane of Kennewick Irrigation District on Improving Drought Resiliency in the Lower Columbia Basin

    Kennewick Irrigation District (KID), a central Washington irrigation district with roots that stretch back to the late 19th century, is lining its canal system. Irrigation Leader speaks with Jason McShane, KID’s engineering and operations manager, about how this initiative will save water and increase the district’s storage capacity. He also tells us about how an Irrigation Leader–sponsored trip to New Zealand gave him ideas for the design of a future reservoir for the district. 

  • Featured,  Interview,  Montana State

    Governor Greg Gianforte: Investing in Irrigation and Supporting Montana Agriculture

    Montana is renowned for the beauty of its land and the excellence of its agricultural production, from wheat and pulse crops to meat. That agricultural production, however, relies on water and the irrigation infrastructure that delivers it. From maintenance on century-old projects like the Milk River Project to proposed new ventures like the Fallon Flats Irrigation Project, Montanans know the importance of investment in the infrastructure that supports Montana’s number 1 industry, agriculture. To learn more about the efforts that the state is making to support irrigated agriculture, Mike Murphy, the executive director of the Montana Water Resources Association and the contributing editor of the Montana edition of Irrigation Leader,…

  • Featured,  Interview

    Oregon Spirit Distillers: Making Spirits Bright

    Why did Shon Rae make a career change from an irrigation district to a whiskey maker? Because, as they say, “Whiskey is for drinking, and water is for fighting.” While the former assistant manager of the Central Oregon Irrigation District (COID) now works in operations at Oregon Spirit Distillers, water still plays a key role in her work as an ingredient and input. 

  • Featured,  Interview

    Rubicon Water Expands Its Water Management Technology From Chile to Other Latin American Countries By Jorge Ramírez Contreras

    "The technical level we have reached is formidable. The automated management of water resources is no longer optional—it is required—and thanks to our partnership with Rubicon Water, we are at the forefront of progress in this area.” These are the words of Fernando Rueda, the president of the Ñuble River Joint Board of Control, a water users’ organization located in the south-central area of Chile that began to implement Rubicon technology in 2017 and continues to add water solutions developed by the business today.  Rubicon specializes in the creation of technology to improve the management of water in open-canal irrigation networks. The company’s solutions consist of automated control gates with…

  • Featured,  Interview

    Investing in Farm Futures: John Berge of the Nebraska Farm Service Agency

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) provides price support, disaster support, conservation, and farm loan programs to agricultural producers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. To learn more about the agency’s current programs and its focus for the future, Irrigation Leader spoke with a leader who brings decades of policy and hands-on agricultural experience to the table: the new FSA executive director for Nebraska, John Berge.