Irrigation Leader
  • Flipbook,  New Zealand

    Volume 12 Issue 9 October New Zealand

    By Kris Polly Many things come together to make irrigated agriculture possible: infrastructure, including dams, reservoirs, and canals; new inventions to promote safe water delivery; education for professionals; and governmental relations work to ensure that legislators understand what farmers need to be successful.  All these things come together at Ashburton Lyndhurst Irrigation Limited (ALIL). ALIL has piped its system and added turnout water meters and other technology, all while encouraging its shareholders to be more efficient on farm and navigating the changing New Zealand regulatory environment. In this month’s cover story, ALIL General Manager Rebecca Whillans tells us about ALIL’s system improvements and its plans for the future.  Also in…

  • Arizona Edition,  Flipbook

    Volume 12 Issue 9 October Arizona Edition

    By Kris Polly Bob Lynch passed away on August 29, 2021. He was an honorable family man who never said no to a friend in need. Bob was also the go-to western water and power attorney for countless people and multiple associations, and he was a tireless advocate for his clients. His absence on legislation and potential policy changes is already felt and will be for decades. For the better part of the 30 years during which I have been working on western water issues, the solution to many people’s problems has been, “Call Bob Lynch.” He was a constant presence and active participant in all federal western water- and powerrelated issues. In many ways, Bob was like the 101st United States…

  • Flipbook,  Washington State

    Volume 12 Issue 9 October Washington State Edition

    By Kris Polly Many things come together to make irrigated agriculture possible: infrastructure, including dams, reservoirs, and canals; new inventions to promote safe water delivery; education for professionals; and governmental relations work to ensure that legislators understand what farmers need to be successful.  The Washington State Potato Commission supports research, promotion, and governmental affairs for Washington State’s $7.5 billion potato growing and processing industry. As Executive Director Chris Voigt tells us in our cover story, irrigation is an essential piece of this industry, as are the water supplies guaranteed by the dams on the Snake River.  Also in this magazine, Jeff Sutton, the general manager of the Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority,…

  • Flipbook

    Volume 12 Issue 9 October

    By Kris Polly Across the irrigation industry, professionals are planning infrastructure improvements, both large and small; promoting innovation; and training and educating staff.  Jeff Sutton is the general manager of the Tehama- Colusa Canal Authority (TCCA), which delivers water to 17 Central Valley Project water contractors that serve 150,000 acres of agriculture. As a member of the Sites Joint Powers Authority, the TCCA is advancing the construction of the proposed 1.5‑million-acre-foot Sites Reservoir. Mr. Sutton tells us about progress on this immense project.  Justin Eary, the manager of eastern Oregon’s Horsefly Irrigation District, tells us about the piping projects his district is undertaking to conserve water in its arid environment. …

  • Flipbook,  New Zealand

    Volume 12 Issue 8 September New Zealand

    By Kris Polly New Zealand’s productive irrigated agriculture is a key part of its national economy and helps make it a top global dairy exporter. Anyone who has visited New Zealand’s irrigated farms also knows that New Zealand farmers are innovative and are always looking for cost-effective ways to improve their operations. I am pleased to be launching a new online New Zealand edition of Irrigation Leader to help strengthen the connections— personal, commercial, and technological—between U.S. and New Zealand irrigated ag. Elizabeth Soal, the former chief executive of Irrigation New Zealand, will be serving as a contributing editor, helping us to identify the most essential stories and technologies to…

  • Flipbook,  Washington State

    Volume 12 Issue 8 September Washington State

    By Kris Polly The irrigation water drawn from the Pacific Northwest’s dams is critical to the region’s valuable agricultural production. In this month’s cover interview, Kurt Miller of Northwest RiverPartners tells us about how his organization works to educate policymakers and the public about the benefits of hydropower and the other benefits, including irrigation water, that the dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers provide.  We also bring you several stories that highlight the excellent work that is being done in California’s Imperial Valley, one of the nation’s leading producers of winter produce. Henry Martinez, the general manager of the Imperial Irrigation District (IID), the top user of Colorado River…

  • Arizona Edition,  Flipbook

    Volume 12 Issue 8 September Arizona Edition

    By Kris Polly The Yuma, Arizona, area is the nation’s top producer of winter produce, thanks largely to Colorado River water. Tom Davis, the general manager of the Yuma County Water Users Association and the president of the Agribusiness and Water Council of Arizona, tells us about the historical efforts that have made that possible and the challenges Arizona now faces with the drought on the Colorado and the depletion of nonrenewable groundwater.  We also bring you several stories from the nearby Imperial Valley of California, which is also a major winter crop producer. Henry Martinez, the general manager of the Imperial Irrigation District (IID), the top user of Colorado…

  • Flipbook

    Volume 12 Issue 8 September

    By Kris Polly This month, we bring you several stories that highlight the excellent work that is being done in California’s Imperial Valley, one of the nation’s leading producers of winter produce. In our cover story, we speak with Henry Martinez, the general manager of the Imperial Irrigation District (IID), the top user of Colorado River water, about IID’s operations and conservation efforts as well as the situation on the Salton Sea. We also speak with IID zanjero Jeff Dollente and Public Information Officer Robert Schettler about IID’s vast delivery system and the hard work of its zanjeros and other staff.  Next, we speak with Peter Moller, Rubicon Water’s business…

  • Flipbook

    Volume 12 Issue 7 July/August

    By Kris Polly Everyone involved in irrigation knows Reinke Manufacturing as one of the nation’s top irrigation equipment manufacturers. What they may not know is that in addition to supplying farmers with center pivots, computerized control systems, and other equipment, Reinke supports its local community by sponsoring high school and college courses in welding, machining, and robotics.  In our cover story, we speak with Russ Reinke, Reinke’s first vice president, about the progress the company has made since his father founded it in 1954 and its top issues today. We also speak with three Reinke employees directly involved in the company’s educational initiatives: Chuck Hatzenbuehler, who teaches welding classes; Hal…

  • Arizona Edition,  Flipbook

    Volume 12 Issue 7 July/August Arizona Edition

    By Kris Polly In our cover story this month, we speak with David Rousseau, president of the Salt River Project (SRP). SRP's originally largely agricultural deliveries enabled the establishment of a farming community that eventually enabled the explosive growth of Phoenix, now the nation’s fifth-largest metropolitan area.  We also feature several individuals from Reinke Manufacturing, which in addition to supplying farmers with center pivots, computerized control systems, and other equipment, supports its local community by sponsoring high school and college courses in welding, machining, and robotics. Russ Reinke, Reinke’s first vice president, tells us about the progress the company has made since his father founded it in 1954 and its…