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  • Featured,  International,  Interview,  New Zealand

    Chris Gargan and Joel Irving: Providing Global Screening Solutions at International Water Screens

    One challenge that is common to irrigation districts and water users worldwide is the need to remove debris and other substances from water while also protecting fish and other wildlife. Screens that can filter out debris without harming fish are important tools for doing just that. International Water Screens (IWS) is a global leader in the design of fixed and moving screens. Its screens are custom built to customers’ needs, feature state-of-the-art features to filter out debris while preserving fish, and are designed to last. In this interview, IWS Vice President Chris Gargan and Sales Representative Joel Irving tell Irrigation Leader about IWS’s product line and how it is expanding…

  • Featured,  International,  Interview,  New Zealand

    Worthington’s Offerings for New Zealand

    New Zealand’s Otago region produces top-quality fruit, wines, crops, and livestock, and to do that, it needs water. In recent years, there have been persistent disagreements between the central government, the regional council, environmental interests, and community members about how to manage water in the catchment. Points of contention include how to distribute stored water, how to pay for water infrastructure, and what levels of flow must be preserved in the rivers. Gary Kelliher has addressed these issues from many angles. Himself a farmer, he has also served as the chair of an irrigation scheme and the deputy chair of an independent, catchment-wide strategy group, and he is currently a…

  • Featured,  International,  Interview,  New Zealand

    Regional Councilor Gary Kelliher: Managing Water Use in the Otago Region

    New Zealand’s Otago region produces top-quality fruit, wines, crops, and livestock, and to do that, it needs water. In recent years, there have been persistent disagreements between the central government, the regional council, environmental interests, and community members about how to manage water in the catchment. Points of contention include how to distribute stored water, how to pay for water infrastructure, and what levels of flow must be preserved in the rivers. Gary Kelliher has addressed these issues from many angles. Himself a farmer, he has also served as the chair of an irrigation scheme and the deputy chair of an independent, catchment-wide strategy group, and he is currently a…

  • Group photo in front of a field
    International

    Reflections on the Tour Experience

    from February 17–22, 2018, Irrigation Leader magazine, Rubicon Water, International Water Screens, and Alligare sponsored the 3rd Annual Irrigation Leader Magazine Irrigation Education Tour. This year, the tour returned to Victoria and New South Wales, Australia, to visit Goulburn-Murray Water, Coleambally Irrigation, and Murrumbidgee Irrigation. Stops on the tour included the Great Ocean Road, the Rubicon Water factory, a low energy pipeline installation, a dairy farm, and a irrigation demonstration farm. The tour highlighted how the latest in water delivery technology addresses the challenges of moving water and growing crops Down Under. The following participants shared their impressions of the tour and Australia

  • Map showing Colorado and Nebraska with different locations marked with numbers 1 through 8.
    International

    From Yuma to Lincoln A Map of the Tour

    From September 8 to 15, 25 New Zealanders toured irrigation districts, natural resources districts, university research centers, and other sites in Colorado and Nebraska to learn more about irrigation and water management in the United States. After flying into Denver, Colorado, the tour participants traveled 21/2 hours to Yuma, Colorado, to visit Agri-Inject and the Irrigation Research Foundation. The group’s first stop in Nebraska was the Upper Republican Natural Resources District (URNRD) in the city of Imperial. Participants learned about water management in Nebraska and URNRD initiatives involving groundwater management. A half hour east of Imperial, the group visited Valley Irrigation’s factory in McCook, which manufactures pivots and pivot components.…

  • Photo of tour group standing in a loose circle on a field
    International

    Nebraska Tour Generates New Ideas Among Kiwi Farmers and Irrigation Experts

    Aparty of 25 New Zealand irrigators, farm and environmental consultants, and irrigation scheme and service industry representatives has returned from a trip to Nebraska with some fresh ideas about how to improve environmental management in New Zealand. The 5-day trip was organized by IrrigationNZ, a member-funded industry group that supports excellence in irrigation. The group, which included 15 farmers, visited the Husker Harvest Days, the world’s largest irrigated farm show; the University of Nebraska’s Water for Food Global Institute; research farms and research trials; irrigation districts; natural resources districts, which manage water resources; and irrigation manufacturers. “It was really interesting to hear the history of Nebraska from different experts. Nebraska…

  • Photo of tour group at Elephant Butte Dam
    International

    Lower Mekong Initiative Cross-Cultural Water Resource Tour Comes to the Borderland

    On the eve of southern New Mexico’s monsoon season, members of the International Leadership Visitor Program (IVLP), sponsored by the U. S. Department of State, spent the day with Elephant Butte Irrigation District (EBID) Treasurer/Manager Gary Esslinger and other water professionals learning about irrigation, agriculture, and environmental and water law practices. The IVLP works with individuals nominated by embassies around the world who participate in professional exchanges to the United States. The theme of the YEAR tour was the Lower Mekong Initiative: Cross-Border Water Resource Management. The Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) serves as a “multinational partnership effort initiated by the United States, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam in 2009 to…

  • Photo of tour group standing on Goulburn Weir
    International

    Impressions of Australia

    from February 17–22, 2018, Irrigation Leader magazine, Rubicon Water, International Water Screens, and Alligare sponsored the 3rd Annual Irrigation Leader Magazine Irrigation Education Tour. This year, the tour returned to Victoria and New South Wales, Australia, to visit Goulburn-Murray Water, Coleambally Irrigation, and Murrumbidgee Irrigation. Stops on the tour included the Great Ocean Road, the Rubicon Water factory, a low energy pipeline installation, a dairy farm, and a irrigation demonstration farm. The tour highlighted how the latest in water delivery technology addresses the challenges of moving water and growing crops Down Under. The following participants shared their impressions of the tour and Australia