Irrigation Leader
  • Flipbook,  Montana State

    Volume 13 Issue 8 September Montana Edition

    By Kris Polly To build and maintain large networks of canals, laterals, and pipelines spanning many miles of territory, irrigation districts rely on fleets of vehicles and heavy equipment, which they must successfully and cost-effectively acquire, maintain, keep track of, and retire. This month, we focus on those assets.  First, we bring you a profile of Austin Knudsen, who brings extensive experience in irrigated agriculture and as a state legislator to his current position as the attorney general of Montana. Mr. Knudsen speaks with us about the definition of Waters of the United States, the Endangered Species Act, and other matters of national importance.  Turning to equipment, we speak with…

  • Flipbook,  Montana State

    Volume 13 Issue 7 July/August Montana Edition

    By Kris Polly In this month’s cover feature, Greenfields Irrigation District Manager Erling Juel tells us about his organization’s plan to build several hydropower plants and to put the revenue gained toward funding repairs, modernization, and water conservation.  We also speak with Congressman Dan Newhouse of Washington State about his support for agriculture and his role in moving forward title transfer, including the recent title transfer obtained by the Kennewick Irrigation District (KID).  We also interview Rick Reinders, the co-CEO of Watertronics, a Wisconsin-based manufacturer of a wide variety of pump stations, control panels, and telemetry products for the agricultural, industrial/municipal, landscape irrigation, and golf irrigation markets.  Irrigation districts are…

  • Flipbook,  Montana State

    Volume 13 Issue 6 June Montana Edition

    By Kris Polly With a background in engineering, water resources, and irrigation and as a principal and cofounder of Performance Engineering, Scott Aspenlieder’s background equips him perfectly for his role as the president of the Montana Water Resources Association (MWRA). In that role, he works to protect water rights and keep policymakers apprised of the economic importance of irrigated agriculture amid the rapid development that parts of the state are experiencing. In our cover story, Mr. Aspenlieder tells us more about MWRA’s top issues and its important role.  We also interview irrigated farmers on the ground: the Sheehan Family of central Washington. The Sheehans run their dairy and crop farm…

  • Featured,  Interview,  Montana State

    Scott Aspenlieder: Representing Irrigated Ag at the Montana Water Resources Association

    At the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), and the University of California Cooperative Extension, researchers help growers adopt advanced water management solutions in the face of recurring drought and dwindling water supplies. In this interview, Irrigation Leader speaks with Daniele Zaccaria, an associate professor at UC Davis and an agricultural water management specialist at the University of California Cooperative Extension, about how his work helps growers, state agencies, and regulators. 

  • 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,…

  • 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…