Irrigation Foundation Announces 2018 E3 Program Winners

The Irrigation Foundation has selected 32 exceptional winners for the 2018 Irrigation E3 program. This year’s class, 30 students and two educators, will receive an education and travel award to the 2018 Irrigation Show and Education Conference, Dec. 3-7, in Long Beach, California. Included in the list of students are Rachael Peters and Dillon Terwilliger of Alamance Community College.

Founded in 2012, the E3 program provides students and educators with exposure, experience and education in the irrigation industry by giving the winners the chance to participate in networking events, take education classes and walk the show floor.

The Foundation thanks this year’s E3 sponsors. Lead sponsors are Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply and The Toro Company. Supporting sponsors are the American Society of Irrigation Consultants, the Carolina’s Irrigation Association and Hunter Industries.

To view the complete press release and list of winners, click here. For more information on the E3 program and other Foundation programs, visit or contact Nicole Preisner ([email protected], 703.536.7080).


2018 Waterpalooza a Big Success

Thank you to our attendees, speakers, exhibitors and sponsors

Waterpalooza Group Photo imageThank you to everyone who came out on Thursday, October 25th to our 2018 Waterpalooza event at McKimmon Center at NC State University. We enjoyed a full day of irrigation and landscape CEU, trade show, our CIA Annual Meeting and a lot of networking with industry friends and peers. We would also like to thank all of our speakers, exhibitors and sponsors for their generous support of this event.

Visit our Flickr album here to see all of the photos from this year's event.


Message from the 2017-18 CIA President

In August, the CIA Board met at Sandhills Community College for our late summer meeting. We had a productive meeting and the Board was pleased to have several guests from the membership attend. A major focal point of the meeting was the CIA's education and event platforms which include Waterpalooza, Last Chance Education and the Irrigation Technician Training Program (ITTP). Our board meetings are open, if you would like to attend one, please let us know!

Industry education and professional development are vital components of the CIA. Our goal is to offer quality educational offerings that improve your business, enhance your team's abilities and raise the overall quality of service we provide to our clients. Our focus is not exclusive to current contractor CEU offerings. We also realize there is a need to train individuals new to our occupational trade.

Many of you are experiencing a lack of qualified help in your businesses and are looking outward beyond our industry for candidates. The CIA Irrigation Technician Training Program (ITTP) was created to provide hands-on training for the irrigation technicians and irrigation contractors of the future. 2018 was the launch of the program and in 2019 the CIA plans to build upon the success we had and make incremental improvements to the program to enhance the experience for attendees.

Mark your calendars for Waterpalooza on October 25th at McKimmon Center! The CIA's capstone event includes a full day of education, a trade show and networking. Note that Waterpalooza has a new venue this year: we have moved a couple miles down the road to The McKimmon Center at NC State. The new venue provides larger classrooms, an indoor exhibitor area and increased parking!

Do not forget Waterpalooza is also the location of your annual CIA Membership Meeting. This is YOUR Association so come and be a part of it! The Board will be presenting a new slate of officers to the membership, providing updates on current CIA activities and discussing future CIA happenings. We encourage your participation.

On behalf of the Board, I say "Thank You" to all our CIA members. Your support and dedication keep us going. Joining the association represents your commitment to the industry and your profession and we certainly appreciate it.

I would also ask each of you to make a deliberate effort to bring one of your fellow contractors or associates on board. We need more members to strengthen our industry voice and to continue to provide quality events and education. Invite someone to Waterpalooza, share your positive experiences with the CIA and encourage your fellow professionals to be a part of the Carolinas Irrigation Association. There is strength in numbers and as a unified voice for irrigation in the Carolinas, we can help ensure our industry remains vibrant, both now and in the future.

In closing, the North Carolina and South Carolina irrigation communities are still reeling from the damages of Hurricane Florence. Our thoughts are with our members who are working to pick up the pieces and be a resource for their communities.

See everyone in Raleigh on October 25th!

Kolb Signature
Erich Kolb
President, Carolinas Irrigation Association