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NB 250-19-11 FNM – Annual Irrigation Association Irrigation Show and Education Conference
National Bulletin: 250-19-11    Date: August 8, 2019
Subject: FNM – Annual Irrigation Association Irrigation Show and Education Conference  

Action Required By: September 1, 2019 
Purpose. To solicit NRCS employees interested in attending the 2019 Irrigation Association (IA) Annual Irrigation Show and Education Conference to be held from December 2-5, 2019, in Las Vegas, NV.      
Expiration Date.  December 1, 2019   
Background.  The IA Annual Irrigation Show and Education Conference is a national forum for maintaining and exploring new science and technology transfer applicable to the NRCS mission.  This year’s conference is December 2-5, 2019, in Las Vegas, NV.  Details for the conference, including hotel and registration information, can be found at http://www.irrigation.org/2019Show.


With the emphasis on conservation, especially water, in the current Farm Bill and potentially in the upcoming Farm Bill, it is essential that NRCS employees stay abreast of emerging technologies in irrigation and water resources management.  The IA Annual Irrigation Show and Education Conference provides an important forum for NRCS agronomists, engineers, and planners to interact with the developers of new technology.  NRCS technical employees are able to learn industry standards used in providing irrigation treatments on American agricultural working lands.  Professional development of our employees is a cornerstone of our workforce strategy, and attending irrigation science, training, and trade shows is a key action to implement this strategy.      

Explanation.  To attend the IA Annual Irrigation Show and Education Conference, an employee must be engaging in one or more of the following activities:


  • Presenting a paper or poster, or making a presentation

  • Conducting training

  • Maintaining credits for professional development units or continuing education credits

  • Serving as an active member of a technical committee meeting at the annual meeting

  • Receiving a major award


Certain travel restrictions apply and meeting these criteria does not guarantee travel approval. 


Employees may use the conference for continuing education requirements to maintain a license, but it must be documented in their individual development plan in AgLearn.


In order to capture potential NRCS involvement in this meeting, State conservationists, directors of the Pacific Islands and Caribbean Areas, regional conservationists, national center directors, and National Headquarters (NHQ) division directors should submit the names of potential attendees.  Complete the attached “Registration and Travel Calculations Worksheet” for all employees who plan to attend.  Send this information to Clarence Prestwich by email to clarence.prestwich@usda.gov by September 1, 2019, with “IA 2019” in the subject line.  NHQ will generate a single FNM-72 as part of the conference approval process.


Employees will be notified of their eligibility to attend the conference after the conference approval process is complete.  Each administrative office must prepare travel authorizations and cover related travel costs for their employees attending this conference.


Please note that the information required to obtain conference attendance approval is extensive.  Please estimate costs as closely as possible in order to maximize the number of attendees NRCS is able to send.     

Contact. For general information about this conference, please contact Clarence Prestwich, Water Management Engineer, West National Technology Support Center, at (503) 341-1813.




Acting Deputy Chief for Science and Technology
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