NB_250_21_14 - NB 250-21-14 FNM – Annual Irrigation Association Irrigation Show and Education Conference
NB 250-21-14 FNM – Annual Irrigation Association Irrigation Show and Education Conference
National Bulletin: 250-21-14 Date: September 27, 2021
Subject: FNM – Annual Irrigation Association Irrigation Show and Education Conference


Action Required By:  October 15, 2021

 

Purpose.  To solicit NRCS employees interested in attending the 2021 Irrigation Association (IA) Annual Irrigation Show and Education Conference to be held from December 6-10, 2021, in San Diego, CA.

 

Expiration Date.  November 30, 2021

 

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 6-10, 2021, in San Diego, CA. Details for the conference, including hotel and registration information, can be found at https://www.irrigation.org/2021show/.

With the emphasis on conservation, especially water, in the current 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 will be expected to follow any agency travel restrictions that may be in place at the time of the conference. Currently, there is no online option for this conference. Attendees should monitor the conference website for updates.

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. Each administrative office will need to prepare travel authorizations and cover related travel costs for their employees attending this conference.

NRCS must submit a single request in CTAT to obtain the necessary approvals for this meeting. Therefore, we need to collect information on all attendees regardless of their location. In order to obtain conference attendance approvals for NRCS employees interested in attending this conference, state conservationists, national center directors, directors of the Pacific Islands and Caribbean Areas, regional conservationists, and NHQ division directors are to submit the following information:

  • The attached spreadsheet, “W2W Conference Calculation Worksheet.” This worksheet provides the information necessary to obtain conference attendance approvals. Please complete the requested information as accurately as possible for each employee interested in attending this conference.

  • A completed and signed composite Form NRCS-FNM-72, “Meeting Attendance Approval” (also attached). Summarize the information for all employees in the State, center, or other administrative unit interested in attending this conference. Only one form per State, center, or other administrative unit should be returned.

Return the spreadsheet and the FNM-72 to alan.gillespie@usda.gov by October 15, 2021, with “IA 2021” in the subject line.

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 the conference, please contact Alan Gillespie, National Water Management Engineer, at 202-692-5269 or alan.gillespie@usda.gov.

 
 


 /s/

J. XAVIER MONTOYA
Acting Deputy Chief for Science and Technology
      

 

Attachment A - FNM 72
Attachment B - Registration and Travel Calculations Worksheet

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