NC Irrigation Society 2017 Irrigation Tour

Who Should Attend | Upcoming Workshop Dates | Registration Info |
Course Schedule | InstructorProfessional Development Hours


About the Workshop

The North Carolina Irrigation Society, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote sound irrigation management principles and provide members with information and educational opportunities related to irrigation. This tour will visit several sites in the Rocky Mount – Tarboro area, including planned stops at a nursery operation, swine facility, and row crop and field crop operations.Technology included on the tour include telemetered center pivots with computerized panels, an articulating (bending joint) pivot, floating pump stations, and variable frequency drive pumps. Several irrigation system types, and water application efficiency assessment methods will be on display at the nursery.

Who Should Attend

This course is recommended for the following groups of individuals:

  • Professional Engineers
  • Wastewater Operators
  • Animal Waste Operators
  • Certified Crop Advisors
  • Certified Conservation Planners
  • Irrigation Contractors

Upcoming Workshop Dates


No upcoming workshops scheduled at this time.


Registration Information


Regular Fee – $50.00

Payment Instructions

We accept Visa, Mastercard, and American Express for payment of your registration fee. Or you may send us a check made payable to NCSU – BAE. Mail to:

Campus Box 7625
Raleigh, NC 27695
Attn: Garry Grabow

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation requests should be sent to for processing. The cancellation request must be submitted at least twenty-one (21) days before the date of the workshop to receive a full refund. Cancellation requests made between twenty-one (21) day and seven (7) days before the date of the workshop will receive a full refund minus a $15 administrative processing fee. Any cancellation requests made within seven (7) days of the workshop will be ineligible for refund. Attendee substitutions from within the same company may be made at any time. Please send an email to requesting a substitution.

Course Schedule

Below is a sample schedule of the workshop to demonstrate the topics that will be covered. Actual schedules may vary from class to class.

8:30 am Registration
9:15 am Hanor Farms, Legget, NC

  • VFD Pumping Stations on Swine Lagoon
10:45 am Anderson Farms, Legget, NC

  • Center Pivot with Field Plus
12:00 pm Lunch (provided)

  • Travel to Abram’s Farm, Tarboro, NC
1:00 pm Greenleaf Nursery

  • Various Irrigation Equipment and Practices
2:30 pm Boseman Farms

  • Floating Pump Station and Telemetry
3:40 pm Return Travel to East Carolina Ag & Education Center

Our Instructor

Garry L. Grabow, Ph.D., P.E.

Dr. Grabow has expertise in land application of animal and industrial wastewater, irrigation systems and irrigation water management, and water quality monitoring. He provides training to operators of animal waste systems and operators of surface irrigation systems for land application of waste, and also to certified irrigation contractors.

Dr. Grabow’s research interests include irrigation water management, land application of waste and water quality impacts of various land application systems. Grabow is involved in applied research projects that are evaluating the effectiveness of several different “smart” irrigation technologies in turfgrass in both research and homeowner settings. He is also involved in a study that is evaluation the effectiveness of chlorination technologies to disinfect irrigation water for use on fresh produce. He has also led research in subsurface irrigation systems for use in both freshwater and wastewater applications.

Professional Development Hours

The following professional development hours (PDHs) are awarded after successful completion of the workshop:

  • 4.5 PDHs for professional engineers and land surveyors (approved by the NC Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors)
  • 4.5 PDHs for Wastewater (Surface) Operators
  • 3 PDHs for Animal Waste Operators
  • 3.5 PDHs for Certified Crop Advisors (Soil & Water)
  • 3 PDHs for Certified Conservation Planners (CCP)
  • 3.5 PHDs for Irrigation Contractors
  • Other professionals may appeal to their respective boards to obtain professional education credits.