North Carolina Irrigation Society Conference

58th NC Irrigation Society Conference 

November 2, 2023

Neuse River Resource Recovery Facility
8500 Battlebridge Road
Raleigh, NC  27610


About the 2022 Conference

(details are subject to change for the 2023 Conference)

The North Carolina Irrigation Society holds an annual meeting with invited speakers who give informational and educational presentations on various aspects of irrigation. Continuing education hours are offered for various certified and licensed professionals. Attendees from academic, consulting, state and federal agencies, growers, manufacturing, sales and services, and advocacy sectors typically attend this meeting.  

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. It also encourages and promotes establishing and furthering contacts between the various irrigation sectors and groups. The annual irrigation conference is one way the Society engages in its mission.

Who Should Attend

This conference is recommended for the following groups of individuals:

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

Thank You to Our Conference Sponsors:

Gold Sponsor
Silver Sponsor
Silver Sponsor
Silver Sponsor
Bronze Sponsor
Bronze Sponsor

Sponsorship Information

Sponsorship (includes membership and registration)

Platinum Sponsor – $1000.00

  • Free registration for 3 attendees
  • Acknowledgment of sponsorship on website and program
  • Tabletop display/booth
  • Short presentation during lunch.

Gold Sponsor – $500.00

  • Free registration for 2 attendees
  • Acknowledgment of sponsorship on website and program
  • Tabletop display/booth
  • Short video (10 minutes) / presentation during lunch

Silver Sponsor – $250.00

  • Free registration for 2 attendees
  • Acknowledgment of sponsorship on website and agenda
  • Tabletop display/booth

Bronze Sponsor – $175.00

  • Free registration for 1 attendee
  • Acknowledgment of sponsorship on website and program

Registration Information

Conference Registration (includes 1 year membership)

In-Person Conference Fee – $100.00 ($75.00 Early Bird Registration, ends October 28, 2021)

Includes conference materials and BBQ lunch

One Year NCIS Membership Dues

Annual Membership Dues Only – $25.00

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 NC Irrigation Society. Mail to:

Campus Box 7625
Raleigh, NC 27695
Attn: Workshop Coordinators

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation requests should be sent to for processing. The cancellation request must be submitted at least twenty-two (22) days before the date of the workshop to receive a full refund. Cancellation requests made between twenty-one (21) days 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 a refund. Attendee substitutions from within the same company may be made at any time at no cost. Please send an email to requesting a substitution.

Tentative Conference Schedule

The conference schedule has not been finalized and is subject to change. As of this time, this is the tentative schedule.

8:30am – 9:00amRegistration & Coffee
9:00am – 9:15amWelcome & Opening Remarks – Adrian Percy, Executive Director NC Plant Sciences Initiative
9:15am – 9:45am FSMA Produce Safety Rule Water Provisions Update: Where Things Stand for Water Used on Fresh Produce Farms – Chip Simmons, NCSU
9:45am – 10:15amWOTUS Rules – Andrew Branan, NCSU
10:15am – 10:30amBreak
10:30am – 11:00amCrop yield and water quality benefits of on-farm water capture and reuse for supplemental irrigation – Mohammed Youssef, NCSU
11:00am – 11:30amWater Technology Farm: When Farmers Agree to Disagree – Jonathan Aguilar, Kansas State University
11:30am – 12:00pmThe Role of Irrigation Technology in Climate Change Adaptation – Steve Evett, USDA-ARS
12:00pm – 1:15pmLunch and Business Meeting
1:15pm – 1:45pmPromoting Efficient Irrigation Through Advocacy – Nathan Bowen, IA
1:45pm – 2:15pmA Variable Rate Irrigation Decision Support System for Managing Corn and Soybean in the Southeastern Coastal Plain – Ken Stone, USDA-ARS
2:15pm – 2:30pmBreak
2:30pm – 3:00pmTidewater Grain Rice Operation/Flood irrigation – Tommy Wheeler & Al Spruill, Tidewater Grain Company
3:00pm – 3:30pmOn-Farm Digesters in N.C – Kraig Westerbeek, Smithfield Foods/Monarch BioEnergy
3:30pm – 4:15pmSteve Troxler Agricultural Sciences Center Overview

Professional Development Hours

The following professional development hours (PDHs) and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are have been approved or are pending approval. They are awarded after successful completion of the conference:

  • 3 CEUs (Tier 1) and .25 CEUs (Tier 3) Irrigation Association 
  • 4.5 CEUs for NC Irrigation Contractors Licensing Board
  • 4.5 CEUs for Animal Waste Operators
  • 4.5 CEUs for Technical Specialist
  • 1 CEUs for Certified Crop Advisers: Nutrient Management
  • 3.5 CEUs for Certified Crop Advisers: Soil & Water Management 
  • 4.5 CEUs hours for Wastewater 
  • 4.5 PDHs for professional engineers and land surveyors 

Other professionals may appeal to their respective boards to obtain professional education credits.

Conference Contacts

For more information on or any questions relating to the conference, please contact:

For questions or issues relating to the registration process, please contact: