North Carolina Irrigation Society Conference

Who Should Attend | Upcoming Conference Dates | Sponsorship Info | Registration InfoConference Schedule | Professional Development Hours | Conference Contacts


About the 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 agency, grower, manufacturing, sales and service, 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

No Conferences are scheduled at this time. We recommend joining our mailing list to receive email announcements when new conferences are available.

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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)

Regular Fee – $100.00 ($75.00 Early Bird Registration)

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: Brittany Santore

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 at no cost. Please send an email to requesting a substitution.

Conference Schedule

8:30 am Registration & Coffee
9:00 am Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15 am Irrigation Challenges After Last Year’s Hurricanes and Chronic Wet Season
Kevin Weston, NC Farmer
9:45 am Farming Operation & Irrigation Uses in NC
Bradley Gilliam, NC Farmer
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Raleigh Wastewater Infrastructure Updates to Irrigation
Marla Dalton, City of Raleigh
11:00 am Irrigation Infrastructure on Research Stations and Research Opportunities
Natalie Hummel & Kaleb Rathbone, NC State University
11:45 am Lunch and Business Meeting
12:55 pm Water Quality Benefits of Controlled Drainage for Drained Animal Waste Spray Fields and Automated Water Management Systems for Drainage and Irrigation Systems
Chad Poole, NC State University
1:35 pm A Variable Rate Irrigation Decision Support System
Ken Stone, USDA-ARS
2:15 pm Break
2:30 pm Maintaining Irrigation Ponds
Rob Richardson, NC State University
3:00 pm An Update on the Water Provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule
Chip Simmons, NC State University
3:30 pm Adjourn


Professional Development Hours

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

  • 4 PDHs for professional engineers and land surveyors (approved by the NC Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors)
  • 4 CEUs for Animal Waste OIC (2 hours for AM session and 2 hours for PM session)
  • 4.5 CEUs for Certified Technical Specialist
  • 3 CEUs for Certified Crop Advisers (2 hours for Soil & Water Management, and 1 hour for Crop Management)
  • 4 CEUs hours for Wastewater Operators ORC
  • TBD hours for Wastewater (Surface) Operators
  • TDB Irrigation Association hours
  • Other professionals may appeal to their respective boards to obtain professional education credits.

Conference Contacts

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