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Irrigation Innovation Consortium

New research in 2022

The IIC has announced $1 million for new research to advance irrigation management. Through the RFP process, the IIC has selected four new research projects to begin this summer. The consortium encourages private and public entities to combine their expertise to accelerate the development and application of new knowledge and technologies to benefit the irrigation sector and society. Funds and partner match committed to new research in this competitive project cycle total $1.05 million. IIC administers this research grant program by leveraging a $5 million award from the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) that is matched with non-federal contributions from industry and other partners.  

Read the full press release.

Founding members of the Irrigation Innovation Consortium


The newly-launched Irrigation Innovation Consortium (IIC) is a way for public-sector researchers and industry partners to co-develop, test, and improve cutting-edge irrigation innovations, equipment, technology, and decision and information systems. Because every drop of water counts, consortium members will work together to get these new technologies into the hands of producers.

The IIC is funded by a $5 million grant from the Foundation of Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), with matching funding from partners, for a total of $10 million.

Along with Kansas State Research and Extension, the Consortium will have four initial university partners and five additional partners from industry and other national organizations. 


Press Releases

Read the KSRE press release about the Irrigation Innovation Consortium Launch.

Read the FFAR press release about the new Irrigation Innovation Consortium.

Partner Information and Links

IIC partner names


University IIC Partners

  • California State University, Fresno
  • Colorado State University
  • Texas A&M Agrilife Research 
  • Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Industry and National IIC Partners

  • Jain Irrigation
  • Lindsay Corporation
  • Rubicon Water
  • Irrigation Association
  • Northern Colorado Conservation District