Oct. 18, 2016

Contact: Charles Burt
805-756-2379; cburt@calpoly.edu

Cal Poly Irrigation Training and Research Center Named Industry ‘Partner of the Year’

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Irrigation Training and Research Center (ITRC) has been named “Partner of the Year” by the national Irrigation Association in recognition of the center’s contributions to irrigation and long-standing support of the Irrigation Association.

Nominated by irrigation industry members, the ITRC will be honored at the Irrigation Association’s annual convention and trade show Dec. 6 in Las Vegas, Nev.

The center is being recognized for contributions that include the high caliber of Cal Poly graduates who gain work experience through the center and for the technical assistance and training it provides to the irrigation industry.

Cal Poly’s ITRC has played a leadership role nationwide and internationally in programs that specialize in irrigation district modernization, water and energy optimization, water balances, water conservation, on-farm irrigation design and management, and landscape irrigation design and management.

The ITRC supports the irrigation teaching program at Cal Poly through financial and material contributions and provides field experience for faculty and students. It employs 15 full-time staff and hires about 40 student researchers annually.

About Cal Poly’s Irrigation Training and Research Center
The ITRC is housed within Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences’ BioResource and Agricultural Engineering (BRAE) Department. It was formed in 1989 and continues to be self-supporting through contracts. Its work is comprised of approximately 65 percent direct technical assistance, 15 percent training, and 20 percent research for government and industry. The ITRC is led by internationally recognized irrigation experts Charles Burt, chairman and founder, and Stuart Styles, director.

About Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, comprehensive polytechnic university. The university’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences is made up of expert faculty members who take pride in their ability to transform academically motivated students into innovative professionals ready to solve the complex challenges associated with feeding the world in sustainable ways. Students have access to state-of-the-art laboratories, including ranch land, orchards, vineyards and forests, all of which provide the basis for Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing methodology. It is the fifth-largest college of agriculture in the country, with 4,000 undergraduate students.

About the Irrigation Association
The Irrigation Association is the leading membership organization for irrigation companies and professionals committed to promoting efficient irrigation and long-term sustainability of water resources for future generations. It is the only such national organization, with state branches and affiliations worldwide.

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