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PCC Professor Attends Irrigation Seminar

23 July 2014

On June 19 – 20, PCC agriculture instructor Dr. Bill Hunter attended the Irrigation Foundation’s 12th annual Irrigation Faculty Academy. Twenty-two college and high school instructors from 21 schools attended the event, held at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa.

During the two-day event, industry experts led sessions on design capacity, hydraulics, backflow prevention and how various systems work together. Attendees also toured the irrigation systems at Longwood Gardens, a botanical garden with over 1,000 acres of gardens, woodlands and meadows, and Nemours Mansion & Gardens, a 300-acre estate located in Wilmington, Del.

Hunter was the only instructor from Kansas at the seminar, and received a $500 scholarship to attend the seminar from the industry partners who sponsor the event.

“The faculty academy was a tremendous opportunity to learn and share with other agriculture and horticulture instructors,” said Hunter. “One of the workshops gave us a complete set of plans for an irrigation system, including valves, loops and pressure regulators. The instructors set up a system according to the plans and then we got to go through various exercises to troubleshoot the system.”

The Irrigation Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization established by the Irrigation Association in support of the industry's future. The Foundation seeks to recruit and support an ample supply of educated, highly skilled professionals who employ technology and best practices to provide efficient irrigation solutions that protect water resources and the environment.