CIA kicks off the year with industry events

The irrigation industry is off to a busy start and the Carolinas Irrigation Association is thrilled to be involved!

The Green & Growin' event, hosted by the NC Nursery & Landscape Association on January 15-19, was another success. CIA coordinated six irrigation education sessions, led by a number of CIA volunteers, and enjoyed reconnecting with colleagues in the new year.

The SC Green Conference & Trade Show was held January 24-25 in Columbia, SC. CIA President Clark O'Neill represented CIA at the event and led an irrigation-specific session, Five Steps to Irrigation Repair Success, during the conference and networked with landscape professionals throughout the event.

Save the date for CIA hosted events happening on April 17 (Charlotte Golf Tournament), August 21 (Raleigh Golf Tournament, and Waterpalooza (October 14).

Gain valuable contractor insights for 2024

In November, the Irrigation Association released it's 2024 Green Industry Outlook - Contractor survey, which is focused on providing contractors with insights on how to prepare for the future and overcome obstacles.

Contractors faced another year where the work was there if they had the capacity, reined in largely by labor limitations. While many put more effort into finding new ways to bring in employees, it was a season of moderate growth and generally moderate expectations for the future.

Click here to download the full report.


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IA Scholarship Program Application Deadline

March 31, 2024, Online Application


CIA Charlotte Golf Tournament

April 17, 2024, Warrior Golf Club


CIA Raleigh Golf Tournament

August 21, 2024, Wildwood Green Golf Club


CIA Waterpalooza Conference

October 14, 2024, Raleigh, NC



The U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, D.C., has proposed changes to federal overtime pay requirements, potentially impacting wholesaler-distributors and other industries, including irrigation. READ MORE

Privately owned housing starts in November were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,560,000, 14.8% above the revised October estimate. READ MORE

The comment period for the WaterSense draft specification for spray sprinkler nozzles was extended to March 1. READ MORE

Thank you to our 2024 Associate Members!

Gold Sponsors: Heritage Landscape Supply Group and The Toro Company

Silver Sponsors: Central Turf & Irrigation Supply, Ditch Witch Sales of North Carolina, Ewing Outdoor Supply, HARCO Fittings LLC, Hunter Industries, K-Rain Manufacturing, Rain Bird, SiteOne Landscape Supply and Smith Turf & Irrigation

Basic Sponsors: IrriTech Training and Simmons Irrigation Supply

Learn more about becoming a CIA associate member today!

Carolinas Irrigation Association
8280 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Suite 630 | Fairfax, VA 22031
703.536.7080 (p) | 703.536.7019 (f) | [email protected]