Dr. Michael Dukes, professor and irrigation specialist at the University of Florida, has been elected to the Irrigation Association Board of Directors, which establishes the association’s strategic direction, policies and programs.
The board monitors current and evolving industry trends, determines strategic priorities, defines public policy positions and acts as stewards of IA’s financial resources. Directors are elected each fall by regular members of the association and represent the diversity of member types and market segments. The Irrigation Association is a leading membership organization for irrigation companies and professionals.
According to a news release from the Irrigation Association, Dukes’ first exposure to the irrigation industry was in his uncle’s irrigated cornfield. He has almost exclusively worked in irrigation research and education throughout his career and has been active with the Irrigation Association since 2001. Serving in the Smart Water Application Technologies group of the IA, he developed the rain sensor test protocol used to test a variety of commercially available products.
In addition, Dukes has been a member of the Irrigation Show Technical Program Committee since 2006 and has served as vice chair and chair of that committee. He has won many awards and honors for his work, including the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Fellow in 2017 and the Irrigation Foundation Excellence in Education Award in 2014.