Master Irrigator Program


The Mississippi Master Irrigator program from MSU Extension is designed to provide advanced training to participants on topics including:

  • Irrigation water management practices
  • Soil health
  • Agronomics
  • Irrigation systems and equipment maintenance
  • Policy and management

The program consists of online modules (via Canvas), classroom trainings, peer-to-peer exchange among participants and instructors, and field demonstrations. The online modules and classroom trainings are conducted by MSU Extension specialists and other individuals with specialized experience in each of the topics. At the conclusion of the in-person meetings, those completing this advanced training course in sustainable irrigation techniques will receive Mississippi Master Irrigator certification.

Why This Program?

Producers need an advanced understanding of irrigation scheduling tools and technologies to effectively implement conservation irrigation water management practices on farm. The goal of this program is to equip producers with the knowledge they need to make the right irrigation water management decisions that improve water use efficiency and on-farm profitability.

Latest Info

We are delighted to announce the successful conclusion of the inaugural edition of the Mississippi Master Irrigator program. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the participants and sponsors who made this first year a resounding success. Your dedication and support have been invaluable in laying the foundation for promoting sustainable irrigation practices in Mississippi. As we wrap up this year's program, we are proud to share that 37 participants have successfully received their Master Irrigator certification, a testament to their commitment to excellence in irrigation management.

Looking ahead, we're excited to announce that registration and online modules for next year's program will open in October 2024, alongside arrangements for in-person meetings scheduled for February 2025. As we move forward, we encourage everyone to stay tuned for updates on next year's program. Be sure to keep an eye on our website and social media channels for announcements regarding future opportunities to participate. Thank you once again for your commitment and enthusiasm. We look forward to seeing you next year!

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Dillon Russell
Program Coordinator

Drew Gholson
MSU Extension Irrigation Specialist

2024 Master Irrigator