Texas AgriLife Researcher Wins Award for Advancement in Microirrigation

    In recognition of more than two decades spent on the development and adaptation of subsurface drip irrigation technology through field research, education and support of the microirrigation community of scientists, James P. Bordovsky, P.E., of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, has been named recipient of the second Netafim Award for Advancement in Microirrigation.

    As senior research scientist and agricultural engineer at Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Bordovsky’s research on subsurface drip irrigation has greatly influenced field productivity in Texas and other areas of the world. Bordovsky and his team have focused on research, design and management of innovative irrigation engineering systems to increase the productivity, sustainability and profitability of agricultural production in water-limited environments.

    As a founding member of the Texas Agricultural Irrigation Association, Bordovsky continues to demonstrate a commitment to the real world application of principles through research programs and field day events that draw visitors from around the world. His applied irrigation research program in the heart of the Texas High Plains cotton production area has contributed to the rapid adoption and successful application of SDI technology, resulting in an increase in subsurface drip irrigation use from less than 20,000 acres in the year 2000 to over 350,000 acres today.

    Presented by drip irrigation leader, Netafim, in partnership with the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), the annual award honors and recognizes an ASABE member who has made significant contributions in the ability to utilize and adapt microirrigation technology at an appropriate scale for any given level of production technology.

    “It’s an honor to be recognized by Netafim and my industry peers for the work we have done to help farmers increase productivity while improving the efficiency of their irrigation systems,” said Bordovsky. “My colleagues, support staff and I are very fortunate to be able to work closely with industry leaders and the agricultural community to research and develop sustainable drip irrigation solutions that deliver increased productivity and profitability to America’s farmers.”

    “Jim’s leadership on issues surrounding limited water availability has played a key role in motivating growers to manage their water use more efficiently by using drip irrigation technology,” said Ze’ev Barylka, Marketing Director for Netafim USA. “We are thrilled to partner with the ASABE to honor him with the Netafim Award for Advancement in Microirrigation for his groundbreaking contributions that have advanced the use of subsurface drip irrigation (SDI).”

    A 37-year member of the ASABE, Bordovsky has authored or co-authored more than 340 peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings, abstracts and reports. His past awards include the Texas A&M University System Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence, TAIA President’s Award for Research Excellence and West Texas Agricultural Chemical Institute Institutional Award.

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