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IA Viewpoint... What Will You Find at the 2011 Irrigation Show and Innovations in Irrigation Education Conference?

You may have been to an Irrigation Show in the past, but I invite you to see how IA’s 2011 show will give you more opportunities to learn, network and conduct business than ever before. The show runs November 6-8 and the Innovations in Irrigation Education Conference runs November 3-8 at the San Diego Convention Center.

A New Kind of Education Conference

You told us you wanted new and different educational opportunities, so that’s what we’ve added. In addition to IA’s existing education classes and certification exams, we’ll be offering new one-hour irrigation seminars. Designed to reinforce irrigation industry best practices, they will cover concepts, implementation and “how-to’s.”

IA-certified professionals will earn one continuing education unit for each one-hour session attended.

Education classes will again focus on practical skills and applications. Like last year, the educational conference will also offer dozens of technical sessions. These sessions provide a forum for sharing research findings, best practices and cutting-edge products and ideas that promote efficient irrigation. All education opportunities will be offered in separate tracks for both agriculture and landscape professionals.

If you’re pursuing one of IA’s sevencertifications, you’ll have the opportunity to take the exam on-site. But you must register and submit your fee 30 days in advance of the exam, so make your plans soon!

More on the Show Floor

The exhibit hall will feature its first ever pond and waterscape pavilion as part of INFO TANZA, the largest pond industry event ever. The pavilion will showcase the newest products and services in the pond and waterscape industry. Hosted by the International Professional Pond Companies Association, INFO TANZA will offer more than a dozen field and classroom seminars.

Also on the show floor, Center Stage returns as a place to gather and learn about emerging trends, industry issues and smart business practices. It will again highlight contractor business sessions.

Network, Network

A new reception will kick off the opening of the show floor. Join us Sunday, November 6, 5:00–6:30 p.m. for this new networking opportunity; all attendees are invited. San Diego has traditionally drawn our largest crowds, so be prepared to network with more than 300 exhibitors and 5,000 attendees. The show floor features 200,000 square feet of irrigation equipment, systems, services and accessories.

Of course, IA’s common interest groups will also host meetings at the show, so join a group to talk about your specialty with your peers. If you’re a certified professional, watch for your invitation to the Certification Luncheon. And all contractors and consultants are again invited to the Contractor Common Interest Group’s annual barbeque reception.

Register, Plan and Book Your Room

Start planning now! Some meetings or classes have deadlines that you’ll need to meet in order to participate. To help, we’re again offering My Show Planner, an online organizer that allows you to keep track of all your appointments and seminars so you can make the most of the show and conference.

IA has arranged a special show rate with several area hotels, but you’ll need to book your room no later than October 11. And remember, to get the discounted early-bird rate, you’ll need to register for the show by September 28. For show details and to register, visit www.irrigationshow.org.

The 2011 Irrigation Show is already stacking up to be one of the best ever.

This is your opportunity to stay current on everything pertinent to our industry, learn new things and come face-to-face with your industry colleagues. Be sure to attend the General Session to hear updates from IA for today and the future—and you might win one of two iPads we’re giving away this year. Finally, don’t miss the many other sessions, forums, receptions, barbeques and much more. Looking forward to seeing you in San Diego!

IA News and Events...

Third Annual Water Conference a Success

The 2011 Water Conference recently brought more than 150 irrigation professionals and water experts together to discuss “Water for the Future: The Role of Efficient Irrigation.” The conference was presented by the Irrigation Association in conjunction with the American Society of Irrigation Consultants. It was held July 21-22, at the Omni Interlocken Resort and Spa in Broomfield, Colorado, a suburb of Denver.

The interactive conference examined case studies and theories surrounding such issues as private and public water rights, sustainable development and water resource management, and California AB1881 implementation and its affect on the irrigation industry.

Highlights included:

• IBM’s Peter Williams encouraging professionals to make greater use of ever-more-affordable technologies.

• Walmart’s Don Moseley showcasing his companies experiments and successes with onsite water use, green roofs and rainwater harvesting.

• ASIC President Jeffrey Bruce’s pre-conference seminar with discussions on such solutions as “net zero water use.”

Attendees and IA members will be able to download and read the full conference report on www.irrigation.org/waterconference. The report is available to nonmembers for $50; reports from past years are $30.

IA Names 2011 Awards Winners

The Irrigation Association has named its 2011 award winners. These awards recognize individuals and organizations for their efforts to advance irrigation practices. These winners will be honored at the General Session at the 2011 Irrigation Show in San Diego on November 7. The winners are:

• Person of the Year: Howard Wuertz, Sundance Farms,

Inc.

(Coolidge, Arizona) • Industry Achievement Award (landscape): Rene Evelyn-Veere, Rain Bird Corp. (Tucson, Arizona) • Industry Achievement Award (agriculture): George Sesser, Nelson Irrigation Corp. (Walla Walla, Washington)

• Crawford Reid Memorial Award: Dr. Jack Keller, Keller-Bliesner Engineering, LLC (Logan, Utah) • National Water and Energy Conservation Award: U.S.

Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service–Water Management Research Unit (Fort Collins, Colorado)

IA Annual Report Available

The Irrigation Association’s Annual Report is now available online. The report details the association’s initiatives and programs as well as its successes and challenges during the last 12 months. It also highlights the members who volunteer their leadership and experience to help shape programs and services.

Download the report to learn more about IA’s government affairs efforts, certification program, education plan and new focus on standards. The Annual Report also recaps the 2010 Irrigation Show, including IA’s 2010 award winners and New Product Contest winners. IA members can download the publication here: www.irrigation.org/News/Annual_Report.aspx.

IA Volunteers Improve Arlington National Cemetery at Renewal and Remembrance

The Professional Landcare Network’s annual Renewal and Remembrance event brought Irrigation Association volunteers and staff together to improve irrigation systems at the nation’s most prominent military cemetery.

With 28 volunteers representing 11 companies, the IA and PLANET team improved the columbarium and receiving vault, two historic and aesthetically significant sites at the cemetery. Prior to IA’s work, an audit revealed a distribution uniformity score of 0.14; afterwards the score had improved to 0.73, representing a dramatic improvement on the columbarium site. The total value of the Renewal and Remembrance gift, including landscaping, tree work, and irrigation efforts, is estimated at more than $200,000 in products and services.

IA’s efforts were led by IA Vice President Bob Dobson.

PLANET irrigation efforts were led by John Eggleston, a member of PLANET and IA.

The mission of the Irrigation Association is to promote efficient irrigation.

For more information, call 703-536-7080, write news@irrigation.org or visit www.irrigation.org.

 
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