2014 Irrigation Show To Highlight Education

The 2014 Irrigation Show & Education Conference, Nov. 17-21, in Phoenix, AZ, brings together everything under the sun for irrigation and water management: education, certification, networking, and innovative technologies.

Education
The Irrigation Show kicks off Monday, Nov. 17, with a variety of education classes, seminars, and technical sessions for agricultural irrigation. Attendees can earn continuing education units toward Irrigation Association (IA)certifications for each class they attend. Some of the educational offerings include:

  • Master basic and advanced techniques with 7 half-, full- and two-day agricultural classes.
  • Apply best practices and “how-to’s” at one-hour seminars on water regulations; climate change; and irrigation’s role in meeting future demands for food, fuel, and fiber.
  • Discover the latest cutting-edge research at short technical sessions on water management planning and precision drip and sprinkler irrigation.
  • Learn about global regulations, practices, and sustainability initiatives at the half-day International Agriculture Irrigation Summit.
The Irrigation Show kicks off Monday, Nov. 17, with a variety of education classes, seminars, and technical sessions for agricultural irrigation. Photo credit: Irrigation Association
The Irrigation Show kicks off Monday, Nov. 17, with a variety of education classes, seminars, and technical sessions for agricultural irrigation. Photo credit: Irrigation Association

Seminars, technical sessions and the summit are free with the purchase of a full registration; education classes are priced separately and are not included in the full registration fee. Each class registration includes a free exhibits-only pass, including exhibits, the new product contest, show floor presentations and general session.

 

Certified Program
IA’s Select Certified program sets the bar for industry professionals, recognizing exceptional commitment to efficient water management and irrigation best practices. All seven exams are being offered in Phoenix. Certification exams require advance registration and a separate fee; registrations include a free exhibits-only pass, including exhibits, the new product contest, show floor presentations and general session. Register by Oct. 31.

Networking & Innovations
At the Irrigation Show, attendees can meet and mingle with hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of fellow irrigation professionals. Specialized show pavilions, the new product contest, and show floor sessions feature the latest innovations, trends, best practices, and initiatives in water conservation and efficiency. Here is a sampling of events that what will be offered:

  • Oasis in the Desert opening night party (full registration required).
  • Blending Borders international reception (full registration required).
  • Common interest group meetings for drip/microirrigation, nursery and greenhouse, and manufacturers’ representatives.
  • More than 300 exhibitors for irrigation and related products.
  • Recent market introductions at the New Product Contest.
  • Series of 30- to 45-minute sessions on water management trends, business issues and industry initiatives.

General Session
General session keynote speaker Lowell Catlett, PhD, is a regents professor in agricultural economics and business and Extension economics and dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University.

A well-known futurist and economist, Catlett will discuss how technology innovation, changing demographics, and new consumer expectations will drive future growth in agriculture, manufacturing, services, and healthcare. Other highlights will include an IA update, industry awards presentation, and announcement of the New Product Contest winners.

To reserve a hotel room at the show, contact the Irrigation Show’s only official housing company, Connections Housing, at 855-447-7442 or [email protected]

For more information about the show, go to www.irrigationshow.org.

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  1. I think we must consider irrigation via “open” systems such as sprinklers a thing of the past, as they lose at least 50% of the water to evaporation plus create lime stone deposits on foliage if the ground water is not exceptionally clear. The way to go is using hoses or “tape” to irrigate close or under the ground. The next step is repairing soil so that its water retention is restored to what it was before artificial fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides and compaction. End result: you need maybe only a quarter of water for the same (healthier) crop harvest.

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