FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Keynote speaker Sandra Postel of the Global Water Policy Project highlighted the need for coordinated, concerted efforts to manage the growing competition for scarce resources and double water productivity for agricultural, industrial and urban use.
Postel is "realistically optimistic" about our global water future and believes that irrigation can, and will, contribute to the forthcoming water revolution.
The 2009 Irrigation Show, held in December in San Antonio, fared well given current economic conditions, the association said. There were approximately 4,500 attendees. There were more than 280 companies that covered over 150,000 square feet of exhibit space.
The ratio of attendees to exhibitors is higher than in previous years and initial feedback has been very positive. "We look forward to getting additional feedback from the show surveys, and will continue to make enhancements to increase the value of the show for both exhibitors and attendees," said show officials.
The show included a three-day expo, over 25 education offerings and 65 technical session presentations. More than 350 students attended Irrigation Association education classes and approximately 115 certification candidates sat for IA exams.
IA held an inaugural IrrigationPAC reception during the show. The IrrigationPAC reception brought together representatives from the irrigation industry to show their support for the association's public policy agenda and promote the mission of efficient irrigation through grassroots support.
The U.S Environmental Protection Agency highlighted the benefits of becoming an EPA WaterSense® Partner and held a public meeting on the WaterSense Draft Specification for Weather- or Sensor-Based Irrigation Controller Technology.
The 2010 Irrigation Show will be held Dec. 5-7 in Phoenix.