Fresh water

There are a number of new elements at the 2016 Irrigation Show and Education Conference.

Photo courtesy of The Irrigation Show

At this year’s Irrigation Show and Education Conference, you’ll have a full plate, but don’t forget to check out these can’t-miss events Dec. 5-9 in Las Vegas.

This year, IA is co-locating with the National Ground Water Association. The co-location is expected to double the attendance to 9,000, and will give attendees the opportunity to visit more than 600 exhibitors.

Tuesday, Dec. 6

Contractor common interest group tour

The contractor common interest group is inviting attendees to a site overview tour of the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas.

The bus will depart promptly at 8 a.m. from the Las Vegas Convention Center. A boxed lunch will be provided. To register for the tour, RSVP by emailing

Wednesday, Dec. 7

“Thirsty Land” film screening

Join award-winning filmmaker Conrad Weaver for a special screening of his newest full-length documentary, “Thirsty Land,” from 5-6:30 p.m. “Thirsty Land” is a story about extreme drought, agriculture and the water crisis in the western United States, and how these challenges impact farmers, communities and the environment. The screening is open to all IA and NGWA attendees and exhibitors.

Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 7 – 8


The Oasis, sponsored by Smart Water Application Technologies, on the show floor allows participants to:

  • Network with water providers
  • Discuss SWAT initiatives
  • Share highlights of successful water efficient programs.

The Oasis provides an opportunity to bring irrigation professionals and water conservation specialists together to brainstorm new and refreshing ideas for the products or programs.

Wednesday, Dec. 8

Young professionals breakfast

Are you 40 years-old or younger? Join your fellow young professionals from 8-9 a.m. for a cup of coffee and breakfast, while learning how you can succeed in the irrigation industry from those who have walked in your shoes.

Pitcher’s Mound

Modeled after ABC’s popular “Shark Tank,” IA’s Pitcher’s Mound is meant to be an avenue to help inventors, entrepreneurs and business people in the irrigation arena bring new products to market. Entrepreneurs can apply for one of just six seats available during this session, held from 1-3 p.m.

Contact Shannon Pluta, office coordinator (; 703-536-7080) if you’re interested in being on the Pitcher’s Mound.


All classes are priced separately and are not included in the full registration fee. Each class registration includes a free exhibits-only pass, which includes access to exhibits, the new product contest, show floor presentations, keynote address, general session and drought summit.

Those interested must register by Nov. 18 for discounted pricing. All classes are taught in Imperial units.

IA seminars

Irrigation seminars allow instructors to delve into practical techniques, best practices and how-to’s for landscape irrigation.

There are five one-hour sessions spread out over a three-day period from Dec. 6 to 8. They are open to all attendees with a full registration. Participants will earn 1 CEU for each hour.

The full show schedule can be found at

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