Previewing the Irrigation Show and Education Conference

Irrigation Show 2015

Keep up with the industry’s hottest new technologies, best practices and innovative ideas at the Irrigation Show and Education Conference, Dec. 5-9 in Las Vegas. Join more than 4,000 industry professionals at the world’s biggest and best trade show for agriculture, landscape and golf irrigation.

For the first time ever, the Irrigation Association (IA) will be co-locating with the National Ground Water Association (NGWA). Collaborating with this community of groundwater professionals has grown the number of exhibitors for this year’s show to more than 600. The two associations will be joining forces for the keynote address, the Drought Summit, and several other joint sessions throughout the week.

  • Browse hundreds of exhibits to find new products, solutions and suppliers.
  • Meet face-to-face with current business partners in one convenient location.
  • Network with other decision makers on the show floor and after hours.
  • Stay up to date on the state of the industry with can’t-miss briefings on water management trends, business issues and industry initiatives.

Keynote Address

Peter G. McCornick, Ph.D., water, environment & agricultural specialist

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

NGWA and IA announced Peter G. McCornick, Ph.D., PE, D.WRE as the keynote presenter for their 2016 co-located shows — Groundwater Week and the Irrigation Show.

McCornick is the deputy director general for research at the International Water Management Institute, based in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and later this year will take the reins at the Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

His educational background is comprised of doctoral and master’s degrees in water resources and irrigation engineering from Colorado State University, and a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from Newcastle University, United Kingdom.

McCornick has accumulated numerous accolades from universities and organizations worldwide throughout his 30-plus years of experience in international water policy, water resources management and climate adaptation. He has successfully worked across a range of cultures in many critical river basins where he focuses on improving the understanding and sustainable management of water resources.

McCornick has contributed to more than 30 peer-reviewed publications during his illustrious career, and regularly presents at major international events.

The keynote address is open to all IA and NGWA attendees and exhibitors. Due to colocation, the keynote address and IA general session will be held on separate days.

Thirsty Land screening

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Join award-winning filmmaker Conrad Weaver for a special screening of his newest documentary, Thirsty Land. Thirsty Land is the 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 depleted water resources in the American Southwest is one of the most urgent challenges facing agriculture and growing urban communities. The drought on this region has local, national, and global impacts not only for the present, but also for future generations. The screening is open to all IA and NGWA attendees and exhibitors.

IA Drought Summit

Friday, Dec. 9, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

While 2016 brought some relief to the western drought, many areas are still experiencing historic water shortages, with no reprieve in sight. From the Colorado River to Lake Meade, water supplies are shrinking, while demand increases, thus driving water users to look elsewhere for their water — in many cases underground.

Last year, the Irrigation Association hosted the first Drought Summit, in conjunction with the 2015 Irrigation Show and Education Conference in Long Beach, Calif. IA is excited to not only hold its second summit in Las Vegas, but also to partner with the NGWA for the 2016 Drought Summit.

This year’s summit will first focus on technologies for a sustainable future, looking at both irrigation and aquifer storage and recovery. After discussing these technologies as solutions to long-term water management plans, the summit will culminate with five perspectives from different states on how each has dealt with drought and ensuring sustainable water supplies.

The summit is open to all IA and NGWA attendees and exhibitors. Register online to receive your complimentary pass.

New Product Contest

See the hottest innovations at the New Product Contest, which spotlights cool new technologies and products introduced during the past year. Check out new components and irrigation systems for agriculture, landscape and golf, along with lighting, rainwater catchment and other specialty products. Contest entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges, with winners announced at the general session. For the second time ever, the new product contest presentations will be open to all attendees. If there is a particular new product of interest, or one you would like to learn more about, please plan to attend.


The Oasis on the show floor allows participants to network with water providers, discuss SWAT initiatives, and share highlights of successful water efficient programs. Because the show is being held in the desert, the Oasis provides an ideal opportunity to bring irrigation professionals and water conservation specialists together to brainstorm new and refreshing ideas for products or programs.

For more information about Irrigation Show 2016, or to register, visit

Irrigation Show Schedule at a Glance

(subject to change)

Sunday, Dec. 4

4 – 6 p.m.                   Registration Open – Education Classes and Exhibitors Only

Monday, Dec. 5

7 a.m. – 6 p.m.            Registration Open – Education Classes and Exhibitors Only

8 a.m. – Noon             Electrical Troubleshooting

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.            IA Certification Board Meeting (HQ hotel)

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.            Agricultural Drip/Micro Design (Day 1)

Center Pivot Design (Day 1)

Landscape Irrigation Auditor (Day 1)

Landscape Irrigation Contractor (Day 1)

Landscape Irrigation Design (Day 1)

Principles of Irrigation: Agriculture (Day 1)

Principles of Irrigation: Landscape (Day 1)

8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.     ARCSA Annual Conference – TBA

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.           Exhibitor Move-In

1 – 5 p.m.                   Advanced Irrigation Wiring Methods & Troubleshooting

4 – 6 p.m.                   IA Executive Committee Meeting (HQ hotel)

Tuesday, Dec. 6

7 a.m. – 6 p.m.            Registration Open

7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.     Certified Low Voltage Lighting Technician (CLVLT) Exam

(HQ hotel)

8 – 11 a.m.                 Contractor Common Interest Group Tour

8 a.m. – Noon             Hydraulic Troubleshooting

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.            IA Board of Directors Meeting (HQ hotel)

IA Certification Board Meeting (HQ hotel)

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.            Agricultural Drip/Micro Design (Day 2)

Agricultural Irrigation Specialist (Day 1)

The Business of Landscape Irrigation Contracting

Center Pivot Design (Day 2)

Landscape Irrigation Auditor (Day 2)

Landscape Irrigation Contractor (Day 2)

Landscape Irrigation Design (Day 2)

Principles of Irrigation: Agriculture

Principles of Irrigation: Landscape

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.           Exhibitor Move-In

8:30 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.            ARCSA Annual Conference – TBA (HQ hotel)

10:30 a.m. – 5:10 p.m. IA Technical Program – Agriculture

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.        Contractor Common Interest Group Meeting

1 – 2 p.m.                   Irrigation Seminar – Landscape

1 – 3 p.m.                   Irrigated Soils

1 – 6 p.m.                   IA Certification Exams

2:10 – 5 p.m.             IA Technical Program – Landscape

3:30 – 5:30 p.m.       Foundation Board Meeting (HQ hotel)

Government Affairs Committee Meeting (HQ hotel)

Membership Committee Meeting

5:30 – 7 p.m.             Opening Night Party (HQ hotel)

6 – 8 p.m.                  Math Refresher Seminar – FREE!

7 – 9 p.m.                   IA Past Presidents’ Dinner (invitation only)

Wednesday, Dec. 7   

7 a.m. – 6 p.m.            Registration Open

8– 11 a.m.                  New Product Contest Judging

8 a.m. – Noon            IA Certification Exams

8 a.m. – Noon             Pumps & Pumping Systems (formerly Understanding Pumps)

Two-Wire Technology Systems for Landscapes

IA Certification Board Meeting (HQ hotel)

8 a.m. – 1 p.m.            Agricultural Irrigation Specialist (Day 2)

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.            Advanced Landscape Irrigation Design & Management

Alternative Water for Landscape Irrigation

Bidding & Estimating Landscape Irrigation Systems

Landscape Drip Irrigation Design & Management

Landscape Irrigation Technician

Landscape Water Management & Planning

9 – 10:30 a.m.            History Common Interest Group

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.     Joint Keynote Address

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.         EXHIBITS OPEN

CAD Learning Lab for Irrigation Design Pavilion on show floor

Oasis on show floor

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.         IA Technical Program – Landscape

11 a.m. – 5:20 p.m.    IA Technical Program – Agriculture

Noon – 1 p.m.            Certification Luncheon (by invitation only)

1 – 5 p.m.                   Advanced Pumps

1 – 6 p.m.                   IA Certification Exams

2 – 3:30 p.m.              Awards & Honors Committee Meeting

4:10 – 5:15 p.m.        Irrigation Seminar – Landscape

5 – 6:30 p.m.              Thirsty Land Film Screening

Thursday, Dec. 8

7 a.m. – 6 p.m.           Registration Open

7:30 – 9 a.m.              Drip Micro Common Interest Group

Expo Advisory Committee Meeting

8 – 9 a.m.                    Women in Irrigation Breakfast

Young Professionals Breakfast

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.      IA General Session

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.         EXHIBITS OPEN

CAD Learning Lab for Irrigation Design Pavilion on show floor

Oasis on show floor

Noon – 1 p.m.             Friends of the Industry Luncheon (invitation only)

1 – 3:10 p.m.              Irrigation Seminars – Landscape

1 – 6 p.m.                   IA Certification Exams

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.       U.S. Government Roundtable on Irrigation and Groundwater

5 – 9 p.m.                   Exhibitor Move-Out

5:30 – 8 p.m.              Closing Night Party

Friday, Dec. 9

7 a.m. – Noon             Registration Open

8 – 10 a.m.                 Soil Plant and the Air Continuum

8 a.m. – Noon             Irrigation Components for Residential/Small Commercial Systems

Managing a Landscape Irrigation Service Company

8 a.m. – 1 p.m.            IA Certification Exams

Exhibitor Move-Out

8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.     Drought Summit

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