IA Happenings IA Staff on the Move

Irrigation Association staff are busy traveling the country and beyond to advocate for you. Deborah Hamlin, CAE, FASAE, CEO, traveled to Bologna, Italy, to attend the EIMA International Agricultural and Gardening Exposition and speak to the European Irrigation Association during its Irrigation Industry Forum.

Brent Mecham, CID, CLWM, CIC, CLIA, CAIS, industry development director, presented at WaterSmart Innovations in Las Vegas, Nevada, and presented a seminar for the Professional Grounds Management Society during the Green Industry Expo in Louisville, Kentucky.

John Farner, government and public affairs director, also presented at WSI, as well as participated in the National Association of Farm Broadcasters convention in Kansas City, Missouri. Farner had the opportunity to represent the association in numerous radio interviews this quarter. Farner and Elizabeth McCartney, senior policy and advocacy manager, also hosted a post-election webinar on what to expect at the state and federal levels. The archived webinar can be viewed on the association’s YouTube site. To read more about their efforts, see the Legislative Update on page 10.

Professional Development

The Irrigation Association hosted a Landscape Irrigation Technician class at the IA headquarters in September. The class focused on the basics of hydraulics and irrigation system installation and maintenance and covered an overview of irrigation system components and how they operate. The class served as the recommended review for the certified irrigation technician exam.

Irrigation Show Wrap-Up

In December, the Irrigation Association welcomed nearly 9,000 participants and 600 exhibiting companies to Las Vegas, Nevada, for its annual Irrigation Show and Education Conference in conjunction with National Groundwater Week.

The Irrigation Show is the only national trade show for the irrigation industry, and this year’s event included a partnership between IA and the National Ground Water Association. Professionals from both industries were able to see the latest industry technologies on the trade show floor, conduct business, attend education conferences and network with peers.

Debuting at this year’s show was IA’s Pitcher’s Mound, featuring six entrepreneurs presenting their irrigation products to a panel of judges. Attendees also were treated to a screening of award-winning filmmaker Conrad Weaver’s newest full-length documentary, Thirsty Land.

The 2016 show included opportunities to attend education classes, seminars and technical sessions focusing on agriculture irrigation, landscape and golf irrigation, and business basics. IA honored its many 2016 award recipients and the winners of the annual new product contest (see page 36).

IA and NGWA also co-hosted the second annual drought summit, which focused on technologies for a sustainable future. This year’s featured speaker was Pat Mulroy, senior fellow in climate adaptation and environmental policy at the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and former general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority.

Make plans now to attend the 2017 Irrigation Show, Nov. 6 – 10, in sunny Orlando, Florida.

Certification Exams

Make it a New Year’s resolution to get certified in 2017! Visit to learn more about each program’s requirements, find resources to prepare for the exam, and view the exam schedule.


The winter months are the perfect time to brush up on or learn new skills. IA has everything you need to enhance your expertise through classes and education resources. Check out to upgrade knowledge and skills, increase productivity and profitability, prepare for certification and earn continuing education units.

Bringing Water to Life

The “Bringing Water to Life” podcast is where IA staff members John Farner, Brent Mecham and Elizabeth McCartney share expertise and personal perspectives on issues surrounding water, ranging from discussing where water comes from to diving deep into state and federal programs around water. The goal of this podcast is to drive more discussion about water in general.

Listeners can access this podcast through SoundCloud, iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play. Contact information for the BWTL hosts is available at Listeners are encouraged to submit ideas for future episodes and featured guests.

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