IA happenings IA launches new website

Have you checked out the IA’s new state-of-the-art website? This new one-stop location includes all the tools needed to be successful in the industry and stay up to date on all things irrigation. The new site has been redesigned to provide the ultimate user-friendly experience with improved navigation and functionality throughout, enabling compatibility with all browsers and mobile devices. Go to and enjoy the site’s new uncluttered design, improved functionality and quick and easy access to essential IA information.

Irrigation Show & Education Conference Nov. 6 – 10, 2017, Orlando, Florida

The 2017 Irrigation Show is slated to be the best yet, offering unmatched professional development and networking opportunities. Plan to check out the hottest new technologies at the new product contest, learn more about the Irrigation Association at the IA Power Breakfast, and watch irrigation inventors pitch their ideas at the Pitcher’s Mound. Take advantage of networking opportunities through the opening night party, general session, closing night party and on the exhibit floor. The education conference schedule is packed with classes and seminars covering all aspects of irrigation. Register and preview the schedule of educational offerings and events atwww. Register by July 31 for the early bird discount. Additional show and registration information can be found on pages 37 – 38.

New Vanguard Award

The IA Board of Directors recently announced a new award to honor those leading the way in new developments or ideas. Named the Vanguard Award, this recognition will honor a team of individuals, companies, organizations or other group entities that have executed an innovative installation project in the irrigation industry. Applications were accepted through the end of June, and the first winners of the award will be honored during the general session of the 2017 Irrigation Show and Education Conference in Orlando.

Train the Trainer — Back by popular demand

The second annual Train the Trainer program was held in February at IA headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia. The workshop introduced seasoned practitioners to the latest techniques for delivering powerful content and prepared new instructors with critical training skills. The program was led by veteran instructor Kurt Thompson, CGIA, CIC, CID, CIT, CLIA, CLWM. After participating in the two-day training event, attendees applied their newly honed skills during the Electrical Troubleshooting class on the third day. Due to the program’s success, another Train the Trainer event is planned for 2018.


The Certification Board continues to work to keep IA certification exams fresh and relevant to the changing industry. In 2018, the IA will conduct a certified agricultural irrigation specialist job analysis to assess the duties of an agricultural irrigation specialist to ensure the exam is assessing the skills needed to do the job right. The meeting will be facilitated by a psychometrician and will include approximately seven industry experts from various geographic regions. Conducting job analyses ensures that IA exams are legally defensible and based on what individuals within the profession do in the field and how they apply their knowledge.

Upcoming webinars & podcasts

Fertigation/chemigation for agriculture & landscape irrigation Sept. 22, 2017, 2:00 p.m. Eastern Speaker: Darin Brasch, EZ-FLO Fertilizing Systems Registration:

Bringing Water to Life podcast series Accessible through SoundCloud, iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play, BWTL is a weekly podcast driving more discussion about water. For more information, go to

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Upcoming event hashtags

A hashtag (#) is used to label keywords in a Twitter or Facebook post. Follow these hashtags and include them in your posts leading up to, during and after each IA event:


July is Smart Irrigation Month! Use this hashtag to promote how you support water-use efficiency.

#IrrigationShow Get connected before and during the 2017 Irrigation Show and Education Conference in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 6 – 10. 9

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