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 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 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 are one of the most urgent challenges of the 21st

and growing urban communities. The drought on this region has local, national and global impacts for not only the present, but also for future generations. Screening is open to all IA and NGWA attendees and exhibitors.

Thursday, Dec. 8

Women in Irrigation Breakfast Come join like-minded businesswomen from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. to exchange ideas, make con- nections and grow your irrigation business, as well as individually. This is the third year for this unique event. The breakfast is open to all IA women attendees and exhibitors.

Young Professionals Breakfast

Are you 40 years old or younger? Join your fellow young professionals from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 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. The future of the industry is in your hands!

Pitcher’s Mound

Modeled after ABC’s popular TV show “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 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Contact Shannon Pluta, office coordinator (; 703.536.7080), if you’re interested in more information about the Pitcher’s Mound.

Closing Night Party

Get pumped up for next year’s show in Orlando, Florida, at the IA Boardwalk Bash closing night party. Put an exclamation point on the 2016 festivities by diving into an assortment of Orlando- style carnival games. No one will leave hungry as there will be plenty of food and drinks to enjoy. The closing night party is open to all IA exhibitors and attendees with a full registration.

Friday, Dec. 9

Drought Summit This year’s summit, held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., will first focus on technologies for a sustain- able 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.

“I really enjoy

seeing the leading- edge products and where the irrigation industry

is heading.” Michael Garner,

Oakland Irrigation ARCSA

American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association

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