San Antonio, Texas December 2-4

The 2009 Irrigation Show is your one-stop shop to address industry issues head on. Explore 200,000-plus square feet of the latest equipment and services, find smart solutions for water management and discover strategies and skills to improve your bottom line. The Irrigation Show is a great place to interact with industry experts all in one place, make lasting professional contacts and learn about new business opportunities firsthand. You can also increase productivity and profitability with targeted education classes and monitor critical water management issues and best practices, as well as get certified and earn CEUs.

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Make connections, monitor industry trends and learn more about Irrigation Association initiatives at the many networking events and forums at the 2009 Irrigation Show.

General Session & Keynote

Thursday, December 3, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
A highlight of the Irrigation Show, the General Session & Keynote provide unique insight into trends impacting the industry, as well as the Irrigation Association’s ongoing efforts to promote efficient irrigation.

Grower Forum

Thursday, December 3, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
The Grower Forum brings together a panel of agricultural experts to address hot topics and major trends affecting irrigated farmland. The session will include short presentations by panelists and an extended Q&A period.

Contractor Reception

Thursday, December 3, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Expand your network in a relaxed, casual environment while gathering ideas about how to make your business even better. Exclusively for contractor attendees and reception sponsors, the Contractor Reception is an excellent opportunity to maximize ROI at the show.

Certification Luncheon

Thursday, December 3, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
Join other certified individuals to celebrate your accomplishments at this invitation-only luncheon, hosted by the IA Certification Board of Directors. Exclusively for IA-certified professionals in good standing.

IrrigationPAC Reception

Wednesday, December 2, 8:30 – 11:30 p.m.
Gather with colleagues to support the ongoing efforts of the Irrigation Association’s Political Action Committee. A contribution is required to attend this event.

Government Affairs Briefing

Wednesday, December 2, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Join the Irrigation Association’s Government Affairs Committee for an update on national, regional and local regulation and requirements impacting the irrigation industry, and IA efforts to promote efficient irrigation in public policy initiatives.

Smart Business Sessions

Thursday, December 3 and Friday, December 4
Learn how you can put industry initiatives and programs to work for you and your company to differentiate yourself from the competition and grow business. Briefings at the 2009 Irrigation Show will cover Smart Irrigation Month, Smart Water Application Technologies, IA certification and EPA’s WaterSense program.

Common Interest Groups

Wednesday, December 2 and Thursday, December 3
Irrigation Association Common Interest Groups provide a unique opportunity to network and discuss common challenges with irrigation professionals with similar interests. CIG meetings are open to all IA members.

Affiliate Organization Forum

Wednesday, December 2, 7:30 – 9 a.m.
Staff and volunteer leaders from state and regional irrigation and landscape organizations are encouraged to attend this invitation-only interactive forum to learn more about IA initiatives and resources.

Water Provider Roundtable

Thursday, December 3, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Water purveyors are encouraged to participate in this ongoing dialogue on how water providers and irrigation industry stakeholders can work together to most effectively advance landscape water efficiency.


Maximize the return on your time out of the office with education and certification at the Irrigation Show.

Innovations in Irrigation

Wednesday, December 2 through Friday, December 4
Discover the latest industry research, technologies and practices at the Innovations in Irrigation conference. Three concurrent tracks present innovations in agriculture, turf/landscape and water management.

The Innovations in Irrigation conference is included in your full registration.

Turf/Landscape Sessions
Wednesday, December 2
9:20 – 9:40 a.m.
• IA Smart Water Application Technologies Scores & Water Conservation Potential (Michael D. Dukes, University of Florida)

9:40 – 10 a.m. • Maximizing Effective Agronomics in Landscapes with Soil Moisture Sensors (Jon Peters, Baseline LLC)

10 – 10:20 a.m. • Smart Irrigation: Understanding Site Conditions & Customer Perspectives (Loc P. Truong, WaterOptimizer)

10:20 – 10:40 a.m. • Evaluating Sensor-Based Residential Irrigation Water Application in Florida (Michael D. Dukes, University of Florida)

2 – 2:20 p.m. • Case Study: Uniformity Improvements from Multi-Stream Rotational Spray Heads (Kent A. Sovocool, Southern Nevada Water Authority)

2:20 – 2:40 p.m. • LEED: It’s Not Just Two Irrigation Points! (Brian Vinchesi, Irrigation Consulting, Inc.)

2:40 – 3 p.m. • Locating Field Wiring Faults in Two-Wire Systems (Tony Ware, Underhill International Corp.)

3 – 3:20 p.m. • Break

3:20 – 3:40 p.m. • Lessons Learned from the Introductory Landscape & Irrigator Training (Mark Peterson, San Antonio Water System)

3:40 – 4 p.m. • Conservation Design: Pipe Sizing with Low-Flow Nozzles (Patrick Crais, Blue Watchdog Systems)

4 – 4:20 p.m. • Backflow Prevention & Irrigation Systems (Bruce Rathburn, San Antonio Water System)

Thursday, December 3
3 – 3:20 p.m. • Water Reduction 101 (Michael L. Carr, Portland Parks & Recreation)

3:20 – 3:40 p.m. • Review of IA’s New Landscape Auditing Guidelines (Brian Vinchesi, Irrigation Consulting, Inc.)

3:40 – 4 p.m. • Evaluating Uniformity Measurements from Landscape Irrigation Auditing (Charles Swanson, Texas AgriLIFE Extension Service)

4 – 4:20 p.m. • Impact of Subsurface Drip Irrigation & Shade on Soil Moisture Uniformity in Residential Turf (Douglas L. Kieffer, Spectrum Technologies)

4:20 – 4:40 p.m. • Break

4:40 – 5 p.m. • Ragle Park Water Conservation Program (Peg Aguilar, Sites Southwest)

5 – 5:20 p.m. • Evaluating Irrigation Smart Controllers for Salinity Control (Ram Dhan S. Khalsa, U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation)

5:20 – 5:40 p.m. • Sustainable Landscape Design Strategies for Maximizing Rainwater Use & Irrigation Efficiency (T. Barnabas Kane, Landscape Architect)

5:40 – 6 p.m. • Crop Coefficients for Drip-Irrigated Xeriscapes & Urban Vegetable Gardens (Daniel SMeal, New Mexico State University)


Tuesday, December 1 through Saturday, December 5 (no classes on Thursday, December 3)
Improve productivity and profitability with education classes and technical training. Irrigation Association classes use real-world applications and irrigation case studies to teach skills and knowledge you can apply immediately.

Education classes are priced separately from show registration. Show registration for each class includes a free “Exhibits Only” badge for all three days of the Irrigation Show.

Tuesday, December 1
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Advanced Irrigatin Design for Water Conservation
  • Agricultural Irrigation Specialist (Day 1)
  • Alternative Water Resources for Landscape Irrigation
  • Bidding and Estimating
  • Center Pivot Design (Day 1)
  • Irrigation Contractor (Day 1)
  • Landscape Irrigation Auditor (Day 1)
  • Principles of Irrigation-Agriculture (Day 1)
  • Principles of Irrigation-Landscape (Day 1)
  • Smart Technologies for Irrigation Management
  • Texas Irrigation Technician Training (Day 1)

Wednesday, December 2
8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

  • Electrical Troubleshooting
  • Landscape Irrigation Auditor (Day 2)

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

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Center Pivot Design (Day 2)
  • Irrigation Contractor (Day 2)
  • Principles of Irrigation-Agriculture (Day 2)
  • Principles of Irrigation-Landscape (Day 2)
  • Texas Irrigation Technician Training (Day 2)

1 – 5 p.m.

  • Diagnóstico de Problemas Eléctricos
  • Managing an Irrigation Service Company
  • Predicting and Estimating Landscape Water Use
  • Understanding Pumps

6 – 8 p.m. • Free! Math Refresher Seminar

Friday, December 4
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Advanced Irrigation Design for Water Conservation
  • Advanced Irrigation Wiring Methods & Troubleshooting
  • Agricultural Drip Micro Design (Day 1)
  • Alternative Water Resources for Landscape Irrigation
  • Chemigation/Fertigation
  • Irrigatin System Installation & Maintenance
  • Landscape Drip Design Maintenance and Scheduling
  • Landscape Irrigation Auditor (Day 1)
  • Landscape Irrigation Design (Day 1)
  • Smart Technologies for Irrigation Management
  • Texas Irrigation Technician Training (Day 1)

Saturday, December 5
8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

  • Landscape Irrigation Auditor (Day 2)
  • Agricultural Drip Micro Design (Day 2)
  • Instalación y Mantenimiento de Sistemas de Riego
  • Landscape Irrigation Design (Day 2)
  • Texas Irrigation Technician Training (Day 2)


Wednesday, December 2 through Sunday, December 6
The Irrigation Association certification is an impartial, third-party endorsement of your knowledge and expertise. Stand out from the competition and take your business to the next level with a specialized certification designation.

IA will offer certification exams throughout the 2009 Irrigation Show. Advance registration is required; fees are not included in show registration.

Wednesday, December 2
1 – 5 p.m. • IA Certification Exam (CLIA)

Thursday, December 3
7 a.m. – 12 p.m. • Texas Irrigation Technician Exam

8 a.m. – 12 p.m. • IA Certification Exams (CAIS, CGIA, CID, CLIA)

1 – 6 p.m.

  • IA Certification Exams (CIC, CID, CWCM-L)
  • Texas Irrigation Technician Exam
  • PLANET Certification Exams (CLP, CLT-I, COLP, CTP-CSL)

Friday, December 4
8 a.m. – 12 p.m. • IA Certification Exams (CAIS, CGIA, CID, CLIA)

1 – 6 p.m. • IA Certification Exams (CIC, CID, CLIA, CWCM-L)

Saturday, December 5
8 a.m. – 12 p.m. • IA Certification Exams (CAIS, CGIA, CID, CLIA)

1 – 6 p.m. • IA Certification Exams (CIC, CID, CLIA, CWCM-L)

Sunday, December 6
8 a.m. – 12 p.m. • IA Certification Exams (CAIS, CGIA, CID, CLIA)

1 – 6 p.m. • IA Certification Exams (CIC, CID, CWCM-L)