IA ready to bring industry together for Irrigation Show
Exciting events planned
The 2022 Irrigation Show and Education Week, taking place Dec. 5-9 in Las Vegas, is packed full of educational and entertaining events to help attendees both connect with others in the industry and learn more about the latest irrigation and lighting technologies, products and innovations.
The Innovation Hub area of the exhibit hall will host events, announcements and product demos, including a product demo presented by Superior on Dec. 7 on the value of irrigation valve maintenance and troubleshooting.
Innovation Hub will also host the Pitch Competition on Dec. 7. This competition features presentations by irrigation startup technology companies exhibiting in the Innovation Row section of the show floor.
More networking and entertainment events are scheduled throughout the show week. The Viva Las Vegas Reception, sponsored by Smart Rain, on Dec. 6 kicks the show off to welcome everyone to Las Vegas. Attendees are invited to the Heritage Irrigation Show Concert on Dec. 7 featuring live bands at the famous Las Vegas House of Blues.
The Irrigation Association is bringing back its General Session on Dec. 8 that will celebrate the industry, honor the 2022 IA award recipients and announce the winners of this year’s new product contest and Pitch Competition. To celebrate the last day of the trade show, the IA is hosting a Craft Brewfest, sponsored by Ewing, on the show floor on Dec. 8. Numerous other events are planned for first-time show attendees, IA members and other industry groups. Check irrigationshow.org for regular show updates and to see the full schedule of events.
Industry Insights covers business and landscape topics
Industry Insights is a series of panel discussions and presentations offered to Irrigation Show attendees Dec. 6-8. Led by industry experts, these presentations will range from 30 minutes to an hour. This year’s Industry Insights will cover topics such as using social media and digital engagement in your business, landscape lighting design, business leadership techniques, the state of the green industry and drip irrigation. Go online to see the full lineup of Industry Insights presentations, including session descriptions and presenters, at irrigationshow.org. The 2022 Industry Insights program is sponsored by Calsense.
Still time to register
It’s not too late to register to attend this year’s Irrigation Show. One low registration rate gives you access to the trade show floor, social and networking events and Industry Insights. Information about the full show schedule, a list of exhibitors and how to register is available at irrigationshow.org.
For more information and to register, go to irrigationshow.org. Follow #irrigationshow throughout the event.
Students and educators selected as Irrigation E3 winners
Twenty-two students and three educators have been selected as this year’s Irrigation E3 winners and will attend the 2022 Irrigation Show and Education Week in Las Vegas Dec. 5-9. The IA’s E3 program focuses on providing students (E3 learners) and faculty members (E3 leaders) with exposure, experience and education that revolves around the irrigation industry.
These winners will receive an education and travel award to attend the Irrigation Show and will have the opportunity to take education classes, attend industry sessions, explore the trade show floor and spend time with the 2022 E3 program lead sponsor, The Toro Company.
SWAT awards presented at WSI
The Irrigation Association announced the winners of the 2022 Smart Water Application Technology awards on Oct. 5 during the WaterSmart Innovations conference in Las Vegas. These annual awards recognize water providers for their commitment to promoting outdoor water conservation by increasing engagement, education and partnerships with important stakeholders.
The Outstanding Public Engagement Award was presented to the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership in California for its Water Smart Landscape Design Template project. This project was a response to the devastating October 2017 wildfires in Sonoma and Napa counties in California. To assist those rebuilding, the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership created eight free permit-ready landscape design templates and a companion guide that encourage the installation of water-efficient, climate-appropriate and sustainable landscapes. More than 40% of all rebuilt homes in the region have utilized the templates, leading to an estimated 8.7 million gallons less of water used each year.
The Outstanding Industry Partnership Award was presented to the Inland Empire Utilities Agency in Chino, California, for its Residential Small Site Controller Upgrade Program. This program focuses on improving residential outdoor irrigation efficiency through in-person customer educational training and upgrading nonweather-based irrigation controllers to smart controllers. Since 2016, the program serving western San Bernardino County has upgraded a total of 2,340 sites with 2,669 weather-based irrigation controllers for an estimated lifetime water savings of 1,105 acre-feet.
Applications for the 2023 SWAT awards will open in early 2023. More information is available at swatirrigation.org.