Tours, Classes, New Irrigation Products Coming to San Antonio

The 27th Annual International Irrigation Show, featuring the largest collection of irrigation-related products in the world, will be held in San Antonio along the banks of the famous River Walk in November 2006.

The show runs Nov. 5-7 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, with irrigation classes for working professionals and Certification exams offered Nov. 2-7. San Antonio, a city that out of necessity has been an innovator in water reuse and water use efficiency, is a natural location for the International Irrigation Show.

Industry tours will feature behind-the-scenes tours offering a look into regional agriculture or landscape irrigation. The tours are scheduled Nov. 4, a day before the show instead of the day following as in previous years.

The New Product Contest, which is growing in popularity and stature, will feature new products in turf/landscape, agriculture and golf. Contest entries are due by Sept. 29. To be eligible, products must have been introduced to the market between Nov. 22, 2005, and Nov. 5, 2006.

All of the Irrigation Association's courses will be offered in conjunction with the show. New audit guidelines will be unveiled in the Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor class. Understanding Pumps, Controls and Wells and the Certified Irrigation Contractor courses have been updated.

The SMART Technologies for Landscape Irrigation Management course, introduced at last year's show, is back by popular demand. The course delves into the nuts and bolts of choosing, installing and using smart technology, which is increasingly requested and even required in many communities.

A full schedule of Irrigation Association Certification exams is also offered. Early applications are required for Certified Irrigation Designer and Certified Irrigation Contractor exams.

Daily technical sessions will provide insight into research, programs and case studies in agriculture, landscape and water management.

For more details or information about classes, Certification, membership or exhibiting at the show, visit www.irrigation.org.

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