Irrigation Association Sponsors Australia Study Tour

The Irrigation Association is sponsoring its first international irrigation study tour with a 19-day trip to New Zealand and Australia starting in late September.

This exclusive tour will include private meetings with leading irrigation professionals, professors and practitioners, with opportunities to see their results in agriculture, parks and the region's most popular destinations.

The itinerary is packed with sightseeing, opportunities to relax and socialize with fellow irrigation and green industry guests plus private tours of farms, orchards, a model farm, parks, botanical garden, a turf-topped Parliament house in Canberra, an irrigation manufacturer and a golf course.

Australia is known as the world's driest continent, so the tour provides an opportunity to learn first-hand how a region with vast ranges of precipitation and water has managed its extremes so well.

A sample day includes a visit to Lincoln University's model farm, a stop at the historic French-settled harbor village of Akaroa on New Zealand's Banks Peninsula and a cruise that could provide a glimpse of the rare Hector's Dolphins.

The trip departs Los Angeles Sept. 29 and returns Oct. 17, with an optional four-day extension to Cairns in tropical North Queensland, Australia.

Applications and a deposit are required before May 1. Contact Doug Fender at doug@dougfendertravel.com or call toll free (888) 272-6498 for a brochure or more information.

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