IA Water Summit

Friday, Nov. 10, 8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Earlier this year, California Governor Jerry Brown declared the state’s historic drought “over.” Does this mean that all is well throughout the United States regarding water management? Are there still challenges facing the irrigation industry?

For the past two years, the Irrigation Association has hosted Western drought-focused summits in conjunction with the Irrigation Shows in Long Beach, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada. However, given the recurring issues facing water use in agriculture and landscape irrigation in the Southeast, we have expanded the scope of the 2017 event. We are excited to introduce the 2017 Irrigation Association Water Summit to Orlando, Florida.

This year’s summit will host a featured presentation, in addition to two esteemed panels focusing on sustainability in water use and state water-use challenges. Experts will discuss how irrigation plays a role in the broad sustainability discussion as well as how states have addressed challenges facing the irrigation industry, including solutions that advance efficient irrigation.

We look forward to an interactive and rewarding discussion with the speakers, panelists and the audience. Be sure to bring your questions and comments! Morning coffee will be provided beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Water Summit Agenda

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Coffee

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Welcome
John Farner, Irrigation Association

8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Featured Speaker
Adam Putnam, Commissioner, Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services 

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Sustainability in Water Use Panel
Warren Gorowitz, Ewing Irrigation
Amy Graham, Texas Nursery and Landscape Association 

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Break

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Water Challenges Panel
Ben Bolusky, Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association 
Chris Butts, Georgia Green Industry Association 
Dennis Carman, White River Irrigation District 
Katie Masucci, City of Plano, TX

12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Closing Remarks