2019 Call for Presenters

The 2019 call for presenters is now closed.

The Irrigation Association invites all persons interested in sharing an innovative irrigation research project, best practice or hot topic to submit a proposal to be considered for presentation during the 2019 Irrigation Show and Education Week.

The IA is pleased to offer the following new opportunities for presenters in 2019. These irrigation “dialogues” are designed to engage the audience and will blend traditional technical sessions with irrigation best practice seminars and business tracks, as well as hot topics on the show floor.

  • Choose from a 30-, 60- or 90-minute format. Panel discussions are welcome.
  • Select from research, best practices, how-tos, hot topics and more!

Presentations must be nonproprietary and educational in nature, not sales or product-specific. The presentations shall be in English; translators will not be provided.


Flexibility gives you more opportunities.

The expanded 30-, 60- and 90-minute presentation format offers the perfect opportunity for panel presentations and Q&A discussions.

Hot topics presentations will create a buzz on the show floor.

Highlighting issues that are timely and relevant to the industry, these short presentations can be less technical while still educational and informative.

  • Receive a reduced registration fee of $195.
  • Gain experience and visibility as a thought leader of the irrigation industry.
  • Receive recognition on the show website, the show guide and other marketing materials to promote the show and the presentations.

Eligibility & Requirements

  • Deadline to submit presentation proposals was April 12, 2019.
  • Presentation proposals must include a description that is a minimum of 150 words and a maximum of 300 words; it must also include two to four key takeaways and an idea of how you will engage the audience.
  • Proposals should be nonproprietary and not company- or brand-specific.
  • No more than three proposal entries can be submitted per individual. Each presentation proposal will need to be submitted as a separate entry.
  • Incomplete proposals will not be considered.
  • Research-based presenters may submit a paper to be included in the Education Week proceedings.
  • Accepted presenters are required to submit their PowerPoint presentations, papers (if applicable) and any relevant materials (handouts, etc.) by Oct. 1, 2019.
  • Accepted presenters are required to register for the Irrigation Show and Education Week.
    • A coupon code for a reduced registration fee of $195 will be provided.
    • Any spouses/guests will need to register and pay the guest registration fee.
  • Accepted presenters are responsible for all travel and hotel costs.

Proposal Content

When submitting a proposal, presenters will be asked to provide the following:

  • contact information
  • current IA membership status
  • years in the irrigation industry
  • presentation title
  • presentation focus: agricultural, turf-landscape or both
  • topic description (150 words minimum; 300 words maximum)
  • two to four key takeaways gained as a result of the presentation
  • desired target audience
  • requested presentation type (choose one):
    • 30-minute presentation
    • 60-minute presentation
    • 90-minute presentation
  • audience engagement

Note: If this will be a panel presentation (60- or 90-minute only), please provide contact information for all panelists.

Proposal Acceptance

Proposals will be reviewed and selected based on the following criteria:

  • innovations for the industry
  • estimated audience appeal
  • feasibility of presentation

All submitters will be notified of acceptance, regret or waitlist status by May 1. Accepted presenters will also be notified regarding which presentation format they have been selected to give. 

All topics related to the irrigation industry will be considered; potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • unmanned aerial vehicles (used for irrigation management)
  • smart controllers, app-based controllers, etc.
  • cloud-based technologies
  • variable rate irrigation
  • case studies
  • alternative water sources
  • improving irrigation efficiency
  • best business practices
  • tricks of the trade
  • successful on-farm irrigation management

Questions? Contact us.