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The Idaho Irrigation Equipment Show & Conference will showcase the latest information in the irrigation industry.

The free event is Thursday, Jan. 11, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Keefer’s Island at Shilo Inn, 780 Lindsay Blvd., Idaho Falls, Idaho. No registration is required.

Fifty-five irrigation equipment manufacturers, dealers, and distributors of landscape and agricultural irrigation products will be at the show to display their latest equipment and services.

“This is a great opportunity for growers and landscape irrigation contractors to come and see the latest developments in the industry and find solutions to their irrigation needs,” said Howard Neibling, education chairman. The event rotates annually between the cities of Nampa, Burley and Idaho Falls.

  • Technical seminars will also be presented in two education categories: landscape irrigation and agricultural irrigation. Seven classes have been approved for the Certified Crop Adviser (*CCA) Continuing Education Credit program in the following areas: Soil and Water (SW), Pest Management (PM) and Professional Development (PD).

Three classes (designated by ** asterisks) have been approved for a recertification credit for Idaho’s Private and Professional Applicator License. Attendees are encouraged to bring their licenses with them.

The following information lists the time the class is given, the course name, instructor, a short course description, classroom, and whether CCA credit or Idaho Private and Professional Applicator credit is awarded.

Landscape Irrigation Classes

8-9 a.m. (Select one class)

1. Filtration – Kevin Evans, Inman Interwest, will discuss the ins and outs of filtration needs in Idaho. This course will explore filter options, sizes, application and troubleshooting. River View Room

2. Workers Compensation — A Broad Overview – A defense attorney, Lyle Fuller with Fuller & Fuller, and a claimant’s attorney, Andrew Adams, with Curtis and Porter, P.A., will discuss pitfalls with workers compensation claims. Temple View Room

10-11 a.m. (Select one class)

1. Latest Trends in WiFi Technology – Todd Brown, Rain Bird. Learn about the latest WiFi controllers and how to use and profit from them. Remote connect, controller features and the mobile app will be reviewed. River View Room

2. Landscape Lighting – Shawn Knudsen, FX Luminaire, will discuss benefits of LED Landscape lighting and new lighting control technology. Temple View Room

Noon to 1 p.m. (Select one class)

1. Central Control and Pump Station Compatibility – Rex Hansen, Rain Bird, will discuss design and installation considerations of irrigation central control systems and pump stations to make sure they are compatible. River View Room

2. Utilizing WiFi-enabled Controllers to Increase Contractor Efficiency – Guy Collins, Hunter Industries, will give an overview of components, connecting, programming and account management. Temple View Room

2-3 p.m. (Select one class)

1. **Idaho Backflow Law 2018 – Kevin Evans, Inman Interwest, will provide an overview of different backflow assemblies and recent changes to Idaho backflow laws. River View Room

2. New Products and Hunter Commercial Controllers – Guy Collins, Hunter Industries, will give an overview of new ICC2 and ACC2 commercial controllers, along with upgrades to the IMMS central control platform. Temple View Room

Agriculture Irrigation Classes

9-10 a.m. (Select one class)

1. **Mobile Drip Irrigation for Pivot Irrigation – Monty Teeter, Dragon-Line, will give the history of mobile drip irrigation from concept and design to installation and implementation. (*1 SW) Pocatello Room

  • 2. **Food Safety — Pesticide Use and the Public
    • – Sherm Takatori, Idaho State Dept. of Agriculture. This presentation explains some of the historical uses of pesticides and some of the misuses. The issues with organic foods, pesticide residues in foods and overall food safety regarding pesticides and pesticide use will also be discussed. (*1 PM) Twin Falls Room

    11 a.m. to noon (Select one class)

    1. **Save Energy & Money with LESA Technology – Howard Neibling, University of Idaho, will discuss results and research involving Low Elevation Spray Application (LESA) technology. (*1 SW) Pocatello Room

    2. **Weed Management – Jeffrey Pettingill, Bonneville County Weed Control, will speak about maintaining invasive weeds around irrigation suction sites and along ditches, canals and ponds. He will also discuss herbicide selection, plant identification for irrigation banks with trees or brush control, and controlling algae and mosses in ponds to keep water free from obstruction. (*1 PM) Twin Falls Room

    1-2 p.m. (Select one class)

    1. **Soil Moisture Monitoring – Tom Devol, Jain Monitoring & Control, will talk about taking the guess work out of irrigation. He will discuss various types of irrigation scheduling and soil moisture monitoring to help optimize the amount of water applied to the crop. He will focus on real-time data from sensors that will help farmers make better decisions to improve water-use-efficiency. (*1 SW) Pocatello Room

    2. **Variable Frequency Drives and Motor Fundamentals – Dave Griffith, Dykman, will discuss basics and value of variable speed drives, harmonic mitigation, motor technology and premium efficiency considerations. (*1 PD) Twin Falls Room

    3-4 p.m.

    Idaho Water Measurement Standards – Idaho Department of Water Resources staff will provide an overview of current water measurement standards and guidelines with emphasis on groundwater measurement and reporting requirements in the Eastern Snake River Plain Aquifer and other areas. (*1 SW) Pocatello Room