Join Us at the 2017 Irrigation Show in Orlando!

Show Is Set for November 8-9, Education Conference for November 6-10

Irrigation Show 2017 is the only national trade show designed specifically for irrigation professionals. It’s where the irrigation industry comes together to network, learn and promote irrigation.

Nearly 5,000 distributors, dealers, contractors, consultants and growers are expected to attend this year’s event. You’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Check out innovative products, technologies and services.show2
  • Explore new suppliers.
  • Learn about the latest business trends and irrigation best practices.
  • Network with current business partners and with industry leaders who share the Ohio Irrigation Association’s commitment to efficient irrigation.

For exhibitor information, including booth space fees, assignment, and 2017 floor plan, click here.

Educational Opportunities

While enjoying sunny Orlando, be sure to attend some of the many irrigation seminars and classes that are offered. You’ll learn concepts and practical skills you can implement immediately.

244IrrigationShow2015LongBeach_boxScheduled classes offer:

  • Real-world applications and irrigation case studies.
  • Current techniques, field-tested information and best practices.
  • Instructors with industry expertise and proven teaching experience.

One-hour seminars will provide detailed coverage on a focused topic in landscape irrigation. Seminars are open to all attendees with a full registration. Participants will earn 1.00 CEU for each hour. This year’s topics will include:

  • Irrigating Green Roofs
  • Pressure Regulation to Improve Irrigation Efficiency
  • Basis of Design
  • Top 5 Employment Law Issues Facing Contractors

For a complete list of irrigation education classesclick here.  For a complete list of irrigation seminarsclick here.

A Proven Winner

Attendance at last year’s Irrigation Show was up double digits. Exhibitor presence was strong, and new product introductions were plenty.

In fact, research of past shows has indicated a strong correlation between show attendance and future sales. Specifically, within 12 months of the show:

  • 77% of the attendees purchased a product or service as a result of contacts made at the show.
  • 90% of the attendees contacted exhibitors met at the show.
  • 90% of the attendees visited exhibitor websites based on information from the show.

Check out this promotional video from last year’s Irrigation Show: 


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Estimating Workshop for Irrigation Contractors February 20, 2017 by JR Huston

JR Houston Estimating Workshop for Irrigation Contractors February 18th

Estimating System Overview

In this workshop Landscape and Irrigation contractors will be Introduced to the key components of an effective estimating system.  The pros and cons of each of the six most common methods of estimating used in the market today are discussed in depth.

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Ohio Turfgrass Research and Education Facility
2710 North Star Road
Columbus, Ohio 43221

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015 from 7:45 AM to 5:00 PM (EST)


$50 – Ohio Irrigation Association Members
$150 – Non-members

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Those who attend will be provided with a detailed explanation of the key principles involved in:
• The estimating budget process
• Calculating and controlling equipment costs
• Calculating labor burden and average wages
• Measuring, allocating, and controlling general and administrative overhead costs
• Reviewing a bid
• Determining general conditions costs in a bid
• Understanding market predisposition
• Understanding the six most common methods of estimating used n the market

Estimating Excel Workbook

Landscape and Irrigation contractors and/or key staff will learn how to use J.R. Huston Enterprises’ MS Excel worksheets (attendees will have to have their own computer) to:

  • Prepare a general and administrative (G&A) overhead and field-labor hour budget
  • Calculate labor burden, average wage, and equipment costs
  • Price/bid projects by the lump sum method
  • Measure, allocate, and control G&A overhead costs
  • Understand the total quality management (TQM) process as it relates to estimating
  • Understand the six most common methods of estimating used in the market today
  • And more…

Attendees will need:

  • A laptop computer with MS Excel and a CD drive
  • A calculator (with extension cord if necessary)
  • Note pad, pens and pencils
  • State unemployment rate *
  • Workers’ compensation insurance (WCI) rates/policy *
  • General liability insurance rates/policy *
  • Medical insurance costs
  • Most recent year-end Profit & Loss (P&L) statement *
  • Current year P&L (if available) *
            * Approximate numbers provided by Jim Huston for start-up companies


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Irrigation Contractor Reception at the CENTS Show – Monday January 14th

Calling All Irrigation Contractors

You are Invited & It’s FREE

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Free Beer, Wine, and Food

Join Ohio Irrigation Contractors When: Monday, January 14th

Time: 6:30 pm to whenever

Door Prizes Courtesy Hunter , Rain Bird & Toro)


Barley’s Brew House

467 North High Street

Columbus, Ohio

(Across the street from the Convention Center)

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Don’t miss out of the best party of the year. Mingle with old friends, vendors, and manufacturer’s representatives. Hunter, Rain Bird, and Toro personnel will be there as well as the Board of Directors for the Ohio Irrigation Association.

Find out how others managed to weather the drought. Learn about new products and old tricks. We will have companies from all over the state of Ohio. Get the latest news and views from experts.

IA’s Point of Connection Contractor Leadership Summit

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Feb. 8-10, 2012  St. Augustine, Florida

Point of Connection is a networking and education conference designed specifically for owners and managers of irrigation contracting companies.

Hosted by IA’s Contractor Common Interest Group, the leadership summit includes:

  • Relevant sessions on topics that matter to irrigation contractors.
  • Brainstorming and networking with business owners and managers from across the country.
  • A chance to relax and socialize with your peers.
  • An opportunitiy to earn up to five continuing education units.
“Point of Connection was developed by contractors, for contractors. The 2011 networking and education was excellent. I’d highly recommend it to any Irrigation Association contractor looking for success in 2012.”
– Eric Santos, Valley Crest

Irrigation Association's POC Leadership Summit Brochure Cover>2012 Event Highlights:

>• Full-day sales and marketing seminar for the irrigation contractor with Jeff Carowitz of Strategic Force, Inc.

>•  Irrigation and water management in the landscape with the University of Florida’s Dr. Michael Dukes.

>• Sessions on standards, codes and contractor business opportunities as well as a state affairs update.

>• Guided tour of the World of Golf Hall of Fame.

>• Annual Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament.



Before Jan. 9 After Jan. 9

IA Members

$425 $500


$625 $700





*Includes one-year discounted IA membership.

Renaissance Resort at World of Golf Village, St. Augustine, Florida

Renaissance Resort at World of Golf Village, St. Augustine, Florida

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Hotel Information
Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village
500 South Legacy Trail
St. Augustine, FL 32092