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Annual irrigation conference, expo is Feb. 22 and 23


Water issues affecting Colorado are the subject of the 23rd annual Central Plains Irrigation Conference and Equipment Exposition, which will be held in Burlington, Colo., Feb. 22 to 23. All events will be held at the Burlington Community Center at 340 S. 14th St.

The first day begins with registration, coffee and the opening of the exposition from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. The day concludes with the social hour and hors d'oeuvres from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The social hour is a great time to visit with exhibitors and speakers. Day two begins with registration and continental breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and is over at 3 p.m.

Speaking at the general session on Feb. 22 is Craig Beyrouty, Colorado State University. He will cover "The Future of Global Food Supplies." On Feb. 23, Dick Wolfe, Colorado Division of Water Resources, will talk about "Water Issues in Colorado."

Technical sessions topics are "Limited/Deficit Irrigation," "Irrigation Scheduling," "Subsurface Drip Irrigation," "Irrigation System and Pumping Plant Maintenance," "Center Pivot Sprinkler Automation," and "Energy Crops for Irrigation."

The trade show will be open at various times throughout both days. It will close at 10:30 a.m. on the second day. It is open to the general public and there is no admission charge for it.

"This year's conference is full of valuable information for area irrigations," said Donna Lamm, executive assistant of Central Plains Irrigation Association. "The technical sessions should be very good, with an area producer talking about SDI. There will also be an equipment exposition and booths displaying information from research done in the tri-state area. Many of the researchers will also be speakers at the conference."

Registration for the two days is $65 and $65 for CCA CEUS, if postmarked by Feb. 7 After that it is $80 and $90. Registration includes admittance to all sessions, the equipment exposition, a copy of the proceedings, two lunches, all breaks, and the social hour. CEUs for the technical session have been applied for. Booth space is available for companies interested in exhibiting their products.

For specific speakers' topics, more information, to register or reserve booth space, contact Donna Lamm, CPIA executive assistant, at 785-462-7574 or donnalamm@yahoo.com, or go to www.ksre.ksu.edu/sdi/REvents/cpia.html.

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