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October 2017

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www.landscapeirrigation.com Landscape and Irrigation October 2017 11 LANDSCAPES 2017 to feature specialty summits T h e Na t i o n a l A s s o c i a t i o n o f L a n d s c a p e Pr o f e s s i o n a l s (NALP) is introducing a day of specialty summits this year at LANDSCAPES 2017, the association's annual education conference, which will be held in conjunction with GIE+EXPO October 18-20, in Louisville. The specialty summits will be held on Wednesday, October 18, at NALP's headquarters hotel, the Downtown Louisville Marriott. Attendees will choose one of the three daylong summits (lawn care, landscape management, or design/build/installation), which include four education sessions and a networking lunch. The specialty summits will share case studies and strategies from top landscape contractors, and include education from industry consultants such as Jeffrey Scott, Phil Harwood, Real Green Systems, Bartlett Tree Experts, and national experts from leading industry organizations such as Houzz. LANDSCAPES 2017 is approved for Landscape Industry Certified recertification at 1 CEU per hour of instruction attended. For more information about LANDSCAPES, visit www. landscapesconvention.org or contact laurie@landscapeprofessionals.org. Bob Mann joins NALP as director of state and local government relations T he National Association of Landscape Professionals announced that Bob Mann, Landscape Industry Certified, formerly the agronomist for Lawn Dawg, joined the association in a newly created role as director of state and local government relations. Mann is a graduate of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture with a degree in Turf Management, and is a 1985 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a degree in Agricultural Economics. He is also a Landscape Industr y C e r t i f i e d L aw n C a re Ma n a g e r a n d a C e r t i f i e d Pe s t i c i d e Applicator in six states. He has served as president of the Massachusetts Association of Lawn Care Professionals, was on the board of directors of PLCAA, NALP's legacy association, and has been active in the association's Lawn Care Committee and on the Public Affairs Advisory Council. " We a r e t h r i l l e d t o h a v e B o b j o i n u s o n s t a f f i n o u r expanded government relations department," said NALP CEO Sabeena Hickman, CAE. "His technical knowledge combined w ith his association and political exp er ience make him a perfect advocate for us at the state and local levels, which are so critically important." Mann is the third hire from the industry this year, joining recruiting expert Jenn Myers, who is the director of workforce development for the association, and industry technical expert and scholar Rex Bishop, who is the director of technical education for NALP. Mann w il l be wor king from his home on Cap e Cod in Massachusetts. IA technical paper library now available T he IA has posted more than 800 papers containing thousands of pages of valuable information presented at the Irrigation Show and Education Conference technical programs for the past 15 years. The technical paper library is now available on the IA website and is a valuable resource that allows users to download individual papers on a wide variety of topics. Papers covering both agricultural and landscape irrigation are available and have been grouped together by year. By making the papers available online, visitors can easily search for subjects or authors. While on the technical papers Web page, users can utilize the search function on their computers (ctrl+F for PC users or command+F for Mac users) to pull up a search box in the upper right corner of the screen. (Please note, this is not the keyword search option that already appears on the page.) Typing in a subject or author will quickly find all matches in the technical paper library. This same search function can be used within the individual paper PDFs to find key words. The 2010 and 2015 papers are listed by title and author; however, these papers must be accessed through the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers website using the link provided. The IA partnered with the ASABE to co-sponsor the irrigation symposiums in 2010 and 2015, and the copyright for papers presented during those years belongs to the ASABE. Making the presentations of many different irrigation experts readily available to those interested in the industry has been a priority of the IA Technical Program Committee, and it ensures that the IA remains the recognized authority on irrigation. The technical paper Web page can be found at http://www. irrigation.org/IA/Resources/Technical_Paper_Library/IA/Resources/ Technical-Paper-Library.aspx. IA Certification Board updates CID landscape program T he Irrigation Association's Certification Board is reducing the number of required exams for the landscape track of the certified irrigation designer program. The revised program will require candidates to take only two exams: a general landscape/turf exam and one specialty exam. In the original program, CID landscape candidates had to complete three exams: the general landscape/turf exam #1, the general landscape/turf exam #2, and one of three specialty exams (commercial, residential or golf). The total cost of the program will remain the same. The certification candidate handbook now contains updated specification sheets and content outlines for the general landscape/ turf exam. Additional study references for the exam can be found on the landscape certification exam resources page on the IA website. The revised general landscape/turf exam will launch at the 2017 Irrigation Show and Education Conference, Nov. 6 – 10, in Orlando, Fla. These changes to the CID program affect only the landscape track. The IA will contact any CID landscape candidates impacted by these changes.

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