Making the most of finite water supplies is crucial to the future of the irrigation industry, and the Irrigation Association must continue to lead the way in water management, said Irrigation Association President Ken Mills.

Mills took over as president during the 26th International Irrigation Show in Phoenix as executive committee members assumed new roles and five new members joined the leadership team.

Mills, general manager of the Contractor Division of Rain Bird Corp., sees water management, certification, education and the International Irrigation Show as key areas for the association in the coming year. Mills also emphasized that it's important for the IA to spread the word about the important work of the association.