2019 Hydroponic Vegetables Conference

2019 Greenhouse and Vertical Farming of Hydroponic Vegetables Conference

Brought to you by Virginia Smart Farming

Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 9am to 4:30pm

Virginia Farm Bureau
12580 West Creek Parkway, Richmond, Virginia

Controlled environment agriculture in greenhouses, warehouses, and vertical farms, is a growing field of agriculture. Join academic and industry experts for this one-day event focused on the latest advances in hydroponic production, greenhouse/vertical farm energy use, economics, sensor technology, lighting, computer vision, automation, and vertical farming. Hear from technical experts as well as Virginia producers who have been successful in incorporating controlled environment agriculture into their business models.

Exhibit space available! For information on exhibiting or sponsorship, contact Martha Walker walker53@vt.edu


Keynote Speaker: Neil Mattson

Neil S. Mattson earned a Ph.D. (2007) from the University of California Davis and M.S. (2002) and a B.A. (2000) from the University of Minnesota. He joined Cornell University in 2007 and is currently an associate professor and greenhouse extension specialist in the School of Integrative Plant Science. Research interests include: supplemental lighting strategies to improve crop quality and reduce greenhouse energy use, conventional and organic nutrient management, and plant abiotic stress physiology. Neil is director of Cornell Controlled Environment Agriculture group.


Special Guest Speaker: Chris Higgins

Chris Higgins is General Manager of Hort Americas, LLC (HortAmericas.com) a wholesale supply company focused on all aspects of the horticultural industries. He is also owner of UrbanAgNews.com (eMagazine) and was a founding partner of the Foundation for the Development of Controlled Environment Agriculture and the International Congress on Controlled Environment Agriculture in Panama. With over 20 years of industry experience, Chris is dedicated to the commercial horticulture industry and is inspired by the current opportunities for continued innovation in the field of controlled environment agriculture.

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