2018 Virginia
Smart Farming Conference

2018 Virginia Smart Farming Conference Using Controlled Environment Agriculture

Thursday, September 13, 2018, 9am to 4:30pm
rescheduled due to weather

Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 9am to 4:30pm

Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR)
150 Slayton Avenue, Danville, VA 24540

From farms to greenhouses to warehouses, controlled environment agriculture is growing in the field of agriculture. Join academic and industry experts for this one-day event focused on the latest advances in protected culture, 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.

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(short link: https://bit.ly/2LM613g)

Preregistration $125 (before Sept. 4th)
Late registration $140

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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