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Speakers: Rob Lando (CEO) & Mike Vallafskey (VP Sales) at AgriNomix

AgriNomix
Session: Growers of All Sizes Can Make Wise Automation Investments
Saturday, July 10 • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Rob Lando CEO at AgriNomix LLC  Rob’s Oberlin, Ohio based AgriNomix is North America’s largest supplier of automation to nurseries and greenhouses.  He and 3 grower partners formed AgriNomix (formerly Flier USA) in 1994 to...
Speaker:  Nathan Jahnke, Culture Research Manager .... <br>Todd Cavins, Technical Service Specialist at Ball Horticultural

Ball Horticultural
Session: Success with Cuttings: From Arrival to Stage 4 of Propagation
Tuesday, July 13 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Todd Cavins Technical Services Specialist at Ball Horticultural Co  Todd is a Technical Services Specialist with Ball Horticultural Company. His formal training in plant nutrition/soil physics was completed at North Carolina State University....
Speaker: Will Healy, Senior Technical & Research Manager at Ball Horticultural

Ball Horticultural
Session: LED Lighting for Propagation
Tuesday, July 13 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Will Healy Senior Technical and Research Manager at Ball Horticultural  As senior manager of technical services, Will is responsible for developing production programs and operational efficiencies that produce consistent high quality young...
Speaker: Jason Twaddell, Sales Rep at Ball Seed Company

Ball Seed
Session: The Template Method for Growing: Case Studies in Maximizing Quality and Efficiency .... Sunday, July 11 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Jason Twaddell Sales Rep at Ball Seed Company  Jason Twaddell is the North American Sales and Marketing Manager for Ball FloraPlant and Selecta. Before joining Ball, Jason spent 18 years in the industry in production and growing positions with...
Speaker: Ronald Valentin, Director of Technical Business, BCA at BioWorks, Inc.

BioWorks
Session Title: Biocontrol Agents and Compatibility
Monday, July 12 • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Ronald Valentin  Director of Technical Business, BCA at BioWorks, Inc.  Ronald Valentin was born in the heart of the greenhouse industry in the Netherlands. His family owned a greenhouse operation and his father started using biological...
Speaker: Scott Rusch, GM and Co-Founder of BloomStudios Cut Flowers

BloomStudios
Session: Key Production Tips on Cut Flower Varieties for Fall and Winter .... Sunday, July 11 • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Scott Rusch, GM BloomStudios Cut Flowers  Scott Rusch, GM and Co-Founder of BloomStudios Cut Flowers Scott Rusch started with Ball Horticultural Company in 2001 as PanAmerican Seed’s sales rep for Ball Seed traveling throughout North...
Speaker: Suzanne Wainwright-Evans, Buglady Consulting

Buglady Consulting (Quince Creek)
Four Sessions: Biocontrols: Q&A with an Expert Panel .... Pest Management Updates & Strategies for Hemp .... Pest Diagnostics & Technology Workshop
Suzanne Wainwright-Evans Owner at Buglady Consulting  Suzanne Wainwright-Evans is a horticultural entomologist specializing in integrated pest management. Suzanne has been involved in the Green Industry for more than 25 years with a...
Speaker: Ann Chase, Owner at Chase Agricultural Consulting

Chase Agricultural Consulting
Two Sessions: How to Put Together Effective Programs for Foliar Diseases of Greenhouse Ornamentals .... Disease Control in Propagation
Ann Chase Owner at Chase Agricultural Consulting  Dr. Ann Chase graduated from the University of California at Riverside with a PhD from the Department of Plant Pathology in 1979.  She was Professor of plant pathology at the University of...
Speaker: Rolf Timmerman, Technical Consultant Manager Chrysal

Chrysal USA
Session: Maximizing your Postharvest Potential for Cut Flowers .... Sunday, July 11 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Rolf Timmerman, Technical Consultant Manager Chrysal   The beauty of Chrysal. Give flowers the love they deserve. That's the beauty of Chrysal. Chrysal takes pride in creating excellence in care for cut flowers. We care for flowers, from...
Speaker: AJ Lambert Director, Sales & Account Management at Container Centralen

Container Centralen
Session: Load Consolidation Program that Helps Growers and Retailers .... Tuesday, July 13 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
AJ Lambert Director, Sales and Account Management at Container Centralen  Experienced Director Sales Account Management with a demonstrated history of working in the logistics and supply chain industry. Skilled in Operations Management,...
Speaker: John Sanderson, Department of Entomology, Cornell University

Cornell CALS
Two Sessions: Pest Diagnostics & Technology Workshop ..... Biocontrols: Q&A with an Expert Panel
John Sanderson, Associate Professor Dept. of Entomology, Cornell University  https://entomology.cals.cornell.edu/people/john-sanderson/ College of Agriculture & Life Sciences   Intellectual Exploration -- We go beyond the classroom, into...
Speaker: Chris Fifo, Product Rep from Darwin Perennials® and Kieft Seed™ at Ball Horticultural

Darwin Perennials
Session: First-Year Flowering Perennials
.... Sunday, July 11 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Chris Fifo Product Representative from Darwin Perennials® and Kieft Seed™ at Ball Horticultural  Chris Fifo has spent his career focused on perennial production. After growing with Swift Greenhouses and helping to develop their seed...
Speaker: Brian Decker, Deckers Nursery

Decker's Nursery
Session: Growers of All Sizes Can Make Wise Automation Investments
Saturday, July 10 • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Brian Decker, Decker's Nursery Brian graduated in 1979 from Ohio State, and joined the business as a manager and landscape salesman. In 1981, the business relocated to its current location in Groveport. The focus in the gradual construction of the...
Speaker: Pete DeVry, DeVry Greenhouses Ltd

DeVry Greenhouses
Session: Growers of All Sizes Can Make Wise Automation Investments
Saturday, July 10 • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Pete DeVry, DeVry Greenhouses Ltd Arnold and Peter DeVry joined the family business in 1989 and built their first 1.2-acre greenhouse in Chilliwack, BC. The first official crop grown was Poinsettias, which has remained our speciality crop to this...
Speaker: Bob Dickman, Greenhouse Manager Dickman Farms

Dickman Farms
Session: The Template Method for Growing: Case Studies in Maximizing Quality and Efficiency .... Sunday, July 11 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Bob Dickman Greenhouse Manager at Dickman Farms, LLC Bob Dickman is the General Manager at Dickman Farms LLC.  He is the fifth generation to work within the Company.  Robert grew up on the family farm where he worked throughout his school...
Speaker: Nathan Sell, Sales Manager at Dummen Orange

DÜMMEN ORANGE
Session: Successful Combos: Baskets and Containers that Work for Growers and Consumers .... Saturday, July 10 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Blossoming from around the world DÜMMEN ORANGE represents a legacy of floricultural excellence more than a century in the making and a desire to unite the world through the language of flowers. Our expansive portfolios of products showcase our...
Speaker: Hannah Berisford, Horticulture Therapy Program Manager at eMerge Greenhouse

Emerge Greenhouse
Session: Horticulture Therapy: When Did My Plant Become a Therapist? .... Tuesday, July 13 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Hannah Berisford Horticulture Therapy Program Manager at eMerge Greenhouse  Hannah Berisford is a certified professional horticulturist through the American Society for Horticultural Science and a certified horticulture therapist who has been...
Speakers: Jeroen Oudheusen & Remco Jansen, Executive Officers at Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI)

Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI)
Session: FSI/MPS: A View on Worldwide Developments on Sustainability .... Saturday, July 10 • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Remco Jansen Executive Officer at Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI)  Remco Jansen -- Dutchman, married and father of 2 beautiful girls.  Great soccer fan, especially the Dutch national team.  Degree in...
Speaker: Matt Foertmeyer, Head Grower at Foertmeyer & Sons Greenhouse Co.

Foertmeyer & Sons Greenhouse
Two Sessions: The Template Method for Growing: Case Studies .... Biocontrols: Q&A
Matt Foertmeyer Head Grower at Foertmeyer & Sons Greenhouse Co.  Matt is a second generation grower and is now managing Foertmeyer and Sons Greenhouse. He attended the Ohio State University where he studied Crop Science with an emphasis on...
Speaker: Andrew Britten, Production Coordination Manager FOREMOSTCO®

ForemostCo
Session: Building a Foliage and Tropicals Program
Monday, July 12 • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

ForemostCo .... Consistent Quality, Exceptional Service.   Founded in 1987 in Miami, Florida, ForemostCo, Inc. continues to redefine and globalize the international production of starter material.By mastering delivery of consistent quality...
Speaker:  Christopher Currey, Associate Professor Iowa State

Iowa State - Dept of Horticulture
Three Sessions: Basics of Producing Vegetable Transplants .... Tips for Producing Flavorful Culinary Herbs .... Getting Into Hydroponics
Christopher Currey Associate Professor at Iowa State University  Chris Currey is an Associate Professor of Horticulture at Iowa State University. He received his BS and MS in horticulture at the University of Minnesota and his PhD in...
Speaker: James Berry, President at J Berry Nursery

J. Berry Nursery
Session: Changes for the Better -- Our Industry’s Evolution
.... Saturday, July 10 • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Discovering & Delivering Great Plants Everything that we do is geared towards the delivery of great plants to our customers. Plants leave our nursery retail ready and are scheduled to be delivered at a point which will maximize their shelf life so...
Speaker: Dan Shumaker, Product Manager Jacto Inc

Jacto Inc.
Session: DJB Battery-Powered Backpack Sprayer and Time-Interval Doser All-in-One .... Sunday, July 11 • 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Dan Shumaker, Product & Technical Services Manager Jacto Inc Product development, Technical assistance, Product and technical training, Field research, Work with Engineering Department, Product testing Jacto’s Family of Companies.   Our...
Speaker: Matthew Krause, Technical Lead, North America at Lallemand Plant Care

Lallemand Plant Care
Session: Mycorrhizae and Other Biostimulants: Optimizing Efficacy for Greenhouse Crops .... Tuesday, July 13 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Specializing in development, production, marketing of yeasts and bacteria.     Yeast, bacteria, mushrooms: micro-organisms have always lived in harmony with plants, and they are now being recognized for their many agricultural benefits....
Speaker: Korey Mensch, Owner Mensch Greenhouse

Mensch Greenhouse
Session: How to successfully integrate sustainable containers
.... Tuesday, July 13 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Korey Mensch, Owner Mensch Greenhouse  Korey is the owner of Mensch Greenhouse in Avon, South Dakota - a 150,000 square foot wholesale growing operation which cultivates high-quality plant material for distribution to independent garden...
Speaker: Mark Yelanich, Director Metrolina Greenhouses

Metrolina Greenhouses
Session: How to successfully integrate sustainable containers
.... Tuesday, July 13 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Mark Yelanich, Director of Research Metrolina Greenhouses  Mark has been a part of Metrolina Greenhouses for the past 14 years. He received all of his degrees in Horticulture from Michigan State University. Metrolina has been testing and using...
Speaker:  Dr. Roberto Lopez, Associate Professor of Horticulture at Michigan State University

Michigan State (Dept of Horticulture)
Three Sessions: Basics of Producing Vegetable Transplants .... Tips for Producing Flavorful Culinary Herbs .... New PGR Application Methods
Roberto Lopez Associate Professor at Michigan State University  Dr. Roberto Lopez is a professor and controlled environment/floriculture extension specialist in the Department of Horticulture at Michigan State University. His research focuses...
Speaker: Blair Busenbark, Sales & Marketing Manager at Mycorrhizal Applications

Mycorrhizal Applications
Session: Mycorrhizae and Other Biostimulants: Optimizing Efficacy for Greenhouse Crops .... Tuesday, July 13 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Blair Busenbark, Sales & Marketing Manager at Mycorrhizal Applications  Blair is a horticulture industry veteran having worked for a leading growing mix manufacturer and now Mycorrhizal Applications. He will share what growers will need to...
Speaker: Jozsef Racsko, Mycorrhizal Applications Technology Manager

Mycorrhizal Applications
Session: Understanding and Maximizing the Value of Root Zone Microbes .... Sunday, July 11 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Jozsef Racsko  Technology Manager at Mycorrhizal Applications  A biorational industry veteran, Dr. Racsko has conducted extensive research on the topics of beneficial bacteria, mycorrhizal fungi, and Trichoderma, and the benefits...
Speaker: Joe Neal, Professor of Weed Science and Extension Specialist at North Carolina State

NC State University
Sessions (3): Strategies to Reduce Weed Control Costs .... Recognizing and Avoiding Herbicide Injury ... Glyphosate Toxicology Update
Joe Neal Professor of Weed Science and Extension Specialist at North Carolina State University  Dr. Joseph C. Neal is Professor of Weed Science and Extension Specialist for weed management in landscapes, nursery crops and Christmas tree...
Speaker: John Dole, Associate Dean & Director for Academic Programs at North Carolina State

NC State University
Session: Cut Flower Series: The Latest and Greatest New Cut Flowers! .... Sunday, July 11 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
John Dole Associate Dean and Director for Academic Programs at North Carolina State University  John Dole is Associate Dean and Director of Academic Programs for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State University.  He is...
Speaker: Michelle Jones, Professor - Horticulture and Crop Science at The Ohio State University

Ohio State University (Horticulture)
Session: Mycorrhizae and Other Biostimulants: Optimizing Efficacy for Greenhouse Crops .... Tuesday, July 13 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Michelle Jones Professor and D.C. Kiplinger Floriculture Endowed Chair, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science at The Ohio State University  Michelle Jones (PhD) is a Professor and DC Kiplinger Floriculture Chair in the Department of...
Speakers:  Chieri Kubota, Professor and Mark Kroggel, Lecturer at The Ohio State University

Ohio State University (Horticulture)
Session: Greenhouse Strawberry Production to Extend Your Local Market Season .... Sunday, July 11 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Dr. Chieri Kubota Professor at Ohio State University  Dr. Kubota’s research mission is to serve in the development of science and technology in the area of controlled environment agriculture (CEA). Her projects are in an...
Speaker:  Carlos E. Bogran, PhD; Sr. Technical Manager OHP

OHP (Olympic Horticultural)
Session: Seido, a fungicide for powdery mildew control in ornamentals .... Sunday, July 11 • 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Carlos E. Bográn,  Sr. Technical Manager OHP, Inc OHP continues to set the industry standard by adding highly qualified and respected people to its employee roster. In the past few months, Dr. Carlos Bográn has been...
Speaker: Ryan Contreras, Associate Professor, Ornamental Plant Breeding at Oregon State

Oregon State - Horticulture
Two Sessions: For the Common Good -- Public Breeding Programs .... How safe is safe enough? Buddleja as a test case for breeding for sterility
Ryan Contreras, Associate Professor at Oregon State University  Dr. Ryan Contreras is an Associate Professor of Ornamental Plant Breeding in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University where he teaches spring and fall woody...
Speaker: Travis Bliss & Stephany Small at Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP

Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP
Session Title: Utilizing IP Rights to Achieve Maximum Value From a Breeding Program .... Tuesday, July 13 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Travis Bliss Partner at Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP  Dr. Travis Bliss is an intellectual property attorney.  Prior to attending law school, Travis obtained both a bachelor’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of...
Speaker: Lloyd Traven, President at Peace Tree Farm LLC

Peace Tree Farm
Session: Leveraging Lavenders .... Monday, July 12 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Peace Tree Farm ... How We Grow Matters.   Plants You'd Buy for Yourself --- Herbs, Begonias, and Cutting Edge Plants for the Exceptional Retailer. Superior plants and genetics, state-of-the-art greenhouses and environmentally-friendly...
Speaker: Tom Buechel, Chief Compliance Officer Plant Sentry

Plant Sentry
Session: Using both SANC and Plant Sentry to Increase Productivity and Sales .... Saturday, July 10 • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Tom Buechel Chief Compliance Officer at Plant Sentry  Tom Buechel, a horticulture graduate with an emphasis in business and industry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is dedicated to improving the green industry. He has spent more than...
Speaker: Mike Gooder, President & Co-Owner at Plantpeddler

Plantpeddler
Session: Getting Down to Business Managing Costs, Risks, Profitability .... Saturday, July 10 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Mike Gooder President and Co-Owner at Plantpeddler  Mike Gooder is president and co-owner with wife Rachel of Plantpeddler, located in Cresco Iowa, and has been in business since 1980, with their son John joining the operation in 2014....
Speaker: Troy Buechel, Horticulture Specialist Premier Tech

Premier Tech Horticulture
Session: Mycorrhizae and Other Biostimulants: Optimizing Efficacy for Greenhouse Crops .... Tuesday, July 13 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Troy Buechel Horticulture Specialist at Premier Tech Horticulture  Troy Buechel, who has a bachelor and a master in horticulture, puts his expertise and experience to good use at Premier Tech Grower Services since 1995. Based in Quakertown,...
Speaker: Paul Westervelt, Chief of Container Operations at Saunders Brothers, Inc.

Saunders Brothers
Session: The New Perennial Movement: Why it Matters to Our Industry .... Saturday, July 10 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Paul Westervelt Chief of Container Operations at Saunders Brothers, Inc.  Paul Westervelt is a professional plant geek who has run the annual and perennial program for Saunders Brothers Nursery in Piney River, Virginia since 2004, where he...
Speaker:  Paul Karlovich, Technical Advisor & Grower Specialist at Sun Gro Horticulture

Sun Gro Horticulture
Session: A Blueprint for Successful Trialing of Container Media .... Tuesday, July 13 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Paul Karlovich Grower Technical Specialist at Sun Gro Horticulture  Paul is a long time industry professional who has conducted and visited many growing trials over the years.  He currently works for Sungro Horticulture where he is a...
Speaker: Nancy Rechcigl, Syngenta Crop Protection

Syngenta Crop Protection
Session: Protecting Poinsettias ... Sunday, July 11 • 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Nancy Rechcigl,  Field Technical Manager at Syngenta Crop Protection Nancy provides technical assistance and training on issues related to ornamental crop production, assists in product development activities and develops new uses to expand...
Speaker: Alicain Carlson, Technical Trials Manager at Syngenta Flowers

Syngenta Flowers
Session: Maximizing your Postharvest Potential for Cut Flowers .... Sunday, July 11 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Alicain Carlson Technical Trials Manager at Syngenta Flowers   Dr. Carlson has been with Syngenta Flowers for 5.5 years and is currently their Technical Trial Manager. Her team is responsible for conducting a vast array of research trials to...
Speaker: James Gibson, Technical Lead at Syngenta Flowers

Syngenta Flowers
Session: Dahlias Demystified .... Monday, July 12 • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
James Gibson Technical Lead at Syngenta Flowers  James Gibson received his B.S. in plant and soil sciences in 1996 from West Virginia University, Morgantown. He later earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in 2000 and 2003, respectively, from North...
Speaker: Dr. Charlie Hall, Ellison Chair in International Floriculture at Texas A&M University

Texas A&M Horticultural Sciences
Session Title: Approaching Grower-Level Pricing with a Strategy in Mind .... Sunday, July 11 • 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Charlie Hall Ellison Chair in International Floriculture at Texas A&M University   A native of North Carolina, Dr. Charlie Hall received a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Tennessee in 1984, a Master's Degree in...
Speaker: Rosa Raudales, Assistant Professor & Greenhouse Extension Specialist at University of Connecticut

University of Connecticut (Plant Science)
Two Sessions: Water Treatment Systems: From Theory to Real Life .... Developing Nutrient Programs that Match Water Quality
Rosa Raudales Assistant Professor and Greenhouse Extension Specialist at University of Connecticut  Rosa E. Raudales is an assistant professor and greenhouse extension specialist at the University of Connecticut. Her research program focuses...
Speaker: John Erwin, Professor/Chair - Plant Science, Landscape Architecture at Univ of Maryland

University of Maryland -- Agriculture
Three Sessions: Trends for Greenhouse Production .... Basics of Growing Common Foliage Plants .... Great PGRs to Reduce Labor Costs
John Erwin Professor and Chair, Plant Science & Landscape Architecture at University of Maryland EDUCATION B.S. Ornamental Horticulture Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture (1983) M.S. Horticulture Michigan State University (1986)...
Speaker: Davy Wright, Wright’s Nursery & Greenhouse, Inc.

Wright’s Nursery & Greenhouse
Session: Growers of All Sizes Can Make Wise Automation Investments
Saturday, July 10 • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Davy Wright Owner, President of Wright’s Nursery & Greenhouse, Inc.   Serving Alabama Since 1966 Wright’s Nursery & Greenhouse, Inc. is a small, family owned and operated business located in central Alabama. Our family has been farming for...
Speaker: Erdem Bilaloglu, M,Sc. P.Eng. Yunustech Inc

Yunustech Inc
Session: Introduction of Electrical Stimulation to Plant Grow
..... Monday, July 12 • 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Erdem Bilaloglu,  M,Sc. P.Eng. Yunustech Inc Erdem has a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. Erdem has worked on military communication, robotics, highway toll collection,...


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