Controlled Environment Agriculture Center

Research, Instruction & Extension for Producing Crops
With Sustainability, Efficiency & Eco-Friendliness

FUNDAMENTALS OF HYDROPONICS & CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT AGRICULTURE (CEA)

8:30 – 9:30 am                        Greenhouse Design - Structures, Glazing & Cooling

                                                                Dr. Gene Giacomelli – Professor, Ag & Biosystems Engineering, The University of Arizona

 

9::30 – 10:30 am                    Hydroponics, Medium Composition & Delivery Systems

                                                                Myles Lewis – Owner, Arizona Vegetable Company & Instructor, CEAC Intensive Workshop

 

10:30 – 11:30 am                    Integrated Pest Management (IPM) - Common Insects & Mites                       

Dr. Stacy Tollefson – Professor of Practice, Ag & Biosystems Engineering, The University of Arizona

 

11:30 – 11:55 pm                    Coffee & Refreshments Provided

 

March 12, Afternoon

ESSENTIALS OF CROP PRODUCTION IN COMMERCIAL SETTINGS

11:55 – 12:00 pm                    Welcome and Introductions

 

12:00 – 12:15 pm                    5 Minute Presentations from this year’s Sponsors

 

12:15 – 1:00 pm                      Critical Factors for Growing Under Cover

                                                                Dr. Merle Jensen – Professor Emeritus, School of Plant Sciences, The University of Arizona

 

1:00 – 1:45 pm                        Managing Plant Nutrition for Crop Production Optimization

                                                                Dr. Stacy Tollefson – Professor of Practice, Ag & Biosystems Engineering, The University of Arizona               

 

1:45 – 2:30 pm                        IPM: Protocol for Battle & Your Pest Control Arsenal

Karin Tifft – Greenhouse Vegetable Consultants                                                 

 

2:45 – 3:15 pm                        Discussion of Previous Lectures, Q&A

 

3:15 – 3:30 pm                        3, 5 Minute Exhibitor Presentations

 

3:30 – 4:00 pm                        Coffee Break, Visit Exhibit

 

4:00 – 4:45 pm                        Substrate Considerations for Optimal CEA Production

Remi Naaz – IR&D Supervisor, Premier Tech Horticulture

                               

4:45 – 5:30 pm                        Developments in Seed Varieties

                                                                Kees Rodenburg – Enza Zaden NA Inc.

 

5:30 – 5:50 pm                        Discussion of Previous Lectures

 

6:00 – 8:00pm                         Welcome Reception – Fueled by appetizers & cash bar                     

6:30 pm                                   CEAC Mission Award

7:00 pm                                   Key Note Speaker - TBD


 

March 13, Morning

7am                                         Breakfast provided

 

ENGINEERING CONSIDERATIONS & OPTIMAL SYSTEMS DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT

 

7:55 – 8:00 am                        Welcome & Announcements

 

8:00 – 8:45 am                        Engineering Your Greenhouse Structure for Energy Optimization

                                                                Dr. Gene Giacomelli – Professor, Ag & Biosystems Engineering, The University of Arizona                                             

8:45 – 9:30 am                        Control Systems Design for Decision Support Management

                                                                Dr. David Story – Management Systems Consultant, Ridder HortiMax – North America 

 

9:30 – 9:50 am                        Discussion of Previous Lectures – Q&A

 

9:50 – 10:05 am                      3, 5-minute Exhibitor presentations

 

10:05 – 10:30 am                    Coffee Break, Visit Exhibit

 

10:30 – 11:15 am                    Monitoring Your Greenhouse Environment: Simple Tools to Technology Trends

                                                                Dr. Murat Kacira – Professor, Ag & Biosystems Engineering, The University of Arizona

               

11:15 – 12:00 pm                    Water Quality & Considerations for Recycling Nutrient Solutions     

                                                                Dr. Rosa Raudales, Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist, The University of Connecticut  

 

12:00 – 12:20 pm                    Discussion of Previous Lectures – Q&A

 

12:20 – 1:20 pm                      Lunch Provided

               

March 13, Afternoon

INNOVATIVE CEA SYTEMS & VALUE-ADDED CROPS

1:20 – 2:05 pm                        Forthcoming Crops for CEA Production

                                                                Ian Justus – Sr. Manager Controlled Environment Production, Driscoll’s

 

2:05 – 2:50 pm                        Approaching Premium Crops for CEA Production: Hydroponic Hops

                                                                Myles Lewis – Owner, Arizona Vegetable Company & Instructor, CEAC Intensive Workshop

 

2:50 – 3:10 pm                        Discussion of Previous Lectures – Q&A

 

3:10 – 3:25 pm                        3, 5-minute Exhibitor presentations

 

3:25 – 3:45                              Coffee Break, Visit Exhibit

 

3:45 – 4:30 pm                        Co-Producing Mushrooms in CEA for boosted CO2

                                                                Dr. Barry Pryor – Professor, School of Plant Sciences, The University of Arizona 

               

4:30 – 5:15 pm                        Integrating Recirculating Aquaculture

                                                                Dr. James Ebeling – Designated Campus Colleague, The University of Arizona

 

5:15 – 5:35 pm                        Discussion of Previous Lectures – Q&A

 


 


March 14, Morning

7am                                         Breakfast provided

 

ADVANCEMENTS IN CEA LIGHTING TECHNOLOGY

7:55 – 8:00 am                        Welcome & Announcements

 

8:00 – 8:45 am                        Sunlight and Supplemental Lighting Applications for CEA

                                                                Dr. Chieri Kubota – Professor, Horticulture & Crop Science, Ohio State University

 

8:45 – 9:30 am                        Evaluating LED Technologies for Commercial Operations

                                                                Chris Higgins – CEO, Hort Americas

                                               

9:30 – 9:50 am                        Discussion of Previous Lectures - Q&A

 

9:50 – 10:05 am                      3, 5-minute Exhibitor presentations

               

10:05 – 10:30 am                    Break, Visit your Exhibitors

 

URBAN CEA TECHNOLOGY

10:30 – 11:15 am                    Airflow and Uniformity Considerations               

                                                                Dr. Murat Kacira – Professor, Ag & Biosystems Engineering, The University of Arizona

 

11:15 – 12:00 am                    Sole Source Electric Lighting for Controlled Environment Crop Production

                                                                Dr. Chieri Kubota - Professor, Horticulture and Crop Science, The Ohio State University

 

12:00 – 12:20 pm                    Discussion of Previous Lectures, Q&A

 

12:15 – 1:15 pm                      Lunch Provided

 

March 14, Afternoon

CONSUMERS AND CEA – SAFETY, CERTIFCATIONS & AWARENESS

1:15 – 2:00 pm                        Food Safety Principles & Government Regulations

                                                                Stewart Jacobson – Food Safety Projects Coordinator, Arizona Department of Agriculture

 

2:00 – 2:45pm                         Effects of Food Labeling, Regulations, and Certifications

                                                                TBD

 

2:45 – 3:05 pm                        Discussion of Previous Lectures – Q&A

 

3:05 – 3:20 pm                        3, 5 Minute Presentations Form Exhibitors

 

3:20 – 3:45 pm                        Coffee Break, Visit Exhibit

 

SUCCESS IN THE EVOLVING CEA MARKET

3:45 – 4:15 pm                        Economic Considerations to Keep Your Business Relevant

Dr. Robin Brumfield – Extensions Specialist, Ag, Food & Resource Economics, Rutgers University

 

4:15 – 5:30 pm                        Elements for a Successful Urban Ag Start-up

                                                                Jenn Frymark – Chief Greenhouse Officer, Gotham Greens

 

5:30 – 5:50 pm                        Discussion of Previous Lecture – Q&A 

 

Dinner – On Your Own

 

March 15, All Day!

7am                                         Breakfast provided

 

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