Top 5 -yesterday
- UK: Grower reduces greenhouse temperature by more than 6°C during heatwave with no cooling, fog systems
- Understanding the profitability of your greenhouse
- Agave: The new drought-tolerant California crop?
- Patromex and DIDIHU partnership invests in modern plant for value-added coconut substrates
- US: Larry Ellison is feeding Hawaii from his high-tech hydroponic farm on Lanai
Top 5 -last month
- Vertical farming technologies tool in researching and fighting diseases
- German retailer Kaufland and horti-family Reichenspurner open new greenhouse
- "Water is the new gold"
- Growing strawberries from seeds becoming increasingly popular
- Higher productivity and earliness are the story behind these pink greenhouses
interview with Gene Giacomelli, CEAC:
US: U of A feeding growing need for practical horticulture education
“Society is demanding fresh, locally-grown, hydroponically-grown produce,” said CEAC's director, Gene Giacomelli. “So there's a great need for education.” But that education goes beyond the standard four-year degree that U of A offers, added Giacomelli. Because of the changing landscape of horticulture in the U.S., where a greater number of small operations continue to pop up, teaching institutions must also provide instruction that is geared to growers who want a quicker route to growing.
“We offer multiple short-term, one-week courses that focus on tomatoes, lettuce and general information about growing,” said Giacomelli. “The tomato and lettuce courses are offered January 5-12, 2014, while the general course will be March 23 – 28, 2014 and include topics on marketing, business development and food safety. It gives a person new to the industry a quick way to get started on what they need to know.” There are also four-month internships that include much more hands-on work in the 600 square meter Educational Greenhouse. Those programs have also appealed to commercial growers who want their new employees or managers to gain more experience.
The CEAC, which has been operational for 15 years, is playing a vital role in the burgeoning greenhouse industry in the U.S., according to Giacomelli, who believes the interest in horticulture and vegetable (and fish) production has never been higher.
“Since 2000, but especially in the last five or seven years, interest in horticulture has really increased,” said Giacomelli. “Our students leave here and can become growers, design greenhouses, stay in academia, go into sales or become part of the industries that support growers.”
To learn more about the CEAC courses offered in 2014, please visit their website at http://ag.arizona.edu/ceac/public-courses or email them email@example.com.
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