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US: Greenhouse Highlights for Farwest 2014

The 2014 Farwest Trade Show, August 21-23 in Portland, Oregon, will present its popular New Products Showcase, featuring new industry products that will impact the greenhouse industry, saving money, time, and labour. Items displayed offer solutions to improve profits, production practices, and work place environment.
Showcase entries are required to have been introduced within the last 18 months.

Stretching across 1000 sq. ft., the New Products Showcase is a tried and true forum for green industry game-changers. Past submissions have worked their way into the mainstream of horticulture with revolutionary and evolutionary innovation. Notable entries from recent years run the gamut, including insecticides and herbicides, crop supports, plant identification products, irrigation equipment, automated harvesters, environmental controls/monitors, dilution equipment, shipping solutions, and much, much more. This year’s menu promises a range of opportunity for helping the greenhouse bottom line.

For interested attendees, all products point to their respective exhibitor where questions can be answered and orders placed right from the show floor.

“The New Products Showcase is THE place to find the next innovation in greenhouse production and operation,” states Allan Niemi, Director of Events & Education at the Oregon Association of Nurseries, producers of the Farwest Trade Show. “While we’re encouraging the greenhouse business person to visit, there’s crossover here for nursery and retail too- something for everyone!”

Farwest offers a range of events and speakers that will focus on issues and ideas relevant to greenhouse producers of all types of plant material. Farwest will showcase the best and brightest of industry experts, innovative companies, first-time plant releases, new products, research, and continuing education. (See attached)

Greenhouse Highlights for Farwest 2014

For more information on any or all of these events, contact Farwest media contacts below or visit

Equipment Innovation Day,
Aug. 19- Automation equipment suppliers will showcase field applications of their equipment for attendees to experience and evaluate. Demonstrations will take place at two area growing locations. Participating growers will also share unique innovations utilized in their operations.

John Stanley, Keynote Address, Aug. 21- John Stanley, renowned horticulture industry expert, sheds light on an industry that is changing rapidly. What has worked in the past will not work in the future as the whole structure evolves. Stanley focuses on the issues that businesses need to address in the future in order to grow sales. Attendance is free for all show registrants.

New Varieties Showcase- An exclusive assembly of dozens of new market introductions submitted by the industry’s leading green goods producers. Eligible plants include annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, ornamental grasses and bamboo, groundcovers, wetland and aquatic plants, vines, and bulbs. Attendees will be able to rank their favourite entries.

Emerging Greenhouse Technologies for Growing and Profit- Lloyd Traven, Partner, Peace Tree Farm and Al Zylstra, Division Manager, DRAMMwater, take a close look at some of the industry’s most current and critical emerging greenhouse technologies, in their seminar, Using New Technologies to Optimize the Greenhouse Environment for Efficiency and Increased Profitability, Thur., Aug. 21, 9-11am.

The Idea Centre
- A place to rethink, retool and reinvent yourself and your business. Sample interactive technology, learn best practices, and hear what peers and experts In the industry are up to.

Seminars and Education
- Covering the gamut of greenhouse interests from breeding, plant introductions, and operations to best practices, trends, and sustainability. Presented by industry experts from education, production, and consulting.

Pesticide Seminars and Classes,
Thur., Aug. 21, 12:30-4:30pm- Industry and education experts speak on a range of topics including the spread of pests among ornamental crops, control of invasive weeds in greenhouse and nursery production, and best safety practices for using insecticides. (Class credit is available. Check with the show website for details.)

Energy and Water Conservation, Fri., Aug. 22, 1:30-2:30pm- ‘Energy and Water: Double Your Savings’, presented by Paula Conway, Lead Energy Specialist, Portland General Electric, teaches wise management and usage of valuable energy and water resources in day-to-day operations.

Networking- Farwest is the gathering place for all segments of the green industry. In addition to the show each day, there are numerous planned events, such as the Third Annual Pub Crawl showcasing local craft breweries, offering opportunities to mix and mingle with the shakers and movers of horticulture.

Five+ Acres of Exhibitors- Companies from the world over exhibit each year at Farwest. It’s the gateway to the plants, products, and services important to the greenhouse segment today and tomorrow.

For more info:
Tom Kegley
[email protected]

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