October 5 & 6, 2016, Niagara Falls, Canada

Vertical farming at the Canadian Greenhouse Conference

The Canadian Greenhouse Conference has prepared a speaker program that addresses the challenges faced by today’s flower, vegetable and nursery growers. Two full days of sessions is aimed at equipping growers with information necessary to thrive in today’s marketplace. Complete details are on the website www.canadiangreenhouseconference.com Here are some highlights:

Vertical farming
What are vertical farms and what is all the hype about? There has been a rapid increase in the number of vertical farming operations and technology companies around the world. Henry Gordon Smith explores technical examples of vertical farms and business models. Will vertical farming be the answer to a space-challenged society?


Picture of a vertical farm opened this year in Belgium.

IPM
OMAFRA specialist, Cara McCreary will talk about the increased use of non-traditional pest management techniques such as beneficial microbials and bio-inoculants to improve plant health.

Lighting
Silke Hemming, Wageningen University & Research Centre, provides insight into future technologies discussing research that has shown improved production under diffuse light conditions and innovative materials now under development. Dr. Xiuming Hao reports his latest findings from his research on various lighting strategies and climate control to increase yield and quality and improve the response of greenhouse vegetables to long photoperiod of lighting in year-round production. Details of a study conducted at seven commercial greenhouses looking at various HPD/LED lighting configurations on different greenhouse vegetable crops will be presented by Todd Graham, OGVG.

Grow your business and your network; time invested at the conference pays dividends throughout the year. Register in advance to take advantage of discount pricing.

Complete conference information is available at www.CanadianGreenhouseConference.com

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