5th Indoor Ag-Con, Las Vegas

The theme of the 5th Indoor Ag-Con was steampunk and dinosaurs. Visitors were welcomed by a 19 foot T-rex dinosaur, which, according to the show organizers, reflects indoor agriculture as an industry that so many wrote off, but still continues to surprise its doubters. The dinsoaurs was made by a the crew that also designs the props for the Burning Man festival.
The theme of the 5th Indoor Ag-Con was steampunk and dinosaurs. Visitors were welcomed by a 19 foot T-rex dinosaur, which, according to the show organizers, reflects indoor agriculture as an industry that so many wrote off, but still continues to surprise its doubters. The dinsoaurs was made by a the crew that also designs the props for the Burning Man festival.
Roel Janssen and Blake Lange of Philips City Farming together with Canadian indoor farmer Brian Bain of Ecobain Gardens.
Roel Janssen and Blake Lange of Philips City Farming together with Canadian indoor farmer Brian Bain of Ecobain Gardens.
A lot of new young start-up companies active in the field of automation and control management where exhibiting at the Indoor Ag-Con this year.
A lot of new young start-up companies active in the field of automation and control management where exhibiting at the Indoor Ag-Con this year.
Indoor Ag-Con founder Nicola Kerslake of Newbean Capital welcomed everybody at the conference on Wednesday morning by presenting their latest whitepaper and introducing the first keynote speakers.
Indoor Ag-Con founder Nicola Kerslake of Newbean Capital welcomed everybody at the conference on Wednesday morning by presenting their latest whitepaper and introducing the first keynote speakers.
Sam Ahilan and Barbara Langford of FibreDust. The company introduces a new coir based, organic rooting substrate for microgreens.
Sam Ahilan and Barbara Langford of FibreDust. The company introduces a new coir based, organic rooting substrate for microgreens.
Lars Jensen and Ron Wyatt of Blackmore promoting the organic application of the Ellepot system in vertical and urban farming settings.
Lars Jensen and Ron Wyatt of Blackmore promoting the organic application of the Ellepot system in vertical and urban farming settings.
Many kinds of vertical and aquaponic farming systems on display at the booth of OPCOM.
Many kinds of vertical and aquaponic farming systems on display at the booth of OPCOM.
Maarten Vandecruys, Pieter de Smedt and Eefje Maes of Urban Crops. The Belgian supplier of indoor farming systems recently opened their North American branch in Miami and is about to announce the first commercial projects. Stay tuned for more!
Maarten Vandecruys, Pieter de Smedt and Eefje Maes of Urban Crops. The Belgian supplier of indoor farming systems recently opened their North American branch in Miami and is about to announce the first commercial projects. Stay tuned for more!
Things are going well for Austin-based LED manufacturer Fluence Bioengineering. They were involved in some impressive large scale projects last year.
Things are going well for Austin-based LED manufacturer Fluence Bioengineering. They were involved in some impressive large scale projects last year.
Shan Halamba and Edward MacMahon of Riococo informed us about the inceased use of the Riococo products in vertical farming. Next to this, the company presented a special new brand for the use in the medical marijuana space.
Shan Halamba and Edward MacMahon of Riococo informed us about the inceased use of the Riococo products in vertical farming. Next to this, the company presented a special new brand for the use in the medical marijuana space.
At the booth of Grow-Tech we saw a wide range of microgreens propagation materials from their Biostrate range, also this one made of hemp.
At the booth of Grow-Tech we saw a wide range of microgreens propagation materials from their Biostrate range, also this one made of hemp.
U.S. Army veteran Ed Garcia has founded his own vertical farm El Paso Verde. A complete interview with him will be published on our newsletter soon.
U.S. Army veteran Ed Garcia has founded his own vertical farm El Paso Verde. A complete interview with him will be published on our newsletter soon.
Argus control received many interest for their RM100 fertigation unit.
Argus control received many interest for their RM100 fertigation unit.
The ladies of the Indoor Ag-Con merchandise stand.
The ladies of the Indoor Ag-Con merchandise stand.
Jud McCall and Ron James of PARsource horticultural lighting.
Jud McCall and Ron James of PARsource horticultural lighting.
Dave Charnick of Kalyx Development explained how their real estate development company acquires vacant property and transforms it into commercial cannabis cultivation farms. They have developed an unique way to finance and lease the properties and only work together with serious investors and experienced growers that understand how to run a commercial large scale business.
Dave Charnick of Kalyx Development explained how their real estate development company acquires vacant property and transforms it into commercial cannabis cultivation farms. They have developed an unique way to finance and lease the properties and only work together with serious investors and experienced growers that understand how to run a commercial large scale business.
A lot of new LED companies exhibiting at the show this year.
A lot of new LED companies exhibiting at the show this year.
Jim Bergantz and Adam Pound of greenhouse manufacturer Agra Tech.
Jim Bergantz and Adam Pound of greenhouse manufacturer Agra Tech.
Unfortunately the indoor container farm of Modular Farms could not make it to the show.
Unfortunately the indoor container farm of Modular Farms could not make it to the show.
The container farm of Las Vegas-based Indoor Farms of America only had to drive a few miles to the convention center.
The container farm of Las Vegas-based Indoor Farms of America only had to drive a few miles to the convention center.
It was very busy inside the container farm of IFOA.
It was very busy inside the container farm of IFOA.
Indoor Farms of America.
Indoor Farms of America.
Griffin was present with their CEA supplies.
Griffin was present with their CEA supplies.
Dan Conley and David Branca of Conley's Greenhouse Manufacturing in California.
Dan Conley and David Branca of Conley's Greenhouse Manufacturing in California.
There was much interest for the solutions of Cropbox and Growlink.
There was much interest for the solutions of Cropbox and Growlink.
The conference was spaced into a larger hall this year.
The conference was spaced into a larger hall this year.
Nextlight if a fairly new LED supply company that was exhibiting at the Indoor Ag-Con for the first time. They are said to have many projects in the cannabis industry.
Nextlight if a fairly new LED supply company that was exhibiting at the Indoor Ag-Con for the first time. They are said to have many projects in the cannabis industry.
Nick Houshower of Equilibrium Capital, Marco de Bruin of De Bruin Greenhouse Consulting and Kurt Becker of Dramm.
Nick Houshower of Equilibrium Capital, Marco de Bruin of De Bruin Greenhouse Consulting and Kurt Becker of Dramm.
Framed HortiDaily article at the booth of Blackmore USA.
Framed HortiDaily article at the booth of Blackmore USA.
Bob Hoffman, Chief Science Officer at Shenandoah Growers joined a session on the importance of capital when founding a company.
Bob Hoffman, Chief Science Officer at Shenandoah Growers joined a session on the importance of capital when founding a company.
Bob Hofman is head of technology at Shenandoah and told about the troubles when starting his own company. He explained that it is almost impossible to get something going without any financing or capital behind you.
Bob Hofman is head of technology at Shenandoah and told about the troubles when starting his own company. He explained that it is almost impossible to get something going without any financing or capital behind you.
Sean McBride, Alexander Feldman, Austin Smith and professor Gene Giacomelli representing the University of Arizona's Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (CEAC).
Sean McBride, Alexander Feldman, Austin Smith and professor Gene Giacomelli representing the University of Arizona's Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (CEAC).
Peter Armando and John Hyslip of Griffin's CEA department.
Peter Armando and John Hyslip of Griffin's CEA department.
If you don not like plants, Wifi Farms enables you to wirelessly control your indoor farm from Starbucks.
If you don not like plants, Wifi Farms enables you to wirelessly control your indoor farm from Starbucks.
Montana Grow has developed a silicon soil amendment.
Montana Grow has developed a silicon soil amendment.
AutoGrow receives lots of interest for their control solutions. The company is increasingly active in both warehouse and greenhouse farming projects.
AutoGrow receives lots of interest for their control solutions. The company is increasingly active in both warehouse and greenhouse farming projects.
Bright Agrotech's Nate Storey, Darryn Keiller of Autogrow and Alastair Monk of Motorleaf discussed the role of big data in greenhouse and indoor farm control. Nate provided some great information on the use of machine vision systems.
Bright Agrotech's Nate Storey, Darryn Keiller of Autogrow and Alastair Monk of Motorleaf discussed the role of big data in greenhouse and indoor farm control. Nate provided some great information on the use of machine vision systems.
Ron James of PARsource shines his light on LED technology.
Ron James of PARsource shines his light on LED technology.
SmartGrow has developed a new type of foam based growing media solution.
SmartGrow has developed a new type of foam based growing media solution.
Big smiles from OPCOM.
Big smiles from OPCOM.
Urban farmer Dan Albert of FarmBox Greens together with his suppliers Chris Higgins, Jared Lee and John Frey of Hort Americas.
Urban farmer Dan Albert of FarmBox Greens together with his suppliers Chris Higgins, Jared Lee and John Frey of Hort Americas.
The team of Argus Controls: Morris Brink, Brandon Stevens, Yurij Dua, Brent Ford and Alex Fermon. Read more about their recent activities in indoor agriculture here : http://www.hortidaily.com/article/34241/In-indoor-ag,- every-project-demands-a-unique-approach
The team of Argus Controls: Morris Brink, Brandon Stevens, Yurij Dua, Brent Ford and Alex Fermon. Read more about their recent activities in indoor agriculture here : http://www.hortidaily.com/article/34241/In-indoor-ag,- every-project-demands-a-unique-approach
Between all the sessions and speakers there was plenty of time to catch up and network with other participants.
Between all the sessions and speakers there was plenty of time to catch up and network with other participants.
Alastair Monk of Motorleaf, a new wireless control company for indoor farms.
Alastair Monk of Motorleaf, a new wireless control company for indoor farms.
Discussions at the booth of CoolFarm.
Discussions at the booth of CoolFarm.
Deane Falcone of Fresh Box Farms, Richard Fu of Agrivolution and Ian Justus of Driscoll's joined a very interesting session to discuss the opportunities for new indoor farming crops. Justus showed how Dricsolls has successfully created a new blackberry variety that is grown indoors in a greenhouse with the help of LED lighting.
Deane Falcone of Fresh Box Farms, Richard Fu of Agrivolution and Ian Justus of Driscoll's joined a very interesting session to discuss the opportunities for new indoor farming crops. Justus showed how Dricsolls has successfully created a new blackberry variety that is grown indoors in a greenhouse with the help of LED lighting.
Furthermore, Justus of Dricolls explained about the importance of a level headed approach when introducing new varieties and production practices. Not every crop is per definition suitabel to grow indoors and a greenhouse or indoor farm is not a guarantee for success.
Furthermore, Justus of Dricolls explained about the importance of a level headed approach when introducing new varieties and production practices. Not every crop is per definition suitabel to grow indoors and a greenhouse or indoor farm is not a guarantee for success.
Seedstock's very own Robert Puro is helping new urban and indoor farmers to start up a sustainable company. See also www.seedstock.com
Seedstock's very own Robert Puro is helping new urban and indoor farmers to start up a sustainable company. See also www.seedstock.com
Nick Klase, Josh Gerovac and Travis Williams of Fluence Bioengineering.
Nick Klase, Josh Gerovac and Travis Williams of Fluence Bioengineering.
Dave Pruitt of iHort discussion his growing media and plugs with a few visitors.
Dave Pruitt of iHort discussion his growing media and plugs with a few visitors.
Erik Ijntema of Dutch greenhouse solutions provider Certhon was present to showcase the advanced side of indoor agriculture.
Erik Ijntema of Dutch greenhouse solutions provider Certhon was present to showcase the advanced side of indoor agriculture.
Dylan Ratigan of Helical Holdings held a keynote on how indoor farming can build communities.
Dylan Ratigan of Helical Holdings held a keynote on how indoor farming can build communities.
A more technical talk on greenhouses featured Tim Robinson of Village Farms, Jim Bergantz of Agra Tech and Erik Ijntema of Certhon.
A more technical talk on greenhouses featured Tim Robinson of Village Farms, Jim Bergantz of Agra Tech and Erik Ijntema of Certhon.
Participants get ready for the start of the second day.
Participants get ready for the start of the second day.
Zach Wood and Vince Vicario of NextLight.
Zach Wood and Vince Vicario of NextLight.
Plantlogic is introducing a new gutter connected bucket hydroponic growing system. More on their solution in our newsletter soon!
Plantlogic is introducing a new gutter connected bucket hydroponic growing system. More on their solution in our newsletter soon!
The team of Plantlogic.
The team of Plantlogic.
Steven Szewczyk of P.L. Light Systems. The company is very busy in supplying supplemental lighting to vegetable and medicinal marijuana companies in North America.
Steven Szewczyk of P.L. Light Systems. The company is very busy in supplying supplemental lighting to vegetable and medicinal marijuana companies in North America.
Kurt Parbst and Zev Ilovitz Envirotech; the North American distributor for technologies from AGAM and KG Systems.
Kurt Parbst and Zev Ilovitz Envirotech; the North American distributor for technologies from AGAM and KG Systems.
Grow-Tech's Siebe Streekstra and Eric Waterman.
Grow-Tech's Siebe Streekstra and Eric Waterman.
Get ready for a culinary experience with microgreens and cresses.
Get ready for a culinary experience with microgreens and cresses.
Tim Robinson, the VP of Facility Management at Village Farms, one of North America's largest commercial greenhouse growers. An interview with Tim will follow later on our website.
Tim Robinson, the VP of Facility Management at Village Farms, one of North America's largest commercial greenhouse growers. An interview with Tim will follow later on our website.
Nethworking going on between the speaker sessions.
Nethworking going on between the speaker sessions.
Dennis Kern was present to inform the indoor farming industry about the recently introduced new biofungicides and pesticides from OHP.
Dennis Kern was present to inform the indoor farming industry about the recently introduced new biofungicides and pesticides from OHP.
Matthieu van de Sande of PlantLab was visiting the show.
Matthieu van de Sande of PlantLab was visiting the show.
Transcend Lighting.
Transcend Lighting.
Ridder's Chief Innovation Officer Joep van den Bosch was at Indoor Ag-Con to explore new opportunities for Ridder and HortiMax' solutions in the indoor farming space.
Ridder's Chief Innovation Officer Joep van den Bosch was at Indoor Ag-Con to explore new opportunities for Ridder and HortiMax' solutions in the indoor farming space.
Lars Jensen of Blackmore explained the benefits of using the Ellepot substrate plug system in propagation and indoor farming settings.
Lars Jensen of Blackmore explained the benefits of using the Ellepot substrate plug system in propagation and indoor farming settings.
Gary Hartman of iHort and Rens Muusers of Grodan joined Lars Jensen of Blackmore on a session to discuss the trends and innovations in substrate products.
Gary Hartman of iHort and Rens Muusers of Grodan joined Lars Jensen of Blackmore on a session to discuss the trends and innovations in substrate products.
Jan Westra of Priva, Yurij Duda of Argus Controls and Allison Kopf of Agrilyst provided insight in how to select the right control system.
Jan Westra of Priva, Yurij Duda of Argus Controls and Allison Kopf of Agrilyst provided insight in how to select the right control system.
Damian Solomon of MedMen was speaking to a full roam during a special break out session. Solomon explained about the importance high tech greenhouse solutions and how they can make a cannabis company more profitable.
Damian Solomon of MedMen was speaking to a full roam during a special break out session. Solomon explained about the importance high tech greenhouse solutions and how they can make a cannabis company more profitable.
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The booth of Indoor Farms of America.
The booth of Indoor Farms of America.
Bluelab.
Bluelab.
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The ZipGrow system at the booth of Bright Agrotech.
The ZipGrow system at the booth of Bright Agrotech.
Richard Fu of AgriVolution.
Richard Fu of AgriVolution.
The team of Luminari LED lighting.
The team of Luminari LED lighting.
Discussions at the booth of Autogrow.
Discussions at the booth of Autogrow.
Dramm highlighted the importance of water treatment in their booth.
Dramm highlighted the importance of water treatment in their booth.
Pamela, Lela and Chris of Dosatron took their friend Dosie out to Vegas. Follow Dosie's advertures at instagram.com/dosatronusa.
Pamela, Lela and Chris of Dosatron took their friend Dosie out to Vegas. Follow Dosie's advertures at instagram.com/dosatronusa.
Jan Westra, Harald Buitenweg, Mike Marino and Henry Vangameren of Priva North America.
Jan Westra, Harald Buitenweg, Mike Marino and Henry Vangameren of Priva North America.
CropKing's Paul Brentlinger together with Civic Farm's VP of Research and Technology Rebecca Knight.
CropKing's Paul Brentlinger together with Civic Farm's VP of Research and Technology Rebecca Knight.
Agritecture's Andrew Blume.
Agritecture's Andrew Blume.
Laurie Marchese McEathron of SmartGrow.
Laurie Marchese McEathron of SmartGrow.
David Cunningham of SmartGrow has developped his own vertical farming system.
David Cunningham of SmartGrow has developped his own vertical farming system.
United Fresh was present to inform the indoor farming industry about their association and events.
United Fresh was present to inform the indoor farming industry about their association and events.
John Toner and Allison Nepveux of United Fresh promoting the 2017 edition of their conference and expo that is being held in Chicago on 13-15 June.
John Toner and Allison Nepveux of United Fresh promoting the 2017 edition of their conference and expo that is being held in Chicago on 13-15 June.
Mahmood Almas and Mitch Grosky of Pegasus. Stay tuned for more information on their ventures.
Mahmood Almas and Mitch Grosky of Pegasus. Stay tuned for more information on their ventures.
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Shan Halamba and Edward Macmahon of Riococo cathing up with Roel Janssen, Blake Lange and Brian Bain at the Philips booth.
Shan Halamba and Edward Macmahon of Riococo cathing up with Roel Janssen, Blake Lange and Brian Bain at the Philips booth.
Envirototech's Kurt Parbst gave a presentation on advanced energy saving climate solutions. Read more about their AGAM dehumidification system here: http://www.hortidaily.com/article/30386/Dehumidificati on-doesnt-have-to-make-you-sweat
Envirototech's Kurt Parbst gave a presentation on advanced energy saving climate solutions. Read more about their AGAM dehumidification system here: http://www.hortidaily.com/article/30386/Dehumidificati on-doesnt-have-to-make-you-sweat
Also cogeneration specialist Dick Kramp from GPN and Brandy Keen of Surna joined the energy efficiency session. Whit this last session, the 5-th Indoor Ag- Con came to an end.
Also cogeneration specialist Dick Kramp from GPN and Brandy Keen of Surna joined the energy efficiency session. Whit this last session, the 5-th Indoor Ag- Con came to an end.

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