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6th Indoor Ag-Con 2018
The 6th Annual Indoor Ag-Con took place in Las Vegas, NV on May 2-3, 2018, focusing on controlled environment ag, hydroponics, aquaponics, aeroponics. Its founder Nicola Kerslake opened the exhibition.
Hydroponics - Aquaponics - Aeroponics
Big news on Fluence! The company is acquired by Osram http://www.hortidaily.com/article/43010/Osram- acquires-Fluence-Bioengineering. In the photo Tim Kiefer, Tyler Sandison, Angie Pizzini, Aaron Fellabaum & Mark Wilson.
Jud McCall is PARsources national sales manager for North America. He's showing both their lighting solutions and the infinity series, optimising growth space.
Ron Wyatt with Blackmore promoting organic Ellepots.
At Illumitex the Neo-Par lights are shown by Staci Young, Veronica Hoyos Leonard & Yan Ren-Butcher.
This series has options for every stage of growth, most notably vegetation and flowering. http://www.hortidaily.com/article/40716/Illumitex- announces-NeoPAR-grow-light-for-vertical-CEA- applications
The Smithers-Oasis team and their friends of Agrilyst: Jef Naymik, Viray Rapaka, Allison Kopf, Mikhail Hutton & Jon Schmitz.
Martin Veenstra of Certhon. The company recently started the research in its own indoor Innovation Center http://www.hortidaily.com/article/42810/Certhon- starts-research-in-its-own-Innovation-Center
Gregg Curwin, CEO of TruLeaf, kicked of with his keynote What Comes Next for the Indoor Agriculture Industry?
A very well-visited start that was
Questions on the availability of varieties for indoor farming
Mark Freeman, senior manager of global dining services at Microsoft spoke on how indoor agriculture can be incorporated into large catering operations.
Microsoft is currently growing their own veggies.
Joseph Bancheri of Link4, offering a environmental control system.
Julie Let and Shaun Fought explaining about new safety and performance standards for horticultural lamps. The organisation UL is applied to check for these new standards.
Dr. Cheiri Kubota, Professor, Ohio State University, on plant physiology – the Next Key to Indoor Crop Yield Improvements.
Growlink offers climate control sensors and software. Jim Stephens is showing the system.
Part of their offer is the app, where special attention is paid to the accessibility.
GrowFilm is an indoor LED grow light in blanket form
Gavin Golle, Michal Cardenas and Jason Green with GrowFilm. Their GrowFilm puts a 'blanket' around plants.
The form can be custom made for special requirements.
Celena Davis and Burt Hovis showing molded Fiber Glass as an alternative material. They explain how the ROI of their product is interesting thanks to the higher durability, even under harsh circumstances.
On day one of the Indoor Ag-Con, stage two home was to mini workshops from industry consultant and longtime Indoor Ag-Con sponsor CropKing.
The morning session on stage one was about how to select crops for indoor farms. Speaking is Jim Pantaleo, vice president of global sales & marketing, Oasis Biotech
In the forum also Shane Terry, CEO of TapRoot Holdings & Suzanne Stone, director of horticulture and research at Urban Seed inc.
Shane Terry, CEO, TapRoot Holdings, Inc
Important message for the indoor growers: connect to your market.
Artechno showing various options for indoor farming, custom-made.
Jud Daniel Grincewicz & Don Willis of Jiffy
Michael Westphal with Ripple Root Aquaponics shares knowledge and conceptual designs to get aquaponic production within reach of many growers.
Ivan Izzo & Joe Farinacci of BFG Supply, offering their stone wool product Speedgrow, created with all natural binder.
Steve Froehlich with CropKing gives a workshop on the performance of plants
What Role Can Plant Genomics Play in Indoor Agriculture? This is discussed by Trevor Charles (CSO Metagenom Bio, Brian Gilman, VP business Development at Benson Hill Biosystems and Jessica Kristof, VP of Research at Phylos BioScience
Brian Gilman, VP business Development at Benson Hill Biosystems
Cheiri Kubota, Professor at Ohio State University in the middle
Melani Campeau & Eric Levesque showing the Zipgrow growth system.
Vertical farming easy to start with!
Doug Harding & Carmine Malanga with Contain, the alternate finance provider of choice to indoor farmers http://www.hortidaily.com/article/35722/US-Newbean- Capital-launches-finance-arm-to-support-indoor-ag
Dave Vosburg, CFO of Fresh Box Farms, on the prospects for non-food crops in indoor systems
Also Michael Stevens, CEO & Co-Founder with Meristematic Labs, joined in on the conversation.
How about indoor farming for potted plants?
Nicola Kerslake leading the conversations
Jason Green, CEO of Edenworks, on the future of commercial aquaponics
This subject was also covered by Tracy Nazzaro, President & General Manager of Traders Hill Farm
And, as Rebecca Nelson Co-Founder of Nelson & Pade, stated, aquaponics isn't that new - it's only recently growing exponentially.
Closing Remarks From Drinks Party Sponsor Agrinamics
Guests from all over the world joined in
Time for drinks at the end of day one!
Peter Christeleit and Sarah Bushong Eastman with GE Power
Vince Salaz, Brendan Strath & Jason Hadley with Spectrum King. The company designs LED solutions for industrial, commercial and home indoor gardens and greenhouses
Talks during the day
Joe Swarts, VP of AmHydro and Maarten Vandercruys (sitting), CEO of Urban Crop Solutions, on the matching of farming needs to a grow system.
Viraj Puri, CEO & Co-Founder of Gotham Greens, kicked off day two with a reading on the role of indoor farms in reshaping agricultural areas.
Martin Veenstra, Sales Engineer, Certhon on the farm structures working best for indoor grows. Also speaking was Brad McNamara, CEO of FreightFarms.
Plenty was talk of town last year when it raised $200 million funding by the SoftBank Vision Fund. On the Indoor Ag-Con CEO Matt Barnard talked on their plans and vision.
Kevin Staso, Victor Gonzalez (both Berger) accompanied by Mark Bernoit & Nate Gurevitz of Brightfarms.
Rebecca Nelson, Nelson & Pade
They know everything about measurements at the booth of Hanna Instruments.
Wong Bo with Enlite Energy, offering their LED- assortment which they claim to be both affordable and high in quality.
“The R&D is done in the UK and we cooperate with several university to ensure the feasibility. We also offer a modular system with a built in drive.”
Mike Marino, Henry Vangameren & Bill Whitaker with Priva
Denise Lee & Jeff Naymik of Oasis Grower Solutions
The Oasis Rootcubes are made of foam and gaining popularity
Warren Russell of Moleaer with Kyle Barnett, John Frey & Chris Higgins, Hort Americas
And of course their lighting solutions!
Tobias Peggs, CEO of Square Roots and Nona Yehia, CEO of Vertical Harvest on hiring for indoor farms
On stage two Darryn Keiller, CEO of Autogrow, John Proven, COO of Afrgus Control Systems and Jan Westra, Strategic Business Developer with Priva (speaking) discuss AI and machine learning and the impact on the industry.
The Agrinamics team had very busy days at the exhibition!
Leonardo Day with Grower's Choice Lighting build grounds in the horticultural industry and focus on vegetables as well as other crops.
Rob Leuer with McConkey, offering a high density growing system for outdoor blueberry production and other soft fruit crops
The Autogrow team
David Branca of Conley's
It was the first time the brand new Merry Go Round grow machine was shown at the Indoor Ag-Con and it gained a lot of attention. John Oberthier developed the machine for its company AVCS by JHO Enterprises.
Should a farm be for profit? Discussing were Dan Albert (Farmbox Greens), Eric Ellestad (Local Roots Farms) & David Rosenstein (Ourfoods). Moderated by Claire Kinlaw of LARTA
A complete aquaponic system attracted many people to the Aessense booth.
Judi Randall with Cam Manufacturing, distributor of the Pathogen Death Wand
Xander Yang, Product Line Manager with Sanan Bio explained on the various products of the company
Currently a complete indoor farm is starting to grow at their Vegas venture
George Paulussen & Jasmine Chase of Fresh Farms America
Andrew Headly & Geoffrey Schaller, Acroflex USA
Barbara Vanhoonacker, Maarten Vandecruys & Pieter de Smedt, Urban Crop Solutions
David Pinheiro with H20 Engineering
The new brand Reli Grow Systems offers various LED- lights to the US market
Their system can be expanded modular
The three musketeers of Argus!
Eric Amyot, Co-Founder & President with Modular Farms
The day was concluded with a speach of Joshua Norbury, vice president of BrightFarms.
SananBio and Oasis Biotech hosted free tours of the phase 1 launch at their new 215,000 sq/ft Las Vegas plant factory on May 4
Many visitors took the opportunity!
Later on more on this growth facility.
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