The Academy of Crop Production is a Southern-centric four-day (family-friendly) conference dedicated to sharing information on ADVANCED ornamental crop production and business management techniques for ornamental producers. Hosted by the University of Georgia and the Georgia Green Industry Association, at the beautififul Hotel Indigo. This is NOT a trade show, but rather a concentrated series of classes, open forums and social events that focus on important current issues facing growers. This program features an impressive national speaker lineup.
Schedule subject to change slightly.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
7:00 PM – Informal reception at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia – Inside conservatory
Monday, June 19, 2017 - Floriculture Program Featuring
· John Ruter, University of Georgia Armitage Chair of Ornamental Plant Breeding– In the post Dirr and Armitage era – There is a LOT of ornamental breeding happening at UGA.
· Holly Scoggins, Virginia Tech – Pollinator plants: I know they're in demand, but....
· Lloyd Traven, Peace Tree Farms – Implementing a biocontrol program: fact and fiction.
· Brian Whipker, North Carolina State University – Five updates to the plant nutrition paradigm.
· Peter Konjoian, Konjoian’s Floriculture Education Services – Transitioning to greenhouse vegetables
· Rick Snyder, Mississippi State University –Hydroponics, An overview of operations and economics
· Jennifer Boldt, USDA ARS – Greenhouse Production Research Group – How to use virtual grower 4.0
6:00 PM – Banquet and Keynote Speaker - Charlie Hall, Texas A&M University Ellison Chair in International Floriculture - The Crystal Ball – An outlook on Ornamental Sales in North America
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 – Transitional Program Featuring
8:00 AM – Morning tour of the Trial Gardens at UGA.
Afternoon Transitional Program (Suitable for Floriculture and Nursery Producers)
· Dr. James Barrett, University of Florida (Retired) – A Case Study of Cannibis: How Florida Growers have Adapted to this Paradigm Shift
· Raymond Cloyd, Kansas State University – Effect of systemic insecticides on pollinators: fact vs. fiction.
· Jean Williams-Woodward, University of Georgia – Fungicide resistance – An increasing problem in ornamental production.
· Kyle Creamer, Harrell’s Fertilizer – Setting up trials at your business: Comparing products fairly.
7:00 PM – Drinks in the Dooley Garden
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 – Nursery Program Featuring
· Ryan Contreras, Oregon State University – Does new technology yield new plants: Observations from lilac, althea, mockorange, and cotoneaster breeding.
· Tom Fernandez, Michigan State University – Stop enabling your plants drinking problem: How much is enough and how much is too much.
· Gary Knox, University of Florida – Magnolias: It’s a brave new world!
· Jim Owen, Virginia Tech – Connecting the dots…Improving production by better understanding the container system: plant-substrate-fertilizer-root.
· Joe Neal, North Carolina State University – Cost-effective weed management strategies.
· Sarah White, Clemson University – Clean water? How to safely recycle water.
Adjourn at 3:30 PM – Optional tour of UGA Horticulture Farm until 6:00 PM
We will offer 5-8 credit hours of pesticide CEUs and 3-5 hours of ISA regional credits (depending upon state) for every state with a registered participant on May 15, 2017.
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