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CEA Advisory/Stakeholder Meeting at Cornell

  • Friday, April 26, 2019

  • Cornell AgriTech, 630 W North St., Geneva, N.Y.

  • The $45 registration fee covers costs for food and handouts.

  • See program agenda below or download .pdf.

  • Register online. Deadline: April 22

The Cornell Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) advisory/stakeholder group was formed to address the increasing demands of consumers for fresh, local, and year-round produce. In the Northeast, meeting this demand means incorporating various technologies to extend the growing season.

The CEA advisory/stakeholder meetings are designed to address this challenge with a multifaceted approach made possible by the diversity of its participants, which include: New York State producers, agribusiness professionals, supermarkets, government agencies, financial management companies, and Cornell faculty and faculty/staff from the Cornell AgriTech, the Charles S. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management,  the School of Integrative Plant Science, and the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering.

We invite you to attend our April 26, 2019 conference which is designed to meet our core mission by exploring possibilities that could enable New York State to become a leader in our industry. We will hear from industry experts and leading academics about how we can create and capture economic synergies that will provide tremendous lasting value for New York State and beyond.

The meeting will be held at the Jordan Hall Auditorium at Cornell AgriTech, 630 W North St., Geneva, N.Y. View maps and directions. Parking is free and located directly behind the building.

Draft program agenda

  • 8:30 am: Registration, coffee and refreshments

  • 9:00 am: Introduction, objectives for the day, CEA developments in New York State
    Neil Mattson, director CEA program, Cornell University

  • 9:15 am: Welcome and Introduction to the Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture
    Catharine Young, Director of Center of Excellence, Cornell AgriTech

  • 9:30 am: CEA producers panel: opportunities for expansion
    Panel of 3 producers

  • 10:15 am: Coffee break and networking

  • 10:30 am: Untapped energy resources for CEA
    Panel of energy companies

  • 11:15 am: Update on the Greenhouse Lighting and Systems Engineering (GLASE) consortium
    Erico Mattos, Executive director, GLASE

  • 11:35 am: Developing the hemp industry in New York
    Larry Smart, Professor, Horticulture & Associate Director, Cornell AgriTech

  • 12:00 pm: Catered lunch, networking, and view research posters

  • 1:00 pm: Understanding & meeting New York State’s supply chain challenges
    Industry panelists

  • 1:45 pm: Light and plant health: new approaches to disease and pest suppression
    David Gadoury, Senior Research Associate, Plant Pathology, AgriTech

  • 2:05 pm: Supporting workforce development in CEA: skills and training pipeline for farm operations managers
    Maya Ezzeddine, Horticulture, Cornell University and Henry Gordon-Smith, Agritecture Consulting

  • 2:25 pm: Recap, evaluate and set priorities for next stakeholder meeting

  • 2:45-4:15: Optional guided tours, each stop is 15-20 minutes with a couple blocks of walking between sites:
    Hemp research in greenhouses, Larry Smart
    UV-equipped greenhouses for plant disease control, David Gadoury
    Food Venture Center, Kyle Kriner