Join Urban Ag News and Current, powered by GE, for the inaugural Great Lakes Ag Tech Summit on September 23, 2019 . Held at the historic Nela Park campus in Cleveland, the one-day event features keynotes and panel discussions from leading researchers and innovative growers in the Great Lakes region. Connect with growers, scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs as we shape the future of food and move controlled environment agriculture forward.
Optimizing Plant Production Under a Controlled Environment – Research and Education
Programs at the Ohio State University
Dr. Chieri Kubota – Ohio State University
Dr. Kubota’s research mission is to serve in the development of science and technology in the area of controlled environment agriculture (CEA). Her projects are in an interdisciplinary area that encompasses plant physiology and horticultural engineering to enhance understanding and efficiency of CEA plant production systems such as greenhouses, warehouses (vertical farms), and growth chambers.
Are Consumers and Growers Putting Dollars in the Local Food Industry? Insights
on Technologies and Preferences
Dr. Ariana Torres – Purdue University
Dr. Torres’ background combines field experience in agriculture with theoretical and applied
research on agricultural economics. She has worked on projects looking at the impact of
marketing choices on technology adoption for fruit and vegetable growers; the economic
implications of social capital on entrepreneurship; and the role of community support on the
resilience of small business after disasters.
Dr. Torres uses economic analysis to support the economic viability of the horticulture industry. Her research focuses on the intersection between the horticulture industry and marketing decisions. Her goal is to conduct innovative outreach and applied research in Specialty Crops Marketing, with the end of promoting economic sustainability for horticultural businesses.
Dr. Torres is currently working on a project evaluating the market, economics, and potential barriers to produce export-quality dried apricots from smallholders of southern Tajikistan. She is also working on evaluating the adoption of solar dehydrator for selected dried specialty crops in Indiana and Georgia. Lastly, she is collecting foundational data and establishing long-term pricing reports for Indiana farmers markets.
Start: 9am 09/23/19
9-9:30am Introduction from Current
Brief history of Nela Park and Thomas Edison’s Institute
9:30-10am Introduction from Hort Americas/Current
Chris Higgins, Owner of Urban Ag News and President of Hort Americas, LLC
Michel Doss, General Manager of Specialty at Current, powered by GE
10-10:45am Keynote: Hear from a New Vertical Farming Company
11-11:45am Panel discussion
Participants and topic TBD
1-1:45pm Keynote: Ohio State University
Dr. Chieri Kubota
Dr. Kubota’s research mission is to serve in the development of science and technology in controlled environment agriculture (CEA). Her projects are in an interdisciplinary area that encompasses plant physiology and horticultural engineering to enhance understanding and efficiency of CEA plant production systems such as greenhouses, warehouses (vertical farms), and growth chambers.
1:45-2:30pm Keynote: Purdue University
Dr. Ariana Torres
Ag economist focused on the marketing and economics of specialty crops, especially those grown in controlled environments. Courses instructed center on entrepreneurship, marketing and the economics of specialty crop production. Researches technology adoption for specialty crop operations, and how consumers perceive grower technologies.
2:45-3:30pm Panel discussion
Participants and topic TBD
3:30-3:45pm Closing remarks
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