EXACTLY WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.
At the center of this breakthrough event is a novel conference program, carefully designed to provide the precise and timely information needed by specialty crop growers as you consider ways to adapt their operations to the changing farm environment. Combining keynotes, classroom sessions, interactive workshops, roundtables and peer discussion groups, the conference provides focused content in all the key farm management areas—crops, labor, irrigation, technology integration, data platforms, processing and distribution. It’s an unprecedented opportunity to consult with ag experts, gain insights from top growers and lay the groundwork for your farm’s success—during two concentrated days of learning, collaboration and information exchange. Put it on your calendar now.
MEET OUR 2019 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS!
President & CEO
Great Valley Oak LLC
KEYNOTE: Moving Forward – Bridging the Technology Gap Between Grower, Supplier & Consumer
New technology introduction has been exploding in ag for years now, but initially these tools weren’t necessarily developed in sync with the needs of growers. We’ll take an in-depth look at today’s technology from the perspective of the grower, the supplier, and the consumer, and how we are now bridging the gap to develop solutions that benefit everyone.
ROBERT SAIK, PAg, CAC
Saik Management Group Inc.
KEYNOTE: Data, Tools, and the Specialty Crop Grower: Convergence on the Farm
Today’s farm requires three streams of data: Management/financial data for the grower, transparency/proof data for the consumer, and sustainability Index data for the bigger picture. How all this data connects — and what you do with it — are becoming the defining measure of your farming business. In this keynote presentation, industry veteran Robert Saik will walk you through the technologies that are tackling issues in growing operations right now, and leave you inspired by the present, and the possibilities, on your path to adoption.
Vice President, Technology
Produce Marketing Association
KEYNOTE: How Science and Technology Are Transforming the Produce Industry
Innovative sensors and actionable data. Cutting-edge breeding techniques. Real-world use of robotics. Science and technology are transforming the produce industry. Here’s where farm tech is today — and where we’re going.
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Orchard View, Inc.
KEYNOTE: How to Implement an Innovative Idea: Tales from a Cherry Orchard
Coming up with a great idea is often only half the battle. From identifying the real problem you’re trying to solve, to vetting and trialing, to getting buy-in from your organization, it takes a lot to get that potential solution from theory to ground level. In this keynote presentation, cherry grower Mike Omeg will share the strategy he employed to remake his orchard soils and, ultimately, his business. You’ll leave this session ready to tackle some of the biggest challenges in your own operation.
2019 CONFERENCE TRACKS
Increase your knowledge in the areas critical to your success.
GROWING INNOVATIONS features a multi-pronged program broken out into the following tracks:
CROP MANAGEMENT: Sensors. Drones. Data. Unique approaches to crop protection. Hear first-hand how growers are using today’s tools and techniques to understand what’s really happening in their fields, orchards and greenhouses—and making practical, profitable decisions.
WATER MANAGEMENT: Learn how growers are ensuring an adequate supply of irrigation water—and then using it precisely and effectively for the highest-quality crops.
LABOR MANAGEMENT: Farm labor grows scarcer and more expensive every season, but long-awaited technological solutions are moving into the field at an increasing rate. See real-world examples of what’s working for growers today.
POST-HARVEST, PROCESSING AND SUPPLY CHAIN LOGISTICS: Food safety and regulation of all kinds are pushing innovation. So is the unrelenting pressure to drive efficiency in the supply chain. See how specialty crops growers are adapting to and adopting the latest tools to ensure long-term success and enhance profitability.
FARM MANAGEMENT: The sheer number and variety of potential solutions to your most pressing farm business challenges seems almost limitless. Join the discussion and hear how some of the produce and greenhouse industries’ most progressive minds are sorting through all of the pieces and tying them together.