2019 Program Sessions

LEAD YOUR FARM FORWARD.

Learn from the best across Specialty Agriculture.

The GROWING INNOVATIONS Conference is an open-dialogue program designed to propel the world of specialty agriculture forward by advancing “the art of the possible.”  Join the conversation, and take away crucial intelligence, best farming practices and solutions to the key issues impacting growers today.

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 12

4:30PM – 6:30PM

Private Event

Innovation Insider

An invitation-only knowledge & networking event
Contact client relations for more info

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 13

8AM – 6PM

General Session

Welcome and Introduction

Morning Keynote

KEYNOTE 1
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 innovations that are tackling issues in growing operations right now, and leave you inspired by the present, and the possibilities, on your path to adoption.

FARM MANAGEMENT

Morning Keynote

KEYNOTE 2
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 and innovations 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.

FARM MANAGEMENT

Exhibit Show Floor Open

10AM – 6PM

GRO Talks

GRO Talks Presentations

Take advantage of 2 comprehensive days of leading edge ideas ready for your farm at the GRO Talks Theater on the Growing Innovations show floor. Here you’ll gain real-world insights from fellow growers and progressive suppliers with a series of vetted presentations and new product demonstrations on the new and emerging best practices to lead your farm forward.

GRO Talks presenters are being added daily!

See more details on participants >

General Session

Artificial Intelligence in the Greenhouse

The greenhouse has long been a progressive production environment for technology adoption, so it’s no surprise that it’s also been among the first segments of specialty crops to incorporate artificial intelligence tools. While handing over the controls to a computer might seem nerve-wracking, you’ll hear from a greenhouse grower who’s having real success with AI — and thinks you should be looking seriously at this emerging technology and its potential to help your operation too.

LABOR MANAGEMENT

CROP MANAGEMENT

General Session

How Molecular Diagnostics Can Help You Make Better Pest Management Decisions

Your ability to rapidly and accurately determine which pathogens are present in the field is important for making timely management decisions. Advances in molecular techniques and DNA sequencing technologies have made it easier to develop effective assays, and ARS-USDA’s Frank Martin will tell you about new techniques that can literally eliminate weeks of diagnostic time. From a highly sensitive labbased approach to one that can be done directly in the field in as little as 15 minutes, you’ll see how these innovations may help you make near-real-time decisions to produce the highest-quality crop.

CROP MANAGEMENT

General Session

Innovative Uses for Drones in Specialty Crops

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or drones, have been one of the most visible symbols of precision technology, first in row crops, and now in specialty crops. But applications aren’t limited to field flyovers and sensing imagery. From the labor-saving application of biological control agents to timely pollen delivery during bloom, growers are using drone technology to solve some of their biggest production problems in previously unimagined ways.

LABOR MANAGEMENT

CROP MANAGEMENT

General Session

Growing Citrus Under Cover

Florida’s citrus industry has been devastated over the past decade by citrus greening, a disease that weakens trees, reduces yields, and leaves fruit unmarketable. With no cure in sight, the Dundee Citrus Growers Association is implementing a truly innovative solution – excluding the vector of citrus greening, the Asian citrus psyllid, by growing citrus in more than 100 acres of protective screen houses. In this session, you’ll get a grower’s take on how sometimes the completely outside-the-box idea can change your business and your market.

CROP MANAGEMENT

General Session

State of the Art in the Packinghouse

Innovation isn’t only happening in the field. The tools, design, and operation of today’s packinghouse are another critical area for finding efficiencies that help the grower and the supply chain make better use of data, improve recordkeeping and traceability, and enhance margins. In this session you’ll hear from a progressive grower/packer operation on how they’re incorporating the latest technology to enhance the future – and the present – for their business.

POSTHARVEST MANAGEMENT

General Session

How Am I Going to Pay for All This Technology?

There’s a virtually unlimited amount of new technology and services available to progressive specialty crop growers, and more coming every month. But there’s only so much the typical grower can afford to take on in a given year. You’ll hear about some of the innovative ways technology suppliers are making their products available to growers, and how it might be more affordable than you think to add new tools in your operation.

FARM MANAGEMENT

General Session

Networking Reception

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 14
8AM – 5:30PM

General Session

Welcome and Introduction

Morning Keynote

KEYNOTE 3
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.

FARM MANAGEMENT

Morning Keynote

KEYNOTE 4
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.

FARM MANAGEMENT

Exhibit Show Floor Open

10AM – 6PM

GRO Talks

GRO Talks Presentations

Take advantage of 2 comprehensive days of leading edge ideas ready for your farm at the GRO Talks Theater on the Growing Innovations show floor. Here you’ll gain real-world insights from fellow growers and progressive suppliers with a series of vetted presentations and new product demonstrations on the new and emerging best practices to lead your farm forward.

GRO Talks presenters are being added daily!

See more details on participants >

General Session

A Fresh Perspective on Water

While the great Western drought of the last few years has eased a bit, the long-term concerns about the availability of sufficient water resources for both crops and people remains. But Terranova Ranch is taking that challenge head on with a groundbreaking strategy to restore critical water stores. You’ll hear from this leading vegetable, fruit, and nut grower who will share the details of this project, and learn the ins and outs of the operation’s technology and tools for maximizing the efficiency of irrigation in arid conditions.

WATER MANAGEMENT

General Session

Robotics and Autonomous Equipment

Long anticipated (and long promised) as the technology that would solve the farm labor crisis for produce growers, robotics and other autonomous equipment are making their way into orchards, fields, and greenhouses in 2019. This panel discussion will take a look at what’s happening in the field, and the challenges and possibilities of limiting, or even removing, human hands from planting, production, and harvest.

Gary Thompson
GUSS Automation

Connor Kingman
Kingman Ag Service

LABOR MANAGEMENT

General Session

An Innovative Approach to Food Safety

Food safety is one of the most critical issues facing the produce industry. Contamination at any point from the field to the consumer’s plate can lead to dire outcomes for everyone involved. Making changes requires technological advances, but also a willingness among everyone in the supply chain to develop a culture and a commitment to the process. Gerawan Farming’s George Nikolich will share how his company translates food safety science to production realities. You’ll learn how you can, and should, be having a similar discussion in your own operation.

POSTHARVEST MANAGEMENT

General Session

Total Farm Management: How the Pieces Fit

Our panel of leading growers reflects on their takeaways from Growing Innovations, and discusses how these ideas can help you build a profitable 2020 and beyond.

FARM MANAGEMENT

THERE’S MORE TO COME!
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Growing Innovations is proud to provide the opportunity to learn about the latest innovations in specialty ag and earn CCA credits in doing so.

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NOVEMBER 13-14, 2019 | WEDNESDAY 8am - 6pm | THURSDAY 8am - 5:30pm 

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