2019 Speakers



GROWING INNOVATIONS assembles a roster of innovative growers, technology innovators and industry leaders to lead sessions offering compelling  and timely information on the key strategic issues facing specialty crop growers.

2019 Keynotes

Vonnie Estes
Vonnie Estes
VP of Technology, Produce Marketing Association

Vonnie pours her passion for agriculture, technology and sustainability into her role, bringing technology to the produce industry across the entire supply chain. (more…)

Danny Royer
Danny Royer
President & CEO, Great Valley Oak, LLC

Danny Royer recently founded Great Valley Oak with the idea that there is enough technology available today to significantly improve the way we grow, harvest, move and process the food we consume (more…)

Robert Saik, PAg, CAC
CEO, Saik Management Group Inc.

Robert Saik is an agrologist, Professional Agriculture Consultant, agricultural entrepreneur, and futuristic thought leader. (more…)

Mike Omeg
Research and Development Manager, Orchard View, Inc.

Mike Omeg is a fifth-generation cherry farmer from The Dalles, Oregon and is the Research and Development Manager at Orchard View, Inc. (more…)


2019 Speakers

Afshin Doust
CEO, Advanced Intelligent Systems

Afshin Doust is a seasoned entrepreneur with professional experience in technology, finance, consulting, and strategic management with a keen interest in assembling teams to resolve business challenges. (more…)

Don Cameron
Vice President and General Manager, Terranova Ranch

Since 1981, Don has been the Vice President and General Manager of Terranova Ranch, Inc., located 25 miles southwest of Fresno in Helm, CA. (more…)

Ed Pines
EIP Citrus

Ed Pines has been involved in the Florida citrus industry for more than 25 years. (more…)

Dr. Frank Martin
Frank Martin

Dr. Frank Martin is a plant pathologist with the USDA-ARS in Salinas, CA, working in management of fungal soilborne diseases of crop plants with an emphasis on strawberry and vegetable crops. (more…)

George Nikolich

George Nikolich brings together strong practical experience and technical expertise to translate the latest in food safety science and technology to the tree fruit production and handling environment. (more…)

Matt Koball

Matt Koball has been involved with agriculture his whole life, growing up on an olive orchard until graduating high school and pursuing a degree and career in electronics. (more…)

Max Jehle
President, Max Agricultural Consultants

Max Jehle is president of Max Agricultural Consultants, an independent consulting firm. (more…)

Mike Goyette

Mike Goyette has worked in the horticulture industry his whole life, spending 27 years at Pleasant View Gardens in New Hampshire focused on propagation and finishing of annuals and perennials. (more…)

Richard Jones
Executive Editor, U.S. Horticulture Group, Meister Media Worldwide

Richard Jones has 20 years of experience covering new technology and grower solutions in the commercial U.S. fruit, vegetable, greenhouse ornamental, and garden retail markets for Meister Media Worldwide. (more…)

Rodney Bierhuizen

Rodney Bierhuizen is General Manager and Co-Owner of Sunrise Greenhouses, a niche potted flowering plant production company located in Vineland, ON, Canada. (more…)

Ross Williams
Director of Packing Operations, Titan Farms

Ross Williams is the Director of Packing Operations for one of the largest commercial peach and vegetable operations in the country. (more…)

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

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