Look for more information coming soon on dates and details for the 2024 edition. In the meantime, industry members can make plans to attend Indoor Ag-Con, March 11-12, 2024, as it returns to Caesars Forum, Las Vegas, to once again co-locate with the National Grocers Association (NGA) Show.
ABOUT INDOOR AG-CON
Indoor Ag-Con is the premier global event series focused on the future of indoor farming. Since 2013, the trade show and conference, the industry’s largest, has been at the forefront of the rapidly expanding vertical farming and controlled environment agriculture sector, providing a platform for industry leaders, innovators, and researchers to connect, share knowledge, and drive the industry forward. More information- www.indoor.ag
ABOUT THE VIRGINIA TECH-IALR CEA INNOVATION CENTER
The Virginia Tech-IALR Controlled Environment Agriculture Innovation Center is a joint project between IALR and Virginia Tech’s School of Plant and Environmental Sciences and the Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center. By developing strategic partnerships with both industry and academia, the goal of the Innovation Center is to conduct research and educational programming to develop, promote and advance the CEA sector in the U.S. and internationally. More information--www.ialr.org/cea
Pictured (L-R) : Michael Schwarz, Ph.D., Associate Director, CEA Innovation Center, Director, Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research & Extension Center, Virginia Tech; Brian Sullivan, CEO, Indoor Ag-Con; John H. Hughes, IV, ED.D., Executive Vice President of Operations, IALR; Matthew Lohr, Virginia Secretary of Agriculture & Forestry; Scott Lowman, Ph.D., Co-Director, CEA Innovation Center & Vice President, Applied Research, IALR.
Virginia Secretary of Agriculture & Forestry Matthew Lohr kicks off CEA Summit East with Day One Keynote.
AeroFarms President and CFO Guy Blanchard leads CEA Summit East Day Two keynote.
ROW 2 (L-R):
Nick Genty, CEO, AgEye Technologies (standing left) moderated the panel, “Growing with Artificial Intelligence: The Future of AI and Automation in Horticulture.” Panelists included (l-r) Dr. Benjamin Welch, Canon Virginia, Inc, Sam Lewando, Babylon MicroFarms, and Alex Rudnicki, AeroFarms.
Sam Fleming, 100 Gardens, led the CEA Showcase Session, “Aquaponics and a New Way of Thinking.”
Nathaniel Doyno, Seinergy LLC, moderated the session, “Powering Up Your Operation: Navigating CEA Energy Costs, Incentives & More,” with panelists Frank Molander, ICF and Rick Drescher, Savills North America.
CEA Summit East 2023 welcomed 21 tabletop exhibitors to the event to showcase services and new innovations.
Six students competed in the new CEA Summit Graduate Student Poster Competition. Nelda Hernandez, Auburn University, took first place for her poster, “Hydroponics as an Alternative Production System for Strawberry (Fragaria ×ananassa Duch.) in Alabama.”
The 2023 edition of CEA Summit East wrapped up with group tours of the CEA Innovation Center. 90+ conference attendees took advantage of the unique opportunity to get an inside look at the CEA Innovation Center’s hydroponic systems and facilities, including the greenhouse and vertical growing racks. They also got to hear more about some of the Center’s exciting research projects.