Controlled Environment Agriculture Center

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

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16th Annual Greenhouse Crop Production & Engineering Design Short Course Returns

Supercharge your indoor and greenhouse growing knowhow at the 16th Annual Greenhouse Crop Production & Engineering Design Short Course of the University of Arizona Controlled Environmental Agriculture Center in Tucson, Arizona held April 3rd - 7th at the University Park Marriott.

The jam-packed 5-day event is a laser-cut harvest of information from experts in research, production and the bottom-line business of controlled environment agriculture.  You have two and half days of intensely focused sessions on all the science, technology and practice knowledge necessary to make your growing businesses improve.  You’ll also have face-to-face time with industry experts on your special questions, as well as networking time with industry leaders, with personal follow-ups that phone and social contacts bring. 

At greenhouses of the UofA-CEAC you’ll smell the vines that hold the tasty fruits of success, and with full-days of hands-on training workshops led by globally renowned research and production specialists of the University of Arizona, your business will grow greener and riper.  Meeting and learning from research specialists, growers, and top industry players, will provide you with the opportunity to practice the techniques and learn about new emerging systems that will take you and your business far into the future.

This year’s program is moving to new facilities in the heart of Tucson, where you’ll be immersed in the uniqueness of the city, a stone’s throw from the University of Arizona Campus, and just minutes away on the Modern Streetcar from a downtown scene offering a buzzing like greenhouse bees and access to eateries that have made Tucson the very first UNESCO World City of Gastronomy in the USA. 

Registration is officially open. More information can be found here: http://ceac.arizona.edu/greenhouse-crop-production-engineering-design-short-course.

For those who are regulars, we look forward to seeing you again.  And if you haven’t before, attend and become part of the industry’s best learning programs, and give your growing business the boost it needs for green success!


Special Seminar on “Organic Hydroponics”

A special seminar on "Organic Hydroponics" will be held at the CEAC Lecture Room on October 12th, 4pm (MST) to discuss hydroponics in organics and the future of its existence.

The panel discussion is being held in response to the recently distributed “National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Hydroponic and Aquaponic Task Force Report”, which provides technical information about organic-based hydroponic and aquaponic systems and represents both sides of the debate on whether or not non-soil systems should continue to be eligible for organic certification.

Dr. Stacy Tollefson of the CEAC and Jose Edgardo Torres of Wholesum Family Farms, both members of the USDA Organic Taskforce, join Executive Director Lee Frankel of the Coalition for Sustainable Organics to discuss hydroponics in organics and the future of its existence. Dr. Dennis Ray, Professor of The University of Arizona School of Plant Sciences, will be in attendance to host and facilitate the event.

This report provides technical information about organic-based hydroponic and aquaponic systems and represents both sides of the debate on whether or not non-soil systems should continue to be eligible for organic certification. It also provides clarification of the previous 2010 NOSB recommendations

View the report here:

https://goo.gl/onIAsU

Register for the webcast & future events here: https://goo.gl/1lhlyn

Everyone can submit their comments to the USDA about Organic Hydroponics by October 26th at: https://goo.gl/Wcn7xg


PLS 217 & ABE 483/583 – Alive and Well!       

PLS 217 – Introduction to Hydroponics at the CEAC is alive and well, experiencing the highest attendance numbers that we’ve ever seen – There are 36 students enrolled in the course, meaning the roster is 50% larger than last year! Dr. Stacy Tollefson has officially taken over the reins from Dr. Pat Rorabaugh and already has the students involved actively in the greenhouse.  The hydroponic tomatoes are planted in the Teaching Greenhouse and student will harvest them around Halloween, but in the mean time they’ve already harvested their first round of cucumbers.

Time is split between the classroom and the greenhouse, offering students a variety of lectures and hands-on experiences tending to greenhouse crops.  Pictures of the students planting the tomatoes can be found on the CEAC Facebook page and we will be sure to upload more as the harvest continues to grow!

In addition, Dr. Giacomelli has 20 aspiring greenhouse engineers and technologists in his ABE 483/583 Controlled Environment Engineering class! Their interest is boundless - The roll call includes everything from Biosystems Engineers, to MBA students, pepper growers, future community development specialists, Aquaponists, an astrophysicist and many other backgrounds.  The movement toward CEA is accelerating! We view it by the excitement of the increased number of students from these diverse backgrounds who are accepting the challenge of learning CEA and pioneering the future.


Registration for 2017 Hydroponic Tomato & Lettuce Intensive Courses

After a year hiatus, we are pleased to announce that the CEAC will again be offering the Greenhouse Hydroponic Lettuce Intensive in 2016.  The Intensive Courses will feature specific courses on hydroponic tomato production (Jan. 2-7) and hydroponic lettuce production (Jan. 6-9).

The Tomato Intensive & Lettuce Intensive Courses are offered as both standalone courses or can be combined together. 

Dr. Stacy Tollefson, newly appointed faculty, professor of PLS 217, hydroponics expert, and business owner will lead the tomato course.  The instructor for the lettuce course will be hydroponic lettuce and business expert Myles Lewis of AZ Vegetable Co. who will be teaching his 5th CEAC Lettuce Intensive.

A complete schedule, along with registration and lodging information, can be found on our website at: http://ceac.arizona.edu/hydroponic-crop-intensive-courses