USDA - NIFA Conference Sept. 9 - 12, 2019

USDA - NIFA Conference at Biosphere 2

USDA - NIFA Conference Announcement

September 9 - 12, 2019

Developing sustainable and strategic plans to feed the future in the face of growing global challenges will demand interdisciplinary vision, collaboration and innovation. Controlled environment agriculture (CEA) implemented as fully enclosed, multi-level indoor agricultural food production systems, Vertical Farms (VF), will complement future greenhouse (GH) plant production systems and will offer innovative technological solutions for issues at the food-energy-water nexus.

The purpose of the conference is to Plan an Interdisciplinary Controlled Environment Indoor Agriculture R&D Roadmap and Coordinated Research Plan.  It is supported by USDA/NIFA-AFRI program and is hosted by the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center at the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ  and Biosphere 2, Oracle, AZ

This conference (September 9 – 12) will facilitate interdisciplinary discussions centered on several major thematic R&D areas for CEA/VF/GH, each of which will interface with the others to identify cross-disciplinary areas of synergy, opportunity and need. Thematic areas include:

  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Production Systems
  • Plant Breeding
  • Pest and Disease Management
  • Food Nutrition and Safety
  • Marketing
  • Industrial Ecology in Closed Systems

Conference participants are additionally welcome to join writing teams and collaborate on a proposal for a coordinated agricultural project (CAP) grant on VF that builds off of conference discussions. Writing teams may also choose to develop proposals for relevant funding programs at USDA-NIFA SAS, SCRI, NSF/USDA/DOE INFEWS, and NSF

To Participate

Complete the Questionnaire indicating your area of expertise, and how you would contribute to the conference, and/or whether you are interested in joining a grant writing team. Conference attendance is not required to join grant proposal team. To register your interest, click here

  • Pre-registration ends June 30th
  • invitation to attend conference July 15th
  • Final registration, room reservations and payment due August 1st;
  • Conference events begin Monday September 9th

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