The second annual Equipment Innovation Day will be Tuesday, Aug. 25, prior to the 2015 Farwest show, which will be August 27-29 in Portland, Ore.
Equipment Innovation Day, which was enthusiastically received in 2014, offers a real-time opportunity to see new heavy and automated nursery equipment in action. The demonstrations take place in manufacturing and nursery settings, adding value to the showcase. Attendees will be able to talk with participating manufacturers and learn first-hand from innovative growers who use the equipment in daily operations.
The day-long event will be held at the main manufacturing plant of GK Machines, Inc., Donald, Ore. Further demonstrations of field equipment will take place at the nearby nursery of A&R Spada Farms, LLC.
Bus travel to and from the event is planned, starting at and returning to the Oregon Convention Center. Attendees are welcome to provide their own travel to and from the site. Preregistration is required. The cost to attend is $89 ($119 after July 31) and includes bus travel, lunch and a Show Expo pass. Cost for self-travelers is $35 ($45 after July 31) and includes lunch and a Show Expo pass. Complete times/agenda and registration are available at FarwestShow.com/equipmentday.shtml.
“Equipment Innovation Day is back by popular demand,” says Allan Niemi, director of events at the Oregon Association of Nurseries, producers of the Farwest Show. “Our first event was a big hit. This year promises to be even better with our participating hosts and the ensemble of equipment and manufacturers we have on tap.”
Equipment Innovation Day is just one facet of the showcase Farwest has in store for the horticulture industry this year. The array of speakers, events and green and hard goods will provide nursery, greenhouse and garden retailers with key information touching on every aspect of operations. Speakers and activities will cover trends and research, breeding, plant introductions, heavy equipment, new products and tours of area nurseries.