8 Ways to Boost Your Skills in Greenhouse Cost Management, Pest Control, and Water Treatment

Dallas Johnson GreenhousesThe University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Science’s upcoming four-week online training courses can help your grower staff make better crop management decisions. The courses are offered in English and Spanish, and the first courses of the year — Greenhouse 101 and Costing & Profitability — start on June 4, 2018. Registration for the courses is now open.

Each course is completely online, and include streaming videos, readings, and assignments. They are available any time of the day, and new modules are activated each week during the course. Graduates receive a personalized certificate of completion.

The online course schedule for 2018 includes:
• Greenhouse 101 (June 4 to June 29)
• Costing & Profitability (June 4 to June 29)
• Nutrient Management 1 (Introduction) (July 2 to July 27)
• Weed Management (July 30 to Aug. 24)
• Nutrient Management 2 (Advanced) (Sept. 3 to Sept. 28)
• Disease Management (Oct. 1 to Oct. 26)
• Water Quality and Treatment (Nov. 5 to Dec. 7)
• Introduction to Hydroponics (Jan. 14, 2019 to Feb, 9, 2019)

Greenhouse 101 teaches the underlying horticultural science of plant growth to growers who lack a formal training in horticulture. Topics covered are plant parts and functions, photosynthesis and growth, greenhouse technology, flowering, compactness and branching, irrigation, nutrition, and plant health.

Costing & Profitability is an advanced course for experienced growers. It will help you develop the skills to accurately estimate production cost and profit for your greenhouse or nursery business.

This year features two new courses, Water Quality and Treatment and an Introduction to Hydroponics, as well as the return of Disease Management.

For more information on each course, including discounts for registering multiple staff, email [email protected].

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