Meet The New Editorial Advisors For Greenhouse Grower TECHNOLOGY

GG Tech Editorial Advisors Feature ImageGreenhouse Grower TECHNOLOGY was launched in early 2016 with the goal of providing more comprehensive coverage about the advancements in greenhouse automation, structures, equipment, and technology, and how it can help growers maximize efficiency.

In that effort, we’ve asked for guidance from some of the premier technology and automation experts and influencers within the horticulture industry. These individuals have expertise in various aspects of greenhouse technology, and together, they are now known as the Editorial Advisory Board for Greenhouse Grower TECHNOLOGY. Learn all about their backgrounds and expertise in the profiles below, and look for their friendly and familiar faces on the back page of each issue in our advisor column, “Talking Shop: Equipment.”

We thank these illustrious industry experts for their help and guidance, and we look forward to bringing their experience and advice to your operation.

A.J. Both, Rutgers University

Dr. A.J. Both is an Extension Specialist in Controlled Environment Engineering at Rutgers University. Both’s research focuses on controlled environment agriculture and includes engineering and crop production projects in growth chambers, greenhouses, and high tunnels. His research interests include greenhouse environment control, hydroponic vegetable production, supplemental lighting, and energy systems.

Paul Fisher, University of Florida

Dr. Paul Fisher is a Professor and Floriculture Extension Specialist at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. His applied research and farm advising focus on greenhouse technology, crop modeling, propagation, and root zone management.

Cole Mangum, Bell Nursery USA

Cole Mangum is a third-generation member of the Mangum family, operating the broad business of Bell Nursery USA, based in Elkridge, MD. As Vice President of Production, Mangum is responsible for implementing technology and automation that will streamline the day-to-day production of Bell Nursery’s many locations, totaling 7,400,000 million square feet of environmentally controlled greenhouses.

Erik Runkle, Michigan State University

Dr. Erik Runkle is Professor and Floriculture Extension Specialist in the Department of Horticulture at MSU. Runkle’s program focuses on the environmental physiology of herbaceous plants. Particularly he works with manipulating light and temperature to produce commercial crops with desired attributes in greenhouses and other controlled environments.

Lloyd Traven, Peace Tree Farm

Lloyd Traven is Co-Owner of Peace Tree Farm in Kintnersville, PA. As a small-scale, organic grower, Traven has been active in seeking out and incorporating technologies that will allow Peace Tree Farm to grow ornamental and food crops with precision. He is well-versed in determining return on investment for greenhouse technology, and works closely with academia and the industry to develop ideas and solutions.

Art VanWingerden, Metrolina Greenhouses

Art VanWingerden is Co-CEO and Co-Owner of Metrolina Greenhouses in Huntersville, NC and York, SC. VanWingerden takes an active role in designing new automation equipment and technology, working closely with equipment manufacturers to develop solutions. Many of these technologies have been implemented not only at Metrolina Greenhouses’ vast facilities, totaling 7,100,000 square feet of environmentally controlled greenhouse space, but also in greenhouse operations throughout the industry.

Topics: ,

Leave a Reply

2 comments on “Meet The New Editorial Advisors For Greenhouse Grower TECHNOLOGY

More From Technology...
Lowpad-feature

April 12, 2018

New Automatic Guided Vehicle Helps Move Product Around the Greenhouse

The Lowpad is less than 5 inches tall and is designed to navigate the greenhouse floor safely and freely.

Read More
Greenhouse-retrofit-with-Reglazing-2

April 10, 2018

How to Decide Whether to Build a New Greenhouse Structure or Retrofit an Existing One

Is it time for you to update your greenhouse structure? Follow this tips from L.L. Klink to help you decide whether it’s better to retrofit an existing structure or build a new one.

Read More
Battlefield-Farms-Vertical-Farming-feature

April 9, 2018

A Look Beyond the Hype of Vertical Farming

Big money and sexy technology may be hallmarks of this rapidly growing industry, but it still has some lessons to learn before it can feed the world.

Read More
Latest Stories
Lowpad-feature

April 12, 2018

New Automatic Guided Vehicle Helps Move Product Around …

The Lowpad is less than 5 inches tall and is designed to navigate the greenhouse floor safely and freely.

Read More
Greenhouse-retrofit-with-Reglazing-2

April 10, 2018

How to Decide Whether to Build a New Greenhouse Structu…

Is it time for you to update your greenhouse structure? Follow this tips from L.L. Klink to help you decide whether it’s better to retrofit an existing structure or build a new one.

Read More
Battlefield-Farms-Vertical-Farming-feature

April 9, 2018

A Look Beyond the Hype of Vertical Farming

Big money and sexy technology may be hallmarks of this rapidly growing industry, but it still has some lessons to learn before it can feed the world.

Read More

April 5, 2018

Building Custom Solutions With L.L. Klink

Through its vertically integrated family of businesses and collaboration with greenhouse manufacturers and equipment suppliers, L.L. Klink Greenhouse Solutions works with growers and institutions to design, build, maintain, and furnish greenhouse structures.

Read More
Rob-Lando-feature

April 4, 2018

Meet Greenhouse Grower Technology’s New Advisory …

Technology experts including growers, researchers, and industry suppliers will serve as a guiding voice on the big trends shaping innovation in the greenhouse.

Read More
Texas-Tech-University-Guo_Drone

April 3, 2018

The Top Schools for Precision Ag Education

Technology is a key area of focus for young greenhouse industry members. Check out some of the top universities where they are honing their skills, and where the next generation can turn.

Read More
GrowSpan-Series-500-Tall-Greenhouse-GrowSpan-feature

March 30, 2018

The Latest in Structures: New Greenhouse Systems Offer …

Structures manufacturers and suppliers say their grower customers are asking for new models that can accommodate a diverse crop mix, while providing flexibility in design, maintenance, and control of the environment. Here’s a closer look at some of the latest options.

Read More
Iwasaki-Brothers-LED-Lighting-feature

March 25, 2018

How You Can Run Your Business More Efficiently with LED…

The energy-savings potential of LED lighting systems can lead to a quick investment return.

Read More
Greenbelt-Microgreens-Heliospectra-HelioCORE-feature

March 23, 2018

New Light Management System Aims for Consistent Plant P…

The HelioCORE light control software system is designed to help growers automatically manage supplemental lighting and adjust schedules and intensity in real time.

Read More
Illumitex-NeoPAR-7-bar-feature

March 21, 2018

New Lighting Series is Adaptable to Several Environment…

The NeoPAR series from Illumitex is designed to foster photosynthesis in all stages of plant development.

Read More
Dramm TracFOG Nozzle Extension

March 14, 2018

Dramm Offering New Video Chat Option for Service Issues…

The Dramm Corporation recently introduced two new resources for its greenhouse grower customers to deal with indoor growing conditions.

Read More
Ever Bloom Robot Sprayer

March 5, 2018

Technology Will Change the Face of Horticulture Within …

Every once in a while, I’ll see a grower post a video on social media, showing off some new transplanter, harvesting robot, or another kind of automation equipment and explaining what it is and how it’s making a difference in the growing operation. Inevitably, these videos get tons of clicks, likes, and comments. Most are from people outside the industry who say something like, “Wow, that’s really cool!” or “I had no idea greenhouses were so high-tech!” But then there are the folks who make comments about the automation taking away greenhouse jobs. The grower who posted the video typically responds, explaining that the automation actually doesn’t displace any workers — they’re just reassigned to higher value functions — and that reliable employees are extremely difficult to find in our industry, thus the need for automation. The reality is, due to our current labor struggles, it’s likely our industry will […]

Read More
Harvest-Automation-Robot-at-Green-Circle-Growers-feature

February 28, 2018

How to Make Plants Better With Automation

Automation does more than help with labor problems. Other tangible benefits also make automating the greenhouse worth the effort and cost.

Read More
Lighting-Heating-Fans-Inspection

February 26, 2018

The Benefits of a Greenhouse Maintenance Plan and Check…

A greenhouse maintenance plan and checklist can reduce equipment failures, improve equipment efficiency, and boost long-term profits.

Read More
Visser PC 16 Transplanter feature

February 26, 2018

20 Technology Trends Driving the Greenhouse Industry in…

From automation to artificial intelligence, check out this video for a closer look at how greenhouse growers are investing in technology in 2018.

Read More
Gotham Greens Atrium Style Greenhouse Chicago

February 17, 2018

Gotham Greens Building Second Greenhouse in Suburban Ch…

The new $12.5 million, 105,000-square-foot greenhouse will be near the company’s first Chicago greenhouse, and will be a free-standing structure.

Read More
Water-Sensor-for-pH-in-cannabis-greenhouse

February 5, 2018

Tips for Using a Greenhouse Monitoring System to Protec…

Properly selecting and installing a remote monitoring system can help cannabis growers identify trends in environmental conditions to make sure they aren’t fluctuating, which could indicate a possible equipment problem.

Read More
Labeled-Trays-from-ISO-Line

February 4, 2018

Automation Turns to Data at Four Star Greenhouse

When Four Star Greenhouse needed its ISO machines to do more than stick cuttings, three businesses came together to come up with an innovative solution.

Read More