Registration is now open for the National Greenhouse Manufacturers Association (NGMA) Spring Meeting, which will take place April 2-4, 2017, in Savannah, GA.
The event, an annual networking and idea-sharing opportunity for those involved in developing greenhouse structures and components, will feature a number of discussion topics, including:
• The Past, Present and Future of Green Industry Economics — Dr. Charles R. Hall, Ellison Chair in International Floriculture in the Texas A&M University Department of Horticultural Sciences, will offer a look at the post-recession years, which have been a mixed bag for the industry. While many firms exited the industry during the economic downturn, those left standing have returned to semi-profitable times — some more and some less. Understanding the economic “whys” will be the key to profit and even survival in the coming years.
• “Will the Real Green Industry Please Stand Up?” — Hall will follow up his first presentation with a review of opportunities to capitalize on. He will dissect the entire green industry to unveil the opportunities (and challenges) ahead in 2017 and beyond.
• “Structural and Supplier Presentations and Discussion” — This session allows NGMA members to learn more about fellow members. Several companies will have the opportunity to address the group, with the focus being on projects currently underway, the technology being applied, and/or the problems addressed and solved during the process.
• “The Emerging Aquaponics Industry” — Dr. James Rakocy, Director of The Aquaponics Doctors, will provide an overview of the status of aquaponics and describe how aquaponic systems work and are considerably different than hydroponic systems. Rakocy will also discuss how large commercial facilities should be constructed in regards to greenhouses.
• “Commercial Cannabis Cultivation” — Damian Solomon, Director of Cultivation at MedMen, will discuss where the commercial cannabis industry was in the past and where it’s headed in the future. By using commercial horticulture practices, the cultivation of cannabis is like any other crop.
Other highlights of this year’s NGMA Spring Meeting include a golf outing, a trolley tour of historic Savannah, and a Savannah Ghost Tour.
Registrations must be received by March 17.