AmericanHort’s Plug & Cutting Conference is returning for 2018. This year, the conference will be hosted Sept. 17-19 in Charlotte, NC, at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel.
“We are excited to host Plug & Cutting again this year,” says Ken Fisher, President and CEO of AmericanHort. “The Plug & Cutting conference aims to help young plant producers and growers from across the U.S. find the newest and best strategies, technologies, and techniques that will improve their operations. Whether it is by attending the product tour, the hands-on workshop, trade show or education sessions, this event is an ideal opportunity for young growers to network with peers and industry experts.”
Plug & Cutting offers cutting-edge education, focusing specifically on best practices in young plant production. This year, the conference will feature three key tracks, including production input, plug and cutting principles, and problem management. Some sessions will be offered in Spanish, as well. Attendees will learn from renowned experts on these topics and how they can specifically relate to their operation.
The Plug & Cutting Production Tour will take attendees to two diverse and unique North Carolina greenhouses. The tour will stop at Metrolina Greenhouses and Rockwell Farms. Metrolina Greenhouses is a family-owned wholesale plant and services company with 162 acres under roof, making it the largest single-site heated greenhouse in the U.S. Rockwell Farms, another family-owned business, operates a commercial greenhouse with 36 acres of environmentally controlled greenhouse space.
The conference will also offer an in-depth workshop on Biocontrols for Propagators. Suzanne Wainwright-Evans will talk about biocontrol agents that can be used in young plants and which pests they control. She will also teach workshop goers firsthand how to apply them.
The Plug & Cutting trade show will include 50 exhibiting companies who have the answers to even the hardest plug and cutting questions. Attendees can grow connections and meet with businesses that can help tackle the big problems.
Registration for the conference is now available at AmericanHort.org/Plug. Those who attend Plug & Cutting and would like to book a hotel room at the conference hotel can take advantage of exclusive rates secured by AmericanHort by making reservations with the hotel no later than August 26, 2018. To make reservations, visit AmericanHort.org/Plug or call 704-372-4100.