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Introducing the Academy of Crop Production

Thursday, April 21, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jennifer Addington
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Introducing the Academy of Crop



GGIA has teamed up with UGA Extension to bring you a new and unique learning opportunity developed specifically for growers. The Academy of Crop Production is the place you go to learn to grow.


In addition, we have moved the GGIA Roundup event, which normally takes place in the fall, to coincide with the academy. The reception celebrating the horticulture industry will fittingly be held at The State Botanical Garden of Georgia on Sunday, June 12th.  This year's celebration will serve double duty as the opening reception for the Academy of Crop Production while still offering our membership the chance to support the work of GGIA. You won't want to miss this year's event which will include growers from across the country who come to Athens to learn. That's a win-win and GGIA is thrilled to host this event and looks forward to a special evening. Registration for the Academy includes the GGIA Annual Reception.


Be sure to stay in Athens on Wednesday, June 15th for the UGA Trial Gardens Industry Open House presented by Ball Horticultural Company.


So read on and start making plans to sharpen your skills at this world class education event and mark your calendars to be sure to include the GGIA reception.

The Indigo Hotel, Downtown Athens, Georgia

June 12 - 15, 2016


The Academy of Crop Production is a Southern-centric four-day (family-friendly) conference dedicated to sharing information on ADVANCED ornamental crop production and business management techniques for ornamental producers. Hosted by the University of Georgia and the Georgia Green Industry Association, at the beautiful Hotel Indigo. This is not a trade show, but rather a concentrated series of classes, open forums and social events that focus on important current issues facing growers. This program features an impressive national speaker lineup.


Speakers over the four-day event will include:



Will Healy, Senior Technical and Research Manager - Ball Horticultural Company

Understanding Shrink: How Small Losses Along in the Production Cycle Add Up to Large Profit Losses


-        Joe Albano, USDA-ARS - Managing Nutrient Runoff: Staying Ahead of Government Mandated Regulations

-       Paul Bartley, North Carolina State University - Maximizing the Efficacy of Weed Control in Container Production

-        Benjamin Campbell, University of Georgia - Foreseeing the Future: How to Predict the Future Plant Purchasing

-        Matthew Chappell, University of Georgia - CANR Container Cultivar Trials of Hydrangea, Loropetalum, Hibiscus and Gardenia

-        Margery Daughtrey, Cornell University - Downy Mildew: An Old Pathogen with Increasing Impact

-        Will Hudson, University of Georgia - Neonicitoids: Where do we Stand?

-        Brian Jackson, North Carolina State University - Recent Advances in Engineering Soilless Substrates

-        Joyce Latimer, Virginia Tech - PGR Strategies for Outdoor Perennial Production

-        John Lea-Cox, University of Maryland - The Latest in Affordable Precision Irrigation Management Tools

-        Robert Lyons, Longwood Gardens / University of Delaware (Ret.) - Photos Sell Plants: Maximizing Web and Catalog Impact

-        Steve Newman, Colorado State University - The Philips / Colorado State University LED Partnership: Lighting the Way

-        Paul Pilon, Perennial Solutions Consulting - Fungicide Resistance: Where We Currently Stand

-        Jim Robbins, University of Arkansas - Drones in Production - Inventory Management and Stress Detection

-        Craig Regelbrugge, AmericanHort - What is Happening at a Federal Level that Impacts You?

-        Lloyd Traven, Peace Tree Farms - This Plant is 'Phenomenal': So What?

-        Marc van Iersel, University of Georgia - The Cutting Edge of LED Technology

-        Donglin Zhang, University of Georgia - Opening a Pipeline of Plants - The Asia Connection

-        Heping Zhu, USDA-ARS - Smart Sprayers: Increasing Pesticide Efficacy and Reducing Pesticide Cost

We will offer 5-8 credit hours of pesticide CEUs and 3-5 hours of ISA regional credits (depending upon state) for Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.


Register for the Academy of Crop Production Here:


Hotel Indigo Registrations: Please call the hotel directly at (706) 546-0430 and use hotel booking code 'UGA Horticulture Commercial Agriculture'. Room Rate: $109.00 (night). Reduced rate deadline 5/13/2016.

To register for the GGIA Annual Reception or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please call the GGIA office at 706-632-0100.

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