Editor's note: This event has been canceled by its organizers.
Registration is open for the second Academy of Crop Production, hosted by Harrell's and the University of Georgia Extension, and taking place June 18-21. The academy is an educational program alternative to the typical large and expensive trade show format, according to a press release. The hosts aim to have mainstream expert speakers, relevant topics and ample discussion and interaction time without the confusion and schedule issues of a large spread-out event site.
The speaking topics are focused on ornamental crop production, from greenhouse to woodies and everything in between, according to the release. It focuses on in-depth, relevant talks, providing a great atmosphere and social events, and doing it all based in one meeting room, according to the release.
This year’s program features include:
- Dr. Charlie Hall, Keynote speaker, will share his analysis of future ornamental sales.
- Dr. Jim Barrett on cannabis: how Florida growers have adapted to this paradigm shift.
- Dr. Ryan Contreras will cover lilac, mock orange, althea and cotoneaster breeding
- Dr. Gary Knox discussing the brave new world of magnolias,
- Dr. Peter Konjoian sharing his experience transitioning to greenhouse vegetables
- Lloyd Traven on implementing bio-control programs; what’s fact and fiction.
This event has no split sessions, no trade show distractions, no running back and forth — just three days of great talks, great meals and lots of time to catch up with fellow growers, according to the release. It is very much like a traditional state grower’s meeting, but with national speakers.
“The Crop Production Academy gave me access to expertise and experience that I don't typically have access to," said Michael Davis, owner of Davis Floral Company, Inc. "It also offered a fantastic opportunity to network and share insights with growers from all over the Southeast. Attending was a worthwhile investment.”
Attendees can park a right next to the hotel, which offers ample rooms in Downtown Athens. The event will also feature an outdoor reception at the private garden of former UGA football coach Vince Dooley and an opportunity to meet the coach.