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Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo



The Western Michigan Greenhouse Association, the Metro Detroit Flower Growers’ Association,

and the Michigan State University Floriculture Team are proud to offer the

2015 Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo

in coordination with

The Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo

December 8-9

in the Devos Place Convention Center, downtown Grand Rapids
Visit the Great Lakes Expo Website for more information.

Schedule At-A-Glance

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

9:00 to 9:50 10:00 to 10:50    2:00 to 2:50 3:00 to 3:50
Boomers or Bust? Drawing GenX and GenY to the Garden Center

Sponsored by Ball Horticulture

Bridget Behe, MSU
Marketing Strategies for Novices, Intermediates, and Experts

Sponsored by Proven Winners

Bridget Behe, MSU
Best Performing Annuals from the 2015 Michigan Garden Plant Tour

Daedre Craig, MSU; Tom Dudek, MSU Extension
How to Reduce Your Fertilizer Use

Bill Argo, Blackmore Company
MSU Floriculture Research Update

MSU faculty and graduate students
Transitioning Your Business

Roger Betz, MSU Extension
The Basics of Floriculture Crop Production (in English)

Roberto Lopez, Purdue University
4:30 to 6:30 pm
Michigan Floriculture Growers Council reception and annual meeting


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

9:00 to 9:50 10:00 to 10:50    


2:00 to 2:50 3:00 to 3:50

 Growing Leafy Greens and Herbs in Hydroponic Systems

Chris Currey, Iowa State University

Conventional Lamps or LEDs? Factors that You Should Consider

Erik Runkle, MSU

How I Grew My Business: Recent Adaptations We've Made to Stay Competitive and Profitable - A Panel Presentation

Sponsored by the Michigan Plant Growers Cooperative

Dale Buist, Countryside Greenhouse; John Mossel, Grand Flower Growers; Chris Schwartz, Schwartz's Greenhouse; Ron Sportel, Sportel Greenhouses. Moderated by Erik Runkle, MSU
Keys to Successful Containerized Herb Production

Chris Currey, Iowa State University

Greenhouse Insect Control Update and the Latest Neonicotinoid Research Results

Dave Smitley, MSU

Greenhouse Disease Control Update

Sponsored by OHP, Inc.

Mary Hausbeck, MSU
 Are Using Good Bugs a Cost-effective Strategy for Controlling Insect Pests of Spring Crops?

Sponsored by Plant Products

Ray Cloyd, Kansas State University
Grower Experiences with Insect BioControl for Spring Crops - A Panel Presentation

Sponsored by Koppert Co.

Jim Tuinier, Post Gardens; Kevin Westrate, Westrate Greenhouse; Kevin Sportel, Sportel Greenhouses; and Ken Dushane, Four Star Greenhouse. Moderated by Tom Dudek, MSU Extension
The Basics of Floriculture Crop Production - In Spanish

Roberto Lopez, Purdue University






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