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December 6

Urban agriculture: controlled environment conference set in Dallas

The 2022 Texas A&M Urban Agriculture: Controlled Environment Conference will be held on December 6 in Dallas.

The event will be from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas, Water Education Building, 17360 Coit Road. A dinner will follow for in-person attendees.

The cost is $125 for in-person attendance; $75 for virtual attendance. Participants must register by December 5 at After that date, attendees may pay $150 at the door, but there will be no late registration for virtual participants. Lunch, the reception, and dinner are included for in-person attendees.

The conference is designed for new and prospective growers interested in specialty crop production under a controlled environment and for experienced growers who want to learn more about the “nuts and bolts” of crop production in a controlled environment.

Urban agriculture speakers, topics

  • Welcome, Center Vision and Research Update — Daniel Leskovar, Ph.D., interim director of the center at Dallas and director of the Texas A&M AgriLife Center at Uvalde, as well as a professor of vegetable physiology and plant sciences in the Department of Horticultural Sciences.
  • Food Safety in Hydroponics — Joe Masabni, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist vegetable specialist, Dallas.
  • Organic Fertilizer Type and Rate Effects on Watermelon Seedling Production — Qianwen Zhang, Ph.D., AgriLife Research postdoctoral research associate, Dallas.
  • Spinach Morpho-Physiological Responses to Abiotic Stresses and Humic Substance in a Drought Spotter Hydroponic System — Seunghyun Choi, Ph.D., AgriLife Research postdoctoral associate- vegetable physiology, Uvalde.
  • Hydroponic Research Findings at OSU — Bruce Dunn, Ph.D., professor and floriculture and departmental greenhouse coordinator, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.
  • IPM for Controlled Environment — Triston Hooks, Ph.D., assistant professor of practice biosystems engineering, Controlled Environment Agriculture Center, University of Arizona, Tucson.
  • Intelligent Control System — Luis Trujillo, president, Hoogendoorn U.S.A., Lincoln, Canada.
  • Automation and AI in Controlled Environments — Azlan Zahid, Ph.D., AgriLife Research assistant professor of controlled environment agriculture engineering, Dallas.
  • Virtual Tour of Sustainable Vertical Hydroponic Production at Eden Green Technology — Aaron Fields, vice president of agriculture, Eden Green Technology, Cleburne.
  • Nutrient Management Using Mass Balance Principles — Shuyang Zhen, Ph.D., assistant professor, controlled environment horticulture, Texas A&M Department of Horticultural Sciences, College Station.
  • Ion-specific Nutrient Monitoring System for Precision Nutrient Management in Hydroponic Production — Shamim Ahamed, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, University of California, Davis.
  • Organic Nutrient Management Strategies for High-Quality Crops in Organic Hydroponics and Aquaponics — Neil Mattson, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Integrative Plant Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

For more information:
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension


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