The Canadian Greenhouse Conference took place in Niagara Falls last week. Over two hundred exhibitors showcased their products, and many more companies had people walking around the fair, visiting growers in the region and exploring the market. The conference is combined with an extensive speaker program, a bus tour, and various evening events, making it one of the most important gatherings in the North American greenhouse market.
As one would expect, discussions at the conference mirrored the global conversation within the greenhouse horticulture sector: high energy prices, labor shortage, and rising input costs. The rapid growth of the industry has slowed down. Despite several ambitious projects in the pipeline, many growers are presently emphasizing internal initiatives and cost-cutting measures over expansive expansion strategies.
Several of the show-floor conversation were held in Dutch, as a significant portion of both exhibitors and visitors either hailed from the Netherlands or had strong Dutch roots.
In addition to this central theme, the conference buzzed around several other hot topics. Resistant varieties, autonomous growing, AI, LED lights, and the ongoing search for horticultural talent. We’re updating you with articles on this in the upcoming weeks, but first: PICTURE TIME.