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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

2016 Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo

in coordination with

The Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo

December 6 to 8, 2016

in the Devos Place Convention Center, downtown Grand Rapids.
Visit the Great Lakes Expo Website for more information.
Online registration opens on September 26th.

We are currently working on the 2016 program.
Please return in September, when more information should be available.
The program for 2015 is listed below.

2015 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
Moderated by Kevin Cook
Marketing Strategies for Novices, Intermediates, and Experts

Sponsored by Proven Winners

Bridget Behe, MSU
Moderated by Scott Klooster

Best Performing Annuals from the 2015 Michigan Garden Plant Tour

Daedre Craig, MSU; Tom Dudek, MSU Extension

Moderated by Tom Dudek

How to Reduce Your Fertilizer Use

Bill Argo, Blackmore Company

Moderated by Joe Barson
MSU Floriculture Research Update

MSU faculty and graduate students
Moderated by Heidi Wollaeger

Transitioning Your Business

Roger Betz, MSU Extension

Moderated by Tom Dudek
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

Moderated by Erik Runkle

Conventional Lamps or LEDs? Factors that You Should Consider

Erik Runkle, MSU

Moderated by Heidi Wollaeger
How I Grew My Business: Recent Adaptations We've Made to Stay Competitive and Profitable - A Panel Presentation
Moderated by Erik Runkle, MSU

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
Keys to Successful Containerized Herb Production

Chris Currey, Iowa State University
Moderated by Paul Schaap

Greenhouse Insect Control Update and the Latest Neonicotinoid Research Results

Dave Smitley, MSU

Moderated by Heidi Wollaeger
Greenhouse Disease Control Update

Sponsored by OHP, Inc.

Mary Hausbeck, MSU
Moderated by Tom Dudek

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

Sponsored by Plant Products

Ray Cloyd, Kansas State University

Moderated by Mark Watkins
Grower Experiences with Insect BioControl for Spring Crops - A Panel Presentation
Moderated by Tom Dudek, MSU Extension

Sponsored by Koppert Co.

Jim Tuinier, Post Gardens; Kevin Westrate, Westrate Greenhouse; Kevin Sportel, Sportel Greenhouses; and Ken Dushane, Four Star Greenhouse
The Basics of Floriculture Crop Production - In Spanish

Roberto Lopez, Purdue University






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