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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

2017 Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo

in coordination with

The Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo

December 5 to 7, 2017

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


Schedule At-A-Glance

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

9:00 to 9:50 10:00 to 10:50    2:00 to 2:50 3:00 to 3:50
Retail Best Practices: 10 Tips to Step-Up Sales 

Bridget Behe, MSU

Sponsored by
Proven Winners

Creating Combinations that Break the Botanical Barrier: A Panel Discussion

Jessica DeGraaf, Proven Winners; Mark & Patty Watkins, Bogie Lake Greenhouses; Joe & Debbie Barson, Barson's Greenhouse;
Tammy Carlson, Carlsons' Garrenhouse

Moderated by Garrett Owen, MSU

Don't Miss Out!
Hosting Events that No One Wants to Miss

Will Heeman, Heeman's

Edible Ornamentals: From the Landscape to the Table

Josh Kirschenbaum and Cheni Filios, PanAmerican Seed

Sponsored by
Ball Horticulture

Nutrient Management for Greenhouse Container Crops

Ryan Dickson, Univ. of New Hampshire

Sponsored by
JR Peters

The ABC's of Growing Plugs from Seed

Jamie Gibson, Syngenta Flowers and Roberto Lopez, MSU

Sponsored by
Syngenta Flowers

Click and Grow with APPs, Websites, and Calculators

Garrett Owen and Roberto Lopez, MSU

MSU Greenhouse/Floriculture Research Update

Art Cameron, MSU; Blair Harlan, MSU; Roberto Lopez, MSU; Yujin Park and Erik Runkle, MSU; Ryan Warner, MSU.

Moderated by Erik Runkle

Sponsored by
Sun Gro Horticulture


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

9:00 to 9:50 10:00 to 10:50    


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

Get the Latest on Greenhouse Disease Control

Mary Hausbeck, MSU

Sponsored by OHP, Inc.

Insect Management Update for Greenhouse Growers: Biological Control, Life Without Neonics, or Conventional Pest Control

Dave Smitley, MSU

Sponsored by
Plant Products USA

How to Start Clean Crops for Successful Biological Control

Dave Smitley, MSU

Herb Production and Pest Management in Greenhouses

Kellie Walters and Dave Smitley, MSU

Sponsored by

Choosing the Right Growing Substrate

Ryan Dickson, Univ. of New Hampshire

Sponsored by the Michigan Plant Growers Co-Operative

Do's and Don'ts with PGRs

Erik Runkle, MSU

Sponsored by
Fine Americas

2:00 to 3:30

Greenhouse Trends and Challenges in 2017

Garrett Owen, MSU and Heidi Lindberg, MSU Extension






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  Please send your comments to Dr. Erik Runkle runkleer@msu.edu

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