Famed Chef Mark Estee to Dish Out Innovative Farm-to-Fork Fare at Nevada Indoor Ag Conference

Chef Mark Estee of Campo.

James Beard semi-finalist Mark Estee of Campo will highlight local food and farmers with a unique lunch experience during the inaugural Nevada Indoor Agriculture Conference in Las Vegas. Estee’s farm-to-fork menu, which he will prepare with assistance from students at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Las Vegas will feature a melange of local ingredients. The menu is below and not to be missed!

  • Spring Vegetable Mosaic with Grilled Chilled Lamb Loins
  • Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Balsamic Strawberries, Basil and Black Pepper

Only One Week Left Until the Conference. Register Now!

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DRI and GreenPower Sponsor Nevada Indoor Agriculture Conference

LAS VEGAS – In the heart of earth month and just two days after the official “Earth Day” 2013, Las Vegas will host one of the largest and explicit indoor agriculture conferences the valley has yet to see.

The Desert Research Institute and DRI’s GreenPower program are collaborating with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) as a supporter and sponsor for the all-day Indoor Agriculture Conference on Wednesday, April 24th from 8:30-5pm at the Historic 5th Street School in Downtown Las Vegas. The focal point is how to improve local food production and boost the state’s food supply in the desert through various types of indoor agriculture. Continue reading

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Nevada Indoor Agriculture Conference Nears Discounted Registration End

News Release – Las Vegas, NV, March 25, 2013 - Less than a week remains to obtain discounted registration for the NEVADA INDOOR AGRICULTURE CONFERENCE to be held, Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at the Historic 5th Street School in Downtown Las Vegas.

The one day conference will bring together a diverse audience of thought leaders, industry professionals, entrepreneurs, farmers and investors to explore solutions and opportunities to increase indoor agriculture production in a sustainable manner.

The Nevada Indoor Agriculture Conference will aim to increase local food production in the dry desert landscape that abounds in Nevada and, in turn, bolster the state’s internal food supply as well as the local economy. Indoor agriculture has the potential to meet future food demands, reduce environmental impacts, and create new economic engines.

A broad lineup of speakers – from technology experts and aquaponics entrepreneurs to sustainable agricultural investors and local buyers and sourcers – will cover a variety of topics, including: indoor agriculture technologies; the logistics of setting up an indoor agriculture operation in an arid environment; local food sourcing; investment and funding mechanisms to launch an operation; and the existing local food infrastructure and players.

Additionally, the conference will also boast a Farm-to-Fork lunch featuring ingredients provided Whole Foods Market and prepared by renowned chef and current James Beard semi-finalist, Mark Estee of Campo.

Confirmed Speakers Include:

Paul SelinaVillage Farms

David Bell - Houweling’s Tomatoes

Pierre Sleiman – Go Green Agriculture

David J. Foster – USDA Business Program Specialist

Navin Twarakavi - Desert Research Institute

Nathalie Bumgarner - CropKing

Darcy Landis - Whole Foods Market 

Eileen Christensen - BEC Environmental

Paul MatteucciUS Venture Partners

Matt Geschke - Brotherhood Products

Zack Porter - Pegasus Capital Advisors

Paul Hardej – FarmedHere

Mark EsteeCampo Reno

Ken Kesick - Hydro Greens

Chris HigginsHort Americas & Urban Ag Products

Mark O’FarrellHungry Mother Organics

Marielle DupereNew Green Farms

Doug Taylor - U of Nevada Extension (Producer to Chef Program)

Marilyn Yamamoto - Cowboy Trail Farm

Register Now to Receive the Seed Saver Special Ticket Price Before Time Runs Out!

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U of Arizona Offers Controlled Environment Agriculture for Food Production & Environmental Stewardship Course

News Release – The University of Arizona’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (CEAC) presents the 2013 Crop Production & Engineering Design Short Course on April 7-12, 2013 at the Westward Look Resort. Lectures given during the Short Course will also be broadcast over the internet and can be viewed with the new Webcast attendance option. The Webcast option allows attendees to watch the lectures both live and later at their convenience.

Communities throughout the world are growing. Access to fresh, affordable and safe food is diminishing. The 2013 Short Course continues the success and privilege of annually presenting viable solutions to these mounting crises. Continue reading

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Paul Selina of Village Farms to Keynote Nevada Indoor Agriculture Conference

News Release – Las Vegas, NV, March 20 – The Nevada Indoor Agriculture Conference, which will bring together a diverse audience of thought leaders, industry professionals, entrepreneurs, farmers and investors to explore solutions and opportunities to increase indoor agriculture production in a sustainable manner has announced Paul Selina, Vice President of Applied Research for Village Farms, as the keynote speaker for the conference.

Village Farms is one of the largest growers and marketers of hydroponic greenhouse production in North America. Paul was instrumental in developing the Greenhouse Advanced Technology Expert System (GATES) for the company. The GATES system was created to perfect year-round vegetable and fruit greenhouse production in high-sun and low-humidity areas. Paul has been a integral member of the GATES team from the first greenhouse in Marfa, TX, in 2006 to the new 30-acre facility in Monahans, TX.

Paul brings a huge wealth of experience to the conference having spent his entire working life in the greenhouse industry, starting in England where he earned a degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Nottingham. He has experience working in diverse climatic conditions and with a wide range of greenhouse technologies.

Paul’s keynote will address, among other things, the importance of indoor agriculture to the future of farming, the opportunity that it presents to sustainably increase local food production in intemperate climates, and the key factors that will facilitate a vibrant future marketplace in Nevada and across the US.

Register Now to Receive the Seed Saver Special Ticket Price and Hear Paul Selina’s Keynote Address!

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NV Indoor Ag Conference Assembles Innovators to Confront Challenges to Local Food Production

News Release – (Las Vegas) – Entrepreneurs, agriculture industry leaders and Nevada state officials plan to come together to propel forward the development of creative and sustainable indoor growing solutions. The Nevada Indoor Agriculture Conference will aim to increase local food production in the dry desert landscape that abounds in Nevada and, in turn, bolster the state’s internal food supply as well as the local economy. Indoor agriculture has the potential to meet future food demands, reduce environmental impacts, and create new economic engines.

To address these challenges, notables in sustainable and indoor agriculture will bring their leading-edge products and ideas to the Nevada Indoor Agriculture Conference on Wednesday, April 24.  This one-day event at the Historic 5th Street School in Downtown Las Vegas, will focus on how the state can increase its indoor agriculture production in a sustainable manner and become a recognized hub for innovation in this space. Continue reading

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Time is Running Out, Register Now for the Early Bird Ticket Price for the Nevada Indoor Ag Conference!

Only a few hours remain to lock in the Early Bird Special Ticket Price for The Nevada Indoor Agriculture Conference, which will take place on April 24th at the Historic 5th Street School in Downtown Las Vegas. We have recently added a number of new speakers (see below) and the conference is taking shape. Register now to get the Early Bird Special discount by going to http://agnevada.eventbrite.com!

Event Details:

The NEVADA INDOOR AGRICULTURE CONFERENCE will bring together a diverse audience of thought leaders, industry professionals, entrepreneurs, farmers and investors to explore solutions and put together a plan for how Nevada can increase its indoor agriculture production in a sustainable manner and become a recognized hub for innovation in this space.

The conference will be co-hosted by SEEDSTOCK and the NEVADA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (GOED). The University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Desert Research Institute are also key participants in the event.

VENUE: The Historic 5th Street School in Downtown Las Vegas

DATE: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS:

David Bell - Houweling’s Tomatoes

Nathalie Bumgarner - CropKing

Eileen Christensen - BEC Environmental

Matt Geschke - Brotherhood Products

Ken Kesick - Hydro Greens

Darcy Landis - Whole Foods Market 

Zack Porter - Pegasus Capital Advisors

Pierre Sleiman – Go Green Agriculture

Navin Twarakavi - Desert Research Institute

Doug Taylor - U of Nevada Cooperative Extension (Producer to Chef Program)

Marilyn Yamamoto - Cowboy Trail Farm

and more . . .

Register Now to Get Your Early Bird Ticket

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Matt Geshcke of Brotherhood Products to Moderate Indoor Growing Technology Panel

Matt Geschke, managing partner at Brotherhood Products, an engineering inspired hydroponic equipment manufacturer focused on addressing global food security issues, is set to moderate the indoor growing technology panel at the upcoming Nevada Indoor Agriculture Conference on April 24. The panel will investigate indoor growing technologies from hydroponics to aeroponics to renewable energy systems and how they can specifically address the growing conditions in Nevada in a sustainable and economically viable manner so as to increase economic opportunity and local food production in the state.

At Brotherhood Products Matt works to develop products that address such intractable growing challenges as lack of adequate irrigation resources, adverse climatic conditions, remote site locations and volatile infrastructure.

Prior to joining Brotherhood, Matt spent nearly a decade as adjunct faculty at Kent State University and headed up a variety of cutting edge hydroponic projects ranging from the development and implementation of induction lights as a energy efficient, long term viable alternative to HID lamps in commercial greenhouse settings, to aiding in the final design and development stages of a recycled PET hydroponic substrate.  He has been named Educator Who Made A Difference by Kent State University and has published academic work on the contaminate fate and transport of anthropogenic contaminants in aquatic systems. His industry specific written contributions can be found in Maximum Yield and Garden Culture magazine and his Matt the Grower series of how to hydroponic videos can be viewed on a variety of internet outlets including YouTube where they have accrued over 2 million views. He is an advocate for the PGTA and often consults on local community gardening projects.

Register Now to Get Your Early Bird Ticket and attend Matt’s panel!

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Just Over Two Weeks Remain to Get Early Bird Tickets for the Nevada Indoor Agriculture Conference

vertical farming system

A little over two weeks remain before the Early Bird Ticket price for the Nevada Indoor Agriculture Conference set to take place on April 24, 2013 at the Historic 5th Street School in Downtown Las Vegas. The conference, designed to offer practical advice to those interested in growing food indoors on a commercial scale, will address various aspects of this increasingly popular farming choice as it relates to Nevada’s desert environment.  This industry has become a focus for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development as it provides economic opportunities for the state.  It not only promotes job creation and state revenue, but it also helps make Nevada more food independent by allowing the state to increase local food production.

Register Now to Get Your Early Bird Ticket!

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Nevada’s First ‘Indoor Agriculture Conference’ to Take Place in Las Vegas in April

Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development Takes Steps to Help Move Forward Governor’s ‘Grown in Nevada’ Program

(Las Vegas) — The Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Seedstock, a social venture dedicated to fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in sustainable agriculture, have announced they will co-host the first Nevada Indoor Agriculture Conference on April 24 in Las Vegas.  The University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the Desert Research Institute are also key participants in the event.

The conference, designed to offer practical advice to those interested in growing food indoors on a commercial scale, will address various aspects of this increasingly popular farming choice as it relates to Nevada’s desert environment.  Indoor growing techniques use a fraction of the land and water required by traditional farming and, consequently, are ideally suited to arid climates.  In addition, this industry has become a focus for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development as it provides economic opportunities for the state.  It not only promotes job creation and state revenue, but it also helps make Nevada more food independent by allowing the state to increase local food production.

According to the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, the state imports $93.8 million of vegetables and melons and $195 million worth of fruits annually, and a local industry worth $4.7 million could be established if only 5% of these imports were replaced with local produce.

“The goal of the event is to bring together a diverse audience interested in indoor agriculture – farmers, customers, financiers, researchers,  and political leaders -  to discuss the development of sustainable solutions for increasing local food production in Nevada,” said Seedstock co-founder, Robert Puro.

The conference will be held at the Historic Fifth Street School, a downtown Las Vegas facility, and the program will run from 8:30 a.m. through 5 p.m.  Speakers will address issues ranging from new technologies to funding a commercial operation to customer needs, and a lively debate will be encouraged.  Details of the conference will be updated regularly at http://agnevada.seedstock.com.

Governor Brian Sandoval highlighted the importance of Nevada’s $5.3 billion agriculture industry in his recent State of the State address, and the conference aims to complement the governor’s “Grown in Nevada” program. This program aims to encourage businesses and individuals to turn to Nevada first for their produce needs.

GOED Executive Director Steve Hill said: “The agriculture industry provides immense opportunities for economic development in Nevada, especially as our state is perfectly placed to capitalize on the ongoing commercialization of exciting technologies in the hydroponic, aeroponic and aquaponic fields.”

In recent years, Nevada has experienced an increase in indoor agriculture companies opening to serve a multitude of needs in the food industry. Most commonly, local casinos and chefs are turning to these types of businesses to obtain fresher food faster, and the area is especially interesting to indoor agriculture companies looking to capitalize on the strong research capabilities and business-friendly environment available in Las Vegas. 

About Seedstock

Seedstock is a for profit social venture, which through the use of a variety of tools including the news and information hub, Seedstock.com, and live events, facilitates connections between investors, farmers, researchers, organization and entrepreneurs focused on the development of innovative products and methodologies that address the vital long-term challenges to sustainable agriculture.

About the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development:

Created during the 2011 session of the Nevada Legislature, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development is the result of a collaborative effort between the Nevada Legislature and Governor Brian Sandoval to restructure economic development in the state. GOED’s role is to promote a robust, diversified and prosperous economy in Nevada, to stimulate business expansion and retention, encourage entrepreneurial enterprise, attract new businesses and facilitate community development. More information on the Governor’s Office of Economic Development can be viewed at www.diversifynevada.com.

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