The 34 hours of sessions cover topics ranging from fresh new varieties to innovation to demographic trends.
PORTLAND, Ore. – The 2011 Farwest Show has announced the full lineup of professional seminars for this year’s event.
Scheduled from Thursday, Aug. 25-Saturday, Aug. 27, the 34 hours of seminars cover topics ranging from fresh new varieties and demographic trends to lean management and inventory automation. Notable experts come from the garden center, nursery and landscape industries, such as Ian Baldwin, Kelly Norris, Steve Mydelski and Gary Lewis of Phoenix Perennials.
This year also includes a special opening night seminar. College Football Hall of Fame coach Vince Dooley and Dr. Michael Dirr are teaming up to discuss the evolution of a college football coach and the future of the nursery industry. Attendees will have a chance to win a Dooley autographed football.
Dooley and Dirr, as well as Richard Bitner and Ivette Soler, have scheduled book-signings in Farwest’s Flora & Fauna bookstore throughout the show.
“Farwest seminars are always one of the most talked-about features of the conference,” McAuliffe said. “This year’s schedule promises to deliver thought-provoking ideas to assist in increasing the bottom-line and thriving in today’s economy.”
Also offered as part of Farwest’s seminar series, Dr. Jim Owen, of Oregon State University’s North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC), will present a new aerial platform for crop management, wireless networking to monitor irrigation, the benefits of an iPad-based wireless farm, a new “smart sprayer” that reduces pesticide use, among others. NWREC is a stop on the Farwest Show’s Innovative Ideas Tour, Aug. 23, where the new technology will be demonstrated.
Continuing with innovation, Farwest’s New Product Showcase will offer solutions to help the bottom line, improve product quality and retailers’ product mix. These products are new to the U.S. market, introduced in either 2010 or 2011, and in some cases are debuting at the 2011 Farwest Show. To complement the Oregon Association of Nurseries’ sustainability initiatives and partnerships, the Farwest Show will debut a Sustainability Resource Center to provide hands-on resource information and assistance from a variety of organizations.
The full schedule of Farwest seminars can be accessed here.
For more information about the 2011 Farwest Show seminar schedule, nursery tours, expo hours and other features, visit www.farwestshow.com or call 503-682-5089.