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Grow Pro Webinar Series

Since May 2021, AFE has hosted free monthly webinars on production areas and topics that directly impact growers.

Our nationally recognized researchers, hosts, and speakers will offer ‘how-to’ advice based on AFE-funded and other research projects to help the industry navigate through these ever-changing growing challenges. The webinar topics are current and offer opportunities for growers to focus on increased profit, greater sustainability, and improved labor efficiency.

Webinars are presented on a Tuesday each month and are 30-40 minutes in length plus a 15-minute question and answer period with the researchers. This is a unique opportunity for the audience to ask questions directly to the researcher about any issues they may be experiencing around the topic. For efficiency, the presentations are pre-recorded followed by a live Q&A.

Upcoming Webinars

April 23rd, 2024
1:00pm

Biochar for Container Production

Speaker: Dr. Ping Yu, UGA
May 21st, 2024
1:00 PM

Identification and Management of Root Diseases in Floriculture Crops

Speaker: Dr. Francesca Hand, OSU
Sponsored By:
June 18th, 2024
1:00 PM

The Use of Drones in Cut Flower Production

Speaker: Dr. Christian Nansen, UC Davis
July 30th, 2024
1:00 PM

Preventing Undesirable Purple Coloration on Cuttings Propagated Under LEDs

Speaker: Dr. Roberto Lopez, Michigan State University
August 20th, 2024
1:00 PM

Integrated Control of Thrips

Speaker: Dr. Rose Buitenhuis, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
Sponsored By:
September 17th, 2024
1:00 PM

Greenhouse Climate Strategies

Speaker: Dr. Bruce Bugbee, Utah State University
October 22nd, 2024
1:00 PM

Success with Tissue Culture

Speaker: Dr. Dayton Wilde, University of Georgia
November 19th, 2024
1:00 PM

Trends to Watch in 2025

Speaker: Dr. Charlie Hall, Texas A&M University and Dr. Melinda Knuth, NC State University
Sponsored By:
December 17th, 2024
1:00 PM

Fine-tune Your Greenhouse Controls for the Young Plant Season

Speaker: Dr. Paul Fisher, University of Florida
Sponsored By:

Past Webinars

March 19th, 2024
1:00 PM

How to Manage Peat Shortages

Speaker: Dr. Brian Schulker, Jiffy
Sponsored By:
March 13th, 2024

Practical Solutions for Rapid Leaf Senescence of Chrysanthemum Cut Flowers

Speaker: Shara Ortiz Carvajal
March 13th, 2024

Soluciones Prácticas para la Rápida Necrosis de las Hojas en los Crisantemos

Speaker: Shara Ortiz Carvajal
February 27th, 2024
1:00 PM

Preparing for Parvispinus

Speaker: Dr. Sarah Jandricic, OMAFRA
January 16th, 2024
1:00 PM

Biorational Products for Botrytis Control

Speaker: Dr. Melissa Muñoz, NC State University
Sponsored By:
December 19th, 2023
1:00 PM

Technologies and Strategies for Sustainable Substrates in Containerized Crop Production

Speaker: Dr. James Altland, USDA ARS
November 21st, 2023
1:00 PM

Cut Flower Production in the Northern US

Speaker: Dr. Roberto Lopez, Michigan State University
Sponsored By:
October 24th, 2023
1:00 PM

Sustainable Disease Management Solutions for Cut Flower Growers

Speaker: Dr. Francesca Hand, The Ohio State University
Sponsored By:
September 19th, 2023
1:00 PM

Hydroponics for Floriculture Production

Speaker: Dr. Chris Currey, Iowa State University
August 29th, 2023
1:00 PM

Controlling Whitefly on Poinsettia

Speaker: Dr. JC Chong, SePRO
Sponsored By:
July 25th, 2023
1:00 PM

Creating a Culture of Sanitation

Speaker: Dr. Rosa Raudales, University of Connecticu
Sponsored By:
June 20th, 2023
1:00 PM

Current Postharvest Handling Recommendations for Cut Flowers

Speaker: Dr. John Dole, North Carolina State University
Sponsored By:
May 16th, 2023
1:00 PM

Recent Advances in LED Lighting and Controls

Speaker: Dr. Erik Runkle, Michigan State University
Sponsored By:
April 18th, 2023
1:00 PM

Fertilizer Options for Greenhouse Growers

Speaker: Dr. Josh Henry, Helena Agri-Enterprises
Sponsored By:
March 21st, 2023

Current Status and Recommendations for Soilless Growing Media

Speaker: Dr. Brian Jackson, NC State University
Sponsored By:
February 28th, 2023
1:00 PM

Success with Vegetative Unrooted Cuttings

Speaker: Dr. Jim Faust, Clemson University
Sponsored By:
January 31st, 2023
2:00 PM

Effective Energy Control in Greenhouses

Speaker: Dr. A.J. Both, Rutgers University
December 20th, 2022
1:00 PM

Viruses in Flower Crops

Speaker: Dr. John Hammond, USDA, Beltsville, MD
Sponsored By:
November 29th, 2022
1:00 PM

Flowering and Forcing of Perennials

Speaker: Dr. John Erwin, University of Maryland
Sponsored By:
October 18th, 2022
1:00 PM

Finish Your Poinsettia Crop Successfully

Speaker: Dr. Chris Currey, Iowa State University
September 27th, 2022
1:00 PM

New Technology and Pesticides for Flower Crops

Speaker: Dr. JC Chong, Clemson University
Sponsored By:
August 30th, 2022
1:00 PM

DIF and Graphical Tracking

Speaker: Dr. Royal Heins, Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University
July 12th, 2022
1:00 PM

Reducing Pesticides in Surface & Subsurface Irrigation Water

Speaker: Dr. Tom Fernandez, Michigan State University
June 21st, 2022
1:00 PM

Developing an Integrated Pest Control Program for Whitefly on Poinsettia

Speaker: Dr. Sarah Jandricic, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Sponsored By:
May 22nd, 2022
1:00 PM

Calculating the Cost of LED Lighting

Speaker: Dr. Marc van Iersel, University of Georgia
Sponsored By:
May 17th, 2022
1:00 PM

Biological Control of Whitefly on Poinsettias – Start Your Crop Correctly

Speaker: Dr. Rose Buitenhuis, Vineland Research and Innovation Center
Sponsored By:
April 19th, 2022
1:00 PM

The Use of Biostimulants in Floriculture Production

Speaker: Dr. Michelle Jones, The Ohio State University
Sponsored By:
February 22nd, 2022
1:00 PM

Nutrition of Floriculture Crops

Speaker: Dr. W. Garrett Owen, University of Kentucky
Sponsored By:
January 11th, 2022
1:00 PM

Successful Handling and Propagation of Unrooted Cuttings

Speaker: Dr. John Dole, NC State University
Sponsored By:
December 7th, 2021
1:00 PM

Control and Management of Powdery Mildews

Speaker: Margery Daughtrey, Cornell University
Sponsored By:
November 9th, 2021
1:00 PM

Care & Handling: Sell the Highest Quality and Longest Lasting Cut Flowers (webinar for Retail and Wholesale segments)

Speaker: Loann Burke, AIFD, AAF, PFCI, Furst the Florist & Smithers-Oasis
Sponsored By:
October 19th, 2021
1:00 PM

Sensors & Advances in Technology

Speaker: Krishna Nemali, Purdue University
Sponsored By:
September 14th, 2021
1:00 PM

Managing Impatiens Downy Mildew with Variety Selection and Production Practices

Speaker: Margery Daughtrey, Cornell Universitya
Sponsored By:
August 31st, 2021
1:00 PM

Using Biological & Chemical Controls to Manage Whiteflies in Greenhouses

Speaker: Dr. Lance Osborne, University of Florida
Sponsored By:
August 24th, 2021
1:00 PM

Heat Delay in Poinsettias

Speaker: Jim Faust, Clemson University
Sponsored By:
July 27th, 2021
1:00 PM

Making Sense of Artificial Intelligence in Floriculture

Speaker: Dean Kopsell, University of Florida
Sponsored By:
June 29th, 2021
1:00 PM

Optimizing LED Lighting for Flower Crops, Part 2

Speaker: Erik Runkle, Michigan State University
Sponsored By:
June 29th, 2021
1:00 PM

Optimizing LED Lighting for Flower Crops, Part 1

Speaker: Jim Faust, Clemson University
May 18th, 2021
1:00 PM

The Current Status of Growing Media

Speaker: Brian Jackson, NC State University
November 2nd, 2018
12:00 PM

New Daily Lighting Integral Maps and Advances in Supplemental Lighting for Ornamentals

Speaker: Jim Faust, Assoc. Professor, Plant and Environmental Sciences Department, Experiment Station, Clemson University Marc van Iersel, Professor of Horticulture, University of Georgia

Become a Grow Pro Webinar Sponsor!

To better communicate new research results from AFE-funded university studies and other advancements, monthly webinars are being conducted free of charge for the industry. To help cover expenses to create these webinars, sponsors are needed. Sponsors will be recognized during webinars, and on the AFE website.

Sponsorship Opportunities start at $1,000. There can be several sponsors per webinar – or if a sponsor commits to a $2,500 sponsorship, they can become a single/sole sponsor of the event. **Please confirm sponsorship availability for the $2,500 sponsorship opportunity prior to submitting the form.

Sponsors receive their logo/name on promotional emails and communications, their logo on the webinar slides, and promotion on AFE’s social media platform. Additionally, they will receive recognition in AFE’s newsletter, and the opportunity to send one promotional piece through AFE’s newsletter with a link, following the webinar.

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AFE is committed to supporting research that advances the industry and combats current challenges. This research benefits every segment of the industry. We welcome new research proposal applications by August 1st of each year.