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Tech at Lunch – The Ever-Expanding Controlled Environment Agriculture Industry

Discover how Controlled Environmental Agriculture is paving the way for the future of agriculture and crop production

July 8. | 12PM

Event Attendance Offered: In-Person & Virtual

Dr. Michael Evans will discuss the ever-growing agriculture sector known as controlled environmental agriculture which includes hydroponics, soilless culture and vertical farming. He will explain the meaning of these terms and how they are similar and different, and he will take the audience on a tour of examples of controlled environment agriculture operations from around the world and discuss the efforts in controlled environment agriculture being conducted and IALR and the vison for these efforts going forward.

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About the Speaker:

Dr. Michael Evans is Director and Professor in the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences at Virginia Tech. He also serves as an Associate Director of the Controlled Environment Agriculture Innovation Center at the Institute for Advance Learning and Research in Danville, VA. In addition to administration responsibilities, he conducts research in controlled environments such as greenhouses and indoor vertical farms with an emphasis on the production of crops such as lettuce, basil, micro-tomatoes and strawberries in various hydroponic and soilless systems. Prior to is current positions, he was a Professor in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Arkansas where he conducted research related to controlled environment agriculture and he taught classes in greenhouse management and controlled environment agriculture crop production. Before serving at the University of Arkansas he was on the faculties at the University of Florida and at Iowa State University in similar roles conducting greenhouse and controlled environment agriculture and teaching or conducting extension programming. He is originally from and grew up in Pittsylvania County and graduated from Chatham, High School.  He earned his B.S. in Horticulture from Virginia Tech and his M.S. and Ph.D. in horticulture from the University of Minnesota.