Las Vegas (PRWEB) March 04, 2014
The second annual Indoor Agriculture Conference, May 14 – 15, 2014, not only highlights some of the industry’s top technological advances, it also offers attendees access to its top professionals. Speaking on subjects ranging from window farming to food security and lighting systems, the Indoor Agriculture Conference features two full days of education on controlled environment technologies, aero/hydro/aquaponic best practices and business models, automated nutrient systems, future trends, and financing options at the renowned Las Vegas Springs Preserve Desert Living Center.
Michael DiGiglio, president & CEO of Village Farms, takes the stage as part of a Farming Panel on the first day of the Conference, May 14 at 8:45 a.m. Village Farms is a leading vegetable greenhouse producer and supplier in North America, boasting $130 million in annual revenues. Village Farms produce is sold throughout the United States, Canada and select areas in Mexico. The 26-year-old company currently operates more than 262 acres and markets an additional 120 acres of greenhouse.
The first keynote speaker is Paul Lightfoot, whose company Bright Farms was recently named among “The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies” by Fast Company. Bright Farms works with large grocers to hydroponically grow lettuce, tomatoes and herbs on site or nearby, cutting transportation costs, increasing produce shelf life, and reducing waste. The Company recently raised more than $4 million from venture capitalists to expand its greenhouse operations into new cities.
Other featured speakers include Britta Riley, founder of WindowFarms, venture capitalist Joe Hudson of One Earth Capital and Paul Grey of Illumitex.
Britta Riley is the founder of WindowFarms.org, a revolutionary platform for urban-dwellers who want to grow produce at home. The company makes vertical hydroponic platforms for growing food in city windows that was designed in conjunction with an online citizen platform consisting of more than 40,000 window farmers from around the globe. WindowFarms.org was named one of the top 100 businesses to watch in 2010 by Entrepreneur and Riley has also hosted a widely-viewed Ted Talk on growing a garden in her apartment.
Joe Hudson is a Principal at One Earth Capital, a Bay Area-based boutique venture capital firm whose investments include biopesticide firm Marrone BioSciences, which had a successful initial public offering in 2013. He has more than 20 years of corporate experience in financial services, sustainable agriculture and environmental industries.
Illumitex’s Paul Gray is featured on the Day 2 Lighting Panel, May 15 at 4:30 p.m. Founded in Austin, Texas in 2005, Illumitex is an industry-leading manufacturer of precision LEDs and LED lighting fixtures. The company provides lighting solutions for the horticulture industry, including grow lights for large growers, indoor gardens, vertical farms, greenhouses, grow containers and green walls. Its LED light technology delivers custom-spectra photons directly and uniformly to plants, allowing growers to produce plants in less time with less energy.
Co-hosted by Newbean Capital and the Black Emerald Group, and sponsored by Hort Americas, Illumitex and Johnny Seeds, the Indoor Agriculture Conference highlights the accelerating greenhouse, container and vertical farming trend that is sweeping urban centers and inclement environments around the world.
Conference registration is now open. In addition, limited vendor space and several sponsorship opportunities are still available at Indoor.ag.
For the most up-to-date information on the 2014 Indoor Agriculture Conference, visit http://www.indoor.ag.
About the Black Emerald Group
Founded in 1994, The Black Emerald Group is a leader in developing specialized financing solutions within the sustainable agriculture, waste management/recycling and renewable energy sectors, and has been involved in more than 50 transactions over the past twenty years. For more information on Black Emerald visit blackemerald.com.
About Newbean Capital
Newbean Capital is an investment consulting firm, with a specific interest in agriculture. Its Las Vegas events include a TEDxManhattan Viewing Party and the second Annual Indoor Agriculture Conference.