AIFS is proud to have Jim Pantaleo, Business Development Coordinator attend and represent our institute at the nation’s top controlled environment agriculture scientists – the NCERA-101 event in Tucson at the Marriott University Park Hotel, September 11-14. He will moderate a panel on Tuesday, September 13 entitled “Production Quality in Indoor Agriculture” with panelists iUNU CEO, Adam Greenberg, Dr. Matt Lingard, VP of Agriculture and Science at Bright Farms, and Dr. David Hawley, Principal Scientist at Fluence Bioengineering.

The acronym: North Central Extension & Research Activity-101 is a committee organized by the USDA to help plant scientists understand how to “use controlled environment technology effectively and consistently.” Meetings are held annually -the 2019 meeting was held at  The Biosphere2 in Oracle, Arizona: A major activity of the meeting is the exchange of information on new technologies and challenges in controlled environments.

A “Who’s Who” of both academic and indoor agriculture professionals will be present at the event, including Jenn Frymark, Chief of Greenhouses at Gotham Greens, Dr. Bruce Bugbee of Utah State University, Dr’s Gioia Massa and Raymond Wheeler from NASA, Dr. Nate Storey, co-founder and CSO of Plenty, Dr. Leo Marcelis of Wageningen UR, and many more! A host of universities will also be represented including Michigan State, the University of Florida, Clemson, Texas A&M, UC Davis, and several international institutions.