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Small grower solutions: When you can’t break the bank but still want to add controls + automation, 04/24/2024, On Demand More info »

Small grower solutions: When you can’t break the bank but still want to add controls + automation

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CEA |  Crop |  Cultivation Approach |  Educational Content |  Efficient Yields Workshops |  Greenhouse |  Indoor |  Topic Area |  Controls
Rob Eddy |  Lauren Morlino |  Jeannie Sikora
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Join our upcoming webinar on focusing on controls and automation tailored for small growers. Not every operation needs full environmental automation using advanced computer controls. In fact, learning through trial and error and personal observation creates a fundamental understanding that allows a grower to better leverage high-tech controls in the future. Discover how to optimize your operations using appropriate technology that keeps your hands on the steering wheel. Learn from industry experts as they delve into the latest trends, best practices, and innovative solutions for integrating systems, monitoring environmental conditions, and achieving precision control in your CEA facility. Whether you're a novice or a seasoned grower, this webinar offers invaluable insights to propel your small-scale farming journey to new heights. Don't miss out on this opportunity to revolutionize your cultivation practices and unlock the full potential of your crops without breaking the bank.

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Rob Eddy's Profile

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Technical Director

Resource Innovation Institute

Rob has over 30 years of experience in plant growth facility management, plant research and commercial production. At Purdue University, he brought online and managed a computer- controlled 40,000 ft 2 research facility, made up of 25 greenhouses and over 60 growth chambers and grow rooms. He was responsible for hundreds of CEA studies involving flowering, food and medicinal species. He served on design teams for greenhouse projects and one of the first automated machine-vision phenotyping centers in the country. In his consulting role, he supported major hydroponic produce growers AeroFarms and Bright Farms; Big Ag companies Dow AgroSciences, Novozymes and Indigo Ag; and several cannabis operations including Clade9. He wrote cultivation plans for cannabis licenses awarded in Missouri and West Virginia.

Rob’s protocols for optimizing greenhouse production have been downloaded over 70,000 times in 104 countries. He participated in the publication, A Practical Guide to Containment: Plant Biosafety in Research Greenhouses, recognized throughout the world as a primary resource for safe production of genetically modified crops. In 2016, he was a member of the International Committee for Controlled Environment Guidelines that published Guidelines for Measuring and Reporting Environmental Parameters for Experiments in Greenhouse Facilities, the seminal document of quality assurance protocols for plant science research.

In his free time, Rob enjoys gardening, growing microgreens under LEDs, baking and winning croquet matches against his three grown children.

Lauren Morlino's Profile

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Evergreen Consulting Group, LLC

Lauren Morlino is an Emerging Technologies and Services Manager at Efficiency Vermont, the statewide energy efficiency utility. Lauren researches and prototypes exciting, innovative, and efficient technologies and services for Vermont ratepayers. During her last seven years at Efficiency Vermont, Lauren has researched and designed initiatives for lighting, controls, refrigeration, consumer electronics, and controlled environment agriculture (CEA). She is an external advisor for VEIC on customer-centric program design and controlled environment agriculture, and has published papers on several emerging technologies. Lauren has presented at national conferences including ACEEE, AESP, DesignLights Consortium, DOE Better Buildings Summit, HortiCann Light + Tech, Indoor Agriculture Energy Solutions, and Esource.

Jeannie Sikora's Profile

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Energy Engineer


Jeannie Leggett Sikora’s career in energy efficiency spans the agricultural, residential, and industrial sectors. Her main responsibilities at CLEAResult include serving as an agricultural subject matter expert, measuring and verifying savings for efficiency programs, and consulting on utility energy efficiency program design. Prior to joining CLEAResult, she worked in university cooperative extension on various farm and food processing energy issues, conducted research and outreach for the home building industry, and operated a consulting business. Ms. Sikora holds an M.S. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Penn State, is an author of two home building books, and resides in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.