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Indoor Ag Conversations Presents: Hydroponic Seedling Propagation
During this 60-minute session, our expert panel will take a deep dive into Hydroponic Seedling Propagation, including

--“Best In Class” Techniques & Methodologies Netting Outstanding Yield Results

--Technology Advances — From LEDs and NFTs to Environment Controls

--Creating and Delivering Environmental Recipes To Reach the Desired Characteristics Of The Young Plant

--And More!

Moderator:
Joe Swartz, Joe Swartz, Vice President, AmHydro

Panelists:
John Jackson, CEO, Sustainable Indoor Growing Systems, Inc (SIGS)
Dr. Vijay Rapaka, Ph.D, Corporate Research Manager, Smithers-Oasis
Nick Greens, Founder | Agriculture Specialist, Nick Greens Grow Team

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Aug 12, 2020 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

John Jackson
CEO @Sustainable Indoor Growing Systems, Inc (SIGS)
SIGS was born from an USDA funded industry-academic partnership with Grafted Growers, the University of Arizona, and North Carolina State University. John is an award-winning entrepreneur and University of Arizona alum with an MBA from the Eller College of Management and McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship where he serves as an adjunct lecturer. John has successfully launched investor and grant funded businesses and operated tech-based companies to early stage revenue. Born in Compton, California, John continues his grandfather’s legacy as a sharecropper of tomatoes in rural Oklahoma and looks to empower all growers to be more sustainable, environmentally responsible, and efficient in their operations by providing the best young plant inputs possible. SIGS aims for growers to “Grow Plants not Seeds”, ensuring an optimal head start to their production cycle.
Dr. Vijay Rapaka, Ph.D
Corporate Grower Research Manager @Smithers-Oasis |Oasis Grower Solutions
Vijay Rapaka is responsible for new product development and technical support. He also leads the efforts to provide technical support to other Oasis Grower Solution units located globally. Bringing 12 years of industry experience to his position, Rapaka plans to continue Oasis Grower Solutions’ growth by developing innovative products and helping the customers to be more successful. Rapaka also is working to expand the Oasis Grower Solutions’ footprint into new markets and countries. Rapaka is an accomplished researcher that is regularly published in scientific journals and industry trade publications. He serves on the master’s and doctorate student committee, as well as several, national, commercial grower boards. Rapaka earned his master’s degree in Agriculture Science from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, his doctorate degree in Horticulture from University of Hannover and his post doctorate in Post-Harvest Physiology and Rooting from Clemson University.
Nick Greens
Founder | Agriculture Specialist @Nick Greens Grow Team
Nick started his growing career in 2002 as an apprentice grower for a hydroponics shop in San Diego, California. He worked through several cycles/harvests before venturing out on his own. In 2007, Nick moved to Humboldt County, California. There he worked as an assistant grower for a collective of green houses. While there he began experimenting with a vortex brewer to develop several recipes for compost teas. In 2010, Nick moved to his native Chicago to start growing for Blue Star Produce. During his time there, he perfected his compost tea recipes and became a pioneer in organic microgreens and leafy greens production. He worked for and advised many Chicago indoor farms including Garfield Produce, Bright Farms, Windy City Greens, Plant Chicago and Closed Loop Farms. Nick also created the microgreens program at FarmedHere in 2014. He build its first NFT systems, creating crop and lighting recipes, and helped improve monthly sales by nearly 20% by 2016.