Home' Grower : September 2013 Contents 12 The South Australian Grower -- September 2013
Protected cropping meet gets more on board
Stories by MAX OPRAY
MORE than 364 delegates
attended the 12th edition
of the biennial Protected
Cropping Australia conference in
It was a record number, surpass-
ing the 333 who attended the
2011 conference in Adelaide.
The event hosted delegates from
across Australia and international
guests from countries as far flung
as Mongolia, the Netherlands, Sri
Lanka, and New Caledonia.
Technical lectures, a trade show,
farm and market tours, and social
events were organised specifi-
cally for commercial greenhouse,
hydroponic and aquaponic
The trade exhibition featured 50
stands of Australian and overseas
suppliers. It was open to the gen-
eral industry for a day but reserved
for delegates for the rest of the
Technical lectures covered a
range of industry topics, with
one of the highlights being Prof
Jurgen Kleinwachte's talk on the
potential commercial applications
of light and optics in advancing
greenhouse temperature control.
The event included four specific
crop sector workshops that deliv-
ered tailored content to delegates
who were involved with flowers;
fruit and vegetables; leafy greens
such as lettuce, herbs and Asian
greens; and aquaponics.
There were optional all-day bus
tours to soil-less and greenhouse
farms and associated facilities.
The next edition of the confer-
ence will be at Jupiter's Casino on
the Gold Coast, Queensland, on
Details: Protected Cropping Australia
02 9907 6633 or www.protectedcrop-
Biggest edition yet
Expo hosts 50 suppliers
Four crop sector workshops
Graham Grant, Wardell Hydro Lettuce, with Carlo Pippo, Fresh@
Dr Catherine Answorth, La Trobe University, with Leigh Taig, GoTafe,
Victoria at a conference field trip.
Boomaroo production manager Jeff Beavis talks to the gathering.
Frank Goegan and James Cox at the field trip to
Boomaroo nurseries at Lara, Victoria.
Len Tesoriero, NSW DPI, with Andy Swan,
Representing Evergreen 88 Pty Ltd are Anh Ha
and Phuoc Phan.
Representing Powerplants are Andrew Harford, Queensland, and Paul
James Moran, proprietor at Londsale Hydroponics, Point
Boomaroo Nurseries production manager Jeff Beavis with ICN
manager-agrifood sector Ian Hudson.
Darren Lewis and Gary Fraser, Barooga, NSW.
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