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Effective Energy Control in Greenhouses
Welcome to the American Floral Endowment's Grow Pro Webinar Series! Throughout this series, our nationally recognized researchers, hosts, and speakers will offer ‘how-to’ advice based on AFE-funded and other research projects to help the industry navigate through these ever-changing growing challenges. The webinar topics are current and offer long-term opportunities for growers to focus on increased profit, greater sustainability, and improved labor efficiency. Each session includes a presentation and interactive Q&A. To see the full series calendar visit endowment.org/GrowPro.

The January 31st session of our series focuses on energy control in greenhouses.

With concerns of energy conservation and costs continuing to rise, what can growers do to make sure that they are being as efficient and effective in their production systems as possible while still maximizing profits? Dr. Both will explain a variety of considerations and options growers can look at to effectively manage energy usage in their greenhouses, including energy curtains, heating, lighting, and maintenance.

Topics will include:
• A variety of energy conservation considerations
• The benefits of energy curtains
• Upgrading to high-efficiency heaters/boilers
• Upgrading to high-efficiency LED light fixtures
• Timely maintenance practices

Speaker: Dr. A.J. Both, Rutgers University
(see bio below)

Jan 31, 2023 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. A.J. Both
Professor and Extension Specialist @Rutgers University
A.J. Both is a Professor and Extension Specialist in Controlled Environment Engineering in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University. His research focuses on methods and systems to provide the optimum growing environment in protected plant production facilities and includes topics such as hydroponics, supplemental lighting, crop modeling, and the use of energy in agricultural systems. He teaches undergraduate and graduate classes at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. He serves as an associate/consulting editor for publications by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers and the American Society for Horticultural Science. He is involved in the development of professional standards that address the design and operation of commercial and research plant production facilities.