Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry to Kick Off 2023 CEA Summit East With Opening Morning Keynote – Urban Ag News

DANVILLE, VA – Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Matthew Lohr will lead the opening morning keynote deal with for the 2nd annual version of the Managed Atmosphere Agriculture (CEA) Summit East, September 19-20, 2023 on the Institute for Superior Studying and Analysis (IALR) Institute Convention Heart in Danville, VA. Secretary Lohr’s presentation units the stage for 2 days of schooling and networking constructed across the summit’s objective of bringing CEA enterprise and tutorial group members collectively to spice up development alternatives for all the sector.

The CEA Summit East is co-hosted by Indoor Ag-Con, the biggest vertical farming | CEA gathering, and the CEA Innovation Heart – a partnership between the IALR and Virginia Tech’s College of Plant and Environmental Sciences and the Virginia Seafood Agricultural Analysis and Extension Heart.

Throughout his keynote deal with, “Virginia’s Dedication to Subsequent Technology Agriculture: Main the Indoor Farming Revolution,” Secretary Lohr will focus on the state’s management position within the CEA sector, together with its funding in analysis and improvement, workforce coaching, and infrastructure to assist CEA trade development. The session will give attendees useful insights into Virginia’s strategic CEA plans, initiatives, assist mechanisms and alternatives that exist for collaboration and innovation.

Matthew Lohr was raised on a Virginia century household farm within the Shenandoah Valley. As a fifth-generation farmer, he has spent his complete life working for the betterment of the agricultural trade and rural America. 

He developed his ardour for public service and agricultural coverage whereas serving as each a state and nationwide FFA officer earlier than graduating from Virginia Tech with a B.S. diploma in Agricultural Training. He has greater than 30 years of expertise as knowledgeable chief and communicator. 

In early 2022, he was appointed by Governor Glenn Youngkin to function Virginia’s Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry. On this position, he serves within the governor’s cupboard and oversees three state businesses – the Virginia Division of Agriculture and Client Providers, the Virginia Division of Forestry, and the Virginia Racing Fee. 

“We’re honored to have Secretary Lohr be part of us for the 2nd annual CEA Summit East. Virginia’s distinctive benefits make it a really perfect hub for CEA corporations and Secretary Lohr’s participation in our occasion additional underscores the state’s dedication to fostering CEA trade innovation and development. His keynote is the right kick-off to the insightful discussions, networking and development alternatives that can all be a part of this 12 months’s occasion,” mentioned Brian Sullivan, CEO, Indoor Ag-Con.

“On the CEA Innovation Heart, our mission revolves round transferring the CEA trade ahead by means of analysis, academic programming and trade assist,” provides Dr. Scott Lowman, Co-Director of the CEA Innovation Heart, and Vice President of Utilized Analysis at IALR. “We’re particularly excited to have Secretary Lohr lead our keynote and spotlight the pivotal position that public-private partnerships play in driving the expansion of this sector. Together with his keynote, we sit up for showcasing how Virginia’s collaborative efforts are driving developments that resonate far past our state borders.”

The CEA Summit East is custom-tailored for brand new and well-seasoned CEA trade members from all through the Japanese US, together with indoor and greenhouse growers, facility house owners and operators, educators, authorities officers, actual property builders, architects, building specialists, gross sales and advertising groups and others.

Through the two-day occasion, trade members could have the chance to listen to from CEOs, researchers, and specialists main keynotes, panels, and breakout classes; discover tabletop reveals presenting the most recent CEA improvements and companies; and luxuriate in a bunch of networking alternatives starting from meals and occasional breaks to a night social occasion.


WHEN:      Tuesday, September 19 – Wednesday, September 20, 2023 

WHERE:    IALR Institute Convention Heart, 150 Slayton Ave, Danville, VA 24540

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Indoor Ag-Con is the premier international occasion sequence targeted on the way forward for indoor farming. Since 2013, the commerce present and convention, the trade’s largest, has been on the forefront of the quickly increasing vertical farming and managed setting agriculture sector, offering a platform for trade leaders, innovators, and researchers to attach, share information, and drive the trade ahead. Extra information-  

The Virginia Tech-IALR Managed Atmosphere Agriculture Innovation Heart is a joint mission between IALR and Virginia Tech’s College of Plant and Environmental Sciences and the Virginia Seafood Agricultural Analysis and Extension Heart. By creating strategic partnerships with each trade and academia, the objective of the Innovation Heart is to conduct analysis and academic programming to develop, promote and advance the CEA sector within the U.S. and internationally. Extra info–