*Preliminary Conference Schedule

*Information Subject to Change

Tuesday, October 20, 2020


Opening Keynote: From Cannabis to Cucumber:  Optimizing Light for Yield

Light is a key aspect of successful growing operations, for most any cultivar. Moreover, the spectra, intensity, and does of light can impact specific outcomes such as cannabinoid production in cannabis or flavor and color in vegetables. Bugbee has studied crop yield in controlled environments extensively and will detail his latest research findings.


Bruce Bugbee, Director of the Crop Physiology Laboratory, Utah State University

Session 1: Characterizing Light for Plant Response

Ian Ashdown, SunTracker Technologies, Senior Scientis

Leora C. Radetsky, DesignLights Consortium, Senior Lighting Scientist


Session 2 Panel: Understanding the Interactive Effects of Total Environment Control in CEA and the Impact on Cultivation.

Plant response to light has been thought to be relatively well understood. But increasingly cultivators have learned that there are many variables beyond light that impact the performance and yield of any specific growing operation. In this panel presentation and discussion, experts from energy and resources, HVAC, architecture, and cultivation will discuss the evolving integrated approach to managing a growing operation.

Derek Smith, Executive Director, Resource Innovation Institute

Keith Coursin, President, Desert Aire

Brian Anderson, Architect

Wednesday, October 21, 2020


Session 3: Lights, Cameras, and Action Spectra!  A Novel Concept for Distributed Intelligence and Spectral Control in Vertical Greenhouses

Perhaps the adoption rate of LED horticulture can be accelerated if we look at the bigger picture- from a grower’s perspective. There is general acceptance that LEDs can tease out desirable characteristics in many plants and offer TCO benefits for indoor greenhouses, but is that enough? What if we leveraged the control and analytics technologies we employ in other industries? In this session, I’ll review the process and pitfalls in developing a next-generation solution with dynamic spectral control, proximal sensing, distributed intelligence, and cloud computing. For a commercial grower, that means crop-specific lighting regimens which can vary over the course of a growth cycle or a day, along with forecasting and analytics, fault-tolerance, the option to manage facilities across geographies, and sending live imagery to remote plant pathologists for preliminary diagnoses. Some aspects were easier than anticipated, many were difficult, and there were a few surprises along the way.


Evripidis Papadopoulos, Data Analyst/Researcher, Let's Grow

Cary Eskow, Vice President, Avnet LightSpeed


Session 4: From Back Bedroom to High Tech: Lessons Learned From a Maturing Cannabis Cultivation Market in Sacramento

Cannabis cultivators in Sacramento come in all sizes and sophistication. Since 2016, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District has been engaging with their customers to better understand this new segment and offer energy advice based on expertise of lighting systems. Learn how the legacy technology still has a tight hold on the industry, where adoption rates for horticulture LEDs are today and what it will take to move them forward, and drivers of efficient and effective businesses. 

Matt McGregor, Strategic Account Advisor Cannabis Operations, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Morgan Pattison, Principal, Solid State Lighting Services

Closing Plenary: What is Next in Cultivars and Technology?