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PCA Conference Review

PCA Conference Review

Trip to the Gold Coast


Next week I’ll be attending the Protected Cropping Australia conference in the Gold Coast.  There are a number of very interesting sessions which I’m extremely excited about.  My only concern is several sessions are running concurrently, and I won’t be able to attend those that are on at the same time.   I am spoilt for choice.  On the first day there is a masterclass on growing Medicinal Cannabis, which I will be wring an article on.   Nearly a full day has been dedicated to this subject in one of the conference rooms. 

Roelf Schreuder, from NZ Gourmet, will be presenting on LED lighting.  I will definitely write an article on this, as it is nearly one year on from last years Mokai open day.  It will be great to see the possibilities the LED’s offer for growers.


“We are anticipating 500 + delegates to attend and the event will include many of the key decision makers from the industry. The greenhouse industry covers a wide sector of horticulture from fruit, vegetables, cut flowers, nursery, leafy greens, aquaponics and marijuana industries. It is valued at more than $1.6 billion per year. PCA is the peak industry body representing commercial hydroponic and greenhouse growers Australia wide as well as having a wide international following. 

PCA members also include equipment and installation suppliers, specialist consultants and advisors, researchers and educators. PCA has had an enviable track report of hosting well attended conferences since 1990. For our 2019 conference our theme will be: Seduction by Technology, Knowledge Exchange for Greenhouse Growers.”

Nicky Mann

Chair, Protected Cropping


Conference Topics:

  1. Medical Cannabis

  2. Pollination Training and Education

  3. Lighting

  4. High Tech how-to-grow

  5. Low Tech how-to-grow

  6. New Trends in Consumer Shopping

  7. Vertical Farming

  8. Fresh produce contamination

  9. Berries

  10. Glowering strategies using data from climate control systems

  11. Robotics

  12. Nutrition

  13. Climate Control

  14. Irrigation

  15. Labour management solutions


There are masterclasses on Medicinal Cannabis, Pollination, and Integrated Pest Management. Some of the world's leading technology and production experts will share tips and tricks with delegates.

Check out the programme:



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