Meet the New Editorial Advisors for Greenhouse Grower TECHNOLOGY


Greenhouse Grower TECHNOLOGY was released in early 2016 with the objective of supplying more comprehensive coverage about the advancements in greenhouse automation, structures, equipment, and technology, and how it can assist growers take full advantage of performance.

Because effort, we’ve requested assistance from some of the premier technology and automation experts and influencers within the horticulture market. These individuals have knowledge in different aspects of greenhouse innovation, and together, they are now referred to as the Editorial Advisory Board for Greenhouse Grower TECHNOLOGY. Learn all about their backgrounds and competence in the profiles listed below, and look for their friendly and familiar faces on the back page of each problem in our consultant column, Talking Shop: Equipment.

We thank these illustrious industry experts for their help and guidance, and we look forward to bringing their experience and guidance to your operation.

A.J. Both, Rutgers University

Dr. A.J. Both are an Extension Specialist in Controlled Environment Engineering at Rutgers University. Both research study focuses on controlled environment farming and includes engineering and crop production jobs in growth chambers, greenhouses, and high tunnels. His research interests consist of greenhouse environment control, hydroponic vegetable production, supplemental lighting, and energy systems.

Paul Fisher, University of Florida

Dr. Paul Fisher is a Professor and Floriculture Extension Specialist at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. His used research and farm advising focus on greenhouse innovation, crop modeling, proliferation, and root zone management.

Cole Mangum, Bell Nursery USA.

Cole Mangum is a third-generation member of the Mangum household, operating the broad business of Bell Nursery USA, based in Elkridge, MD. As Vice President of Production, Mangum is responsible for executing innovation and automation that will enhance the daily production of Bell Nursery’s lots of locations, completing 7,400,000 million square feet of environmentally controlled greenhouses.

Erik Runkle, Michigan State University

Dr. Erik Runkle is Professor and Floriculture Extension Specialist in the Department of Horticulture at MSU. Runkle s program focuses on the environmental physiology of herbaceous plants. Particularly he works with controlling light and temperature to produce commercial crops with wanted attributes in greenhouses and other regulated environments.

Lloyd Traven, Peace Tree Farm

Lloyd Traven is Co-Owner of Peace Tree Farm in Kintnersville, PA. As a small, organic grower, Traven has actually been active in seeking out and including innovations that will allow Peace Tree Farm to grow decorative and food crops with accuracy. He is fluent in figuring out roi for greenhouse innovation, and works closely with academia and the market to establish ideas and options.

Art VanWingerden, Metrolina Greenhouses

Art VanWingerden is Co-CEO and Co-Owner of Metrolina Greenhouses in Huntersville, NC and York, SC. VanWingerden takes an active role in developing new automation equipment and innovation, working carefully with equipment manufacturers to establish options. A lot of these technologies have actually been executed not just at Metrolina Greenhouses large centers, completing 7,100,000 square feet of ecologically managed greenhouse space, but likewise in greenhouse operations throughout the industry

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