2013 Crop Production & Engineering Design Short Course


The University of Arizona's Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (CEAC) will present the 2013 Crop Production & Engineering Design Short Course April 7-12, 2013, at the Westward Look Resort in Tucson. Lectures given during the short course will also be broadcast over the Internet and can be viewed with the new webcast attendance option. The webcast option allows attendees to watch the lectures both live and later at their convenience.
Participants of the short course are presented the most current and innovative strategies used in developing and maintaining successful CEA greenhouse systems. For two days, April 8-9, hydroponics, a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil, is the primary focus.
On Wednesday, April 10, the aquaponics section of the short course begins. This section was organized by Dr. Kevin Fitzsimmons, a worldwide specialist in aquaponics. Aquaponics is a sustainable food production system that combines a traditional aquaculture (raising animals such as fish or prawns in tanks) with hydroponics (growing plants in water) in a symbiotic environment.
After three days of classroom lectures at the Westward Look Resort, Thursday, April 11, will consist of hands-on workshops  at the CEAC research and educational facilities on the campus of the University of Arizona, with the goal of connecting theory and information with practical hands-on experience for each participant.  Friday, April 12, includes an optional commercial greenhouse visit and tour.
For more short course details and information, visit http://ag.arizona.edu/ceac/2013-April-Short-Course or contact Aaron Tevik at 520-626-9566 or atevik@cals.arizona.edu.