Paul Selina of Village Farms to Keynote Seedstock, GOED Nevada Indoor Agriculture Conference


The Nevada Indoor Agriculture Conference, which will bring together a diverse audience of thought leaders, industry professionals, entrepreneurs, farmers and investors to explore solutions and opportunities to increase indoor agriculture production in a sustainable manner, has announced Paul Selina, vice president of applied research for Village Farms, as the keynote speaker for the conference.

Village Farms is one of the largest growers and marketers of hydroponic greenhouse production in North America. Selina was instrumental in developing the Greenhouse Advanced Technology Expert System (GATES) for the company. The GATES system was created to perfect year-round vegetable and fruit greenhouse production in high-sun and low-humidity areas. Selina has been an integral member of the GATES team from the first greenhouse in Marfa, Texas, in 2006 to the new 30-acre facility in Monahans, Texas.

Selina brings a huge wealth of experience to the conference, having spent his entire working life in the greenhouse industry, starting in England where he earned a degree in agricultural science from the University of Nottingham. He has experience working in diverse climatic conditions and with a wide range of greenhouse technologies.
Selina's keynote will address, among other things, the importance of indoor agriculture to the future of farming, the opportunity that it presents to sustainably increase local food production in intemperate climates, and the key factors that will facilitate a vibrant future marketplace in Nevada and across the U.S.
Additional Event Details:
The conference will be co-hosted by Seedstock and the Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED). The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Desert Research Institute are also key participants in the event, which is scheduled for Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at the historic Fifth Street School in downtown Las Vegas.

Confirmed Speakers:
Pierre Sleiman - Go Green Agriculture
Paul Hardej - FarmedHere
David Bell - Houweling's Tomatoes
Darcy Landis - Whole Foods Market
Navin Twarakavi - Desert Research Institute
Nathalie Bumgarner - CropKing
David J. Foster - USDA
Eileen Christensen - BEC Environmental
Matt Geschke - Brotherhood Products
Chris Higgins - Hort Americas
Zack Porter - Pegasus Capital Advisors
Mark Estee - Campo Restaurant
Mark O'Farrell - Hungry Mother Organics
Ken Kesick - Hydro Greens
Marielle Dupere - New Green Farms
Doug Taylor - U of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Marilyn Yamamoto - Cowboy Trail Farm
Featured Topics:
Indoor Growing Technology and Innovation
Logistics of Setting up an Indoor Agriculture Operation
Investing in Indoor Agriculture
Supply Chain Integration/Sourcing
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