August 20 – 25, 2017
Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
Global Foundations in Compost and Substrate Science
Event hosted/sponsored by the NC Agricultural Foundation
Please join us for the 2017 International Symposium on Growing Media, Soilless Cultivation, and Compost Utilization in Horticulture. The meeting will be held on the campus of Portland State University in scenic Portland, Oregon of the United States. This meeting attracts scientists and allied industries from around the world to share knowledge in the fields of soilless substrates, crop production, and compost utilization. Topics to be covered will include cultivation of plants in soilless substrates and hydroponics, characterization of soilless substrates and composts, new technologies for compost production and characterization, and novel uses of compost in plant production.
Portland, Oregon is the ideal location for this meeting. It is one of the primary hubs for horticulture crop production in the U.S. In addition to the technical sessions, we are planning visits to the Oregon Garden which was established to showcase the diverse range of ornamental crops produced in this region of the country. We will visit innovative greenhouse and nursery growers Woodburn Nursery & Azalea as well as the Oregon Bulb Co. And finally we will visit premier bark and compost producers in the region including Phillips Soil, Monrovia Nursery, and Carlton Plants. As well, our symposium will be held in conjunction with the popular Farwest Horticultural trade show.
The Portland International Airport is easily accessible from major cities around the world. The city contains numerous eating, drinking, arts, performance, and sports venues that are easily accessible via a comprehensive metro system. The vibrant culture found within the city of Portland is trumped only by the natural beauty of the landscape around the city. This region of Oregon is rich in waterfalls, mountains, and ocean views along the Pacific coast. August is a glorious time to be in Portland! This region of Oregon has a Mediterranean climate with cool, dry, arid summers. Average day and night temperatures in August are 26 and 14 C (79 and 58 F), respectively, with very low humidity.
We enthusiastically welcome you to Portland for the 2017 International Symposium on Growing Media, Soilless Cultivation, and Compost Utilization in Horticulture!
NC Agricultural Foundation
Fundraising for the ISHS Growing Media Fund operates under the auspices of the NC Agricultural Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax ID number: 56-6049304. Remaining proceeds from the ISHS Growing Media Symposium will support the substrate research program of Dr. Brian Jackson in the Department of Horticultural Sciences at NC State University for the purpose of continued research in horticultural substrate science. Please contact Brian Jackson for additional information.