GPN Magazine Adds Northeast Venue to its 2015 Plant Health Management Conference Schedule


GPN Magazine Adds Northeast Venue to its 2015 Plant Health Management Conference Schedule

Arlington Heights, IL (August 13, 2015) — Debuting in Grand Rapids, Mich. last fall, GPN magazine’s Plant Health Management Conference returns to Michigan on Tuesday, October 6, with day-long education sessions, and will debut in the Northeast on Tuesday, October 27, in Springfield, Mass.

With a dedicated theme of “The Next Chapter in Growing Healthier Plants,” both conferences will feature leading horticulture experts addressing some of plant growers’ and greenhouse personnel’s most challenging production issues. Topics will include the latest disease identification, integrated pest management, and plant growth strategies for growing healthier and more profitable plants. Many of the sessions will be eligible for pesticide recertification credits.  

Speakers at both venues include GPN Consulting Editor Jim Barrett, Ph.D., from the University of Florida; Raymond Cloyd, Ph.D., author, professor and extension specialist in Horticultural Entomology/Plant Protection at Kansas State University; and Paul Pilon, author and horticultural consultant.

Also presenting in Grand Rapids will be Ann Chase, Ph.D., author of books and more than 800 scientific and popular papers, Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida, Central Florida Research and Education Center, and regular contributor to GPN; Roger C. Styer, Ph.D., author and researcher on flower seed production and quality; and Ronald Valentin, technical support provider of Syngenta Bioline biological control agents with more than 27 years experience in biological control and integrated pest management.

Rounding out the speaker roster at the Springfield conference is Paul Fisher, professor and extension specialist in the Floriculture, Environmental Horticulture Department at the University of Florida. Fisher is also the co-director of Floriculture Research Alliance and director of the Water Education Alliance for Horticulture.

Early-bird registration fee is $89 before September 28 for the October 6 Grand Rapids conference and before October 19 for the October 27 Springfield conference. Fee includes the day-long conference, continental breakfast, and lunch. The Grand Rapids venue is Doubletree by Hilton Grand Rapids Airport. Register at The Springfield conference will be held at the Springfield Marriott. Registration is at

Conference sponsors are Growth Products, Syngenta, and BioSafe Systems.

To view conference agendas, visit For exhibitor or sponsorship opportunities, contact GPN Publisher Bob Bellew at [email protected]; 847.391.1056.