Indoor Ag-Con marked its 10th Anniversary Edition with record increases in attendee and exhibitor participation for its February 27-28, 2023, run at Caesars Forum Las Vegas. The exhibitor booth roster doubled with a sold-out show floor featuring 134 companies in 174 booths vs. 70 companies in 80 booths for 2022. Attendance saw a 62% increase over 2022, with 1453 attendees from 48 US states, the District of Columbia, and US territories, as well as 29 other countries. Attendees included C-level execs and other decision-makers involved with every sector of controlled environment agriculture -- growers, investors, tech providers, start-ups, academia, government, food service retail, suppliers, and more.
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For the second year, Indoor Ag-Con once again co-located with the National Grocers Association (NGA) Show, attracting 200+ attendees from that event to the Indoor Ag-Con expo floor -- taking the total attendance number over the 1600 mark.
"We are thrilled with the incredible growth Indoor Ag-Con continues to experience year-on-year," says Brian Sullivan, CEO of Indoor Ag-Con. "This tremendous response from the industry -- particularly our growing international attendance – positions Indoor Ag-Con as the global event for CEA and confirms the growing importance and potential of vertical farming and controlled environment agriculture. As we continue to evolve and adapt to the changing needs of our community, we are committed to delivering a high-quality event that provides unparalleled education, networking, and business growth opportunities for our attendees and exhibitors. We look forward to an even brighter future for Indoor Ag-Con and the entire indoor agriculture industry."
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Among the 10th Anniversary Edition highlights:
CEO Keynote Sessions
Attendees had the chance to hear different perspectives from key executives from both the investment and farm operation sectors. Arama Kukutai, CEO of Plenty, kicked off day one with the opening morning keynote on February 27, 2023. During the second part of his address, he welcomed surprise guest Mark Hagan, Chief Investment Officer, Realty Income, who joined him on stage for a fireside chat sharing more about the recently announced strategic real estate alliance to support the development of Plenty's indoor vertical farms. Later that day, Vonnie Estes, Vice President of Technology for the International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA), moderated the keynote panel, "The Ever-Changing Business Model Of Controlled Environment Agriculture Farming," with Steve Platt, CEO, BrightFarms; Matt Ryan, CEO, Soli Organic; and Dave Vosburg, CIO, Local Bounti. On day two, February 28, 2023, Dave Chen, CEO of Equilibrium, took the stage to share his thoughts on "The State of CEA and the Road Ahead."
Educational Tracks & Expo Floor Theater Panel Discussions
The 2023 edition featured three educational tracks – Grower, Trends & Innovation, and Funding & Guidance– that brought industry experts together, covering a wide range of topics from lighting solutions outside of standard wavelengths to lessons learned from business failures, food security, strawberry production and workforce development and more. In addition, the Expo Floor Theater featured a Hardball session on the state of vertical farming, fireside chats with leaders from Unfold and GoodLeaf, and a session on installation success. In addition, the 2023 edition welcomed a new debate format with sessions like greenhouse vs. vertical farming, pre-built vs. custom-built controlled environments, and container vs. vertical farming.
Sold Out Expo Floor
Doubling in size over 2023, this year's expo floor was home to some of the biggest names in CEA as well as up-and-coming suppliers. From lighting and grow systems to substrates and irrigation, growers were able to see the newest innovations all under one roof.
Indoor Ag-Con |Philips VIP Welcome Party
Back by popular demand, Philips Horticulture LED Solutions teamed up once again with Indoor Ag-Con to tee up the 2023 edition with a VIP Welcome Par-tee on Sunday evening, February 26, at Topgolf Las Vegas.
Indoor Ag-Con conference speakers and other industry VIPs came together for an incredible evening of golf, networking, cocktails, food, music, and fun – all compliments of Philips Horticulture LED Solutions.
Daily lunches and an afternoon cocktail reception on the expo floor expanded the show's networking opportunities.
Looking ahead, Indoor Ag-Con Las Vegas will return to Caesars Forum March 11-12, 2024, and will once again co-locate with The National Grocers Association Show.
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