Schedule of Events

Nursery Management Conference

04:30 PM – 07:00 PM

Registration Open
General Session

05:30 PM – 07:00 PM

Welcome Reception
General Session

07:30 AM – 06:30 PM

Registration Open
General Session

07:30 AM – 08:30 AM

Networking Continental Breakfast
General Session

08:30 AM – 08:45 AM

Welcome Remarks
General Session

08:45 AM – 10:15 AM

Market Relevance & Roundtable Discussion
General Session
For years we lamented about needing a national marketing campaign, but never pulled the trigger. It took a pandemic to realize we didn’t really need one. We have become undeniably relevant during the last 2 years. Peace Tree Farm founder Lloyd Traven shares his frank observations and advice about how to stay relevant and why it’s critical to the industry’s growth and success.
LLoyd Traven
Speaker LLoyd Traven Founder Peace Tree Farm View Bio

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM

Networking Refreshment Break
General Session

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Pricing in a New Era & Roundtable Discussion
General Session

Prices on inputs have been rising steadily for years, but 2022 brought a new challenge: exorbitant surcharges and shipping rates. What’s the best way to price your product in such a topsy-turvy year and still make the profits you need to survive?

12:00 PM – 01:30 PM

Networking Lunch
General Session

01:30 PM – 03:00 PM

Supply Chain Relationships & Roundtable Discussion
General Session

Supply chain relationships have never been more important. Have you ever thought ‘What do you want from me?’ It’s a common question when dealing with vendors and customers. In this session, supply chain reps talk candidly about how they can improve, and in some cases have improved, the sales relationship with one another. Our panel of growers, landscape contractors, and retailers will help you make the best of your customer and supplier relationships.

03:00 PM – 03:15 PM

Networking Refreshment Break
General Session

03:15 PM – 04:45 PM

Mergers and Acquisitions & Roundtable Discussion
General Session

The industry is mature, but there’s plenty of opportunity for growth through mergers and acquisitions. Find out how to identify the opportunities and execute a plan. How does the current state of M&A affect the market? You’ll hear from industry pros who have been entrenched in buying nurseries for the last several years.

04:45 PM – 06:15 PM

Networking Reception
General Session

07:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Registration Open
General Session

07:30 AM – 08:00 AM

Networking Continental Breakfast
General Session

08:00 AM – 09:30 AM

Post-Pandemic Lessons & Roundtable Discussion
General Session
The green industry proved resilient these last two years. What lessons did we learn that will carry the industry through the next several years? From employee retention and talent acquisition to marketing strategy and working around shortages, our panel of growers will talk about their greatest lessons and how they’re preparing for the next ‘big thing.’

09:30 AM – 09:45 AM

Networking Refreshment Break
General Session

09:45 AM – 11:30 AM

Drones for Nursery Production & Q&A
General Session
This workshop will help attendees improve their understanding of flight regulations, types of platforms & sensors, data processing, and drone applications in nurseries. Several drone platforms, including a spray drone, will be available for viewing. We will provide a demonstration of our collaborative work on merging RFID tags with a drone for inventory purposes. A detailed handout will be provided. This presentation should help participants make improved decisions to match the best drone system with their needs.
Dr. James Robbins
Speaker Dr. James Robbins Extension specialist in Commercial Ornamentals University of Arkansas (retired) View Bio
Dr. Joe Mari Maja
Speaker Dr. Joe Mari Maja Research Sensor Engineer Clemson University View Bio

11:30 AM

Close of Conference
General Session