Japanese Ag Tech Visits Heart of U.S. Agribusiness

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

JC Raulston Arboretum in the York Auditorium
North Carolina State University
4415 Beryl Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27606

Urban Ag News and the Japan Plant Factory Association in coordination with the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry are pleased to announce a joint networking event with U.S.-based agriculture organizations and operations.

Come and learn the answers to the BIG questions currently being addressed in the vertical farming and indoor agriculture industries around the world.

Entry is $25 and includes morning coffee service and lunch.

This event is now sold out.


Attendance is limited and the event will sell out quickly. Please register early.



Dr. Chieri Kubota

Dr. Chieri Kubota is a professor of controlled environment agriculture (CEA) in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, the Ohio State University. Dr. Kubota received a PhD. in Horticultural Engineering and M.S. in Horticultural Science from Chiba University, Japan. Dr. Kubota worked for six years as faculty in Chiba University, 16 years in the School of Plant Sciences at University of Arizona and recently joined the faculty at the Ohio State University.

Her research program focuses on the development of science-based CEA technologies. Dr. Kubota has been very active in interdisciplinary collaborations contributing to horticultural crop production under controlled environments. Her research includes value-added CEA crop production, vegetable grafting, hydroponic strawberry production, as well as LED lighting applications. Follow on Facebook.


Dr. Ricardo Hernandez

Assistant Professor in the Department of Horticultural Sciences in the area of horticultural energy at North Carolina State University. He has a Bachelor of Science, Agronomy – Crop consulting from New Mexico State University. His Masters of Science, Entomology – Biological Control from Texas A&M University. Doctoral, Plant Sciences – Plant Physiology from the University of Arizona. Doctoral Minor – Entrepreneurship from the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship, Eller School of Business and Minor – Ag and Biosystems Engineering from the University of Arizona.


Participating Japanese Organizations/Companies

Japan Plant Factory Association (JPFA)

Keystone Technology Inc.

Shinnippou 808 Factory

Nihon Advanced Agri Corporation





Lunch will be catered by Irregardless Café.
Irregardless Café & Catering stands as a pioneer in the restaurant business for focusing on concepts like ‘green’ and ‘sustainable’ long before they became buzz words, and putting them into action. Since 1975, Irregardless Café has been providing fresh-from-the-farm healthy and innovative meals, live musical entertainment nightly and a strong sense of community.


Hotel Reservations

Hyatt Place Raleigh West
710 Corporate Center Dr, Raleigh, NC 27607

Reservations can be made by calling 888-492-8847 or at http://raleighwest.place.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html?corp_id=G-JPFA and using group code G-JPFA. Free shuttle service to and from Raleigh-Durham International Airport available by calling 919-233-2205, Ext. 0.

Prices are $135 single/double, $145 triple and $155 quad. Reservations must be made by Jan. 31, 2018. Check in is 3 p.m., check out is 12 noon. Cancellations can be made 72 hours prior to stay to avoid penalties. Located 2.4 miles from the event.

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