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2014 Schedule at a Glance

Arrival in Chicago on Sunday June 22nd, 2014. The Summit runs from Monday morning, June 23rd through late afternoon on Tuesday June 24th. Depart Chicago area the evening of Tuesday 24th June or morning of Wednesday 25th.

Sunday June 22, 2014

5 to 8 p.m.:
Registration and opening reception, drinks and hors d'oeuvres at the hotel.
Dinner on your own.

Monday June 23, 2014 - See brochure for speaker bios

7:00 Breakfast
8:00 Welcome, introduction to the Summit
8:30 Water: Implications for society and agriculture
Bryan Silbermann, President & CEO of Produce Marketing Association (PMA)
10:00 Break (30 min)
10:30 Water policy and how it will continue to impact business
Lyn Clancy and Nora Mullarkey, Lower Colorado River Authority
12:00 Lunch
1:30 Water in Florida
Hugh Gramling, SW Florida Water Management District
2:15 Research on cutting edge water technologies
John Lea Cox, University of Maryland
Perspective of a grower adopting such technologies
Charles Bauers, Flowers by Bauers
2:30 The perspective of a politically active, large grower in a semi-desert
Al Gerace, Welby Gardens, Denver Colorado
2:45 Break
3:15 Breakout groups: Discussion and group synthesis
5:30 Board bus for Ball Horticultural Company
6:00 Cocktails, tour Ball gardens and trials
7:30 Chicken BBQ and picnic

Tuesday June 24, 2014 - See brochure for speaker bios

7:00 Breakfast
8:00 Business implications of water scarcity, water quality, and the true cost of water
Ron Griffin, Texas A&M University
9:30 What it means for the green industry and consumers
Bob Dolibois, formerly Executive Vice President of the American Nursery & Landscape Association
10:00 Break (30 min)
10:30 Perspective from the largest agricultural water user in California
Bill Phillimore, Paramount Farms
11:30 Lunch and roundtable discussion
1:00 Report back from roundtables
1:45 Panel, group discussion
What have you done? What can be done? Creative solutions? What's in the future?
2:30 Break
3:00 The Future of Landscapes
Jeffrey Bruce, Owner of Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company
3:45 So what?
Charlie Hall
4:15 Closing
4:30 Safe travels home

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