Friday Schedule

Friday Conference Schedule & Sessions

7:00-8:00 am  - Registration- Downstairs Harbor Room 

8:00-8:30 am  - Welcome Homer Mayor; Ken Castner , Announcements

8:35-9:30 am  - Keynote-Kasey Cronquist- California Cut Flower Commission

“Strength in Unity for Alaska Peony Growers”

9:35-10:30 am - Keynote-Jack de Vrooman APGA Industry Liaison-

“Global State of the Industry”

10:35-11:10 am  -  Morning Break-Vendor Show-downstairs terrace

11:15-12:00 pm  - Keynote- Holly Heider Chapple-Virginia

”What a Florist Wants”

12:15-1:30pm  -  Lunch- Sponsor address- Regional Reports

1:35-2:30 pm  - Keynote-Mike Mooney of Dramm & Echter

“ Distribution Channels of the Mass Market Floral Industry and Everything In Between”

2:35-3:30 pm  -  Break Out Sessions (3)

Irrigation 101 part 1- NRCS- Alicia Greene

Find out how you can install your irrigation system with the help of the NRCS Equip grant.


Steven Forkey-Flow Vision-Maximize Profitability using Lean Flow Techniques

Industry leading companies throughout the world have been utilizing Lean Flow principles to improve Production, Reduce Cost and Maximize Profitability. Learn how these techniques can be applied to your farm.


Overcoming International Market Barriers for the Peony Industry. Dr. Beverly Gerdeman will present about a USDA funded project that will take a coordinated approach to identifying strategies to manage Thrips as an effort to access more international markets as stem counts increase in Alaska Grown peonies. Be ready to get involved and learn how you can contribute to the project.

3:35-4:00 pm  -  Afternoon Break- Vendor Show-downstairs

4:00-5:00 pm  -  Break-Out Sessions (3)

Irrigation 101 part 2- Robert “Bob” Van Veldhuizen - What’s a Tensiometers and how does it help me with my soil moisture?

Things you need to know about how to use on and how water moves through your soil and into your plants.

Jeff Tranel and John Hewlett RightRisk- Surviving in Agriculture- Did Your Peonies Make Money? Financial Performance of your business.

Mike Mooney-Dramm & Echter- The How and Why of Product Offering, Boxing, Branding, Associations and Future Markets.

Dinner on your own