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Highlights from the 2016 Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo
The Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo held on November 9 and 10, in Boxborough, MA was a great success with over 800 attending... (continue reading)
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2017-2018 New England Greenhouse Floriculture Guide On Sale at Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo
The 2017-18 edition of the Guide will be available to attendees of the Northeast Greenhouse Conference at a special conference price of $30 per copy... (continue reading)
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Pesticide Recertification Credits Available at the Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo
Keeping up to date with pesticide recertification is a fact of life for greenhouse growers. A total of 12 hours of presentations (credits will vary by state) will be offered for the six New England states plus New York... {continue reading}
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New: Spanish Language sessions offered on Wednesday, November, 9th
Understanding Plants: Why we do what we do in the Greenhouse.
Funcionamiento de plantas: Por qué hacemos lo que hacemos en el invernadero... {continue reading}
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Hands on Training Sessions featured at the Northeast Greenhouse Conference
Growers always value hands-on training sessions to learn the tools they need to be successful in today’s competitive environment. Come participate in the following hands on training sessions... {continue reading}
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Hands on Training Sessions featured at the Northeast Greenhouse Conference
Growers always value hands-on training sessions to learn the tools they need to be successful in today’s competitive environment. Come participate in the following hands on training sessions... {continue reading}
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Growing Greenhouse and Hydroponic Vegetables
With the increased interest in growing greenhouse and hydroponic vegetables, four educational sessions will be offered on Thursday November 10th... {continue reading}
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Kelly Norris from the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden will speak on Thursday, November 10th
Kelly will give two presentations: Plants with Style: A Plantsman's Choices for a Vibrant, 21st-Century Garden (1:30-2:20 pm), and Gardening with a Y (3:30-4:20 pm)... {continue reading}
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The first New England Greenhouse Conference was held at the Colonial Hilton in Lynnfield, Massachusetts, in October 1972. This was the first time that the six New England states worked together on a single growers' conference. By joining forces, the group was able to attract major speakers to the regional conference, a feat that would not have been able to accomplish if they had worked independently within their own states. The group that produced the conference represented six New England Cooperative Extension Services, the flower and vegetable growers associations from those states and commercial supply firms. They declared the two-day conference a success with attendance exceeding 400 growers and decided that the event should continue on a regular basis.

A very successful team was organized to produce the biennial conference. The team approach continues today, with a representative from each of the six New England Cooperative Extension Services, plus a representative from each of the state grower associations. This team approach of industry and Cooperative Extension working together has worked so well that it has served as a model for several other groups organizing regional education programs.

In the early years, the organizers believed that it would be advantageous to move the conference to different sites throughout New England. The second conference, in 1974, was held at the New Hampshire Highway Hotel in Concord, New Hampshire, with about 600 attendees. The 1976 conference at the Hightpoint Motor Inn in Chicopee, Massachusetts attracted 800 registrants. The 1978 conference, at the Sheraton Inn and Conference Center in Boxborough, Massachusetts served 1,000 attendees. The conference returned to Boxborough in 1980 and 1982, but with more than 1,200 registrants and trade show space limited to fewer than 90 exhibitors, it was time to move to a larger facility once again.

In 1984, the conference began its long stay at the Sturbridge Host Hotel in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. That year also saw tentative expansion in the length of the meeting. Previous conferences had been two days in length, but the 1984 program offered several presentations the evening before the official start of the two-day conference. The 1984 conference offered yet another innovation: it was cosponsored by the Northeast Regional Agricultural Engineering Service. The educational program included several sessions presented by agricultural engineers, on topics ranging from greenhouse construction to environmental control.

The 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994 and 1996 conferences remained in Sturbridge, and offered three full days of educational programs, with as many as five concurrent sessions and more than 100 presentations. The trade show expanded to well over 100 vendor booths. In 1992, an outdoor tent served as an annex to accommodate several additional booths, and in 1994 and 1996, more innovation was evident with the addition of a greenhouse which held an extra 20 booths.

During the Sturbridge years, the conference programs evolved in several ways to meet the needs of New England's growing floriculture industry. In 1990, 1992 and 1994, the New England Interior Landscape Association cosponsored the conference. In 1996, the conference was held in conjunction with the American Horticultural Therapy Association's Annual Conference. At each conference, sessions covering traditional greenhouse corps were joined by presentation on outdoor cut flowers, herbs and perennials, reflecting the diversification for New England's greenhouse industry.

The 1996 conference at Sturbridge attracted more than 2,000 attendees, and the crowded educational sessions and trade show indicated that it was time once again to look for a larger facility. The search resulted in a move to the Centrum Centre (now called the DCU Center) in Worcester, Massachusetts. The conference was held at the DCU Center in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008. The spacious new facility, allowed the conference more space for educational session attendance and trade show space, educational seminars in the trade show area and an area for new crops to be exhibited. Along with changes in the facility came more changes with the conference. In 2006, Extension and grower representatives from New York were invited to join the planning committee. The conference expanded to a full three days, and evolved again in 2004. In 2004 the first day of the conference consisted of a full-day of educational workshops and the trade show was held on days two and three. In 2008 the conference was held in conjunction with the regional sector of the International Plant Propagator's Association.

In 2009, the name of the conference was changed to the Northeast Greenhouse Conference. The next greenhouse conference will be November 7-8, 2012 at the DCU Center in Worcester.
NEGC's Incorporation
In 1998 the New England Greenhouse Conference formalized its structure by establishing a nonprofit organization, New England Floriculture, Inc. (NEF, Inc). The six members of the NEF's Board of Directors are the representatives from the six New England states' grower associations. The organization ensured a stable future for the conference and for the other collaborative efforts that have evolved as a result of the Conference.
Other NEF, Inc. Activities
One of the benefits of producing a perennially successful educational program is the growth of related projects. In 1989, the NEGC group produced the first edition of the "New England greenhouse pest control and growth regulator recommendations". This publication, relied on by thousands of New England growers is revised in time for each conference and is now distributed as the New England Greenhouse Floriculture Guide, A Management Guide for Insects, Diseases, Weeds and Growth Regulators. Also in 1989, the group recognized the need for research funding by establishing the Awards Committee, which funds projects each January. University researchers and members of the New England floriculture industry apply for funds to undertake research and educational project that benefit the industry.
About the Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo
The Northeast's premier horticultural trade show. Formerly known as the New England Greenhouse Conference & Expo.

The Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo is held in even-numbered years in Massachusetts for the region's floriculture industry, both production and retail. The conference has continually grown over its 32 years, and now attracts about 2000 attendees to its three full days of concurrent educational sessions and its trade show of nearly 150 vendors.

The Northeast Greenhouse Conference & Expo is produced by New England Floriculture, Inc. New England Floriculture consists of grower representatives from each New England state. They are and by Cooperative Extension personnel in each state who specialize in greenhouse crops and management.

Regional extension faculty members collaborate with them to develop the conference's educational program. Proceeds from each conference are distributed through a competitive grants program for research and educational efforts that support the region's floriculture industry. Past grant recipients and a current grant application form can be found online at: www.uvm.edu/~pass/greenhouse/negcawrd.html.
The Northeast Greenhouse Conference & Expo is Produced by New England Floriculture, Inc.
New England Floriculture, Inc., consists of grower representatives from the Northeast, and Extension personnel in each state who specialize in greenhouse crops and management.
Click here for the current list of Planning Committee and Board members.
Connecticut Greenhouse Growers' Association Rhode Island Greenhouse Growers' Association
Cornell University Extension University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension
Green Works Vermont University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Maine State Florists' and Growers' Association University of Massachusetts Extension
Massachusetts Flower Growers' Association University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension
New Hampshire Plant Growers' Association University of Rhode Island Extension
New York State Flower Industries University of Vermont Extension
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