Welcome to 5th Annual Controlled Environment Horticulture Conference

Dubia Scenery

Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas Dallas, TX

December 7, 2023 || 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

December 8, 2023 || 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

We invite you to attend the 5th annual Texas A&M Controlled Environment Conference. The conference is designed for new and prospective growers interested in specialty crop production under a controlled environment and for experienced growers who want to learn more about the latest research by local and national experts in the field.


The conference will be held at the state-of-the-art Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas, located at 17360 Coit Rd, Dallas, TX 75252.

The conference will be presented in a hybrid format, with in-person and virtual participation accepted.

Registration Options: 

In-Person Registration ($150.00) 

Thursday (December 7, 2023)

  • Registration starts at 7:30 am and the program starts at 8:30 am.
  • Donuts & coffee available before registration begins.
  • Lunch provided
  • Dinner reception at 6:00 pm.

Friday (December 8, 2023)

  • Tour of Eden Green Technologies in Cleburne, TX 
    *Seating on the bus is limited to 40 persons. Registrants can also drive their personal vehicles to attend the tour.

Virtual Registration ($100.00)




Thursday, December 7, 2023

8:00 – 8:30 am               Onsite Registration; Coffee, Donuts

8:30 – 8:45 am               Welcome, Introductory remarks.
                                         Dr. Joe Masabni, Dallas Center

8:45 – 9:00 am               Center Vision, and Research Update.
                                         Dr. Daniel Leskovar, Dallas Center/Uvalde Center

9:00 – 9:20 am               Spinach hydroponics in deep water culture hydroponic system.
                                         Dr. Qianwen Zhang, Dallas Center

9:20 – 9:40 am               Light & temperature control strategies to increase yield and quality for indoor farming.
                                         Sangjun Jeong (graduate student), Dallas Center

9:40 – 10:00 am             Solving food safety in CEH with superhydrophobic coatings
                                         Dr. Joe Masabni, Dallas Center

10:00-10:30                    Planning Production Efficiency in CEH
                                         Dr. Simone Valle de Souza, MSU

10:30 –11:00 am           Break and Exhibitor Visit

11:00 – 11:30 am          CEH Labor Requirements
                                         Dr. Simone Valle de Souza, MSU

11:30 – 12:00 pm          Advancement of Plant Sensing Technology for Sustainable Crop Production Under Controlled Environment
                                         Dr. Murat Kacira, University of Arizona

12:00 – 1:00 pm            Lunch (provided)

1:00 – 1:30 pm              Light and Nutrient Management for Indoor Strawberries
                                        Dr. Yujin Park, ASU

1:30 – 1:50 pm              Supplemental silicon for hydroponic lettuce production: An underutilized nutrient
                                        Dr. Seunghyun Choi, Uvalde Center

1:50 – 2:10 pm              Lettuce cultivar evaluation for sustainable hydroponic production in greenhouse and indoor farming
                                        Dr. Desire Djidonou, TAMU Commerce

2:10 – 2:30 pm              Automation & AI in Controlled Environment
                                        Dr. Azlan Zahid, Dallas Center

2:30 – 2:40 pm             Intelligent Algorithms for CEH: A Leap Towards Sustainable Agriculture
                                        Willem VerkadeHoogendoorn, USA

2:40 – 2:50 pm             CEH Entomology New Program
                                        Dr. Arash Kheirodin, Dallas Center

2:50 – 3:00 pm              CEH Breeding New Program
                                        Dr. Krishna Bhattarai, Dallas Center

3:00 – 3:30 pm             Break and Exhibitor Visit

3:30 – 4:20 pm             Industry introduction/panel
                                       Moderator: Chris Higgins

4:30 – 5:30 pm             Tour of Dallas hydroponic facilities

6:00 pm                         Reception/dinner (provided)


Friday, December 8, 2023

8:00 – 8:30 am             Load Bus

8:30 am                         Leave for Eden Green in Cleburne

10:00 – 11:00 am         Tour of Eden Green Technology Greenhouses
                                        Aaron Fields

11:00 am                       Return to Dallas Center

12:00 pm                       Program ends

Note: for more information, please contact: Dr. Joe Masabni at jmasabni@ag.tamu.edu

Registration Options

The conference will be presented in a hybrid format with both in-person and virtual participation accepted.


In-Person Attendance


for Day 1 morning coffee and donuts,
lunch, and dinner reception 6 pm.

Virtual Attendance


Links will be sent out prior
to start of the event. 



Price varies according to
level of sponsorship.



Hotel Information

**Participants are encouraged to make their own hotel reservations.

Nearby Hotels:

Hilton Garden Inn **Close to Center**
1001 W. Pres. George Bush Turnpike
Richardson, TX 75080

Staybridge Suites Plano - Richardson Area **Close to Center**
301 Silverglen Dr.
Plano, TX 75075

Residence INN by Marriott **Close to Center**
Dallas Plano/Richardson at Coit Rd
300 Silverglen Dr.
Plano, TX 75075

Quality Inn-West Plano - Dallas
5021 W Plano Pkwy
Plano, TX 75093

La Quinta Inn & Suites - Plano 
4800 W Plano Pkwy 
Plano, TX 75093

Fairfield Inn & Suites Dallas Plano
4712 W Plano Pkwy
Plano, TX 75093

Extended Stay America - Plano
4709 W Plano Pkwy
Plano, TX 75093

Doubletree by Hilton - Richardson 
1981 N Central Expy
Richardson, TX 75080

Holiday Inn Express - Richardson
1655 N Central Expressway
Richardson, TX 75080