Indoor AgTech:
Planting the Seeds of a Better Food Supply

— Free Online Event —

Registration Required

The indoor AgTech market is poised to revolutionize the food supply system, disrupting conventional “open field” and greenhouse growers. As population growth, urbanization, and climate change reshape the farming landscape — both figuratively and literally — traditional farming is facing new and increasing challenges. Extended droughts, record-breaking cold, floods, and wildfires have resulted in tens of billions of dollars in crop losses across the country and around the globe. An estimated 90% of crop losses in the United States are caused by extreme weather (source: U.S. Department of Agriculture).

Moreover, the distance over which crops must be transported typically exacerbates farming’s carbon footprint, and there is growing demand for easy and affordable access to fresh and nutritious produce in regions and neighborhoods that historically have been underserved.

Taking farming indoors may provide a solution for these and myriad other issues. Recent advances have created a confluence of technologies that extend indoor farming far beyond conventional greenhouses. From environmental controls, energy-efficient lighting systems, and robotics to genetics, AI-based crop management, and automated harvesting, both small startups and large agribusiness enterprises are exploring ways to maximize indoor crop yields, enhance product quality, and promote hyper-local production and distribution.

In our upcoming VLAB panel discussion, industry experts and entrepreneurs will discuss the opportunities and the challenges associated with controlled environment farming — and help “separate the wheat from the chaff.”

  • To what extent will current greenhouse and field growers be disrupted?
  • Which technologies and business models have the greatest potential to make an impact?
  • Are we ready to bet the farm on indoor AgTech?

Join us on May 27 to find out.

Register Below


Gene Giacomelli, Professor, Biosystems Engineering Department, University of Arizona


Sam Bertram, CEO, OnePointOne

Sam Schatz, Managing Director & Global Head of Farm Development, AeroFarms

Marta Baptista, Global Director of Strategic Research and Technology Adoption, Driscoll’s Berries

Michael Rose, Partner, Better Food Ventures

Free admission for this online event.
Details will be sent to registered guests.

Thursday, May 27, 2021
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
(Pacific time)

A Note about Ticket Sales

We understand that many people may be having a rough time during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the tickets for this online event will be offered free of charge to anyone who is interested in attending.

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VLAB is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated. We thank you for your support and hope to see you soon.





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