2005 OFA Short Course: The Premier U.S. Floriculture Event

OFA, an Association of Floriculture Professionals, will host its annual OFA Short Course July 9-12, 2005 in Columbus, Ohio. The OFA Short Course is known as U.S. floriculture’s premier education and trade show event. Exhibitors representing various sectors of the floriculture industry will be on display for 3 days and seminars will be held throughout the 4-day event.

Delivering the keynote speech for the 2005 OFA Short Course is Harold Lloyd, an acclaimed business management and marketing consultant. His speech titled, “Am I the Leader I Need to Be?—10 critical leadership qualities that measure your propensity to lead,” will provide a qualitative analysis of an individual’s tendency to assume a leadership role as well as give individuals the tools they need to be successful leaders.

This year’s greenhouse grower sessions include topics such as disease management, greenhouse technology, orchid production, vegetative annuals, herb production, crop production improvement, sampling (media, tissue and water), and managing the bulking of seed and vegetative plants. The greenhouse grower sessions are divided into three main categories: greenhouse intermediate, greenhouse advanced and greenhouse production.

The Floriculture College of Knowledge, a Michigan State University program, will offer its Track I and Track III courses at Short Course on Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9. Check out how other growers do business by visiting Diefenbacher Greenhouses Inc. and Krueger-Maddux Greenhouses on the grower study tour to the Cincinnati area. A second grower tour of Cuthbert Greenhouses Inc. and Dill’s Greenhouse, both in Groveport, Ohio, is also planned—featuring an inside look from the Extension perspective. The tour concludes at The Ohio State University’s Horticulture and Crop Science facilities.

Other special Sunday workshops will focus on digital photography, diagnostics, insect and pest management and mixed container production.

For more information, visit www.ofa.org.

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