Grower program at '09 OFA

April 16, 2009
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April 16, 2009, Columbus, OH — Growers are now making plans to attend the 2009 OFA Short Course being held July 11-14 in Columbus, Ohio.  It’s not too early to start preparing for a trip to U.S. floriculture’s largest event. Approximately 10,000 industry colleagues will be at the OFA Short Course.

“Whether it’s the 1,500-booth trade show that has everything you need for your business, the educational sessions with the latest information to help you succeed in today’s competitive environment, or the networking that takes place in the hallways, sidewalks, and restaurants,” notes the organizers, “the OFA Short Course continues to be the place that industry professionals meet.

Learn from the best during four days of sessions, workshops, and tours. Sessions include:
• Water Management.
• Increasing Profits Through Benchmark Analysis.
• Energy Management and Savings.
• Industry Challenges and Opportunities.
• Business IQ.
• Town Meeting: Differentiate or Die.
• Disease and Insect Management.
• Today’s Container Ideas.
• Working with Landscapers.
• Crop Culture.
• PGRs.
• “Problem” Vegetative Crops.
• Niche Crop Opportunities.
• Media, Pots, Nutrition and Light.
• Sustainability.
• Research Updates.

In addition to this intense lineup of sessions, growers can also take advantage of the full tracks of education focused solely on management and marketing or retailing. Those highlights include:
• Pricing workshop.
• Lean workshop.
• Business survival skills.
• Dealing with your banker.
• Personnel issues.
• Merchandising.
• Marketing.
• Customer service.
• Using technology in your business.

The learning extends beyond the classroom and the trade show floor. Get other great ideas from these events:
• New Varieties Display.
• New Products Showcase.
• Grower Tour to Area Greenhouses.
• Manager Idea Exchange.
• Retail Experience: Retail Idea Exchange.
• OSU Trial Gardens Tour.
• OFA Keynote Address.

The OFA has listened to attendee concerns about the hotel reservation system, and have developed an easy, one-stop shopping process to ensure that only those committed to attending the Short Course are booking hotel rooms.

“You will first register your staff for the event, and then be given an immediate opportunity to make any necessary hotel reservations for those people. The new and improved system is designed to allow you to register several staff at once for the OFA Short Course and then get the hotel rooms you need.”

Registration and hotel reservations open on Tuesday, May 5. Hotel reservations must be made by June 19. The pre-registration deadline is June 26.

The full program, complete with conference, registration and hotel information, is now available. Visit www.ofa.org for more details, call 614-487-1117, fax 614-487-1216, or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Questions or comments? Email greenhouse@annexweb.com

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