Hydroponic Tomato and/or Lettuce Production Intensive Course(s) – January 3 - 10, 2016 –

15th Annual Greenhouse Crop Production & Engineering Design Short Course – March 20 - 25, 2016 –

Additional details about these courses can be found below or by clicking on the link to our website. We are happy to again offer a Lettuce Intensive in addition to the Tomato Intensive in 2016 and are excited to feature new attendance options and new lecture sessions for the 2016 Greenhouse Short Course. If you are interested in attending one of the courses or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, CEAC Program Coordinator Aaron Tevik, by email at or by phone at 520-626-9566. Please also feel free to distribute this information and tell your friends! Any help in getting the word out is a huge help to the CEAC and I thank you.


-The 15th annual Greenhouse Crop Production & Engineering Design Short Course will be held from March 20 – 25, 2016 at the beautiful Westward Look Resort in Tucson, AZ. New to the 2016 course are specific half-day sessions on “Indoor Growing” and “Lighting for Growing Crops in CEA.” In addition to the new sessions, the short course will feature a comprehensive program that will help you successfully grow crops within controlled environments and ensure those crops thrive and are marketable. Our speakers and experts have over 250 years of combined experience in Controlled Environment Agriculture and are available to answer your questions both during and after the course. The on-site course also includes an exhibitor room where attendees can talk with industry experts about their projects and multiple industry presentations where attendees can meet successful growers and bounce ideas off of them. As one attendee from the 2015 course stated, “I’m taking pages of notes back to the farm to put in production. The combination of UA experts and real world farming experience is exactly what we ‘wannabe farmers’ need.”
Can’t make it to Tucson for the on-site course? The 2016 CEAC Short Course will also feature a Webcast option, where attendees can watch the lectures live from their computer at home. Webcast attendees will have live access to 3 full days of course lectures and materials and can even chime in with real-time questions for the speaker to answer. There is also an option to receive a DVD of the lectures if you cannot tune in to watch any of the live lectures. All attendees will now also have the option to add a DVD of the lectures to their registration for a small fee, but lectures will be available for all paid attendees in an internet database for 90 days after the conclusion of the course. New to the 2016 course is the option to register for the webcast of an individual half-day session. This allows attendees to save money and only get the information they want! More information about the CEAC Short Course, including registration and the tentative course program with each of the 6 half-day sessions listed, can be found on our website at:

-The CEAC is also offering the 2016 Intensive Courses on Hydroponic Tomato and/or Hydroponic Lettuce Production in Tucson, AZ. You can attend the Tomato specific course from January 3 - 8, the Lettuce specific course from January 8 - 10, or both courses from January 3 - 10. Where else can you receive a semester of university coursework in one week? The hydroponic crop intensives feature over a semester’s worth of course content presented strategically throughout the week to allow business professionals and growers to minimize their time away from home. The courses will combine classroom time with time in the greenhouse in order to put the lessons learned by lecture into real world practice. The Intensive Courses start from the beginning, but move quickly and are meant for growers of all levels. As an experienced industry professional who attended the 2015 course wrote, “This course was the best short course I have taken during my career. The mix of hands-on learning and lecture is just right. The students came from diverse parts of our industry and definitely added to the experience. Hats off to U of A’s CEAC, leaders in our industry.” We invite you to come to Tucson to learn about hydroponic greenhouse growing and enjoy the warm winter weather! The Tomato Intensive instructor will be hydroponic specialist Dr. Pat Rorabaugh, while the Lettuce Intensive will be taught by lettuce/business expert Myles Lewis, MS.  Please visit our website at or email Aaron Tevik at for more information.

-Upcoming Events at CEAC: Mr. Ed Horton Jr., President and CEO of Urban Produce LLC, Irvine, CA will speak on Friday, September 25 at 4:15 pm Arizona Time (Currently Pacific) in the CEAC Classroom.  His topic will be “16 Acre CEA Organic Vertical Farm”. If you are unable to attend in person, the seminar series will be available via the web. To register, click this link: More information about the Monthly CEAC Seminar Series Can be found at:

-Don’t forget to like us on Facebook ( and follow us on Twitter (@ArizonaCEAC) to stay current with CEAC News!







Sakata Seed America Earns GSPP Accreditation, Now Offers Numerous GSPP Certified Tomato Varieties

Morgan Hill, June 2015 – Sakata Seed America has announced their GSPP certification, as of May 2015. This exciting new certification will bring added value to Sakata’s distributor network and their customers, and serves as a promising opportunity for future growth in the industry. GSPP, or ‘Good Seed and Plant Practices’ accreditation is an accreditation system based on a process approach (prophylactic measures) to prevent seed and plant transmitted pathogens in tomato seed. In layman’s terms, the GSPP accreditation process is a lengthy process dedicated to ensuring seed is immaculately clean and free of pathogens and disease through a company-audit examining quality management, protocol procedures and work methods. GSPP seed provides added benefit to the grower by ensuring that the purchased seed is clean, pure and unable to spread disease to other crops in their program.  GSPP applies to the tomato crop and is mainly concerned with the pathogen, Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. Michiganensis, or Cmm.

GSPP accreditation is a voluntary process which recognizes an organization for respecting the rules of GSPP and its ability to be competent to produce and market tomato seed free of Cmm.  The procedure is extensive and requires true dedication from the company in question. Accredited companies must have a quality management system, work methods and information supply that comply with the high GSPP standard.  “Sakata is committed to providing the market with the quality products they need to be successful. Offering GSPP certified seed is an extension of that commitment. Now growers that really need GSPP product can get the quality Sakata varieties they want with this added value,” states Rhonda Jones, Sakata’s Logistics and Operations Manager.  Sakata Seed America is now authorized to store, treat, process package and distribute GSPP certified tomato seed for the NAFTA market. Sakata Seed America’s sister company, SVE, based in France, has been GSPP accredited since July 29th, 2010.

Moving forward, Sakata will now offer customers the following commercial varieties as GSPP. The list of varieties offering GSPP certified seed will continue to grow as varieties continue to be developed.

Bellastar Indeterminate Grape
Oribustar Indeterminate Grape
Oranjestar Indeterminate Cherry

Ministar Indeterminate Grape
Rhianna Indeterminate Cocktail
Moni Indeterminate Saladette
Rozestar Indeterminate Grape

In addition, Amai, a popular grape tomato variety, will be offered as both GSPP and non-GSPP, dependent upon customer preference.

For more on GSPP and the accreditation process, please visit,








NIMITZ™ nematicide receives state registration in California

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 16, 2015)ADAMA, a world leader in customer-focused agricultural solutions, announced today that NIMITZ nematicide received state registration in California for use on tomatoes, peppers, okra, eggplant, cucumbers, watermelons, cantaloupe and squash.

NIMITZ, a revolutionary product, delivers an unmatched combination of efficacy, simplicity and safety for control of plant-parasitic nematodes on commercial vegetables.

With its fast-acting and unique mode of action, NIMITZ raises industry standards. As a truer, more complete contact nematicide, it also fills a void in the absence of methyl bromide.

Power of simplicity
NIMITZ represents the first new chemical nematicide to be introduced in more than 20 years. The product’s label carries the least restrictive signal word – ‘Caution’.

In contrast to fumigant nematicides, NIMITZ simplifies nematode management by lessening complex handling practices and application restrictions.  The result is no Fumigant Management Plans, no 24-hour field monitoring, no buffer zones, no re-entry interval (REI), no specialized equipment and minimal personal protective equipment (PPE).

“NIMITZ is a contact nematicide, not a fumigant,” says Herb Young, ADAMA brand leader. “And because of its residual activity, NIMITZ’s control of nematodes often exceeds the commercial standards. The distinct advantage over other nematicides is that it frees growers from complications, liabilities, and dangers associated with fumigants.”  

A better solution
As a non-gas formulation, the active ingredient in NIMITZ is distributed through the soil and into contact with nematodes through irrigation or rainfall. Unlike older chemistries, there is no mandatory tarping or specialized machinery requirement. Applications may include broadcast or banding with mechanical incorporation or through drip-injection.

As a ‘true nematicide’, NIMITZ causes irreversible nematicidal activity which results in pest mortality within 48 hours of application, rather than temporary nematostatic (immobilizing) activity as seen with organophosphates and carbamate nematicides. 

“NMITZ is lethal to nematodes.  As a result, we see greatly improved root health all season which leads to yield enhancement,” says Young.

The EPA wrote in the Federal Docket on July 24, 2014 that, “Fluensulfone (NIMITZ) represents a safer alternative for nematode control with a new mode of action and a much simpler and straightforward product label.”

A secondary crop tier has been submitted to the EPA for future registration on potatoes, strawberries, carrots, tobacco and turf. 

As new tool for California vegetable growers, NIMITZ has the potential to bring safety and simplicity to the nematode control arena which is constantly under increasing regulatory pressure.

For more information about NIMITZ, contact ADAMA at 866-406-6262 or visit



ADAMA Agricultural Solutions Ltd (formerly Makhteshim Agan Industries) is a leading global manufacturer and distributor worldwide of crop protection solutions. The company supplies efficient solutions across the full farming value-chain, including crop protection, novel agricultural technologies, and complementary non-crop businesses. The company is characterized by its customer approach to product development and services, and observance of strict standards of environmental protection and quality control.

Always read and follow label directions. NIMITZ™ is a trademark of an ADAMA Group Company.
 ©2015 Makhteshim Agan of North America, Inc. d/b/a ADAMA.






Sakata Scores with the Introduction of Three New Bell Peppers for the East…
and the Tools to Support Grower Success

Morgan Hill, January 2015 – Sakata Seed America has introduced three new varieties of Eastern Bell Peppers expected to please growers and consumers alike.  The three players – Gridiron, Blitz and Touchdown have been specifically bred to thrive in Eastern regions, and are sure to be a top draft pick. 

Always striving for innovation, Sakata’s team of experts and analysts have been hard at work creating a line of bell peppers for the East with outstanding yield, adaptability, disease resistance, shelf life and flavor, and are proud to present their winning line-up. “From a development perspective, emphasis is placed on features and benefits for the complete customer chain, from growers to the final customer,” states Bryan Zingel, Senior Product Development Manager for peppers. Grower friendly, the bells deliver improved returns and satisfied customers.

Sakata is not only known for their genetics, but for their focus on providing service and support to the grower, as well.  In true form, the release of the pepper trio comes equipped with a number of tools to assist the grower with the cultivation of these exciting new peppers and help ensure sustainable returns.

Helpful Tools for Growers


For more information about Eastern Peppers, including a pathology report and column by pepper-industry expert Kevin Ratchford, growers can also download the Eastern Bell Pepper Bulletin.





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