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Indoor Ag Conversations & Inside Grower Magazine Present: Partnering Up for Real Results | Researchers and Growers
In this 60-minute webinar we’ll talk to researchers and growers about forming partnerships to advance CEA and improve commercial results.

Hear how some of the innovators in the industry are cultivating these relationships to conduct more CEA research where it counts, and find out where there’s continued opportunity for additional collaboration.

Jennifer Polanz, Managing Editor, Inside Grower Magazine

Melanie Yelton, Ph.D., Director of Plant Science, Plenty

Michael Evans, Ph.D., Co-Director of the CEA Innovation Center and Director, School of Plant & Environmental Sciences , Virginia Tech College of Agriculture & Life Sciences

Susan MacIsaac, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Head of AgScience, Bowery Farming


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Jennifer Polanz
Managing Editor @Inside Grower Magazine
Jennifer Polanz is the managing editor of Inside Grower, a quarterly print supplement and bi-monthly enewsletter for controlled environment agriculture. She has a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Ohio University and has been a trade editor in the green industry for nearly 20 years. She is also the managing editor of Green Profit, a trade publication for retail garden centers. She can be reached at jpolanz@ballpublishing.com, and you can read CEA-related stories and news at inside-grower.com.
Michael Evans, Ph.D.
Co-Director, CEA Innovation Center | Director, Virginia Tech @Virginia Tech College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Dr. Michael Evans is the Director of the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences at Virginia Tech and the Associate Director of the Controlled Environment Agriculture Innovation Center. He specializes in the production of greens, herbs, strawberries and micro-tomatoes in controlled environments such as greenhouses and indoor vertical farms. Dr. Evans’ research is focused on techniques to maximize economic returns by reducing cropping time and maximizing yields as well as on pest management.
Melanie Yelton, Ph.D.
Director, Plant Science @Plenty
Melanie Yelton is a Director of Plant Sciences at Plenty, where she channels research and development team findings to build the world’s most advanced indoor vertical farms. In previous roles, her research has focused on optimizing plant growth, flavor and quality using light, and she holds a patent for work involving filamentous fungus. Melanie served as a lecturer and scientist at Stanford University for more than 25 years, studying plant signaling in alfalfa and corn. She also served as Director of Sequencing at the Stanford DNA Sequence and Technology Center, part of The Human Genome Project. Melanie earned her Ph. D. from the University of California, Davis, in plant molecular biology; a master’s degree in biochemistry from the University of South Carolina; and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Virginia Tech.
Susan MacIsaac
Senior Vice President and Head of AgScience @Bowery Farming
An accomplished scientific leader with broad expertise in plant physiology, biochemistry and enabling technologies, Susan is Senior Vice President and Head of AgScience for Bowery Farming.