The 2008 OFA Short Course, sponsored by OFA — an Association of Floriculture Professionals — concluded on Tuesday, July 15, amid positive feedback from both attendees and exhibitors. Under the “Get Connected” umbrella slogan, U.S. floriculture’s premier event brought together business solutions, new products, industry peers and cutting-edge education.
Held in Columbus, Ohio, from July 12 to 15, the 2008 Short Course attracted approximately 10,000 floriculture professionals from across the United States and around the world to shop the 1,500-booth trade show, learn new techniques during more than 130 educational sessions and take advantage of numerous networking opportunities. New attractions at this year’s event focused on sustainability, merchandising and community support.
For growers, four days of education kicked off Saturday morning with an in-depth tour of two of the area’s leading facilities. For those wanting to stay closer to the convention center, the Floriculture College of Knowledge, a Michigan State University program, offered Track II of its educational series, as well as four grower-focused workshops: Container Workshop at OSU, Nutritional Diagnostics Live, and Lean Workshops parts 1 and 2.
In the midst of the educational and business opportunities, guests also had the chance to interact with peers and industry leaders in a more relaxed setting. From awards ceremonies to friendly competitions and group discussion forums, Short Course offered plenty of opportunity to mingle and share ideas.
The 2009 OFA Short Course will be take place July 11 to 14 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. For additional information, visit OFA at http://www.ofa.org  or call (614) 487-1117.