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Controlled Environment Short Course

This short course has been cancelled for these dates.  We’re working on a new set of dates to offer this program, so keep checking back with for updated information.

The Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Short Course is an immersive, condensed, intensive entry-level educational experience for personnel in the Controlled Environment industry, as well as those with CEA experience seeking best management practices in the areas of business and horticulture will also find the CEA Short Course useful. The Short Course covers several production systems and associated crops common in CEA production, including greenhouse production systems, vertical farming, hydroponics, aquaponics, high tunnels, and more! Business plans and marketing are also discussed in this program, offering advice on how to help your organization get ahead in a crowded marketplace.

Attending this course will allow a two week experience that includes time on campus and attending the Indiana Horticultural Congress, learning from specialists and researchers from several disciplines.  The first week will be on Purdue’s campus, while the second week will be immersed in all the Indiana Horticultural Congress offers, including networking and the trade show.


Lectures and Labs:
This course will be taught in a combination of lectures, labs, discussions, and a field trip. The course lectures will focus on principles of business practices and production and be discussion-based, supplemented with slide presentations, handouts, and guest speakers.


Learning Objectives:
After completing this course the attendees will be able to:

  • Define controlled environment agriculture (CEA).
  • Develop the outline of a personal business plan for CEA.
  • Explain markets and marketing techniques for CEA.
  • Describe the types of CEA structures.
  • List different types of CEA production systems.
  • Identify potential crops for various CEA production systems.
  • List the pros and cons of different lighting systems.
  • Diagnose and recommend treatments for biotic (living) and abiotic (non-living) plant problems.
  • Compare and contrast different types of climate management systems.
  • List the pros and cons of various media on production systems and crops.
  • Describe key points for good agricultural practices in food handling.



This course has been designated as an approved Indiana Workforce Development Training program that reimburses employers for completing the course. More information can be found at

The cost for the entire program, which includes lunch each day is $2,000 per person.  For information and to register, visit

Contact Kyle Daniel at or 765-494-7621 if you have any questions about the short course.

A block of hotels have been reserved in Lafayette.  Contact Kyle Daniel if you will require lodging.

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