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Hallam (VIC), April 12, 2016

From June 8-10 2016, the Hydroponic Farmers Federation are organising their 10th biannual conference in Lorne, Victoria. Working together with the HFF Committee and ASN Events, this year the HFF conference is proudly sponsored by Powerplants Australia. Powerplants has a long history with the HFF, and director Carl Van Loon is a past president of the organisation. “When we were approached to sponsor the conference we saw it as a great opportunity to promote our company as well as having a direct input into organising a great industry based event” said Carl van Loon.

What is the HFF about?
“This year the conference is taking place at The Mantra, Lorne, Victoria, and as the major sponsor of this event, Powerplants are driving the conference program with the HFF committee. We are making sure the conference will be interesting for delegates, by including engaging speakers and exciting farm tours around the area. Our irrigation system specialist Marcus van Heyst and Jan Dijkman from Philips Lighting are two of the speakers we have already confirmed” said Carl.

During the HFF Conference you will see:

  • Day 1 (Wednesday): Opening, speakers during the day and trade show, PCA AGM, followed by cocktail evening
  • Day 2 (Thursday): Speakers and trade show, Farm Tours including Boomaroo, followed by the Conference dinner and awards presentation
  • Day 3 (Friday): Breakfast with guest speaker, speakers and trade show, Q&A with panel members
    The conference will be covering a number of topics with the overall theme of ‘The next step’ – how you, the grower, can take the next step in improving your business. A full conference program is available on the HFF website: http://www.hff2016.asnevents.com.au/program/conference-program/

Primary Sponsors – Powerplants Australia
The team at Powerplants are working closely with the HFF committee and ASN Events, looking to make this year the best HFF conference to date. The organising committee are setting some ambitious targets to get more delegates to attend, and are well on track to achieving this goal, and ultimately, a great event for everyone. “Finding a time and location that suits everyone is always a challenge, but these events bring benefit in both networking, sales and industry promotion. The venue at Lorne has some fantastic facilities as well as being a first class location for this year’s conference’ said Carl. “Sponsoring the HFF conference has also given us the chance to broaden the target audience for the event’ explained Powerplants co-director, Simon Gomme. “The industry has expanded from being just about greenhouse growers involved in tomatoes, cucumbers and leafy greens. We are now seeing the berry industry adopting hydroponic growing as a base methodology, and this industry is expanding in leaps and bounds Australia wide. Prior to the conference, Powerplants are hosting a delegation of Tasmanian berry growers for industry visits and training, and they will then go on to join the main conference”.

How to register
Interested? To register for the HFF conference, you can simply go to the website: http://www.hff2016.asnevents.com.au/ Or you can contact Emily Gangell on and she will take care of the registration process for you. If you register before the end of this month (April 30th), the costs for a full conference registration of three days are (only) $290 for HFF members and $475 for non-members.

For more information, please contact:
Logo PowerplantsPowerplants Australia
Ilvy de Haas
+61 3 8795 7750

Logo HFFHFF Committee
John Elford
+61 4 1703 5956

Logo ASN-eventsASN Events
Steve Robin
+ 61 3 8692 2032

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