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Date(s) - 02/15/2019
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Viscount Suites Hotel


How will the hungry of the world be fed? The answer, of course, is in “The Land” — all types including deserts, tropics and even AquaCells. And the systems exist today, at Disney World’s EPCOT Center. The creator of “The Land” Pavilion is U of A Professor Emeritus from the School of Plant Science, Dr. Merle H. Jensen, and his work at EPCOT has led to the development of nearly 8 million acres of controlled environment agriculture facilities throughout the world.

Dr. Merle H. Jensen is one of America’s leading agricultural scientists on the subject of controlled environment agriculture and the future opportunities and alternatives for agriculture in the year 2000. His presentations on Tomorrow’s Agriculture Today have intrigued audiences throughout the world at meetings, banquets, conventions, management clubs and business conferences. He has published nearly 100 research and technical articles, and his research and development projects have been featured in such publications as New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Farm Journal, National Geographic, People, Time-Life books, Life Magazine, Omni, Quest/81, Stern, Geo, plus national TV, a CBS special entitled, “The Future-What’s Next,” the NBC show, “Today,” and the ABC show “Good Morning America.”

Dr. Jensen was Assistant Dean for Agriculture Sponsored Research and Associate Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of Arizona and Professor of Plant Sciences. Today, he is Professor Emeritus in the School of Plant Science and a founding member of Greenhouse Vegetable Consultants. He is a graduate of California State Polytechnic, Cornell and Rutgers Universities. Having been involved with various programs for research and development in new methods of food production, he served as team leader to develop the agricultural systems for the “The Land” at EPCOT, Walt Disney World. He serves as a senior advisor to a number of large international corporations and has reviewed agricultural programs in over 50 countries.