Submit a Proposal



January 19 through January 21, 2021

Conference Location


Call for Proposals

Are you interested in developing a session, workshop or deliver a presentation at the annual Indiana Horticultural Conference & Expo (formerly Indiana Horticultural Congress)? Is there someone you propose to speak at the conference? We are pleased to announce that the 2021 Indiana Horticultural Conference is now accepting education session proposals. The conference will be held this coming January 19 through 21, 2021, virtually.

The Indiana Horticultural Conference & Expo will offer many opportunities for networking with fellow Indiana and other Midwestern farmers and vendors. We would like to encourage you to submit poster, speaker, workshop, panel discussion or track sessions proposals for IHC 2021. This is an open call to farmers, Extension educators, researchers, and other agricultural professionals or stakeholders. Help us share your knowledge and passion for agriculture! Thank you for your interest in the 2021 Indiana Horticultural Conference & Expo.

Educational Tracks

  1. Wine Grape
  2. Food Safety
  3. Fresh Vegetables
  4. Raw Products
  5. Fruit
  6. Greenhouse / High Tunnel Production
  7. Business / Marketing / AgriTourism / Succession Planning
  8. Hemp
  9. Urban Agriculture
  10. Poster

Important:  Please read all of the information below carefully prior to submitting your proposal. The planning committee treats completed applications as confirmation that you have read, understood, and agreed to this information.

Conference Content Development Process

The Indiana Horticulture Conference & Expo Education Committee reviews all poster, speaker, workshop, panel or track session proposals based on the relevance to our attendees, appropriate audience type and expertise level (intermediate, advanced), subject matter appeal, how the topic will balance with other presentations, timeliness of the topic, recent history of the topic at the conference, the qualifications of the speaker, Indiana Horticultural Conference’s history with the speaker (if any), and the thoroughness and clarity of the application.  We cannot accept all the proposals we receive. Applicants will be contacted for short speaker bio’s as soon as the education committee has reached an agreement on the educational program content.

The education committee is co-chaired by Petrus Langenhoven, Stephen Meyers, and Nathan Deppe. Six additional committee members will assist with the selection process. Petrus Langenhoven is the primary contact for this call for proposals. Please do not hesitate to contact him if you have questions or concerns about your proposal, the application process, or any of the information outlined in this call for proposals.

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Office phone: 765-496-7955

Education Session Presentations

25-minute presentations with 5 minutes for questions are preferred.

Deadline for Full Consideration

To receive full consideration, please complete your proposal using the online form by October 16, 2020.  All applicants who submit complete proposals will be informed of their status by October 30, 2020.

Speaker Compensation

The Indiana Horticultural Conference & Expo is a not for profit event. All invited conference speakers receive complimentary registration. Additional speaker compensation is determined on a case-by-case basis. The conference organizers will welcome options where your speaker’s organization can pay for all associated expenses. The organizing committee will consider this an in-kind contribution or sponsorship towards the event. Please indicate all possible expenses related to the speaker when submitting the speaker, session or workshop proposals. Due to our limited budget, we cannot cover expenses for all speakers. The education committee will also determine if this speaker might be able to add value to any additional conference sessions.

Speaker Invitations

Make sure that all relevant information about speakers are provided in the online form. The education committee will notify all speakers in regards with presentation title, schedule and expense related details.

Complete the Online Form

Complete the online form thoroughly. Make sure to check all relevant boxes and provide as much detailed information as possible. If you are the moderator/organizer of a session or multiple sessions within a track, you only need to provide all your contact details once. Only fill in your first name and last name on subsequent submissions. Please indicate where your poster, speaker, presentation, workshop or track session proposals will fit best.

Proposal submissions coming soon




Petrus Langenhoven
Stephen Meyers
Nathan Deppe

IHC Co-Chairs