Awards

Indoor Ag Center "Best in Class" Awards

About the Awards

Our vision is to accelerate the growth of the indoor farming industry.  We believe we can do that by recognizing excellence.  Consequently, we have embarked upon an ambitious program to collect bench-marking data on indoor farm operations and equipment used to run vertical farms and greenhouses. Each year we will review the data and publicly recognize key stakeholders for their excellence in several categories.

Who Can Enter

We encourage all types of indoor farmers growing food to participate:

  • Indoor vertical farms
  • Plant factories
  • Greenhouses

Equipment manufacturers are also invited, including:

  • Grow system solution manufacturers
  • Lighting companies

There are different surveys for growers and manufacturers. Companies that score the highest in each category will be nominated for an “Indoor Ag Center Best in Class Award” (TM). Areas for bench-marking are provided below.

Deadline for Submissions: 

  • Manufacturers:  February 1, 2021 (sorry passed deadline)
  • Growers: FINAL EXTENSION! March 20, 2021

Note: As long as you have started an application by the deadline we will give you 1-2 weeks time to finalize.

Submission Fee: No fee

Confidentiality:  All responses are considered voluntary and confidential as outlined in our Survey Informed Consent form.

Take Survey for Indoor Growers

The survey for growers is designed to collect data on indoor farm operations for a particular cultivar and facility. Multiple entries are permitted by larger companies that produce several cultivars at one or more facilities. We recommend assembling the necessary data beforehand regarding inputs (e.g., energy, water, light, nutrients, labor, etc.) and outputs (e.g., yields, solid waste, etc.).

Please register to be taken to the online survey web site. You may also return to the survey from this page.

Last Extension of Deadline:  March 20, 2021

Take Survey for Equipment Manufacturers

The survey for equipment manufacturers is designed to collect data on indoor farm equipment including lighting systems and grow systems. Companies that offer both grow systems and lighting will be considered in each category. We recommend assembling the necessary data beforehand regarding inputs (e.g., energy, water, light, labor, etc.), outputs (e.g., yields) and technical data (e.g., lighting specs).

Please register to be taken to the online survey web site. You may also return to the survey from this page.

Deadline:  February 1, 2021 (sorry…past deadline)

“Best in Class” Benchmark Categories

Criteria for Growers

Growers are evaluated according to the following categories

Effective Use of Space

Effective Use of Water

Effective Use of Energy

Effective Use of Labor

Most Job Creation

Highest Yields

Least Waste

Best Overall Grower

Criteria for Manufacturers

Indoor farm equipment manufacturers are evaluated according to the following categories

Highest Yields

Effective Use of Labor

Effective Use of Energy

Effective Use of Water

Lowest Capital Cost

Best Grow System Design

Best Lighting