Simone Valle de Souza leads the OptimIA Economics Team

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The OptimIA project is a multi-state university research and extension collaboration among controlled-environment plant physiologists, agricultural engineers, and agricultural economists. The project’s long-term goals are to help develop indoor farming (vertical, warehouse, and container farming) as a specialty-crop segment of agriculture in the U.S.; to increase the sustainability, viability, and profitability of this rapidly emerging sector; and to provide the knowledge necessary to produce leafy greens locally that have higher quality attributes.