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Friday, April 21, 2017


US(AZ): Civic Farms to break ground on 20,000 sq. ft. vertical farm at Biosphere 2

Vegetables can soon be reaped again form the Biosphere 2 complex of the University or Arizona. Tomorrow, on Earth Day, Civic Farms will break ground for a new 20,000 sq. ft. vertical farm inside Biosphere 2’s West Lung. Civic Farms has come to an agreement with the University of Arizona to lease the.....

Niels Klapwijk, NatureFresh:

Canada: More acreage makes for challenging greenhouse cucumber market

Additional acreage is just one of the challenges currently faced by some Canadian greenhouse cucumber growers. “We’re all struggling a little bit with supply right now,” says Niels Klapwijk of Leamington, Ontario-based Nature Fresh Farms. “There’s quite a big increase in acreage —not only in Ontario but also.....

How essential are thermal screens for an energy efficient greenhouse?

It is now well proven that retractable thermal screens can save energy without having a detrimental effect on plant growth or quality; and you might even argue that a screen is now also an essential tool for both energy saving and greenhouse environment optimisation.Several projects have shown the huge.....

PCA Conference, July 9-12, Adelaide:

Australia: Learn how the deleafing robot can reduce labor cost

How to act when your produce is subject to a recall? What are the odds for commercial medical marijuana cultivation in Australia? How can I make a proper transition from flower production to edible crops? And when and where can I buy that breakthrough deleafing robot that everyone is talking about? If you.....

New clip tailored to cucumber crops

This year, ARaymond will launch its latest fastening solution, the Easy Clip 14mm for cucumbers, which will join the other products in the Easy Clip range. This handy 14mm clip was created by ARaymond following requests from cucumber growers for a smaller product to use in their greenhouses during the.....

LEDs now represent 61% of Philips Lighting sales

Philips Lighting announced the company’s 2017 first quarter results. “Our comparable sales growth improved in comparison to previous quarters, driven by double-digit growth in our business groups LED and Home and a return to growth in Europe and the Rest of the World, despite ongoing challenging conditions.....

South Korea: Logistics company installs rooftop urban farm in Seoul

Bolloré Logistics Korea recently installed an urban farm on its office rooftop building in Seoul, South Korea, as part of the Group’s initiative to promoting “Green Projects” and protecting biodiversity.Bolloré Logistics Korea has transformed the available rooftop space of its 6-floor office building into an.....


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Cummins upgrades greenhouse generator

Cummins has launched its latest natural gas generator in Holland. Supplying electrical efficiency of up to 43.8 per cent, the upgraded QSK60 gas engine can reduce total cost of ownership for its customers and deliver world-class power efficiency. Stefan De Wit, project and engineering manager for Holland,.....


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UK: AHDB announces new Nutrient Management Guide

A £98,000 project to review the current Fertiliser Manual RB209 was overseen by the AHDB-led UK Partnership for Crop Nutrient Management and delivered by an ADAS-led consortium of experts from across the UK research community. It was supported by £200,000-worth of in-kind funding by industry. The 2016.....


Breedingmore »


Belarus, Serbia to develop cooperation in seed production

The fourth meeting of the Belarusian-Serbian working group on cooperation in the area of agriculture and food took place in Belgrade as part of the tenth meeting of the Belarus-Serbia intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation, BelTA has learned.The parties exchanged information on the.....


Machinesmore »


For sale: 10 brand new Cummins natural gas generators

A global Private Negotiated Sale of ten (10) Cummins 2000 kW Natural Gas Generator Sets has been announced by TCL Asset Group Inc., Toronto Canada, on behalf of Berkshire Hathaway Energy Canada and its subsidiary NEP Holdings LP. This unprecedented offering represents an exceptional opportunity for power and.....


Product Infomore »


Meridiem Seeds introduces TX2022

In line with the principles of theTRADITOMEuropean project, which aims at recovering historic tomato varieties typical of the Mediterranean basin, Spanish company Meridiem seeds has introduced a new type of Marmande tomato, identified as TX2022.The Traditom project has the objective of creating hybrids that.....


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French cooperative features growers on new labels

Rougeline recently introduced its new line of labels. These feature not only the origin and the grower of the product, but also the quality level. "For several years Les Paysans de Rougeline have proclaimed the French origin of their products," but, says Isabelle Rebrioux. "It was important to go one step.....


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CAN (AB): Volunteer opportunity in Ghana

Farm Radio International is a non-profit organization based in Ottawa that supports broadcasters in developing countries to strengthen small-scale farming and rural opportunities. Blythe McKay, director of broadcaster resources, says the organization has a unique volunteer opportunity in Ghana for a.....


Substratesmore »


Soilless technology takes root in blueberry cultivation

Blueberry production and consumption has been increasing rapidly in recent years. Greenhouses and mainly tunnels are being used to extend the growing season and harvesting period. Blueberries are traditionally grown in the ground. The soil should be well-drained, yet with sufficient moisture holding.....


Organicmore »


Certified organic operations in US market continues to grow

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced new data indicating the organic industry continues to grow domestically and globally, with 24,650 certified organic operations in the United States, and 37,032 around the world.The 2016 count of U.S. certified organic farms and businesses reflects a 13.....


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China: Large cold chain logistics center to be built in Ganzhou

At present, the Ganzhou cold chain logistics center project has officially settled in the Zhanggong district in Ganzhou city. The total funding for the project is 1.3 billion RMB. The center will cover a surface of 15.4 hectares with 300,000 square metres of buildings. The total storage capacity will be.....


Food Safetymore »


"No need for hysteria over reports of listeria in romaine lettuce"

A press release from Purdue University last week was titled Study reveals listeria bacteria can hide inside tissue of romaine lettuce – Common sanitization practices may not be sufficient in killing bacteria. Assistant Professor of Food Science Amanda Deering’s research revealed “that the bacteria could live.....


Healthmore »

"Eating more fruit reduces risk of developing diabetes"

While already known to be good for your health, a new study shows that fresh fruit and vegetables may also help reduce the risk of diabetes and even reduce the mortality of those who already have it.Huaidong Du, of the University of Oxford, and colleagues studied nearly 500,000 people participating in the.....


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webinar, April 25

US (CA): Learn, connect and compete in export markets

The California Department of Food and Agriculture, in coordination with the Western United States Agricultural Trade Association (WUSATA) will be holding a webinar on federal market development programs designed to assist California companies in expanding export sales.The webinar will be held on April 25th.....


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It's official: Amazon to enter AU | DIA, Eroski establish JV for private labels

Marks & Spencer says it plans to close 6 UK stores

SA: Woolworths tops SA customer satisfaction indexThe latest South African Customer Satisfaction Index (SAcsi) for supermarkets, reveals that customers remain highly satisfied with the country’s major shopping retailers. With a substantially higher score than the industry average of 76.2, Woolworths achieved.....


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Aquaponics explored on PBS

In this episode from 2015, Chris Hartleb, Professor, Department of Biology, UW-Stevens Point, discusses Aquaponics as a sustainable food source for the future.Source: Canadian Aquaponics


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Thursday May 11, 2PM EST:

Webinar: Designing a precision greenhouse for commercial cannabis

GGS Structures is organizing a special webinar to discuss what comes into play when designing a greenhouse for cannabis cultivation. As this industry continues to grow rapidly, cultivators are seeing the benefits of designing the ideal greenhouse facility to produce top quality and high yield.....


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