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Friday, December 02, 2016


Sugar plant to supply residual heat

Dutch tomato grower expands greenhouse acreage by 35 hectares

Tomato company Lans has purchased 44 hectares of land in greenhouse horticulture region Nieuw Prinsenland (Netherlands). Lans is the fifth company to settle in the area, where the grower looks to expand its production of various tomato varieties.Lans will construct 35 hectares of greenhouses in the region,.....

December 7, Zwijndrecht

NL: Jiffy opens new substrate mixing facility

On Wednesday December 7th, Jiffy’s new 1Plant will be officially opened by Dagfinn Andersen, CEO of Jiffy International AS, parent company of Jiffy Products International BV. Many of Jiffy’s customers and business relations have been invited to participate in the festivities around the official opening.....
Frans Nugteren (15 September 1928 – 29 November, 2016)

Frans Nugteren, founder of Ridder Group, died aged 88

The farmer's son who only remained on the farm, because he didn't want to let his father down, used his farming experience to set up the business. One of his first projects was to develop a ditching machine, simply because he hated having to dig ditches manually. The ditching machine soon became a permanent.....

EU Fresh Info Forum

How Walmart put traceability on the agenda

Automation, standards and IT solutions are not the most popular topics for many people. Yet these are the sectors that will change the fresh produce sector in coming years. Those who move along with these changes, have a future, those who stay behind, do not. That was the thought that brought about 300.....
March 7 & 8, Raymond

US (MS): Greenhouse tomato growing taught at March workshop

Individuals interested in greenhouse tomato production can learn how to successfully grow and market the crop during the Greenhouse Tomato Short Course March 7 and 8 in Raymond.Experienced growers and experts with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry.....

Could hydroponics help water-parched Jordan?

About 40 years ago, Jordan was producing over 300,000 tons of grain annually. Today, it produces only 60,000 tons and has to import over 90 percent of its grain.Looking at the past 50 years, a 2013 report on climate change impacts found that the average local temperature in Jordan increased rapidly since.....

Morocco eyes Dubai market for tomatoes

Morocco's largest producer and exporter of snacking tomatoes, Delassus, is now offering their snack tomatoes in Dubai under the brand DUROC. “We started out in this region last year. We’ve been getting great feedback from our customers and we now know this market quite well,” says Sales Manager, Imane Rincon.....

New collaborative aims for carbon-neutral agriculture

Addressing climate change and more specifically, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture – can only be achieved through collective effort. To highlight the role modern agriculture can play in mitigating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, Monsanto announced the formation and first meeting of the.....

Hoogstraten introduces Kubello Oven&Grill:

Belgium: “Tomatoes on the vine make for festive presentation”

Especially for the holidays, Coöperatie Hoogstraten introduces a new concept for in the oven: Kubello Oven&Grill. “The Kubello is a bell pepper-vine tomato, and looks tough. This tomato has an ideal sour-sweet ratio, making Kubello a product that lends itself to almost anything: in salads, as a snack,.....

US (ME): Chef grows Asian food in the greenhouse

When some Maine farmers had a bunch of turnips that had accidentally gone to flower, they thought they had screwed up big time. At best, the harvest would go straight into the compost. Chef Cara Stadler decided to intervene; she wanted to use the discarded greens for a culinary experiment.“We turned it into.....


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February 8-9, Shropshire

Impact of Brexit on UK renewable energy policy debated

The effect of Brexit on the UK’s renewable and low carbon energy policy will be outlined by the Rt Hon. John Gummer, Lord Deben - chairman of the committee on climate change, at the Energy Now Expo next February 8 & 9 2017.A key note speaker at the event, Lord Deben was the former minister for.....


Fertilizersmore »


Wijnand Sukkel, Wageningen Plant Research:

"We need a new approach for better soil"

‘Dutch agricultural soils are not future-proof’ was a widely accepted statement at the final meeting of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Sustainable Soil. Breeders, chain partners, suppliers, the government and the science sector see a gradual deterioration in soil quality and are joining forces within.....


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Iowa State University in plant breeding partnership with Ugandan University

Iowa State University is a partner in a World Bank project to strengthen graduate education and collaborative research in crop improvement in Africa.The $6 million project is part of a larger World Bank-funded initiative called the Eastern and Southern Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence, also.....


Machinesmore »


The robotic farmers that could solve the world's food crisis

The SPREAD vegetable farm, currently under construction on a science park about 25km outside Kyoto, Japan, will occupy 4,400m2 - all enclosed in a vast, warehouse-like building.Inside, under LED lights, shelves will rise to the ceiling, each one a soil bed full of lettuces. The workforce will move seedlings,.....


Product Infomore »


Hoogstraten introduces Kubello Oven&Grill:

Belgium: “Tomatoes on the vine make for festive presentation”

Especially for the holidays, Coöperatie Hoogstraten introduces a new concept for in the oven: Kubello Oven&Grill. “The Kubello is a bell pepper-vine tomato, and looks tough. This tomato has an ideal sour-sweet ratio, making Kubello a product that lends itself to almost anything: in salads, as a snack,.....


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Canada: Organic packaging for Savoura Bio brand tomatoes

CKF is excited to announce the commercial introduction of its newest Earthcycle design—EC 118—created to support the re-branding of Serres Sagami’s, Savoura Bio organic, greenhouse tomatoes. The new flow-wrapped Savoura Bio packaging, complete with a new logo and color, is now available in stores across.....


Marketingmore »


Toronto shoppers enjoy cucumber organ music

Hendrick's Gin has revealed a whimsical spectacle unlike anything the world has ever seen before. Throughout the day on November 30th and December 1st, holiday shoppers prone to wonder and curiosity are advised to keep an eye out for the Hendrick's CORGAN, or rather, the Cucumber Organ of Remarkably Glorious.....


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US: Hydroponics can remain organic....for now

U.S. growers of hydroponic and container grown crops may continue to label their produce as certified organics. Well, at least for a while. To be more precise; until the next meeting of the National Organic Standards Board in April 2017. The advisory board had a hard time discussing the current regulation in.....


Organicmore »


Irrigation management in organic cropping systems

Researchers at Russell Ranch in collaboration with Professor Amelie Gaudin's lab at UC Davis have studied the effects of drip irrigation (single and double subsurface lines) vs. furrow irrigation on organic tomato production and share results from the 2016 field season.In light of the current drought, many.....


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EU Fresh Info Forum

How Walmart put traceability on the agenda

Automation, standards and IT solutions are not the most popular topics for many people. Yet these are the sectors that will change the fresh produce sector in coming years. Those who move along with these changes, have a future, those who stay behind, do not. That was the thought that brought about 300.....


Healthmore »


Wageningen and TNO start consortium on Personalised Nutrition and Health

A society in which every individual can – and wants to – make a conscious choice to follow a nutritional program that precisely fits with what the individual needs. The Personalised Nutrition and Health consortium, an initiative of Wageningen University & Research and TNO, is researching the technology.....


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January 12-13, La Crosse

US (WI): Scholarships available for Local Food Summit

The 2017 Wisconsin Local Food Summit will be taking place at the Radisson Hotel in La Crosse, WI on January 12-13th. Limited scholarships are available to try to make the Summit accessible to as many people as possible. Anyone is eligible to apply for the scholarship, including: students, nonprofit.....


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Wegmans reduces prices on healthy products | Tops wins watermelon display contest

ShopRite starts fruit program for kids

Czech prime minister intervenes in dispute over wages at Ahold - Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has raised eyebrows by entering into a dispute over wages between trade unions and the Dutch retailer Ahold which owns the Albert supermarket chain in the Czech Republic. The prime minister took the unusual.....


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What will the cities of the future look like?

The United Nations (UN) predicts that around 70% of the world's population will live in cities by the year 2050. A mass migration of this scale will exacerbate the global housing crisis. It's clear that forward thinking or vertical-centric solutions are needed if we're to cope with high population volumes in.....


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