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Thursday, November 26, 2015

AU: Industry day celebrates innovation and highlights new trends in tomato size, colour and taste

Rising popularity in snackable tomatoes is one of the key trends driving the global tomato industry, heard over 80 growers, suppliers, retailers and educators who attended the De Ruiter Living Proof™ Tomato Innovation Day held in Melbourne on 10 November.The second annual Tomato Innovation Day provided.....

At Belgian tomato grower Den Berk:

Re-installation of fixtures after summer lighting break

Belgian tomato producer Den Berk stores its fixtures during the summer. To maximize the use of natural sunlight during the summer season, and to avoid the fixtures getting dirty from dust, Den Berk stores its supplemental lighting fixtures during the summer season.Supplier Gavita offered Den Berk, based in.....

North America: New reflector directs light only where you need it

P.L. Light Systems is please to introduce a unique new reflector to their North American customers—offering true asymmetric distribution and dramatic reductions in wasted light.With ever-increasing energy costs, improving operational efficiencies is a common priority for all types of growers. Many growers.....

Japan trade mission

Netherlands to push Japanese horticulture forward

Toyota, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Sony. Japanese brands are present everywhere in our lives, but Japanese agriculture and horticulture are less competitive and that is where the Netherlands can help.Minister Kamp opens symposiumSummed up, this was the opening of Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp at a crowded.....

Plantscope: listen to the plant

With plant monitoring, you adjust the circumstances in your greenhouse according to the needs of your plant. Based on different measurements, you gain a better insight into the plant’s needs and you can create the optimum growing climate for the plant. With this, you avoid plant stress and you are able to.....

Tunisia: Van der Hoeven creates technical heating and water system at Rainbow

Last Spring the Dutch grower association Rainbow acquired an existing poly greenhouse in northern Tunisia that is suitable for the production of young plants. The plan to grow peppers abroad in the winter months took Rainbow to many different places around the world. However, the final choice was made to.....

MJ Tech moves to a new building

Netherlands: Growing demand for high-pressure fog systems

Thanks to the growth of the Dutch soft fruit acreage, more customers from other crops, and strong international development, the demand for MJ Tech’s high-pressure fog systems is increasing. The company grew out of its building and moved to a new location.Ruud van Aperen, MJ Tech, in front of the new.....

AU: Storm tests new greenhouse

A NEW commercial greenhouse in Queensland has proved its worth, enduring a hail storm during its opening week last month.Melbourne-based tomato, capsicum, zucchini and eggplant grower-packer Young Sang & Co revealed the first stage of its project which covers 4.3 hectares of farmland at North Gregory in.....

US (NY): Why an artist is growing space lettuce

In the back chapel of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, an artist is growing space lettuce. Light filters through the stained glass windows, mixes with the glow of LEDs, and bathes trays of peas, beans, strawberries, and tomatoes, and lettuce. For Suzanne Anker, the artist behind the installation,.....

Stockton: Top changes in preparation for planned acquisitions

Several months after raising 90 million USD from China-based Sichuan Hebang in exchange for a 51% equity stake, Stockton is announcing changes in its top management.As part of the changes, Guy Elitzur, the company’s CFO & COO will be appointed to the position of CEO as of 1.1.2016. Ziv Tirosh, who,.....

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UC Davis, SunPower dedicate University of California’s largest campus solar power plant

University of California, Davis, Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, and SunPower representatives today (Nov. 20) are dedicating the university’s newly constructed 16.3-megawatt (AC) solar power plant. The new plant, which UC Davis estimates will generate 14 percent of the electricity the campus needs, is the.....

Fertilizersmore »

OSU study:

Packaging insecticides in tiny capsules may make them more toxic

Encasing insecticides in microscopic plastic capsules—a common formulation for many pest sprays on the market—may make them more toxic than the active ingredient alone, according to a new study from Oregon State University.Environmental toxicologist Stacey Harper and her team found that a common agricultural.....

Machinesmore »

Home-sized biogas unit turns organic waste into cooking fuel and fertilizer

A startup from Israel has developed a home-sized biogas unit that can take organic waste and convert it into enough gas for 2-4 hours of cooking, as well as 5 to 8 liters of organic liquid fertilizer, every single day.The accurately-named HomeBiogas device could herald a new dawn for full-circle local waste.....

Product Infomore »

What is the reason behind nutrient decreases?

We have been losing nutrient content in our food, particularly raw produce. Today’s conventionally grown produce isn’t as healthful as it was decades ago. The decline in the quality of fruits and vegetables was first reported more than 15 years ago by English researcher Anne-Marie Mayer, who looked at the.....

Breedingmore »

AU: Industry day celebrates innovation and highlights new trends in tomato size, colour and taste

Rising popularity in snackable tomatoes is one of the key trends driving the global tomato industry, heard over 80 growers, suppliers, retailers and educators who attended the De Ruiter Living Proof™ Tomato Innovation Day held in Melbourne on 10 November.The second annual Tomato Innovation Day provided.....

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4-6 October, 2016 in Addis Ababa

Fairtrade to launch 'agrofood plastpack Ethiopia'

Ethiopia has the largest economy in East and Central Africa and is one of the fastest growing economies in the world, which prompted German trade fair specialists, fairtrade, to launch agrofood plastpack Ethiopia at the Millennium Hall on 4-6 October, 2016 in Addis Ababa.“The idea to launch a professional.....

Marketingmore »

European Commission approves programs to promote EU agri products

The European Commission has approved 33 new programs to promote EU agricultural products. The programs cover a wide range of product categories, such as fresh fruit and vegetables.The programs will contribute to opening up new markets and increasing the consumption of promoted products inside and outside the.....

Substratesmore »

Netherlands: Jiffy starts construction of new substrate facility in Zwijndrecht

Monday November 23rd 2015 construction has started on the new substrate facility of Jiffy Products International BV, in Zwijndrecht.Robert Kreukniet, alderman economy of the municipality of Zwijndrecht, is very much enthused about Jiffy Products building its new substrate facility in Zwijndrecht. ‘The news.....

Organicmore »

US: Vermont Organic Farmers releases videos and brochure to promote organic buying and growing

Vermont Organic Farmers (VOF) has developed a collection of outreach materials that explain and support the organic certification process, and promote organic products. The materials include a series of short videos for consumers that convey the benefits of buying organic products, a longer video that.....

Coolingmore »

How HAF fans can reduce temperature variations in a commercial greenhouse

Horizontal Air Flow (HAF) fans and their sisters (HVF) High Velocity Fans are essential parts of a greenhouse heating and cooling system. HAF Fans and HVF Fans are also known as circulating fans. These fans help move the air through the greenhouse, so when positioned properly they can eliminate hot spots and.....

Food Safetymore »

US: FDA sampling to focus on cucumbers and hot peppers in 2016

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will sample and test cucumbers and hot peppers in fiscal year 2016 under a sampling program. It will publish information regarding test results, including number of samples collected/tested, collection date, sample type and pathogen detected for positive samples.

Healthmore »

Leeds Beckett University study:

UK children want healthier meals

A new study by academics at Leeds Beckett University has found school meals are frequently ‘unhealthy’, ‘fatty’ or ‘soggy’, according to the primary school children who eat them and children think school meals should be healthier.The research, published in the November 2015 edition of the British Journal of.....

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Mumbai on 26-27 April 2016

Fresh Produce India 2016 - what's on the programme?

Since launching ten years ago, Fresh Produce India has cemented its status as the leading annual conference event for the fresh fruit and vegetable business in India.Fresh Produce India returns to Mumbai on 26-27 April 2016 with a new format featuring plenary conference sessions, a shell scheme exhibition.....

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Brookshire end sale process | SuperValu regains top slot

Lidl starts delivery simular to HelloFresh in home market

Irish SuperValu regains top slot in supermarket leagueNew data this morning from research group Kantar Worldpanel shows that SuperValu, the brand owned by Cork-based Musgrave, had a 24.6% share of Ireland’s multi-billion euro grocery market during the 12 weeks to November 8. Tesco had 24.1%......

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Japan: This company is growing the future of automated agriculture

If your goal is to create a stable food supply on Earth, or elsewhere for that matter, one path to steady, environmentally friendly and readily-available crops is via the indoor farm, or vegetable factory.Consider the implications for the planet and for space exploration: clean, low-to-no pollution.....


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