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Friday, November 17, 2017


Mexico: the next level industry

It was trade show time for those in horticultural sales this week. And it was busy: the Vegas cannabis convention was taking place at the same time as the agro expo in Mexico. We chose for the safest option and travelled down to Irapuato to report the state of the Mexican industry.And what did we see other.....

Robert Bierhuizen, Jim Brandle, Michael Ecker, Matt Giffen and Leonard Pennachetti

Canada: Senator Harder awards exceptional citizens in Niagara Region

As part of the Canada 150 celebrations, the Government Representative in the Senate is recognizing five leaders in the Niagara Region with medals for making their communities a better place to live.Senator Peter Harder, who has deep roots in the region, awarded the Senate 150th Anniversary Medals on Monday.....

Australia: Casey Houwelings, Peter Cummings contribute to MMJ project

PUF Ventures Australia has retained Casey Houweling and Peter Cummings as greenhouse consultants for the medical cannabis Northern River Project, a 1,200,000-square foot greenhouse being constructed in north eastern New South Wales. Houweling and Cummings will contribute to the design and construction of the.....

Fried Koop:

"Stronger plant through stone wool without plant-unfriendly material"

October falls in the middle of the season of ordering new stone wool slabs. Fried Koop, Benfried; "We note that growers are really loyal to their current slab suppliers. On the other hand, the step to a trial with a different slab is made very fast. Growers make their choice of slab based on reliability,.....

Europe and China sign cooperation agreement on plant variety rights

The Development Centre of Science and Technology (DCST), Ministry of Agriculture, People’s Republic of China, and the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) have decided on 15 November 2017 to initiate technical cooperation in the area of plant variety rights. The DCST is the Agency under the Ministry of.....

High technology supports organic agriculture

The organic sector is growing, as shown by the data supplied by SINAB (Sistema d'Informazione Nazionale sull'Agricoltura Biologica). From the last annual report, it is clear how the Italian organic sector has skyrocketed with a trend growing constantly both in Italy and abroad.The sector's dynamism is most.....


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CAN (ON): Truly Green benefits from industrial waste heat

Greenfield has invested $10 million in a heat and carbon dioxide (CO2) recovery system at its Bloomfield Road plant so it can be piped across the road to Truly Green Farm's 45-acre greenhouse, which will reduce its energy costs by half.Truly Green has been receiving excess CO2 from Greenfield since 2013,.....


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US (FL): Effect of phosphorus rates on tomato in calcareous soil

Phosphorous (P) has a significant role in root growth, fruit and seed development, and plant disease resistance. Currently, no P fertilizer recommendations are available for vegetables grown on calcareous soils in Florida.The objective of a new study was to.....


Breedingmore »


Europe and China sign cooperation agreement on plant variety rights

The Development Centre of Science and Technology (DCST), Ministry of Agriculture, People’s Republic of China, and the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) have decided on 15 November 2017 to initiate technical cooperation in the area of plant variety rights. The DCST is the Agency under the Ministry of.....


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Weterings Mechanisatie

"Constantly looking for improvement"

At Weterings Mechanisatie the improvements follow each other in rapid succession. From chalk installations and spray-carts to scissor lift platforms and equipment for installers or electric tractors. The drafters are working overtime to meet the demand of the customers. Pumps, earthmoving machines and dosing.....


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Multitank to improve transport of produce in bulk

Goplasticpallets.com introduce the new Multitank 400 litre IBC — which has been designed to improve the packaging, storing and transporting of food and non-food products in bulk, in a sustainable way.The Multitank’s unique conical design and robust construction means it’s a cost effective reusable packaging.....


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UK labelling company extends hands-on facilities for customers

Coding and marking specialist Interactive Coding Equipment (ICE) is further strengthening its range of customer support services with the opening of additional facilities at its Nottingham headquarters.An extended Demonstration Room, new Training Room and Print Sample Laboratory will allow customers to see.....


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Iran adds ag products to export promotion policy

The Ministry of Agriculture has listed eight agro products under its export promotion policy and is currently in the process of forming a unified production and supply chains for each.From among the eight products, the apple chain formation is in its final stage.The other products are pistachio, dates,.....


Substratesmore »


Substrates for hydroponics and aquaponics

A substrate, also called a medium or media, is a supporting material or base on which a plant can grow. The most commonly used substrates are: Rockwool, lightweight expanded clay aggregate, coco coir, coco chips, perlite, vermiculite, peat moss, lava rock, river rock, and sand. Some uncommonly used.....


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US: Send an organic message to Congress

Send a message to your representatives that you support the NOSB’s decision to uphold aquaponics’ and hydroponics’ Organic eligibility.Click here for a Sample letter to Congress expressing support for the NOSB's Organic decision.Copy and paste to send them a message.There are two main reasons it is a great.....


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China: Demand for refrigerated trucks is steadily growing

In 2016, under the double impact of favorable policies and high demand, the Chinese market for cooling logistics has gradually realized improvements. Statistics show that in 2016 the cooling logistics market in China had a scope of 220 billion RMB, which is 22.3% higher than last year. Initial forecasts for.....


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US (VT): Produce Safety Improvement Grant Program accepting applications

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) will accept applications for Produce Safety Improvement Grants beginning November 15. Approximately $74,000 in funding is available in this round, and funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible applicants. Applicants.....


Healthmore »


Mushrooms may have antiaging potential

Mushrooms contain unusually high amounts of two antioxidants that some scientists suggest could help fight aging and bolster health, according to a team of Penn State researchers.In a study, researchers found that mushrooms have high amounts of ergothioneine and glutathione, both important antioxidants, said.....


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Mexico: the next level industry

It was trade show time for those in horticultural sales this week. And it was busy: the Vegas cannabis convention was taking place at the same time as the agro expo in Mexico. We chose for the safest option and travelled down to Irapuato to report the state of the Mexican industry.And what did we see other.....


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5 Moscow hypermarkets opened by Lenta

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Kenya: Uchumi cuts losses by 40% in 2017 to Sh1.7blnUchumi Supermarket has cut their losses by 40% in the 2017 financial year to Sh1.7bln compared to Sh2.8bln loss in 2016 attributed to improved cost management. Expenses went down by 42% in the period under review from Sh3.6bln in 2016 to Sh2.1bln in 2017.....


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Princeton vertical farming project harvests knowledge for a budding industry

Princeton University’s Vertical Farming Project began at a conference in 2016 when the topic turned to increasing the crop yield of hydroponic systems — wherein plants are grown indoors without soil by using only water and nutrient solutions — by pressurizing water with extra oxygen in a tank before feeding.....


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CAN (BC): Should Delta get a share of lucrative pot bucks?

Delta could become the marijuana growing capital of Canada but it’s not clear if it will get a fair share of the lucrative tax revenue to police what may be coming.Canadian municipalities are demanding a share of the pot revenue to help cover costs associated with legalization.In a letter from the Federation.....


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