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Monday, February 19, 2018


Ofer Ben Zvi, TomaTech:

"Innovation is not only genetics"

Until now this pioneering tomato seed company has been relatively unknown in the horticultural industry, but now with the launch of their Toma’Muse concept, featuring a unique collaboration of four well-known produce companies worldwide, Israeli breeding company TomaTech is attracting worldwide attention. At.....

Canada: SunSelect next in line for cannabis

Although not officially confirmed, everybody who can put two and two together can be pretty sure SunSelect is the next big cannabis venture in town.Last fall, Canopy Growth announced it would develop up to three million square feet of greenhouse growing capacity at a pair of sites in B.C. to grow marijuana......

Jan Engelen, Coöperatie Hoogstraten: “Our focus is on expansion of bell pepper area”

“Market for illuminated tomatoes under more pressure than last year”

The greenhouse vegetable supply of Coöperatie Hoogstraten currently consists primarily of illuminated tomatoes. “The illuminated season is under more pressure than last year, particularly for vine and beefsteak tomatoes,” says commercial manager Jan Engelen. The specialities are the exception to this. Of.....

CAN (ON): Peter Quiring to help develop 1.4 million sq.ft. MMJ greenhouse

Wheaton Income has entered into a joint venture with Peter Quiring, via a newly formed subsidiary (GreenhouseCo), to develop, construct and operate a state-of-the-art purpose-built greenhouse for cannabis cultivation in Leamington, Ontario with Mr. Quiring acting as Chief Executive Officer of.....

Italy: Quality is essential to be successful

"Our objective is to increase our presence in the domestic and foreign retail sector. We had already tried it in the past, but the market was saturated with traditional productions. We now want to focus on the fact that we hold the organic certification. In Berlin, we met with the protagonists of the.....

US: Illumitex and Grow Rebates report record year

Illumitex and Grow Rebates announce the largest year in the four-year history of their partnership. The two companies have continually been able to provide lighting solutions to high-value cultivators across the Northwest by assisting them in making the transition to more sustainable LED grow.....

US (MS): Dixie grandmother grows hydroponic tomatoes

Beth Tucker has been around farming all her life. But adapting to today's technology has helped Tucker grow better products year-round. Tucker, 55, of the Dixie community has been growing tomatoes hydroponically for about three years at Triple T Hydroponics. She started prep work on the farm a year.....

Dynamic carbohydrate supply and demand model of vegetative growth

Predicting the growth response of seedlings from the environmental responses of photosynthesis and metabolism may be improved by considering the dynamics of non-structural carbohydrate (NSC) over a diurnal cycle. Attenuation of growth metabolism when NSC content is low could explain why some NSC is conserved.....

Spanish organic products taking over the US market

Based in Barranquete de Níjar, Almería, Bioterráneo is devoted to the production and marketing of organic processed products, including gazpacho, cherry tomato juice and two unique products launched exclusively by this company: gluten-free salmorejo soup and organic watermelon juice.This firm was created by.....

US (IL): Schlarman grant reaps greenhouse

A greenhouse will soon yield a crop of new educational opportunities at Schlarman Academy’s North Campus.An 18-foot by 36-foot greenhouse from International Greenhouse Co. of Danville has come to fruition thanks to the Schlarman Foundation Board’s newly launched teacher grant program.The greenhouse is the.....


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Geothermal Resources Council announces 2018 scholarships

To qualify for one of these awards a student must be a GRC member (student memberships are only $5 per year) as well as be a student in an accredited academic institution. Selection of recipients will be based upon a variety of factors, including the individual’s academic record, student activities,.....


Fertilizersmore »


World first for sustainable soils - topora®aqua

Local raw material provides alternative to coconut products

At IPM 2018 the Kleeschulte Substrate Factory introduced to the market a world first - topora®aqua. The first alternative to peat and coconut products, this product innovation exhibits excellent water-retaining properties and thus opens up completely new possibilities for sustainable soils and substrates......


Breedingmore »


Ofer Ben Zvi, TomaTech:

"Innovation is not only genetics"

Until now this pioneering tomato seed company has been relatively unknown in the horticultural industry, but now with the launch of their Toma’Muse concept, featuring a unique collaboration of four well-known produce companies worldwide, Israeli breeding company TomaTech is attracting worldwide attention. At.....


Machinesmore »


Is the trolley-lorry the vehicle of the future?

This electric roadway for hybrid lorries is two kilometres long and can be found in Sweden, along the regular motorway. While the lorries use the roadway, they’re being charged via the high-voltage cables.The roadway was developed by Siemens and Scania, and is close to the Swedish city of Gävle. Sweden hopes.....


Product Infomore »

US infographics show fruits and vegetables that are in season

Plan to purchase your fruits and vegetables during their peak seasons, and you'll not only enjoy them more, you'll save money while maximizing nutrition.Buying in season makes all fruits and vegetables more enjoyable—and that’s not the only benefit, according to NYC-based registered dietitian Lisa Hayim......


Packagingmore »


"Try a more cosy relationship with your packaging supplier"

A closer, more collaborative relationship allows customers access to every detailed stage in development from conception through to full production. It also allows for a more lateral and considered approach when it comes to packaging and, importantly, the environment. Macpac do not sell millions of standard.....


Marketingmore »


Jordanian fruit and vegetable exporters visit Fruit Logistica

Between 5 and 10 February a group of 8 farmers & exporters from Jordan participating in one of CBI's export coaching projects visited Berlin. While in Berlin they visited fresh produce trade show Fruit Logistica, where they got the opportunity to introduce themselves and Jordan to the EU market and meet.....


Substratesmore »


and improved nutrient buffering

Humic acid coloured perlite for higher consumer acceptance

Despite perlite being a 100 % pure natural product, consumers tend to associate its white colour with being an artificially made or chemical product. This leads gardeners selling organic herbs to concerns about customer acceptance. Knauf introduceddark-coloured Perligran® Organic. The perlite is mixed with.....


Organicmore »


European Input List for organic production launched

At Biofach 2018, the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL officially presents the European Input List. This internet-based tool represents an online directory of commercial products compliant with the EU legislation on organic production.The European Input List database currently contains almost.....


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US: APHIS launches webpage for frequently requested records

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is launching a new “Frequently Requested Records” page on their Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) e-reading room, in accordance with the FOIA statute. The new page will contain copies of frequently.....


Healthmore »


US: Organic spinach sees strong growth in 'functional foods'

Demand for organic spinach continues to increase, with many growers seeing their biggest gains from the variety compared with all products. And while the fresh market is seeing solid long term gains, it is the 'functional foods' sector where a significant consumption increase is taking place."For the most.....


Eventsmore »


PMA A-NZ brings together New Zealand’s industry for two special events

Over two days, the Produce Marketing Association Australia-New Zealand (PMA A-NZ) is hosting two events for the fresh produce and floral industry in Auckland, New Zealand.The first event is the PMA A-NZ Fresh Forum & Networking Drinks to take place at La Cigale, The French Market on 28 February. This.....


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Mumbai hawkers creatively storing their wares

For all those people who are convinced that, in this day and age, certainly everyone must be held to the highest standards of hygiene when selling fruit and vegetables; watch where these Mumbai street vendors are storing their foodstuffs.


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US (TX): Students make a pretty penny with aquaponics

It's Senora Scott's fourth year to catch up with a group of middle school students from Corsicana, Texas who are leading the way in innovation for agriculture with their ag mechanics projects.A group of 8th graders from Corsicana thought the future of agriculture looked a little fishy. So, they decided to.....

US (WI): Aquaponics growers looking to cash in

The farmland along Sun Valley Parkway east of Paoli is still fertile soil for corn, soybeans, alfalfa and other traditional crops.But a 120-acre farm established in the 1800s along a rail line that is now the Badger State Trail is trying to make a year-round business out of lettuce, herbs and micro greens,.....


Medicinal productionmore »


Canada: SunSelect next in line for cannabis

Although not officially confirmed, everybody who can put two and two together can be pretty sure SunSelect is the next big cannabis venture in town.Last fall, Canopy Growth announced it would develop up to three million square feet of greenhouse growing capacity at a pair of sites in B.C. to grow marijuana......


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