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Friday, September 22, 2017


John Hoogeboom reflects on his longstanding career:

"Pace of innovation in horticulture is phenomenal"

If there is one man that has witnessed the evolution of greenhouse technology and equipment from the front row, it must be John Hoogeboom. The Dutchman was at the base of introducing new technologies in the United States. At the age of 75 he hopes to retire soon, but not before he shares his story with us......

NL: Certhon builds own Innovation Centre

Next to their office in Poeldijk (the Netherlands), Certhon is building its own research facility: the Certhon Innovation Centre. Certhon is conducting pioneering research on optimizing the technology of growing without daylight for the last two years. The facility will accommodate eight growth cells.....

Svensson welcomes new Climate Consultant in Latin America

Ludvig Svensson announces the new addition of Alejandro Medina to their Americas team.Alejandro Medina recently joined Svensson's Latin American team on September 4th, 2017 as a Greenhouse Climate Consultant in Mexico.With a Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology Engineering, Alejandro's education and.....

Indian start-up wins Israeli award for modular greenhouse

An Indian startup has won a prestigious award and a cash prize of $42,000 in Israel for developing an affordable modular greenhouse that aims to give farmers a steady and dependable income. Kheyti, a Hyderabad-based startup, was chosen among the ten finalists in the prestigious MassChallenge Israel contest.....

UK: Making sense of changes to the Renewable Heat Incentive

GrowSave unpicks the changes to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme to help growers understand what this means for them.Some of the long anticipated RHI regulations come into effect today (20th September). These affect mostly biomass boilers where the tariffs for small, medium and large biomass will.....

France to give a boost to horticultural sector and modernise its greenhouses

French vegetable producers want to give a boost to their sector, and to this end, they are betting on the development and modernization of their greenhouses, with investments totalling over 300 million Euro in the period from 2017 to 2020, as outlined in the White Paper 2017: "Maintaining and developing.....

Canadian company to grow MMJ in Portugal

Tilray announced plans today to invest up to €20 million in a European Union Campus (EU Campus) after receiving licenses from the Government of Portugal to import cannabis genetics and to cultivate cannabis for medical purposes.“Tilray’s EU Campus is another strategic milestone as we aim to build the world’s.....

New study sheds light on mysterious plant compounds

Plants produce more than a million small, nonprotein molecules that they use for communication, defense and other purposes. While many of these have been adopted by humans for use in medicine, nutrition and agriculture, the vast majority have yet to be studied.Gaurav Moghe, assistant professor in the Plant.....

Ten years of HortiNova crop consultancy

With special attention for the development of strong, resilient plants, Toon Melis, Bart Vromans, Stephan Timmermans, Johan van de Logt and Sjoerd Smits decided in 2007 to set up their own consultancy. Last month, the now nine advisors of HortiNova celebrated the tenth anniversary with over 400.....
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Belgium: "Cheaper energy through flexible control"

For Belgian greenhouse growers, energy contracts are often contracts with fixed prices. One supplier is cheaper than the other, but in principle it does not vary much. "Because we look at the prices of the energy market and can control the consumption of a company flexibly, we can supply energy cheaper than.....


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UK: GrowSave urges growers to benefit from Climate Change Levy Discount

Signing up to a Climate Change Agreement (CCA) could help protected crops businesses reduce energy consumption and save money on energy bills, particularly in the light of the increase planned for the Climate Change Levy (CCL), latest advice from GrowSave recommends.All business energy users pay CCL on a.....


Fertilizersmore »


Canada: Sphagnum peat moss production and sustainability

In Canada, there is an abundance of peatlands and producers follow "wise use" guidelines for the harvesting and preservation of peat bogs. Peat bogs were formed centuries ago after the last ice age ended, and bogs continue to grow with the slow accumulation of vegetal debris in peatlands, which are.....


Breedingmore »

"Innovative plant breeding hampered by regulatory uncertainty"

Plant breeding is always on the move. Currently climate change, environmental concerns and changing consumer preferences are shaping the efforts of plant breeders. To tackle these challenges plant breeders have a growing toolbox of ever more precise plant breeding methods.Plant breeders can only use.....


Machinesmore »


Tong demonstrates EasyFill Box Filler at Potato Europe

UK potato handling equipment manufacturer, Tong Engineering, will once again be exhibiting at one of the world's largest potato events, Potato Europe, this Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th September. Exhibiting at this year’s event on stand V350, Tong will also be taking part in the event's new box handling.....


Product Infomore »


Jaksa back on track to serve growth of Polish industry

Last weekend the Polish horticulture industry once again gathered in Goluchow for the 19th edition of the Dni Ogrodnika Gardener Days. Also the Jaksa group was once again present to represent an impressive selection of horticulture technology suppliers.Jaksa representscompanies like Empas, Agrolux, Certhon,.....


Packagingmore »

Ukraine: Opening of new packaging plant for greenhouse production

The municipality of Vodyanoye, in the Kamyan-Dniprovsky district, was chosen for the construction of a Fresh Packaging Platform for fruit and vegetable products, which is necessary to facilitate the export of fresh produce of an homogeneous quality to the European market. Its opening is scheduled for 22.....


Marketingmore »


Dutch students reveal opportunities in Canadian horticulture

There are many opportunities for cooperation between the Dutch and Canadian horticulture industry. In particular there are significant opportunities for Dutch suppliers. A joint solution for providing a reliable after-sales service in Canada will increase local interest in Dutch products. The trade agreement.....


Substratesmore »


Growing Media Association:

"Challenging year for growing media producers"

Rising costs and a poor harvest have created challenging trading conditions in 2017. Many manufacturers reported having only harvested 60-70% of their budgeted peat volumes. Despite dry weather in spring it has been followed by increasingly wet summer weather during July and August making harvesting more.....


Organicmore »


US: Organic agricultural production up 23 percent

Sales of organic agricultural production continued to increase in 2016, when U.S. farms produced and sold $7.6 billion in certified organic commodities, according to data released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Results of the 2016.....


Coolingmore »


Royal treatment for the 'King of the frozen fruits': the strawberry

The consumption of frozen strawberries on the global market is one of the highest among IQF fruits and IQF berries. With such a big demand, and quite stable figures in terms of volumes sold, it might seem that there is no need for improvement. On the contrary, because of this, the competition gets tougher.....


Food Safetymore »


Accredited Dutch food and food-related laboratories for Japan

In order to streamline and accelerate food import procedures in Japan, MHLW has an obligatory approval program for foreign official laboratories who perform analysis of food and food-related products to be exported to Japan. The MHLW quarantine stations at the Japanese ports of entry only accept test reports.....


Healthmore »


Could chili peppers become the hottest new thing in weight loss?

For scorching taste buds, nothing beats the zing of a chili pepper.Now, a new Arizona State University research study has shown that chili peppers may also be a key ingredient to melting the pounds away and reducing one’s appetite.The ASU research team, led by scientists Yue Deng and Fang Chen at the.....


Eventsmore »

OFFMA organizes foodie tour to New York

The Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association (OFFMA) New York City foodie tour takes place November 14-16, 2017. New York has always been a city of innovation, enterprise, and trend setting especially in the food retailing and marketing business, and this tour offers a personal look into what New York City.....


Retailmore »


Leclerc increases lead over Carrefour in French market

First supermarket launches fingerprint payment service

UK: 'Free food' myth threatens sharehouse market in SheffieldA shop where people can buy food for whatever price they can afford is under threat because of a misconception the goods are free. Real Junk Food Project's Sharehouse Market in Sheffield aims to reduce waste by taking surplus food from supermarkets.....


Vertical farmingmore »


US (GA): Research center aims for more cost effective aquaponics

The adage goes that if you give a person a fish, you feed them for a day; if you teach them how to fish, you feed them for a lifetime.If you create an affordable system that not only grows tasty fish but also a variety of fresh produce using no soil and a fraction of the water of traditional farming, you.....


Medicinal productionmore »


US (MI): Northern Michigan University to train undergrads for MJ industry

Northern Michigan University in Marquette is the first college to offer an undergraduate major in medicinal plant chemistry, starting this fall.“This area is just exploding. I mean, you see Washington, Colorado, Oregon, California with full legal recreational marijuana. You’ve got over half the states with.....


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