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Friday, August 18, 2017


A visit to Mans Organics in Coaldale, Alberta:

Canada: The challenge of running a small scale family farm

More demand for locally grown organic produce creates opportunities for small-scale family farms in Canada. Yet, increasing minimum wages and rising energy costs also make it a challenging adventure for some. The day to day operations at the organic farm of the Mans family in Coaldale, Alberta, is a good.....

Canada (ON): Enniskillen Pepper Co. makes transition towards marijuana

Another Canadian grower is poised to make a transition towards the medical marijuana industry. Enniskillen Pepper Company will pick its last bell pepper crop this season and will become a production site for Tilray, a licensed medical cannabis company with existing greenhouse production in British.....

Grafted plants the new standard for Chinese solar greenhouses

China is home to a big growth market for Spanish horticultural machinery developer Conic System. In order to supply the Chinese market as optimally as possible, the company has teamed up with Liaoning Yinong Agri-Tech Co., for the sales, distribution and services of the Conic Systems line-up of.....

Harnois updates house style, unifying divisions

Harnois Industries reveals its new logo as well as those of its divisions: Harnois Greenhouses, MegaDome Buildings and Agrisys Agronomy. This change is motivated by Harnois Industries desire to unify and merge its brands in its different markets."The integration of the brands will thus reflect the synergy.....

November 22-24, Shanghai

Shanghai gears up for first edition of Horti China

Since approximately two years, Chinese horticulture (especially the production of high-value vegetables and fruits) is clearly entering a new phase. Keywords are food safety, quality improvement, management/training and production-oriented investment.In the past 30 years, China was transformed into the.....

With this app, excessive lighting is a thing of the past

The latest release of HortiSense shows the efficiency of the total amount of light (natural and artificial) delivered to the crop (in µmol/m˛/s) on the net assimilates production. Too much light is not good for a plant, and too little, even less so. With this new tool in HortiSense, the grower can.....

Italy: Tomato grower looks to increase yields with Heliospectra LEDs

Heliospectra announces a new order from Heliospectra’s Italian reseller Ageon S.r.l. The order goes to one of Italy’s prominent commercial tomato producers Gandini Antonio S.S. located in northern Italy, with the goal to improve plant quality and increase yield. The order is valued at $99,000 (805,000.....

Water purification using powdered activated carbon

Dutch growers quickly need to invest in technology for the removal of plant protection products from discharge water, to apply to new regulations from January 1st 2018 onwards.In a cross-over project between TKI Horticulture and TKI Water Technology KWR Water Cycle Institute and Wageningen University &.....

Len Krahn with British Columbia-based SunSelect Produce :

"It's tomato saturation time"

The west coast is flush with tomatoes. “Overall we’re pretty saturated with tomatoes at the moment,” says Len Krahn of Aldergrove, BC-based SunSelect Produce Inc. “All of the main greenhouses are pounding away and the fields are starting to show some product. And Mexico is still, not necessarily putting TOVs.....

Dutch king to attend Koppert Biological Systems’ 50th anniversary

The king of the Netherlands, Willem-Alexander, will be present at the celebration of Koppert Biological Systems’ jubilee anniversary at Berkel en Rodenrijs on Thursday, 14 September. To mark the occasion, the king will officially open the newly constructed ‘Experience Centre’.Fifty years ago, the family.....
Southern Salads:

UK: Weakened pound pushes salad company under, losing 260 jobs

Fresh salads supplier Southern Salads has fallen into administration with the loss of around 260 jobs, with blame leveled at a spike in import prices for fresh vegetables after the Brexit vote last summer.The Tonbridge-based family-run company has ceased trading with immediate effect with "all but a handful".....


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Five advantages of energy curtains

When it comes to adding energy curtains (sometimes referred to as thermal blankets) to a greenhouse everyone focuses on energy savings. And certainly energy savings should be a major factor in any greenhouse grower’s decision to purchase energy curtains. In northern climates, winter growing adds expensive.....


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Turning pollen into a low-cost fertilizer

As the world population continues to balloon, agricultural experts puzzle over how farms will produce enough food to keep up with demand. One tactic involves boosting crop yields. Toward that end, scientists have developed a method to make a low-cost, biocompatible fertilizer with carbon dots derived from.....


Breedingmore »

How Driscoll's reinvented the strawberry

One foggy May morning, the Joy Makers, a team of scientists employed by Driscoll’s, the world’s largest berry company, gathered at its research-and-development campus, which is known as Cassin Ranch, in the small agricultural town of Watsonville, on California’s Central Coast. Before them was a table laden.....


Machinesmore »


Grafted plants the new standard for Chinese solar greenhouses

China is home to a big growth market for Spanish horticultural machinery developer Conic System. In order to supply the Chinese market as optimally as possible, the company has teamed up with Liaoning Yinong Agri-Tech Co., for the sales, distribution and services of the Conic Systems line-up of.....


Product Infomore »


The story behind Nature Fresh' Tomz

Tomz have taken the produce industry by storm. Launched in June of 2016, this line of snacking tomatoes is defined by a focus on flavor, consistency and quality.“Who’s Tom? He grows some awesome tomatoes!” is a quote Herman Fehr of NatureFresh hears fairly frequently when sampling Tomz tomatoes, as they.....


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Earthcycle earns OK Compost certification for Europe

In line with CKF’s vision to increase export markets for Earthcycle, the company is pleased to announce that its line of moulded fibre packaging for produce is guaranteed to be biodegrade in industrial compost settings, according to European standard EN 13432. AB Vincotte is one of the certifying bodies for.....


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This is what Chinese consider a hot tub

The Netherlands has the Dutch Cucumber Sorting Championship; in the UK they battle for growing the largest vegetables and in China you can be the best at eating peppers whilst sitting in a bath of them.The title of "Pepper King" was fought for this weekend for the first time in the Chinese province of Hunan......


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Scandinavian container organics to be phased out over next 10 years:

EU: Hydroponic cultivation no longer organic

Since November 2015, the Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission have negotiated in trialogue meetings on the new organic production regulation. Dutch State Secretary of Economic Affairs Van Dam calls the result "a heavily argued compromise that I can and will accept because of honored.....


Organicmore »


Taiwan passes proposal to promote organic agriculture

The Council of Agriculture (COA) of Taiwan stated that verified area of organic agriculture in the country has reached 7200 hectares with 3.5 times growth compared with that in 2007. Nevertheless, the current Agricultural Production and Certification Act only regulates organic agricultural products while.....


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Food Safetymore »

STK signs distribution agreement with Syngenta Australia

STK (Stockton), a company in the development and marketing of botanical based solutions for food protection, has signed a Commercialization and Distribution agreement with Syngenta Australia (Syngenta). The agreement grants Syngenta the exclusive right to distribute STK’s Timorex Gold biofungicide for.....


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Potatoes seen as healthy product in Sweden

Although some regions were affected more than others, Lars Elofson from Svensk Potatis said that overall there was not too much damage from the cold weather during April/May. "Most of Swedish potato production, around 40%, takes place in the Southern region of Skane. The cold weather did mean that there were.....


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September 17, Champaign

US (IL): Shiitake mushroom production workshop

From how to select the ideal tree, to inoculation and encouraging fruiting, this class will teach you all you need to know about producing mushrooms for market. Taught by shiitake producer Sara Creech of Blue Yonder Organic Farm. You will go home with two-three logs that have been inoculated with spores......


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Trump, in tweet, hits Amazon over taxes & jobs

Full year profit at Coles down 13.5%

Finland: Kesko Group sees 2.7% comparable sales growth in JulyFinland's Kesko Group has reported sales of €856.3mln in July, which represents an increase of 2.7% compared to the same period last year. Sales in the company's grocery trade increased by 1.5% in comparable terms to €423.1mln, with growth in all.....


Vertical farmingmore »


Video: Urban farming in Tokyo, Japan

With the next evolution of Mouser Electronics’ Empowering Innovative Together series, Mouser and Grant Imahara team up with the creative minds at WIRED Brand Lab to take a look at the modern city. Sponsored this year by technology partners Analog Devices, Intel, Microchip and Molex, they’re traveling the.....


Medicinal productionmore »


Canada (ON): Enniskillen Pepper Co. makes transition towards marijuana

Another Canadian grower is poised to make a transition towards the medical marijuana industry. Enniskillen Pepper Company will pick its last bell pepper crop this season and will become a production site for Tilray, a licensed medical cannabis company with existing greenhouse production in British.....


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