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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Canada: Roelands' expansion on track for Ontario's new season

At Roelands Plant Farms in Ontario, the construction of the 4 acre expansion is making serious progress. Production manager Arie Alblas informed us that the structure went up in just three days and that everything will be ready to start the glazing of the roof by the end of this week. After a long delay,.....

from 13 to 15 June 2016:

Messe Essen launches new trade show : Hortivation

In 2016 a new trade show for the horticulture sector will take place in Kalkar, Germany; Hortivation. The trade show concept was announced this morning by the organization of the IPM Essen. The first edition of the show will take place simultaneously with the Flower Trials: from 13 to 15 June 2016.The show.....

Canada: Neighbours raise stink over "smelly greenhouse waste"

More than once, Tony Chibi has stepped out the door of his Ruthven home and gagged on the pungent odour wafting through his yard.“It’s worse than any chicken farm or hog farm,” the 56-year-old Chibi said. “I’ve had people who left my house because it smelled so bad.”Chibi and other residents signed a.....

15th and 16th September, Brazilian National Table Tomato Seminar

Brazil: "The 1st Tomato Contest will introduce quality into the agenda of growers"

In previous articles, we often described Brazil as a promising country for greenhouse development; while most of the country's greenhouses are still dedicated to cut flowers, a small, but growing portion of greenhouse growers are producing vegetables in response to demand from retailers and supermarkets......

UK has implemented a total ban on fresh curry leaf imports:

UK: AHDB suggests potential new crop for protected edibles growers

A "spicy" new business opportunity for growers of protected edibles has been flagged up by AHDB Horticulture. AHDB has been informed by Defra that the UK has implemented a total ban on fresh curry leaf imports from the remaining countries who are exporting – namely Kenya, Ghana, Gambia, Dominican Republic –.....

Monsanto drops $46 billion bid for Syngenta

Monsanto Co. abandoned efforts to acquire Syngenta AG after the Swiss pesticide maker snubbed a sweetened bid of about $46.2 billion, scuttling what would have been one of the largest purchases of a European company by a U.S. rival.Syngenta’s shares plunged by a record 18 percent, and Monsanto’s stock rose.....

Canada: Bevo Farms' Jack Benne featured in the Vancouver Sun

Jack Benne’s dream of supplying top quality plants to the horticulture industry almost didn’t become a reality. His life’s ambition came to a crossroad in 1993 when he had to decide whether to sell up and forget his dream or press on and take a leap of faith.The decision, as it turned out, all hinged on his.....

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Another geothermal well for Dutch greenhouse growers in Limburg

The Dutch community of Grubbenvorst will soon start preparatory work with a mobile drilling rig for drilling wells for the production of geothermal energy. This is the work for a second well in the Dutch greenhouse area Californië near Grubbenvorst Limburg, where 32 hectares of greenhouses will be.....

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UK: Neonicotinoids ban cost farmers millions in 2015

Growers in England this year spent £22m using alternative chemistry to tackle flea beetle on winter oilseed rape crops following the ban on neonicotinoids, a study has found.The independent study (pdf), published by Rural Business Research (RBR) on Monday (24 August), laid bare the financial cost of the.....

UK taken to court over allowing use of banned pesticides

The UK government's decision to permit the use of two of three banned pesticides linked to declining bee populations is being challenged in high court by the environmental group, Friends of the Earth (FOE).In 2013, in a press release, the European Union restricted the use of three neonicotinoids.....

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Canada: Automated mushroom harvester can change the industry

The Robotics and Automation team at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) in Ontario, has been working on developing a robot that has the potential to significantly change Canada's fresh mushroom industry. Commercial mushroom production is labour-intensive. Not only does a mushroom crop require.....

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US (NC): Watermelon crop sweetest in years

Stephen Porter, owner of Porter Farm Produce & Nursery explained that, “Watermelons tend to be sweeter when it’s dry. They’re not taking up all the water to wash that sweetness out.”Porter has gotten a lot of compliments on the sweetness of his latest crop.“This late crop is looking real good. The fruit.....

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Syngenta plans to divest flower seeds business

Syngenta announced today its intention to divest its premium Flowers seeds business from its Lawn and Garden operating unit. Divestment would enable the new entity to play a leading role in the consolidation of the home gardening market, which is taking place in response to changes in the distribution and.....

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US: Fresh Express launches updated salad kits

Fresh Express has announced new and updated salad kits to meet continued growing demand for delicious healthier eating options. The brand's newest products include two new Chopped Kits and two new Gourmet Café Kits:New Chopped KitsBacon and Bleu with Greek Yogurt DressingSweet KaleNew Gourmet Café KitsSanta.....

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Cool greenhouse dancing video!

LZ Orchidee is a orchid grower specialized in Cymbidiums. Over the last years, the company started to focus on the cultivation of hanging Cymbidiums as potted plants and in particular the species of which the stems are hanging straight down due to their botanic characteristics, creating a cascade of flowers......

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Natural resaturation

For many years, Van der Knaap has used a variety of coco products. For example, Knaap Profit Extra, the coarse coco chunks that create structure and stability in potting soil. Or Coco Crunch, short coco fibres that ensure a good water distribution ratio, and sufficient drainage if excess water is given. And.....

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AU: Organic food trend sees demand for certification expertise increase

More than half of the world’s organic agricultural land is found in Australia, and the company responsible for certifying producers there sees demand soaring as organic food prices increase.

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India: Crackdown on dyed vegetables

After a crackdown on artificially ripened fruits, authorities on Friday said they were planning raids on vegetables markets, as most of greens were laced with copper sulphate and chemical dye which could even kill if consumed on a regular basis.Two days after the Hyderabad High Court ordered a crackdown on.....

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Research shows Aussies failing to eat enough fresh fruit

Australian Dietary Guidelines state that a small 125mL glass of fruit juice with no added sugar consumed occasionally can count towards a serve of fruit.Citrus Australia CEO, Judith Damiani, said the report revealed adults and children needed to increase the amount of fresh fruit they consumed. “We recommend.....

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2-4 September 2015, Hong Kong

China: Amazing insights at Asia’s leading produce show

Visitors to Asia Fruit Logistica and Asiafruit Congress can look forward to an unparalleled combination of business, networking and information opportunities on 1-4 September in Hong Kong. Well over 8,000 top-level buyers and trade professionals from more than 60 countries are expected to pour through the.....

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Wall Street concerned with The Fresh Market | Woolworths CEO leaves

Tesco sale plan hit by slide in Korean won | Lidl expands in the Balkans

Russia increases pressure on AuchanBfm Business reports that Russian authorities have announced that they are currently carrying out a series of controls on Auchan’s Moscow stores, which have already been accused of carrying out multiple infringements of health regulations. Auchan has a large presence in.....

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Vertical Farming Pavilion for GreenTech Amsterdam 2016

GreenTech Amsterdam 2016 features a Vertical Farming Pavilion and adjoining conference. Following the latest trends, the newly arising Vertical Farming Industry will be represented at GreenTech Amsterdam. RAI Amsterdam is proud to announce a close cooperation between GreenTech and the Association for.....

Flowers and Ornamental Trademore »

Byron Salazar, Ecoroses:

Ecuador: "We need to undertake action in order to survive"

Many growers are suffering from the situation in Russia as well as in Europe, this is also the case for Byron Salazar of Ecoroses, a rose production company in Ecuador. "Due to the devaluation of the rouble, the prices for roses have decreased drastically. Fortunately, our volumes shipped to Russia have.....


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