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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Cannabis legalization: challenges and opportunities

Canada rolls out the green carpet

October 17, 2018. On this historical day, recreational cannabis becomes legal in Canada. While medical marijuana has been legal for some time now, the legalization of recreational pot in such a big potential market represents a paradigm shift in the industry (by the way, if you're curious about where…

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Japan: Education center expands with 1 ha tomato production greenhouse

JFE Engineering Corporation has received an order for a climate-controlled tomato cultivation facility (using Priva technology) as a turnkey project from Tomatopark. This is the second turnkey order for plant construction for JFE Engineering’s Smart Agriculture Division. Tomatopark was established by Seiwa in August 2017 for…

A royal afternoon for HortiDaily and FloralDaily

Normally we publish extensively on royal visits to other companies, but now it is our time to shine. Yesterday two of our colleagues joined in for a short conversation with the Dutch King and Queen! During a regional visit King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima stopped in Tholen as well, the municipality we're located…

China to build Dutch-inspired high-tech agriculture park

In the coming years, China and the Netherlands are to further intensify cooperation in greenhouse horticulture. Ahead of the China-Netherlands Business Forum in The Hague, Dutch Greenhouse Delta has forged a strategic partnership with Jiashan Sino-Dutch Industrial Park. This memorandum of understanding…

Tomatoes NZ agroecology projects hoping to reduce the need for pest-reducing chemicals

A small New Zealand produce farm, is making some exciting progress with an agroecology project that will reduce the need for chemicals on tomato farms. The Curious Croppers mainly produce tomatoes on a small scale but are working on a project that they have dubbed the NZ Agroecology Initiative. Anthony Tringham and his wife Angela have been allowing…

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Compostable pot reduces need for water

“In the UK and Europe plastic-free packaging of all types is a huge driver for growers at the moment”, says Mark Lingard, marketing manager of Sirane. In this market where more and more growers and suppliers are asking for sustainable products, Mark sees the demand of their fully compostable plant pot…

Pieter Vermeulen to focus on high-tech tomato growing

From knife and boots to the excitement of the greenhouse

He has already put on his boots and has his knife at hand to cut the various vegetables in the field. It's Tuesday morning, September 25, 9 am, and Pieter Vermeulen, representative for Sakata in the Benelux and Scandinavia, is fully prepared for the annual open field demo days. This is his last edition…

Current, Powered by GE and Stockbridge Technology Centre partner

New facility to research the farm of the future

Current, powered by GE celebrated the opening of CHAP’s new Vertical Farming Development Facility, supported by Innovate UK and based at Stockbridge Technology Centre (STC), which leverages the company’s Arize horticultural lighting solution to propel commercial urban farming success in the UK. The…

Serenade ASO granted registration for the first time

French growers get new option for biological crop protection

Serenade ASO fungicide/bactericide is a biological crop protection product designed to protect against the effects of soil and foliar bacterial and fungal diseases. In soil uses, it is applied at planting or through chemigation. Serenade ASO builds a disease-protection zone around the roots of the seed…

Australian agriculture groups join together to voice concerns over harvest workforce plans

Several major farming and horticulture industry representative groups have raised concerns with the Australian Government's new initiative to get unemployed workers to fill the labour shortage gap in harvesting. Under the new plan announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, farmers have to register their need and…

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Plan 2020: King Courgette guarantees that 100% of the energy used in its facilities is green

This company from Almeria has become the first firm in the province to guarantee all of the energy it uses in its facilities and processes is green. A few months ago, King Courgette® announced the implementation and start-up of its new 2020 Plan. Even though the company's strategic objective is to become the best zucchini operator in…

Fertilizers more »

How plants harness microbes to get nutrients

A Rutgers-led team has discovered how plants harness microbes in soil to get nutrients, a process that could be exploited to boost crop growth, fight weeds and slash the use of polluting fertilizers and herbicides. In a process the team has named the “rhizophagy cycle” (rhizophagy means root eating), bacteria and fungi…

Breeding more »

Pieter Vermeulen to focus on high-tech tomato growing

From knife and boots to the excitement of the greenhouse

He has already put on his boots and has his knife at hand to cut the various vegetables in the field. It's Tuesday morning, September 25, 9 am, and Pieter Vermeulen, representative for Sakata in the Benelux and Scandinavia, is fully prepared for the annual open field demo days. This is his last edition…

Machines more »

Cambridge University

The power of future farm automation

The robot takeover of farm labor made another step forward this week as researchers unveiled a prototype of a machine that can now perform a task once possible only with the human hand. A team of engineers at the University of Cambridge have developed a robot that can manoeuvre so deftly that it’s able to pick…

Product Info more »

Gert van der Bent, Wijnand de Mooij:

“First Italian, wild spinach arrives after difficult summer”

Yesterday morning Wijnand de Mooij unloaded the first wild spinach of the Unica Vera brand. “We’re very happy to have once again received beautiful, wild spinach of good quality. This summer was very difficult, because Germany barely had any product due to the warm and dry weather, and spots quickly…

New foldable intermediate bulk container presented

Schoeller Allibert’s new standard foldable intermediate bulk container (IBC) is designed for international logistics. The Combo Excelsior® was created to meet the latest expectations of the food processing, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries. Safe, hygienic and efficient, it offers the best…

Packaging more »

Compostable pot reduces need for water

“In the UK and Europe plastic-free packaging of all types is a huge driver for growers at the moment”, says Mark Lingard, marketing manager of Sirane. In this market where more and more growers and suppliers are asking for sustainable products, Mark sees the demand of their fully compostable plant pot…

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Organic specialty salad producer to launch new products at PMA

Misionero will unveil its new salad kits, bowls, and washed-and-trimmed lettuces at PMA Fresh Summit. The brand will showcase all of its innovations at the show including items such as…

€172 million to promote EU agri-food products in and outside the EU

The European Commission will provide funding of €172.5 million from the EU agricultural budget to promote EU agri-food products in Europe and across the world. 79 campaigns, covering a wide range of products such as dairy products, olives and olive oil, and fruit and vegetables, will be rolled out over the next…

Substrates more »

Cotton wool mats used to grow microgreens

Did you grow cress on cotton wool on your window ledge when you were at school? That is exactly the principle that Simon Macaulay followed when he first talked to Chris Moncrieff of Van Heineken Brothers (VHB) in Angmering, (now a housing development) Sussex in the late 1990s. Chris and Peter Walls, who…

Organic more »

UK: Organic sector calls for much clearer contingency measures as Brexit looms

The Organic Trade Board (OTB) and the United Kingdom Organic Certifiers Group (UKOCG) are calling for a clear contingency plan to ensure the continued trade of organic produce with the EU in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit. “There has been speculation about how the UK will continue to trade organic goods with the…

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NAFDAC Nigeria warns:

“Consumption of rotten tomatoes causes cancer”

This weekend, the Nigerian National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), warned its countrymen against the consumption of rotten tomatoes, claiming…

Health more »

University of Sheffield study

Tomatoes could hold the key for infertility problems

Leading UK researchers are investigating lycopene, the nutrient that makes tomatoes red, as a treatment for poor sperm quality. Lycopene is poorly absorbed from tomatoes, but…

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A royal afternoon for HortiDaily and FloralDaily

Normally we publish extensively on royal visits to other companies, but now it is our time to shine. Yesterday two of our colleagues joined in for a short conversation with the Dutch King and Queen! During a regional visit King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima stopped in Tholen as well, the municipality we're located…

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US (IA): Short course on production and management of high tunnel crops

The 2nd Iowa High Tunnel Short Course is designed to highlight production and management of several high tunnel crops along with information on economics and marketing aspects of high tunnel crop production. The course will also provide an update on the status of high tunnel research across the Midwest. This…

Vertical farming more »

Current, Powered by GE and Stockbridge Technology Centre partner

New facility to research the farm of the future

Current, powered by GE celebrated the opening of CHAP’s new Vertical Farming Development Facility, supported by Innovate UK and based at Stockbridge Technology Centre (STC), which leverages the company’s Arize horticultural lighting solution to propel commercial urban farming success in the UK. The…

US (OH): Hydroponic program gets boost from police department

Equipment seized by the Boardman police in drug busts is getting a second life at Boardman Glenwood Junior High School. School resource officer Phil Merlo made the connection between equipment used to grow marijuana and Boardman’s hydroponics program when he cleaned out the Boardman Police Department’s evidence room…

Medicinal production more »

Cannabis legalization: challenges and opportunities

Canada rolls out the green carpet

October 17, 2018. On this historical day, recreational cannabis becomes legal in Canada. While medical marijuana has been legal for some time now, the legalization of recreational pot in such a big potential market represents a paradigm shift in the industry (by the way, if you're curious about where…

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