Friday, September 21, 2018

"Many suppliers can bring you coco, only a few can bring you a product consistent and uniform"

While many coir supplies come and go, there are a few that are in it for the long haul. Riococo is one such supplier. The company has been providing coir product to commercial agriculture for over 15 years. With a large focus on sustainability many growers around the world continue to switch to coco from other forms…

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Russia: 10 ha climate-controlled greenhouse completed in Siberia

This week, VB completed a greenhouse and climate control system in Siberia. From now on, this 10 hectare greenhouse nearby Tomsk, will provide Siberians with high quality vegetables, like tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce and eggplants. “With this world-class greenhouse environment, we enhance the quality of…

150,000 square feet of indoor growing space

Fully-automated indoor farm to open in the United States

80 Acres Farms, a fast-growing Cincinnati-based firm in the indoor vertical farming industry, announced it is building in Hamilton the first fully-automated indoor farm in the U.S. 80 Acres Farms executives will join Hamilton city officials in a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, September 24, 2018 at…

Belgium: Biobest receives Export Lion 2018 award

Biobest Group was voted as winner of the Export Lion 2018. Flemish Minister-President Geert Bourgeois awarded the prestigious prize to Jean-Marc Vandoorne, Biobest Group CEO, at the closing event in Antwerp. Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT), the Flemish Agency for International Business, has been…

"Aquaponics can revitalize Connecticut’s economy"

The loss of a solid manufacturing base has left Connecticut trapped with long-term, structural economic problems. But there is an elegant solution: tap into the state’s technological pedigree, agricultural past, and unused infrastructure to manufacture something different – world-class produce and fish. by Brian…

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Share Logistics expanding in Europe and The Americas

Share Logistics has strengthened itself with multiple international offices in Spain, Italy, Germany and North & South America. Guided by the cargo flows of clients the…

The quest for greenhouse climate control

Climate control in a greenhouse can be very challenging. It is certainly a step up from traditional outdoor farming but the moment the decision is made to grow in a greenhouse, we are accepting the lack of true environmental control like we can have in indoor gardens. We accept that we will tolerate a…

How does a pepper travel from the farm to your plate?

Have you ever wondered how the pepper you buy at the supermarket makes its way to your table? Bob Readding is the field operations manager with Dandrea Produce and has been in the agriculture business for over 50 years. He’s referred to as the “godfather of produce.” Even from the car he can tell you if the fruits…

All teams are doing better than the regular reference cultivation during Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge

Growers in autonomous cucumber greenhouse are doing well

In the beginning of September, the fastest team harvested the first cucumbers during the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge. By now, all teams are ready for their first harvest, which varies from 1.5 to 4 kilos per square meter in the various greenhouse compartments. All teams are doing better than the…

HortiFresh to stimulate fruits and vegetables sector in West Africa

Healthy and quality fruits and vegetables through new ways of doing business. That is the goal of the new HortiFresh programme in West Africa, led by the Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation. It facilitates public-private partnerships that work on factors holding back the professionalisation and…

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CAN (BC): Bud producer offers virtual tour of its greenhouse facility

A Metro Vancouver cannabis producer has launched a virtual tour of its growing facility in the hopes of increasing transparency and easing some of the social tensions around legalization, according to the company’s chief executive officer. Dan Sutton, CEO of Tantalus Labs in Maple Ridge, said opening Tantalus’ SunLab facility…

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California to build first large-scale water storage after 40 years

Last week the U.S. Senate and House passed a funding bill addressing “water storage, drought preparedness and water infrastructure needs for the Bureau of Reclamation and Army Corps of Engineers” in the 2019 Energy and Water Bill. Also included in the bill is a package of spending bills that also contains funding for…

New range of powerful medium speed V-Engines

Rolls-Royce has launched a V-line version of the new B33:45 liquid fuel and B36:45 gas engine series. This completes the new engine family, following the launch of the first variants three years ago. “This is an important milestone for us. The new V-Engine series is truly an outstanding product and we believe that the new platform…

Fertilizers more »

Study shows effects of fertilizing tomato with selenium

An experiment was carried out in a greenhouse to evaluate the effects of selenium application (as Na2SeO3) on mineral concentration (as N, P, K, Ca and Se), biomass, yield and total antioxidant status (TAS) of tomato fruit. The study consisted of two experiments: an irrigation experiment with the…

Breeding more »

Newly discovered enzyme is 'firing pin' for plant immunity

Just like humans, plants have an immune system that helps them fight off infections. Plant immunity has some important differences: they don’t make antibodies and can’t fight off the same bug more quickly months or years later. However, plant cells can identify pathogens and react to them, often by…

Jumping genes drive chromosome changes in strawberries

The transfer of gene cassettes across generations of strawberry plants has been shown to drive changes in sex chromosomes, according to a team led by a researcher from the University of Pittsburgh Department of Biological Sciences. Distinguished Professor of Evolutionary Ecology Tia-Lynn Ashman, along…

Machines more »

Tomato Seed Extraction Machine ready for testing

Seed Processing Holland announces the test of one of their latest innovations, the Tomato Seed Extraction Machine TEM-010.  This machine is specifically designed to extract seeds from small tomato lots, perfect to be used at breeding stations. The first edition has been thoroughly tested, resulting in an upgraded edition. The machine builder…

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New 10-litre pot for raspberries, blackberries and blueberries

Are you looking for a substrate pot for your raspberry or blackberry plants? This month Beekenkamp Verpakkingen will be introducing a new 10-litre pot. Coming season they are going to expand their existing range of square 4.7-litre substrate pots, 7-litre pots and various light weight pots with this new…

Packaging more »

Cleaning up garbage with recycled garbage bags

Saturday September 15 was World Cleanup Day. Litter was cleaned up and mapped worldwide. Oerlemans Packaging sponsored the World Cleanup Day Nederland, in which more than 250 teams participated. Oerlemans Packaging produced recycled garbage bags for the Dutch teams and, spread over the entire country,…

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US: Agtech company partners with podcast to launch educational series on soil health

Cool Planet, an agriculture technology company focused on soil health solutions, has partnered with Tim Hammerich, the host of the Future of Agriculture podcast, to create an educational multimedia series about soil health called Stories from the Soil . "Soil health is the literal groundwork and foundation of our…

US (MO): Bayer donates living billboards harvest to St. Louis Area Foodbank

For the past month, motorists travelling along St. Louis' two major highways have witnessed a feast of lush, leafy collards, kale and chard growing on two "living billboards" featuring the iconic St. Louis Arch standing tall in front of the downtown skyline. The billboards, sponsored by Bayer, have now…

Substrates more »

"Many suppliers can bring you coco, only a few can bring you a product consistent and uniform"

While many coir supplies come and go, there are a few that are in it for the long haul. Riococo is one such supplier. The company has been providing coir product to commercial agriculture for over 15 years. With a large focus on sustainability many growers around the world continue to switch to coco from other forms…

"Brown Grow Quality Products Continues to Reach Customers"

"This is an important message to our valued customers, growers, distributors and channel partners around the world", the team with Brown Grow shares. Brown Grow is currently restructuring its production operations in response to adverse weather conditions and raw materials price fluctuations in Sri Lanka…

Organic more »

New Board and Member of the Year announced at Annual Meeting

US: Record number of Organic Trade Association members vote in Board election

Organic Trade Association members turned out in record numbers to choose their Board leadership for 2018-2019. The association announced the results of the election at its…

September 8-16

Government of Canada celebrates Organic Week

The Government of Canada celebrates the contribution of organic farmers during Organic Week, taking place September 8-16. Through targeted investments, the Government continues to support the organic sector to conduct research activities, open new markets, and adopt new sustainable practices and…

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Cooling more »

Inviro Choice LTD introduces 100 percent off grid solar powered machines

Vacuum cooling for every small hold farmer on the planet

A 100 percent off grid solar powered vacuum cooler. It is the aim of British vacuum cooler manufacturer Inviro Choice LTD (ICL), who is determined to build a new range of these machines this year and send them to test pilot sites based around the world. Vacuum cooling Vacuum cooling is a cooling method…

Food Safety more »

Young boy arrested by police

Australia's strawberry needle scare spurs proposal for 15-year jail term

Police in Australia have arrested a young boy who admitted to inserting needles into strawberries as part of an apparent prank. New South Wales Acting Assistant Police Commissioner Stuart Smith would not release further details. "Obviously in the last few days we found a young person that admitted to playing a prank,…

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…

Events more »

October 3-5,

Experts from around the world will present the most innovative fertigation techniques

FERTINNOWA Conference’s objective, which will be held from 3 to 5 October in the Congress and Exhibition Center of Aguadulce (Almería), is to transfer the most innovative fertigation technologies aiming to contribute into the environmental and economic sustainability of European irrigation. For this, the…

Sustainability in agriculture: the Mater-Bi mulching film at Agricultural Film 2018

From 17 to 19 September at Melia Castilla - Madrid – Agricultural Film 2018 is being held, the eleventh edition of the conference that brings together the leading experts in…

December 12-13, Monterey

US (CA): Grower roundtable keynote presentation announced for Organic Grower Summit

The first of three keynote presentations during the 2018 Organic Grower Summit will offer an international overview of the organic produce industry – exploring the opportunities, challenges and issues facing the growing organic fresh fruit and vegetable marketplace. The Grower Roundtable, featuring three…

Vertical farming more »

US (NJ): Generation of farmers use alternative techniques to grow crops

When New Jersey's founders coined the term “The Garden State”, they likely didn’t envision trays of plants and artificial light. But these have become the symbols of an alternative farming movement that’s on the rise in the state. Organic, sustainable farming that connects fresh produce with the…

150,000 square feet of indoor growing space

Fully-automated indoor farm to open in the United States

80 Acres Farms, a fast-growing Cincinnati-based firm in the indoor vertical farming industry, announced it is building in Hamilton the first fully-automated indoor farm in the U.S. 80 Acres Farms executives will join Hamilton city officials in a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, September 24, 2018 at…

LEDs revolutionise the horticulture industry

“It’s a real luxury to eat locally grown, leafy greens in the middle of a Chicago winter,” declares Robert Colangelo, founder and CEO of Green Sense Farms. Before he launched his business in 2012, the only truly feasible way to provide fresh salads and herbs during the cold Illinois winter was to truck…

Medicinal production more »

Canadian grower gets green light to export MMJ to US

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has granted approval to import a cannabinoid study drug into the United States from Canada for a clinical trial at the…

CAN (BC): Bud producer offers virtual tour of its greenhouse facility

A Metro Vancouver cannabis producer has launched a virtual tour of its growing facility in the hopes of increasing transparency and easing some of the social tensions around legalization, according to the company’s chief executive officer. Dan Sutton, CEO of Tantalus Labs in Maple Ridge, said opening Tantalus’ SunLab facility…

US (CA): Cannabis cultivation facility expands beyond original scope

Smart Cannabis shared a significant increase in the scope of the project in Salinas, California, announced in August. The subsidiary, Next Generation Farming, has secured the construction installation estimated to be $1.8 million. In the past weeks, the team has headed the property, installed the Geo Thermal Exchange System, and hauled…

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