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Friday, October 20, 2017


Greenhouse heralds new era for Romanian agriculture

According to the local industry itself, the new greenhouse opened officially yesterday in Biled, is the largest new greenhouse to have been built in Romania over the last decade. The 1.7 ha nursery will supply the local market with fresh tomatoes. Romania used to be a big player in the greenhouse industry,.....

Freight Farms lays off staff, shifts focus to college campuses

Freight Farms, the Boston startup that makes automated farms in shipping containers, laid off seven employees Monday to focus on its growing segment of college campus customers as some other initiatives foundered.Brad McNamara, Freight Farms’ CEO and co-founder, confirmed the layoffs to BostInno Thursday......

3.75 acre greenhouse for sale or lease in Taylorville

US: Looking for a greenhouse opportunity in Illinois?

A 3.75 acre greenhouse in Taylorville is being offered for sale or lease. It is centrally located in Illinois, has been used for growing flowers, herbs and vegetables, and has access to Chicago, Indianapolis, St. Louis and Springfield markets. It was built in 2007 and fully upgraded in 2012 and 2017. There.....

Gilles Carriou, tomato grower in Lézardrieux, France:

"Extending the pre-planting phase gives more control over generative growth"

French tomato grower Gilles Carriou switched last year to using RootmaXX cubes from Cultilene. This stone wool cube allows growers to extend the pre-planting phase to give more control over generative growth. The result? Benefits for both production and quality.Gilles Carriou runs a greenhouse operation.....

Tomatoes are coming to Antarctica in January 2018

Antarctica is no place for a tomato. But starting in January 2018, researchers at the German Antarctic research station, Neumayer III, will begin growing not only tomatoes but also lettuces, herbs, peppers, cucumbers, Swiss chard, radishes and even strawberries inside a climate-controlled shipping container......

Delhaize opens first store rooftop farm in Belgium

Delhaize Belgium is testing an innovative "urban farm" on the roof of one of its stores in the Brussels area. The farm, consisting of a garden and a greenhouse, will allow Delhaize customers to buy freshly picked vegetables that are grown exclusively on-site. The brand is the first supermarket in Belgium to.....

US (VT): Coventry landfill seeks expansion to add greenhouses

The largest landfill in Vermont is seeking to expand and New England Waste Services of Vermont wants to build a row of greenhouses powered by the landfill’s waste.NEWS-VT officials say they also envision building up to five greenhouses powered by geothermal energy. Engineer John Gay says there are no tenants.....

November 6-10, focus on vegetables:

Delphy organizes new Advanced Greenhouse Management Course

From 6 November 2017 until 10 November 2017 a training on Advanced Greenhouse Management for Vegetables is offered by Delphy.Wim van der Ende, Delphy: "This course in greenhouse vegetables will take production to the next level. Having produced vegetables in greenhouses, either plastic or glass, for several.....

The chemical that tells plants when it’s time to sleep

Each of us goes through a daily cycle. We wake up, spend the day eating, working and playing, and then we sleep. Messing with this cycle by not sleeping, doing shift work, travelling to a different time zone or living where there is 24 hours of light or dark can really interfere with our wellbeing and our.....

US (PA): Metropolis Farms unveils new indoor ag lighting technology

Jack Griffin, President of Metropolis Farms, unveiled a new breakthrough in lighting technology for the emerging indoor vertical agriculture industry at the Indoor Ag Con Philly conference in Philadelphia. The event was sponsored by NewBean Capital.Griffin presented during the conference’s concluding.....


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UK: Update on the RHI consultation

Last week the consultation regarding some of the eligible heat uses within the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) closed to respondents. The department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) will now consider the responses against their requirements. They will then make a decision on what will.....


Fertilizersmore »


Is all peat moss the same?

One of the most important ingredients of soilless substrates, peat moss, began in peat bogs shortly after the last ice age about 12,000 – 14,000 years ago. As the glaciers receded, depressions were left in the earth that collected precipitation from rain and snow.Across Canada, there are different types of.....


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New idea could mean sweeter strawberries with less sugar

One teenager's bright idea inspired by the humble strawberry could help tackle obesity. Her plan will be among the first to work at RB's new £105m research centre in Hull.Nineteen-year-old Isabel Hyde won a national competition to join some of the company's top scientists at the new state-of-the-art complex.....


Machinesmore »


Future of CAP: Robots in the field?

At first glance, farming might not seem the most technically advanced profession: the image of the farmer toiling on the land remains the most persistent, and for many people, farm technology begins and ends with a tractor. But the reality is far from this, and the agri-food sector is just like any other.....


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Monterosa tomatoes shipped from Almeria to the Netherlands

The shipment of Monterosa specialty tomatoes from Almeria to the Netherlands has already started. The product will start to be marketed this week by the company Staay Food Group, which signed an agreement with Gavà Grup for its exclusive marketing in the Netherlands.The ribbed Monterosa tomato, which has a.....


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PMA Fresh Summit:

DS Smith to showcase new enhancements to wax-free boxes for produce

Interstate Container/DS Smith have said that they will be showcasing their 3rd generation Greencoat enhancements at this year's Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Fresh Summit Conference & Expo.Greencoat for Produce, a wax replacement box was built with farmers looking to switch from wax in mind. The.....


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Italy: Innovation with niche products

Kale, Lacinato kale, cardoons, chard, purple carrots and rosole - these are just some of the rather uncommon products that make up theSiporange at this time of year.Some of the products photographed on 12th October 2017"Lacinato kale and kale are thriving. The former is more popular with Italian consumers,.....


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Gilles Carriou, tomato grower in Lézardrieux, France:

"Extending the pre-planting phase gives more control over generative growth"

French tomato grower Gilles Carriou switched last year to using RootmaXX cubes from Cultilene. This stone wool cube allows growers to extend the pre-planting phase to give more control over generative growth. The result? Benefits for both production and quality.Gilles Carriou runs a greenhouse operation.....


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US: New organic management resource available

Increasingly aware how food purchases affect their health and the environment, consumers are changing the way they eat. Sales of organic products in the United States totaled $47 billion in 2016, an increase of nearly $3.7 billion from 2015. But demand for many organic staples continues to outstrip domestic.....


Coolingmore »


Tecnova implements a greenhouse refrigeration system in Egypt

The Tecnova Technology Center has implemented a new refrigeration system for greenhouses in Cairo, Egypt, which will solve climate management problems in this country, and has completed the construction of a 1.7 hectare prototype that will endorse the conclusions of trials developed at Tecnova.This action.....


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Brands include Mann's, Walmart, Trader Joe's and more

Fresh cut vegetables recalled across North America after Listeria found

Mann Packing of Salinas, California is voluntarily recalling minimally processed vegetable products because they may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes.Mann Packing is issuing this recall in response to a single positive result found during random sampling by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. To.....


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Are company gardens the new what's next?

Edging out traditional team-building events and happiness-quotient consultants, company gardens are the new eco-friendly work-endorsed health advantage.Studies confirm that employees who interact directly with live plants report lower stress levels and exhibit higher mental acuity. Can company gardens really.....


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November 12, Colorado State University

US (CO): Making tastier tomatoes

You know the experience: You slice into a red, juicy, store-bought tomato, take a bite and…nothing.This familiar, flavorless experience might someday be less common thanks to the work of Harry Klee, professor of horticultural sciences at the University of Florida and featured speaker at this year’s.....


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French Casino Q3 sales rise

UK's 'Big Four' see declines in market share

South Africa's Pick n Pay reports 25% profit fallSouth African supermarket operator Pick n Pay on Tuesday reported a 25% fall in half-year earnings as a weak economy and staff cuts weighed on profit. Headline earnings per share fell to 61.88 cents for the six months to August 31 from 82.43 cents a year.....


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Delhaize opens first store rooftop farm in Belgium

Delhaize Belgium is testing an innovative "urban farm" on the roof of one of its stores in the Brussels area. The farm, consisting of a garden and a greenhouse, will allow Delhaize customers to buy freshly picked vegetables that are grown exclusively on-site. The brand is the first supermarket in Belgium to.....


Medicinal productionmore »

Marapharm Ventures purchases 1.5 million units of Veritas Pharma

Marapharm has filed an early warning report advising that it has purchased a total of 1,500,000 units of Veritas Pharma at a purchase price of $0.28 per unit, each unit consisting of one common share in the share capital of the Issuer and one common share purchase warrant of the issuer, exercisable at a.....


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