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Friday, June 22, 2018


Alban Jaquenoud, Jaquenoud:

Switzerland: "We are independent, to guarantee our freedom"

The Swiss tomato market is doing well. "The market is small, and the production and demand are great, so there is a lot of pressure on the market,” says Alban Jaquenoud of Jaquenoud Maraîchers. "In the summer, the demand is always lower due to the holidays."The Swiss producer has just built a new greenhouse.....

Italy: Tomato grower plans to light 6 hectares with LED

Prominent Italian tomato grower Gandini Antonio officially selected igrox srl as technological partner in LED supplemental lighting. Gandini is going to increase the LED lighted surface in their greenhouses with the Quantum system, in order to improve yield and quality of crop. The first delivery of the LED.....

Hort Connections Gala Dinner celebrates Australian horticulture

Australia’s leading horticulture growers and industry members have been recognised at the Hort Connections 2018 Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner, with around 1,300 attendees from every sector of Australian horticulture celebrating the significant contributions of the industry and its members.Scott Samwell,.....

US (PA): LED improves production and plant quality in organic greenhouse

Peace Tree Farm has improved crop production and energy efficiency since deploying Fluence horticulture lighting solutions. Peace Tree Farm installed Fluence VYPRx Plus LED lighting solutions to improve production of its USDA certified organic and sustainably grown herbs, vegetables and ornamental plants in.....

Tomato sorting line gets second life in Australia

VIDEO During the past months, Steenks Service has realized a complete used tomato sorting line for a client in Australia. The project was managed entirely by Steenks Service, in collaboration with their Dutch partner Hortimat. At the moment the sorting line is being assembled on Australian territory by three.....

Mexico: Smart greenhouses to grow tomatoes

Experts from the UNAM are working on automated greenhouses to optimize the agriculture of vegetables by controlling physical and nutritional variables, such as temperature, radiation, pH, relative humidity, fertigation, and by using bio-fertilizers and bio-fungicides developed by the UNAM.According to a.....

Ariana Sudhario, HSI:

"Brazil is the right place for us"

On 20, 21 and the 22nd of June Hortus Supplies International host stand 33B at the Hortitec 2018 in Brazil. We spoke with Ariana Sudario who represents the Dutch horticultural supplier:So, Ariana. You are attending the Hortitec in Holambra. This is the first time Hortus Supplies International is present. Why.....

Photo impression of first day:

Brazil: 25th edition of Hortitec is on

Becoming acquainted with innovations in products, services, tools, machinery and equipment; learning more about new technologies and ways to grow flowers, fruits, vegetables and forestry; looking for solutions to save water or energy and improve the productivity and the quality of the production. These are.....

Accelerating change in food production

Innovators, researchers and entrepreneurs in the European food sector met at Koppert Biological Systems’ headquarters in the Netherlands last week Thursday to inspire collaboration and innovation in this sector for improved food production, nutrition and health. Hosted by Koppert, the conference encouraged.....

US: FFA and ASTA sign memorandum of understanding

The National FFA Organization and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) recently signed a memorandum of understanding.The memorandum will align ASTA’s strategic goals and resources with the three-component model of agricultural education, providing teacher curriculum and resources; supervised.....

Codema appoints managers to Wevab unit

On 1 June 2018, Codema announced the appointment of Robert Vink and Marcel Bodemann for Codema-Wevab. Codema’s business unit Wevab is specialized in cultivation benches, display products, table tops and conveyor systems. In Robert Vink’s previous role as Head of Sales and Product development, he was.....


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Switzerland: Pumps restarted for geothermal heating of greenhouses

Hansjörg Grob Vegetable Agriculture, a large vegetable production company with extensive greenhouses in Schlattingen in Switzerland, has restarted the pumps for its geothermal heating system. The project now again derives water with a temperature of 60°C, after a two year involuntary break.In February 2016,.....


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US (WV): Biochar to improve environmental sustainability and water quality

West Virginia University could be at the forefront of solving a $57 billion pollution problem and finding new ways to transform forestry waste into a cash crop for the state and region.Kaushlendra Singh, associate professor of wood science and technology in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources.....


Breedingmore »


High attendance for Open House Days of Eminent Seeds

On the 12th, 13th and 14th of June 2018 Eminent Seeds opened its Demo greenhouse doors at the World Horti Center in Naaldwijk. These days growers, representatives of a plant nursery and growth advisors from all over the world visited Eminent Seeds. There they discovered exclusive varieties of tomato, pepper.....


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Farms without humans are coming

The Hands Free Hectare (HFH) project, run by Harper Adams University and Precision Decisions, has won the Future Food Award at the BBC’s Food and Farming Awards ceremony which was held in Bristol.Last year the world-first project drilled, tended and harvested a crop of spring barley without operators on the.....


Product Infomore »

Award-Winning grape tomato now offered in organic

Following the success of its conventional offering, SUNSET® announced its award-winning grape tomato is now also being offered as Organic. The tomato has won numerous awards including the Superior Taste Award from the International Taste and Quality Institute.“We are thrilled to introduce a new product to.....


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US (CA): Mushroom producer launches redesigned package labels

Monterey Mushrooms, a large fresh mushroom grower based in California, has introduced a redesigned package label for all of their fresh mushrooms. After careful thought to determine what information the label should contain, as well as the appearance itself, the new label was entirely redesigned and the new.....


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US (TX): Project explores potential for value-added food products

The final report from a three-year project in Texas that explored potential for value-added food products from sustainably grown fruits and vegetables, led by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), has been posted on the SARE website.The "Beyond Fresh" project investigated whether value-added.....


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US (WA): Turning urban wood waste into biochar

Biochar as a soil amendment has been the subject of much attention in recent years because of its ability to sequester carbon and to improve aggregation, water holding capacity, and organic matter content of soil amended with it (Lehmann, 2007; Marris, 2006). A recent article on the Ag Climate Network blog.....


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EU: Ten-year reprieve for organic hydroponic growers

The European Union has published its new organic regulation, which will enter into force on January 1, 2021. For organic hydroponic growers, the following passage is of interest, which states that operations certified as organic before June 28, 2017, may continue growing on their production surfaces for.....


Coolingmore »


Netherlands: IPHandlers builds new Perishable Centre

In January 2019, IPHandlers will open their brand new Perishable Centre. It is right across the street from theircurrent building in Noordpolderweg in the Dutch town of Aalsmeer. The new Amsterdam Perishable Centre will be realised under the name ofAPC Handling b.v.The new 6,000 m2 Perishable Centre will be.....


Food Safetymore »

Innovative approach to sterilising process water for ready-to-eat salads

KRONEN GmbH, together with its partners, is currently developing a new solution for reducing germs in the process water used during the washing cycle of Fresh-cut salads. The goal is to increase the microbial safety of packaged ready-to-eat products without using chemical additives. The project named SiMoHyP.....


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Brussels sprouts’ drama

CAN (QC): Father sentenced over uneaten vegetables

A man from Gatineau, Quebec, was sentenced earlier this year after forcing his eight-year-old daughter to sit at the dinner table for 13 hours over an uneaten plate of Brussels sprouts. The man had pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful confinement and was sentenced to four months to be served in the.....


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Photo impression of first day:

Brazil: 25th edition of Hortitec is on

Becoming acquainted with innovations in products, services, tools, machinery and equipment; learning more about new technologies and ways to grow flowers, fruits, vegetables and forestry; looking for solutions to save water or energy and improve the productivity and the quality of the production. These are.....


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George Baker between the grapes

Sing along with the vegetable edition of Little Green Bag

Tum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum.... Once it's in your head, you will hardly get it out and start singing along. Now there's another reason to sing a long with the song Little Green Bag by the George Baker Selection. The band fell for the commercial possibilities and allowed Dutch retailer Lidl to.....


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Mid-winter greetings from the Antarctic greenhouse

While in the Antarctic summer up to 50 people live and work at the Neumayer Station III of the Alfred Wegener Institute, it is barely unoccupied in winter. Then there is only the cook, three engineers, a doctor and four scientists on site. They form the so-called wintering team. Watch this short video and.....


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CAN (BC): Valens GroWorks finalizes greenhouse expansion plans

Valens, a multi-licensed, vertically integrated provider of cannabis products and services utilizing proprietary extraction processes, has provided an update on subsidiary Valens Farms' purpose-built 400,000 sq ft, expandable (to 800,000 sq ft) cannabis cultivation and production facility, currently under.....


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