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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Yurij Duda, Argus Controls, on the challenges of CEA:

"In indoor ag, every project demands a unique approach"

Just two more weeks and the Indoor Ag-Conwill once again take off in Las Vegas. Argus Controls will once again be exhibiting at the educational two-day event that will celebrate and highlight the opportunities of the rapidly rising indoor agriculture industry. We asked Argus Controls' General Manager Yurij.....

Swedish project studies year-round cultivation of tasty strawberries with LEDs

An innovation group consisting of experts in strawberry cultivation, plant lighting, plant research, food science and sensoric analysis, are working on combining greenhouse cultivation of Swedish strawberries with LED lighting technology. The goal - year-round cultivation of strawberries with the preserved.....

Hokkaido greenhouse to enable production in the "coldest city on earth"

VIDEO With temperatures that can drop to -50 Celsius, Yakutst in Siberia is often described as one of the coldest city in the world. While there is only 5 hours of daylight, a new greenhouse project is expected to enable local greenhouse production. The greenhouses are designed with special installation and help.....

Canada: Major funding for Québec agri-food sector

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (la Caisse) presented its strategy for Québec's agri-food sector. It also announced the creation of a $125-million fund to invest in every segment of the sector's value chain, targeting both companies seeking to accelerate their growth and farmers who operate family.....

Spain: Greenhouse builder J.Huete expands into new premises

VIDEO J.Huete has recently inaugurated their new storage and manufacturing premises in Murcia, Spain. The Spanish greenhouse builder invested in the new buildings as a result of the companies powerful expansion and growth plan.The new factory of J.Huete is a cutting-edge plant of 2.000 sqm, with special machinery.....

China and EU to enhance agricultural cooperation

China's Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu held talks with Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, in Brussels on 20 April 2017. The two sides had extensive and in-depth discussions on enhancing China-EU agricultural cooperation, particularly in the areas of animal health.....

BASF strengthens digital farming offer with acquisition of ZedX Inc.

BASF has signed an agreement to acquire US-based company ZedX, a developer in the field of digital agricultural intelligence. The acquisition is expected to be completed within four weeks. ZedX develops agronomic models designed to support farmers in making better production decisions. ZedX’s expertise lies.....

Russia: New year-round greenhouse complex to arise in Rostov

A new large greenhouse complex will be constructed in Rostov districts of the Yaroslavl region. Acting Governor of the Yaroslavl region Dmitriy Mironov and business representatives signed several agreements for the plans during a meeting held on Thursday 20 April. One of the agreements was related to the.....

Croatia: Microgreens on the 17th floor of Zagreb building

VIDEO Marijan and Andrea cultivate microgreens on the 17th floor of a high-rise in the Croatian capital - and they're proving to be a big hit with local restaurants. Click here to see a ZDF item with them at

Will an inflatable greenhouse be the solution to grow food on Mars?

NASA scientists designed an inflatable cylinder greenhouse that could help astronauts grow food when arriving at other planets. Astronauts have successfully grown vegetables and plants aboard the International Space Station, but with the newest project, NASA expects to develop long-term methods to.....

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More opportunities for cogeneration in Germany

The German government has published regulations for planned auctions for the country’s combined heat and power plants. The auctions are designated to attract CHP with up to 50 MW in capacity, with 100 MW on offer in the first auction set for December 2017. According to a first draft of the regulation based.....

Fertilizersmore »

Agriculture drives DuPont's sales and volume

DuPont is reporting strong first quarter results. The company's Agriculture sales were positively impacted by the change in timing of seed deliveries which benefited first quarter sales by approximately $140 million. This timing change benefited total company net sales by 2 percent in the quarter."Our team.....

Breedingmore »

East-West Seed helps Myanmar government improve productivity

A high level political delegation from Myanmar, led by second vice president of Myanmar, H.E. Henry Van Thio visited the Netherlands from 19-23 April. East-West Seed, represented by Ard Groot (vice chairman of the Supervisory Board), took part in a dinner reception for the Myanmar delegation along with other.....

Machinesmore »

Georgia Tech builds 'high wire' robot to scout crops

Generally, the term “aerial robot” is synonymous with “drone,” but there are lots of other ways for robots to avoid spending time on the ground. One of the most creative that we’ve seen recently comes from Georgia Tech Professor Jonathan Rogers, who has been working on a sloth-inspired aerial robot named.....

Product Infomore »

Meridiem Seeds introduces TX2022

In line with the principles of theTRADITOMEuropean project, which aims at recovering historic tomato varieties typical of the Mediterranean basin, Spanish company Meridiem seeds has introduced a new type of Marmande tomato, identified as TX2022.The Traditom project has the objective of creating hybrids that.....

Packagingmore »

“Supermarkets increasingly aware of environmental impact”

On route to more sustainable plastic packaging for fresh produce

Traditionally, the conical sleeves, bags and films for fresh produce are made of plastic (PP and LDPE). That works just fine. The use of covers is a must. It’s necessary for the protection, transport, presentation and longer shelf life of the fresh products. However, the material used for the sleeves is in.....

Marketingmore »

Here's why you should be using social media for your farm

In farming circles, the phrase “social media” tends to elicit deep sighs and changes in the subject rather than excitement.Using social media for marketing can seem like a frivolous pursuit, and that skepticism is accelerated by myths about social media marketing like, “I have to be extroverted” or “nobody.....

Substratesmore »

Soilless technology takes root in blueberry cultivation

Blueberry production and consumption has been increasing rapidly in recent years. Greenhouses and mainly tunnels are being used to extend the growing season and harvesting period. Blueberries are traditionally grown in the ground. The soil should be well-drained, yet with sufficient moisture holding.....

Organicmore »

June 6, 2017

US: Webinar presents results of Organic Transition Survey

The organic sector continues to grow and more producers are transitioning their operation to organic. What motivates these producers? What are the major challenges during transition? And what resources do they need to support the transition? This webinar will present the results of a national survey of.....

Coolingmore »

China: Large cold chain logistics center to be built in Ganzhou

At present, the Ganzhou cold chain logistics center project has officially settled in the Zhanggong district in Ganzhou city. The total funding for the project is 1.3 billion RMB. The center will cover a surface of 15.4 hectares with 300,000 square metres of buildings. The total storage capacity will be.....

Food Safetymore »

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Vietnam: Inadequacies in food safety inspections

The inspections of food safety for imported goods have caused many shortcomings, including time, costs and put a heavy pressure on the authorities.Violation rate is very lowAccording to analysis of the HCM City Customs Department, Clause 1b of Article 38 of the Law on Food Safety regulates: “Food, food.....

Healthmore »

"Eating more fruit reduces risk of developing diabetes"

While already known to be good for your health, a new study shows that fresh fruit and vegetables may also help reduce the risk of diabetes and even reduce the mortality of those who already have it.Huaidong Du, of the University of Oxford, and colleagues studied nearly 500,000 people participating in the.....

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April 3-5, 2018, St. Louis

US (MO): The next 30 years of sustainable agriculture

One year from now, the Our Farms, Our Future conference, hosted by SARE and NCAT/ATTRA, will bring together a diverse agricultural community: farmers and ranchers, agricultural professionals, agribusiness, students, researchers, scientists, agency representatives, and nonprofit leaders. Every decade, SARE.....

Retailmore »

Mike Chapman, CEO Horticulture New Zealand:

NZ: "High vegetable prices, but is the grower making any more money?"

Wet and wild weather inevitably brings enquires about whether or not the price of vegetables will increase in New Zealand. But the real determinant of the price of vegetables is how much demand there is, and can the supply keep up. It is a simple equation; less supply and more demand pushes prices up, and.....

Vertical farmingmore »

Yurij Duda, Argus Controls, on the challenges of CEA:

"In indoor ag, every project demands a unique approach"

Just two more weeks and the Indoor Ag-Conwill once again take off in Las Vegas. Argus Controls will once again be exhibiting at the educational two-day event that will celebrate and highlight the opportunities of the rapidly rising indoor agriculture industry. We asked Argus Controls' General Manager Yurij.....

Medicinal productionmore »

Oregon marijuana company fined $5,300 over butane explosion:

Don't light your bong when handling butane

According to an article on, Oregon regulators fined Higher Level Concentrates $5,300 for workplace safety violations following a butane-extraction explosion last year that landed one man in a Portland burn ward. The accident occurred last October, when, according to a lawsuit, William “Chris”.....