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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Final hours of Cultivate'18

Morning has broken in Columbus, Ohio meaning that the final hours of the Cultivate exhibition have started. This afternoon the plants will be donated, the stands will be broken down and the airport will flood. But hey, we're not there yet! Today the 650+ exhibitors will continue to welcome you on their.....

Russian LED maker prescribes light recipes

Faros has been supplying horticultural LED solutions to Russia and the CIS countries for more than two years now. Part of the Technika company in Ulyanovsk, Faros employs 260 people and produces 70,000-100,000 items a month, with a focus on LED light fixtures. Igor Malygin, 'Agrophotonika' department.....

CAN (ON): Cigarette blamed for million-dollar blaze

A discarded cigarette likely started the fire that caused $2.3 million in damages at a produce plant on the weekend, Leamington Fire Services Deputy Chief Mike Bradt said Monday.The damage estimate at TopLine Farms at 500 County Road 18 includes about $300,000 for the building and about $2 million.....

Spain: Sensor technology optimises expensive and scarce water

Sensors and irrigation control systems are a growing solution to manage water use in horticulture. These are proving to be particularly effective in Almería, Spain where you can find one of the largest concentrations of greenhouses in the world. In this arid area on the south coast, water is a very scarce.....

US: SPEAR-T bioinsecticide available for greenhouse applications

Vestaron announced the full launch and availability of its SPEAR-T bioinsecticide, following final EPA approval this month of its manufacturing process for a liquid formulation.SPEAR-T has a zero-day pre-harvest interval and is designed to be non-toxic to mammals, birds, fish, honeybees and other beneficial.....

Austrian LED suppliers join forces

The two Austrian companies LUMITECH and SANlight have entered into a cooperation agreement. The SANlight Solution joint venture will focus on development and design of innovative lighting solutions for professional horticulture and vertical farming for industrial customers.LUMITECH has extensive project.....

'Super Soil' delivers water retention, drainage, nutrition

RainSoil introduces RainSoil Engineered Super Soil, a proprietary soil ingredient blend that contains premium expanded coconut coir, a complete nutrient starter charge, a surfactant and a superabsorbent polymer.“In RainSoil Engineered Super Soil, we have designed a blend of our professional grade ingredients.....

Canadian peppers take home innovation awards

The 11th annual Greenhouse Competition took place on June 16, 2018 in Leamington, ON. This national event has an expert panel of judges, with palates for Zing! Judges tasted over 200 entries of the very best from the Greenhouse Capital of North America to make their decisions.Pictured: (left to right) Saman.....

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Enormous turnout makes for highly successful Organic Produce Summit

More than 1,500 participants traveled to California’s coastal town of Monterey last week to attend the 3rd annual Organic Produce Summit.On Wednesday, July 11 the summit kicked off with field tours that gave retailers and other interested attendees an opportunity to tour produce fields, talk with growers and.....

Italy: Courgette and cucumber prices are low

Whether it is due to higher courgette production in July or the increased supply of vegetables in general, various wholesale operators have confirmed that courgette and cucumber prices are low."There's a courgette invasion and sales are slow. We have even seen producers that were unable to sell them. Current.....

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CAN (ON): What's next after Cap and Trade has been scrapped?

The Provincial Government of Ontario recently released a press release outlining their current position on Cap and Trade. As of July 10th, the Minister of Government and Consumer Services and Government House Leader, Todd Smith, announced that the people of Ontario can expect urgent action towards repealing.....

Fertilizersmore »

'Super Soil' delivers water retention, drainage, nutrition

RainSoil introduces RainSoil Engineered Super Soil, a proprietary soil ingredient blend that contains premium expanded coconut coir, a complete nutrient starter charge, a surfactant and a superabsorbent polymer.“In RainSoil Engineered Super Soil, we have designed a blend of our professional grade ingredients.....

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Regulatory status of non-GMO plant innovations under current EU law

A new article on the latest plant breeding methods has been published in the latest issue of Bio-Science Law Review.The existing EU regulatory framework, when considered holistically, provides efficient guarantees that every stage of the agri-food supply chain, from lab to fork, is subject to constraints and.....

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PlantPaper teams up with AgriNomix and Smithers Oasis

With the increased request for PlantPaper's products in the United States, the company decided to forge a North American partnership with AgriNomix and Smithers Oasis.AgriNomix will be handling sales of machine & service on the North American market, and Smithers Oasis will keep on expanding paper and.....

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Mini cucumbers: two branches, one product

As well as the regular cucumber and the snack cucumbers, there is a third cucumber segment in the Netherlands: mini cucumbers. This cucumber variety weighs between 100 and 150 grams. The segment is growing quickly, notes Leander van Griend of Royal ZON. "All German retailers have mini cucumbers in their.....

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Paul Koppert, Koppert Machines:

"Complete packaging lines for the entire snack vegetable segment"

In 1983 Arie Koppert started manufacturing sowing machines for small seeds, such as radish, carrots and flowers. At that time mechanization in the greenhouse was scarcely available and he decided to mechanize the harvesting and processing of radish by means of a harvesting machine and a fully automatic.....

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National tomatoes first? How chauvinism influences buying behaviour

What influence do politics, economy and culture have on our buying behaviour? In socially insecure times, people tend to turn inward. This also counts for EU member states. They increasingly focus on their national economy and therefore, promote local products. Consumers follow; an Englishman will prefer to.....

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Commercial growers get new wood fiber option

Lambert Peat Moss Company offers commercial growers a new wood fiber option with its EcoPeat product and complete line of EcoPeat Mixes (EPM).“We’ve been utilizing the many benefits of EcoPeat for years, and as pioneers in this field, we are pleased to evolve the use of this powerful ingredient,” explains.....

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OF&G chief Roger Kerr:

"Conversations about organic must change"

The organic sector needs to change the way it engages with farmers, consumers and policy makers if the huge opportunities offered by the sector are to be taken more seriously. Roger Kerr, chief executive of organic licensing body OF&G, said organic farming offered major potential to businesses.....

Coolingmore »

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 coolingVacuum cooling is a cooling method.....

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Ireland: Creed launches Food Safety and Food Authenticity Strategy

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., launched his Department’s Food Safety and Food Authenticity Strategy to an audience of key stakeholders in the agri-food sector and regulatory partners from Government and State bodies.Commenting on the importance of food safety and food.....

US: Cyclospora parasite cases linked to McDonald’s salads

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has received confirmation of approximately 90 cases of cyclosporiasis, an intestinal illness caused by the microscopic Cyclospora parasite. Cases have been reported in counties across Illinois with people becoming ill starting in mid-May.The initial.....

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Allergy potential of strawberries and tomatoes depends on the variety

Strawberries and tomatoes are among the most widely consumed fruits and vegetables worldwide. However, many people are allergic to them, especially if they have been diagnosed with birch pollen allergy. A team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has investigated which strawberry or tomato varieties.....

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July 27, Houston

US (TX): Urban Food Production Conference

The Houston Urban Food Production Conference, covering commercial and backyard food growing, as well as selling produce, will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 27 at the University of Houston Downtown campus, 201 Girard St. in Houston.Sponsors are the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Prairie.....

Conviron and ASPB provide Scholars Program

Conviron is again partnering with the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) in delivering the 2018-19 ASPB Conviron Scholars Program.The ASPB Conviron Scholars Program is aimed at supporting the next generation of plant scientists by helping students build their foundation for a successful career. The.....

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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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US (CT): Water authority invests $500K in aquaponics

The South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority (RWA) will provide an investment to Meriden-based Trifecta Ecosystems, allowing them to establish a regional aquaponics program in the Greater New Haven Region.The RWA’s $500,000 investment will allow for the creation of a series of custom-controlled.....

Affinor Growers signs Tom Baumann to consult for agriculture development

Affinor Growers has signed a consulting agreement with Tom Baumann, a professor at The University Of The Fraser Valley, to assist the company in developing and implementing the appropriate protocols required for growing fruits and vegetables and other related crops using the company’s technology.Tom Baumann.....

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5 tech systems anyone with a cannabis greenhouse should be using

Greenhouse cultivation of cannabis is “a dramatically different growing paradigm,” experts say. In a traditional outdoor grow, the farmer has little control over key environmental factors. In a greenhouse, environmental conditions can be more finely managed, which gives the grower an edge. But this.....


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