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Friday, January 20, 2017


Photo Report: Room for growth sets positive tone at Sival in Angers

PHOTO REPORT A vivid and positive atmosphere provided the backdrop for a well visited edition of the Sival exhibition in Angers this week. The attendance of the 23,000 visitors from 22 countries reflected the potential and situation that the French industry is currently in. Speaking to both greenhouse growers and.....

Less fruit damage with new Optima Clip from Paskal

Paskal launches a new generation of their well known 23 mm clip. The new Optima Clip has an upgraded design with an improved inner radius and a smaller clip lock to minimize damage to the tomatoes when placing the clips. Paskal is a key player on the market for horticulture trellising accessories for more.....

Stolen courgettes, big losses and changes in the menus

A touch of frost in Europe

The wintry weather has the European fruit and vegetable sector in a bind. The consequences of the snowfall in Spain and Italy are taking their toll on the sector. After previous reports about empty shelves in British supermarkets, the news regarding the weather's impact hasn't stopped. Examples include.....

April 3-7, Tucson

US (AZ): Learn all about CEA at UofA short course

Supercharge your indoor and greenhouse growing knowhow at the 16th Annual Greenhouse Crop Production & Engineering Design Short Course of the University of Arizona Controlled Environmental Agriculture Center [UofA-CEAC]. Join the short course in Tucson, Arizona from April 3rd – 7th, 2017. They’re moving.....

New training resources for growers using retractable roof houses

At Cravo, they believe that the profitability of producing crops and the return on investment on invested capital can be increased by combining the advantages of both nature and a protective environment, and that this combination will also make it easier for growers to meet current and future market.....

US: Native American Tribe and Bright Green Group sign 25-year agreement

Acoma Pueblo Governor Kurt Riley and the Tribal Council of the Acoma Pueblo, a Native American Tribe, have entered into a 25-year business agreement and land lease with the Bright Green Group of Companies, Inc. This landmark agreement enables Bright Green to begin constructing on tribal land a.....

Mississauga Food Bank grows own aquaponic produce

AquaGrow Farms is a sustainable aquaponics farm in the warehouse at The Mississauga Food Bank. It was created to provide an additional source of healthy greens and protein for their hungry neighbours and educate people about where their food may have come from and introduce them to the idea of sustainable.....


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Sival 2017, Angers, France

Sival 2017, Angers, France

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Growtech Eurasia 2016, Antalya, Turkey.

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MJBizCon 2016, Las Vegas

MJBizCon 2016, Las Vegas

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Expo AgroAlimentaria Guanajuato 2016, Irapuato, Mexico.

Expo AgroAlimentaria Guanajuato 2016, Irapuato, Mexico.

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Greenhouse Industry at PMA 2016

Greenhouse Industry at PMA 2016

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Africa's first grid-connected biogas plant powers up at Kenyan farm

A commercial farm in Kenya has become Africa's first electricity producer powered by biogas to sell surplus electricity to the national grid, cutting the carbon emissions associated with oil-powered generation.The Gorge Farm Energy Park in Naivasha produces 2 megawatts (MW) of electricity — more than.....


Fertilizersmore »


Researchers discover greenhouse bypass for nitrogen

Removal of excess nitrogen (N) can best be achieved through denitrification processes that transform N in water and terrestrial ecosystems to di-nitrogen (N2) gas. The greenhouse gas nitrous oxide (N2O) is considered an intermediate or end-product in denitrification pathways. Both abiotic and biotic.....


Breedingmore »


ASTA welcomes direction of USDA plant breeding policy

USDA has released for pre-publication a proposed rule-making notice related to plant breeding innovation. The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) has been actively engaged in discussions with the agency throughout the rule-making process, and is pleased that the proposal recognizes plant breeders’ long.....


Machinesmore »

Higher wages trigger specialty crop mechanization in US

According to USDA-Economic Research Service economist, Tom Hertz, the decline in the number of Mexican workers working in U.S. agriculture is largely due to Mexico’s improved economy and more Mexican laborers staying home after the U.S.’s Great Recession.Tom Hertz is a federal government data.....


Product Infomore »


UK entrepreneur makes hummus from unwanted vegetables

Around 40% of fresh produce is wasted in the UK because it doesn't meet superficial standards, even if the nutrient content is the same. And that’s before it hits the supermarkets and then goes on to homes, which is where 7 million tons of food is thrown away each year. London-based food.....


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NL: Rainbow Kleinpak starts new year with new sorting location

Rainbow Kleinpak starts the new year at a new sorting location in Middenmeer, the Netherlands. “We did not actually dare to dream this would happen,” says manager Chiel Mostert. “We gave the assignment late in July, and exactly three months ago, the foundation stone was laid. Twins Bouw constructed the new.....


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Italy: Marketing moments 2016

Summing up a year of Italian fresh produce marketing in only 10 points is not easy, but it is useful to get a feel of the complex universe that is the Italian fresh produce sector.The opinions in this article are obviously filtered by personal and professional assessments, but they are also supported by.....


Substratesmore »


What is biochar?

Generally speaking, biochar is the product of turning biomass into gas or oil with the intention of adding it to crop and forest production systems as a soil amendment. The definition of biochar is more about its creation and intended application rather than what it is composed of. Both charcoal and biochar.....


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USDA seeks comments on organic program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking comments on a proposal for a new industry-funded research and promotion program. The proposed Organic Research, Promotion, and Information Order would cover certified organic products and would include a range of agricultural commodities, such as fruits,.....


Coolingmore »

Cold storage capacity increasing globally

Total capacity of cold stores reached a size of 600 million m3 globally in 2016, an increase of 8.6 per cent compared to 2014. The storage capacity in most European countries, however, decreased during this period.In 2016, China built the most new cold stores; 31 million m3 extra space was added. India still.....


Food Safetymore »


Vietnam city rolls out QR origin traceable vegetables

Vegetables have joined pork in Ho Chi Minh City to have their origin made traceable via a simple QR scan using a free app.The first batch of traceable greens will hit selected Ho Chi Minh City supermarkets on Wednesday. Plans for a nationwide roll-out are expected sometime around April.The program is the.....


Healthmore »


"Red peppers good for losing weight"

Certain foods have been known to have specific effects which help you burn calories as you chew. One of the most notorious fat burning foods is a red pepper. But with there being hundreds of varieties on offer, Nutritionist Cassandra Barns explains why some are better at helping you beat the flab than.....


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Photo Report: Room for growth sets positive tone at Sival in Angers

PHOTO REPORT A vivid and positive atmosphere provided the backdrop for a well visited edition of the Sival exhibition in Angers this week. The attendance of the 23,000 visitors from 22 countries reflected the potential and situation that the French industry is currently in. Speaking to both greenhouse growers and.....


Retailmore »


Carrefour Q4 sales growth slows | Sales Seven & i continue to decline

Ahold Delhaize sales up | 'Woolworths to overtake Coles'

Aldi & Lidl mostpopular brands in UK - Aldi has once again come out top in YouGov's annual BrandIndex poll, with rival discounter Lidl snapping at its heels. The top five brands are: Aldi, Lidl, BBC iPlayer, John Lewis and Dyson. (esmmagazine.com) Ahold Delhaize sales up 2.8% in fourth.....


Vertical farmingmore »


US: Paul Hardej responds to FarmedHere closure

"It’s not unusual that the first movers and shakers in a new industry come across unexpected challenges. As we all recently learned, FarmedHere is closing its vertical farming operations in Chicago. I had the honor of co-founding FarmedHere in 2009, when it was unheard of for commercial farming to be located.....


Medicinal productionmore »


In-depth study looks at health effects of cannabis

Significant changes have taken place in the policy landscape surrounding cannabis legalization, production, and use. During the past 20 years, 25 states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis and/or cannabidiol (a component of cannabis) for medical conditions or retail sales at the state level.....


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