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Friday, May 18, 2018


Tailor-made plugs adapt to growers’ needs

They are pretty small and contain only three components, but still the choice of plugs is of major importance to your crop. At Quick-Plug they know all about it - producing and selling hundreds of millions of plugs annually. Last year the company was acquired by Dümmen Orange. Combined with the assortment of.....

China: South Holland province officials visit vegetable project CAU Futong

On Tuesday May 15, 2018, South Holland province and Hebei province officials visited the vegetable greenhouse complex CAU Futong Nanhe Industrial Cluster. The greenhouse complex is located in Xingtai city, in the northern China Hebei province.A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for future close collaboration.....

"Offering and unifying all our brands"

It all started with the manufacturing of steel structures nearly 55 years ago and the ongoing story includes over 20,000 projects being realised, customers served worldwide and innovative projects being launched continuously. Last year the Canadian company Harnois Industries united and merged their brands.....

Cooperative Vienna LGV focuses on regionality, innovation and cooperation

“Combining greenhouse veggies with other regional wares”

It was a successful year for the LGV vegetable cooperative in Vienna. Following the opening of the innovative "Gärtnergschäftl" business and the renewed cooperation with the friendly production company Seewinkler Sonnengemüse in Burgenland, a completely new brand was recently launched. From Andreas Melanzani.....

CAN (QC): Lambert celebrates 90 years

VIDEO Lambert Peat Moss Company is celebrating its 90th anniversary of premium peat moss production. Now with four generations in the business, Lambert still operates from the original location, along with a number of additional peat bogs.“My grandfather helped pioneer the development of peat moss production in.....

Floating greenhouse

An Italian architecture firm called Lazzarini Design Studio has created a conceptual design for a floating city, dubbed Wayaland. The plan calls for luxury pyramid-shaped houses powered by solar energy, which CEO Pierpaolo Lazzarini hopes to build off the coast of the United Arab Emirates or Italy.This.....

More than 100 types of herbs, throughout the year

Parsley, basil, mint and rosemary are herbs everyone knows, but do you also know santolina, anise hyssop or common salsify? Besides conventional herbs, there’s more and more interest in culinary herbs with varied flavours.Common salsify, also called oyster plant, has this name due to the salty flavour of its.....

Russia: Tomato moth found in Kuban region

The Krasnodar region was recently invaded by the tomato moth (Tuta absoluta). Tomato moth originates from South America where it has become a serious threat to tomatoes grown both in greenhouses and in the field since 1980.In 2014 tomato moth was included in the list of quarantine objects of the Russian.....

Accelerated production plan for Pure Sunfarms

“The start today of commercial-scale cannabis production at the Delta 3 facility is the most significant milestone for Pure Sunfarms to date,” said Michael DeGiglio, CEO, Village Farms. “And we are thrilled to definitively move forward with the accelerated production plan, which significantly increases Pure.....

CAN (ON): Growers lament high hydro rates, increased labour costs

Jeff VanRoboys laments the Ontario government's one-two punch that he says is hurting his cucumber harvesting business.The 40-year-old farmer and entrepreneur says his company — The Pickle Station, located about 300 kilometres west of Toronto — has been hit hard by sky-high hydro rates and a recent increase.....


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6th Indoor Ag-Con 2018

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Global Berry Congress 2018

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Syngenta We Love Tomato 2018

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Fruit Logistica 2018, Berlin

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Netherlands: Work starts on another geothermal doublet

Huisman was recently awarded a contract for the delivery of a geothermal doublet in Pijnacker, the Netherlands. Drilling started at the end of April and the installation will heat a large area of greenhouses, a residential area and a local pool. The wells will be drilled directionally to a planned depth of.....


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UK: Grants for peatlands restoration

A new injection of £10m of government money will help restore more than 10,000 football pitches-worth of England’s iconic peatlands.Peat bogs and fens are important habitats that provide food and shelter for wildlife, help with flood management, improve water quality and play a part in climate regulation......


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USDA announces Plant Variety Protection Board appointments

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the appointment of 14 members to serve two-year terms on the Plant Variety Protection Board. Two alternate members were also appointed.“Innovation in the plant and seed industry has always been vital to agriculture, making it possible for us to meet the needs for.....


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"Do it yourself with the Spare parts finder"

The need for technical knowledge is increasing in the horticultural sector. A greenhouse contains more and more machines and installations, but the number of people with a technical background is steadily decreasing. It’s a difficult situation. Or maybe not? With Royal Brinkman’s Spare parts finder, you can.....


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Green chile grown elsewhere will have to change its name

EU recognizes jalapeño pepper as Mexican

According to Jonas Murillo, the president of the National Chamber of the Canned Food Industry (Canainca), the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and Mexico (TLCUEM) and its negotiations brought great news for the jalapeño pepper. In this negotiation, the European Union recognized that this food.....


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Hidden in lorry-load of lettuce

Spain: South Dublin gang gets €3.4 million in cannabis confiscated

A south Dublin drugs gang, has been the main mover behind a €3.4m drugs shipment that was found hidden in a lorry load of lettuce. New details of the massive Spanish seizure emerged yesterday.Four Irish men and a Romanian national are in custody in Spain after 170 kg of cannabis was seized in a Garda.....


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British Tomato Week extended to fortnight

British Tomato Week is back, but this year it’s not just one week but two.British Tomato fortnight runs from 21st May – 3rd June. Once again Glinwell will be supporting the British Tomato Growers Association in spreading the ‘British is Best’ message.Look for the Union Jack symbol on tomatoes in shops to.....


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Oasis starts offering Rootcubes retail packs

Smithers-Oasis Company offers a new retail pack of its Oasis Grower Solutions Rootcubes foam media. The new retail pack is available in two sizes, a 104-count sheet and 50-count sheet, both containing two sheets of the foam media per box. Designed with smaller or hobby growers in mind, the Rootcubes packs.....


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Spain: Almeria wants to double the greenhouse acreage devoted to organic crops

The province of Almeria currently has more than 2,600 hectares of greenhouse acreage devoted to organic cultivation (about 10% of the total greenhouse acreage) and the sector has become fundamental for producers, who expect to reach 5,000 hectares in the next five years.The manager of the Association of.....


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US: Technology turns smartphones into foodborne illness detectors

Purdue University researchers have developed detection technology that allows a typical smartphone to analyze produce for foodborne pathogens such as E. coli O157:H7, which has been linked to a deadly outbreak in romaine lettuce.The technology involves both hardware – a smartphone cradle – and software in.....


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More than 100 types of herbs, throughout the year

Parsley, basil, mint and rosemary are herbs everyone knows, but do you also know santolina, anise hyssop or common salsify? Besides conventional herbs, there’s more and more interest in culinary herbs with varied flavours.Common salsify, also called oyster plant, has this name due to the salty flavour of its.....


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US (TX): Vegetable Spring Field Day in Uvalde draws producers

More than 80 agricultural producers and those in agriculture-related businesses attended the recent Vegetable Spring Field Day at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde.Participants came to the center to get science-based information and insights into the production of various.....


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Twice as much fruit and vegetables in the average AH shop

We call it "our garden", says Said Belhassan, the Fresh Unit Manager at Albert Heijn (AH). He is referring to the fresh fruit and vegetable section of the renovated AH shop in Genderenplein in the Dutch town of Hoofddorp. It was opened on Wednesday. Here, the philosophy behind the biggest of the changes - a.....


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US (MA): Rooftop farm powered by CO2 from people inside the building

The fifth floor stairwell at Boston University's College of Arts and Sciences opens up to the sky.Here, amid heating and air conditioning vents and ducts, an unusual crop is being collected, says Nathan Phillips, professor of earth and environment."We're growing food on the rooftop at BU and we're harvesting.....


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CAN (BC): Affinor signs agreement with MJ producer license applicant

Affinor Growers has signed a definitive license agreement, with a later stage Licensed Producer Applicant in British Columbia. The license represents royalties of 3% of all products grown using the patented technology and gives the exclusive rights for Vancouver Island for Fruits, Vegetables and Marijuana.....


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