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Friday, April 20, 2018


The great cannabis switcheroo

An increasing number of vegetable growers are making the switch to growing marijuana, since the medical (and sometimes recreational) was legalized in countries around the world. Some growers have even emptied all their greenhouses of tomatoes and cucumbers in favor of cannabis. An overview.Tilray /.....

John Purcell, Monsanto

"Modern biology will maximize potential of vertical controlled-environment agriculture"

"Partnerships between seed companies and vertical controlled-environment producers, and the application of modern biology tools to create custom germplasm, will be key to enabling these new and exciting production systems, just as they are in today’s most commonly-used fruit and vegetable production.....

Pepper grower Gemapa: step for step towards sustainability

Composting the full crop at the end of the season

When the Lambrecht family started their Gemapa bell pepper nursery in 1990 in the Belgian town of Nevele, Marc considered going organic. In the end he decided against it. "I thought the risks were too great, especially the aphids," Marc says. He did the math. "If you grow organically, in Belgium you have to.....

24 hectares for Russia's largest retailer

After the construction of the 40 hectare project including cultivation area for Magnit, Tander returned to Certhon for the next phase: 24 hectares of greenhouse construction, with a further three hectares of cultivation.Certhon is responsible for the entire project: In addition to the construction of the.....

5 ways to fund your farm's expansion

Access to sufficient appropriate capital remains one of the greatest keys to success for indoor agriculture entrepreneurs. In a survey conducted of indoor agriculture industry participants, Newbean Capital found that 53% of respondents stated their biggest business challenge was finding enough funding to.....

Photo report: Take a look inside Chinese greenhouses

Jiuquan is known for droughts and the barren sands of the Gobi Desert. The local government has come up with measures to help growers, including building greenhouses and introducing organic soilless cultivation. Locally sourced plant and animal waste is used in place of soil and fertilizer in the soilless.....

Spain: Semillas Fitó invests €1.5M in expansion of R&D facilities

Semillas Fitó has presented its new R&D facilities, built at the company's headquarters in El Ejido, Almeria. They took one hectare of land and an investment of 1.5 million Euro. These new 10,000 square metres will be devoted to R&D in varietal improvement and features a computer-managed.....

NL: Lots of screen hours and good start Winterlight Greenhouse

At the end of March the guarding committee (Begeleidingscommissie Onderzoek) of theWinterlightGreenhouse(Winterlichtkas) met again, a good moment to make up the balance of the winter, the greenhouse, and its performance. The WinterlightGreenhouse has had many more screen hours and has let through much more.....

Koppert Biological Systems expands board

Koppert Biological Systems has increased the size of its board in response to the projected growth of the Dutch family company.The new composition allows for more focus on specific areas of operation. The original board that includes CEOs Paul Koppert and Henri Oosthoek, and CFO Robert Pathuis, has grown to.....

Luciano Caruso

"CAP favours Northern European countries"

Aggregation is fundamental in times of crisis, but it's even more important in case of catastrophic weather events caused by climate change, which often destroy structures endangering the existence of the companies affected. But are there tools that can help companies in need now that mass subsidies are no.....

US (NM): Cannabis provider unveils 8.7 million sq.ft. facility

Ultra Health acquired 200 acres of farmland in Otero County, New Mexico to support the state’s growing medical cannabis program. At over 8.7 million square feet, the campus will be the largest cannabis cultivation facility in North America.The new cultivation site also anticipates the legalization of.....


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CO2 storage for horticulture underneath North Sea possible

CO2 storage underneath the North Sea turns out to be not only technically feasible, but also cost effective according to research conducted on behalf of Havenbedrijf Rotterdam, Gasunie, and Energiebeheer Nederland. Part of this CO2 can be used for the greenhouse horticulture sector.Research shows that.....


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"‘Extreme bacteria’ could be game-changer for organic vegetable production"

A Clemson University research scientist has obtained a patent for a way to make organic fertilizer that could revolutionize the organic produce industry and put it on a level playing field with conventional crops.The limited potency, precision and consistency of organic fertilizers has long hindered organic.....


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John Purcell, Monsanto

"Modern biology will maximize potential of vertical controlled-environment agriculture"

"Partnerships between seed companies and vertical controlled-environment producers, and the application of modern biology tools to create custom germplasm, will be key to enabling these new and exciting production systems, just as they are in today’s most commonly-used fruit and vegetable production.....


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Italy: First methane tractor now being tested

New Holland's methane tractor will be tested during one month at the Agrosfera cooperative. It's a prototype that is constantly being monitored according to user suggestions. Mass production is expected for 2020.Sales director Andrea Leonardi delivered the tractor together with collaborator Francesco.....


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China: "Fruit tomatoes are in high demand"

"A species called fruit tomato, medium-size and high-sugar, is getting very popular in recent years. Compared with other ordinary tomatoes, fruit tomato is more expensive, and it tastes like a crunchy and sweet fruit. However, there are several restrictions on planting fruit tomato, e.g. the difficulty of.....


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Endless pictures of plastic packaging

On the Greenpeace site, a stream of pictures taken by concerned customers shows us that the plastic pollution crisis is really getting out of hand. Corporations and retailers are wrapping everything from avocados to t-shirts in throwaway plastic packaging that eventually finds its way into our oceans, all in.....


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Japan: Springtime is strawberry time

In Japan, strawberry picking is a popular spring activity. When the fruits become ready to pick in early January, many families flock to strawberry farms, some even making a trip to famed picking spots in mountainous regions, to enjoy the sweet, red fruit in season.Sugiyama Strawberry Farm is a scenic farm.....


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US: 100th independent trial of soil health product on bell peppers

Cool Planet announced the successful completion of its 100th quantifiable, independent trial of Cool Terra, the company’s flagship soil health product. The trial was conducted by the University of Florida on bell peppers, and it marks the 100th time the company has conducted a randomized yield improvement.....


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Spain: Monterosa tomatoes to be produced organically

In 2016, Gavà Grup presented its new tomato variety at the Alimentaria fair in Barcelona. Its objectives were to seduce the European market and to show that it was possible to improve the taste of tomatoes grown in winter. Since that time, Monterosa tomatoes have consolidated in Spain, as well as in.....


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Tasmania lifts ban on fruit from Melbourne fumigation facility

Tasmania's Biosecurity Department has lifted a ban on fruit and vegetable imports from a Melbourne plant, that was linked to a fruit fly outbreak. The ban on fresh produce imports from the Melbourne fumigation facility - linked to a fruit fly outbreak - was implemented earlier this year. Fruit and vegetables.....


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5 ways to fund your farm's expansion

Access to sufficient appropriate capital remains one of the greatest keys to success for indoor agriculture entrepreneurs. In a survey conducted of indoor agriculture industry participants, Newbean Capital found that 53% of respondents stated their biggest business challenge was finding enough funding to.....


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China: Vending machines are transforming into smart storefronts

Imagine walking into a Shenzhen subway station to grab a bite. Expecting to be able to buy a can of soda or a bag of chips, your options suddenly prove to be far more exotic. Yes, all the basic snack items are available, but so are pastries, tofu, cooked noodles, prepared eggs, fresh vegetables and French.....


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US (FL): Vertical farm grows more with less space and energy

The HyCube is a 2,000-square-foot self-contained hydroponics box situated on the sprawling grounds of the Orlando World Center Marriott.With the door to the hotel's main restaurant – Latitude & Longitude – situated just outside the entrance to HyCube, the carbon footprint is practically negligible."We.....


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US (NM): Cannabis provider unveils 8.7 million sq.ft. facility

Ultra Health acquired 200 acres of farmland in Otero County, New Mexico to support the state’s growing medical cannabis program. At over 8.7 million square feet, the campus will be the largest cannabis cultivation facility in North America.The new cultivation site also anticipates the legalization of.....


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