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Thursday, April 26, 2018


Indoor Ag-Con bigger than ever

"Becoming an event organizer was never the plan"

It wasn't her original goal, but over the last couple of years Nicola Kerslake and her Indoor Ag-Con event grew to be one of the main connecting events in the Indoor Farming industry. Next week, the sixth edition of the show is coming up and with over 50 speakers, two stages and hundreds of participants. It.....

Substrate supplier focuses on the rapid rise of city farming

Development of substrates for multilayer cultivation in high-tech phytotrons

Nijssen recently provided BVB Substrates with two phytotrons and a semi-closed greenhouse in the newly constructed research facility in De Lier. The substrate supplier is reacting to the rapid rise of city farming.In the high-tech phytotrons, substrates for multilayer cultivation are being developed......

water from sugar beet processing

Underground water storage makes reuse residual water possible

On Thursday, April 19, 2018, Erik van Merrienboer, deputy Public Space and Finance of the Provincial Executive of North Brabant (Netherlands), opened the high-quality, sustainable freshwater supply storage that was realized for the greenhouse horticulture area Nieuw Prinsenland. Purified residual water from.....

Phil Ritchie of Rijk Zwaan visited the third ModulAIR platform

"Semi-closed greenhouses require sturdy, generative plant types"

At the start of this year the third ModulAIR platform took place in South Australia at Sundrop Farms. The platform is an initiative of Van Der Hoeven, which was founded to get even more out of the ModulAIR greenhouses and to learn from each other. By now the group consists of 26 persons, quite a nice growth.....

Russian minister foresees further greenhouse expansion in Moscow region

In 2018 in the Moscow region, three greenhouse complex projects are planned to start operating. The Minister of Agriculture and Food of the Moscow region, Andrey Razin announced that he and the governor of the Moscow region, Andrey Vorobyov and the Head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of the Russian.....

"Coatings can reduce energy consumption"

A crop that can grow without excessive stress will provide the highest yield and therefore the lowest energy consumption and the lowest CO2 emissions per kilo of product. The insights into optimum growth have changed significantly in recent years, mainly as a result of Next Generation Growing. Initially it.....


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Energymore »


"Geothermal energy will boost Kenya’s food security"

GDC will utilize geothermal energy to boost food security in Kenya, the Managing Director & CEO Eng. Johnson P. Ole Nchoe has reaffirmed.The CEO has noted that GDC will strongly support the use of geothermal energy in food production and processing. He said this in Iceland at the ongoing 4th Icelandic.....


Fertilizersmore »


"Vietnam needs organic fertilizers for clean agriculture"

Vietnam’s agricultural production faces a serious imbalance in the use of organic and inorganic fertilizers, resulting in a negative impact on the environment and quality of agricultural products. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong spoke in an interview with Vietnam Economic.....


Breedingmore »


Wageningen University publishes booklet on plant breeding techniques

Scientists of Wageningen University & Research have published a concise booklet that gives some new insights into several aspects of plant breeding techniques such as genome editing: 'Plant breeding techniques in a new era'.In recent years a range of New Plant Breeding Techniques (NPBTs) have been.....


Machinesmore »


US robots trying to pick strawberries

Strawberries are easy to grow in Florida, but it's getting harder to pick them due to a diminishing migrant work force. At Wish Farms in Duette, they're working on robots to replace a job humans have been doing for the last century.Find out more here.


Product Infomore »


Automated dining makes waiters redundant

With Automated Dining, you never have to wait for service or listen to waiters wax poetically about the dishes. Automated Dining uses a robot-like table that brings your order to your table in no time. How nifty is that?


Packagingmore »


Italy: Open-top lettuce bags from Fellini Patrizio

Thanks to its new open-top lettuce bags, Fellini Patrizio has achieved its objectives of protecting the produce from handling, making it more attractive and improving its shelf-life. The bags contain Gentilina, Romana, Trocadero and red Gentilina lettuce.Freschissimi open-top bags from Fellini Patrizio"We.....


Marketingmore »


In fresh-food retailing, quality matters more than price

A McKinsey&Company survey of 23,000 European shoppers reveals specific ways grocers can win in fresh fruits and vegetables, boosting sales by as much as 10 percent even in a flat market.Quality over priceIf you’re a fresh-food retailer in Europe, your apples and bananas better be top-notch. European.....


Substratesmore »


Substrate supplier focuses on the rapid rise of city farming

Development of substrates for multilayer cultivation in high-tech phytotrons

Nijssen recently provided BVB Substrates with two phytotrons and a semi-closed greenhouse in the newly constructed research facility in De Lier. The substrate supplier is reacting to the rapid rise of city farming.In the high-tech phytotrons, substrates for multilayer cultivation are being developed......


Organicmore »

ZVG calls for uniform regulations for ground-based greenhouse cultivation

Last Thursday, the European Parliament passed an amendment to the EU Organic Regulations, which will apply starting January 2021. For horticulture in particular the rules around organic pot plant production and the regulation of greenhouse cultivation is of great importance. The Central Association of.....


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Food Safetymore »

North America: Grower recalls microgreens over listeria concerns

Greenbelt Microgreens were informed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency that Listeria was detected in their broccoli Microgreens in Washington state. As a precautionary measure, they have voluntarily recalled all 19 microgreen products produced in Maple Ridge, BC which were distributed to BC, AB, Oregon,.....


Healthmore »


Tomato Foundation Health Claim Project reaches 25% of funding target

The expansion of the Tomato Foundation Health Claim Project Consortium continues - rallying support from companies within the tomato industry global supply chain, with 73,500€ raised of the 270,400€ target. The project focuses on obtaining an EFSA health claim for tomato paste/tomato products and.....


Eventsmore »


Indoor Ag-Con bigger than ever

"Becoming an event organizer was never the plan"

It wasn't her original goal, but over the last couple of years Nicola Kerslake and her Indoor Ag-Con event grew to be one of the main connecting events in the Indoor Farming industry. Next week, the sixth edition of the show is coming up and with over 50 speakers, two stages and hundreds of participants. It.....


Retailmore »


China: Walmart unites suppliers in "Fresh Food Alliance"

On April 16th, Walmart established the "Fresh Food Alliance" with seven other suppliers of fresh products, including Jingdong Home, Tyson, Yili, Dole, Sunner, Blue Snow Food, Goodfarmer and Jinlongyu. Walmart said that more suppliers will join the alliance in the future. At the current stage, the "Fresh Food.....


Vertical farmingmore »


Europe gets its own Aquaponics Association

To date, collaborative aquaponics work in Europe has been conducted under the umbrella of the EU Aquaponics Hub of the European COST program which is coming to an end this year. Practitioners needed a new organization to continue collaborating and sought the advice of the Aquaponics Association of the U.S.At.....


Medicinal productionmore »

CAN (QC): MJ grower to build 1,000,000 sq.ft. of greenhouses

Matica plans to commence construction of greenhouses on a 181 acre leased property in Hemmingford, Quebec. The company will begin construction of Phase 1 within coming months, with a long-term goal of building 1,000,000 square feet of combined greenhouses on the property. Matica management have met with.....


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