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Tuesday, January 16, 2018


Swiss supermarkets prefer the better protected pre-packed tomatoes

“Waste of unpackaged tomatoes too high”

During the last weeks, the import of Spanish vegetables has continued to increase. After the cold December weather, in important agricultural regions such as Almería and Murcia, the quantity of popular vegetables, such as sweet peppers, cucumbers, and of course tomatoes, has increased to a satisfactory.....

Get more energy by having this blue alga at breakfast

"Spirulina very popular in France"

Eric Constans cultivates spirulina. The blue algae variety is rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals, which benefits your whole body. This Frenchman began growing this alga in February 2017.The Spirulina is cultivated in large basinsGap in the marketEric says,"It is going well. My customers are very pleased.....

Project EDEN ISS: Arrival on the eternal ice shelf

Greenhouse reaches the Antarctic

"Now that we have unloaded at the ice shelf edge, we are under construction," says EDEN-ISS project manager Daniel Schubert. "We could hardly wait, landing on the Antarctic continent as a four-person construction team, right before Christmas." Over the next few weeks, the team from the German Aerospace.....

US (GA): Green-Tek announces new location in Baldwin

Green-Tek, a supplier of coverings and components for greenhouses, nurseries, and horticulture, announced the opening of a new location in Georgia to serve Southeast markets. Located in Baldwin, Georgia, the company’s newest location occupies 40,000 square feet at 420 Industrial Boulevard on approximately 4.....

John Breedveld, GrowGroup IFS:

"Indoor farming in the Middle East in acceleration"

In the run up to the GFIA in Abu Dhabi in February, John Breedveld, CEO of GrowGroup IFS talks about the developments in vertical farming in the Middle East.AccelerationSince GrowGroup IFS signed an agreement in October 2017 for a project in Riyadh for the construction of the first large scale farm,.....

Italy: Valagro and ALSIA open joint biostimulant laboratory

Valagro and ALSIA, the Basilicata Agency for Development and Innovation in Agriculture, have opened the Valagro@PHENOLab joint laboratory at ALSIA's Metapontum Agrobios Research Centre (Metaponto – MT, Italy). The new research facility is the result of a long-term partnership designed to bring together the.....
Syngenta signs long-term licensing of GenoMAGIC

Syngenta and NRGene expand collaboration

Syngenta and NRGene have continued to advance their cooperation in breeding and trait discovery in key crops.Syngenta has licensed NRGene’s GenoMAGIC, a cloud-based big data analytics platform, to evaluate, predict, compare and select the best genetic makeup for crop molecular breeding and genomic selection......

US (NH): Berlin greenhouses to break ground in April

Although delayed, construction of two giant greenhouses that would employ 80 people and produce salad greens and tomatoes for customers throughout the Northeast, is moving forward with a groundbreaking set for April.Last year, North Country Growers LLC, a subsidiary of American Ag Energy of Boston, received.....

Netherlands ships more peppers to the UK

The total import value of fruit and vegetables in the Netherlands was €6 billion. Extreme winter weather in Southern Europe caused less supply, higher prices and temporary shortages in the first quarter of 2017. The Dutch production had varied successes in 2017. Growers of aubergine and tomatoes can review a.....

UK: ICL expands technical sales team

The speciality agriculture division of ICL has appointed a new technical sales manager, Dr Richard Collins, who will be joining the team in January.Richard comes from an academic background, having worked previously as a senior lecturer and researcher in crop sciences at the University Centre Myerscough, and.....

Belgian restaurant grows its own veggies

Huis Van Wonterghem, a famous Belgian event organizer and caterer, has been planning exclusive events for more than 75 years. This specialist is well-known for its culinary high-quality catering. Recently they started to grow their leafy greens and herbs in a FarmFlex unit. Have a look at what Barbara Van.....


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CAN (BC): Why some greenhouses are sourcing landfill gas

British Columbia is mandated to have 75 percent landfill gas collection efficiency, and to comply with this mandate, landfills are partnering with greenhouses.One of these landfills, Vancouver Landfill, has formed a relationship with Village Farms International, designers and operators of greenhouses in North.....


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Video: Why your controlled release fertilizer didn't work as expected

In the below video, Nelson Gonzalez, Territory / Key Account Manager at ICL, discusses the top 10 reasons your controlled release fertilizer may not have performed as you expected.Fertilizer displacement…. If you incorporate your fertilizer and are bumping a smaller container to a larger container, take into.....


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Syngenta signs long-term licensing of GenoMAGIC

Syngenta and NRGene expand collaboration

Syngenta and NRGene have continued to advance their cooperation in breeding and trait discovery in key crops.Syngenta has licensed NRGene’s GenoMAGIC, a cloud-based big data analytics platform, to evaluate, predict, compare and select the best genetic makeup for crop molecular breeding and genomic selection......


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Get more energy by having this blue alga at breakfast

"Spirulina very popular in France"

Eric Constans cultivates spirulina. The blue algae variety is rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals, which benefits your whole body. This Frenchman began growing this alga in February 2017.The Spirulina is cultivated in large basinsGap in the marketEric says,"It is going well. My customers are very pleased.....


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New produce printing method uses food colouring

A method for printing fruit and vegetables with food colouring has been developed by Kellermeister Manns GmbH.The trick is to print round objects of varying shape and diameter without bruising. The company uses a process with special food dyes that they claim do not affect the fruit's taste or shelf life......


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15% increase compared to last year

Promotable volume of Mexican-grown asparagus starting in February

Crystal Valley Foods (Crystal Valley) will have significant volume of Mexican grown asparagus from the Caborca region in Northern Senora starting in February through March 2018. There is expected to be about a 15 percent increase in volume over the same time period last year and good quality product."The.....


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US (MI): Managing substrate pH of soilless substrates

Did you know different substrate components in soilless mixes have different pHs? Peat moss and aged pine bark only have a natural pH between 3.0 and 4.0. The optimal substrate pH for most greenhouse and nursery crops, however, is between 5.4 and 6.4 (Figure 1). Therefore, soilless substrate manufacturers.....


Organicmore »


dynamism fails to boost agricultural employment levels

EU: Organic farming continues to grow

The area of land dedicated to organic farming in Europe has continued to grow steadily since the start of the decade, according to the latest data from the European Commission. But the dynamism of the organic sector has not been reflected in the wider agricultural field, with agricultural employment levels.....


Coolingmore »

Nuagaon, Sundergarh:

Absence of cold storage: Indian tomato farmers resort to distress sales

While they have yet to recover from last year’s distress sale of tomatoes, farmers in Nuagaon -in the Indian Sundargarh district- are being forced to go for distress sale again this year. In the absence of proper cold storage, farmers have no choice but to sell their produce at throwaway prices to middlemen......


Food Safetymore »

E. coli outbreak in association with Romaine lettuce is over

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has issued an updated public health notice stating that the E. coli O157:H7 foodborne illness outbreak in Canada, which that agency has associated with Romaine lettuce consumption, appears to be over. PHAC is also advising Canadian consumers that they no longer need.....


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Lettuce Fusarium on two UK Growers

Rigorous hygiene practice is critical to prevent the risk of infection from lettuce Fusarium wilt, the potentially devastating disease recently detected on UK lettuce crops.To help protect crops, growers at a recent workshop organised by AHDB Horticulture were told it was essential to carry out their own.....


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January 26, 2018

US (MI): Attend Ag Action Day in Kalamazoo

One of the flagship, long-running meetings Michigan State University Extension has conducted in southwest Michigan is Ag Action. In 2018, this day-long meeting will take place Friday, Jan. 26 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Valley Community College (6767 W. O Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49003).No matter what.....


Retailmore »


UK: Marks & Spencer stop selling 'cauliflower steak'

The ‘cauliflower steak’ was part of the new M&S Veggie range and after an introductory offer it would have cost £2.50. The range was aimed at customers wanting a "quick and convenient vegetarian meal option", M&S told BBC Three.But now Marks and Spencer says it will stop selling its ‘steak’ after.....


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Belgian restaurant grows its own veggies

Huis Van Wonterghem, a famous Belgian event organizer and caterer, has been planning exclusive events for more than 75 years. This specialist is well-known for its culinary high-quality catering. Recently they started to grow their leafy greens and herbs in a FarmFlex unit. Have a look at what Barbara Van.....


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60,000 sq.ft. expansion planned

CAN (BC): Aphria acquires fellow MJ grower Broken Coast

Aphria has entered into a binding letter agreement to acquire 100% of the issued and outstanding share capital of Broken Coast, a cannabis producer located in British Columbia.The Transaction is expected to add incremental annual production of 10,500 kgs, a portion of which is market ready today, elevating.....


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