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Thursday, June 21, 2018


Grow-Tech, Quick Plug and Omni Growing Solutions unite as Quick Plug Global

Quick Plug BV, Grow-Tech Inc. and Omni Growing Solutions Inc. are continuing their work under a completely rebuilt Quick Plug brand. The new company identity was revealed at the recent GreenTech exhibition, where we caught up with Managing Director, John van der Maarel, who updated us on the ambitious growth.....

Gotham Greens raises $29 million in growth equity funding

Gotham Greens, urban greenhouse developer and grower of locally and sustainably grown produce, has announced the closing of $29 million in Series C equity funding last month. The new round brings the company's total funding until date to $45 million, not including bank debt. Since its launch in 2011, Gotham.....

"By using foil, gutters last longer"

“When cleaning during crop rotation the gutters are under a lot of pressure. This can damage the coating and is not something you would want to happen”, Piet van Oord of Oerlemans Plastic explains. Under the name of OPS gutter protection film, Oerlemans Plastic presented a foil to cover gutters in.....

Proudly wear your produce on your sleeve

An eggplant, a radish or some turnip - whatever your pick might be, have you ever thought of getting it tattooed? Because of the Dutch organic open field days, several growers decided to show their veggies on their biceps as well.Well, we'll be honest with you - this is fake news. The photos are real, the.....

NL: De Ruiter Experience Center now also showing bell peppers

Since the opening of the De Ruiter Experience Center in March this year, De Ruiter has welcomed many enthusiastic visitors from all over the world. These were mainly professionals with an interest in tomato varieties. But now, growers, retailers, consultants and plant growers can also turn to De Ruiter.....

Pure Flavor growing with new products, awards, and expansion

Greenhouse vegetable production is in full swing in every region of North America which is meeting surging consumer demand heading in to the heart of summer. Pure Flavor’s family of growers are producing more than ever before fueling the company’s momentum in the marketplace. This in turn is setting up.....

UK: Peter Wills puts tomato nursery up for sale

The TGA received an email from Hampshire tomato grower Peter Wills advising that his nursery in Romsey was up for sale.A R Wills Limited have been growing tomatoes in Romsey for 91 years and Peter has been a staunch supporter of the TGA since it was set up in 1997.Peter was persuaded to write a few words.....

Switzerland: Pumps restarted for geothermal heating of greenhouses

Hansjörg Grob Vegetable Agriculture, a large vegetable production company with extensive greenhouses in Schlattingen in Switzerland, has restarted the pumps for its geothermal heating system. The project now again derives water with a temperature of 60°C, after a two year involuntary break.In February 2016,.....

5th edition 'Dwars door de Kas' (Across the Greenhouse):

Racing through the greenhouse

After having skipped a year, this time again one could cycle through the greenhouses in the Westland. This year even on two days, so both on Saturday 9th and on Sunday 10th of June a bike parade, adorned with green flags, passed along all participating companies. Occasionally across narrow and difficult.....
18 infections in total now

NL: Tomato chlorosis virus found at 7 more nurseries

The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) has, in the outbreak investigation of the Tomato Chlorosis virus (ToCV), found seven companies affected by the quarantine disease. With this, the investigation has been completed, Rob Hageman of the NVWA reports to Nieuwe Oogst. "But we continue to.....

Antarctica: Plenty of production in Future Exploration Greenhouse

The most important element of the EU H2020 EDEN-ISS project is the simulation of a one-year "space mission" on Antarctica, in preparation of future space missions. The business unit Greenhouse Horticulture of Wageningen University & Research has been involved in all preparations (from the design and.....


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Switzerland: Pumps restarted for geothermal heating of greenhouses

Hansjörg Grob Vegetable Agriculture, a large vegetable production company with extensive greenhouses in Schlattingen in Switzerland, has restarted the pumps for its geothermal heating system. The project now again derives water with a temperature of 60°C, after a two year involuntary break.In February 2016,.....


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US (WV): Biochar to improve environmental sustainability and water quality

West Virginia University could be at the forefront of solving a $57 billion pollution problem and finding new ways to transform forestry waste into a cash crop for the state and region.Kaushlendra Singh, associate professor of wood science and technology in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources.....


Breedingmore »


High attendance for Open House Days of Eminent Seeds

On the 12th, 13th and 14th of June 2018 Eminent Seeds opened its Demo greenhouse doors at the World Horti Center in Naaldwijk. These days growers, representatives of a plant nursery and growth advisors from all over the world visited Eminent Seeds. There they discovered exclusive varieties of tomato, pepper.....


Machinesmore »


Farms without humans are coming

The Hands Free Hectare (HFH) project, run by Harper Adams University and Precision Decisions, has won the Future Food Award at the BBC’s Food and Farming Awards ceremony which was held in Bristol.Last year the world-first project drilled, tended and harvested a crop of spring barley without operators on the.....


Product Infomore »


Novel lettuces for Paraguayan consumers

The Fresh Food SRL company wants to offer the local market a wider variety of fruits, vegetables and fresh products, which is why they've ventured into the hydroponic culture with the Dutch salanova lettuce variety.Naoki Nagaoka, the owner of the company said that the idea was to offer consumers a novel.....


Packagingmore »

US (CA): Mushroom producer launches redesigned package labels

Monterey Mushrooms, a large fresh mushroom grower based in California, has introduced a redesigned package label for all of their fresh mushrooms. After careful thought to determine what information the label should contain, as well as the appearance itself, the new label was entirely redesigned and the new.....


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US (TX): Project explores potential for value-added food products

The final report from a three-year project in Texas that explored potential for value-added food products from sustainably grown fruits and vegetables, led by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), has been posted on the SARE website.The "Beyond Fresh" project investigated whether value-added.....


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US (WA): Turning urban wood waste into biochar

Biochar as a soil amendment has been the subject of much attention in recent years because of its ability to sequester carbon and to improve aggregation, water holding capacity, and organic matter content of soil amended with it (Lehmann, 2007; Marris, 2006). A recent article on the Ag Climate Network blog.....


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US: Rodale Institute announces Chief Scientist

Dr. Andrew Smith, environmental scientist and organic farmer, aims to connect soil health with human health in his new role as head of Rodale Institute research.“The world needs science-based evidence that organic and regenerative agriculture is the healthiest approach for people and the planet,” said Andrew.....


Coolingmore »


Netherlands: IPHandlers builds new Perishable Centre

In January 2019, IPHandlers will open their brand new Perishable Centre. It is right across the street from theircurrent building in Noordpolderweg in the Dutch town of Aalsmeer. The new Amsterdam Perishable Centre will be realised under the name ofAPC Handling b.v.The new 6,000 m2 Perishable Centre will be.....


Food Safetymore »

Preventing E.coli O157 outbreaks in leafy vegetables

In April 2018, the CDC reported a multi-state outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections linked to Romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona with five deaths so far reported and hundreds sickened. Here, rapid microbiology finds out from Dr. Rachel Noble, an expert environmental molecular microbiologist,.....

Innovative approach to sterilising process water for ready-to-eat salads

KRONEN GmbH, together with its partners, is currently developing a new solution for reducing germs in the process water used during the washing cycle of Fresh-cut salads. The goal is to increase the microbial safety of packaged ready-to-eat products without using chemical additives. The project named SiMoHyP.....


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Brussels sprouts’ drama

CAN (QC): Father sentenced over uneaten vegetables

A man from Gatineau, Quebec, was sentenced earlier this year after forcing his eight-year-old daughter to sit at the dinner table for 13 hours over an uneaten plate of Brussels sprouts. The man had pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful confinement and was sentenced to four months to be served in the.....


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webinar, June 28

Top 5 ag technologies improving productivity and driving growth

Frost & Sullivan, the growth partnership company, will host a live, complimentary Growth Innovation Leadership (GIL) briefing, "Top 5 Agriculture Technologies Improving Productivity and Driving Growth", on Thursday, 28th June at 11 am EDT. The webinar will offer Frost & Sullivan's expert insight from.....

June 25-27, Melbourne

Australia: Hydroponic Farmers Federation holds biennial conference

The Hydroponic Farmers Federation are holding their biennial conference next week in Melbourne, Australia. This promises to be a great event with over 250 delegates already registered for a packed speaker program and a trade show on site as well. The conference will also be including farm visits on the.....


Retailmore »


George Baker between the grapes

Sing along with the vegetable edition of Little Green Bag

Tum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum.... Once it's in your head, you will hardly get it out and start singing along. Now there's another reason to sing a long with the song Little Green Bag by the George Baker Selection. The band fell for the commercial possibilities and allowed Dutch retailer Lidl to.....


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US (NV): Indoor farming industry takes root in Las Vegas

Las Vegas’ farming industry might seem as dry as the desert, but Southern Nevada’s agriculture sector is just a bit harder to find than most.To discover rows upon rows of basil, green butter lettuce, mint and even cannabis in Las Vegas, you will have to step inside.Southern Nevada’s indoor farming industry.....


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CAN (QC): First plants in at 250,000 sq.ft. MMJ greenhouse

Hydropothecary's first two zones of its 250,000 sq. ft. greenhouse expansion is now licensed by Health Canada, under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (Canada), which allows the company to transfer plants in immediately.“Our cultivation team has been preparing for this expansion for.....

US (NV): Cannabis grower expands cultivation by 40%

Body and Mind has provided a progress report on its Phase II cultivation expansion in Las Vegas, Nevada. Additionally, the company announces a strategic engagement to advance the Ohio dispensary opportunity and expand Body and Mind product offerings.Phase II expansion of the Nevada facility is nearing.....


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