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American hydroponics supplier moves into European market

Sugarmade announces expansion into the European market for hydroponics supplies by way of its first order via Amazon UK. Under the terms of the agreement, Sugarmade will supply dozens of SKUs to be sold in United Kingdom.Over the past few financial quarters, Sugarmade has seen revenue growth patterns expand.....

Dr. Shefali Mehta tapped as new leader of Soil Health Partnership

Shefali Mehta had a fascination with plants from early in her childhood. From her time growing up in New England, through her education and work in agriculture in the U.S. and around the world, she followed her passion, launching a notable career as an agricultural and environmental economist. Mehta has been.....

Hydrofarm and Atmosphere announce strategic distribution partnership

Hydrofarm, independent wholesaler and manufacturer of hydroponics equipment and horticultural products, and Atmosphere, a manufacturer of innovative ventilation products for commercial and horticultural applications, announced a strategic distribution partnership to serve the growing indoor horticulture and.....

Dr. Patrick Stover appointed sole finalist for Texas A&M AgriLife Research director

The sole finalist for director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research said he will strengthen long-standing commitments to applied and fundamental research in partnership with stakeholders, as well as initiate new research responsive to broader societal needs, including enhancing the economic value of.....

Bayer starts Monsanto integration

The seed shift has started

It has been 100 weeks since September 14, 2016, when Bayer signed an agreement with Monsanto to acquire the company for $66 billion, or $128 per share. Yesterday, BASF closed the acquisition of Bayer’s global vegetable seeds business Nunhems, opening the door for the integration of Monsanto into the Bayer.....

Fluence appoints David Cohen as COO

David Cohen has joined Fluence as chief operating officer. Cohen will lead the Fluence Marketing, Sales and Operations teams, and he will focus on the creation and execution of the global growth strategy along with defining and executing the digitization strategy for Fluence.“David will be an integral part.....

International beverage company invests 4 billion USD in Canopy

Constellation Brands will increase its ownership interest in Canopy Growth by acquiring 104.5 million shares directly from Canopy Growth, thereby achieving approximately 38 percent ownership when assuming exercise of the existing Constellation warrants. Constellation Brands is acquiring the new shares at a.....

Hydroponics and NFTs shown in Thailand

With the Horti Asia coming up next week in Bangkok, many people decided to travel around the country a bit and learn about new techniques and opportunities. Enough reason for Wim Damsteegt and his company Dutch Greenery to open up their demo greenhouse and host open days. Demo greenhouse Damsteegt's company.....

Illumitex expands to Canada

Illumitex recognizes the importance of Canada to the science and business of Controlled Environment Agriculture. As such, the company has created a subsidiary to increase access to Canadian innovation of new large-scale greenhouse technologies and crops.To further personalize the support the Canadian.....

Full Harvest closes $8.5 million Series A to solve food waste problem

Full Harvest, a marketplace for excess produce that would otherwise go to waste, has closed an $8.5 million Series A round of financing led by Spark Capital. New investors Cultivian Sandbox Ventures, Rent the Runway Founder Jenny Fleiss, Jon Scherr (CircleUp) and Adam Zeplain of Mark.vc, as well as previous.....

Rabobank: EUR 1,698 million net profit in first half 2018

In the first half of 2018 Rabobank posted a net profit of EUR 1,698 million, 12% more than in the first half of 2017. This result was underpinned by favorable economic conditions, which contributed to a net release in impairment charges. Income remained more or less stable and costs fell causing the.....

CAN (SK): David Marit becomes provincial agriculture minister

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has made some changes to his cabinet including new ministers of agriculture and highways.David Marit takes over agriculture after serving in the highways and infrastructure ministry.Marit replaces Lyle Stewart, who stepped down last week after being diagnosed with colon.....

Future Farm announces strategic financing, new corporate secretary

Future Farm has closed on a new investment from a fund of Yorkville Advisors Global, LP. Proceeds from the private placement will be used to refinance a previous investment made by Yorkville and to support the continued development of the company's various projects throughout North America."Yorkville has.....

AccorHotels using 600 onsite urban food gardens

AccorHotels has announced that it is on track to install urban fruit and vegetable gardens at 1,000 of its 4,500 global hotels by 2020. This giant project is part of its commitment to cut emissions from food transportation and reduce its food waste output.On August 9, the hotelier revealed that it has fitted.....

Nutrien buys Agrible for $63 million

Nutrien has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Agrible for total consideration of $63-million. Agrible is a digital agriculture company with an advanced platform and product offering that includes a broad set of agronomic and on-farm advisory tools, data science capabilities, predictive analytics.....

Austrian LED suppliers join forces

The two Austrian companies LUMITECH and SANlight have entered into a cooperation agreement. The SANlight Solution joint venture will focus on development and design of innovative lighting solutions for professional horticulture and vertical farming for industrial customers.LUMITECH has extensive project.....

Art McSwain joins Certis USA as Regional Manager

Certis USA has hired Art McSwain as Regional Manager. He will be responsible for the sales and marketing of the company’s biopesticide products in Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and southern Virginia. McSwain replaces Gabe Diaz-Saavedra who became the Certis USA Home and Garden Account.....

American Farm Bureau promotes two staff members

The American Farm Bureau Federation has announced two staff promotions, for Dr. John Newton and Sarah Brown Dirkes.Newton has been promoted from director, market intelligence to chief economist. In this role he will manage AFBF’s economics team in conducting analysis in support of the organization’s advocacy.....

Affinor Growers signs Tom Baumann to consult for agriculture development

Affinor Growers has signed a consulting agreement with Tom Baumann, a professor at The University Of The Fraser Valley, to assist the company in developing and implementing the appropriate protocols required for growing fruits and vegetables and other related crops using the company’s technology.Tom Baumann.....

CAN (ON): Cigarette blamed for million-dollar blaze

A discarded cigarette likely started the fire that caused $2.3 million in damages at a produce plant on the weekend, Leamington Fire Services Deputy Chief Mike Bradt said Monday.The damage estimate at TopLine Farms at 500 County Road 18 includes about $300,000 for the building and about $2 million.....

Syngenta appoints Gaoning “Frank” Ning new Chairman of the Board

On July 16 2018 Jianxin Ren, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Syngenta retired from the Board.At an Extraordinary General Shareholders’ Meeting on Monday 16 July 2018, Gaoning “Frank” Ning was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr Ning was recently appointed Chairman of ChemChina. Since.....

Danish tomato growers welcome drought and record harvest

The weather forecast only predicted sun in the past months. Tomato growers rejoice over an extremely good harvest. One of them is Claus Duedal Jakobsen. He is head of marketing and purchase at tomato grower Alfred Pedersen en Zn, in Bellinge, close to Odense. Normally they are harvesting 45 tons of tomatoes.....

"Better covering, less algae"

Bas van der Elst, Hendic: "Because of the floating material the covering stays more in place in basins. And a better cover means less to no algae in the rainwater." The company recently renewed the product Delafloat to an anti-algae system without problems.Solution against algae growthSilo and basin covering.....

Tanimura & Antle promotes Nick Sgheiza to Vice President of Harvest

Tanimura & Antle announced the promotion of Nick Sgheiza to vice president of harvest.Sgheiza began his career with Tanimura & Antle in 1999 as an intern in the company’s cooler, harvest shop, and planting department. After college he returned to Tanimura & Antle to begin his farming career.....

US (CT): Crop One buys blighted Hartford property

Crop One Holdings, a San Jose, Calif., farming company seeking to upend the industry with hydroponics and space-efficient growing, was approved Monday to purchase a Homestead Avenue property for $250,000 that has stood blighted and vacant for years.Hartford’s city council also voted in favor of a tax.....

US: Food companies launch Sustainable Food Policy Alliance

Four of the largest food companies in the US have launched the Sustainable Food Policy Alliance, a new organization focused on driving progress in public policies that shape what people eat and how it impacts their health, communities, and the planet. Founding member companies include Danone North America;.....

US (OR): Griffin achieves coast-to-coast coverage with new DC

Griffin will open an all-new distribution center in Salem, Ore., in the coming months. The 24,000 square-foot facility will become the sixteenth branch location for Griffin, and the company’s first hard-goods warehouse on the West Coast.“The Oregon distribution center fulfills our longtime goal of achieving.....

Nearly 300,000 euros thanks to crowdfunding

Dutch grower cultivates 'healthy Red Bull'

Johan Jansen (33) is the owner of Special Plant Zundert & Tea by Me. Together with his team he offers an experience: enjoy special plants. Johan found out he did not want to take over his family's business. Yet he became an entrepreneur and is devoted to the production of ‘healthy Red Bull’: green.....

Netherlands: Havecon moves to new office

On Thursday 12th of July Havecon are moving to the Lorentzstraat at business park 'de Hoefslag' (Bleiswijk). After almost 12 years they are leaving the Marconistraat and will settle in the Lorentzstraat, just 500 meters away. For a couple of people at the company, especially those who are with them from the.....
Richard Schouten, Jan de Ruyter and Sjaak van der Tak react

NL: RedStar and Looye: certainly not the last tomato merger

Last week RedStar and Looye Growers announced that they are going tomerge. It is the news of the week in the Dutch tomato sector. As a result of the merger, Looye is growing into a major player in the Netherlands with an acreage that goes towards 150 hectares. The two companies have for a long time been.....
Adds distributor partners for cannabis, greenhouse, ag

US: Greenspire Global expands distribution network

Greenspire Global has expanded its distribution network in response to growing product demand.“As part of our ongoing effort to provide growers options to grow crops more naturally,” says Steve Knauss, “we’ve partnered with additional distributors to make our products more readily available across the.....

PlantPaper teams up with AgriNomix and Smithers Oasis

With the increased request for PlantPaper's products in the United States, the company decided to forge a North American partnership with AgriNomix and Smithers Oasis.AgriNomix will be handling sales of machine & service on the North American market, and Smithers Oasis will keep on expanding paper and.....

Phenospex to expand with €2 million funding

Phenospex announced the successful closing of the Series "A" round led by Future Food Fund, an early stage venture capital fund. LIOF, already an investor since 2013, also participated in this round. Phenospex will use the investment to fund the company’s further global expansion and drive product.....

Staay-Van Rijn has room to grow again in a new building

When you drive into the Dutch business park, Fresh Park Venlo, you cannot miss Staay-Van Rijn's new building. This commercial building was taken into use on 1 July. This fulfilled a long-sought-after goal. "Langfruit and Staay amalgamated in 2013. We thought then already that we would soon be full. This was.....

Hort Americas first North American distributor for 30MHz

Commercial horticultural supplier Hort Americas, and smart sensing technology provider 30MHz have partnered to bring the power of real-time, crop-level monitoring to growers across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and Mexico. Hort Americas is the first North American distributor of 30MHz technology......

US (SD): Global Aquaponics executive charged with grand theft

One of the executives at Global Aquaponics is facing new charges for allegedly writing bad checks.Tim Burns of Brookings is now charged with two counts of grand theft. He's accused of writing a $15,000 check in December to Pizza Ranch owner Kip Pharis that bounced. He's also accused of writing another check.....

US (ME): MOFGA welcomes new executive director Sarah Alexander

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) will have a new leader when Sarah Alexander assumes the role of executive director. MOFGA began a search and hiring process late last year when current executive director, Ted Quaday, announced plans to retire. Quaday will pass the reins to.....

Stockbridge Technology Centre expands

Three glasshouse zones within 384m²

The Stockbridge Technology Centre at Cawood, North Yorkshire has expanded their research complex. The total area only measures 384m², however consists of 17 doors, over the three zones , couple of corridors, plus a boiler house. The glasshouse will provide Stockbridge with a modern spacious growing.....

US: Stuppy adds four industry sales veterans

Stuppy Greenhouse recently added to its sales team with four industry veterans as part of an expansion to allow greater coverage of all 50 states. The new sales hires will join the existing team of five sales representatives to allow much more extensive customer service throughout the country.“We’re excited.....

Mastronardi Produce Expands with Sixth USA Greenhouse

North America’s leading grower and distributor of specialty and commodity greenhouse produce announced that it has expanded with its sixth greenhouse in the USA, a 20-acre state-of-the-art facility in Wapakoneta, Ohio. The farm will operate as The Ohio Greenhouse Company, and uses the latest innovative.....

Comparing traditional lighting with LED

"The traditional lighting sources used in greenhouses are providing a much lower light efficiency than that of LED grow lights. LED grow lights can accurately provide low-consumption, high-efficiency uniform light lines and light distribution with appropriate wavelength and color ratio, which is required for.....

Syngenta:

Many Gina bell peppers coming from third planting

The most recent period was characterized by mixed conditions in terms of light and energy usage, and for a long time light levels were below those of 2017 (March and April). Moreover, February caused strong initial growth due to good light. This resulted in many crops having difficulty with further growth,.....

Biobest shortlisted for Export Lion 2018

FIT (Flanders Investment & Trade) presents its Export Lion award to companies that excel in the field of export. Now in its seventeenth year, Biobest is competing to bag the annual prize.Stiff competitionDuring the first round, candidates from the medium and large enterprise category (50 or more.....

Wiretec Draadproducten:

"No greenhouse can do without wire products"

If you do not know about them, you won’t see them, but in almost every greenhouse wires are used in various ways. Wiretec Draadproducten supplies and manufactures the most diverse suspension and fastening materials for greenhouse horticulture, industrial and non-residential buildings. This month the.....

Harvest One appoints Grant Froese as new CEO

Harvest One has appointed Grant Froese as new Chief Executive Officer of the company effective July 3, 2018. Mr. Froese has also been appointed to the Board of Directors.Mr. Froese joins Harvest One following a 38-year career with Canadian retail giant Loblaw, last serving as Chief Operating Officer. During.....

US (FL): Graves joins American Coolair Farm Sales Division

American Coolair has named H.B. Graves as a sales representative in the Farm Sales Division.In this role, Graves will work with American Coolair customers in greenhouse, poultry and dairy industries.Graves has worked throughout the company since 2007 to gain experience and firm knowledge of American Coolair.....

upscaling continues

Another big merger announced in Dutch tomato industry

Dutch tomato growers RedStar and Looye Kwekers want to continue their business together. That was announced yesterday by the Van der Kaaij and Looije families, owners of the companies, to the companies' staff, customers, business relations and others. The new company will continue its activities under the.....

A look in the new Verkade Klimaat building

"In the end both plants and humans profit from healthy climate"

In the past years Verkade Klimaat has moved more often than anyone in the company wanted. From Kwintsheul they moved to Wateringen, where a devastating fire burned down the completely renovated premises. They made a temporary move to Naaldwijk. Since mid-December Wateringen is again home to the company.....

Mike Allan joins Certis USA as Vice President, North America

Mike Allan joins Certis USA as Vice President, North America. In his position, Allan will lead Certis USA’s business in North America.Tim Damico, Executive Vice President of Certis USA, said, “Our rapid growth in recent years has reached a point where we need more resources. Mike brings his comprehensive.....

Canada: Armtec Drainage Division to rebrand as Aqua Q

Aqua Q has launched its new corporate brand. The brand is a fresh direction for the drainage division of infrastructure company, Armtec LP, reflecting the change in strategic focus following the sale of its steel drainage division assets which closed on June 29, 2018. The Aqua Q brand will be phased in over.....

South Korea: Also LG Innotek in horticulture LEDs

After Samsung another big company known mostly for their phones is joining in the horticultural industry. LG Innotek has set up a full lineup of horticulture LEDs, and will venture into the global market.LG Innotek secured 30 types of horticulture LED packages optimized according to light wavelength and.....

demonstration in Dutch nursery

Here it is: Pepper harvest robot Sweeper in action

VIDEO Gliding over the pipe rails in the Dutch nursery De Tuindershoek is a machine, matching the bright yellow peppers on the plants. There's a mechanical sound and flashes appear. Shortly after a gripper moves toward one of the ripe fruits and a sawing sound follows next. The pepper falls into the gripper to.....

Light4Food inovates with smart indoor growing system

"A good growing recipe for every crop"

It all starts ten years ago with a shipping container in which LED lights were installed in layers. Leafy vegetables can be harvested year-round in these layers as is the idea. Led technology isn’t as efficient as we might want but entrepreneurs Peter Christiaens, René van Haeff and Michel la Crois see its.....

75 years of growing tomatoes

Time to party at Zwinkels Tomaten in 's-Gravenzande, the Netherlands. The company celebrated its 75th anniversary last Saturday. Employees, family, friends and business relations were all present to celebrate this joyous event. "We all worked hard for this company and we still do," Tom Zwinkels says proudly......

"Remotely fixing burners"

Producing gas burners for horticulture is a great profession but not always a simple one. Burners need maintenance and growers often don’t really know how to do this. Fine tuning the energy values is important to the efficiency of the installation and the quality of the CO2 that is used for fertilizing.This.....

Ventura County - California

US: Bell peppers on Highway 23 north of Moorpark

Yesterday, a semitrailer carrying vegetables overturned on Highway 23 north of Moorpark. California Highway Patrol units responded to the overturned truck just after 7 am on Highway 23 near Waynes Way. Bell peppers had spilled onto the roadway.According to eu.vcstar.com, the truck was cleared from the.....

Van der Knaap Group of Companies working on extra production location

Coco substrate from Mexico to meet additional demand

Jan de Smet with Van der Knaap Group has moved to Mexico to set up new facilities for the coco supplier over there. The company has the intention to start production facilities in Mexico. The last hurdles are being addressed now. Jan de Smet: "We're going to take the step. Business is going well. So well.....

Canada: Marapharm hires Bradley J. Dixon as new director

Bradley J. Dixon has agreed to join the Board of Directors of Marapharm.Mr. Dixon is an attorney based in Boise, Idaho and a partner with Givens Pursley LLP. Brad is the co-chair of the Givens Pursley Litigation Group and focuses his practice on a variety of complex commercial litigation matters. In his 18.....

US (IA): ScottsMiracle-Gro breaks ground on $3.6 million expansion

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company broke ground on a $3.6 million expansion at its Ft. Madison, Iowa Liquids Manufacturing Facility.To be completed by November 2018, the expansion will add over 40 full-time positions and include a new addition that will cover a total of 4,400 sq. ft., house an additional.....

Dutch rooftop farm declared bankrupt

When being built it was the largest rooftop farm in Europe. Now the Dutch rooftop farm UF De Schilde has been declared bankrupt. The farm, realised on top of an empty 1950s office block, hasn't been able to compete with the nearby Westland region.It's 1200 m², fully decked out in double glazing, and the.....

CAN (AB): Olds College launches smart farm

Olds College has officially launched the Olds College Smart Farm, a new initiative that will see the College transform their existing farm operation into a farm of the future by incorporating the latest technologies aimed at improving productivity while efficiently and sustainably using resources. "Working.....

US: Forbes names 25 most innovative ag-tech startups

Forbes has taken to the fields and phones to come up with the top 25 most innovative startups in the ag-tech space. Just as they did last year, they surveyed the agricultural technology landscape by speaking with experts, venture capitalists and accelerators; then they examined financials and each company’s.....

Silicon Valley executive Craig Elliott joins Autogrow

Entrepreneur and technology expert Craig Elliott has joined global agtech company Autogrow as an Independent Director. “We are incredibly excited to welcome Craig to the Autogrow family and our Board of Directors. His wealth of experience will be an asset to the company as we continue our global expansion,”.....

US (CA): Fines for late payment to workers

The Labor Commissioner's Office has issued wage theft citations to a large farm labor contracting operation for failing to timely provide 1,374 seasonal farmworkers their final pay. Vista Santa Rosa Inc. did not pay discharged workers on the last day of work as required by law, and the company consistently.....

Osram appoints Jes Munk Hansen CEO for the U.S.

Osram has appointed Jes Munk Hansen as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the US, and Head of Global Sales for all business units.Hansen succeeds Grant Wright who has held a variety of roles at OSRAM since 1996 – from Specialty Lighting Controller to CFO and CEO Americas.As CEO, Hansen will oversee the.....

Up to 9 times more plants thanks to hydroponic system

A growth facility of 3,000 sq meter with the same number of plants usually grown in a 1.5 hectare hydroponic greenhouse. That will be possible with the new hydroponic system, developed and patented by the Czech company Thorilex. The brand new automatic vertical system will be placed in an Aquaponic showroom.....

NL: Floating solar park nearing completion

Led by the Lingewaard Energie co-operative, Tenten Solar Zonnepanelen is building a unique floating solar park. In recent weeks the cabling, which forms the connection between the transformer and the (power) distribution boxes, has been installed and a large number of the floating solar panels have been.....
Commissioner of Energy Ruud Koornstra:

"Horticulture can become World Champion in Energy Transition"

The Greenport is on the right track to the 'next economy'. What is required now, is small scale cooperations with new fresh parties from inside and outside the horticulture cluster. That was the most important message of the speakers during the fourth Annual Event of Greenport West-Holland.Greenport.....

WDP Draadbewerking shows off new version

A solid spring clip lasts years

The whitefly is not exactly a welcome guest in the greenhouse. Growers do everything they can to keep out the little pest. A well-known method for catching the fly are the large yellow sticky strips that are stretched between the buds of the plant. For attaching the adhesive strips, WDP Draadbewerking has.....

Michael DeGiglio sells 180,000 shares of Village Farms

Michael A. DeGiglio, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Village Farms, sold 180,000 common shares of Village Farms through the facilities of the Toronto Stock Exchange at an average price of $6.37 per common share, for an aggregate disposition price of $1,146,464.Following the Disposition, Mr......

Bee Vectoring Technologies appoints new director

Bee Vectoring Technologies has appointed Brandon Boddy to the board of directors of BVT.Brandon contributes 14 years of capital markets experience and directly as a principal. Mr. Boddy is a founding director of both Cannabis Wheaton Income Corp. and Global Blockchain Technologies Corp. From 2006 to 2014,.....

Changes at the Syngenta Board

At the General Shareholders’ Meeting, Dr. Eveline Saupper, member of the Board of Directors of Syngenta since 2013, stepped down as an Independent Director.Dr. Sophie Kornowski was newly elected to the Board as an Independent Director. Dr. Kornowski, a French citizen, served as Executive Vice-President of.....

Combined solar and power (CHP) in horticulture reservoirs

After CHP, now it’s time for CSP

After the rise of CHP, it is now time for CSP, according to Vincent van Daalen, an entrepreneur from Westland. His start-up from the town of Maasdijk will soon introduce the FLOTAR. “Our innovation will turn a reservoir into a renewable energy source and will most of all reduce algae pressure and water.....

Bas van der Elst, Hendic

"A well maintained silo can last at least 15 years"

Since recently buyers of the Hendic galvanized silos have received ten years warranty. This was told by Bas van der Elst during Greentech last week. “Actually, we thought it was strange that the warranty of steel silos wasn’t common. It is an expensive product. And when the water silo is rejected by the.....

Vestaron appoints Anna Rath as Chief Executive Officer

Vestaron has appointed Anna Rath as Chief Executive Officer. With more than a decade of experience across multiple venture-backed ag-tech companies, Anna will lead the transformation of Vestaron from the R&D phase of its development through its commercial phase.“In order to preserve and improve the.....

Canada: Competition Bureau okays BASF takeover of Bayer assets

The Canadian Competition Bureau announced has reached an agreement with BASF in connection with its proposed purchase of assets that Bayer must sell following its recent acquisition of the Monsanto Company.The Commissioner of Competition concluded that BASF's acquisition of the Bayer assets would likely have.....
New division - part of International Society for Horticultural Science

Patil elected new Horticulture for Human Health chair

Dr. Bhimu Patil, head of the Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center at Texas A&M University in College Station, has been elected chair of horticulture for human health for the International Society for Horticultural Science, or ISHS.Headquartered in Belgium, the newly restructured division launched by.....

BioWorks celebrates 25th anniversary

BioWorks is celebrating its 25th anniversary – and a quarter century serving progressive operations in the horticulture and commercial agriculture markets. As a founding member of the Biological Products Industry Alliance (BPIA), BioWorks is a voice and advocate for safe and effective biological products.....