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US: Pure Flavor breaks ground for 75 acres in Georgia

While many North American greenhouse produce giants have been focusing on adding acreage in the Midwest, Pure Flavor is the first greenhouse grower to break ground on a gigantic greenhouse project in the Deep South in the state of Georgia. The company will built a 75 acre facility in three phases of 25 acres.....

CAN (ON): LumiGrow partners with CF Industrial for local lighting service

LumiGrow announced today their partnership with CF Industrial, a lighting and power solutions provider in Leamington, Ontario. The new partnership bolsters LumiGrow’s commitment to their Ontario greenhouse growers, further providing responsive local support for those implementing smart horticultural lighting.....

Victor Loaiza Mejia joins the Hort Americas team

Hort Americas announces that Mr. Victor Loaiza has joined their team as the Technical Sales Manager for California, Oregon and Washington. Victor studied agronomy in Mexico and did a year of study at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California. After graduating he worked for Koppert Mexico and for British.....

US: BrightFarms among 500 fastest growing private companies

BrightFarms announces its inclusion in the 36th annual Inc. 500, ranking # 235 among America’s fastest growing private companies.The Inc. 500 is a comprehensive list of high growth private companies across the U.S., and has previously featured some of America’s most recognizable food brands, including Door.....

NL: Rijk Zwaan buys extra parcel in Dinteloord

Seed breeder Rijk Zwaan has increased its acreage in the Dutch greenhouse horticulture area Nieuw Prinsenland with more than 23 hectares. Together with the purchase of 26 hectares in 2015, the company now owns 49 hectares of land. With this spacious, continuous parcel of land, Rijk Zwaan wants to further.....

CAN (ON): Aphria invests $11.5 million in Scientus Pharma

Aphria has invested $11.5 million in HydRx Farms, Ltd. (o/a Scientus Pharma) by way of a senior, secured convertible debenture. The Debenture has a two-year term, bears interest at the rate of 8%, paid semi-annually, is convertible into the common shares of Scientus Pharma at the rate of $2.75 a share and is.....

Maersk CEO expects further consolidation of container industry

The container industry will see more takeovers over the coming years. Soren Skou, CEO of AP Moller - Maersk expects five or six players to remain in a market that had 20 players just two years ago. This was said by the CEO in an interview with theFinancial Times.In the last two years eight out of 20.....

Dutch king to attend Koppert Biological Systems’ 50th anniversary

The king of the Netherlands, Willem-Alexander, will be present at the celebration of Koppert Biological Systems’ jubilee anniversary at Berkel en Rodenrijs on Thursday, 14 September. To mark the occasion, the king will officially open the newly constructed ‘Experience Centre’.Fifty years ago, the family.....

Harnois updates house style, unifying divisions

Harnois Industries reveals its new logo as well as those of its divisions: Harnois Greenhouses, MegaDome Buildings and Agrisys Agronomy. This change is motivated by Harnois Industries desire to unify and merge its brands in its different markets."The integration of the brands will thus reflect the synergy.....

US (CO): Growlink announces strategic partnership with Modular Farms

Growlink, a Denver-based technology company, has formed a strategic partnership with Brampton, Ontario-based Modular Farms, to integrate its cloud-based grow controllers into their modular farm systems.“We’re excited for this partnership with Modular Farms,” said Ted Tanner, CEO of Growlink. “Modular Farms.....
Southern Salads:

UK: Weakened pound pushes salad company under, losing 260 jobs

Fresh salads supplier Southern Salads has fallen into administration with the loss of around 260 jobs, with blame leveled at a spike in import prices for fresh vegetables after the Brexit vote last summer.The Tonbridge-based family-run company has ceased trading with immediate effect with "all but a handful".....

ICL welcomes new UK growing media technical manager

On the retirement of Dr Jim Smith, ICL’s long standing UK technical manager for growing media, Dr Eleni Siasou has been appointed to take over the role.With a PhD in block propagation of lettuce, Dr Smith set out on a technical career in horticulture that saw him manage ADAS experimental glasshouses at.....

Gabe Diaz-Saavedra joins Certis USA

Gabe Diaz-Saavedra brings his extensive background in biopesticides and organic production to the biopesticide company Certis USA as Account Manager for the mid-Atlantic states. Diaz-Saavedra handles sales and marketing duties for the company’s bioinsecticides and biofungicides, as well as the introduction.....

DuPont and Dow to close merger on August 31

DuPont and The Dow Chemical Company announced that all required regulatory approvals and clearances have been received, that all conditions to closing of their merger of equals have been satisfied, and that their merger of equals will close after the market closes on August 31, 2017.Shares of Dow and DuPont.....

BonarAgro to be sold off to IFG

Low & Bonar Group has announced that it is to sell its agro-textiles business (BonarAgro) and the industrial-wovens production (both situated in Lokeren, Belgium) to IFG Exelto, part of Swedish industrial group Duroc. IFG is a manufacturer of polypropylene, polyethylene, polyamide fibre and filament.....

Agro City introduces computerised auction in Russia

Russian company Agro City, which is affiliated with agricultural cluster Food City, has signed a contract with Aucxis to supply a computerized fruit and vegetable auction system including a local auction room and remote bidding facilities. The project will be implemented in the territory of Food City near.....

Italian grower retrofits structure with tailor-made solution

While still challenged by the aftermath of the financial crisis, some entrepreneurs in the Southern European horticulture industry again see their business flourish after quite a few challenging years. For Italian garden center Irisgard reason to retrofit their operations with a new state of the art sales.....

Photo recap APEX-Brinkman PCA Conference:

Australian industry provides room for growth and discussion

PHOTO REPORT This week the Australian protected cropping industry gathered in Adelaide for the biannual Apex-Brinkman PCA Conference. The event kicked off last Sunday with the opening of the trade show, followed by an extensive speaker program on Monday and Tuesday. Several on site farm visits after the conference.....

FiBL opens new office in Brussels

The research institute in organic agriculture, FiBL, inaugurated its new office in Brussels. It builds a bridge between FiBL’s scientific knowledge on organic farming and the policy-making processes taking place in Brussels.The team of FiBL Europe. From left to right: Magdalena Kurrig (intern), Miguel Angel.....

Van Iperen connects with partners

The 1st week of July, Van Iperen International welcomed 100 distribution partners from 50 different countries to attend the Iperen Connecting Days in Rotterdam. During 4 days, the Van Iperen team organized an interesting program including workshops, high tech Dutch grower visits, field trial visits.....

Shenandoah Growers expands into Texas with new indoor farm

Shenandoah Growers announces the attainment of another milestone in the company's drive to fundamentally change the way highly perishable produce is grown and distributed. Leveraging a proprietary combination of automated greenhouses and indoor LED vertical grow rooms to produce over 30 million certified.....

Hishtil celebrates 10 years in South Africa

On the 14th of June 2007, the first Hishtil Nursery in South Africa opened its greenhouse doors to farmers across the country. The first houses were soon filled and expansion was necessary. Hishtil South Africa now produces over 100 million seedlings, not just for the South African market, but all over.....

US (FL): New UF center updates research on ag health and safety

Data about the safety and health of agricultural, forestry and fisheries workers in Florida is severely outdated, according to the director of a newly formed agricultural health and safety center, and is a major reason the new Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (SCCAHS) was.....

Andermatt opens UK subsidiary

Andermatt Biocontrol – which is embedded in the family/employee-owned Andermatt Holding – established its subsidiary in the United Kingdom, Andermatt Biocontrol UK Ltd. in July 2017 and appointed Dr. Andrew Brown as Managing Director. Andermatt Biocontrol is expanding its worldwide presence through the.....

Ton Janssen to focus on promotional activities:

Dutch Tasty Tom grower to sell company

"I can’t say it another way, it was good while it lasted," says Dutch grower Ton Janssen. The man who made the Tasty Tom big in Holland has decided to put his nursery in Venlo up for sale and to focus entirely on the promotional activities for Dutch horticulture and for the Tasty Tom brand. And how do you do.....

US: Innovative propagation on display at Cultivate '17

If you are coming to Cultivate '17 and are looking for the latest technology and production methods for an effective propagation of vegetable, tree and ornamental seedlings, you'd better come to the booth of Blackmore-Ellepot. They are introducing a number of new innovations and developments.Backmore-Ellepot.....

Vietnam PM receives East-West Seed pledge for agriculture scholarship

During the state visit of Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to the Netherlands on July 8-11, tropical vegetable seed company East-West Seed pledged a full scholarship for a Masters student from Vietnam to study in the Netherlands.Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc acknowledges the Simon Groot.....

Still no end to Dutch crate thefts

The theft of crates remains a problem in the Dutch fresh produce sector. This includes in Elshout, municipality of Heusden, where thieves are active. We received a report from the sector that the thieves are working professionally and leave almost no traces behind. "Last week there were two break-in attempts.....

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Hein Deprez wants to know what is happening in the chain

He grows daffodils in the UK, macadamias in South America, figs in Turkey, pineapples in South America and soon peppers in Friesland. How are Hein Deprez's cultivation companies and The Fruit Farm Group doing?Hein Deprez's goal is to have the entire chain in control, from farm to table. "When we started as.....

UK: New training partnership to support agri-food sector

The new AgriFood Training Partnership (AFTP), which builds on the heritage of the three previous Advanced Training Partnerships (ATPs) in AgriFood, Food and Pasture, has been launched in the UK. These three partnerships were all funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).....

Korean pepper claims to reduce high blood sugar levels

We all love peppers. They spice up your life, increase your tasting experience and some say that they are healthy and make you loose weight. But wait, there is more! In Korea you can now also buy a special pepper that contains high AGI Beta-Carotene contents, which claims to decrease blood sugar levels. The.....

USDA swears in nine new agricultural officers

Nine employees of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) were sworn in as Foreign Service officers today during a ceremony at USDA headquarters in Washington. The new officers will begin their Foreign Service careers serving as agricultural attachés at U.S. embassies and.....

Netherlands: InnovationQuarter invests in Greenport companies

Regional development agency InnovationQuarter is using its investment funds, IQCapital and UNIIQ, to invest in three West Holland companies whose innovations have a social impact in the agriculture and horticulture sectors. With this capital injection, Condi Food (technology for measuring the taste and.....

Belgium: Greenyard buys own shares

Greenyard has once again bought shares. Between June 26 and 30 a total of 53,254 of their own shares were bought. The Belgian company started a purchasing programme for their shares in March. The company will buy a maximum of 1.75 million shares, which equals 4% of outstanding shares. This target has almost.....

CAN (BC): Red Sun Farms announces new west coast distribution center

In an effort to provide fresh quality produce, across North America, Red Sun Farms will be expanding into Vancouver British Columbia with a new distribution center. This distribution center will be a key hub for North America’s west coast. In addition, this will allow national retailers the ability to.....

De Ruiter Seeds breaks ground for new Tomato Experience Centre

Last week the construction of the new demo-greenhouse of De Ruiter Seeds was officially started. Growers Rob Brabander and Paul Zantman, who are going to take care fo the crops at the Tomato Experience Center, Henk Verbakel of Havecon, Joost van Regteren of Monsanto / De Ruiter and Albert Abee, of the.....

Philips Lighting expands Horticulture LED Solutions team in Australia

Philips Lighting announced the hiring of Aart Slobbe, key account manager, Horticulture LED Solutions for Australia and New Zealand. This new hire will address the increasing demand for LED lighting in Australia and New Zealand. Slobbe is attending the PCA Conference from 9-12 July in Adelaide, Australia,.....

CAN (ON): Roelands Plant Farms announces addition to management team

Roelands Plant Farms announces that Arie Alblas, Production Manager with the company since they broke ground in 2013, is transitioning into the role of Account Manager and Crop Specialist. This newly created position within the company will see Alblas focusing on customer service, and maintaining the strong.....

US (NY): Lourdes gets grant for school hydroponics center

Our Lady of Lourdes High School will soon have its own hydroponics center, thanks to a grant award.A $1,445 Verizon STEM (Science, technology, engineering and math) grant was awarded to faculty in the Town of Poughkeepsie-based private school's science department through the Community Foundations of the.....

Abundant Produce starts with trademark nutraceutical sales in China

Abundant Produce announced that wholly owned subsidiary Abundant Natural Health has successfully registered the trademark for Abundant in China. "It's a bit of a coup, really," Abundant CEO Tony Crimmins said. "Chinese trademarks have been known to take years to register, as long as half a decade in some.....

Geert Bouten about the choice of Arietta variety

NL: "Conquer preferred position with our own laber"

Last year, pepper growers Geert Bouten, Nieki Sofinus and Johan v.d. Burg launched their pepper label ‘So Unique’. Offering red, green and orange yellow peppers aimed at the top segment of the market. Geert Bouten explains how he guarantees the quality of his production with Arietta pepper variety.Geert.....

HAS intern Ewout Booij at Imereti Greenery in Georgia:

Soaring global demand for horticultural graduates

There are many opportunities for youngsters who are passionate about a career in horticulture. With greenhouse companies popping up all over the world, investors, recruiters, suppliers and consultants are eager to hire young graduates as soon as they finish their education. Those with international ambition.....

Heads of R&D and Global Operations to leave Syngenta

Syngenta announces it will bring together the leadership of the Research & Development and Production & Supply functions within the Crop Protection business, led by Jon Parr, and the Seeds business, led by Jeff Rowe.As a consequence, two members of the Syngenta Executive Committee – Trish Malarkey,.....

Lumileds is now officially an independent company

Lumileds announced that funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management and Royal Philips completed their previously disclosed transaction, resulting in Lumileds operating as an independent company.As announced in December 2016, Apollo and Philips agreed to a transaction where Philips would sell 80.1%.....

Dutch greenhouse builder pops up in 'Guptaleaks'

Dutch companies are also involved in the South African Guptaleaks. The South African ambassador in the Netherlands, Bruce Koloane, has lobbied for the Gupta family at Dutch companies. One of them is a Dutch greenhouse construction company, South African magazine Daily Maverick reports.The case concerns the.....

Nico Stuijt new Country Manager for Arysta LifeScience Netherlands

Following the announcement of Arysta LifeScience to build for 2018 a new marketing and sales organization in the Netherlands, dated 13th June 2017, the company has announced the appointment of Nico Stuijt as Country Manager for Arysta LifeScience Netherlands, effective 21st August.In this new role, Nico will.....

NL: Applying without a resumé

Codema is looking for new colleagues who are ambitious to start a career in the horticulture sector at Codema. Because Codema believes in equal opportunities for everyone, Codema decided to launch the Codema Academy. Codema celebrates this occasion with the Codema Experience day starting on July 13th. This.....

Certis USA acquires LAM International

The biopesticide company Certis USA acquires 100 percent of the shares of Butte, Montana-based LAM International. LAM International is a developer and manufacturer of several bioinsecticide products, including Botanigard and Mycotrol, and has a pipeline of newly registered products and others currently under.....

US (WY): Plenty acquires Bright Agrotech, continues local operation

Bright Agrotech, a company developed by a University of Wyoming graduate using UW-licensed technology in UW’s business incubator, has been acquired by a Silicon Valley company that plans to maintain and enhance the Wyoming operation.Plenty, a field-scale vertical farming company that aims to reshape.....

US (MA): Crop Enhancement appoints VP R&D, builds go-to-market team

Crop Enhancement Inc has appointed Damian A. Hajduk, Ph.D., VP of research and development. Dr. Hajduk will lead efforts to expand the range of applications for Crop Enhancement's technology that they say improves crop yields, eliminates or minimizes pesticide use, and enables precise and effective delivery.....

Monsanto is looking up again

Monsanto announced third-quarter results of $1.90 earnings per share on an as-reported basis and $1.93 on an ongoing basis, led in part by continued momentum in soybean technologies. The company remains focused on delivering on its operational plan and key business milestones, while simultaneously working.....

Biobest acquires Mexican distributor IMEX

Biobest and Distribuciones IMEX announced that Biobest has acquired a 100% equity stake in IMEX. IMEX is a well-known Mexican distributor of environmentally friendly solutions for plant health and pollination, serving the country’s growing horticultural industry. Biobest and IMEX started collaborating in.....

Syngenta to focus on crop protection and seeds

Syngenta announced its new ambition and priorities following the completion of the transaction with ChemChina. The company aims to profitably grow market share through organic growth and collaborations, and is considering targeted acquisitions with a focus on seeds. The goal is to strengthen Syngenta’s.....

Svensson recognized for philanthropic efforts

Svensson’s Americas subsidiary, Ludvig Svensson, Inc. located in Charlotte, North Carolina was recognized as the 2017 small business recipient of the Mayor’s International Community Award (MICA) on Thursday, May 11th at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte, NC for its philanthropic endeavors......

Does vertical farming make sense?

With increased urbanization, vertical farms are often advertised as the food production method of the future. But can we feed the world with fancy lettuce? This, and many other topics provided food for though at yesterday's Vertical Farming Conference in the Netherlands. A broad audience with architects,.....

Dow and DuPont provide update on merger

The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont jointly provided an update on the status of the anticipated merger of the two companies.The Boards of Directors of both companies reiterate their support of the merger agreement. In addition, as announced, both Boards support a comprehensive portfolio review for DowDuPont,.....

Greenhouse Management Online course at University of Arkansas:

Grow your career with green knowledge

The Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food & Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas is teaching their industry grower Greenhouse Management Online course again this year.The course is open for any industry professional that wants to give an impulse to his career by gaining more knowledge on.....

Illumitex expands sales team

Illumitex hires John Spencer as SVP of Sales and Marketing and increases their horticulture commercial team to help customers transition to LED lighting solutions. You can meet them at this year’s Cultivate’17.John Spencer is the new Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Illumitex. He comes to the.....

US: BioSafe Systems grows California technical team

BioSafe Systems has announced the addition of Kyle Pickles to the Agriculture Technical Sales Team. Kyle is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a BS degree in Agriculture Systems Management and a minor in Plant Protection and Crop Science. Kyle will provide technical.....

US (KS): Syngenta ordered to pay $217.7 million in GMO corn case

A U.S. jury on Friday ordered Syngenta to pay $217.7 million to more than 7,000 Kansas farmers over its decision to commercialize a genetically modified strain of corn before China approved importing it.The verdict by a federal jury in Kansas City, Kansas, was announced by lawyers for the farmers, who blamed.....

Agrium and PotashCorp to become Nutrien after merger

PotashCorp and Agrium announced that once the anticipated merger transaction closes, the new company will be named Nutrien.The regulatory review and approval process for the merger transaction continues and the parties expect closure of the transaction to take place in the third quarter of 2017.For more.....

Van Looveren's TerraSol AR glass available again

After significant investments and improvements in quality and production techniques at glass producer Marvol Trading GmbH, Van Looveren again offers TerraSol glass with 1 or 2-sided AR treatment. Until further notice, this glass is exclusively available from Van Looveren NV.Click herefor the technical sheet.....

UK: Ecospray appoints Robert Lidstone as Commercial Manager

Ecospray announces the addition of their new Commercial Manager, Robert Lidstone. Robert joined Ecospray to help develop and implement the company’s global commercial strategy as it enters a phase of rapid growth as a result of registration approvals for NEMguard; its low impact, bio rational nematicide.....

Osram to acquire California-based supplier LED Engin

Osram has agreed to acquire U.S.-based LED Engin Inc. in San Jose, California. The company has approximately 30 employees and annual sales of around USD 10 million. LED Engin specializes in ultra-bright, ultra-compact solid state lighting solutions for a variety of specialty markets including entertainment.....

Australia: Starpharma sells agrochemicals business to Agrium

Starpharma Holdings has completed a transaction to sell its agrochemicals and Priostar business (Starpharma Agrochemicals) to Agrium for a $35 million in cash consideration. The Starpharma Agrochemical business will be operated by Agrium’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Loveland Products.“The proceeds from the.....

US (PA): Penn State joins International Phytobiomes Alliance

In keeping with Penn State's recent focus on microbiome research, the University will join the International Alliance for Phytobiomes Research as a sponsoring partner, both organizations announced on June 6.An international, nonprofit consortium of academic institutions, large and small companies, and.....

U.S. Department of Justice approves Dow-DuPont merger

DuPont and The Dow Chemical Company have reached a proposed agreement with the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) that will permit the companies to proceed with their proposed merger of equals.“We are very pleased that the DOJ has approved this transaction,” said Andrew.....

Dutch cucumber growers expands lit acreage

Off-season demand for cucumbers is increasing Holland. Reason for grower René Tielemans of Tielemans Groentekwekerij in Boekel to start using grow lights.The choice for lighting has been taken in consultation with Tieleman's growers' association Kompany. "We will be in production as early as January and our.....

Australia: Dr Jo Luck appointed director of new plant biosecurity push

A renowned Australian scientist with more than 25 years’ experience in plant disease, biosecurity and microbiology has been appointed the director of the national Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative (PBRI).Dr Jo Luck will lead the development and delivery of plant biosecurity research for PBRI - a new.....

What every new farmer should know about farm debt

Choosing a source of funding is often the same thing as choosing a source of farm debt. Debt is an incredibly important part of a farm’s financial structure as it impacts costs and return on investment.Before choosing funding that could impact debt, farmers need to understand what they’re looking for. The.....

Photo report: A visit to Beekenkamp's latest greenhouse

The Beekenkamp Group is one of the largest plant nurseries in the world. Last year, they opened a new modern greenhouse and are currently already working on an expansion. Furthermore, for years there has been a woman at the top of the company together with her brother-in-law. More than enough reasons for the.....

Richel Group obtains ISO 9001 certification

The Richel Group has obtained the ISO 9001:2015 certification for its activities regarding the design, manufacture and sale of production greenhouses and storage sheds."As a reflection of Richel Group's commitment to the quality of its products and the excellence of its services, this certification,.....

Netherlands: Verkade drives first piles for new building

On Friday June 16th, the first pile for the new construction of Verkade Klimaat was driven in at the Turfschipper in Wateringen. April last year, the DUtch family business premises was completely destroyed by fire. At the end of 2017, the new building will be completed. Until then, Verkade Klimaat will.....

US: Emily Fuerst named R&D director for Kemin

Kemin Crop Technologies, an initiative of Kemin Industries focused on providing solutions for commercial horticulture, has appointed Emily Fuerst to the newly created role of research and development director, effective immediately.In this role, Fuerst will be responsible for leading the development of new.....

US: AgTech acquires control of True Colors International

Ross Lyndon-James, CEO announced that AgTech has acquired control of True Colors International in an exchange of shares. In connection with this transaction, the name change of True Colors International to AgTech Global International has been registered with the Secretary of State of Nevada, and its.....

UK: Hydroponic internships available in South Wales

Hydroponic agriculture has significant potential to deliver impact in food production. The pressures on conventional agriculture, the increase in urban populations and the need for sustainable food with shorter supply chains all highlight the need for new ways to grow crops. It is therefore timely to.....