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Yara reports strong production, lower commodity fertilizer margins

Yara International delivered weaker third-quarter results compared with a year earlier. Net income after non-controlling interests was NOK 709 million (NOK 2.60 per share), compared with NOK 821 million (NOK 3.00 per share) a year earlier. Excluding net foreign exchange gain and special items, the result was.....

Protected Cropping Australia appoints new board

The PCA has elected the following new board members for the period of 2017-2019:PCA Chair, Nicky Mann - Roses & Berries to Go P/L - F&V Berry Grower SectorEmily Rigby, Cedar Hill Flowers - Floriculture Grower SectorNam Ly, Stoller Australia - Allied Trade SectorPCA Treasurer - Folco Faber, Apex.....

Freight Farms lays off staff, shifts focus to college campuses

Freight Farms, the Boston startup that makes automated farms in shipping containers, laid off seven employees Monday to focus on its growing segment of college campus customers as some other initiatives foundered.Brad McNamara, Freight Farms’ CEO and co-founder, confirmed the layoffs to BostInno Thursday......

Syngenta, USAID renew global collaboration to improve food security

Syngenta and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) signed an updated Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support agriculture and food security activities in Africa, Asia and Latin America.This renewed collaboration, which started in 2013, aims to promote food security amongst smallholder.....

STK appoints new Vice President of Business Development

STK (Stockton) has announced the appointment of Bertrand Desbrosses as Vice President of Business Development and Portfolio Management.In his role, Bertrand will be responsible for leading STK’s business development efforts on a global scale, developing the company’s overall strategic commercial vision,.....

Former Tesla executive joins Plenty

Tesla’s former director of battery technology has joined Plenty to lead the vertical farming startup’s plan to build indoor growing rooms around the world.Kurt Kelty, who joined Tesla in 2006 and left earlier this year, was one of the longest-serving executives at the carmaker led by Elon Musk. He joins.....

Austria: Flicker to supply Vienna with LED-grown mini cucumbers

As a result of urbanization and the increasing demand for housing space, the Austrian greenhouse industry that surrounds Vienna is getting a new boost. Existing farmers and operators of small scale greenhouses are receiving interesting offers to sell their properties. Some of them are therefore going out of.....

Vineland reflects on a decade of innovation

A decade ago, the CEO of Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) was holding in his hands a proposal for renewal and reinvention mapping out an exciting future for the former Vineland Research Station.Today, he can take stock of remarkable accomplishments by a team of scientists, along with valued.....

US (NC): Spanish biotech company opens North American HQ

PlantResponse, a plant biotechnology company based in Madrid, has established its North American headquarters in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park and is looking for permanent facilities in the area.“Opening an office here in the Research Triangle is well aligned with our current growth strategy,” said.....

University of Florida reveals impact of Irma on its facilities

After traveling thousands of miles across open water, Hurricane Irma decided to make Southwest Florida its landfall destination for the U.S. The front-row perspective had by researchers at the UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC) in Immokalee was unparalleled as to how the storm.....

US farm co-op Land O' Lakes merges with United Suppliers Canada

US farm co-op Land O’Lakes is expanding north of the border thanks to a merger of its WinField crop inputs and insights business with United Suppliers Canada to create a new company, WinField United.The move ties Land O’Lakes, which is ranked third in the National Cooperative Bank’s list of top.....

HM.Clause announces arrival of new CEO

HM.Clause has appointed Rémi Bastien as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective as of September 1, 2017. In his role, Mr. Bastien serves as chair of the Global Strategy Team, the governing body of executives that is responsible for crafting and executing the company’s long term roadmap. Mr. Bastien’s.....

Accurate pathogen diagnosis is key to crop protection

As a University of Florida plant pathologist, Gary Vallad likes to call himself and his colleagues “sleuths of the plant world.” These detectives find out what ails plants and crops, hopefully before the disease gets out of control.Most recently, scientists with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural.....

Boy de Nijs joins Ridder Group

The Ridder Group is expanding its team with the appointment of Boy de Nijs as Content Marketeer. As from December 1st, he will join the Ridder Group to strengthen their marketing team. In his new role, Boy will operate at the interface between technology and marketing to create valuable content for the.....

Solar Greenhouses come to Germany:

Germany: 30,000 m² Food & Energy training plants planned in Knesebeck

The metal-working Butting Group provides almost 3 ha of land for the construction of the first KoNaMo-SUNfarming-Oasis for food & energy in Germany. The parcel is located directly behind the site and is leased for the project. 100% of the generated energy is taken from Butting, also on the.....

ChemChina Chairman Ren Jianxin meets with Governor of Missouri

On September 25, 2017, Chairman Ren Jianxin met at ChemChina with Missouri Governor Eric Gretiens and his wife Sheena Gretiens. The two sides communicated with each other on the business environment and industrial priorities of Missouri and ChemChina’s business strategies and overseas investments, and made.....

Royal Pride continues replacement with Aruna:

NL: "Less failure and good quality and lifespan"

Dutch tomato grower Royal Pride is expanding the trial with 1000 Watt electronics from Aruna Holland in the group replacement of the old prints. The group replacement at Royal Pride by Aruna, of 9,000 high pressure sodium lamps last year, will get a sequel. With the introduction of an electronic ballast,.....

US: AMVAC Chemical Corporation acquires OHP

OHP is selling substantially all of its assets to AMVAC Chemical Corporation, Newport Beach, CA. The closing is anticipated to occur in early October.OHP is a supplier of chemical and biological pesticide solutions specifically packaged and labelled for the greenhouse and nursery production markets and sold.....

Copa elects new President Joachim Rukwied

The European Farmers Organisation Copa, representing 23 million farmers and their families, elected a new President Joachim Rukwied from Germany in Brussels to help secure a viable future for EU farmers.Speaking after his election, Mr Rukwied – an arable farmer from Germany - said “I will carry on.....

Nufarm reports strong revenue growth

Nufarm Limited announced a statutory net profit after tax of $114.5 million for the 12 months to 31 July, 2017. The statutory profit result includes the impact of $23 million in one-off restructuring and asset rationalisation costs and compares to a statutory profit after tax of $27.5 million in the previous.....

Mexico: Monsanto pledges $100,000 for earthquake rescue and relief efforts

Monsanto will donate $100,000 to assist with rescue and relief efforts in response to the 7.1 earthquake that struck Mexico City on Tuesday, Sept. 19. At the same time, the company is exploring how to offer support in communities and agricultural areas in the path of Hurricane Maria and other storms that are.....

Supreme expands leadership team

Supreme Pharmaceuticals has announced changes and additions to their senior leadership team as the company prepares for growth."Our business is driven by a commitment to quality. The quality of our products, the quality of our facility and most of all: the quality of our leadership team," said John Fowler,.....

UK: STK’s Regev finalist at Agrow Awards 2017

STK (Stockton) was selected as one of the three finalists of the prestigious Agrow Awards in the category of Best Application Technology Innovation for its product, Regev.Regev is the first product of its kind in the market, a hybrid solution that delivers effective and sustainable disease control in a.....

Monsanto named in Working Mother 100 Best Companies list

Monsanto Company has been recognized by Working Mother magazine as one of the 2017 Working Mother 100 Best Companies. Monsanto earned the honor based upon its strong leadership in creating progressive programs for its workforce in the areas of advancement of women, flexibility, childcare and paid parental.....

Zing! Family brings home BMO Ontario Farm Family Award

The 100th Annual International Plowing Match was held in Walton, Ontario this year and, as in previous years, as part of being a presenting partner, BMO Bank of Montreal has presented their Ontario Farm Family Award. This year eleven families from across Ontario were selected to recognize the outstanding.....

In the spotlight: Jiffy's new 1Plant

Jiffy 1Plant in Zwijndrecht, is an ultra modern factory for substrates and potting soils. The most advanced technical processes are used for screening, mixing, internal transport, processing and storage of raw materials. The different raw materials are sieved into fine, medium and coarse fractions. These.....

NL: Well visited reception for Bom Group jubilees

Last Friday a large part of the Dutch horticultural sector was present at the Kulkweg in Hoek van Holland (The Netherlands) to celebrate the jubilee’s of 3 Bom Group employees for their 40th working anniversaries.Rob Grootscholten, Koos van Schie and Cor Sepers joined the company of the greenhouse innovator.....

UK: Thompson & Morgan announces company changes

Just like the seasons, things are changing at Thompson & Morgan. Paul Hansord has decided that the time has come for him to retire and enjoy more time with his growing family having recently become a grandfather for the first time. Paul says: “Following the acquisition of the Thompson & Morgan group.....

B.C. company introduces new cleaning methods:

Disinfection: Well begun is half done

VIDEO The next time you are cleaning your greenhouse in preparation for the new season, you might consider some new alternative disinfection methods developed by a company based in British Columbia.TechMist was founded by Dutch immigrant, Menno Koehoorn in the late 90's. After introducing several disinfection and.....

Ten years of HortiNova crop consultancy

With special attention for the development of strong, resilient plants, Toon Melis, Bart Vromans, Stephan Timmermans, Johan van de Logt and Sjoerd Smits decided in 2007 to set up their own consultancy. Last month, the now nine advisors of HortiNova celebrated the tenth anniversary with over 400.....
Pascal Braecke, Virtual-Power:

Belgium: "Cheaper energy through flexible control"

For Belgian greenhouse growers, energy contracts are often contracts with fixed prices. One supplier is cheaper than the other, but in principle it does not vary much. "Because we look at the prices of the energy market and can control the consumption of a company flexibly, we can supply energy cheaper than.....

US: Agritecture and Blue Planet Consulting announce merger

Urban agriculture companies Agritecture and Blue Planet Consulting announce their merger. The new entity, Agritecture LLC, will be better suited to pioneer the optimization of food cultivation in urban environments.The Agritecture platform was founded in 2011, beginning as a blog curated by the founder,.....

Svensson welcomes new Climate Consultant in Latin America

Ludvig Svensson announces the new addition of Alejandro Medina to their Americas team.Alejandro Medina recently joined Svensson's Latin American team on September 4th, 2017 as a Greenhouse Climate Consultant in Mexico.With a Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology Engineering, Alejandro's education and.....

NL: Certhon builds own Innovation Centre

Next to their office in Poeldijk (the Netherlands), Certhon is building its own research facility: the Certhon Innovation Centre. Certhon is conducting pioneering research on optimizing the technology of growing without daylight for the last two years. The facility will accommodate eight growth cells.....

FMC receives antitrust clearances to acquire DuPont crop protection assets

FMC has received approval from the Competition Commission of India (CCI) for the proposed acquisition of a significant portion of DuPont's Crop Protection business. The CCI is the final jurisdiction to grant antitrust clearance needed to satisfy regulatory conditions for closing."FMC is pleased to have.....

Lighting Science appoints technology executive Khim Lee as president

Lighting Science announced the appointment of Khim Lee as President. With over 15 years’ experience in LED lighting, management consulting, and private equity operations, Khim is ideally equipped to drive the next phase of growth at Lighting Science.Since separating its private-label business and forming.....

Canada: Agrium and PotashCorp receive clearance for merger

PotashCorp and Agrium announced that the Canadian Competition Bureau has granted unconditional regulatory approval for the proposed merger of equals by issuing a no-action letter dated September 11, 2017.The CCB concluded that the proposed transaction is not likely to lead to a substantial lessening or.....

Dole goes back to the stock market

Dole Food is researching a return to the stock exchange, according toThe Wall Street Journal. Among others, private equity firms are said to be interested in the shares. Dole reported an EBIYDA of 215.6 million dollars over 2016. The Wall Street Journal calculated that comparable companies, such as Fresh Del.....

Marsha Bro named Executive General Manager for Kemin Crop Technologies

Kemin Crop Technologies, a venture business initiative of Kemin Industries focused on providing solutions for commercial horticulture, has appointed Marsha Bro to the newly created role of Executive General Manager.In this role, Bro will be responsible for growing the Crop Technologies portfolio while.....

Agritech Solutions and Delphy join Latia as shareholders

In Africa, and particularly in Kenya, both agriculture and horticulture are developing rapidly. There is a great need for the development and implementation of knowledge. Latia (www.latiaresourcecenter.org) located in Isinya, Kenya, is addressing this rapidly increasing demand for knowledge and skills by.....

US (TX): New web app expedites NRCS response to Harvey

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Texas has developed a new USDA web application – Hurricane Harvey Damage Reporter – to help staff assess post-storm, agricultural damages faster and easier than the previous handwritten process.NRCS staff routinely visits affected areas following damaging.....

BioSafe Systems adds to Food Safety and QA/QC Teams

BioSafe announces the strategic hires of Destinee Anderson as Quality Assurance and Quality Control Manager and Justin Nguyen as Food Safety Sales Representative. Both will be covering all BioSafe segments with a strong focus on Post-Harvest/Food Safety and Meat & Poultry industries.Justin Nguyen will be.....

Vortus Greenhouse Consultants celebrates 35th anniversary

"Unusual business as usual"

Last week Vortus Greenhouse Consultants celebrated its 35th anniversary. The Dutch horticulture advisory company has seen an impressive growth over the last decades. Reason to look back at the company's history and obtain a sneak peek of the future.According to Barend Lobker, managing director of Vortus.....

30 year Biobest celebrations spark enthusiasm

During the weekend of September 8-10, Biobest celebrated its 30 year anniversary with a series of events in and around its Westerlo headquarters. Jean-Marc Vandoorne, Biobest CEO: “We’ve organized this celebration in honor of all the people who helped build Biobest into a leading global pollination and.....

Australia: Successful IPO for CropLogic

CropLogic, a company formed to commercialise a crop decision support tool developed by Plant & Food Research, has successfully undertaken an Initial Public Offering on the Australian Stock Exchange.CropLogic Limited (ASX:CLI) had more than AU$9 million of offers received through the IPO process.For more.....

2nd annual it’s #timetochill event during Canadian Greenhouse Conference

Subsequent to an extensive day of meeting an assortment of exhibitors, extending your knowledge on innovative technology, and sitting in on presentations at the Canadian Greenhouse Conference, it is unquestionable that you will be feeling famished and thirsty. Therefore, Sun Parlour Growers, Excalibur, Van.....

Bayer Crop Science unveils plans for the future

Bayer remains convinced that the long-term trends impacting the global agricultural sector will remain unchanged. “Despite the current market volatility, our Crop Science business is well positioned to fulfill future customer, market and societal needs,” said Liam Condon, Bayer Management Board member and.....

UK: GrowSave celebrates ten years of helping horticulture save energy

Ten years ago, and just like today, energy saving was vitally important for successful greenhouse businesses. However, in addition to the problem of volatile and increasing energy costs, growers were starting to face new challenges, such as energy saving legislation and consumers who want produce grown with.....

Wolfgang Nickl named new CFO at Bayer

The Supervisory Board of Bayer AG has appointed Wolfgang Nickl (48) to the Board of Management of Bayer AG effective April 26, 2018. He is to succeed Johannes Dietsch (55) as the company’s Chief Financial Officer on June 1, 2018. In April this year, Dietsch announced that he would be leaving Bayer at his own.....

Grigg Brothers re-brands as Grigg

Grigg Brothers, the turf nutrition brand, is being re-branded as simply GRIGG.With a modern, updated look, GRIGG will remain the premier golf and sports turf brand in the BRANDT product portfolio. BRANDT, who bought Grigg Brothers in 2014, is a manufacturer of specialty products for the turf and ornamental.....

US: Colorado State University joins International Phytobiomes Alliance

The International Alliance for Phytobiomes Research (Phytobiomes Alliance) has announced that Colorado State University has joined the organization as a sponsoring partner.The Phytobiomes Alliance is an international, nonprofit consortium of academic institutions, large and small companies, and governmental.....

Germany: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation visits INAPRO

At the end of August, a group of research fellows of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AVH) had the possibility to visit the premises of the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) and to discover the INAPRO project.Prof. Werner Kloas, INAPRO coordinator, welcomed the.....

Thank you from Peter Berkhout

As most of you have read a couple of weeks ago in the HortiDaily, Peter Berkhout is retiring at the end of September 2017. "By this way I'd like to thank all my customers which I have served during my 33 years selling light systems.""Without them and their loyalty I could not have done this. I always tried.....

International internship gives U.S. hort students a head start on job market

In order to gain more insight and experience, U.S. horticulture students should spend more time on individual internships abroad. After spending time in foreign countries and industries, experience is developed in a more efficient way, and those who are into building a professional network are offered a head.....

Peruvian grape growers embrace next level propagation

This article has been deleted upon the request of the grower.Click here for other articles related to projects built by Beijing Kingpeng InternationalFor more information:Beijing Kingpeng International Hi-Tech CorporationMr. Liang Qiliangqi@chinakingpeng.comwww.kingpengintl.com

Village Farms listed as one of British Colombia's fastest growing companies

Business in Vancouver has recognised Village Farms as one of the fastest growing companies in British Columbia for 2017. The list is compiled by Business in Vancouver, a weekly business news journal which ranks companies based on outstanding growth over the last five years.Business in Vancouver’s annual list.....

Canada: Red Sun Farms makes Profit 500 list

Celebrating its 29th anniversary in 2017, the PROFIT 500 is a ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies by five-year revenue growth. This year Red Sun Farms has made the list. It profiles the country’s most successful growth companies through joint venture between Canada’s premier business and current.....

Nanochemistry company introduces flat-panel grow lights

Light Polymers, a nanochemistry startup with R&D operations in Silicon Valley, Taiwan and Korea, is debuting their GrowBlade™ flat-panel horticulture lighting at the third annual NYC AgTech Week.Hosted by the NYC Agriculture Technology Collective, NYC AgTech Week 2017 includes tours, workshops and.....

Priva upgrades Priva Academy with online courses

Sharing knowledge is of enormous importance in horticulture and is even one of the things that has made Dutch horticulture prominent. But sharing knowledge is also difficult: it takes a lot of time as well as money to get everyone in the same place at the same time. Priva has therefore renewed the Priva.....

Nigeria: Dizengoff partnership invests in greenhouse units

Dizengoff Nigeria in partnership with Best Foods Fresh Farms Ltd and Apel Capital & Trust has set up an agriculture investment fund that will support and finance modern greenhouse farming. The fund is a development programme that includes a range of services and financing and non-financing facilities to.....

control and monitor light levels and track energy consumption:

Illumitex offers wireless lighting control for Power Harvest product

Illumitex, Inc. announces the launch of a wireless control system for the Power Harvest product family. The control system will provide a solution to growers looking for more control over the light intensity delivered to their plants and the ability to monitor power consumption. The Dimming Node is an.....

Jon Dayton joins Agrilyst as Chief Technology Officer

Agrilyst welcomes Jon Dayton to the team as CTO. Jon brings with him over a decade of experience building cutting-edge applications and growing product teams. Prior to joining Agrilyst, Jon served as the Director of Engineering at Vestorly, a platform combining artificial intelligence and content marketing.....

US (MA): Serial tomato thief strikes again

A serial tomato thief has stolen hundreds of pounds of the crop from a local farm over three annual Labor Day weekend trips, farm workers told Boston 25 News.After the first theft, in which approximately 300 pounds of tomatoes were stolen, the Waltham Fields Community Farm installed a surveillance system.The.....

Dutch King opens new Koppert Experience Centre

King Willem-Alexander opened the new information centre on the occasion of Koppert Biological Systems’ jubilee anniversary on Thursday. The Dutch family company this year celebrates 50 years as a leading force in biological crop protection and sustainable cultivation.Following the opening ceremony, directors.....

Former employee sues Global Aquaponics, calls it 'sham corporation'

A former employee of Global Aquaponics is suing the company and two of its officials, calling the firm a "sham corporation." Gregg Selberg filed the suit in Brookings County on Tuesday, claiming he was purposely misled about the company's fraudulent activities, which tarnished his reputation and wiped him.....

Australia: Mining juggernaut expands into horticulture

The man known for making his fortune in Western Australia through iron ore, Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest, has turned his attention to fruit and vegetables.He has announced plans to use centre-pivot irrigation to grow melons, sweet potatoes, potatoes, and onions on land where he grew up, at Minderoo Station, about.....

USDA announces realignment of offices

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the realignment of a number of offices within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in order to improve customer service and maximize efficiency. The actions involve innovation, consolidation, and the rearrangement of certain offices into more logical.....

Mckay holds auction for two Interko fruit ripening rooms in Ireland

The auction of two Interko fruit ripening rooms will close this Thursday, 14 September at 13.00 GMT.The rooms are being offered for sale in two lots or a combination of both:Lot 1. 12 x Interko ETH 24 Pallet (ISO 1.2m x 1m) Two Level Rooms with BG Int Doors (Year 2003)Lot 2: 4 X Interko ETH 36 Pallet (ISO.....

FPAA Welcomes New Policy Analyst/Communications Coordinator

Erika Dominguez has been selected as the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA)’s new Policy Analyst/Communications Coordinator.Erika has previous experience at the FPAA as a Membership Programs Coordinator, and her experience with the association coupled with her education, made her a standout.....

Roger Tripathi, President of Acadian Plant Health, steps down

Acadian Seaplants Limited announced that Roger Tripathi, President of Acadian Plant Health Division, is leaving the company due to personal reasons. The President and Chief Executive Officer of Acadian Seaplants, Jean-Paul Deveau, will assume his responsibilities on an interim basis.Mr. Tripathi accepted.....

US (MA): AmeriCann secures $10,000,000 equity financing commitment

AmeriCann has secured an equity investment commitment of $10,000,000 from Mountain States Capital.The majority of the investment from MSC will be utilized to develop the first phase of AmeriCann’s flagship project, the Massachusetts Medical Cannabis Center. This state-of-the-art cannabis cultivation and.....

Powerplants in the race for Casey Cardinia Business Awards

Local Australian horticultural technology manufacturer and installer, Powerplants, was announced as a Manufacturing finalist at Casey Cardinia Business Awards 2017 Finalist function on 6th September 2017.Recognised for their unique and innovative manufacturing in all things horticulture, Carl van Loon -.....