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Codema appoints managers to Wevab unit

On 1 June 2018, Codema announced the appointment of Robert Vink and Marcel Bodemann for Codema-Wevab. Codema’s business unit Wevab is specialized in cultivation benches, display products, table tops and conveyor systems. In Robert Vink’s previous role as Head of Sales and Product development, he was.....

US: FFA and ASTA sign memorandum of understanding

The National FFA Organization and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) recently signed a memorandum of understanding.The memorandum will align ASTA’s strategic goals and resources with the three-component model of agricultural education, providing teacher curriculum and resources; supervised.....

Competition Commission of India okays Bayer-Monsanto merger

The merged Bayer-Monsanto entity in India will need to give non-exclusive licensing of its genetically modified (GM) and non-GM traits, currently commercialised in India or to be introduced in the near future on a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory basis, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) has.....

Oppy names MacDonald and Gardner to new director roles

Oppy has promoted a pair of veterans to newly created leadership roles within its marketing team.On June 1, Marketing Development Manager Cathie MacDonald was elevated to director of marketing services, while Karin Gardner, previously marketing communications manager, was promoted to director, corporate.....

Liner sheet placed in new water basin Noordvliet

"This was quite a big challenge"

On Wednesday, May 23, the pond liner was pulled into the new water basin at NoordVliet. "This is quite a big challenge with such a large liner sheet and at least 75 people, who all have to do the same thing simultaneously."The water that will fill the pond, is collected through the gutters on the greenhouse.....

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.....

"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.....

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.....

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.....

US (TX): Shan appointed director of IPGB at Texas A&M University

Dr. Libo Shan has been appointed director of the Norman E. Borlaug Center Institute for Plant Genomics and Biotechnology, or IPGB, at Texas A&M University in College Station.“We are pleased to have Dr. Shan in this leadership role as we continue to discover new, innovative technologies that help solve.....

Canadian cannabis industry in high spirits

The die is cast, the cat is out of the bag. Starting from September 1st, recreational marijuana can be bought legit in Canada. After regulating medicinal marijuana in 2001 already, another law was approved yesterday legalizing recreational marijuana as well. "It’s been too easy for our kids to get.....

Looking back on the Bell Pepper Event

How does the future look for bell peppers?

On June 14th, the second edition, after a successful first edition, of the Syngenta Bell Pepper Event, took place: "How does the future of the bell pepper look?"Four speakers brought a varied program about international cooperation, innovation, value creation, and digital (r)evolution, with intent to bring.....

Netherlands: Fall Creek purchases Driesvenplant nursery

Two family-owned blueberry companies, and long-time friends and industry allies, Fall Creek Farm & Nursery and Driesvenplant announce that Fall Creek has agreed to purchase the Driesvenplant nursery company in the Netherlands and that Driesvenplant’s employees will join the Fall Creek team effective.....

Maaike Vreeswijk, Rosa Werkt:

Extra assistance allows people with disabilities to work in greenhouse sector

The Dutch company Rosa Werkt recently signed a contract with the municipality of Rotterdam to help people with work disabilities become employed. The goal is that people with an occupational disability will soon start working in the Westland greenhouse horticulture sector. Maaike Vreeswijk from Rosa Werkt:.....

Mucci Farms is now officially “Ohio Grown”

Mucci Farms announces that they are officially harvesting out of Phase 1 of their 60-acre greenhouse facility in Huron, Ohio. “After years of hard work and strategic planning, we’re excited to hit another milestone in the Mucci Farms story,” said Bert Mucci, CEO of Mucci Farms. “We’re very appreciative of.....

Dutch court rejects indoor farming patent

The Dutch court in The Hague has rejected PlantLab's patent on indoor farming yesterday. After a lengthy lawsuit, the patent was finally declared invalid due to a lack of inventiveness. The ruling is a victory for Certhon, which has been battling the indoor farming patent for years.The long-lasting court.....

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The French have big plans for greenhouse expansion

In the South Channel, French and Dutch businessmen are investing 40 million euros in the construction of a gigantic greenhouse the size of 17 hectares, in which tomatoes are to be grown above ground. And there will be other projects coming to Isigny le Buat, as well as near Caen.This is a large-scale.....

U.S. Department of Justice conditionally approves Bayer-Monsanto

On Tuesday, Bayer obtained conditional approval from the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) for the proposed acquisition of Monsanto. “Receipt of the DOJ’s approval brings us close to our goal of creating a leading company in agriculture,” said Bayer CEO Werner Baumann. “We.....

Australian Made Campaign Chief Executive to step down

The Australian Made Campaign’s Chief Executive, Ian Harrison, has announced he is stepping down at the end of July this year, after 14 years at the helm of the organisation responsible for promoting and administering the nation’s iconic green-and-gold Australian Made, Australian Grown logo. “After 14 years.....

CAN (QC): MYM hires Casey Houweling for 1.5 million sq.ft. project

MYM Nutraceuticals has engaged greenhouse expert Casey Houweling to oversee the set-up of greenhouse operations and best practices in growing and harvesting at the 1.5 million square foot, Weedon, Quebec project.Mr. Houweling is founder and builder of one of the largest, most technically advanced and.....

CAN (BC): Emerald Health commences production at Delta 3 site

Emerald Health Therapeutics has filed its financial statements and management discussion and analysis for the fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2018. They are available for viewing on www.sedar.com or on the company’s website.“Emerald has been very productive year-to-date in executing on three key strategic.....

New player in the field: KWS tries to cut in on Nunhems-deal

Competition on the horizon for BASF! A new player showed interest in buying the breeding activities of Bayer, known under the name Nunhems. KWS Saat, a German breeder of agricultural crops, issued a non-binding offer to Bayer for the business.Currently Nunhems is still part of German chemical company.....

Royal visit for Enza Zaden in 80th anniversary year

On 28 June the King and Queen of the Netherlands honor vegetable breeding company Enza Zaden with a visit. The Royal Couple visits the new state-of-the-art laboratory and the breeding facilities where the company develops lettuce varieties suitable for growing in 'plant factories'.In addition, the King and.....

Texas A&M AgriLife Research director steps down

Dr. Craig Nessler, director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research since 2009, will return as a faculty member in the department of horticultural sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station on June 1.“We commend Dr. Nessler for his many contributions to the agricultural research enterprise during his.....

East Coast greens company eyes Canadian market

Tapping into the ‘buy local’ trend, one New York company is hoping to sell Canadian companies on buying their greens closer to home. Solata Foods based in Newburgh, NY is putting a push on supplying East Coast greens: organic (under the Farmers’ Direct brand) and conventional (under the Solata Farms brand),.....

Agro Care, Combivliet, Hoogweg

How to manage a 100+ ha facility

While the greenhouse vegetable acreage in the Netherlands remains fairly stable, the number of companies has been dropping for years. The reason for this? Scaling-up is the trend in the field of greenhouse vegetables. The Netherlands now has three companies with each an acreage of over 100 hectares of.....

KeyGene opens representation office in India

KeyGene announced the opening of a representation office in India. The office is located in the seed capital of India in the southern state of Telangana in Hyderabad. KeyGene is active in Indian markets since 10 years ago and aims to establish strategic collaborations with the Indian agro food based.....

Senmatic strengthens efforts in Chinese market

As part of Senmatic's new 2020 strategy, China has become an important focus area. The company has opened its own sales office in Shanghai, where 3 sales persons with many years of sales experience within the sensor area make up the new sales team.One of the business areas, in which Senmatic's sales team in.....

Bayer cuts Monsanto synergy target by $300 million

Bayer said positive synergy effects from the planned takeover of U.S. seeds maker Monsanto would be about $300 million below its previous target because it will sell more businesses than initially expected to get antitrust approval. Bayer Chief Executive Werner Baumann again threw his weight behind the deal,.....

US (CT): Hydroponics company eyes multimillion-dollar development

A California company is in talks with Hartford leaders to build a hydroponic farming facility along a desolate stretch of Homestead Avenue.Crop One Holdings, a San Jose-based corporation, would invest more than $16 million in the project – $6 million in the structure and $10.5 million toward equipment,.....

"Bayer-Monsanto about to get U.S. antitrust approval"

Bayer is set to win U.S. antitrust approval for its $66 billion takeover of Monsanto this week, according to a person familiar with the matter, removing the last major regulatory hurdle to forming the world’s biggest seed and agricultural-chemicals company.The companies and the Justice Department have.....
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UK: Rhydian Beynon-Davies rejoins Stockbridge

Dr Rhydian Beynon-Davies will (re)join the STC Science team in mid-June to head up their ‘Photobiology’ department. Dr David George, STC Director of Science, welcomed the news. “We were extremely pleased to receive Rhydian’s application. Having previously worked with us, for the most part in our LED4Crops.....

After soilless babyleaf, here's hand-less babyleaf

Little Leaf Farms, one of the largest growers of hydroponic baby greens in North America, has officially opened its expanded greenhouse in Devens, Mass this week. The expansion doubles the size of the greenhouse from 2.5 acres to 5 acres, and more than doubles its annual production of baby greens. Thanks to.....

Colombians participate in food innovation event

The Colombian firm Sáenz Fety, with more than 60 years of experience in the commercialization of agricultural and livestock inputs, is the first Colombian company to participate in the largest international event on food innovation, Seeds & Chips, which connects people, ideas and solutions to strengthen.....

Australia: Abundant appoints new director

Abundant Produce (ABT) has appointed a new Board member, Ms Seona Wallace. Having established a dynamic presence and highly regarded profile over the past 20 years within the global skincare and pharmaceutical industry and as a Board Member of the Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI), the appointment.....

Jayne Dyas leaves British Growers on a high note

Jayne Dyas, Head of Crop Associations at the British Growers Association, is to leave the organisation after 28 years. Jayne, who joined the organisation in 1989, has seen the number of Crop Associations managed by British Growers double from seven to 14 during that time.Jack Ward, British Growers’ Chief.....

New Zealand: Agri-tech research centre opens in Palmerston North

Palmerston North agritech company Biolumic marked a new phase in its progress with the opening of a world-first ultraviolet photobiology research and development centre at Massey University on Friday.Biolumic founder and chief scientist Jason Wargent​ said it was exciting, and mind-blowing, how fast.....

June 20-21, New York

US (NY): Startups look to redefine indoor agriculture

Six international agtech start-ups have been selected to pitch their technologies to a panel of ‘Sharks’ and an audience of 200 leading international indoor and vertical farming operators, agri-food businesses and VC investors at the upcoming Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit on June 20-21 in Brooklyn, New.....

"No two boilers are the same"

The boiler business is a complex one. Especially where it concerns boilers for export. The importing countries often demand additional certificates for the boilers. The stricter requirements are mentioned in those certificates. This is very complicated for the boiler manufacturer. And not every boiler.....

Italy: Aduno celebrates 20th anniversary

Aduno, established in 1998, celebrated its 20th anniversary at Macfrut, Rimini, Italy.Domestic and export markets are growing continuously and Aduno will enlarge its presence at international fairs in order to consolidate its growth.Apart from a wide range of thermal screens, Aduno is manufacturing knitted.....

World Debt - $63 trillion and how it is spread out

If you add up all the money that national governments have borrowed, you come to a hefty $63 trillion.In an ideal situation, governments are just borrowing this money to cover short-term budget deficits or to finance mission critical projects. However, around the globe, countries have taken to the idea of.....

India: Another approval for Bayer-Monsanto

India’s antitrust regulator has approved the acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer, in a decision that moves the $62.5 billion deal a step closer to the finish line. Both Bayer and Monsanto had subsidiaries in India, making it mandatory for them to receive clearance from the Competition Commission of India (CCI)......

Russia: Dmitry Patrushev becomes new Minister of Agriculture

Russian Vice Prime Minister for Agriculture Alexey Gordeev introduced the new minister of agriculture Dmitry Patrushev.“We have much to be done. I assure you we will do our best to retain agriculture production rates”, said the new head of Minagri.Among crucial missions of the agroindustrial complex he named.....
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CAN (BC): Human rights complaint against cucumber greenhouse operation

A former cucumber picker of a Surrey greenhouse has filed a human rights complaint. According to the woman, the employer discriminated against her during the course of her employment on the grounds of sex and marital status. The company denies discriminating and applies to dismiss the complaint, but the.....
Project BioBoost started

From waste product to high-quality product

Horticulture produces large quantities of 'green waste', such as plant residue (stalks and leaves), unsalable vegetables and fruit, or over production in certain periods of the year. This waste is being thrown away sometimes, used for making compost, animal food, or for the production of bio-gas. In the.....

Australia: Sundrop Farms looking for investors

Investec has been hired by the $200 million mega-greenhouse operator Sundrop Farms to test the appetite of outside investors wanting to sit alongside majority shareholder, private equity firm KKR.KKR ploughed $100 million into the facility a couple of years ago and Sundrop Farms is now out looking for extra.....

FMC announces leadership appointments

FMC Corporation announced several changes to its executive leadership, effective June 1, 2018.Mark Douglas, president of FMC Agricultural Solutions, has been appointed president and chief operating officer. He will lead FMC's operational, commercial and technology organizations.Kathy Shelton, global director.....

Ghana: Tomato farmers threaten suicide over importations

Tomato farmers from Tuobodom in Ghana’s Brong-Ahafo region are distressed as they lack a market for their produce. A recent glut has caused prices to drop drastically; some farmers are threatening to commit suicide. The District Chief Executive for the area has threatened to block the highways leading to.....

Seedling kits gladden the hearts of South African shoppers

South African shoppers are the latest to receive the seedling kits that were a hit with shoppers in the Netherlands, New Zealand and France.Shoprite Checkers launched the Little Garden campaign almost a month ago and the public’s response on social media shows that the initiative has hit the right note with.....

Putting things in perspective again - Who knew?

Germany compared to Guyana


"Despite salad culture, new greens need to be introduced gradually"

After a meeting in Berlin, Antonis Vezyroglou from Farm Vezyroglou, has started working together with Living Salads to sell exclusive varieties in Greece. "We have a real salad culture here in Greece, so it is the perfect fit, however, the market here is still pretty traditional, so it takes a bit of time.....

NL: Expansion The Fruit Farm Group in Sexbierum awaiting extra funding

The Fruit Farm Group (TFFG) is still interested in the purchase of land from the Waddenglas project in Northwest Friesland, according to a letter from the Province of Friesland. TFFG is working on procuring additional bank financing and external capital injections to enable the purchase of land. According to.....

RotoGro acquires Hanson Fertigation

Australian cannabis hydroponics company RotoGro has agreed to acquire US-based Hanson Fertigation for $1.75 million, in an effort to capitalise on the lucrative overseas market.The transaction is equivalent to three times Hanson Fertigation's 2017 financial year earnings before interest, tax, depreciation.....

NL: Growers union Prominent doubles capacity with new construction

A striking new building belonging to growers union Prominent will arise next to the A90 in 2019. In the new building the activities of the two current small packaging locations will be amalgamated into one location and the office employees will also move into here. Thanks to fully automated packaging lines.....

CAN (NB): Extreme flood causes plants in nursery to swim

A flood due to heavy rains caused a lot of damage in Southern New Brunswick last week. In this area Scott’s Nursery Ltd is located. The 6-acre greenhouse grows several bedding plants, potted plants, seasonal crops and perennials and more. During the flood some plants were swimming. The water raised in the.....

"The next big biotech traits"

Disease-resistant GMO tomatoes, strawberries and citrus in the pipeline

Conventional breeding techniques and chemical controls have long been agriculture’s central means for disease management. However, despite hundreds of crosses performed and generations of progeny evaluated, durably resistant varieties remain elusive. Today, plant breeders are armed with an alternative.....

Kenya: Mobile platform receives $100,000 grant to grow farmers’ reach

Selina Wamucii, a mobile platform that shortens the agricultural supply chain in Kenya, reducing food wastage and boosting farmers’ incomes, is set to receive a $100,000 grant from global social impact programme Expo Live, run by organizers of the next World Expo, Expo 2020 Dubai.Some 60 per cent of food.....

Idai Nature committed to promoting a circular economy

Spain: Project to find uses for plant sub-waste

Idai Nature plans to carry out research for the development of new extracts derived from plant sub-waste; a valuable resource that is currently unused and is also a source of pollution.This research will be developed over the next two years through a project that the CDTI has awarded to Idai Nature, and the.....

Accelerated production plan for Pure Sunfarms

“The start today of commercial-scale cannabis production at the Delta 3 facility is the most significant milestone for Pure Sunfarms to date,” said Michael DeGiglio, CEO, Village Farms. “And we are thrilled to definitively move forward with the accelerated production plan, which significantly increases Pure.....

"Offering and unifying all our brands"

It all started with the manufacturing of steel structures nearly 55 years ago and the ongoing story includes over 20,000 projects being realised, customers served worldwide and innovative projects being launched continuously. Last year the Canadian company Harnois Industries united and merged their brands.....

CAN (QC): Lambert celebrates 90 years

VIDEO Lambert Peat Moss Company is celebrating its 90th anniversary of premium peat moss production. Now with four generations in the business, Lambert still operates from the original location, along with a number of additional peat bogs.“My grandfather helped pioneer the development of peat moss production in.....

CropNuts and AGI’s Yargus division enter soil testing services agreement

AGI’s Yargus manufacturing division has reached an agreement with Cropnuts to provide soil and analytical laboratory equipment and services in conjunction with the Yargus blending equipment for improved fertilizer blend recommendations.Jeff Ivan, Managing Director International Sales, said: “AGI is pleased.....

CAN (ON): Enniskillen MMJ facility officially opens

High Park Farms in Enniskillen Township is officially open for business.Local dignitaries joined staff for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and private tours of the $30-million medical marijuana facility on Lasalle Line Tuesday morning.The 100-acre property — that includes 13 acres of greenhouse space — is heavily.....

Auscitrus build insect-proof greenhouse for citrus Australia

Auscitrus, is an Australian "not for profit" industry organisation comprising citrus growers and nurserymen from each state. Auscitrus is responsible for supply of citrus budwood and seed in Australia. It now claims that the upgrade of their propagation site at Dareton will be the first of its kind on.....

US tomato farm workers march against Wendy’s fast food chain

Since March of this year, there have been calls to boycott Wendy’s fast food restaurants. Workers’ rights groups across the East Coast, from Florida to New York, have been marching and protesting the poor safety conditions of farmworkers. Since 1993, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), an organization.....

Fluence Bioengineering hires Director of Cultivation Support

Travis Higginbotham has joined Fluence as the Director of Cultivation Support. Higginbotham brings valuable experience working on major cultivation projects at a commercial-scale, having overseen numerous projects in the fields of academia and research.“Commercial horticulture is rapidly evolving and new.....

C-LED and Biolchim partner to increase output capacity

LED technology is gaining more and more ground inside greenhouses. This is because it allows customisation of light spectra according to crop type and, at the same time, improves energy efficiency compared to traditional lighting systems.Latest-generation greenhouses are designed to aid natural growth 365.....

Larive International joins trade mission to India

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Sigrid Kaag, Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality Carola Schouten, Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management Cora van Nieuwenhuizen and Minister for Healthcare and Sport Bruno Bruins will travel to India.....

Adriana Chelli, Les Herbes du Roussillon:

"European aromatic herb market is growing strongly"

For over twenty years, the company Les Herbes du Roussillon has produced aromatic herbs in the South of France. Adriana Chelli: "We are producer and packer at the same time. This way, we distinguish ourselves from the rest of the market. Roussillon's herbs increased its revenue, as well as its workforce,.....

Marja Vijverberg, SweetPoint:

"Consumers are increasingly discovering the sweet pointed pepper"

There has been a definite increase in interest in sweet pointed peppers in recent years. This product has been grown at the Dutch growers association, SweetPoint, since 1996. Sales have, however, skyrocketed over the past few years. Marja Vijverberg of SweetPoint says, "Last year was not a good year for.....

Aeroponic greenhouse opens in Turin

Yesterday the Italian Società agricola Alfa inaugurated their new Grugliasco facility. In the 2,500 m2 greenhouse they try to grow their vegetables with minimum environmental impact and a maximum level of automation. "We created one of the most technological aeroponic crops in Italy to produce healthy food.....

University of Florida Greenhouse Training Online courses win national award

The Greenhouse Training Online (GTO) program offered to growers by the University of Florida IFAS Extension is the winner of the 2018 Extension Division Education Materials Award from the American Society for Horticultural Science. Over 1300 growers have participated in GTO courses, with an 80% success.....

Australia: Growcom introduces new CEO, David Thomson

Horticulture is widely acknowledged as the “next big thing” in agriculture and has enormous potential.As Growcom’s new CEO, I am keen to build on nearly 100 years of representing Queensland growers and am excited to be joining an industry that is full of passionate, experienced and committed players.by David.....

US: Canopy Growth to list on the NYSE

Canopy Growth has applied to list its common shares on the New York Stock Exchange.The company currently anticipates that, subject to the receipt of all required approvals, its common shares will begin trading on the NYSE before the end of May 2018. In advance of listing on the NYSE, Canopy Growth will file.....
High supplies available in the US

"In Asian cultures, daikon is a staple"

Supplies of the Asian vegetable diakon are more than ample right now. “Usually supply is pretty steady and right now there’s more available because last year at this time it was really hot,” says Joseph Krumpelman of Valley Specialty Produce in Fresno, Ca. “So everybody planted it. I would estimate there’s.....

investors back AI technology

Motorleaf’s $2.85M seed round accelerates AI in greenhouse operations

Motorleaf – an artificial intelligence startup focused on bringing actionable, data-driven insights to greenhouse and indoor operators – announced today it has raised $2.85 million USD to further develop its real-time, agronomic solutions for the fast-growing controlled environment agriculture sector.The.....

Aurora Cannabis buys MedReleaf for C$3.2 billion

Aurora Cannabis and MedReleaf have entered into a definitive arrangement agreement whereby Aurora intends to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of MedReleaf in an all-share transaction valued at approximately C$3.2 billion on a fully diluted basis.Under the terms of the Arrangement.....