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HerkuPlast introduces one time use trays for strawberry trayplants

In order to support the growing strawberry trayplant industry, HerkuPlast introduces two new strawberry trayplant propagation trays for one time use; a 10 hole tray for 250 cc plugs and a 16 hole mini trayplant tray for 130 cc plugs. Sales manager Alfred Boot explained that the strawberry trayplant industry.....

Shengbo Zhang joins TruLeaf as co-op student

TruLeaf welcomes their latest co-op student to the team, Shengbo Zhang, as a Horticulture Engineering Specialist.Shengbo Zhang, a fourth-year Dalhousie Mechanical Engineering student, is currently fulfilling his third co-op term at TruLeaf. He previously worked as an engineering assistant for managing.....

US (AZ): Monsanto drops tax proposal, greenhouse still a go

After several months of outcry, and a number of lengthy and sometimes tense public meetings, Monsanto has decided to drop a proposal with Pima County that would have substantially reduced the company’s property taxes.The county Board of Supervisors was set to vote on the deal Tuesday, Feb. 21, but George.....

Polish growers find solutions

The 25th edition of Fruit Logistica – one of the largest fresh produce trade and logistics show, which takes place annually in February in Berlin attracted about 3000 exhibitors and over 70,000 international visitors from around the world this year. The show was ever more successful for British manufacturer.....

Sjaak Bakker appointed CEO of HortiMaX

On 1 March 2017, Sjaak Bakker (age 47) will be appointed CEO of HortiMaX and will step down as Commercial Director of Flier Systems in Barendrecht, the Netherlands.In his new position, Sjaak Bakker will lead HortiMaX's management team. He will take over the role from Joep van den Bosch, who will shift his.....

UK: HydroGarden wins national innovation award

HydroGarden, provider of hydroponic products and systems is celebrating after being crowned champion in this year’s EEF Future Manufacturing Awards.Despite some tough competition from a range of dynamic businesses from across the UK, the hydroponic specialist took gold in the Innovation Award. Judges were.....

HortiDaily & FloralDaily Greenhouse Guide available online

The second edition of the HortiDaily & FloralDaily Greenhouse Guide is now available online. The buyer's guide contains contact details of greenhouse constructors, screen installers, energy experts, seed suppliers, breeders, consultants and all other companies for your horticultural needs. Whatever you.....

Bayer posts annual results

"Bayer-Monsanto deal completed this year"

Bayer reports a successful year in 2016, both strategically and operationally. “We again posted a record operating performance – and are making good progress with the agreed acquisition of Monsanto as well,” Management Board Chairman Werner Baumann said on Wednesday at the Financial News Conference in.....

Monsanto makes progress toward sustainability goals

Monsanto has released its 2016 Sustainability Report, Growing Better Together. Highlights include Monsanto’s actions to help mitigate and adapt to climate change through collaborative efforts, the advancement of its biodiversity position and alignment of its work with the United Nations Sustainable.....

US (WA): Marijuana Company of America transitions into cultivation

Marijuana Company of America has entered into a non-binding Letter of Intent while performing due diligence to finalize a joint venture agreement with Bougainville Ventures, for the purpose of housing tenant growers engaging in the cultivation, processing and commercial availability of legal marijuana in the.....

Grodan once again awarded EU Ecolabel

Grodan's growing media has again been awarded the EU Ecolabel. The most recent revision of this Ecolabel for growing media products places much greater demand on manufactures than the previous version. According to Ineke Vlot, Program manager non-food, SMK (Dutch Competent Body EU Ecolabel): “It is quite an.....

Bayer and Yara to collaborate in digital farming tools

Bayer and Yara have entered into a software collaboration and technology license agreement to provide farmers worldwide with digital farming tools that help increase farm productivity, profitability and sustainability. The purpose is to develop new digital farming solutions as well as to increase the use of.....

Oscillating strawberry system allows 200,000 plants per hectare

A new oscillating gutter system claims to allow a total production of 200,000 strawberry plants per hectare. While already installed on a commercial scale, Spanish greenhouse builder J.Huete showcased the solution for the first time to the public at the recent Fruit Logistica.Leonardo Juarez, Javier Huete.....

CAN (ON): Growers out millions after tomatoes rotted in fields

Millions of dollars worth of tomatoes rotted in Southwestern Ontario fields last year when a Maidstone canning company — with plans to build a new state-of-the-art plant — didn’t take all the tomatoes it had contracted growers to deliver.“The helpless feeling of watching a good crop rot, just rot, is hard to.....

Certis Europe acquires Latitude from Monsanto

Mitsui & Co., Ltd has now finalised the agreement to acquire all the assets related to Monsanto’s Latitude business, including trademarks, registrations and manufacturing knowledge. Latitude products are specialised fungicide seed treatments, used mainly for wheat and barley, which allow growers and seed.....

UK: Levity Crop Science expands research team

Levity Crop Science has again expanded its research team, recruiting Dr Sally Wilkinson, a leading expert in crop stress. Dr Wilkinson who joins Levity as Research Manager, gained twenty years experience as a senior researcher at Lancaster University before joining Levity, and has a strong track record in.....
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Canadian MMJ grower nearly triples production capacity

Canopy Growth has closed the acquisition of the property at 1 Hershey Drive that currently houses Canopy Growth's headquarters and the Tweed production facilities."Increasing the scale of our cannabis production capacity is vitally important to our operations," said Bruce Linton, Chairman and CEO of Canopy.....

Weiping Mao, Rijk Zwaan China:

"Shandong gateway to Chinese horticulture"

The Chinese province of Shangdong has an optimal climate for horticulture and is very favorably located. Reason for Dutch vegetable breeder Rijk Zwaan to choose this province as its gateway to China, according to Rijk Zwaan’s business manager China, Weiping Mao.Shandong provinceShandong is located in the.....

Jamaica: Hydroponic greenhouse to help inmates rehabilitate

Jamaica's Department of Corrections is establishing a greenhouse project at the Tamarind Farm Adult Correctional Centre in South East Jamaica. The medium security prison has rolled out plans to involve its inmates in the creation of a greenhouse farm, completely from scratch. Greenhouse growing and detention.....

Grow Pod Solutions acquires Mobile Farming Systems

Grow Pod Solutions, a developer of technology-enabled automated indoor farms, announced the acquisition of Mobile Farming Systems.Grow Pod Solutions develops portable agricultural farming environments that can be placed in virtually any location. These advanced transportable systems can be customized to grow.....

FMC elects Ronaldo Pereira as Vice President

FMC announced that Ronaldo Pereira has been elected vice president and business director, Latin America for Agricultural Solutions, and president, FMC Latin America, effective immediately. Pereira succeeds Antonio Zem, who retired from FMC after a 38-year distinguished career.Pereira has most recently served.....

NASGA webinar:

Making the most of insecticide toolbox to manage SWD

Members of the Sustainable SWD Project will present a webinar online on January 25th at 12-1pm eastern time, highlighting information about control of the invasive insect pest, spotted wing drosophila. The webinar titled "Making the Most of Your Insecticide Toolbox to Manage SWD" will cover research.....

US: Greengro Technologies merges with Biodynamics LLC

Greengro Technologies announced that it is completing the acquisition of a 55 percent majority interest in Biodynamics LLC, an Akron, Ohio-based company in controlled environmental agriculture (CEA), renewable energy and consumer hydroponics.The merger brings together two CEA-industry companies that now.....

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Thailand: Key buyers and decision makers to participate in Horti Asia

In March this year, 300 specially invited buyers, greenhouse constructors, seed breeders, suppliers and other professionals active in Asia's horti- and floriculture sector, will once again gather in Bangkok for the 2017 edition of the Horti Asia.A large number of exhibitors have been confirmed for the 5th.....

Fresh Air Farmer vlog visits Beverly Greenhouses:

Canada: Greenhouses are not just simple factories

VIDEO Southern Ontario agriculture enthusiast Andrew Campbell has the intention to visit 52 farms in 52 weeks this year. This all with the purpose to create awareness on sustainable farming practices and show consumers what it takes to grow and raise food on a farm. Last week, Andrew visited the third farm;.....

Dow-DuPont deal

Regulators worried about crop protection innovations

DuPont Co. said it can address antitrust regulators’ concerns that its $72 billion merger with Dow Chemical Co. could limit discovery of new agricultural pesticides, boosting confidence that the deal will be approved. Shares of both companies rose the most in almost a year.Regulators are mostly concerned.....

Spain: CASI adding peppers and aubergines to its range

The San Isidro Agricultural Cooperative, better known as CASI, is expanding its range to meet the demands of its customers who, in addition to tomatoes, courgettes or watermelons, demand other products, such as peppers or aubergines. Therefore, the tomato specialist has decided to expand its range with new.....

Eimskip acquires 80% of forwarding company Mareco in €15.6m deal

Eimskip has strengthened its position in worldwide reefer logistics services by acquiring 80% of the forwarding company Mareco N.V. The company was founded in 2002 and its headquarters are located in Antwerp, Belgium. The current management team will continue to own a 20% share in the company and will manage.....

DuPont Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Results

DuPont announced fourth-quarter 2016 GAAP earnings of $0.29 per share and operating earnings of $0.51 per share. Prior year GAAP and operating earnings were a loss of $0.26 and earnings of $0.27 per share, respectively. GAAP income from continuing operations before taxes was $353 million, including charges.....

Deniz Gündoğdu joins Paskal

For expanding its work in Turkey, Paskal has hired Mr. Deniz Gündoğdu to be the local representative for this market. With his experience from soluble-commodity fertilizer, seeds and drip irrigation business, Paskal has the intention to strengthen its relationship with this market.Covering the.....

Organic grower expands with 3.5 acres:

Canada: Greenbelt Microgreens opens retrofitted greenhouse in Hamilton

Canadian organic greenhouse grower Greenbelt Microgreens has officially opened it's new 3.5 acre production facility in Woodhill, Ontario. Backed by a funding from Growing Forward 2, the grower of organic microgreens and potted lettuce renovated and modernized a former flower greenhouse into a state of the.....

Viscon Group introduces new retail division: AimFresh

Aimfresh is a new company focusing on innovative ideas for packaging and accessories for plants, & fresh produce in retail online and in stores. Aimfresh is a team of young marketers, designers and dreamers who think about how a new generation would want to experience fresh.Aimfresh is a Viscon Group.....

Change of management at Weterings Mechanisatie

After 40 years of passionate entrepreneurship Richard and Igno Weterings handed over the baton to the next generation. The new management board consists of Nick Weterings, Fabian Hertogh and Rob van den Berg.Nick is the eldest son of Igno and has been in permanent employment after finishing his technical.....

Incotec closing operations in Japan, investing further in China and India

In June 2017, Incotec will close its seed treatment operations in Japan. The current size, returns and potential growth opportunities in Japan do not justify continuation of the operation.Despite the closure in Japan, Asia remains a key region for the business. Incotec is planning further investments in Asia.....

US (CA): CAFF and Farmers Guild merge

Two organizations supporting farmers throughout California, Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) and the Farmers Guild, will merge, operating under CAFF’s title and 501c3 designation. The merger combines resources, memberships and strengths to create one robust organization that gives a stronger,.....

Acadian Plant Health welcomes new marketing VP

Acadian Plant Health (APH) recently welcomed Ron Taylor as its new Vice President of Marketing. Taylor will be responsible for driving marketing strategies and best practices, strengthening brand architecture and supporting the global APH business team. His goal is to oversee the launch and management of new.....

Certis USA names new field development manager

Gregory S. Rogers joins Certis USA as Field Development Manager for the biopesticide company’s Northeast/Great Lakes territory. Rogers now serves as the lead technical representative for field research, product development and sales technical support for the northeastern U.S. (New England, Mid-Atlantic and.....

US (ME): Blueberry processer agrees to $103,000 EPA settlement

A blueberry processor based in Maine has agreed to pay a $103,613 settlement over their misuse of a chemical used in the refrigeration process.The settlement agreed upon by Hancock Foods and the Environmental Protection Agency resolves questions surrounding the blueberry processor's handling of.....

Rabobank:

Dutch greenhouse growers dare to expand again

Greenhouse cultivation is on the rise again and Westland entrepreneurs are daring to expand again. "Remarkably most expansion plans are with respect to greenhouse vegetables, where the market balance is less stable," according to Ruud van der Vliet, director Companies at Rabobank Westland in Rabobank’s.....

Evrika:

Large Russian greenhouse files for bankruptcy

The recent bankruptcy of Evrika, one of the largest greenhouse complexes in Northwest Russia, once again shows that Russia needs more than just greenhouses and natural gas to become self sufficient. The history of Evrika (Russian for 'Eureka') has been marked by financial difficulties and bankruptcy. The.....

ChemChina files for U.S. antitrust approval of Syngenta deal

China National Chemical Corp. said it filed for U.S. antitrust approval with the Federal Trade Commission for its proposed $43 billion takeover of Swiss agrochemical company Syngenta AG.ChemChina has submitted documentation required by the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act and expects the U.S. antitrust process to be.....

KeyGene webinar on CropPedia

On January 31, 2017 KeyGene organizes a webinar on CropPedia. CropPedia is the leading knowledge platform and database management system for fast and effective marker development and lead gene discovery. The ultimate software tool to speed up molecular breeding by easily tracking and selecting trait.....

US: Nufarm teams up with John Deere Financial

Nufarm and John Deere Financial have teamed up to help farmers grow a better tomorrow. This program helps make purchases of Nufarm products easier and more cost effective by providing exclusive offers on the products customers already use to protect their crops against weeds, pests and disease. The crop.....

Sudlac expands with a global vision

Sudlac wants to hit the ground running in the new year, with the goal of developing into a leading player in the international greenhouse horticulture. This is noticeable from the complete restyling of the brand and the fast-growing team. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, everyone is working hard to build a.....

US: Native American Tribe and Bright Green Group sign 25-year agreement

Acoma Pueblo Governor Kurt Riley and the Tribal Council of the Acoma Pueblo, a Native American Tribe, have entered into a 25-year business agreement and land lease with the Bright Green Group of Companies, Inc. This landmark agreement enables Bright Green to begin constructing on tribal land a.....

Syngenta CEO Erik Fyrwald:

"Adama will not need to be sold"

Syngenta, the Swiss pesticides and seeds group being taken over by ChemChina, does not expect antitrust regulators to force the Chinese state-owned company to put its subsidiary Adama up for sale, Syngenta's CEO said on Tuesday."Adama will not need to be sold. There will be some remedies in both the U.S. and.....

Multistack acquires Desert Aire, expands HVAC offerings

Multistack, a privately held Sparta, Wisconsin-based manufacturer of chiller systems and heat pumps, has acquired Desert Aire Corp., a Germantown, Wisconsin-based manufacturer of commercial and industrial humidity and climate control systems.Multistack's acquisition of Desert Aire bolsters the company's.....

Bayer and Monsanto promise Trump to create US jobs

Werner Baumann, Bayer CEO, and Hugh Grant, Monsanto Chairman and CEO, had a very productive meeting last week with President-Elect Trump and his team to share their view on the future of the agriculture industry and its need for innovation, according to a joint press release."The United States is a global.....
Andy Renz:

Vestaron announces new VP Business Development

Vestaron Corporation announces that technology acquisition and business development expert Dr. Andy Renz joins Vestaron’s Executive Team. Andy has more than a decade of experience in international deal making for agricultural solutions companies – both from a multi-national corporation and a start-up company.....

ChemChina and Syngenta propose minor concessions on merger

The China National Chemical Corp (ChemChina) and Syngenta AG, the Swiss producer of pesticides and seeds, have proposed minor concessions to the EU competition authority to address concerns about its more than 43 billion dollar planned merger, sources told Reuters.A source close to the deal said it was.....

Australia: Victoria government invests in hydroponic glasshouse

As part of the $21.9 million landmark plan to create local jobs and secure Stawell's future, the Victorian Government announced this month financial backing for the Frewstal abattoir expansion – now in the final stages of construction – safeguarding more than 450 existing jobs, and creating 30 new jobs for.....

Agro Care expansion finalizes in Tunisia and Morocco

Agro Care is not just expanding in the Netherlands this year, they're also growing in North Africa. The construction of stage 4 in Tunisia is starting, and the Moroccan plot is also being filled up with buildings.Desert JoyIn 2012, Agro Care started the Desert Joy project in El Hamma, Tunisia. In 2014, the.....

EU has innovation concerns regarding Dow-DuPont merger

New agricultural technologies to boost yields are at the center of European antitrust authorities' probe into Dow Chemical Co.'s merger with DuPont Co.Regulators have zeroed in on innovation competition as a concern the companies need to address before winning approval for their planned merger, according to.....

Registration for ISF World Seed Congress in Budapest

Registration is now open for the 2017 International Seed Federation (ISF) World Seed Congress in Budapest, Hungary, May 22-24. With the theme "Growing Beyond Bridges," the convention will focus on the goal of strengthening connections in the global seed industry. The annual World Seed Congress is ISF's.....

Aphria expands Leamington facility to 1,000,000 sq. ft.

Aphria Inc. is pleased to announce that its Board approved a $137 million capital project, known internally as Part IV expansion. The project will increase Aphria's capacity under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations from 300,000 square feet to 1,000,000 square feet. In addition to the.....

Danish herb grower trials multi layer unit

Danish herb grower Rosborg Gartneriet has carried out special trials to research the potential of herb cultivation in the multilayer growing system from Viemose-Driboga. Over the last six months, Rosborg used the Multi Green Grow unit of Viemose to grow Basil, chives and parsley in an automated multilayer.....

Syngenta CEO expects swift approval for ChemChina deal

Syngenta Chief Executive Erik Fyrwald expects regulatory approval soon for ChemChina's proposed $43 billion takeover of the Swiss pesticides and seeds group, he said on Monday."I am very confident that we will finish the deal. We are making a lot of progress," he told broadcaster CNBC in an interview from.....

US (IL): FarmedHere indoor farm shuts down

FarmedHere, a commercial-scale hydroponic farm in Bedford Park, had lofty goals of expanding to cities across the U.S. and beyond. The company was "on the precipice of international expansion," then-CEO Matt Matros said in July 2015.Early last year, Matros announced a $23 million, 60,000-square-foot indoor.....

Overlapping portfolios clog Syngenta - Chemchina merger

ChemChina and Syngenta AG have submitted formal remedies to the European Union in a bid to win regulatory approval of the Chinese state-owned company's $43 billion planned takeover of the Swiss pesticide-and-seed maker. DowJones.com reports that the EU opened an in-depth review into the merger in October. At.....

European Agri-Food Chain Coalition:

Call for change of mind-set on innovation

The Agri-Food Chain Coalition (AFCC) appointed Roxane Feller, Secretary General of IFAH-Europe (International Federation of Animal Health-Europe) as its new Chair yesterday. She will lead this multi-stakeholder group throughout 2017 to enhance understanding of the European agri-food chain sector’s important.....

Syngenta, ChemChina propose minor concessions to EU

China National Chemical Corp (ChemChina) [CNNCC.UL] and Swiss pesticides and seeds group Syngenta AG (SYNN.S) have proposed minor concessions to the EU's competition watchdog to address concerns over their $43 billion merger plan, sources told Reuters. One person close to the deal said it was.....

IoF2020: 5 trials, 19 use cases:

IoT has the potential to be a real game changer in agriculture

The Internet of Food & Farm 2020 (IoF2020) project investigates and fosters a large-scale implementation of Internet of Things (IoT) in the European farming and food sector. With a €30 million budget co-funded by the European Union, the project has the potential to bring a paradigm shift in this domain.....

Cees de Groot, Plantech:

Canada: "Growers no longer hesitate to automate wherever possible"

As a result of the current boom in the Ontario greenhouse vegetable industry, companies are scaling up and complete automation of production processes like internal logistics and packing, can definitely be considered a trend. "Growers no longer hesitate to automate wherever possible", says Cees de Groot at.....

Labor savings with new strawberry container

Meteor Systems has launched a new strawberry container. The redesigned shape directs the fruits to the outside of the container, resulting in significant labor savings when harvesting.The new strawberry container has a capacity of 3.5 liters and has extensively been trialed on 5 hectares. The container is.....

Social media saves on SWD insecticides in Kentucky

A University of Kentucky entomologist is using a social media platform to help producers cut down on unnecessary insecticide applications. Ric Bessin started the Facebook page Swdinky to help growers monitor and potentially treat for the spotted wing drosophila, a fruit fly that can destroy soft-skinned,.....

Koos de Vink joins Jano board

Jano Holding, which comprises the companies Javo, Nobels Machinefabriek, Agro Techniek Holland and Javo International, has a new board member. From 1st February 2017, Koos de Vink will join the current directors Ber van Nobelen and Cees Bouwmeester.Owner Ber van Nobelen (left) welcoming Koos de Vink.....
Business to be conducted through new wholly owned subsidiary Croptimal

Eurocontrol to commercialize Precision Agricultural Initiative

Eurocontrol Technics Group Inc., a Canadian public company specializing in the acquisition, development and commercialization of innovative test and measurement technologies for the authentication, verification and certification markets, is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary Xenemetrix Ltd......

Agrilyst launches new Reporting feature

The more data you generate the better; but more data can be overwhelming, too. You know your data is valuable and maybe you’ve even considered using tracking tools before, but it’s seemed like extra work or too expensive.At Agrilyst they believe in practical, transparent data analysis — They are.....

Bayer says had productive meeting with Trump over Monsanto deal

Top executives of Bayer AG and Monsanto Co. met with President-elect Donald Trump Wednesday in New York to pitch the benefits of their planned deal. Bayer Chief Executive Werner Baumann and Monsanto CEO and Chairman Hugh Grant outlined at the meeting Bayer's planned $57 billion purchase of Monsanto, agreed.....

Koppert celebrates 50th anniversary

This year, Koppert Biological Systems will be celebrating its fiftieth anniversary. On Thursday, directors Henri Oosthoek and Paul Koppert announced the start of the anniversary year at the headquarters in Berkel en Rodenrijs during a celebratory gathering with employees.The anniversary will be celebrated.....

Worker Protection Standard Outreach Sessions at MSU:

US: Be prepared for changes in the Worker Protection Standards

Beginning Jan. 2, 2017, the Federal Worker Protection Standards (WPS) revisions took effect. These changes are designed to provide stronger protections for the nation’s two million agricultural workers and their families. Growers will be responsible for taking additional steps when applying.....

US (AZ): County to hold community meetings on Monsanto greenhouse project

Pima County has scheduled five community meetings to provide information and receive comments on the proposed Monsanto greenhouse facility just outside Marana.Monsanto recently purchased 155 acres near Twin Peaks and Sanders roads for a greenhouse facility, but a vote on potential tax breaks were put on hold.....

Saffron, an interesting high tunnel crop

Small farmers in the US state of Vermont are concerned traditional business won’t sustain their farms, but see potential in an unlikely and very expensive spice.The snow-covered plains of Vermont are one of the last places you’d think saffron would grow. The world’s largest crops of the high-priced spice.....

Dow, DuPont to meet with EU regulators on planned merger

Dow and DuPont will meet European Union antitrust regulators at a closed-door hearing this week to make the case for their planned $60 billion merger, according to two people familiar with the process.The companies will attempt to counter EU concerns at the Jan. 9 hearing that their tie-up might hurt.....