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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.....

Chelsey Sitzmann joins Certis USA as regional sales manager

Certis USA hires Chelsey Sitzmann to serve as Regional Manager—Upper Midwest, a sales position that provides more support for a growing line of biopesticide products used in the production of potatoes. Sitzmann is responsible for sales in a territory that covers Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho,.....

AmeriCann engages Campanelli Construction to build MMCC

AmeriCann has retained Campanelli Construction as the General Contractor for the Massachusetts Medical Cannabis Center.Campanelli is a third generation, full-service commercial real estate development and acquisition company. The company has over six decades of successful experience having developed, built.....

France: New Europrogress greenhouse harvest the power of the sun

Besides greenhouse projects for vegetable growers, flower nurseries and young plant propagators, Italian greenhouse manufacturer Europrogress also manufacturers structures to harvest the power of our sun. They have recently delivered a photovoltaic greenhouse structure for the French compabt.....

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13 ha Maranello with Odysseus rootstock

Dutch grower starts with grafted peppers on large scale

This winter, Dutch propagator Globe Plant has grafted a large batch of pepper plants. Globe Plant has been grafting pepper plants on a small scale but never before for more than 13 hectares. Rob Damen of Globe Plant explained that their client choose for a Maranello scion and a Odysseus rootstock.The.....
New Business Director for Europe

Rachel Leach joins Germains Seed Technology

Germains Seed Technology announced that Rachel Leach has joined the company as the new Business Director for Europe. In this role, she will lead Germains’ European Business including sales across all key European markets and facilities in the UK, Netherlands and Spain.Ms. Leach previously served as Director.....

John Cochran named Hollandia Produce's new CEO

Hollandia Produce, a grower of hydroponically greenhouse grown lettuce and leafy greens, announced John Cochran has joined the company as CEO, effective November 14, 2016.Cochran, who brings a wealth of experience of taking companies through high growth periods, will build on the successes of long time CEO,.....

Visser NA changes name to Bellpark Horticulture

Visser NA is changing its name to Bellpark Horticulture. According to the company, this new name will equally represent not only Visser, but all of the leading brands that they represent. Therefore, Bellpark Horticulture is now the trusted name that will represent not only Visser, but Mayer, Logitec.....

It all started with a business plan

This is the third part of a series of articles in which we are taking a basic approach to investing in greenhouse horticulture. After discussing the startup investment costs of a greenhouse and the basic principles of successful greenhouse growing, greenhouse manufacturer J.Huete now explains a bit more.....

Certis announces new Country Manager France

Certis Europe has announced the appointment of Ronan Goff as Country Manager for Certis France. He will take up the position on 2 January 2017.Ronan brings extensive managerial experience to Certis having spent most of his career in different departments of DuPont Chemicals. His last appointment was as.....

Grow Solutions launches Five Seasons Greenhouse at MJBizCon

Grow Solutions Holdings, a company involved in the development and distribution of high demand products for cultivation, processing and consumption of legal cannabis, announced the official launch of 'Five Seasons Greenhouse' during the Marijuana Conference & Expo in Las Vegas.Five Seasons Greenhouse is.....

First strawberries harvested in LED trial

Early december the first strawberries were harvested in the LED trial of ABZ Seeds at Proeftuin Zwaagdijk. The F1-hybrid strawberries of the Delizzimo breed were planted in week 44. The purpose of the trial is to grow flavorful strawberries in winter in a sustainable way.Researcher Cor Slagter of Proeftuin.....

Biobestgroup.com available in Russian & Turkish

To provide additional support to our growing customer and distributor base in Russia and Turkey, the Biobest website is now available in Russian and Turkish.With Turkish and Russian, in addition to Dutch, English, French, Spanish and Chinese, www.biobestgroup.com is now available in seven languages.Biobest.....

Uniform year round growth with adjustable, automatic plant lowering

Lowering his crop automatically and uniform. Finnish cucumber grower Matti Nyysti made it possible with his self-invented and developed Tiptopreel plant lowering system. Other Scandinavian growers got acquainted with the system and have started to use the reels now too. One of the new users of the Tiptopreel.....

Spain: Alltech acquires Solbiosur

Alltech, a global animal health and nutrition company, has acquired Solbiosur, a specialised agricultural and horticultural crop solutions company in Spain. Solbiosur is a provider of innovative agricultural and horticultural solutions dedicated to improving yield and efficiency for the producer. For more.....

AUSVEG announces James Whiteside as new CEO

Australian vegetable industry body AUSVEG has announced the appointment of James Whiteside as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective Friday 9 December 2016.Mr Whiteside has an extensive background in agriculture and agribusiness, having served as Chief Operating Officer for Incitec Pivot Fertilisers.....

US (NY): Professor Emeritus Edwin Oyer dies at 89

Edwin Burnell Oyer, international professor emeritus in vegetable crops, died Nov. 15. He was 89 years old.“A most kind, generous and outgoing man, who had sincere interest in fostering international agricultural development,” Chris Wien, professor emeritus of horticulture, said of Oyer.Oyer joined the.....

Hygiena to acquire food safety diagnostics business from DuPont

DuPont Nutrition & Health and Hygiena, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company that specializes in rapid food safety and environmental sanitation testing, announced that Hygiena will acquire DuPont’s global food safety diagnostics business. The acquisition includes all of DuPont Diagnostics business assets,.....

US: Edible Garden adds two contract growers

Edible Garden (a Terra Tech subsidiary) has added two contract farmers to its cooperative of local growers of fresh and local produce. The addition of these new farmers, based out of Virginia and New Jersey, bring the Company's national contract farmer count to eight.In addition to supplying their own herb.....

New CMF research greenhouse to boost Bangladesh jute industry

Bangladesh is the world's largest exporter of jute. In order to maintain its strong position in the global jute trade market, the country has recently invested in a state of the art research facility to support the growing jute industry. The Bangladesh Jute Research Institute (BJRI) contracted greenhouse.....

Canada: Serres Toundra gets funding for year-round cucumbers

Acting on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CED, Denis Lemieux, Member of Parliament for Chicoutimi–Le Fjord, announced that Toundra Greenhouse has been granted $1 million in financial assistance, in the form of a.....

Kenya: Illuminum Greenhouses wins Ericsson Innovation Award

Kenya’s Illuminum Greenhouses emerged as the winner of the Ericsson Innovation award for sub-Saharan Africa. Competing under the theme "Future of Food" the team, won for their smart greenhouse concept that uses sensors and mobile technology. The team walks away with USD 10,000 and an entry into the Ericsson.....

Greenhouses to clean up Chinese 'zombie' companies

Greenhouse agriculture can be part of the solution to solve the unemployment that millions of Chinese are facing when the government will close hundreds of its infamous 'zombie enterprises'.In the North-East of China, former state-owned industrial giants have been turned into weak and failing enterprises as.....

Monsanto shareowners approve merger with Bayer

Monsanto announced at a special meeting that shareowners of the company approved the merger of Monsanto with a wholly owned subsidiary of Bayer. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Monsanto shareowners will receive $128 per share in cash at the closing of the merger.“We are pleased we received such.....

Hiring new area export manager:

Mardenkro North America expanding its market

About 15 years ago, Mardenkro BV in the Netherlands decided to open a branch and factory in Canada to support the local market in coatings and cleaning solutions. Together with Peter Heemskerk, who emigrated to Canada in the early eighties, the company Mardenkro North America Ltd was set up.Starting with a.....

Delphy launches new corporate movie

Following the launch of the new name of Delphy, Delphy is launching a new corporate movie.The concepts of ‘knowledge development’ and ‘knowledge implementation’ are the core activities of Delphy and are therefore reflected in the movie. The combination of the two have been visualized in the so called.....

Turkey: Hoogendoorn and MST sign partnership agreement

During the GrowTech trade show in Turkey, Meral Billgin, owner of MST, officially signed the partnership agreement with Hoogendoorn. Hoogendoorn's partner MST will provide local service and training, amongst others, inTurkey, Azerbaijan and surrounding countries.For more information:Hoogendoorn Growth.....

AgGateway announces 2017 board of directors and leadership

AgGateway has announced its leadership for the coming year, including the directors of its new Strategic Board and Operational Board, as well as leaders of the eight councils working within the organization. The non-profit organization, which now has more than 230 member companies, is moving into its 12th.....

Monsanto named as one of the 'Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality'

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has once again named Monsanto as one of its “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.” This is the ninth year Monsanto has been honored by the civil rights organization. The distinction comes with the agriculture company earning a perfect score of 100 percent on the HRC’s annual.....

Van den Dool system lifts complete bays:

Hoisting saves time on ground cover replacement

The crop change is usually a good period to replace the ground cover of your greenhouse. But with connected tube rail support being installed in many greenhouses these days, it can become a quite complicated and time consuming task. For this reason, Dutch bell pepper grower Paul Kaashoek contacted TC van den.....

Finland: Year round production with just 5 hours of daylight

Currently, the sun doesn’t rise until around ten o'clock in the Finnish town of Närpes and at three o'clock in the afternoon it's dark again. So, year-round cultivation of tomatoes requires a lot of artificial light. Therefore the growers at Sven Sigg Ab have chosen for supplemental lighting with no less.....

CAN (NS): TruLeaf closes $8.5-million round of financing

TruLeaf, the indoor, multi-level farming company from Bible Hill, Nova Scotia has closed an $8.5-million equity-finance round. TruLeaf develops sustainable farming systems that can be built anywhere that enable fresh, nutrient-dense, pesticide-free produce to be grown locally all year round.Mike Durland,.....

Spain and Morocco serve Europan demand for greenhouse veg

While most of theDutch, German, Belgian, French and British growers are currently in the middle of preparing their greenhouses for next year's crop, Spanish and Moroccan producers and traders are again in the middle of their production season. The growers in Spain are currently receiving high prices for.....

UK: Gleadell announces partnership with Azotic

Gleadell Agriculture announces an agreement with Azotic Technologies to develop and market Natural Plant Nutrition (NPN4) nitrogen-fixing technology across the UK.NPN4 technology colonises all crops with naturally occurring nitrogen-fixing bacteria. These spread throughout the plant, enabling every cell to.....

Oppy and Hasegawa join forces in strawberry partnership

A historic partnership between The Oppenheimer Group and the Hasegawa family of Camarillo, Calif. ushers in a new era for the fresh produce marketer and distributor and the third-generation grower—and provides the trade with a fresh new year round strawberry option.“The joint venture creates a whole new.....

US (ME): Grow-Tech crowned South Portland business of the year

Grow-Tech, a designer and manufacturer of grow plugs and microgreen media for the global Controlled Environment Agriculture sector, was recently named Business of the Year by The City of South Portland's Economic Development Committee. Grow-Tech has been a member of the South Portland, Maine business.....

open call for food + ag startup applications

Rabobank and RocketSpace welcome global corporations to Terra

Rabobank and RocketSpace announced the addition of two new corporate collaborators to Terra, the Food + Ag Tech Accelerator, and the official opening of startup applications. Givaudan and Grupo Azucarero México will join Terra, alongside other progressive corporate leaders and the industry’s most disruptive.....

Monsanto shareholders urged to vote for Bayer deal

Monsanto announced that independent proxy advisory firms Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) and Glass, Lewis & Co., LLC (Glass Lewis) have both recommended that Monsanto shareowners vote “FOR” the proposal to adopt the Agreement and Plan of Merger providing for the acquisition of Monsanto by.....

Canada: Canopy Growth acquires Mettrum

Canopy Growth and Mettrum have entered into a definitive arrangement agreement pursuant to which Canopy Growth will acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Mettrum, creating a diversified cannabis company with six licensed facilities, and a licensed production footprint of approximately 665,000.....

Houweling’s settles patent infringement case with Little Leaf Farms

Houweling’s has settled its patent infringement lawsuit against Little Leaf Farms, LLC, of Devens, Massachusetts. In the lawsuit, Houweling’s alleged that Little Leaf infringed Houweling’s U.S. Patent No. 8,707,617, titled “Greenhouse and Forced Greenhouse Climate Control System and Method.” Little Leaf.....

UAE firm to set up tomato farm plant in Kenya

A United Arab Emirates-based food processing firm plans to provide special tomato seeds for proposed tomato paste plant in Kilifi County through a joint venture with a local firm.Delta Food Industries says it will start growing the tomatoes in March next year as part of its Sh1.63 billion ($16 million).....

Syngenta will not cut jobs in Spain

The centres that Syngenta has in Spain will not cut any jobs following the purchase of the company by ChemChina. This has been pointed out by the general manager of Syngenta in Europe, Alexandra Brand, who assured that the company will continue to grow in Spain in both its production plants and research.....

CropLogic makes first USA strategic acquisition

CropLogic, the predictive decision support system for growers based in Christchurch, New Zealand, has signed a binding terms sheet to acquire a North-West USA-based agronomy services company.Jamie Cairns, Chief Executive Officer of CropLogic, said: "Strategic acquisitions, in addition to existing organic.....

CAN: Nova Scotia MMJ project receives major investment

A medical marijuana grow facility planned for Truro has received some major investment to help advance the project.Evan Price, president of the Truro Herbal Company (THC) announced this week that it has received an investment of $1.2 million from four separate, private investors, one of whom is Chuck Rifici,.....

Bejo offers ‘fresh look at lettuce’ at Fruit Logistica

This year, Bejo welcomes lettuce as a new crop in its assortment. They will therefore enthusiastically be presenting a wide and strong assortment of lettuce varieties during Fruit Logistica. Interesting vegetable concepts will also be found at the stand again.LettuceSeed for Iceberg, Batavia, Butterhead,.....

Oppy culture honored among Canada’s Most Admired

Waterstone Human Capital, a leading retained executive search firm specializing in recruiting for fit and cultural talent management for entrepreneurial-minded, high-growth organizations across North America, has honored Oppy for cultivating one of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures in its 2016.....

Elektra Awards 2016

UK: Plessey wins LED Lighting Product of the Year

Plessey has won the prestigious Elektra Award for LED Lighting Product of the Year for its Attis-7 grow light. The fourteenth annual Elektra Awards took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Thursday 1st December celebrating excellence in design, innovation and technology from across the.....

Photo Report Growtech Eurasia 2016

PHOTO REPORT A total of 80 thousand visitors attended the Growtech Eurasia in Turkey last week. The event, which was organized in the recently expanded and renovated Antalya Expo Center, attracted visitors from more than 20 different countries. The international interest and traffic to the Growtech once again confirmed.....

Bioline sponsors Irish skipper Enda O’Coineen for the Vendée Globe

BiolineAgrosciences is a subsidiary of the Group InvVivo (the first agricultural cooperative group in France) specialised in the production and marketing of biosolutions. It seized the opportunity to become the sponsor of Enda O’Coineen, one of the thirty skippers participating in the Vendée Globe 2016.Last.....

Bayer supports public access to safety-relevant crop protection study reports

Bayer supports the principles established by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) concerning the extent to which authorities must ensure public access to crop protection product studies under the provision that confidential data is protected. The ECJ has set rules throughout Europe for authorities, the.....

Indoor Farms of America announces financing options for equipment

Indoor Farms of America announces the immediate availability of multiple sources of financing for the product line of Container Farms and fully scalable vertical aeroponic growing equipment."These financing options for our products opens doors to many folks who want the best equipment available for indoor.....

US: Senior policy staff member to take helm as Policy Director for NSAC

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) announced the appointment of Greg Fogel as the Coalition’s next Policy Director, effective January 3, 2017. Together with Jeremy Emmi, NSAC’s Managing Director since 2013, Fogel will help lead the organization into the future.Fogel, who currently serves.....

Biobest acquires Real IPM Kenya

Biobest and Real IPM Kenya have entered into an agreement with a view for Biobest to acquire Real IPM Kenya Ltd. Real IPM is active in biological control in East Africa. Its broad market presence ranges from the export driven flower market to the smallholder cereals farmer. Biobest, headquartered in Belgium.....

ChemChina setting up $5 billion fund to help finance Syngenta bid

ChemChina is setting up a fund that will aim to raise $5 billion to help finance its purchase of Swiss seeds group Syngenta, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Thomson Reuters publication Basis Point.The financing structure entails investors committing to the fund, which would in turn own.....
Frans Nugteren (15 September 1928 – 29 November, 2016)

Frans Nugteren, founder of Ridder Group, died aged 88

The farmer's son who only remained on the farm, because he didn't want to let his father down, used his farming experience to set up the business. One of his first projects was to develop a ditching machine, simply because he hated having to dig ditches manually. The ditching machine soon became a permanent.....

New collaborative aims for carbon-neutral agriculture

Addressing climate change and more specifically, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture – can only be achieved through collective effort. To highlight the role modern agriculture can play in mitigating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, Monsanto announced the formation and first meeting of the.....

December 7, Zwijndrecht

NL: Jiffy opens new substrate mixing facility

On Wednesday December 7th, Jiffy’s new 1Plant will be officially opened by Dagfinn Andersen, CEO of Jiffy International AS, parent company of Jiffy Products International BV. Many of Jiffy’s customers and business relations have been invited to participate in the festivities around the official opening.....

Dehumidification doesn't have to make you sweat

While some have learned to accept as facts of life the limitations and energy intensity of heating and ventilating as a means of managing humidity, an increasing number of growers are realizing the opportunities from the new wave of dehumidification control technologies. We spoke with Kurt Parbst.....