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Photo report: A visit to Beekenkamp's latest greenhouse

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

Richel Group obtains ISO 9001 certification

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

Netherlands: Verkade drives first piles for new building

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

US: Emily Fuerst named R&D director for Kemin

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

US: AgTech acquires control of True Colors International

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

UK: Hydroponic internships available in South Wales

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

Marapharm announces appointment of President of Operations

The Marapharm Board of Directors has appointed Brian Lovig as Interim-President while the company expands its operations and prepares to scale production in Nevada.Brian Lovig is a businessman with vast entrepreneurial experience who has been involved in the establishment of multiple businesses in multiple.....

US: FLM+ and Harvest PR & Marketing join forces as FLM Harvest

FLM+ and Harvest PR & Marketing announced they will join forces, merging complementary competencies, cultures and client portfolios across the farm, food, environmental sciences and lifestyle spectrum. Together, the companies will rebrand as FLM Harvest. Combined, the new organization will have more than.....

Donato Lucia joins Valoya in The Netherlands

Since the beginning of 2017 Valoya has grown to include 4 more employees including the most recent addition, Mr. Donato Lucia as Account Manager based in the Netherlands. Having been in the LED grow lights market for 9 years now, Valoya has sold in 46 countries and has a global distribution network that.....

JD.com starts greenhouse venture with Mitsubishi Chemical

Chinese e-commerce heavyweight Jingdong Group and Japan's Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings have joined forces to grow vegetables in high-tech hothouses for fresh deliveries to consumers in China.Jingdong, best known for JD.com, will start a vegetable factory in the Tongzhou district of Beijing under a.....

Yara explores collaboration with University of California, Merced

Nearly one year ago, Yara North America announced its Almond Scholarship Initiative in California. Since then the participating school – University of California, Merced – and the 2016-2017 scholarship recipients have been identified. Gary Vogen, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, and Brian Kenyon, Vice.....

BASF, Syngenta are among bidders for Bayer-Monsanto assets

BASF and Syngenta are among companies that have submitted preliminary bids for assets that Bayer AG plans to sell in order to get regulatory approval for its $66 billion takeover of seeds giant Monsanto, according to people familiar with the matter.The two companies have expressed preliminary interest in.....

CPVO appoints new Vice President

Following an open competition, the Council of the EU decided on 6 June 2017, on the basis of a proposal from the European Commission drawn up after obtaining the opinion of the Administration Council of the CPVO, to appoint Mr. Francesco Mattina, as Vice-President of the CPVO for a period of five years. His.....

Australia: Costa Group looking to sell hort farms worth $300m

The Costa family in Australia is testing the market to sell properties leased to its berry and avocado business Costa Group, which is among the share market's best agribusiness performers in the past year.Sources said Costa Asset Management – chaired by Robert Costa, who co-founded Costa Group with his.....

Chris Carey joins Harvest in operations leadership role

Harvest Power announced that Christopher Carey is joining its senior leadership team as Senior Vice President, Operations, providing results-driven leadership for the company’s growth.“Chris has a track record of building high performance teams while executing on growth and profit improvement strategies,”.....

Grow-Tech joins the Dümmen Orange family

Grow-Tech, developer and manufacturer of grow plugs and microgreen growing media, is joining the family of businesses of Dümmen Orange. This step reflects the growing importance of scale in the plug business and the opportunity to serve the consolidating young plant growers around the world with innovative.....

CAP fraud results in bankruptcy for FresQ

FresQ, one of Holland's largest growers cooperatives, has been declared bankrupt. This bankruptcy was requested by their own board, after a court case ruled that FresQ must pay back millions of euros of received CAP-subsidies.Last year, the Dutch Government also requested a bankruptcy for FresQ. "FresQ's.....

India: New commissioner for horticulture

India has appointed Dr. B.N.S Murthy as the new Indian commissioner for horticulture, his main objective is to double the average income of Indian farmers."I would like to work for the farming community. A couple of our objectives are to attract a new generation for Indian agriculture, which is set to be.....

African entrepreneurs visited Hazera

About 25 entrepreneurs from around Africa: Cameroon, Tanzania, Chad, Nigeria, Niger, Mali, Kenya and Madagascar, who came to learn from the Israeli expertise and knowledge in agriculture, visited Hazera. The visitors met with the company's Commercial Director in Africa, Mr. Jawdat Badawieh, who showcased.....

US (PA): Rodale Institute names Jeff Tkach chief growth officer

Rodale Institute announced that Jeff Tkach has been named chief growth officer, effective July 1. In this newly created role, Tkach will lead a comprehensive development program that includes marketing and communications in addition to fundraising initiatives. He will report to Executive Director Jeff.....

ChemChina announces definitive results of tender offers for Syngenta

China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina) announced the definitive end results for ChemChina’s offer to acquire Syngenta, according to which around 94.7 percent of shares have been tendered.Settlement for shares tendered after the expiration of the Main Offer Period will take place on June 7,.....

Illumitex raises $4 million to accelerate digital horticulture

Illumitex has received $4 million in equity funding from WP Global Partners and NEA to accelerate the development and deployment of its digital horticulture system.“Digital horticulture” is a term adopted by Illumitex CEO Jeff Bisberg to communicate the new capabilities of Illumitex’s products that go beyond.....

Growing opportunities for turnkey projects in Eastern Europe

New greenhouses are delivered increasingly as part of a turnkey project. The main contractor accepts the assignment and delivers a complete greenhouse that is completely ready for growing, including growing supplies. At KG Greenhouses, this is what they are all about. Bernardo Greeve, together with his.....

US: Chris Glynn joins Tanimura & Antle as Director of Organics

Tanimura & Antle has hired Chris Glynn as Director of Organics, as the company continues to build its team with leading organic veterans and lay the groundwork for a rollout of organic products. From 2005 until he joined Tanimura & Antle, Glynn was at Earthbound Farm, most recently as Vice President.....

Bom Group celebrates 40th anniversary of COO Rob Grootscholten

Starting his first working day on the first of June 1977, Rob Grootscholten could not have imagined all the changes that have happened since then in the whole world as well as within the greenhouse industry.When the company started as “P.L.J. Bom Kassenbouw B.V.”, it was focused on the local market.....

Biobest acquires equity stake in Borregaard Bioplant:

Biobest spreads wings in Scandinavia

Borregaard Bioplant ApS and Biobest NV announced the closing of a transaction under which Biobest acquires an equity stake in Borregaard Bioplant and its Swedish subsidiary Biobasiq Sverige AB.Steen Borregaard, the company’s founder, remains at the helm of the company. Steen emphasizes that the agreement is.....

BioSafe Systems expands with new hires

BioSafe Systems announces the strategic hires of Carleton Birk for the role of Operations Manager, and Tenaya Becker, Ester Mastronardi, Patrick Clark, and Kyle Pickles for the roles of Technical Sales Representatives in their respective geographic regions throughout USA and Canada.Carleton Birk is based at.....

Pegasus Agriculture expands farms in Abu Dhabi

Pegasus Agriculture group, owners and operators of hydroponic farming facilities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), has announced the expansion of their farms in Abu Dhabi.With its dry desert climate, Pegasus Agriculture identified the need to provide sustainable solutions to local food production.....

Kartlos Farms shares spring with villagers:

Nigerians invests in greenhouses and local communities

Nigeria is know for its large open field processing tomato industry, which has been in the news due to the devastating Tuta Absoluta plagues. As a result of this, more companies and local entrepreneurs like Kartlos Farms are exploring opportunities in greenhouse farming.Located at the Akufo Farm Settlement.....

Dutch entrepreneur receives award for aquaponics technology

Blue Acres is a company that designs and produces systems that combine fish farming with vegetable cultivation, also known as aquaponics. Blue Acres is professionalizing the aquaponics industry in the Netherlands and is an inspiring example for smart product combinations in Brabant. For this, entrepreneur.....

Netherlands: Agrolux expanding into brand new warhouse and office

In early March, Agrolux moved to a new location in De Lier. They Dutch light supplier is now located in a brand new building. This was necessary as they outgrew the premises at the previous location.Jacques Enthoven is the technical mind behind the construction: "The last step we are going to take is the.....

Hydroponic high wire melons taking off globally

Following the global hydroponic trends, cultivation of melons and cantaloupes in soilless culture is a new trend that is showing promising results in many parts of the world. Though you might think that the size of melons would make them hard to grow hydroponically, they grow quite well in coir substrate.....

NatureFresh partners with school board to create NatureFresh Field

A major gap in sports facilities at the new Leamington District Secondary School (LDSS) that is due to open in September has prompted local greenhouse grower NatureFresh Farms to come forward in a major way. NatureFresh along with the Greater Essex County District School Board (GECDSB), and South Essex.....

2.8 hectare expansion for Van Duijn:

Dutch eggplant grower invests in new acreage to counter competition from Spain

Last year, the eggplant acreage in the Netherlands shrank slightly, resulting in some space in the eggplant market. The Dutch van Duijn brothers have space for expansion. Currently, their greenhouse in Oosterland is being expanded with 2.8 hectares. "It will be a modern greenhouse that meets all the latest.....

Bank of China main backer

ChemChina raises $20 billion for Syngenta deal

ChemChina has raised $20 billion mainly in perpetual bonds to finance its purchase of Swiss seeds firm Syngenta (SYNN.S), with Bank of China becoming the single largest investor providing half of that funding, according to a regulatory filing.State-owned ChemChina, which took on short-term loans for the $44.....

Pelemix opens Chinese branch office and warehouse

Chinese indoor growers are facing serious challenges of low yields and poor quality due to lack of proper crop rotation management. According to Pelemix, the introduction of soilless hydroponic technology in general, and the use of coco coir in particular, is the only way to turn around this challenging.....

Acadian Plant Health launches in India

Acadian Plant Health, a division of Acadian Seaplants Limited, announces new partnerships and the launch of its biostimulants and Acadian BioSwitch technology in the Indian market.APH will be launching a fruit and vegetable biostimulant, Stimplex and broad acre crop biostimulants, AscoMax and Toggle. These.....

Top Seeds International formed after takeover by Mitsui

Top Seeds 2010 has been acquired by Mitsui & Co., Ltd. effective 1st May 2017. As of this date, Top Seeds 2010 is officially conducting its business as Top Seeds International.Top Seeds began its activities in 2003 as a dynamic seed company that specializes in research, production and marketing of.....

Biolchim enters the Azerbaijani market

In May, Biolchim entered the Azerbaijani market with its specialty fertilizers Fylloton, Bioalga, Phosfik PK and the unique formulation of meso-elements Nitrocam. Products were presented at CaspianAgro, the biggest exhibition in the Caspian region dedicated to new trends and technologies in the agricultural.....

Beijing Oriental Technologies becomes Philips Lighting partner

Philips Lighting signed a partnership agreement with Beijing Oriental Technologies on 11 May 2017 at the 19th Hortiflorexpo IPM show in Shanghai, China. The partners will cooperate closely on projects in the greenhouse segment. The partnership agreement was signed by Wu Shao Juan, vice general manager of.....

Netherlands: Modular packing hall system for new 44ha Schenkeveld expansion

Dutch tomato grower Kwekerij Schenkeveld is building a new expansion with an area of 44 ha of greenhouses in Rijsenhout. The construction of the project takes place in phases, which has started with the construction of the first 11 ha and the packaging hall. The second phase will follow subsequently. The.....

De Gier Drive Systems to double production capacity

The demand for the products of De Gier Drive Systems is increasing globally. Growth is now this high that the company has decided to double its production facilities in Holland.The machine park will be expanded and the production lines will be optimized. This month the first pile was driven into the ground.....

US (CA): RedLine Solutions provides physics supplies to local school

Recently, @redlineproduce donated $7500 to the Santa Clara High School science department. RedLine Solutions’ CEO @toddbaggett feels it is important to give back to the community and has supported many good causes over the years. Todd also recently gave his time to present job options to students, during the.....

Netherlands: Millions paid out in suspected CAP subsidies fraud

An investigation into a possible CAP subsidies fraud carried out by the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) caused an uproar on Thursday. Four commercial buildings and a private home were searched and property and bank assets were seized.According to the NVWA, these searches were.....

Pegasus opens larger office in Singapore

Pegasus Agriculture Group has announced their opening of a permanent office in Singapore. The company has already been operating from its smaller branch office and the new larger office in Singapore will accommodate their rapidly growing team along with providing facilities for further growth and expansion.....

Norway: Water enters Svalbard Global Seed Vault access tunnel

After nine years of operation, Svalbard Global Seed Vault is facing technical improvements in connection with water intrusion in the outer part of the access tunnel because the permafrost has not established itself as projected.Operation of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a collaboration between several.....

Mucci Farms gears up for growth with new private equity partnership

Mucci Farms has announced a partnership with NOVACAP, one of Canada’s leading private equity firms. “We are very excited to be partnering with NOVACAP who, with its resources and expertise, will provide invaluable support to our company as we enter this next phase of growth", said Bert Mucci, President of.....

US vertical farm technology destined for export to Dubai and Botswana

Indoor Farms of America announces that sales through the first four months of 2017 have exceeded the entire year of 2016, when the company first sold its vertical aeroponic indoor farming equipment.According to company CEO David Martin, "During 2016, our first year selling our equipment, we enjoyed what we.....

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition:

"Proposed reorganization of USDA trades away rural development"

On Thursday, May 11, US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue announced a major reorganization of the Department; the first time the Department has undergone a significant reshuffling since 1994. The reorganization has been framed as a move toward more efficiency, effectiveness, and.....

US (MI): Vestaron wins small business of the year award

Vestaron has won the SmartZone Small Business of the Year award from the State of Michigan. The State is divided into 20 Smart Zones, and a representative from each was vying for the title. Vestaron was presented with the award at a gala in Lansing with several hundred attendees on May 4, 2017.CEO of.....

US: J&J Family of Farms partners with Little River Produce

J&J Family of Farms is pleased to announce a new partnership with Little River Produce. The strategic alliance will allow J&J Family of Farms to continue working with recognized and dedicated farmers to facilitate their expanded distribution across North America. Little River Produce is located in.....

US (IL): Syngenta opens Digital Innovation Lab

Syngenta welcomed visitors to its new Digital Innovation Lab at the University of Illinois Research Park during a grand opening event and forum. Faculty members, students, industry leaders, government officials, Syngenta customers and company leaders toured the lab and exchanged insights regarding the future.....

France: Florette celebrates 30 years of salads in sachets

Florette were the first to launch salad packaged in sachets 30 years ago in 1987. To celebrate their 30 year anniversary, they have launched an important marketing campaign. One of the main parts of their campaign will be an in-store advertising display shaped like a tractor. The brand will show off a range.....

Ireland: Hydroponic garden signs deal with restaurant group

Ireland’s first commercial hydroponic garden, Green Space, has created a commercial partnership worth €150,000 with The Market Lane Collection, one of Cork’s biggest restaurant groups.Green Space is located in Cork’s inner city, within 2.5 miles of the Group’s four restaurants – Market Lane, Orso, Castle.....

Kees Van Zelderen re-elected by Copa & Cogeca Working Party on Organic Production

Newly re-elected Chairman of Copa and Cogecas’ Working Party on Organic Production Kees Van Zelderen outlined his priorities for the next two years in Brussels, highlighting the need for a good deal at the end of May on the EU Organic Farming Review.Speaking after his re-election, Kees Van Zelderen said “In.....

Pegasus Food Futures finalizes plans for Abu Dhabi facility

Pegasus Food Futures, which launched just last month, are now announcing the finalisation of their Abu Dhabi facility.The organisation is aimed at providing solutions to global food supply challenges through operations and innovations in livestock, feed stock and food production.Plans for their new facility.....

Damian Solomon, MedMen at Indoor Ag-Con:

Success of 'cana-business' relies on efficient commercial greenhouse technology

With two out of three Americans living in a state where there is some form of access to medical or recreational marijuana, commercial cultivation of cannabis has seen a huge increase over the last couple of years. But how efficient are current cultivation technologies of a former black market industry.....

Beekenkamp breaks ground for second phase of new Dutch propagation facility

Just over a year ago, after the first foundation, the second phase of Beekenkamp Plants' new propagation facility has started in ‘s-Gravenzande.Next to the 6 hectare of modern, new greenhouses, which are already shining in the sun, Beekenkamp is building the next 3 hectare. These greenhouses will be utilized.....

PlantPaper goes to China

PlantPaper announces a large cooperation with OBOYA in the Chinese market. With this cooperation, PlantPaper will be very well grounded in China, one of the largest markets worldwide.The first step for PlantPaper was to participate at the IPM Shanghai together with OBOYA group. Soon there will be a local.....

Syngenta appoints leaders for North American seeds business

Syngenta announces two strategic leadership appointments for its North American seeds business. Both appointments are effective in the first week of June.David Hollinrake is named President, Syngenta Seeds, and North America Region Director. In this role, David will strengthen Syngenta’s North American seeds.....

Interruption to Serres Toundra’s cucumber production

The Serres Toundra, which currently has about 160 employees, have stopped producing Lebanese cucumbers for an extended period due to a lack of manual labour.Eric Dubé, President of Serres Toundra, says that they always have to stop production for a while to clean the greenhouses. The same will soon occur for.....

ChemChina completes first payment in Syngenta takeover

ChemChina announced the successful completion of the First Settlement of ChemChina’s tender offers for Syngenta. Shareholders who tendered their shares by May 4, 2017 received the consideration of US$465 per share, and holders of American Depositary Shares ("ADSs") who tendered their ADSs received US$93 per.....

Doug Kling, Village Farms:

“The state of our industry is evolving”

“We primarily grow tomatoes,” Doug Kling, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer with Village Farms International told FreshPlaza during a recent interview at Viva Fresh in Austin, TX. The company owns 130 acres of high-tech greenhouses located in Marfa, TX and 110 acres in BC, Canada. In.....

Huge demand for coir causes production problems:

Belgium: Concerns about misuse of young coir materials

In Western-Europe, concerns have been addressed about the use of coco substrates in strawberry crops. According to sources, some growers in Belgium in particular suffered from insufficient fruit quality, probably as a result of the combination of extreme weather conditions and fast crop growth in.....

US: Farm Bureau urges support for bills leveling sales tax

House and Senate legislation to promote fair competition between local and Main Street retailers and Internet-only sellers has the backing of the American Farm Bureau Federation. The Remote Transactions Parity Act of 2017 (H.R. 2193) and the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2017 ( S. 976) would allow states to.....

Canada: Consistent gross margins for Bevo

Despite lower sales caused by weather related factors, Canadian greenhouse grower and young plant propagator Bevo Agro Inc. has been able to maintain consistent gross margins in their third quarter.Bevo reports that record snow and below seasonable temperatures from December to March (almost two degrees.....

Ridder Drive Systems opens new warehouse, expands production

As a result of a strong growth in sales, Ridder Drive Systems has expanded its Dutch production facility with 2000 square metres. The company has also recruited a large number of new staff. These changes should allow Ridder to continue its growth momentum until 2021. As a result of the expansion, the layout.....

Dow and DuPont receive conditional approval for merger in Brazil

DuPont and The Dow Chemical Company announced that Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE) has granted conditional regulatory approval of their proposed merger of equals.CADE’s approval of the merger is subject to the implementation of remedies that maintain the strategic logic and value.....

Israel: Field-to-Fork organic rosemary solutions

In order to create a sustainable supply chain for organic rosemary ingredients, Frutarom Food Protection Business Unit has expanded its organic oxidation management solutions line with an organic rosemary extract designed to prevent oxidation and increase shelf-life of food products. This natural.....

Canada: Aphria triples production capacity

Aphria has received a license amendment from Health Canada that provides the company with additional production space of 57,000 square feet, as part of its Part II expansion at its facility in Leamington, Ontario. This will more than triple Aphria’s production capacity of medical cannabis from 2,600 kgs.....

Board of Directors announced for DowDuPont

DuPont and The Dow Chemical Company announced the members of the Board of Directors for the proposed merger of equals transaction of the two companies.As determined by the merger agreement, the DowDuPont Board will consist of 16 directors – eight current Dow directors and eight current DuPont directors, as.....

Malaysian startup aims to revolutionise urban farming

FOLO Farms is the Malaysian finalist in the Chivas Venture, and its founders have a dream — to transform urban farming by creating a movement that will see communities grow their own organic vegetables.The social start-up was set up two years ago when six families came together with a mission to grow.....

US: Hartung Brothers to acquire Syngenta operations in Hawaii

Syngenta and Hartung Brothers announce they have entered into a purchase agreement under which Hartung will acquire existing Syngenta operations in Hawaii on Oahu and Kauai. All employees will be offered employment by Hartung when the acquisition closes, which is expected to occur in the second quarter this.....

CAN (QC): Berger acquires Tourbière H. Théberge

Berger announces the acquisition of Tourbière Henri Théberge & Associés Inc., a peat producer near Berger’s harvesting site in Saint-Modeste, Québec. This alliance will take effect on May 31st. This is Berger’s second acquisition in 2017.Berger has been growing steadily over the past few years and this.....

US: David Friedman to lead Lighting Science horticulture division

Lighting Science announces the appointment of David Friedman as President of VividGro, the horticultural division of Lighting Science Group Corporation. Friedman is no stranger to the cannabis industry. An industry veteran and experienced venture capitalist, he founded Panther Funds in 2014, which has.....

Photo Report: More international visitors at Macfrut, Italy

PHOTO REPORT The 34th edition of the Italian fresh produce trade event Macfrut was held last week in Rimini for the third time. The fair was larger than last year, and grew from 43,000 to 50,000 square metre, with the number of visitors growing from 38,000 to 39,000. According to the organisation, the fair was more.....

Osram acquires stake in plantCube developer Agrilution

Osram has acquired a stake in Munich-based start-up Agrilution. The lighting group holds a strategic minority interest in the company via its venture capital arm Fluxunit. The start-up has developed a smart indoor growing box, the plantCube, that serves as a salad, vegetable and herb garden for the home......

UK: IGS completes ground works for indoor farm

Intelligent Growth Solutions has recently completed the ground works for its vertical growth facility at the James Hutton Institute near Dundee and is looking forward to commencing the superstructure build.BHC Limited, a specialist steel construction company, will be on site later this month to erect the.....