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UK: Russell IPM featured in BBC Interview

Pesticide resistance is a growing concern for the consumer, along with the uncertainty of the safety and quality of fresh fruit and vegetables. In addition, the global need for food security and food safety is also contributing to a heightened interest in all-natural, pesticide-free or biorational products.....

US: "Nature Fresh in discussions to build greenhouse facilities in Maine"

Acres of peppers could be growing in greenhouses adjacent to the Stored Solar biomass power plant in West Enfield next year if an agreement between the plant’s owners and one of the largest greenhouse pepper growers in North America comes to fruition.The greenhouses would use electricity, as well as heat and.....

US (MI): Producers establish Blueberry Research Education Program

The state's blueberry producers approved a referendum establishing a Michigan Blueberry Research & Education Program. A new Michigan Blueberry Commission (made up of seven Michigan blueberry producers appointed by Governor Snyder) will administer the program which will be funded by assessments on.....

US (AZ): Fogco acquired by private equity investment firm

Pinewell Capital, a private equity investment firm, announced they have completed the acquisition of Chandler, Arizona based Fogco Systems Inc. Fogco is a manufacturer of high pressure fog systems used in a variety of climate control applications for a worldwide customer base. Manufacturing and distribution.....

Dosatron adds three new team members

Dosatron International with corporate offices in Clearwater, Florida, has named Matthew Wellage as Regional Sales Manager.Matt brings to the Dosatron team six years of experience working for a manufacturer of chemical dispensing equipment. He also spent over eight years’ gaining experience in industrial.....

BrightFarms plans to build 160,000 sq. ft greenhouse in Ohio

BrightFarms will build a 160,000 square-foot greenhouse in Wilmington, Ohio, creating 30 permanent green collar jobs. Slated for completion in late 2017, it will provide 1,000,000 pounds of fresh salad greens, herbs and tomatoes per year for the surrounding region.Local produce year-round“A model for the.....

Horti China, November 22-24, Shanghai:

New exhibition platform to support Chinese food security

In November this year, the new horticultural trade show Horti China will be organized for the first time in Shanghai. The new event is the result of a cooperation between Horti Asia organizer VNU Exhibitions and the organizers of fresh produce shows MacFruit and Fruit Attraction. It will take place.....

US: Pineapple Express denies it's being sued

Pineapple Express responded to recent media reports referencing it had been sued, describing these reports as incorrect.Company executives did confirm that on October 12th, 2016, a company subsidiary’s rights under a purchase contract with United Pentecostal Church of Desert Hot Springs (UPCDHS) to purchase.....

Photo Report Horti Asia 2017

PHOTO REPORT Improved and more developed. These were the two much heard terms to express the current state of the Southeast Asian horticultural industry. But it was also the general impression of the quality of the 5th edition of the Horti Asia in Bangkok, Thailand last week. The event, which faced an uncertain future.....

relocatable hydroponic greenhouse :

Agra Tech participates in Helical Outpost Project 

Agra Tech is involved in the Helical Outpost® project, a sustainable, state-of-the-art, plug-and-play food, water, electricity and communication system that comes in a box and can be easily transported. It is intended to create global goodwill, reduce poverty and hunger and improve health for communities in.....

US (LA): Agritourism workshop teaches on-farm safety

Strawberries glistening in the sun await thousands of children who will visit Mrs. Heather’s Strawberry Farm in Albany this spring. In addition to strawberries, the you-pick farm has a picnic area, chickens, face painting, a jump pillow, swings and slides.Mrs. Heather’s is a popular destination for school.....

Large scale hydroponics at Agroto in Cameron Highlands:

Export market drives Malaysian growers to expand and automate

VIDEO Malaysia is home to a well established greenhouse industry that is undergoing a rapid transformation as a result of growing opportunities in nearby export markets. A good example of this is the large hydroponic farm operations of Agroto in the Cameron Highlands. With the help of advanced and efficient.....

Jos Duijvesteijn:

Netherlands: New technical director for Voshol

As of March 1, 2017 Jos Duijvesteijn has started as technical director at Voshol Warmte-Electrotechniek. Jos will manage the entire electrotechnical department and take over a number of tasks from Jan Voshol.Jos is no stranger to greenhouse horticulture. The last 12 years, Jos has worked as technical manager.....

Italy: Top Control keeps growing

Top Control, the company established by Michael Saltuari in Bolzano, specialising in automation solutions and food industry systems, has been growing quite a lot over the past few years. We visited the facility last week and, in addition to the founder and CEO, we talked to sales manager Johann Strozzega and.....

Syngenta expands digital agriculture capability

Digital agriculture — a term that’s used increasingly — means something different depending on which agricultural company or employee is asked. Some say it’s all about data. Others say it’s about precision agriculture. At Syngenta, digital agriculture means turning data into meaningful information that.....

"Tremendous opportunities in the legal cannabis industry"

MedMen, a cannabis management and investment firm based in Los Angeles, grew its workforce more than five-fold and greatly expanded its footprint in 2016 with new investments and operations across North America, the firm said in its annual report.Among the highlights was the addition of Bloomfield.....

White paper:

Shaping the way towards indoor agriculture policy

As indoor agriculture and vertical farming are such young industries, not many policies and ground rules are available when it comes down to developing new farms and projects in jurisdictions across the globe. This was the reason for Newbean Capital to partner with Upgrown Farming to author the “Developing.....

NL: Bayer to build new greenhouses in Nunhem this year

Bayer's Vegetable Seeds business unit is going to expand its branch with 2.5 hectares of greenhouses and 17,000 square metres of support facilities in Nunhem, the Netherlands. This marks the start of phase one of an expansion plan of 20 hectares in total. The company has submitted the request for the.....

Large Dutch geothermal project delayed

The realization of the large Dutch horticultural geothermal project Trias Westland has suffered a delay of almost half a year. Reason for this delay is the search for an appropriate party to realize the drilling as main contractor, but drilling companies still appear not to be equipped for such a role. It.....

US: Indoor farming startup Bowery raises $7.5 million

As pollution, extreme weather, and over-population threaten the viability of large, outdoor farms, a startup called Bowery Farming Inc. has raised $7.5 million in total venture funding to grow food indoors, even in the middle of a city. The startup’s high-tech approach uses robotics, LED lighting, computer.....

Climate Corporation CEO named Agribusiness Leader of the Year

The National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) named Mike Stern., Chief Executive Officer of The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto Company, as the 2017 Agribusiness Leader of the Year.This agriculture industry award recognizes outstanding leadership in private, public or academic service. It is.....

NL: Taks Handling Systems moves to larger location

Taks Handling Systems has grown considerably in recent years. It has become necessary for the company to move from their current location in Breda to considerably larger premises.The new location in Etten-Leur has internally been modernized and equipped with efficient production facilities. The outside area.....

USDA files action against Organic Avenue

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has filed an administrative action under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) against Organic Avenue LLC.The company, operating out of New York, allegedly failed to make full payment to four produce sellers in the amount of $249,272 from August 2015.....

FibreDust opened 2nd Anar Coir plant:

India: Production of coir pith expanded with new fiber mill

Indian coir manufacturer FibreDust has recently opened a new production plant. The new and first fiber mill for long fiber extraction will allow the company to self procure raw material for their processing purposes and increase their availability of coco coir pith 'byproduct' for the manufacturing of the.....

Holland gets its World Horti Center

The construction of the new WOW building was recently agreed upon and signed in a cooperation agreement between customer Onroerend Goed BV and executing parties Smiemans Projecten and Verkade Klimaat. And not just that: after quite some criticism, it was decided to change the name to the World Horti.....

Bret Shaw joins AgDNA management team

The rapid adoption of digital farm management services has resulted in the expansion of AgDNA’s sales team into the mid-west where the company’s sales growth is accelerating. Bret Shaw has been appointed as the National Sales Manager based in Des Moines, Iowa. In the newly created role Bret will use his.....

Raid finds 27 illegal workers on Queensland strawberry farm

Australian Border Force officers say they have caught 27 foreign nationals working illegally at a strawberry farm west of Brisbane.Officers from the ABF and Queensland Police raided the property near Stanthorpe early on Tuesday.The raid came after police pulled over a car carrying four of the farm's workers.....

Thai-Dutch cooperation award for East-West Seed

The Netherlands-Thailand Chamber of Commerce (NTCC) awarded East-West Seed as the Best Multinational Company of 2016 during an award ceremony on 24 February 2017 held at the Avani Riverside Hotel in Bangkok.The award was presented by His Excellency Paul Menkveld, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Thailand and.....

Bejo plans vegetable seedling centre in Vietnam

Bejo Zaden Group is planning to build a high-quality vegetable seedling production and research centre in the Red River Delta province of Ha Nam.Bejo Zaden Group had a meeting with authorities of the Ha Nam provinceDuring a working session with the local authorities in Ha Nam on February 14, Director for.....

Departing CEO Staffan Hillberg:

"Future looks bright for Heliospectra"

Heliospectra has presented its annual results for 2016. Staffan Hillberg, company CEO who departed 31 January 2017, comments:"Heliospectra continues to develop well. Turnover increased by 75% from 2015 to 2016 while there was an increase in marketing efforts and strategic product development continued. The.....
accurate response prevents extensive damage

Fire in climate room at Biobest Belgium

On Saturday evening, fire erupted in a climate room at the Biobest headquarters in Westerlo (Belgium). The fire was presumably caused by a defective switchboard. Biobest has staff on-call 24/7. Their fast and accurate response and the rapid intervention of the local fire brigade, prevented expansion of the.....

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.....

Warren Buffett reveals stake in Monsanto

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway on Tuesday disclosed it has taken a stake in Creve Coeur-based Monsanto Co., wagering the seed company's merger with Bayer AG will be completed.The conglomerate revealed in an SEC filing that it acquired over 8 million shares in the seed and agritech company during the.....

Netherlands: New premises for MJ-Tech

MJ-Tech is expanding. The supplier of high-pressure fog systems is relocating. "We see that the awareness of climate control continues to grow and the demand for spray systems with it."Now it still is a large, empty space where a lot of reconstruction is going on, but before summer there should be machine.....

US: Jeff Sessions urged to oppose agricultural mega-mergers

Nearly 325 farming, beekeeping, farmworker, religious, food safety, and conservation advocacy groups this week urged the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct a thorough investigation into the proposed mergers of the world’s largest agrochemical and seed companies. This letter comes on the heels of news from.....

UK Blueberry growers embrace smart thermic IR film

XL Horticulture's new Sunmaster Cool film has been nominated for a Grower of the Year Award in the Best New Product or Service category. The patented 7-layer diffused polyethylene tunnel cover is shortlisted for its IR-reflecting, high light transmittance and anti condensation characteristics. Les Lane of XL.....

CAN (ON): Syngenta to close Cottam distribution facility

Syngenta announced that it will close operations at its Cottam, Ontario, distribution facility, not later than May 31, 2017, and intends to sell and divest the site.According to George Sousa, Territory Supply Manager for Syngenta Canada, the company is committed to delivering the highest quality products and.....

Transplant shock can be minimized with better fit plant holes

Ellepot introduces a new driller machine to further enhance the use of the Ellepot system. The machine is designed to drill a perfect-fit transplanting hole in conventional pots, loose filled trays or other larger ellepots. By doing so, root damage is minimized and the plant experiences a reduced.....

Fortune names Monsanto one of the world’s most admired companies

Monsanto Company was named one of the 2017 World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune Magazine, attaining the rank of No. 2 within the company’s industry sector.“It’s an honor to receive this recognition for the fourth year in a row,” said Hugh Grant, Monsanto Chairman and CEO. “This ranking not only.....

Svensson introduces Luxous 1147 FR:

New screen brings extra light during cold, darker days

VIDEO Svensson introduces a new version of their Luxous energy saving climate screens that claims to allow 2 percent more light into a greenhouse without compromising on energy saving.According to Svensson, the new Luxous 1147 FR gives two percent more light without losing out on energy saving and humidity.....

New General Manager for East-West Seed Tanzania

Former General Manager of East-West Seed Tanzania, Mathé Bastiaansen recently handed over the reins of East-West Seed Tanzania to Coen Everts who will lead the company to further local growth. Coen Everts will lead East-West Seed in Tanzania, where the market is growing rapidly‘Mathé played a significant.....

Ferdi van Elswijk joins Koppert North America:

US: Koppert adds hydroponic veg crop team manager

As Koppert celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, it looks to the next 50 years of growth. With the recent addition of Ferdi van Elswijk, Koppert continues to strengthen its technical support to clients. Ferdi brings with him over a decade of experience inside greenhouses, to an already existing team of.....

US: FarmedHere asset sale slated for February 23

If you still dare to start your own vertical farm operation but you're still looking for a catchy brand name, Twitter and Facebook accounts with a couple of thousand followers, 168 growing beds and 3,500 growing trays, you might be interested in the public sale of the FarmedHere assets on February 23. The.....

Tanimura & Antle launches employee stock ownership plan

Salinas Valley grower-packer-shipper Tanimura & Antle today announced a new era in the company’s ownership with the launch of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), allowing employees to become partial owners of the company. Tanimura & Antle is one of the first grower-packer-shippers in U.S......

WaterPulse adds Tom Foley as VP National Sales

WaterPulse announces the addition of Tom Foley as its Vice President National Sales.“Tom’s more than two decades of horticulture experience and knowledge will serve our customers well,” says Jim Heffernan, CEO of WaterPulse. “He understands their needs and will help customers identify the best strategies for.....

Two Dutch growers start trial with vertical LED interlighting system

Vertical fixtures with two exposure modes: red blue and far red. This is how the staff of Lohuis Lighting sees new opportunities for LED lighting in horticulture. The first tests are conducted at Noordhuys Tomatoes and cucumber grower Jan Reijm in HollandIt actually looks quite bizarre. Between the.....

ENPAR gets $1,500,000 CAD order for water treatment system

Dr. Gene Shelp, President and CEO of ENPAR Technologies, announces that the company has received a purchase order from Chemsbro of Saudi Arabia for an ESD water treatment plant with an approximate value of CAD $1,500,000.Dr. Shelp commented, "ENPAR strives to be a global leader in the development of cost.....

Syngenta: ChemChina deal still on track for Q2 completion

Syngenta has got another request for information from U.S. anti-trust regulators reviewing a proposed $43 billion takeover by ChemChina, but still sees the deal being completed in the second quarter, it said on Tuesday.Source: Reuters

US (LA): Monsanto breaks ground on $975 million expansion

This month, Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson, Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture & Forestry Mike Strain and Monsanto Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer Kerry Preete joined other state, local and company officials in a groundbreaking celebration at Monsanto’s Luling.....

DuPont settles for $670.7 million over water contamination

Douglas & London, P.C. has announced a $670.7 million settlement in principle to address approximately 3,500 claims against DuPont and Chemours for injuries sustained by the chemical giant's contamination of the water supply near their Parkersburg, West Virginia plant with perfluorooctanoic acid, also.....

Wish Farms donates 1,000+ pounds of strawberries for Valentine's Day

Wish Farms, grower-shipper and year-round supplier of strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries donated more than four thousand pounds of strawberries to Feeding Tampa Bay just in time for Valentine’s Day.“We are always happy when we can arrange a donation to Feeding Tampa Bay,” said Gary.....

Huge expansion for Dutch bell pepper grower

A Dutch bell pepper nursery has bought a lot of 54 hectares in the Glasparel Zuidplaspolder area. The company currently cultivates on 30 hectares, and will start planting the new plot in stages. Construction will start this spring.Patrick and Peter van den Bosch, owners of Royal Peppers, are currently.....

Horconex presents cheque to De Zaaier Foundation

On Wednesday, February 8th this year Aad van Reeuwijk, on behalf of Horconex,proudly presented a cheque for € 7,100.00 to Aad Verduijn of De Zaaier Foundation.This amount is the great result of all donations that Horconex received from business relations during their 30th anniversary jubilee celebration.....

No more algae on your water storage with this new Genap roof

"Algae growth, evaporation and pollution in water storage," Bass Fortuin of Genap sums it all up. "You would want to protect your water against these matters." For this reason the company introduced a new free-standing roof for water silos.In the past year several of these roofs, both waterproof and.....

GlobalGAP presents updated statistics for 2016

In 2016, one major challenge was the date on which the new GlobalGAP Standard Version 5 became mandatory. Nevertheless, the global number of fruit and vegetable growers under GlobalGAP Certification increased by 9.5 % to 168,060.The number of growers adopting GRASP (GlobalGAP Risk Assessment for Social.....

US: McFarlane Manufacturing celebrates 100 years

McFarlane Mfg. Co. is kicking off the celebration of their 100 Year Anniversary this week at the 2017 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, KY. The company has a series of events planned over the next several months to not just mark the occasion but also to thank their customers, partners and team.....

Mondi group acquires packaging firm Excelsior

Mondi Group has announced that it will be expanding its consumer packaging portfolio by acquiring UK company Excelsior for USD $41.2m.Excelsior is a vertically-integrated producer of flexible packaging solutions, mainly for food applications. Its product portfolio includes pouches, roll stock and lidding.....

Netherlands: Turning cracked Honey tomatoes into ketchup

At the Fruit Logistica, Looye Kwekers presented its Honey tomato ketchup. The ketchup is made from cracked Honey tomatoes (Gautier's Piccolo variety), which would be thrown out otherwise. Besides, because of its natural method of preparation, the ketchup does not contain flavour enhancers or E number.....

Acadian Plant Health hires Director of Product Life Cycle Management

Acadian Plant Health recently announced that Shane Hand had been hired to fill a newly-formed position within the organization. The new position, Director of Product Life Cycle Management, was created to help APH establish long-term and sustainable product strategies that will lay the foundation for the.....

Fruit Logistica Innovation Award

Natupol Excel Beevision grabs bronze

Dutch biocontrol company Koppert Biological Systems, has been awarded third place in the international Fruit Logistica Innovation Award for its ‘beevision’ innovation.More than 70,000 trade visitors from 130 countries had the opportunity to cast their votes for the most ‘outstanding innovation’ during the.....

Sierra Biological relocates to Buffalo Niagara

Sierra Biological is an early-stage agri-business company that manufactures microscopic nematodes and other biological organisms used by the commercial greenhouse industry and other agricultural applications. Sierra’s products offer growers an alternative to using traditional crop protection in their growing.....