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China: Zhongnong Futong appoints Sjaak van der Tak as consultant

On March 12, General Manager of Zhongnong Futong, Mr. Zhang Tianzhu, met former mayor of Westland, Mr. Sjaak van der Tak. He appreciated what Futong did in the past years. He also mentioned that facility agriculture has a wide market in China, as the chairman of LTO Glaskracht Nederland, he will provide all.....

Australian grower recognized for efforts in China

Costa Group has been announced as a finalist in the prestigious 25th Annual AustCham Westpac Australia-China Business Awards.Nominated for the Business Excellence Award for Agriculture, Food & Beverage, Costa has been recognised for its operations in China with its focus on the development of large scale.....

LightShine Cleaning:

"The season for reflector cleaning is here"

Energy-efficiency and improving light output are important topics in horticulture. Growers are constantly looking for improvements, but sometimes forget that a lot of gain can be had with simple measures. For example, cleaning growing lamps and reflectors on a regular basis. At Lightshine, a well-known.....

Syngenta strengthens vegetable seed business in sweet corn

Late last week, Syngenta announced the acquisition of Abbott & Cobb, a U.S. owned independent breeder, producer, and marketer of vegetable seeds. Abbott & Cobb has been in the vegetable seeds business in the United States since 1917. They have since grown to supply growers, distributors, retailers,.....

US: GreenGro Technologies acquires Biodynamics Hydroponics

GreenGro Technologies has completed its acquisition of an 80% majority interest in Biodynamics, an Akron, Ohio-based company in controlled environmental agriculture (CEA), renewable energy and consumer hydroponics.GreenGro Technologies also provided an update on a number of previously announced projects,.....

ScottsMiracle-Gro to acquire Sunlight Supply

Scotts Miracle-Gro has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Sunlight Supply, in a transaction that will greatly enhance the ability of SMG’s wholly-owned subsidiary, The Hawthorne Gardening Company, to meet the needs of the rapidly evolving hydroponic products marketplace.The.....

New BrightFarms greenhouse to supply Ohio consumers from July 2018

Consumers in Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus will soon have access to year-round locally grown produce as BrightFarms gears up for the opening of its Wilmington, Ohio greenhouse in July.BrightFarms has emerged as a supplier of pesticide and herbicide free locally grown greens with farms in the Chicago,.....

US: HRI opens grant submission process for 2019

The Horticultural Research Institute, the AmericanHort foundation, is actively seeking research proposals for projects that will produce new knowledge and lead to applied advice for the green industry. Researchers are encouraged to submit proposals for research in the areas of horticultural marketing and.....

Spain: Sakata inaugurates new research centre in Almeria

On 6 April, Sakata inaugurated its new seed research, development and production centre in the municipality of La Puebla de Vícar, in Almeria. The event was chaired by Hiroshi Sakata, President of the Sakata Seed Corporation, and was attended by Alain Sicard, President of Sakata Vegetables Europe, and Javier.....

Priva appoints Bram Koppert as General Manager Asia

On 16 April 2018, Priva announced the appointment of Bram Koppert as General Manager Asia. In Bram’s previous role as Manager Asia Pacific at Koppert Biological Systems, he was responsible for the management of the Asia sales and development teams.Bram Koppert about his choice to accept the position: “It’s.....

Australian government funds 12 ha strawberry greenhouse

The Australian Government has provided $3 million towards the glasshouse to be built by Mecrus Group, which trades as Gippsland Strawberries and Berry Sensation.The glasshouse would be six times the size of the MCG.It will cost $37 million, and will be capable of producing more than 2,000 tonnes of.....

US: American Coolair adds sales representative

Bryan Rast II has joined American Coolair as a sales representative in the Farm Sales Division.Rast works with American Coolair customers in greenhouse, poultry and dairy industries.A 2016 cum laude graduate from the University of Florida, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Food and Resources Economics with a.....

Kenya: BASIS crop protection class still open for enrolment

BASIS is a benchmark professional course suitable for practising agronomists and is an industry standard that exposes learners to the global perspective in horticulture production, best practice in crop protection that concern safety of operators, consumers and the environment. It also keeps pace with.....

US: Plant-Prod hires Karen Cords as sales manager

Karen Cords has joined the Plant-Prod team as their new US Technical Sales Manager. Karen has over 20 years of experience in the industry, working with a range of products and crops. She earned a Ph.D. from Michigan State University, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, and an MBA from American.....

The cocktail tomato with all the right traits

The cocktail tomato has gained a firm foothold in the tomato category in numerous markets over the years. Consumers rely on this tasty truss tomato with an excellent price-quality ratio as the ‘best deal’ for all types of salads. Rijk Zwaan has secured a good position in the cocktail segment thanks to Brioso.....

NL: Hands-on mentality at Bom Group suits John Meijer well

John Meijer has been working at Bom Group for less than a year. In mid-2017, there was a vacancy for a Commercial Manager at a greenhouse construction company in greenhouse horticulture. This function also included joining the Management Team within Bom. John already worked for a greenhouse construction.....

"we're not counting hectares"

Netherlands: Merger creates another 100 ha nursery

On March 19th 2018, the news reported that Nursery De Kabel and Schenkeveld Tomaten are merging per January 2019. Both companies make an important step towards scaling up, a development encouraged by growers association Prominent with their Prominent 2.0 program. Richard Hartensveld, tomato grower and,.....

Photo report: a hat-trick in Tunisia

Building greenhouses in the Tunisian desert can be quite a challenge. The temperatures rise during the day but in the nighttime it's really cold. Combined with the dust and the distances to projects, it's not an easy topic at all. On the other hand, for growing this climate is ideal. That's why over the last.....

UK: Martin McPherson steps down at Stockbridge Technology Centre

After over 17 years at STC, Dr Martin McPherson has announced that he will step down from his role at Stockbridge Technology Centre in early April.Martin has been a key player in helping STC establish itself as a grower focused centre for the interpretation and transfer of science & technology.Initially.....

Logo Plantise revealed

Plant nursery Leo Ammerlaan celebrates 50th anniversary

Dutch plant nursery Leo Ammerlaan celebrated its 50-year anniversary last week in great fashion. During the celebration, the new Plantise logo has also been presented. Under this logo the company, formed after the merger of three well-known Dutch nurseries, will enter the market.PlantiseThe merger plans of.....

Levarht visits ChildsLife greenhouses in Kenya

International non-profit organisation ChildsLife has been cooperating with Levarht from De Kwakel since recently. As part of their sponsor policy, which promotes healthy food and a healthy lifestyle for children, Levarht shares their expertise in greenhouse growing with ChildsLife.Paul Zantman in.....

The inside of this tomato looks like a strawberry

Posted on Reddit yesterday. What more is there to say?

US: Matt Bouwkamp, CCA, joins Seedway vegetable sales team

Matt Bouwkamp, a Certified Crop Advisor, has accepted the position of Seedway Vegetable Seed Sales Representative for the Michigan and Northern Indiana territory.Growing up in Western Michigan on his family vegetable farm, Matt is no stranger to understanding what vegetable farmers want and need from start.....

Video: Kazakh delegation visits Ultra Clima greenhouse

VIDEO A group of Kazakh agrarians recently visited the Netherlands. The delegation visited the Ultra Clima greenhouse in Dinteloord as well. A video of the visit appeared on the Kazakh television last week. According to the Kazakh participants, the country has great potential. "Kazakhstan occupies a good strategic.....

Illumitex expands regional sales team

Illumitex has added two team members to the sales staff. The addition of these team members brings years of lighting and CEA operations experience.“Our growth has exceeded expectations and is allowing us to accelerate our hiring plans. Brad and Rick add years of valuable experience to build our business and.....

Monsanto and Pairwise collaborate to accelerate gene editing innovation

Monsanto and Pairwise, an agricultural startup, have announced a collaboration to advance agriculture research and development by leveraging gene-editing technology. Under the agreement, Pairwise will work in corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton and canola crops exclusively with Monsanto.Under the companies’.....

Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers respond to greenhouse grower convictions

Recently, HortiDaily's newsletter contained anews article on AMCO Produce who were fined $210,000 this past Monday for passing off Mexican-grown vegetables as Canadian products. Below is a response from the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers Association.Seriousness will be reviewedThe Ontario Greenhouse.....

PRO-MIX celebrates 50 years of growing

For PRO‑MIX, 2018 means 50 years of growing. Established in 1968, the PRO‑MIX brand provides commercial growers and consumers with a wide range of value-added products in the field of horticulture.More than 30 years after the first growing medium with mycorrhizae, the PRO‑MIX brand is a.....

US: Packaging company holds grand opening for new printing facility

Second-generation, family-owned Fox Packaging hosted a Grand Opening Reception for their new printing facility in McAllen this month, bringing more than 200 growers, suppliers, and partners together to celebrate the company’s investment in quality and customer service.The new 32,000 square foot facility took.....

US: Connecting products and knowledge for the horticulture industry

When Hort Americas in Bedford, Texas, started operating as a wholesale horticulture distributor in March 2009, the company had no existing customer base.“We would sell anything we could to anyone who would buy from us,” said general manager Chris Higgins. “That is not uncommon for new companies starting out,.....

inspiring German bloggers with tomatoes

"Storytelling, that's what we need to do more"

With the motto 'succes bereik je samen' ('success you achieve together'), the Dutch producer organization Prominent has been the tomato specialist par excellence for almost 25 years. The club of 30 growers with 380 hectares provides year-round, in particular the German retail sector, with the tastiest.....

Belgium: Strawberries under LED lighting: early ripe and summery sweet

Now that the strawberry season has started for the Belgian family-owned company Welroy Fruit the first effects of the Philips GreenPower LED top-lighting test are becoming visible. The test is held on 5,000 square meters in the greenhouse. The distinctive purple glow of the LED lighting was at times clearly.....

John Walters joins Ridder HortiMaX North America as sales manager

John Walters has an extensive background in Domestic and International Business with a focus on Hydroponics, Horticulture and Agriculture. With that he has a prestigious 40-year history of establishing and building companies within these fields. As President of Svensson Americas and Lock Drives Inc, these.....

US (CO): WaterPulse Promotes Kegerreis to VP of National Sales

WaterPulse is pleased to announce the promotion of Scott Kegerreis to Vice President of National Sales. “Scott’s knowledge of the horticulture business and his experience within our company will serve our customers very well,” says Jim Heffernan, CEO of WaterPulse. “He knows what our customers need.....

under condition of selling Nunhems

EC approves Bayer’s proposed acquisition of Monsanto

On Wednesday, the European Commission conditionally approved Bayer’s proposed acquisition of Monsanto. The conditions cover in particular the divestment of certain Bayer businesses, including the greenhouse vegetable breeding department Nunhems. The European Commission was set to announce whether it approves.....

New cooperation in Chinese substrate business

Substrate company Xiamen Jiang Ping Biological Substrate Technology Limited by Share Ltd. and the management advise agency for growing medium and horticulture directed by engineer in horticulture Thomas Zeitheim agreed last week for a long-term cooperation.Jiang Ping Biological Substrate in Xiamen, founded.....

US: Griffin Greenhouse Supplies secures large order for Heliospectra

Heliospectra AB an international supplier of lighting technology for greenhouse and controlled plant growth environments, announces a new order from their value-added reseller Griffin Greenhouse Supplies for the E60 C plate full spectrum series LED grow lights. The order value is SEK 5.8 million (USD.....

"Ultimately everyone has the same goal: to increase the yield"

"A good start to produce something beautiful in the coming harvest," Jacco Peene summarizes the Crop Science tour of Alltech. On January 30 and 31, the originally American company invited Dutch growers and farmers for the introduction of soil improvers and plant enhancers.Jacco Peene informs those present.....

How much is accurate Yield Forecasting worth to SunSelect?

Yield forecasting systems are one of the hot items of 2018. The year only is 3 months old and so far we've seen quite a few companies sharing their knowledge and products on this subject. One of them is Motorleaf. TheirYield Prediction System is based on a self-learning algorithm, custom-made for a.....

NL: Van der Ende Group exclusive dealer Selwood

"With pride we can announce that from now on we are the exclusive dealer of Selwood pumps", according to the team of Van der Ende.Selwood has 70 years of experience in the design and production of diesel and electrically driven (mobile) pump sets for the water, environment and construction sector and has a.....

US: Worker Protection Standard training requirements for growers

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is designed to reduce the risk of pesticide accidents with workers in agriculture. Some of the requirements set forth in the 2015 revision of the WPS were selected for delayed implementation to give growers time to ready themselves.....

Demo afternoon RIjk Zwaan cultivation under light

Powerful varieties perform well under hybrid lighting

The Rijk Zwaan Trial Center Tomato in Kwintsheul has expanded with 3,500 m2 of tomato cultivation under light. Varieties are tested under light in this department. There are 146 umol Son-T top lights above the crops and 75 umol LED inter lights between the crops. The demo afternoon took place on Thursday.....

CAN (ON): LumiGrow adds Lighting Plus Wholesale to partner network

LumiGrow Inc., a smart horticultural lighting company, has signed a partnership agreement with Lighting Plus Wholesale, an energy auditing, lighting and HVAC solutions provider located in Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada. This new partnership reinforces LumiGrow's commitment to expanding their services and local.....

Van Iperen International opens Miami subsidiary

Van Iperen International is proud to announce the opening of our new subsidiary Van Iperen America located in Miami, Florida. "With this new office and team, we are convinced that having our feet on the ground will strengthen our partnerships in America."Richard Morris is International Sales Manager for this.....
Hydroponics, focusing on nutritional value per hectare

US Billionaire Larry Ellison launches Sensei

Oracle’s billionaire founder, chairman and CTO Larry Ellison has launched a new business, called Sensei, a new L.A.-based company that will focus on developing hydroponic farms. Ellison co-founded the company with his long-time friend, David Agus, a prolific author and professor of medicine at USC.According.....

Benelux: Fighting tuta absoluta with biological control

Tomato growers in Belgium and the Netherlands are increasingly coming across the pest: the tomato leafminer moth Tuta absoluta. Because the pest is resistant to chemicals, the importance of biological control is growing. Biobest advises customers a combination of the pheromone trap Delta, black sticky traps,.....

Anderson accepts Canada’s Most Admired Honors

At a gala event in Toronto March 1, one of greater Vancouver’s most celebrated executives was honored among Canada’s Most Admired CEOs.John Anderson, Oppy’s chairman, president and CEO, was chosen by Waterstone Human Capital and MacKay CEO Forums—leading Canadian executive development firms—from a field of.....

Belgium: Eco Erica takes over 8.2 hectares of Fruit Farm Company

On Friday, March 2, 2018 Krist Hamerlinck from Hamerlinck LV signed the purchase agreement for 8.2 hectares of greenhouse in Erica. Hamerlinck takes over part of the for sale bio branch of the Fruit Farm Group in this Drenthe village. With the purchase, Hamerlinck LV expands the acreage on which organic.....

NL: Strawberry growers The Greenery start new season

On Thursday March 1, 2018, the Business Unit Soft Fruit and the strawberry growers of The Greenery closed the year 2017 and the plans for 2018 were discussed. They were guests at the High Tech Campus at Philips Lighting and at this inspiring location were informed about the developments in the field of LED.....

"partnership for strategic growth"

NL: Equistone acquires BOAL Group

Funds managed by Equistone Partners Europe have invested in BOAL Group. Equistone will acquire a majority stake in BOAL Group from its current CEO Ronald Boers and the founder of the business, Marinus Boers, both of whom will retain a minority shareholding. BOAL’s management team will.....

First harvest expected in 2019

Israeli cannabis company to set up foreign farms

Together Pharma, a newly-formed Israel-based company that focuses on growing, exporting and distributing medical cannabis, has signed a memorandum of understanding with an unnamed foreign company to farm cannabis outside of Israel, the company announced Sunday in a filing to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.The.....

Plans for CAU Futong establishment in South Holland

Chinese delegation visits World Horti Center

Less than one week after the official opening of the World Horti Center in the Netherlands, a delegation from the Chinese company Futong visited the brand new international greenhouse horticulture center on Tuesday 13 March 2018. High-tech company Futong, part of the China Agricultural University, works on.....

US (MI): Gladstone Land acquires blueberry farm for $2.1 million

Gladstone Land Corporation announced that it acquired a 71-hectare blueberry farm in Van Buren County, Michigan, for $2.1 million. Upon acquisition, Gladstone Land entered into a 10-year, triple-net lease with True Blue Farms, one of the most prominent blueberry growers and marketers in the country. The.....

Supporting Gulf Coast horticulture

Ridder Group and Al Busath sign strategic partnership

The challenging water shortages, hot climate conditions and ever-growing demand for local food production have resulted in the Middle-East becoming a key region for the development of protected horticulture. In order to optimally support these developments with smart adaptive greenhouse technology, a new.....
Products continue to bear Philips name

Philips Lighting to change company name to Signify

Philips Lighting announced its intention to change its name from Philips Lighting to Signify. The choice of the new company name originates from the fact that light becomes an intelligent language, which connects and conveys meaning.The company will continue to use the Philips brand under the existing.....

US: Bayer-Monsanto deal faces antitrust hurdles

Bayer’s plan to win antitrust approval for its takeover of Monsanto hasn’t satisfied U.S. officials who are worried the merger could hurt competition, according to two people familiar with the matter.The Justice Department’s antitrust division doesn’t think Bayer’s proposal to sell businesses goes far.....

US: Indoor Harvest forms scientific advisory board

Indoor Harvest, a developer of personalized cannabis medicines and a provider of advanced cultivation methods and processes, announced the initial members of the company's newly formed scientific advisory board, which will assist management in the development of its business plans in the cannabis industry."I.....

Schmieding Produce acquires North Carolina watermelon distributor

Schmieding Produce, LLC (a subsidiary of Woerner Food & Ag Group, LLC) is pleased to announce the acquisition of North Carolina-based watermelon distributor Moore’s Produce. Moore’s Produce has supplied top quality watermelons to chain stores and distributors across the United States and Canada for more.....
CNC Grondstoffen

King Willem-Alexander opens new compost factory for mushroom substrates

The Dutch monarch Willem-Alexander will perform the ceremonial opening of CNC Grondstoffen’s new Indoor Fresh Compost facility on April 13, 2018 in Milsbeek, North-Limburg."Indoor Fresh Compost is a high-quality and environmentally friendly ingredient for mature compost. By the end of 2017 all 32 tunnels of.....

US: Inocucor hires global finance executive as Chief Financial Officer

Inocucor, the Denver-based developer and producer of biological crop inputs for agriculture, has hired David Sisk as Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration & Chief Financial Officer.David is an accomplished financial executive whose previous experience includes leadership roles in global.....

Mexico: Bee Vectoring appoints former Syngenta technical manager

Bee Vectoring Technologies announces the appointment, on a contractual basis, of Dr. Gerardo Suazo, Ph.D., M.B.A. to the position of Senior Technical Manager.Mexico is a market where about $250M of chemical fungicides are being used today, and where growers are already actively modifying their production.....

Bayer reports progress in talks with Russia over Monsanto deal

Bayer said on Wednesday progress was being made in talks with Russia’s competition watchdog FAS over the company’s planned takeover of Monsanto.“We moved ahead in the negotiations with FAS towards a mutually beneficial agreement to support the competitiveness of Russian agriculture, including transfer of.....

US (NC): Syngenta partners with Rise Against Hunger

Syngenta recently partnered with Rise Against Hunger – a North Carolina-based, international hunger-relief organization.“It is going to take the right resources to end hunger worldwide,” said Wendell Calhoun, Syngenta communications manager. “Every day at Syngenta, we work to provide growers with the tools.....

Lipman Family Farms acquires Huron Produce

Lipman Family Farms – a large open field tomato grower in North America, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Ontario, Canada based Huron Produce, a greenhouse grower and distributor of tomatoes and vegetables with operations in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. Huron Produce packs under the.....

Theo Kleijweg, TK-Topboiler:

"We see it as a big challenge to meet all inquiries and requests"

The brand new World Horti Center (WHC) in Naaldwijk is heated with a boiler from TK-Topboiler. Theo: "It is a nice reference for our boiler. This way we can show all (inter)national visitors of the WHC that our boiler has been installed in the boiler room." Theo is proud of this placement.Practically all.....

Vestaron CEO John C. Sorenson, Ph.D. dies

"With deep regret and great sadness Vestaron mourns the death of John Sorenson, our CEO. John passed away unexpectedly over the last weekend of February in Kalamazoo, Michigan. "Under his dedicated leadership, as both a board member and CEO, John transformed Vestaron from a start-up R&D company to a.....

CAN (QC): Hydropothecary expands management team

The Hydropothecary Corporation announced the addition of three new members to its management team. Roch Vaillancourt (General Counsel), Sonia Isabel (Vice-President of Sales), and Jocelyn Racine (Vice-President of Finance) bring decades of management, financial, business, and legal experience to.....

DowDuPont agriculture division to become Corteva Agriscience

The Agriculture Division of DowDuPont announced the name of the intended company once it is spun-off, which is expected to happen by June 1, 2019. The intended Agriculture company will become Corteva Agriscience, which is derived from a combination of words meaning "heart" and "nature"."This is the start of.....

China conditionally approves Bayer-Monsanto deal

Bayer has secured conditional approval from China’s commerce ministry for its planned acquisition of Monsanto, chalking up a victory in the onerous struggle to win over watchdogs across the globe. The ministry also ordered the German drug and crop chemicals maker to spin off some businesses globally,.....

Smithers-Oasis promotes Riffey to general manager, grower operations

Smithers-Oasis announced the promotion of William (Bill) Riffey to general manager, grower operations – Americas, Europe and Africa. The organizational change is part of a strategic plan to significantly increase Smithers-Oasis’ brand Oasis Grower Solutions’ sales through a channel-focused effort.Bringing.....

North America

Supplies increasing for greenhouse heirloom tomatoes

Growers of greenhouse heirloom tomatoes are now expecting good volume and quality from the new season crop. Earlier this year, snow and cold weather in the growing regions in Mexico resulted in losses. With milder weather and spring on the way, growers are now seeing favorable conditions."Our newly planted.....

DowDuPont Executive Chairman to retire

DowDuPont announced that Andrew N. Liveris will be transitioning out of the role as Executive Chairman, and then retiring as the Materials Science Division of the company progresses on its succession process. Mr. Liveris has informed the Board that he will no longer serve as Executive Chairman of DowDuPont.....

AMCO Produce fined $210K for passing off foreign vegetables as Canadian

Leamington greenhouse grower AMCO Produce was fined $210,000 Monday after federal food inspectors spent years chasing a massive paper trail that showed it was passing off Mexican-grown vegetables as Canadian products.Federal prosecutor Paul Bailey said AMCO Produce Inc. mislabelled about $333,000 worth of.....

Plant cells act like jigsaw puzzle to withstand pressure

Plant cells are under tremendous pressure. To prevent themselves from bursting, plants had to come up with something unique: According to scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne, epidermal cells with an irregular shape can withstand their internal pressure better than.....

US: Earth Alive appoints new sales director

Earth Alive has appointed Matt Shanks as the Director of Sales for the United States, with an initial focus on the Pacific Northwest.Mr. Shanks has been specialising in the sale of organic inputs and biostimulants in the US, Mexico, and Chile for over 21 years. In his career he has collaborated with.....

Affinor appoints Sam Chaudhry as CFO

Sam Chaudhry, CPA, CGA has been appointed CFO of Affinor. Mr. Chaudhry provides executive management services in varying capacities, along with currently sitting on several public company boards. Mr. Chaudhry has provided services, such as financial reporting, company filings, quarterly and annual budgets,.....

Omnia Group to acquire 100% of Oro Agri

Omnia Group, an international player in the AgriBio and water soluble nutrient markets, has agreed to acquire 100% of the ordinary shares of Oro Agri SEZC and 52% of the ordinary shares of Oro Agri SA, not already owned by Oro Agri SEZC, for a total consideration of USD100 million. Omnia will fund the.....

Pearse Lyons, Alltech's president and founder, dies (73)

Dr. Pearse Lyons, the Irish entrepreneur whose vision for improving global agriculture built a multibillion-dollar international business, died March 8. He was 73.In the late 1970s, Lyons immigrated to the United States with his young family — Deirdre, Aoife and Mark — and a dream. His vision — to sustain.....