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US (CO): Marijuana boom causes labour shortages, industry pushing for automation

Why work in a stressful kitchen when you can make double the hourly wage in a greenhouse? This is one of the problems quoted by Denver restaurant owners who are experiencing difficulties sourcing local workers. Due to the legalization of marijuana in Colorado, the state is facing an historically low.....

What happens in Vegas, comes to Vegas:

Container farm tours at Indoor Ag-Con

Farm tours are a common feature at agriculture shows, but at Indoor Ag-Con, they like to do things a little differently, so they are bringing the farm tours to you at the Las Vegas Convention Center on May 3-4, 2017.The tours will be operated by two leading container farming equipment suppliers, Indoor Farms.....

Bayer Crop Science increases sales in Q1

The Bayer Group got off to a very successful start to 2017 and generated strong sales and earnings growth in the first quarter. “At Pharmaceuticals, we once again benefited from the very good performance of our key growth products,” CEO Werner Baumann said when he presented the interim report for the first.....

How clean is your purified water really?

More and more growers are working to organize collective purification of waste water. But how do you know if the water is purified properly?Groen Agro Control does the monitoring of purification plants. For BZG-assessment is primarily about the breakdown of pesticides. Also other characteristics are.....

Growing vine crops without daylight is possible. Here, there and everywhere...

"In an indoor grow without daylight, you can eliminate all stress factors for a plant. If you know the ideal growth conditions, the production can be optimized and the growth and yield can be predicted beforehand. Then also the growth of fruit vegetables in a controlled environment without daylight, can be.....

"Trolleys designed according to customer preference"

The worldwide professional greenhouse business is rapidly on the move. Greenhouses are adjusted to the climate circumstances and the labor has to meet the local ergonomic standards. Xander van der Zande, exportmanager Hortimat: ”We have the ability to provide the highest level as a standard. New is that.....

Perdue Joins White House “Farmers Roundtable” as President Trump Issues Executive Order on Agriculture

Last Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue joined President Trump for a “Farmers Roundtable” at the White House to address issues facing the American agriculture community, as the president signed an Executive Order establishing an Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity.The.....

BASF strengthens digital farming offer with acquisition of ZedX Inc.

BASF has signed an agreement to acquire US-based company ZedX, a developer in the field of digital agricultural intelligence. The acquisition is expected to be completed within four weeks. ZedX develops agronomic models designed to support farmers in making better production decisions. ZedX’s expertise lies.....

Spain: Greenhouse builder J.Huete expands into new premises

VIDEO J.Huete has recently inaugurated their new storage and manufacturing premises in Murcia, Spain. The Spanish greenhouse builder invested in the new buildings as a result of the companies powerful expansion and growth plan.The new factory of J.Huete is a cutting-edge plant of 2.000 sqm, with special machinery.....

US: Bio Huma Netics and Mesa Verde Resources form strategic alliance

Bio Huma Netics—an Arizona company that produces products under the Huma Gro, Huma Gro Turf, and Probiotic Solutions brands—has recently formed an alliance with Reid Enterprises, which does business as Mesa Verde Resources in New Mexico. Mesa Verde Resources is a humic substance mining company that produces,.....

UK: Nuffield Farming Scholarship application deadline looming

With just three months until the July application deadline for 2018 Nuffield Farming Scholarships, candidates are being urged to start their applications now.Nuffield director, Mike Vacher, reminds prospective Scholars that it is best to start the process as soon as possible, to make the most of the.....

US (IA): Monsanto completes $50M plant expansion in Muscatine

Monsanto announced at a ribbon-cutting ceremony that it has completed a $50 million expansion at its Muscatine, Iowa plant. The expansion increases the formulations and packaging capacity at the plant to support the launch of Monsanto’s dicamba-tolerant trait technologies.“Iowa is fortunate to have.....

US (NC): Bayer Bee Care Center celebrates 10,000 visitors

It's not just the beehives at the Bayer Bee Care Center that are buzzing with activity today. The Center celebrates the more than 10,000 visitors who have passed through its doors in just three years. The Center recognized a group of 75 fourth-graders and their teachers from Ravenscroft School in Raleigh,.....

Changes on Syngenta Board of Directors

ChemChina and Syngenta announced changes relating to the new Board of Directors of Syngenta following the closing of the ChemChina transaction. Four of Syngenta’s existing Board members will become Independent Directors with effect from the change of control, which will take place on 18 May subject to.....

Mexican competition authority approves ChemChina-Syngenta deal

ChemChina and Syngenta announced that they have received approval from the Comisión Federal de Competencia Económica in Mexico (COFECE) for the proposed acquisition of Syngenta by ChemChina. This represents a further step towards the closing of the transaction, which is expected to take place in the second.....

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Rocket hits Israeli greenhouse

A rocket fired from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula struck a cherry tomato greenhouse in southern Israel on Monday morning, according to police. The plastic sheeting that served as the roof of the greenhouse was damaged, but the structure remained standing. Nobody got injured, one person was treated for panic.Just.....

Hoogendoorn marks 50th anniversary with youngest CEO in horticulture

Today, April 10 Hoogendoorn celebrates its 50th anniversary. To mark this milestone, Hoogendoorn launches a short video introducing the youngest future CEO in horticulture and a special anniversary magazine. Hoogendoorn considers the future so important that they’re already working on the future CEO now......

A closer look at greenhouse twine

Crop twine. You probably think that it is the most simple and least attention grabbing product inside a greenhouse. But did you know that before it is hung in your greenhouse, an extensive amount of research has gone into it?"Horticultural twine needs to meet a variety of very technical requirements, it.....

Dow, DuPont announce amendments to transaction merger agreement

DuPont and Dow announced several amendments to the companies’ transaction agreement involving the proposed merger of equals and intended subsequent separation into three independent publicly traded companies.To accommodate the requirements of DuPont’s recently announced transaction with FMC, Dow and DuPont.....

CAN (BC): Ecoation launches commercialization with $1M seed financing

Ecoation Innovative Solutions announced the completion of a successful Seed financing. The financing was initiated in November 2016 and closed on March 16, 2017. The Seed financing raised $1 Million and was significantly over-subscribed. Angel investors from North America and the European Union participated.....

CAN (ON): Police asks public to “Romaine Calm” after $45K lettuce theft

Sometime between 8:00pm on Friday March 31 and 4:00pm on Saturday April 1, 2017 an unknown suspect(s) stole a large commercial truck and trailer that was parked on the property of 50 Covington Street in Hamilton. Inside the refrigeration trailer was approximately $45,000 worth of lettuce.The police force in.....

AgroFresh announces agreements with Dow and Avenue Capital

AgroFresh Solutions announced revisions to various agreements arising from its separation from The Dow Chemical Company. Collectively, these revisions increase the company’s equity and reduce its interest expense and cash payments associated with certain ongoing obligations.Jordi Ferre, Chief Executive.....

Germany: Sonnenreife, the new sustainable brand from Service-Bund

Sonnenreife is the new brand for fresh fruit and vegetables from the German Service-Bund. Besides products that are available throughout the year, Sonnenreife also offers seasonal products that keep the offer fresh and versatile. In the coming months, a cucumber will be the first product that will be.....

US: California MMJ company CBI ramps up production

Cannabis Science has substantially increased its production for its self-medicating patient product line distributed through cannabis dispensaries in California. CBIS moves to meet the outstanding influx of self-medicating patient requests as it highlights Moonlight Cannabis as its Newest Spotlight.....

CAN (ON): $20 million agri-food donation for University of Guelph

The University of Guelph has received its single largest-ever gift: a $20-million donation from the Arrell Family Foundation to transform the global food economy and further strengthen U of G and Canada as agri-food leaders.“This landmark gift will allow our University to address the defining challenge of.....

Marrone & Evogene advance bioinsecticide partnership

Marrone Bio Innovations and Evogene announced that MBI will advance certain novel bacteria and Evogene-identified related proteins into MBI’s bioinsecticide product development pipeline under their previously announced multi-year collaboration for the discovery and development of novel insect control.....

Stockton and Jebagro in Registration Transfer Agreement

Stockton STK, specializing in the development and marketing of botanical-based pesticides, and Jebagro (a division of Jebsen and Jessen, Germany), announced that as part of the overall strategic direction of Stockton, these two companies have come to an agreement about the transfer of various.....

European Commission clears ChemChina acquisition of Syngenta

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Syngenta (based in Switzerland) by ChemChina. The approval is conditional on the divestiture of significant parts of ChemChina's European pesticide and plant growth regulator business.Commissioner Margrethe.....

Monsanto continues return to growth in fiscal year 2017

With half of its fiscal year 2017 complete, Monsanto announced strong second quarter and first six months results. Earnings per share (EPS) reached $3.09 on an as-reported basis and $3.19 on an ongoing basis for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017. The company's performance was driven in part by strong.....

Production doubled to 8 hectare:

Belgium: More acreage with Sweet Palermo

Last Friday the first Belgian sweet pointed peppers of the year were auctioned at Belorta. These peppers were grown by Grobar in Berlaar and were purchased by Belgian Fresh Food for a price of € 5.00 per kilogram.Doubling of productionLast year about 1 million kilograms of Sweet Palermo were marketed. This.....

No more power cable hassle with battery-powered sprayer

Spraying your greenhouse crop does not have to be a big fight with hoses, heavy machinery and power cable hassle. A new battery-operated 50 liter sprayer tank allows you to be mobile, flexible and spray up to 1,300 liters in 14.5 hours, without plugging in. Birchmeier's new A50 two wheel sprayer is a.....

ChemChina-Syngenta deal approved by US competition authority

ChemChina and Syngenta announced that they have received approval from the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for the proposed acquisition of Syngenta by ChemChina. This represents a major step towards the closing of the transaction, which is expected to take place in the second quarter of 2017.In February of.....

India: InfraCo Asia signs agreement for large scale hydroponics project

InfraCo Asia Development has signed a Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) to develop a Hydroponics Project at Junga, Shimla District in Himachal Pradesh, India. InfraCo Asia—through its South Asia developer team, Equicap Asia and local partner Junga FreshnGreen Pvt. Ltd. (JFPL)—will establish a 9.3 hectare.....

Netherlands: First Biodynamic organic eggplants and –pointed peppers picked

Last week, Dutch greenhouse grower Frank de Koning picked its first bio-dynamic eggplants and peppers of the season. "The quality is perfect. That gives hope for a good continuation," Coert Lamers of organic growers association Nautilus Organic says."The homegrown eggplants are firm and have a uniform purple.....

Village Farms reports double digit growth in net sales

Village Farms reported a net sales increase of 10% for the year ended December 2016. Net sales reached 155.5 million dollars. That is an increase of more than 13 million compared to 2015. Michael DeGiglio, Chief Executive Officer, stated “One of our core goals for 2016 was to initiate double digit growth in.....

Beijing Kinpeng active all over the world:

Chinese greenhouse builder looks at increasing cooperation with the Dutch

Long gone are the days that the Dutch were dominating the international markets for greenhouse technology. Today you should not be surprised when you see a high tech Chinese greenhouse in the jungle of Angola or in the desert of Oman. In most occasions they will have been built by Beijing Kingpeng, a large.....

Bas van Adrichem, Van Adrichem Kwekerijen

NL: "I can’t do without our registration system"

Greenhousecompanies are continuously getting bigger. The trend of scaling up keeps on going relentlessly. In order to be able to follow labor performances of each individual employee, the use of a track labour registration system offers a solution. Dutch grower Bas van Adrichem is one of the convinced users.....

David Beasley appointed head of World Food Programme

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva announced their appointment of David Beasley of the United States as Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), at the Under-Secretary-General level, in succession to Ertharin Cousin of the United.....

Russo hits 5-year mark with Javo USA

Senior Sales Manager Lorenzo Russo celebrated 5 years with Javo USA on April 1,2017 as Javo USA and Javo B.V. staff congratulated the industry veteran.Russo joined Javo USA in 2012 and quickly developed the technical knowledge to match his strong sales and customer service instincts.“Lorenzo loves to spend.....

UK: FEC Energy appoint Chris Plackett as MD

FEC Energy has appointed Chris Plackett as Managing Director to take over from Andrew Kneeshaw who, after 17 years in the post, is stepping down to take a general directorial role prior to his retirement later this year.Andrew says, “I’ve worked with Chris for over 20 years, and together we’ve structured a.....

FMC to buy DuPont's pesticide business

DuPont has entered into a definitive agreement with FMC to divest a portion of DuPont's Crop Protection business, including certain research and development capabilities, and to acquire substantially all of FMC's Health & Nutrition business. The transaction includes consideration to DuPont of $1.6.....

US (OR): Steve Castagnoli named OSU Extension director

Steve Castagnoli, horticulturist and expert in tree fruit production, is the new director of the Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center (MCAREC) in Hood River.Castagnoli, who joined Oregon State University in 1992, has been an Extension faculty member at MCAREC for almost 17 years,.....

California first state to legalize 'medical' tomatoes

US: Marijuana growers transition to greenhouse tomatoes

Broomberg reports that the Trump administration is moving forward with its plans to legalize the licensed cultivation of greenhouse tomatoes. The increased demand for the domestically grown red fruit has caused a real gold rush, with street prices as high as 2,100 USD per pound for cherry tomatoes. In order.....

Belgian coöperations Hoogstraten and BelOrta in merger talks

On 30 March, the managements of Coöperatie Hoogstraten cvba and BelOrta cvba granted permission to found a ‘merger committee.’ This committee will start negotiations on behalf of both managements, which will eventually lead to a merger. This way, BelOrta and Coöperatie Hoogstraten want to better achieve.....

European Commission conditionally approves Dow-DuPont merger

DuPont and The Dow Chemical Company announced that the European Commission (EC) has granted conditional regulatory clearance in Europe of the companies’ proposed merger of equals.This regulatory milestone is a significant step toward closing the merger transaction, with the intention to subsequently spin.....

"Russian greenhouse tomato production increased by 50%"

Last week, we informed you about the upcoming Russian Greenhouse Management Forum that wants to connect investment initiators and decision-makers of large scale greenhouse projects with international experts during a three day networking event in the Netherlands. In order to highlight the potential Russian.....

Hort Innovation Australia joins forces with the Churchill Trust

Hort Innovation’s Leadership Fund is part of Horticulture Innovation Australia's (HIA) new strategic co-investment initiative, aims to create more leading figures in Australian Horticulture with a variety of scholarships and education opportunities addressing key industry areas. "We’re pleased to announce.....

Canada: Growth planned for Yukon Gardens greenhouse

More locally grown vegetables could be making their way to the territory’s dinner tables as Yukon Gardens moves forward with plans for a major greenhouse expansion.Plans would see a 2,000 square metre greenhouse building that would also include an office, loading and processing areas.Yukon Gardens owner.....

Don Smith, Zerez:

"We can build six to ten greenhouses a day"

Zerez Holdings V.P., Don Smith, in a recent telephone interview on MoneyTV, offered insight into the company’s direction and current operations.Don starts, “[We] design, build and manage commercial greenhouse systems; have a complete automation software package that not only improves crop yields and.....

Inocucor completes $38.8M financing for North American expansion

Inocucor Technologies announced completion of the $38.8 million CAD first close of its Series B financing round. The lead investor in the first close is TPG Alternative and Renewable Technologies, a growth-equity and late-stage venture capital vehicle of global alternative asset firm TPG.Inocucor uses a.....

Valoya welcomes new R&D manager

Valoya has been rapidly expanding its workforce and the latest addition to the team is Mr. Petteri Ahonen as R&D manager.Mr. Ahonen has previously worked at the Finnish Meteorological Institute as Head of Research and Development of Satellite Services and more recently with leading companies in the.....

Syngenta, BASF show interest in Bayer businesses

Syngenta CEO Erik Fyrwald sees the imminent $43 billion Chinese takeover of the Swiss company as a timely moment to gain a powerful benefactor just as a host of antitrust reviews triggers an abundance of acquisition opportunities.The next few years will see billions of dollars of potential deals in the.....

CAN (ON): CannaRoyalty completes $5 million financing

CannaRoyalty announces that one of its investee companies Resolve Digital Health, a medical cannabis delivery system company that develops proprietary smart technology, has completed a $5 million Series A financing round led by Canadian TSX-listed company and ACMPR Licensed Producer, Aphria together with.....

Ghana: Horticultural centre provides opportunities for SME growth

Growing Sustainable Horticultural (GrowS-Hort), an agribusiness training centre, has launched an incubator to provide unique opportunities to enhance growth of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and startups.The centre has been positioned to help provide the enterprises access to rich human resource and.....

Syngenta Good Growth Plan doubles reach

Syngenta has highlighted results for the third year of The Good Growth Plan, which comprises six ambitious commitments for 2020 to support the sustainability of agriculture and the development of rural communities.In 2016, Syngenta projects enhanced biodiversity and soil conservation on a cumulative 9.2.....

E.I. du Pont:

Shaping America with science and engineering

When 29-year-old Eleuthère Irénée du Pont set sail for America in 1799, he had no idea he’d soon found a company that would change the course of science and business in the United States. That company would also, many years later, play a key role in the “westward expansion” that would be one of the defining.....

Yara increases production in challenging fertilizer market

Yara has published its 2016 Annual Report, including complete 2016 Annual Accounts with notes. 2016 was a challenging year, where the fertilizer industry sector was confronted with oversupply and falling margins. In a heavily competitive market, Yara increased its deliveries and production capacity. Some.....

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.....

Lighting Science announces joint venture with Chinese LED manufacturer

Lighting Science announced a joint venture with Chinese LED manufacturer and lighting company MLS Co, Ltd. The joint venture will operate under the name Global Value Lighting and will be based in Rhode Island. Global Value Lighting will capitalize on Lighting Science’s extensive technology and intellectual.....

Fertilizer manufacturer sees revenues grow thanks to cannabis

Invictus MD reports that Future Harvest, of which Invictus MD currently owns 82.5%, has generated $1.423 million in revenue for the 7 months ending January 31, 2017, with a gross margin of $727,000, representing a 51% gross margin compared to the same period in the prior year gross margin of $446,000,.....