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December 5-6

US (FL): UF/IFAS hosts protected ag and hydroponics conference

The 2017 Florida Protected Ag and Hydroponic Conference will be hosted by the University of Florida/IFAS Live Oak and Balm Ag Research Centers. Participants will have a unique opportunity to start the conference by visiting one of two established commercial farms using protective ag and hydroponic methods on.....

US (NE): Hydroponic farm provides year-round option for fresh produce

In a Grand Island, Neb., grocery store, customers find California lettuce that was in the field two weeks ago. They can also buy a fresher product from a nearby Nebraska farm picked the day before.Nick Griffin, the produce manager at Hy-Vee said customers like the lettuce because it has a longer shelf.....

Video: Testing your aquaponics water

Join Conor Quinlan, Stuppy's Aquaponics Engineer, as he demonstrates how to use the API Water testing kit Stuppy includes with every Aqueduct unit.This easy to use kit is suitable for monitoring the quality of your water and gathering data for use in future experiments and classroom activities.Testing your.....

US (WI): Nelson and Pade Aquaponics wins sustainable product award

The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council awarded Nelson and Pade the 2017 Sustainable Product of the Year Award for small business. This is the second time that this honor was presented to Nelson and Pade, recognizing their Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems.Tom Eggert, Executive Director of the WI.....

Which is better: aquaponics or hydroponics?

Many new growers are torn between two techniques: aquaponics vs hydroponics. Each technique has its potential; aquaponics draws you in with the allure of living creatures, and hydroponics with its precision and control.There is a plethora of facts and opinions out there. Unfortunately, many of them use.....

NOSB discussion on organic hydroponics broadcast in August 14 webinar

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will meet via conference on August 14, 2017 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm Eastern to discuss hydroponics in organic food production.The NOSB will not be voting on a recommendation during this web conference. A transcript will be available approximately two weeks after the.....

US (CA): Plenty vertical farm raises $200 million

Field-scale indoor farming company Plenty announced a $200 million Series B funding round led by the SoftBank Vision Fund. In connection with the investment in Plenty, the SoftBank Vision Fund’s Managing Director, Jeffrey Housenbold, will join the Plenty Board of Directors.Plenty is using proven plant.....

Konichiwa! This is how Japanese growers market CEA

VIDEO We love Japan, great food, great people, and a lot of humor. Especially in their silly TV shows and in the way that they advertise and market new products. This is also why we love the new commercial of Shinnippou 808 Factory, one of the largest and most profitable vertical farms in Japan.The marketing.....

US (PA): Department of Agriculture tour visits DelVal

As interest in vertical farming continues to grow, The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is hosting an educational tour for its urban agriculture partners featuring hydroponics and aquaponics programs in Pennsylvania. Delaware Valley University was the first stop on the tour, which kicked off today in.....

FreshBox Farms focuses on harvests, not proprietary growing systems

As the indoor farming industry has taken off in the last several years–over the next 10 years, indoor farming is expected to account for 50% of leafy green production, and grow to a $42 billion industry–it’s become apparent that it’s as much about technology as it is about agriculture. Bowery, a new startup.....

US (CA): Drought spurs interest in hydroponics

University of California Riverside alumnus Pierre Sleiman Jr. saw the writing on the wall back in 2009. A computer sciences major at the time, Sleiman started the hydroponics business Go Green Agriculture in his UCR dorm room.Now located in Encinitas, Go Green produces 100,000 heads of hydroponically grown.....

Affinor focuses on strawberry development

Affinor's fiscal year end was May 31, 2017. Their ultimate goal continues to focus on becoming the leading technology developer and supplier of vertical farming equipment dramatically increasing the economics of farming, improving food security and increasing agriculture production for high value crops. With.....

US (FL): Bermuda vertical farm growing organic bell peppers

We've all heard of Bermuda shorts and Bermuda onions. Soon you may be hearing about Bermuda peppers, due to an easy to use, chemical-free and cost-effective growing system.Sun State Organics, an Ocala, FL based manufacturer of organic conversion equipment, has been chosen by Organic Vertical Growing (OVG).....

US (SD): Middle and high schoolers build aquaponics system

For the past month, middle and high school students in Lower Brule have been building a small, solar powered aquaponic system in the community garden using 55-gallon barrels and plastic storage containers connected with PVC pipes.The program is operated by Lower Brule Research, a nonprofit that gives.....

Contain Inc partners with AmHydro, Bright Agrotech & CropKing:

US: Newbean Capital launches finance arm to support indoor ag

Newbean Capital, a registered investment advisor and organizer behind the Indoor Ag-Con events,has launched an alternate finance arm, Contain Inc.. “Our goal is to become the alternate finance provider of choice to indoor farmers”, said Nicola Kerslake, co-founder of Contain Inc.The venture has partnered.....

US: Aquaponics serves up fresh produce for hospitals

Salad greens do not get much fresher than what is being served at select HealthPartners hospitals and clinics in the St. Croix Valley area.The health care provider recently teamed with a Twin Cities-based aquaponics farm to deliver certified-organic produce within 24 hours of being harvested. Both.....

Spain: Brazilian delegation shows interest in aquaponics

This week, a delegation of researchers and companies from Brazil visited the facilities of the Murcian Institute for Agricultural and FoodResearch and Development (Imida), where they learned about the latest research into photoselective shading meshes for pepper cultivation and the improvements in production.....

Pegasus Agriculture:

"Hydroponics a more superior option to organic farming"

With the majority of the world population growing concerned with what they consume and what are the actual constituents of the food that makes it to their plates, the debate of food safety and crop growing practices has never been more intense. Individuals are inclined to eat more healthy produce, even when.....

Paul Mastronardi of Folden Fresh Farms:

US(OH: "Future of U.S. greenhouse industry about to take off"

Endless rows of carefully grown tomatoes are nurtured at golden fresh farms in Wapakoneta."You can see the consistency with the quality and size," VP Paul Mastronardi points out.99 percent of the tomatoes in this massive greenhouse make it to the grocery store. That's 16 million pounds, enough to give.....

Inside Montreal's zero waste urban rooftop greenhouses

VIDEO Montreal is home to many high tech companies and when it comes to the food industry, it makes no exception. Lufa Farms is spearheading the urban agriculture movement by pushing technology to the cutting edge, producing fresh produce right in the city center of Montreal.This episode of Où se trouve follows.....

September 7-8, Johannesburg :

South Africa to host Urban Agri Summit 2017

South Africa will play host to the inaugural Urban Agri Summit 2017 in Johannesburg this September 7-8. The two-day event will bring together stakeholders from the Vertical Farming, Greenhouse and Control Environment Agriculture sectors to discuss Launching Successful Commercial Indoor farming for.....

US: Bowery raises $20M for 'post-organic' warehouse farm

Bowery Farming raised $20 million for its “post-organic” vertical farm from a group of investors, including General Catalyst, GGV Capital and GV (formerly Google Ventures), better known for betting on technology than on agriculture.The new financing brings Bowery’s total take to $27.5 million. The company.....

Egypt explores aquaponics to prevent food supply issues

Egypt has relied on the Nile, the world’s longest river, as the main source of fresh water, since the time of the Pharaohs. For thousands of years, annual floods dumped rich silt on the river’s banks, allowing the country to serve as a Mediterranean bread basket.However, with the completion of the Aswan High.....

June 23, Baltimore

US (MD): Urban ag community to take part in friendly competition

Teams of local architects, engineers, real estate developers, Baltimore city officials, urban farmers, and others will compete this June to design and devise the best plan for sustainably growing food in Baltimore. These crowdsourced ideas will contribute to an actual urban agriculture community center to be.....

US (CO): Lakewood hydroponic farm looks to the future of farming

In the early 2000s, Tommy Romano started to grow plants in his basement. He wanted to experiment with ways to efficiently grow food inside through vertical farming rather than the traditional way.He experimented with different vegetables, such as corn. He would grow them indoors and stacked crops atop of.....

High-tech farms in Singapore take on cold-weather crops

In line with the Government's push for farming productivity in Singapore - such as the recently enhanced Agriculture Productivity Fund and the announcement that farmland would be set aside to promote high-tech farming - more farms are exploring new methods to grow crops previously thought to be impossible to.....

Urban farming gaining popularity in India

Lalitha Mondrett, a campaigner of SwachaGraha in Bengaluru, promotes kitchen gardening in the tech city. She has been growing greens and vegetables in her house for over four years.“In apartments with small balconies, grow bags are the most convenient means of growing vegetables,” suggests Ms......

China: Meet the company building farms in parking structures

Stuart Oda previously worked as an investment banker before serving as a co-founder of Alesca Life, a Beijing-based agriculture technology company that builds weather-proof, cloud-connected farms in order to enable local food production by anyone, anywhere.“We’ve developed technology for indoor farming, so.....

Pilot project "Veggiefacade" by LWG

Will vegetables of the future grow on walls?

Salad, beans and strawberries that grow upwards? Is the perspective messed up or the picture the wrong way around? No! On the trial wall at the Bavarian Regional Office for Viticulture and Horticulture (LWG) in Veitshöcheim veggies have been growing, literally, upwards, since Wednesday the 31st of May 2017 -.....

Container farm brings local production to Quebec

La Boîte Maraîchère, the first company to have joined the Plan de développement de la zone agricole de Laval (PDZA) in December, announces the official launch of its business activities. The company has developed a model to grow fruit and vegetables that supports intensive production 365 days a year.“The.....

US (MA): Backyard Growers wins $100K grant to help city gardeners

“If you can eat it, I can grow it,” says the founder and executive director of Gloucester Backyard Growers program, “but I’m not so good with house plants.”She is, however, pretty amazing at other things, including fundraising.Last month alone, Backyard Growers was awarded $135,000 — $35,000 from the.....

Australian hi-tech hydroponics set to become $40bn export industry

Australia is fast becoming the leading player within the agribusiness hydroponics sector across the Asia-Pacific region.And when it comes to global greenhouse hydroponics technology Victoria based Powerplants is one company that is leading the way.Powerplants, which employs more than 30 people at its.....

US (CT): 144 aquaponic tanks donated to Keney Park

Cigna donated $25,000 in seed money to the Keney Park Sustainability Project, a program operated by the Family Day Foundation. Those funds cover the cost of 144 aquaponic growing tanks at the Keney Park House that use waste from perch to fertilize basil plants.It's the city's first production-scale.....

Australia: Greenpower Energy sees potential in hydroponic market

Greenpower Energy has advised that crop trials currently underway across the various commercial plant targets are progressing well.As a backdrop, GPP is involved in the development of an economically and environmentally appealing direct liquefaction technology (Oxidative Hydrothermal Dissolution) for the.....

These 4 start-ups are promoting hydroponics in India

Letcetra Agritech is Goa’s first, indoor hydroponics farm, growing good quality, pesticide-free vegetables. The farm in Goa’s Mapusa is an unused shed and currently, produces over 1.5 to 2 tons of leafy vegetables like various varieties of lettuce and herbs in its 150 sq metre area. The start-up is founded.....

CAN (AB): Thiel's greenhouse trials hydroponic lettuce

“Hydroponic growing is just different and really exciting. I think in our area we don’t have anything like that right now,” said owner Nadine Stielow.Two test ponds of hydroponic lettuce have been set up and Stielow is educating herself about this new style of planting by the ‘learn by doing’ method.“There.....

Pakistani scientist Dr Rai Niaz Ahmad:

"Hydroponics only answer to growing food needs"

The hydroponic system of growing is the only answer to the country's ever-increasing food requirements in the wake of massive population growth in the last few years, said Dr Rai Niaz Ahmad, Vice Chancellor of Pir Mehr Ali Shah-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR).Stressing the need to create.....

US (NY): An urban farm grows in Brooklyn

Erik Groszyk, 30, used to spend his day as an investment banker working on spreadsheets. Now, he blasts rapper Kendrick Lamar while harvesting crops from his own urban farm out of a shipping container in a Brooklyn parking lot.The Harvard graduate is one of 10 "entrepreneurial farmers" selected by Square.....

Bloomberg TV interviews TruLeaf on vertical farming

Using technology, vertical farming uses empty spaces in the city to grow food with LED lights, and water distribution. No soil is needed or sunlight and it all happens inside. Bloomberg’s Pat Kiernan talks to Gregg Curwin, the CEO of TruLeaf, about the growing trend of vertical farms.Watch the video here.

US (ID): Coeur Greens donates 30 lbs of food

The Coeur Greens produce company donated 30 pounds of lettuce to a local food bank after becoming fully operational Monday.Coeur Greens said it has some extra lettuce to spare because of its unconventional farming methods.Coeur Greens said they sell a few different varieties of lettuce at local farmers.....

US (TX): The ‘growing’ success of Tarleton aquaponics

What lies within the Tarleton State University Agriculture Center facilities may be unknown to most. The Hydrotron greenhouse was established in 2015 and is a 2,100-gallon aquaponics system used for raising fish and growing soil-less plants in an integrated system, and is quite an impressive site.After.....

US (MA): Hydroponic farming offers fresh produce for Danvers

Currently, the lettuce market is dominated by California and Arizona farms. Because of the area’s inclement winters, Massachusetts farmers are unable to grow lettuce, leaving it to those across the country to produce 98 percent of the nation’s leafy greens, according to Sellew. For consumers on the East.....

US (PA): Lutheran Church helps Ugandans with aquaponics

When the congregation at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Bradford found they had been blessed with expendable funds, they decided to reach across the globe to help impoverished Ugandans.The Seaward Avenue church did this by investing its money, time and faith in a new aquaponics program that “can grow vegetables.....

US (MN): Pentair, Urban Organics open 87,000 sq.ft. aquaponics farm

Pentair and aquaponics farming innovator Urban Organics are opening a new, 87,000-square-foot indoor aquaponics farm in St. Paul, Minn. As one of the largest commercial aquaponics facilities in the world, the urban farm has the capacity to grow 275,000 pounds of fish and 475,000 pounds of organic produce.....

FreshBox Farms featured on Innovations TV

FreshBox Farms will be featured in an upcoming episode of Innovations with Ed Begley Jr. airing third quarter 2017 on FOX Business.FreshBox Farms is grown locally and delivered to supermarkets around the greater Boston region. With an experienced group of scientists, engineers, and people dedicated to make.....

Aerospace engineer brings vertical farming back to earth

As an aerospace engineering master’s student at CU Boulder in 2002, Tommy Romano was working on a project for how to feed 200 humans on Mars for two years. The solution: hydroponics and vertical farming. The problem: a lack of humans on Mars.“There is no one there yet,” Romano said. “Why aren’t we doing this.....

CAN (BC): Vertical farming with coniferous tree seedlings to be developed

Affinor has signed a research and development On-Site License Agreement with a BC company to use Affinor's vertical growing equipment to mass produce high quality coniferous seedlings.The test agreement is a collaboration of Affinor’s vertical farming tower technology, proprietary owned BC registered Tree.....

Texas University students growing lettuce, spinach and kale indoors

A group of mechanical engineering students at Rice University have come up with a way to cultivate vegetables without needing a large plot of land outdoors.The Senior Capstone Design project, made up of students Jared Broadman, George Dawson, Sanjiv Gopalkrishnan and Dominique Schaefer Pipps, aptly named.....

Maintaining proper oxygen levels in a hydroponic production system

Growers have affordable options for ensuring plants receive sufficient oxygen in hydroponic production systems to maximize growth and to reduce the chances of disease.by David Kuack for Hort AmericasOxygen is critical in the development and growth of edible crops grown in hydroponic systems such as nutrient.....

US (IN): Aquaponics gaining attention as viable ag practice

Aquaponics, while not a new idea, has been getting a lot more attention as a viable agricultural practice. Greenhouse owners are finding a lot to like about raising plants on water and fish waste.Kenneth and Lucy Hochstedler of Middlebury, IN are members of this group as they have had an aquaponics operation.....

Philippines: Urban residents urged to produce their own food

Department of Agriculture (DA) Undersecretaries Ariel Cayanan, Ranibai Dilangalen, Evelyn Laviña, and Bernadette Puyat, together with Vice Mayor Josefina Belmonte and officials of the Local Government of Quezon City launched the Pagkain Para sa Masa urban gardening project in Barangay Bahay Toro on May 31,.....

US (OH): Startup teaches students how to farm indoors

Students are growing lettuce and kale inside their classrooms without planting a garden thanks to Lettuce Do Good.The new startup company is helping 28 local schools grow their own food without using sunlight or soil.The technology has caught the eye of several teachers in the Valley. More gardens are going.....

US (GA): Atlanta college expands vertical farm offerings

Georgia State University students will soon have regular access to organic produce grown right on campus. The school found Boston-based Freight Farms, a company that manufactures the "Leafy Green Machines” shipping containers, in a research effort to make dining operations more sustainable in 2015. At a.....

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.....

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.....

US (VA): Hydroponics grower helps kids learn about modern ag

A Suffolk entrepreneur recently provided a tool for conservation lessons at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy.NSA students are learning more about conservation with a hydroponic garden at their main campus on Pruden Boulevard. The garden was donated by Thomas Vandiver, the president of Neighborhood Harvest in.....

'Plant factories' churn out clean food in China's dirty cities

Yang Qichang’s government-funded research on vertical farming reflects the changing mindset of China’s leaders, who for decades preoccupied themselves with raising incomes for 1 billion-plus people. Runaway growth created the world’s second-biggest economy, yet the catalyzing coal mines and smokestacks.....

FAO issues alert over lethal tilapia virus

A highly contagious disease is spreading among farmed and wild tilapia, one of the world's most important fish for human consumption.The outbreak should be treated with concern and countries importing tilapias should take appropriate risk-management measures - intensifying diagnostics testing, enforcing.....

Japanese group to launch aquaponics projects in Vietnam

Japan-based Horimasa Co. Ltd is seeking cooperation opportunities in the fields of organic agriculture, kindergarten education and hotel-restaurant management training in An Giang province, said the company’s president Masaharu Hori.During a working session with the Mekong Delta province’s leaders on May 29,.....

US (IL): $500,000 loan for Garfield Produce Company

A collaboration of The Chicago Community Trust, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Calvert Foundation, Benefit Chicago was created to expand the pool of loans and investments available to mission-directed for- and nonprofit entities, which, due to the communities or populations they.....

US (MN): High school builds 'windowless greenhouse'

There's never a cloudy day in the greenhouse built by students at the Yellow Medicine East High School in Granite Falls, Minn.Nor is there a single window pane.Specially engineered LED lights provide all the photons needed for photosynthesis in this totally enclosed, 1,200-square-foot greenhouse......

US (IN): $3.5M indoor farming facility could break ground soon

The construction of an indoor farming operation in inner-city South Bend could begin next month.City officials expressed a willingness Tuesday to buy into the proposed $3.5 million dollar project—but not sight unseen.“We’d like to at least get a visual on what those look like before we put our dollars and.....