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Qatar-Korea LED project to start production soon

Ambassador of South Korea to Qatar, Heung-kyeong Park, has said that a Qatar-Korea LED project with an initial capacity of producing 0.5 million MENA-tailored LED lights per year will soon become operational.“Hopefully, the project will start its production soon. Korea-Qatar LED project is in progress with a.....

Botanium

Home growers can soon grow veggies in a pot

Being fascinated with growing chili and edible plants, three friends from Stockholm, Sweden, set out to make a super simple way to grow things like chili, herbs or strawberries.The result was Botanium, a vase-like automatic planter that marries state-of-the-art growing technology and elegant design. Botanium.....

Hydroponic growth trends for 2017

AmHydro took a look at leading industry research, customer opinion, and their own personal experience to capture what they believe will be specific trends in hydroponic growth we’ll see throughout this year and beyond. Check out their top 3 hydroponic industry growth trends below.Soil-less farming, indoor.....

Lebanon's startups pioneer hydroponic growing in region

Lack of space and harsh environmental conditions often translate into limited farming opportunities, but several Lebanese companies are tackling the problem with a farming method allowing plants to grow without soil.LifeLab is one of the companies pioneering this farming revolution in Lebanon. The startup.....

Indoor Harvest to finance vertical farms across North America

Indoor Harvest has announced an alliance with OneWorld Business Finance through its division US Energy Capital (OneWorld) to assist with financing for its customers and projects. The new relationship will allow OneWorld to expand their business offering in this industry and will allow clients expanded.....

Antarctica: Penguins, ice, and... strawberries?

In the endless winter that is Antarctica, the picture of decadence is a juicy strawberry. Research scientists at the Neumayer III polar station may soon be so lucky as to count the treat—and other fresh fruits and vegetables—as part of their diets: engineers at the German Aerospace Center are currently.....

Agrivolution's Agri LED chosen by Indoor Farms of America

LED lighting from agri-technology company Agrivolution has been selected for integration into a patented aeroponic vertical farming system developed by Indoor Farms of America, after Agrivolution won a year-long performance review against other LED products that provide artificial light for agricultural.....

US (IL): FarmedHere indoor farm shuts down

FarmedHere, a commercial-scale hydroponic farm in Bedford Park, had lofty goals of expanding to cities across the U.S. and beyond. The company was "on the precipice of international expansion," then-CEO Matt Matros said in July 2015.Early last year, Matros announced a $23 million, 60,000-square-foot indoor.....
Chris Higgings joins Green Sense Radio Podcast:

What were 2016 biggest trends in urban farming?

2016 – the year in urban farming. Chris Higgins of Urban Ag News gives an update on the big trends for the year that was. Founding Farmer Robert Colangelo is also founder and host of the nationally syndicated Green Sense Radio show. Recorded live on the Farm, Green Sense Radio features entrepreneurs,.....

US (AK): Anchorage rooftop plans delayed

A proposed ordinance that would increase the space available for farmers markets and allow rooftop greenhouses was postponed indefinitely by the Anchorage planning and zoning commission Monday night after facing scrutiny by commission members.The ordinance would allow farmers markets on city parks and.....

US (MT): Chef grows hydroponic greens in shipping container

Using a pre-assembled hydroponic vertical growing system inside a converted freight container at the Bonner mill site, Jennifer Stackpole is growing tender crisp greens for local restaurants, stores and markets even as the temperature dips well below freezing throughout the dark Montana winter.....

US (MD): Planned vertical farm to train ex-offenders

A Canadian agriculture technology company is partnering with CBO Financial Inc. and Volunteers of America Chesapeake to develop a $6 million indoor urban farm in East Baltimore, part of a new program to give workforce training to ex-offenders.Arcturus Growthstar Technologies Inc. signed a letter of intent.....

US (IL): Community college offers Sustainable Urban Agriculture program

The new Sustainable Urban Agriculture degree and certificate program at College of DuPage uses a hands-on approach to help students become professionals in urban farming.Recently approved by the Illinois Community College Board, the program gives students practical experience and the opportunity to work.....

Vertical farming can’t feed the world, says urban farmer

“Can vertical farming feed the world? I’ll tell you right now: No it can’t,” said Erik Cutter, founder of California-based urban farm company Alegría Fresh, in an interview with Humanosphere. “It’s too expensive to feed the world.”According to Cutter, the price tag on the type of vertical farm tower.....

India: Organic farming enthusiast sets up aquaponic farm

Sushant Madaan, an organic farming enthusiast from Gurugram has set up the first-of-its-kind aquaponic farm in north India.Madaan decided to pursue aquaponics after exploring different organic farming techniques for a while. Having set up the farm in June this year, he is planning to grow leafy vegetables.....

US (CA): Grant awarded to study sustainable urban agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded Stacy Philpott, associate professor in environmental studies and holder of the Ruth and Alfred Heller Chair in Agroecology at UC Santa Cruz, a $439,676 grant to research sustainable agricultural practices in urban environments.“As the top Democrat on the.....

CAN (BC): Affinor installs second tower at demo greenhouse

Affinor Growers has installed the second vertical growing tower with the University of the Fraser Valley Agriculture Training and Research Demonstration Greenhouse at the John Volken Academy in Surrey, British Columbia. The four level automated tower will allow Affinor Growers to continue to demonstrate and.....

US (PA): City Council shows interest in vertical farming

At a Philadelphia City Council hearing, discussions of vertical farming raised some hopes for the city economy as urban farmers grow produce year round.Jack Griffin, president of Metropolis Farms in South Philadelphia, said technology has scaled down the space needed for agriculture such as his.....

Nuffield Scholar Keshav Timalsena studies semi-closed greenhouse production

Australian vegetable growers can achieve greater productivity, increased energy efficiency and reduced pest pressure through the use of semi-closed greenhouse (SCG) technology, according to Nuffield Scholar, Keshav Timalsena.A 2014 Scholarship winner supported by Woolworths, Mr Timalsena researched the.....

Indoor Farms of America announces financing options for equipment

Indoor Farms of America announces the immediate availability of multiple sources of financing for the product line of Container Farms and fully scalable vertical aeroponic growing equipment."These financing options for our products opens doors to many folks who want the best equipment available for indoor.....

Eric Amyot, Modular Farms:

"Keep up on farm tasks to avoid catastrophe"

Modular Farms is a containerized farming systems company that builds scalable, controlled environment modular farms for growers in any climate. It all started with two men - Eric Amyot and Eric Bergeron - starting a farm called Smart Greens.After learning the ropes of farming, the two saw a need for scalable.....

Red Romaine lettuce leaves harvested in space

For a mid-afternoon snack, NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough cut some of the "Outredgeous" Red Romaine lettuce leaves he nurtured during the past month aboard the International Space Station as part of a gardening harvest technique termed “cut-and-come-again.”Kimbrough initiated the most recent round of the.....

US(TX): Fertilizer trials at Hort Americas demo greenhouse

Hort Americas has retrofitted a 12,000-square-foot greenhouse in Dallas, Texas, for the purpose of studying edible crop production in a variety of hydroponic production systems. The greenhouse is also being used to demonstrate products offered in the company’s online catalog.by David KuackTyler Baras, who is.....

Cameroon start-up develops aquaponic kits

Save Our Agriculture is a start-up based in Douala, Cameroon, that produces aquaponics kits. Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (growing plants without soil). The fish waste is pumped to the plants through the water they live in, acting as a natural fertiliser. In.....

Plant plants cropping up in Hong Kong

Plant factories, in which vegetables and other crops are grown indoors, are cropping up in Hong Kong amid growing awareness about food safety among the middle class.With some 20 companies entering the market over the past three years, annual production of hydroponic farms is expected to reach 750 tons.In.....

December 14 & 15, New Braunfels

US (TX): Aquaponics 101 program to be held in New Braunfels

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office for Comal County will hold an Aquaponics 101 program in New Braunfels in December.The program will be held in two parts at the AgriLife Extension office, located at 325 Resource Drive. The presenter will be Peter Woods, AgriLife Extension program fisheries.....

US (ME): Chef grows Asian food in the greenhouse

When some Maine farmers had a bunch of turnips that had accidentally gone to flower, they thought they had screwed up big time. At best, the harvest would go straight into the compost. Chef Cara Stadler decided to intervene; she wanted to use the discarded greens for a culinary experiment.“We turned it into.....

French startup raises $4.3m to grow fruit & veg in containers

French startup Agricool has raised $4.3 million (€4 million) to grow strawberries and later other fruit and vegetables inside shipping containers. The money was raised from newly-launched VC firm Daphni as well as Parrot founder Henri Seydoux and Captain Train (acquired by Trainline) co-founder Jean-Daniel.....

Hydropods announces strategic partnership with CropBox

Hydropods, a Denver-based technology company, has formed a strategic partnership with Clinton, North Carolina-based CropBox, to integrate its cloud-based grow controllers into their shipping container agricultural systems.“We’re proud of this partnership with CropBox,” said Ted Tanner, CEO of Hydropods......

Dubai investor takes a stake in Plantagon Agritechture

Stockholm based Plantagon Agritechture AB and Dubai based Enspire Ltd. have decided to partner up.Plantagon Agritechture is combining urban agriculture, innovative technical solutions and architecture – to meet global food security. Main owner of Plantagon Agritechture is the Stockholm based innovation.....

NASA testing space greenhouse for ISS

A high fidelity test version of NASA’s Advanced Plant Habitat (APH), the largest plant chamber built for the agency, arrived at Kennedy Space Center in Florida last week. The engineering development unit arrived by truck, was offloaded and transported to a laboratory at the Space Station Processing.....

Affinor Growers updates on strawberry test and analysis

Affinor Growers updates shareholders on the progress of the BioPod Initiative strawberry growing towers and product testing analysis.Strawberry UFV test site results to dateThe small, 4 level, 8 arm prototype, produced over 130 pounds of strawberries over three and half months in an area of only 100 square.....

Rooftop greenhouses take Canadian universities by storm

Rooftop gardens are having a moment at Canada’s universities. The eco-benefits of green roofs cycling storm water away from the sewage system, combined with the health and social benefits of growing fresh food for consumption right on campus, make the concept a win-win.Ryerson has been ahead of the urban.....

US (WI): International students flock to Montello to learn aquaponics

The “no vacancy” sign glowed at the ’Tween the Lakes Motel.There were meals at the Granite Falls Supper Club, coffee at Oyster Crackers Cafe and photos snapped of the waterfalls at Daggett Memorial Park next to the Kwik Trip. This is where a quarry, decades ago, employed more than 200 people and supplied the.....

CAN (ON): Mississauga Foodbank launches AqauGrow Farms

As the need for food banks continues to rise, The Mississauga Food Bank continues their commitment to sourcing healthy and nutritious food for their thousands of monthly visitors.To meet this increasing demand, the food bank has launched its newest program as a creative method of sourcing fresh protein and.....

Vegetables, fish and hops to be farmed on Paris rooftops and car parks

33 teams have been selected by the City of Paris for the Parisculteurs project, which aims to use rooftops and car parks in the capital for vegetable, fish and hops farming. Among those selected are landscapers, farmers, architects, associations and start-ups. 13 of the locations are being made available by.....

In the future, will farming be fully automated?

In the not-too-distant future, our fields could be tilled, sown, tended and harvested entirely by fleets of co-operating autonomous machines by land and air.And they'll be working both day and night.Driverless tractors that can follow pre-programmed routes are already being deployed at large farms around the.....

US (MI): Detroit urban farm embraces sustainable water use

Farm manager Patrick Crouch says "the motivation was multitude” for investing in a rainwater catchment system in Earthworks Urban Farm at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen on Detroit's East Side.Crouch says rainwater is better for plants than treated municipal water. Also, a catchment system can prevent runoff from.....

Agricool raises €4M for indoor fruit and veg cultivation

Agricool is a startup created in 2015 by Gonzague Gru and Guillaume Fourdinier, two sons of farmers who couldn’t find any high-quality fruits and vegetables in the city. The problem was obvious: fruits and vegetables sold in cities don’t have any taste and they’re full of pesticides, they say. The reason.....

Fujitsu launches company in Finland to produce vegetables year-round

Fujitsu announced the establishment of a new company in Finland, Fujitsu Greenhouse Technology Finland Oy, to operate a plant factory equipped with an agricultural Information and Communication Technology (ICT) system, and to produce and sell agricultural products. The new company, jointly financed by.....

How to manage algae in aquaponics and hydroponics

For new growers especially, algae in aquaponics or hydroponics systems can be an alarming development. They’re usually more of a nuisance than a real problem, but they can get out of hand if preventative measures aren’t taken. If left unmanaged, algae can impact the nutrition and pH of systems. Algae in.....