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Taiwan to build £18m vertical farm in Britain

Graham Stuart, minister for investment in the United Kingdom's Department for International Trade, announced a plan by a Taiwanese company to establish a vertical farming factory in the UK.YesHealth Agri-Biotechnology Co., which operates a 14-storey vertical farm in Taoyuan City called YesHealth iFarm, will.....

US (OH): Rep. Steve Chabot visits 80 Acres Farms

U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, who has represented Ohio's First Congressional District for 20 years visited 80 Acres Farms, an indoor farm located in his native city of Cincinnati. Rep. Chabot currently serves as Chairman of the House Committee on Small Business. He has made small business growth and job creation a.....

CAN (AB): Would-be urban farmers peeved by building code regulations

Some urban farmers say stringent provincial building codes are hampering their plans to farm in the city.Ryan Mason, co-owner of Reclaim Urban Farms, is asking councillors to help residents navigate provincial red tape for erecting temporary structures on urban agricultural land.“I just want to sell lettuce.....

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.....

Ireland: Health food producer looking for vertical farmers

Darren Ducoté, the founder of The Little Pharma, which produces and sells fresh barley and wheatgrass juice shots says growing barley and wheatgrass presents real opportunities for farming partners."Currently we are growing seven systems of wheat and barley grass, but we want to increase that to 140 by the.....

UK: Phillip Davis leaves Stockbridge

After five years working on LED lighting technology with core funding from the Horticultural Fellowship Fund sponsored by HTA, The East Malling Trust and AHDB (HDC) inspired by Neil Bragg, Phillip is moving on.In 2012 STC built a large closed environment insulated facility constructed by Cambridge HOK and.....

CAN (NS): McCain invests in TruLeaf vertical farm

McCain Foods has completed a strategic investment in TruLeaf Sustainable Agriculture. TruLeaf has developed proprietary indoor vertical farming technology to grow fresh and nutritious leafy greens of high quality and flavour, in an environmentally sustainable way, 365 days per year. TruLeaf currently sells.....

CAN (ON): Affinor Growers licensee to build 45,000 sq.ft. vertical farm

Affinor Growers' exclusive license holder of the province of Ontario, Urban Vertical Farms, has signed and accepted a term sheet for $6 million in equity from Zygoz Equity Partners.The agreement was signed April 11th 2018, all funding will come from Zygoz Equity Partners in exchange for a 20% stake in Urban.....

June 12-15, Shanghai

China: AEssenseGrows announces international indoor farming symposium

AEssenseGrows, an ag-tech company specializing in automated aeroponic platforms for high-yield plant production, announced a symposium featuring leaders in commercial indoor agriculture. Co-sponsored by AEssenseGrows and the Shanghai Academy of Agricultural Sciences (SAAS), the 2018 International Indoor.....

US (GA): Researchers making waves in sustainable farming

Could aquaponics be the farming of the future? Researchers at the Georgia Southern University FORAM Sustainable Aquaponics Research Center (SARC) on the Armstrong Campus in Savannah are discovering how feasible that may be.In just two years of operation, SARC has offered undergraduate students, faculty and.....

US (MN): Duo starts aquaponics business from scratch

Corey Van Stelten and John De Valk had a shared interest in aquaponics that led them to start their own aquaponics business, CR Produce in Edgerton.Although Van Stelten and De Valk had an interest in aquaponics, they didn’t have first-hand experience. De Valk attended an aquaponics class at Nelson and Pade.....

Will automated indoor farming provide a solution to food insecurity in 2050?

Food literally makes up who you are. This is nothing profound, but it’s surprising how easy it can be to forget. Thankfully, there are people at the University of Calgary who have developed a course program to remind us of that fact.by Ivan Savytskyy, Global Challenges studentLast year, Jay Cross and the.....

US (IN): Organic vertical farmer grows tailor-made plants

Jonathan Partlow, founder of Aggressively Organic, sells small hydroponic plant growing systems that don’t need sunlight, dirt or pesticides and are grown indoors using just water, nutrients and LED lamps.Partlow says he has the modest of goal of ending hunger. And he’s being taken very seriously.The.....

US (OK): Organic USDA certification for aquaponics incubator program

Eastern Oklahoma State College recently received organic certification status from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the produce grown in the college’s aquaponics system and incubator program for farmers and small business owners.Eastern’s Agri-Business Incubator Program was launched in 2017 to.....

GroBox sells indoor hydroponic greenhouse on corporate website

After raising more than $77,000 from crowdfunding backers on Kickstarter, consumers can continue purchasing the GroBox indoor hydroponic greenhouse on the corporate website at http://www.getgrobox.com in early March.By the end of the Kickstarter Campaign, crowdfunders helped push presales of the all-in-one,.....

Vertical Designs Aruba licences composting technology

Vertical Designs Aruba has signed an exclusive licence deal with Clean Air Organics for the use of patent pending contained commercial composting technology. The Canadian based company has developed commercial composting technology that creates a process for soil remediation. This process to rebuild soil is.....

US (CT): Torrington warehouse turns into aquaponics farm

To encourage community growth, New Opportunities Inc. is looking to create life in an unused Field Street warehouse.The regional community action agency plans to create an aquaponic farm and grow lettuce, basil, thyme and other herbs with the help of a local workforce.Bill Rybczyk, director of research,.....

US (NJ): Building the techiest indoor farm in the world

Indoor vertical farming startup Bowery is in the process of building a second facility which it claims will be the most technologically sophisticated indoor farm in the world.The operation will be in Kearny, N.J., and grow 30 times more produce than its current indoor farm that’s located nearby, and supply.....

US (PA): Hydroponic farm opens in Carlisle

In a dimly lit area in the back of the Bartoli Produce warehouse in Carlisle is a two room hydroponic farm that is years in the making and which Joe Hays, owner of Bartoli Produce and his wife, Anna and business partner Richard Charles hope is the future of farming. The hydroponic farm known as Mully Grubb.....

Hotspots for crops on Mars

Selecting the perfect landing site will be essential for the successful establishment of the first Mars colony. Growing food crops will be one of the key tasks for the astronauts. Scientists of Wageningen University & Research have identified places on Mars that are favourable for plant species to grow......

UAE: Dubai chef offers tours of his greenhouse

John Martho Buenaventura is a chef at a second-floor restaurant at Dubai’s Business Bay. He grows several different kinds of lettuce, a range of herbs, tomatoes, peppers, aubergines and edible flowers in a space that can’t be much bigger than 40 square metres. The results are served in his modern tapas.....

US (FL): Growing vertically since 1994

The hydroponic system is being used in schools, prisons, small farms and gardens, and on islands in the Caribbean. “The whole thing was to save space and energy,” said Tim Carpenter, the Florida Association of County Agriculture Agents’ Marion County outstanding agriculturist in 2017.Trays of lettuce,.....

US (HI): Growers, Department of Health debate over aquaponics safety

There's a growing debate between farmers and the Department of Health over just how safe aquaponics really are. Some farmers feel their businesses are being threatened, but it all comes down to a decades old law that the Department of Health admits could be outdated."There are no specific laws on aquaponics......

Organic aquaculture guidelines for Canada

The Canadian General Standards Board has published a guide for organic aquaculture production.photo Nelson and Pade, Inc., www.aquaponics.com, Copyright 2018, All rights reserved.Organic production is a holistic system designed to optimize the productivity and fitness of diverse communities within the.....

Pakistan: University inaugurates hydroponics unit

Federal Minister for Water Resources, Syed Javed Ali Shah on Sunday inaugurated the first hydroponic unit, established at Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Agriculture (MNSUA) in Pakistan.The federal minister inspected the hydroponic unit, which is the process of growing plants in sand, gravel, or liquid,.....

Nepal: Self-taught grower turns to aquaponics

A farmer of the Syangja district in Nepal has successfully implemented an aquaponics system to grow different vegetables.Om Thapa, 48, has built a tunnel on the terrace of his three-storied house to grow vegetables using an aquaponics system. He has used stones, PVC pipe and thermocol inside the tunnel to.....

Italy: Clients ask for remote-controlled units

Storage, germination and growth cells - what's important is monitoring parameters and keep everything under control via smartphone. These are the latest demands made by Monti&C Tecnologie clients."Last year went well thanks to the numerous new orders. Our lengthy experience, combined with the.....

US (NY): Architects integrate vertical farm in apartment of the future

Humphreys & Partners presented a future vision of multifamily design at the 2018 International Builders' Show in Orlando on January 11th. Vice President of Design Walter Hughes revealed a high-rise concept that portrayed vivid renderings of two soaring towers on the Manhattan waterfront. This sustainable.....

US (AK): Startup community brainstorms to save nonprofit vertical farm

Managers of an Anchorage hydroponic farm at risk of shutting down in March made an unusual move to save their operation.Seeds of Change, near Arctic Boulevard and 26th Avenue, occupies a 10,000-square-foot warehouse designed for high-tech agriculture. During its first year of operation, it served 18 young.....

US (VT): Making greenhouse operations, farms more energy efficient

As a member of GLASE, EnSave Inc. will provide technical services and use its extensive database of agriculture energy metrics to help growers improve their energy efficiency.by David KuackEnSave Inc. is an engineering and consulting firm focused primarily on energy efficiency and renewable energy for the.....

Quick reference guide for hydroponic growers

Hydroponics, while somewhat similar, is actually much different than aquaponics. The biggest difference is that there are no fish. In aquaponics, fish provide many necessary plant resources by pooping and participate in numerous biological processes including nitrification. Largely, the only grower input is.....

The first seedlings were planted

The EDEN-ISS laboratory starts its greenhouse operations

Now it's getting serious: The EDEN ISS laboratory in Antarctica has been set up, the first seedlings are placed in the growth cabinets, and the majority of the team of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) is back to Germany after eight weeks of travels. For DLR scientist Paul Zabel, who will be the only member.....

Time Scale and the future of (space) cultivation

The universe is the limit

The people behind the Time Scale project aren't sitting still. In a previous article, we explored some of the findings garnered through the European space cultivation project, as well as practically applicable results. In this article, we're going to do some crystal ball gazing. What's in store for the.....

March 7, New Bern

US (NC): Aquaponics short course by NC State University

Designed to provide entrepreneurs research based technical training in the fundamentals of aquaponic technology, an upcoming NC State course will showcase techniques and practices that are being used at one of the largest commercial facilities in the U.S.NC commercial aquaponics experts from the facility at.....

US (CT): Introducing aquaponics systems to schools

For 50 years, Connecticut’s Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) has helped the state’s school districts, including its own 16 interdistrict magnet schools, meet the changing educational needs of children in grades Pre-K through 12 through a wide array of cost-effective and high-quality programs and.....

Aruba: Affinor signs license agreement for marijuana and food production

Affinor Growers has signed an exclusive license agreement with Vertical Designs Aruba to produce marijuana and food using the Affinor Growers patented rotating vertical towers.In return for granting the license, Affinor Growers will receive 10% ownership in VDA and VDA will order all towers from Affinor for.....

US (CA): Strathmore FFA Farm adds CropBox, greenhouses

The Strathmore FFA Farm is taking shape with the 12 acres of Ag land added to the school’s farm last year. A part of the Porterville Unified School District, Strathmore has seen huge developments in its FFA program with two new greenhouses, its CropBox operational, a new farm store, and new livestock pens.....

"Lime, green and purple LEDs produce high red lettuce yields"

Leafy greens are desirable crops for daily eating due to their nutritive value. A new study shows that red lettuce Rouxai grown under specific LED spectra can have significantly higher yields as well as greater concentrations of anthocyanins and carotenoids. The LUXEON SunPlus Lime + Purple LEDs performed.....

Factory-grown greens catch on in Japan

Vegetables grown in factories are finding their way onto more dining tables in Japan, as retailers take advantage of the stable prices offered by produce grown indoors. Customers, meanwhile, like their taste and texture.At a Maruetsu supermarket in central Tokyo, customers examine packages of palm-sized.....

Philippines: Research agency promoting hydroponics for cash crops

The Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), an agency attached to the Department of Agriculture of the Philippines, is promoting hydroponics as a viable method to grow high-value or cash crops.BAR held the first seminar to promote hydroponics on Tuesday in San Carlos City, Pangasinan, that was attended by.....

Thailand: Solar farm plans to invest in hydroponics plant

Chai Phad Phand Co Ltd, which produces signage and operates a solar farm, plans to invest up to Bt20 million [637,000 USD] in a hydroponics plant near its solar farm in the Pathum Thani province in Thailand to tap strong demand in the market, the company’s founder and managing director Vanchai Panvichean.....

US (NY): Ithaca College expands hydroponics and aquaponics systems

Ithaca College’s student-run hydroponics and aquaponics systems are receiving materials to improve and expand within the next few months.Paula Turkon, assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences, oversees seven undergraduate student researchers who maintain the hydroponics and.....