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US: Agritecture and Blue Planet Consulting announce merger

Urban agriculture companies Agritecture and Blue Planet Consulting announce their merger. The new entity, Agritecture LLC, will be better suited to pioneer the optimization of food cultivation in urban environments.The Agritecture platform was founded in 2011, beginning as a blog curated by the founder,.....

UAE government, Union Coop collaborate on hydroponic agriculture project

The Ministry of Community Development has signed a memorandum of understanding with Union Coop, the largest cooperative in the UAE, to support the 'Hydroponic Agriculture Project'.The project aims to develop the capacities and skills of 'people of determination' in project management and applied life skills,.....

US (GA): Research center aims for more cost effective aquaponics

The adage goes that if you give a person a fish, you feed them for a day; if you teach them how to fish, you feed them for a lifetime.If you create an affordable system that not only grows tasty fish but also a variety of fresh produce using no soil and a fraction of the water of traditional farming, you.....

US (NY): The future of farming is sprouting in a restaurant

Beneath one of NYC's best restaurants, down a hallway you could find only if you knew where to go, rows of heady, hydroponic herbs, sticky with residue, grow under LED lights. Across the East River, in an old factory, a small lab of growers tinker with their own seedlings, while a greenhouse just two miles.....

Indonesia: Vertical farm wins Tropical Architecture Design Competition

The first prize winner of the International Tropical Architecture Design Competition was an 11-storey marvel featuring hydroponics, water harvesting technology and built using recycled building materials, waste plastic and glass bottles.As Indonesia’s urban population growth outpaces growth in infrastructure.....

US (SD): Global Aquaponics still seeking cash for stalled project

An investor in the Global Aquaponics fish farm near Brookings says he has been assured by the project’s backers that they are continuing to solicit investors for the project.Jerry Gross, a Sioux Falls accountant, said he was recently told by Tobias Ritesman, the CEO and chairman of Ritesman Enterprises, that.....

Are barrelponics the new what's next?

Using a sustainable system, hobby farmer Dan Fox cultivates fish, fruit and vegetables in a backyard greenhouse.Water from fish tanks pumps into grow beds for plants, the plants extract nutrients from the water and the clean water drains back into the fish tanks. The water can cycle continuously.“These grow.....

This food truck grows its own meals

If you stroll down West Geer Street on a Wednesday afternoon, you may be surprised to find a farm parked in front of you.Meet the Farmery, which Ankur Sanghi and Ryan Graven—both Fuqua ’14—recently adopted. The brainchild of CEO Ben Greene, the Farmery is a multi-component food truck and container farm.....

Mars farmers come home again

Six NASA-backed research subjects who have been cooped up in a Mars-like habitat on a remote Hawaii volcano since January emerged from isolation Sunday. They devoured fresh-picked tropical fruits and fluffy egg strata after eating mostly freeze-dried food while in isolation and some vegetables they grew.....

Jon Dayton joins Agrilyst as Chief Technology Officer

Agrilyst welcomes Jon Dayton to the team as CTO. Jon brings with him over a decade of experience building cutting-edge applications and growing product teams. Prior to joining Agrilyst, Jon served as the Director of Engineering at Vestorly, a platform combining artificial intelligence and content marketing.....

Hydroponic vegetable producers demand fixed prices

Small hydroponic vegetable producers want their products to have fixed prices in order to differentiate them from conventional production. The demand is warranted by the fact that hydroponic production is more expensive and demanding. With prices decreasing across the market, small producers are finding it.....

September 22, Washington, D.C.

US: AVF Washington summit to focus on policy challenges for vertical farming

The Association of Vertical Farming (AVF) organizes the annual AVF Summit event to engage policymakers, thought leaders, industry experts, entrepreneurs and scientists via an interactive, dynamic discussion platform. The Vertical Farming sector in agriculture is in a nascent state of development. Engagement.....

US (ME): Lisbon farm raises money for aquaponics facility

A farm in Lisbon that grows lettuce indoors year-round using aquaponics has raised one-third of the total $1.6 million in equity funding it is seeking.Springworks Farm Maine Inc., started three years ago by Bowdoin College student Trevor Kenkel, 22, raised $535,838, according to a U.S. Securities and.....

US: Urban food from supermarket rooftops to a storied ball park

Since its inception in 2008, Green City Growers (GCG), a Certified B Corporation that installs and maintains vegetable gardens and farms within the greater Boston area, has assisted in the production of more than 175,000 pounds of organic produce, donated more than 12,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables, and.....

E-book delves into vertical farming electronics

Tying into the first EBook from Mouser Electronics, Mouser and Grant Imahara of MythBusters’ fame now explore the up-and-coming realm of urban farming. The Empowering Innovation Together initiative takes readers on a quest for new knowledge where they can see a direct connection between ideas and products,.....

India: Thumbs up for hydroponic farming in Bangalore

As the Indian state of Karnataka has been reeling under severe drought for consecutive years, the horticulture department is now exploring the possibilities of hydroponics to grow vegetables and fruits.An official of the horticulture department said, “There is a directive from higher-ups to prepare a plan on.....

How to safely lower pH in aquaponics

High pH is a common concern among beginning and intermediate aquaponic growers, who want a quick fix to bring it down.Nate Storey's philosophy on lowering the pH in a system with high pH is simple."If you’re thinking about using a chemical or acid to lower your pH, don’t. You’re just going to make your life.....

US (OH): Inmates donate produce to Center of Hope

An innovative venture in sustainable agriculture is yielding a bountiful harvest for the Center of Hope in Ravenna.The center has more than 2,000 pounds of vegetables -- zucchini, squash, kale, cucumbers and lettuce -- from the Trumbull Correctional Institution in Leavittsburg, where 20 inmates are involved.....

Combining downward and upward lighting improves plant growth

“Plant factory with artificial lighting” (PFAL) refers to a plant production facility that can achieve mass production of vegetables year round in a controlled environment. However, the high-density planting pattern in PFALs causes low light conditions in the lower canopy, leading to leaf senescence in the.....

Members of the European Parliament visit INAPRO demo site

On the 19th of July, a delegation of Members of the European Parliament visited the INAPRO demonstration site located in Waren (Germany) and discovered how the aquaponic system developed by the INAPRO project produces sustainable food with a low environmental impact.The visit took place in the framework of a.....

Roto-Gro begins delivery of hydroponic cannabis system

Roto-Gro has completed the initial delivery of its order from EuroAg Corporation for the supply of 240 Roto-Gro Units over a 12 month period.The fully-automated Roto-Gro rotary hydroponic system (a method of growing plants without soil) can be used to produce high-quality medical cannabis at a competitive.....

How to avoid zinc toxicity in aquaponics

There are lots of reasons people use galvanized tanks in aquaponics systems. They are cheaper than stainless, they are durable, and they are readily available. Sounds great, right? Galvanized steel can cause problems in aquaponics systems, however; if you are thinking about using one for your aquaponics.....

Taking decoupled aquaponics to the next level

The four loop design allows for optimal nutrient levels in the plant loop, while maintaining low Nitrate levels in the fish loop with very little water loss. A desalination system allows desalinated water to flow from the hydroponic loop back to the fish loop.Take a look at this presentation by Simon Goddek.....

Indoor Farms of America bridges gap with traditional U.S. agriculture

In what is a watershed transaction and a continuance of plans to integrate world class indoor agriculture equipment into traditional farming, Indoor Farms of America announces that it has sold the first two "warehouse" style farms to Co-Alliance, LLP one of the largest, oldest and most respected major.....

October 16, Philadelphia

Aerofarms & Metropolis Farms speaking at Indoor Ag-Con Philly

After two successful years in New York, Indoor Ag-Con is relocating its East coast event to Philadelphia for its inaugural Indoor Ag-Con Philly on October 16, 2017. The venue is the modern gallery at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the agenda will include 12 keynotes covering topical “big.....

US (OH): Hydroponics system gets seniors gardening

The Eleanor Kahle Senior Center has gotten gardening down to a science — literally.Each year, in a 58-by-28-foot plot behind the center, 1315 Hillcrest Ave., its seniors rig a hydroponic system that delivers nutrient-enriched water to stacked pots of peppers, tomatoes, peas, beans, cucumbers, cabbage,.....

AquaPlanet survey

USDA RMA to establish new categories for aquaponics/hydroponics

AquaPlanet are working with the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) to establish new categories for aquaponics / hydroponics agriculture. This will make it easier for development agencies, banks, farmers and investors to scale up, and have the risks underwritten by the government. Click here to fill out the.....

Urban veg farming gains popularity in AU sheep region

Edenhope is a small town in western Victoria not known for its lettuce. Rather, it is home to mostly cropping and sheep farmers. But a new urban farming business is changing that.Lucas King started his urban farm in March with a few plots in the middle of the country town."I'm trying to create a lifestyle.....

Valoya enables plant growth in Europe’s deepest mine

The small town of Pyhäjärvi located in central Finland is home to Europe’s deepest mine, reaching down to 1444 m (4738 ft) below surface. The municipality of Pyhäjärvi, supported by LUKE (Natural Resources Institute Finland) is repurposing parts of the mine to be used for horticultural research. Crop.....

Canada: GoodLeaf Farms launches microgreens at Atlantic Superstores

GoodLeaf Farms (GoodLeaf) of Truro, Nova Scotia has announced its locally-grown microgreen products will be available year-round in select Atlantic Superstores stores across the Maritimes – even during the harshest winter months.Using technology created by its parent company TruLeaf Sustainable Agriculture.....