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EU: Workshop enabling growers for the digital age

On 26-27 April 2018 the European Commission’s DG Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) organised the EIP-AGRI Workshop ‘Enabling farmers for the digital age: the role of AKIS’. It was organised in cooperation with the Latvian Rural Advisory and Training Centre. 94 delegates from 25 European countries.....

Ukraine: Tomato Field Day in Kamenka

The local Sakata team, together with Ukrainian distributor Sakura, held a tomato field day focusing on their new and existing range of red, pink and speciality tomatoes for the region.More than 120 growers and retailers participated in this event in Kamenka, the main greenhouse tomato production area in.....

Angola: Agro-logistic workshop on the Lobito Corridor

The purpose of the Agro-Logistic workshop on the Lobito Corridor, held on July 4th, was to hold an interactive discussion where a representation of all relevant stakeholders could discuss the development of the Lobito Corridor including the current state, the potential and necessary steps to achieve this.....

Cultivate'18: photos are on their way

All waiting for the Cultivate18 pictures? Well, so are we. Unfortunately though, due to the delays in the air traffic we will have to keep you waiting for one more day. Therefore here's the last sneak peek.Hoogendoorn of course showed the iSii process computer, a tool for better climateThe Acrylite coverage.....

Europe: Call for entries Food Heroes Award

The Food Heroes Awards competition is an initiative of the INTERREG North West Europe project ‘Food Heroes’. The award program aims to put the societal challenge of food waste in the centre point of attention of many people and organizations.A direct objective is to increase the involvement of relevant.....

August 14-16

US (PA): Penn State offers high tunnel tours

At Penn State’s High Tunnel Research and Extension Facility, strawberries and raspberries are being grown in containers in 15 tunnels with 5 different types of plastics to better manage plant growth, temperatures, and pests. To learn how to better manage heat load, four additional tunnels are equipped with.....

September 5, West Lafayette

US (IN): Greenhouse workshop to promote sustainable growing practices

Purdue University’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture is offering a Greenhouse and Indoor Hydroponics Workshop on Sept. 5, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Room 1159 of Pfendler Hall, 715 W. State St. Participants will learn about optimal conditions for growing hydroponic lettuce, including nutrient.....

US: Fresh produce industry reflects on the impact of Tour de Fresh

In less than one week, Tour de Fresh, presented by The California Giant Foundation, will commence and riders will embark on the four-day excursion in an effort to support Salad Bars to Schools and place at least 50 salad bars in schools around the country. While the four-day ride provides entertainment to a.....

It's all about lettuce at the GPEC, Tokyo

You'll have a hard time finding any land in the world with more attention to the healthiness, freshness and quality of food than Japan. There's a clear place on the plate for veggies. How this effects the industry, became clear last week on the GPEC exhibition in Japan, Xander van der Zande with DanDutch.....

Pink can be your favourite colour at the Cultivate'18

It has become a familiar color to the horticultural industry and walking around at the Cultivate it was no different: the bright pink LED lights shining out of various booths. Although the LED market has not yet gone bust, the number of big projects is growing steadily. An important topic in this is the.....

UAE minister visits Certhon Innovation Centre

Last Monday, the Minister of State of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for Food Security, Her Excellency Mariam Bint Mohammed Almheiri, paid a visit to Certhon and the Certhon Innovation Centre. The Minister and her delegation discussed the sustainable techniques that Dutch horticulture can offer as a.....

July 27, Houston

US (TX): Urban Food Production Conference

The Houston Urban Food Production Conference, covering commercial and backyard food growing, as well as selling produce, will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 27 at the University of Houston Downtown campus, 201 Girard St. in Houston.Sponsors are the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Prairie.....

Conviron and ASPB provide Scholars Program

Conviron is again partnering with the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) in delivering the 2018-19 ASPB Conviron Scholars Program.The ASPB Conviron Scholars Program is aimed at supporting the next generation of plant scientists by helping students build their foundation for a successful career. The.....

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Enormous turnout makes for highly successful Organic Produce Summit

More than 1,500 participants traveled to California’s coastal town of Monterey last week to attend the 3rd annual Organic Produce Summit.On Wednesday, July 11 the summit kicked off with field tours that gave retailers and other interested attendees an opportunity to tour produce fields, talk with growers and.....

Internationally oriented GreenTech wraps up

It's the last day of the GreenTech, and people are slowly getting ready to head back home. For a lot of visitors, that home isn't exactly nearby - at this edition of the event in particular, you wouldn't know if you're in the Netherlands or somewhere else, with so many international visitors.Also of note was.....
August 2, West Lafayette

US (IN): Purdue Plant Science symposium focuses on food security

Purdue University graduate students will discuss the “Future of Food Security” at the third annual Purdue Graduate Student Plant Science Symposium Aug. 2. The event is part of the Plant Science Symposia series sponsored by Corteva Agriscience, the agriculture division of DowDuPont.The symposium is organized.....

September 26-28

Netherlands: Introduction to Strawberry training

After Delphy's strawberry training last May/June, the next training will be held from 26 September 2018 up to and including 28 September 2018.Strawberry cultivation is increasingly important in horticulture worldwide. With the expertise of consultants of Delphy this course will provide knowledge and skills.....
June 25-28, West Lafayette

US (IN): Four-day food safety workshop for industry professionals

The Department of Food Science at Purdue University will offer a Validation Workshop: Aseptic Processing and Filling, June 25-28 in the Philip E. Nelson Hall of Food Science on Purdue’s West Lafayette campus.The workshop is designed for those working in the food processing industry and will focus on issues.....

Kyrgyz president visits Chinese ag academy

Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov visited Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) on June 8, 2018. Vice Minister Qu Dongyu and CAAS President Tang Huajun met with the Kyrgyz President and his delegation.President Jeenbekov was briefed on CAAS research and international cooperation. Afterwards, the.....

It’s all tech at the GreenTech

On the second day of the GreenTech exhibition, the character of the exhibition is shown. The exhibition is not about collecting pens, it's not about exhibition activities – it's all about technique.Surprisingly, it looked like the first morning of the exhibition was busier than the second one. In general it.....

July 25, Woolgoolga

Australia: PCA hosts Greenhouse Growers' Tour

Protected Cropping Australia is organizing another Greenhouse Growers' Tour. This time in Woolgoolga, NSW Mid-North Coast, on Wednesday July 25th 11 am – 5 pm. The tour is free for PCA Members or $150 non-members including lunch. Seats are strictly limited to one bus, so reserve your spot now.The tour will.....

GreenTech Summit 2018

What will greenhouse horticulture look like in a decade?

PHOTO REPORTExhibitors have taken their place in the stands, visitors are coming in and the GreenTech innovation awards have been handed out. But the party already started yesterday with the GreenTech Summit. The theme: 'What will the greenhouse horticulture industry look like in 10 years?' The day started with various.....

New greenhouse guide launched

GreenTech - here we go!

This morning the GreenTech kicked off in the Netherlands. With fresh energy, new stands and many international visitors the exhibition is celebrating its third edition. Take a peek on the exhibition floor!Today, Loek Hermans (Chairman TKI Horticulture & Propagation Materials) and Marcus Arbenz.....

AutoStix wins GreenTech Innovation Award

The GreenTech started today, and this morning the winners of the GreenTech Innovations Awards were announced. Of the 22 nominated products, AutoStix by Visser HortiSystems won the GreenTech Innovation Award 2018. IRIS! Scout robot by Metazet-FormFlex took home the GreenTech Innovation Concept Award, Priva.....

Nijssen at GreenTech

Plant growth chambers and indoor farming solutions

At GreenTech Amsterdam (12-14 June), Nijssen will present its innovative solutions in phytotrons and indoor farming.Nijssen presents its latest solutions in climate technology. Among their projects in recent years, Nijssen realised 100+ climate rooms for several seed breeding companies in Seed Valley.....

AVF pavilion round table discussions at GreenTech

GreenTech Amsterdam and the Association for Vertical Farming are partnering in organizing a dedicated Vertical Farming pavilion where all innovation, knowledge and technology in Vertical Farming comes together. The Vertical Farming pavilion will feature the AVF café with a programme of ’round table talks’.....
June 12-14, Shanghai

China hosts International Indoor Plant Factory Symposium

The 2018 Shanghai International Indoor Plant Factory Symposium aims to bring together the world's leading experts in indoor farming. The show features both attendees and exhibitors from global commercial cultivation enterprises, private research facilities, and universities in an exchange of ideas,.....

June 13, Amsterdam

Last chance to sign up for free LED conference at GreenTech

Crop science, vertical farming and cannabis industry experts are in the speakers line-up of the LEDs & Innovators Conference 2018 held on Wednesday, the 2nd day of GreenTech. The conference consists of three blocks participants may choose from, it is free of charge for GreenTech visitors but seats are.....

Carbon LED

Tomato growers see increased yields with light recipes

During the Greentech in Amsterdam, the results of the Carbon LED research programme will be presented in the Climate, water & energy theatre on Wednesday 13 June 2018.The Carbon LED research has produced impressive results. When tomato growers would use the possibilities to make optimal ‘light recipes’.....

July 4, IJsselmuiden

Sweeper demonstrates sweet pepper harvesting robot

On Wednesday, July 4th from 15:00 to 18:00, growers, suppliers and the press can see the first live demonstration of the SWEEPER pepper harvesting robot. This demonstration will be given at the commercial greenhouse "De Tuindershoek" in IJsselmuiden, one of the partners in this international research.....

PMA hosts 11th annual Fresh Connections event in Mexico

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) hosted its 11th annual Fresh Connections: Mexico conference and expo May 23-24 at the Poliforum in León, Guanajuato, Mexico. Close to 400 attended, 42 growers and service providers exhibited, and the event featured an impressive lineup of international.....

US: Still time to get involved in Tour de Fresh

Tour de Fresh, presented by The California Giant Foundation, takes place in less than two months and there is still an opportunity to join this event, dedicated to supporting the Salad Bars to Schools. On a mission to fuel the younger generations around the United States with delicious fresh fruits and.....
November 5-7, Lima

Creating new markets for responsibly grown food and flowers

A number of speakers/panellists and their sessions have been confirmed for the GlobalGAP Summit, which will take place November 5-7 in Lima, Peru.Matthew Frost, CEO Spinneys Dubai LLC, will showcase the retailer’s trial of the GGN Consumer Label for Fruits and Vegetables, and the benefits of introducing.....
Matthew Crouch, FreshMax Group:

"Fail to plan – plan to fail"

As new varieties continue to emerge in many produce categories, branding is fast becoming the last salvo of influence over consumer-led product choice and customer-led ranging choice. This makes it more important than ever to get branding right. But how can we do this? How can we know what will go the.....

June 23, Langley

CAN (BC): Aquaponics workshop at Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Learn from aquaponics expert and instructor, David Sayson, in a three-hour overview for backyard hobbyists, educators, and even those considering a commercial operation.Topics covered include:How it Works: the science behind aquaponicsOverview: learn about the different kinds of systems from tabletop to.....

NL: Teams for Autonomous Greenhouses Challenge chosen after Hackathon

A 24-hour hackathon on Friday 1 June at research location Bleiswijk of Wageningen University & Research, featuring 14 international teams has determined which five teams will continue in this year’s Autonomous Greenhouses Challenge, organised by Wageningen University & Research. The five winning.....

US (LA): Niche for hydroponic vegetables, herbs discussed at meeting

Growers interested in hydroponic gardening have another source for the information they may need.LSU AgCenter horticulture agent Lee Rouse is conducting research on the practice, by which crops are grown without using soil. He and others from the AgCenter hosted a Hydroponic Education Day at the LSU AgCenter.....

Incotec to sponsor ISF golf tournament for another three years

Seed enhancement company Incotec and the International Seed Federation signed a contract naming Incotec as the sponsor of the ISF annual golf tournament for another three years. The official signing took place during the ISF World Seed Congress in Brisbane, Australia.Incotec has sponsored the golf tournament.....

Maarten Crum, Hogeschool Inholland:

"Guaranteed job with a horticultural degree"

In horticulture, getting enough qualified employees can be a challenge. There is a great need for good and knowledgeable staff. It's no wonder then that students from the horticultural education program at Inholland Delft University of Applied Sciences often graduate with a guaranteed job lined up for them......
June 19-21, Flatwoods

US (WV): ‘Preventive Controls for Human Food’ course

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) will jointly host a Preventive Controls for Human Food course from Tuesday, June 19th to Thursday, June 21st at the Days Inn & Suites in Flatwoods, WV. The course was developed by the.....

June 21, East Malling

UK: Strawberry Walk showcases promising varieties

Come and see the most promising performers from the Strawberry Breeding Club at the annual ‘Strawberry Walk’.The event will provide you with the opportunity to view and taste the most interesting new mid and late season selections, as well as the chance to influence decisions on which lines will ultimately.....

Hein van der Sande opens Certhon Innovation Centre

"The Innovation Centre is going to teach us a lot"

PHOTO REPORT On Thursday 31 May, the Certhon Innovation Centre was officially opened by Hans Hoogeveen, Ambassador at the UN organizations for Food and Agriculture (FAO, WFP and IFAD) in Rome. With this center, the greenhouse builder responds to the need to produce food worldwide, in every place on earth and 365 days a.....

September 13-14, Odense

Denmark: Scandinavian berries on show

The Scandinavian Berry Days is a two day Berry event, starting on Thursday 13th September until Friday 14th September at Hotel Plaza in Odense, Denmark. This berry event is organized by Beekenkamp reseller LindFlora.This two day programme contains a professional exhibition with several companies, networking,.....

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva:

"Peace fundamental in bringing down number of hungry people"

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva in an opening address to the organization's executive, the Council, stressed the role of wars and conflict as drivers of global hunger, while lamenting an increase in military spending."Countries should bear in mind that sustained peace and the end of conflicts are.....

June 13, Vincennes

US (IN): Purdue organizes high tunnel tour

Purdue University is hosting a high tunnel tour on June 13, in which 16 seedless cucumber varieties will be evaluated. Learn cucumber grafting technique and its potential to extend early season cucumber production. Observe different trellises and pruning systems for growing cucumbers in high tunnels. Discuss.....

June 20-21, Utrecht

NL: Innovations Theatre showcases smart food production

Technology innovations and solutions from start-ups and entrepreneurs from across the world that will drive the future of sustainable agriculture and smart food production will be showcased in Europe next month during the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) at Jaarbeurs Expo Center, Utrecht,.....

July 25, Vineland Station

CAN (ON): What's Growin' On Research Farm Open House

What's Growin' On Research Farm Open House will take place Wednesday, July 25 at 6 pm at Vineland’s Victoria Avenue Farm.This is an opportunity to learn about Vineland's latest horticultural research developments at their research farm.Please register by July 24. Due to space limitations, attendance is.....

November 7, Boxborough

US (MA): NGCE features educational session on basic production skills

Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo will feature an educational session on basic production skills on November 7, 2018. The Basic Production Skills session (November 7, 2018) at the NEGC will feature four presentations on the fundamentals of greenhouse production. These presentations are appropriate for.....

June 21, Utrecht

LED or HPS, make the right decision

Aruna Lighting from Breda (Netherlands) hosts Mrs. Leora Radetsky on Thursday June 21st. Leora Radetsky is an independent research scientist at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. The research compares a dozen LED fixtures with HPS fixtures. The research focusses on.....

Shaping the future of pea together

On May 23 and 24, in the area of Emilia, Italy hosted an international delegation of over a 100 people, including Syngenta experts and key players of the pea industry which accounts for about 70% of the EAME market.With over 252,000 hectares of cultivated area in EAME, 65% of production intended for the.....

US (GA): Greenhouse gala raises funds for local food charity

This month, nearly 200 people gathered at Fill Ministries’ Aquaponics Farm in northeast Forsyth to celebrate the opening of their first greenhouse at the inaugural Feeding Hearts Farm to Table Gala.At the event held on May 20, attendees were given an insider’s tour of the greenhouse, fed a meal of fresh.....

June 19, East Malling

UK: Fargro organizes one-day IPM conference

Fargro will be hosting a one-day conference which includes a series of short punchy presentations across a range of crop protection topics, all within the context of pesticide reduction and integrated pest management.The day will be run by Fargro in association with Bioline Agrosciences, Mardenkro and.....

June 28, Benton Harbor

US (MI): Tabletop strawberry production at MSU innovations day

In Michigan, TunnelBerries personnel have set up a trial with a table-top strawberry system supplied by Haygrove Tunnels. They are planting day neutral varieties Albion and two MSU types (Redstart, Wasach) in coconut coir media.The trial is in a high tunnel in Benton Harbor, Michigan and will be on display.....

Australia: PCA Greenhouse Growers’ Workshop report

Sixty five PCA members enjoyed an afternoon last April at Trandos Hydroponic Growers (THG), the high-tech propagation facility supplying grafted and ungrafted tomato and watermelon seedlings across Australia. Additionally, THG grows and ships several tomato varieties to Australia’s largest supermarket.....

GAP Awards 2018: 'Calling all producers'

Initiated in 2012, the GAP Awards honor GlobalGAP certified producers who have achieved outstanding results through their commitment to GlobalGAP principles and the implementation of Good Agricultural Practices. It also gives GlobalGAP certified farmers an excellent opportunity to showcase their achievements.....

June 12-14, Amsterdam

TOFF excursion will tour innovative organic farms in North Holland

Where can vegetable growers learn about the most promising innovations and technologies for better organic farming? At TOFF, the Organic Farmers Fair. From Tuesday, 12 June, through Thursday, 14 June, Bejo will have a stand at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre to exchange insights with organic growers,.....

Australian veg industry women on tour in Europe

Learning about international vegetable industries and understanding the practices and trends taking place overseas is a valuable way for Australian growers to gain fresh perspectives on how to tackle production challenges and meet consumer needs.Study tours give growers first-hand experience with overseas.....

European farmers and cooperatives open their doors to the public

Copa and Cogeca welcomed the launch of French farm open day, bringing consumers back in touch with agriculture and showing where their food comes from. Open farm and cooperatives days are taking place all across Europe.Copa and Cogeca Secretary-General Pekka Pesonen stressed: “More and more, there are.....

June 7, Hamburg

"Room in the market for fresh-cut salads and vegetables"

What are the latest convenience-related trends and developments? At the European Convenience Forum in Hamburg, Germany, on 7 June 2018, experts from all over Europe will be answering this question – and they will include Bauke van Lenteren, Marketing and Business Development Specialist Convenience and.....

Saint Lucia: Taiwan expert shares greenhouse tomato knowledge

The Taiwan Technical Mission in Saint Lucia in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture held a Greenhouse Tomato Production Workshop at Union on May 23rd, 2018. More than 54 local farmers and extension officers attended the event.At the event, Mr. Tim Shiao taught local farmers know-how in greenhouse.....
June 25-27

Ukraine: Dutch trade mission to Ternopil and Chernivtsi

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ukraine invites you to participate in a Dutch trade mission to Ternopil & Chernivtsi from 25 to 27 June 2018.Dutch companies interested in joining the mission should contribute with their products to the development of the private sector in the Western.....

Tomates & Concombres de France :

France: “Open greenhouse days are urgently needed”

Greenhouses are in the spotlight in France. From 23 to 26 May, the national tomato and cucumber association Tomates & Concombres de France organizes the open greenhouse days. According to the association, events like this are urgently needed. “Most of the French have never been in a greenhouse and.....

Colombians participate in food innovation event

The Colombian firm Sáenz Fety, with more than 60 years of experience in the commercialization of agricultural and livestock inputs, is the first Colombian company to participate in the largest international event on food innovation, Seeds & Chips, which connects people, ideas and solutions to strengthen.....

Sakata shows vegetables in Jordan, Uzbekistan

80 customers from 18 countries met with the Sakata team during 3 days in Jordan.Distributors visited from the Middle East, North Africa, Russia, Eastern and Southern Europe.They learnt more about Sakata’s portfolio and new varieties for the region. More than 250 varieties from 17 crops were displayed.....

US (LA): Produce growers tour Tangipahoa Parish farms

Members of the Louisiana Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association toured the Faust Farm in Amite City and the Poche Family Farm in Independence May 16 to share ideas and gain valuable information.LSU AgCenter fruit and vegetable specialist Kiki Fontenot said the purpose of the tour is to provide a networking.....

MSU offers self-paced online greenhouse courses

Growers can now register for the summer session of Michigan State University Extension’s College of Knowledge. There are now five courses in the nationally-award winning series:Root Zone Management CourseBiological Control for Greenhouse Growers(Spanish) Control Biologico para Cultivadores en.....

June 20-21, New York

US (NY): Startups look to redefine indoor agriculture

Six international agtech start-ups have been selected to pitch their technologies to a panel of ‘Sharks’ and an audience of 200 leading international indoor and vertical farming operators, agri-food businesses and VC investors at the upcoming Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit on June 20-21 in Brooklyn, New.....

Bayer launches online training in good agricultural practices

Following last year’s launch of the Spanish BayGAP online training aimed at supporting farmers in Latin America, Bayer is now also offering an English version, for which participants can register with immediate effect. The virtual self-learning course is free and available worldwide. It will last from May 28.....

Dutch government delegation on trade mission to India

Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality Carola Schouten, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Sigrid Kaag, Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management Cora van Nieuwenhuizen and Minister for Healthcare and Sport Bruno Bruins are in India from 23 to 25.....

Australian Made Board of Directors meet for the 100th time

The Australian Made Campaign has celebrated the 100th meeting of its Board of Directors, underscoring the longevity of the not-for-profit organisation that administers the famous Australian Made, Australian Grown logo (AMAG logo). Senior members of the businesses community attended the milestone assembly.....

March 13-15, Ho Chi Minh City

“HortEx Vietnam 2019 aiming for significant growth”

HortEx Vietnam, the first International Exhibition and Conference for Horticultural and Floricultural Production and Processing Technology in Vietnam, was successfully launched from 14-16 March 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City.In total more than 110 companies from 20 countries worldwide participated and 4,530.....

Arrell Food Summit tackles challenge of feeding the world

On Tuesday, May 22, more than 450 leaders from academia, the food industry, government, NGOs and philanthropy convened at the University of Guelph for the inaugural Arrell Food Summit. “Our ambition is no less to be the Davos of food—a meeting of the minds at the highest level to tackle the challenges of.....

May 25, Mumbai

India: Round table on Dutch greenhouse technology and knowledge

HortiTechIndia is organizing a round table session on Dutch greenhouse technology and knowledge, the HortiTechIndia way forward, on Friday May 25th in the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai. HortiTechIndia has developed a business case for the knowledge and technology needed for viable commercial greenhouse.....

New Zealand: Bumper crop of winners from Young Vegetable Grower

For the first time in the competition’s history, there are two winners of the Young Vegetable Grower of the Year competition: Esteban Ibanez and Gurjant Singh.The day-long competition in Christchurch saw entrants compete in a series of practical and theoretical challenges designed to test the skills needed.....

May 29, Mandurah

Australia: Exploring future growth opportunities for horticulture cropping

The benefits of growing fruit and vegetable crops in controlled, sheltered environments to boost food production in WA will be the focus of an industry forum in Mandurah later this month.The Protected Horticulture in WA Forum on 29 May is being hosted by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional.....

June 12-13, Cologne

"The reintroduction of industrial hemp is in full swing worldwide"

In the 17th century, at the heyday of sailing, hemp flourished in Europe and was an important agriculture crop. Almost all ship sails and almost all rigging, ropes, nets, flags up to the uniforms of the sailors were made of hemp due to the tear and wet strength of the fibre. Trade and warfare depended on.....