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"The next big biotech traits"

Disease-resistant GMO tomatoes, strawberries and citrus in the pipeline

Conventional breeding techniques and chemical controls have long been agriculture’s central means for disease management. However, despite hundreds of crosses performed and generations of progeny evaluated, durably resistant varieties remain elusive. Today, plant breeders are armed with an alternative.....

Kenya: Mobile platform receives $100,000 grant to grow farmers’ reach

Selina Wamucii, a mobile platform that shortens the agricultural supply chain in Kenya, reducing food wastage and boosting farmers’ incomes, is set to receive a $100,000 grant from global social impact programme Expo Live, run by organizers of the next World Expo, Expo 2020 Dubai.Some 60 per cent of food.....

Idai Nature committed to promoting a circular economy

Spain: Project to find uses for plant sub-waste

Idai Nature plans to carry out research for the development of new extracts derived from plant sub-waste; a valuable resource that is currently unused and is also a source of pollution.This research will be developed over the next two years through a project that the CDTI has awarded to Idai Nature, and the.....

Accelerated production plan for Pure Sunfarms

“The start today of commercial-scale cannabis production at the Delta 3 facility is the most significant milestone for Pure Sunfarms to date,” said Michael DeGiglio, CEO, Village Farms. “And we are thrilled to definitively move forward with the accelerated production plan, which significantly increases Pure.....

"Offering and unifying all our brands"

It all started with the manufacturing of steel structures nearly 55 years ago and the ongoing story includes over 20,000 projects being realised, customers served worldwide and innovative projects being launched continuously. Last year the Canadian company Harnois Industries united and merged their brands.....

CAN (QC): Lambert celebrates 90 years

VIDEO Lambert Peat Moss Company is celebrating its 90th anniversary of premium peat moss production. Now with four generations in the business, Lambert still operates from the original location, along with a number of additional peat bogs.“My grandfather helped pioneer the development of peat moss production in.....

CropNuts and AGI’s Yargus division enter soil testing services agreement

AGI’s Yargus manufacturing division has reached an agreement with Cropnuts to provide soil and analytical laboratory equipment and services in conjunction with the Yargus blending equipment for improved fertilizer blend recommendations.Jeff Ivan, Managing Director International Sales, said: “AGI is pleased.....

CAN (ON): Enniskillen MMJ facility officially opens

High Park Farms in Enniskillen Township is officially open for business.Local dignitaries joined staff for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and private tours of the $30-million medical marijuana facility on Lasalle Line Tuesday morning.The 100-acre property — that includes 13 acres of greenhouse space — is heavily.....

Auscitrus build insect-proof greenhouse for citrus Australia

Auscitrus, is an Australian "not for profit" industry organisation comprising citrus growers and nurserymen from each state. Auscitrus is responsible for supply of citrus budwood and seed in Australia. It now claims that the upgrade of their propagation site at Dareton will be the first of its kind on.....

US tomato farm workers march against Wendy’s fast food chain

Since March of this year, there have been calls to boycott Wendy’s fast food restaurants. Workers’ rights groups across the East Coast, from Florida to New York, have been marching and protesting the poor safety conditions of farmworkers. Since 1993, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), an organization.....

Fluence Bioengineering hires Director of Cultivation Support

Travis Higginbotham has joined Fluence as the Director of Cultivation Support. Higginbotham brings valuable experience working on major cultivation projects at a commercial-scale, having overseen numerous projects in the fields of academia and research.“Commercial horticulture is rapidly evolving and new.....

C-LED and Biolchim partner to increase output capacity

LED technology is gaining more and more ground inside greenhouses. This is because it allows customisation of light spectra according to crop type and, at the same time, improves energy efficiency compared to traditional lighting systems.Latest-generation greenhouses are designed to aid natural growth 365.....

Larive International joins trade mission to India

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Sigrid Kaag, Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality Carola Schouten, Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management Cora van Nieuwenhuizen and Minister for Healthcare and Sport Bruno Bruins will travel to India.....

Adriana Chelli, Les Herbes du Roussillon:

"European aromatic herb market is growing strongly"

For over twenty years, the company Les Herbes du Roussillon has produced aromatic herbs in the South of France. Adriana Chelli: "We are producer and packer at the same time. This way, we distinguish ourselves from the rest of the market. Roussillon's herbs increased its revenue, as well as its workforce,.....

Greek Food Corridors:

Greece: New electronic auction allows growers to leave out the middle man

After analysing the problems currently faced in the Greek agricultural community, the team from Greek Food Corridors started working together with Aucxis Belgium and Greek market professionals, to create an export focused, automated market with European standards, beneficial for all market stakeholders. The.....

$2 million capital injection for Thrive Agritech

Thrive Agritech, Inc. announced that it has received an additional $2 million in equity capital to accelerate the development and deployment of its LED technology in controlled environment agriculture. The investment round was led by Rose Capital, a New York-based institutional investor. In conjunction with.....

Biobest appoints Kristof Truyens as Chief HR Officer

Kristof Truyens joins Biobest’s senior management team as CHRO (Chief Human Resources Officer). With a stream of new subsidiaries and the completion of 5 acquisitions during 2017, Biobest needs additional management skills to consistently roll out one global strategy across the entire organization. "Kristof.....

Smithers-Oasis Company announces partnership with Agrilyst

Smithers-Oasis Company, a worldwide leader in providing solutions throughout the plant and flower supply chain from propagation to consumer, announces its partnership with Agrilyst, leading provider of a software as a service (SaaS) product for greenhouses and vertical farms that allows growers to track.....

BioWorks launches controlled environment agriculture website

BioWorks has launched a new website (bioworkscea.com) specifically for the controlled environment agriculture market - targeting licensed growers with streamlined content specific to their growing needs.The site, designed by BioWorks' internal team, is mobile-friendly and highlights new collateral with.....

Australia: Kalano Farm

Northern Territory's largest tomato producer closes

Kalano Farm was the largest commercial tomato grower in the Northern Territory, producing about 150 tons a year. Now this tomato farm has shut its gates after falling into financial difficulty. The Indigenous-run Kalano Community Farm on the outskirts of Katherine had supplied local markets with tomatoes,.....

Building a greenhouse on an island far, far away

The island of Réunion is located in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar. The island is 63 kilometers long and 45 kilometers wide, covering a total of 2,512 square kilometers and housing over 860,000 inhabitants. Réunion is formed completely of volcanic rocks, and combined with its tropical climate,.....

Afen:

Micro grid for power supply large scale extension Combivliet

Alfen has been selected to supply a micro grid to power the large scale extension of Combivliet's tomato greenhouse complex in Middenmeer. Alfen: "The trends in greenhouse horticulture in the field of automation, scale extensions, and renewable energy require more and more complex energy solutions.Energy.....

BIGH “Ferme Abattoir” in Anderlecht

Europe’s largest city farm built on rooftop in Brussels

The "Ferme Abattoir", the first city farm built by Building Integrated GreenHouses (BIGH), has opened on the roof of Foodmet, the new food hall of the Abattoir site in Anderlecht, Brussels. With around 2000 m2 of greenhouses for horticulture and aquaponics, and 2000 m2 open-field vegetable cultivation, they.....

NL: Staay Food Group launches website about Vertical Farm project

Staay Food Group has launched the website www.verticalfarmconsortium.com. The website keeps readers informed of the progress of this innovative project. It also provides greater clarity on how and why the Vertical Farm is being developed. The ambitious project to grow lettuce in the most sustainable way, in.....

SUNSET® Wins Packaging Innovation Award at CPMA

SUNSET® has earned another award for its You Make Me™ line of four pasta kits, this time winning the Packaging Innovation Award at the CPMA Convention and Trade Show in Vancouver, Canada. This is the second innovation award that SUNSET has received this month.According to CPMA, the pasta kits were awarded.....

Porsche's answer to Tesla


Floating sun park NEXTGarden Lingewaard is getting ready

In the recent weeks Van Dalen has executed various operations for the sun park in horticultural area NEXTGarden Lingewaard. Placing the last element completed the retaining wall for the transformer space. The embankment around the basin has been refilled and has been repaired. The concrete foundation for the.....

Stoller in China

"Not only do we sell the product itself, we also provide an integrated service plan"

The American Stoller Group was established in 1970. The headquarters are in Houston, Texas. This international company is specialized in the research and development of new types of fertilizer, retail, and technological service. Stoller Group has established research facilities in North America and Brazil,.....

Flynth provides guidance to students at World Horti Center:

"Students interested in business community sharing its knowledge"

Since October 2017, Flynth has been a participant in the World Horti Center in Naaldwijk, an innovation center for the international greenhouse horticulture sector. As a knowledge partner and advisor, Flynth also supports horticultural students here. Flynth advisor Marcel Scholtes tells more about this.....

India: EWIN wins Business Excellence Award

East-West India Private Limited (EWIN) received the “Business Excellence Award 2017” at a grand ceremony held at Hotel Taj Vedanta, Aurangabad in February 2018.General Manager of East-West Seed India, Mr Satish Joshi (third from left), accepts the Business Excellence Award from the Chamber of Marathwada.....

US: Horticulture container supplier upgrades manufacturing process

The HC Companies will invest in new manufacturing technologies aimed at improving product consistency and delivery times for the horticulture industry. This investment will replace almost half of The HC Companies’ equipment fleet while maintaining an uninterrupted production schedule.One of the main.....

Ron Restum joins Inocucor as VP of Sales and Commercial Development

Inocucor has appointed Ron Restum vice president of sales and commercial development.Restum has extensive sales and operations management experience in the plant nutrition and agriculture worlds. Most recently, he was director of strategic accounts at Compass Minerals International, Inc., where he managed.....

Quick Plug files patent infringement suit

Quick Plug B.V. (Quick Plug), an affiliate of Grow-Tech Inc. (USA) and Omni Growing Solutions Inc. (Canada), owns a European patent that includes the exclusive right to the production and commercial exploitation of a certain type of rooting plug. This type of plug is being used worldwide by, amongst others,.....

Europe gets its own Aquaponics Association

To date, collaborative aquaponics work in Europe has been conducted under the umbrella of the EU Aquaponics Hub of the European COST program which is coming to an end this year. Practitioners needed a new organization to continue collaborating and sought the advice of the Aquaponics Association of the U.S.At.....

WW II bombs removed for greenhouse expansion

It might not be the first thing that comes to your mind when making expanding plans for your greenhouse: bombs from the Second World War. For the entrepreneurs eyeing the Dutch horticultural area Prima4a this is a matter of talk and for project manager André Rotteveel, explosive removal has become part of.....

“Inspired” Earth Day pledge: green, clean, and locally grown

With more North Americans expressing concerns about long-term water supplies, The Star Group said it is taking action – announcing plans to expand its “living lettuce” greenhouse project in Coaldale, AB.The company said the “Inspired Greens” lettuce project, built on new greenhouse technologies from around.....

Biobest Maroc opens 2000 m2 production facility

Biobest announced the opening of a new €1.2 mio state-of-the-art production facility at Biobest Maroc. With the brand new 2000 m2 hyper modern vertical farming facility fully equipped with climate controlled rooms, the company substantially expands and improves its global capacity to produce aphid biocontrol.....

Jeremy Adamson joins Certis USA as Fungicide Product Manager

Jeremy Adamson has joined the biopesticide company Certis USA as Fungicide Product Manager. Adamson will direct and guide the U.S. marketing strategies for the company’s more than 10 fungicide brands. He will work in parallel with the Certis USA sales team to optimize product positioning, leverage.....

Netherlands: Eminent celebrates 35th anniversary

On Friday, 20 April, Eminent celebrated its 35th anniversary. About 200 guests gathered for an inspiring themed afternoon about vegetables, food and health in the World Horti Center.The afternoon was opened by Jan van Heijningen, manager of Eminent. Jan thanked his wife for her support, after which he gave.....

Canada: Hiku Brands and WeedMD to merge

Hiku Brands and WeedMD have entered into a definitive agreement to merge both companies.The combination of Hiku and WeedMD creates a cannabis brand house with fully vertically integrated operations, an expanding network of retail stores, a growing medical business and four scalable cannabis production.....

UK: Russell IPM receives Queen’s Award for Innovation 2018

In recent years farmers face the prospect of losing the value of their crops due to lack of ability to control pests using traditional methods. Increasing pesticide resistance as well as consumer demand for produce free of pesticide residues fuel the need for alternative ways to protect and nurture plants......
First-in-Fresh

Belgium: Carrefour partners exclusively with Greenyard

Greenyard has announced that Greenyard Fresh and Carrefour Belgium have signed a new cooperation deal. This was done on 18 April under the name of 'First-In-Fresh'. This further strengthens the long-standing partnership between these two companies. The new collaboration involves the logistic bundling of.....

Bayer, Netafim, IFC, Swiss Re form alliance for smallholder farmers

Bayer, Netafim, IFC (a member of the World Bank Group) and Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, today launched a global alliance, Better Life Farming, to provide holistic and innovative solutions for smallholder farmers in the developing world to enable them to grow their farms into sustainable businesses.Together.....

Royal Brinkman strengthens activities in Morocco

In order to give further substance to the general creed 'Local for Local’, Royal Brinkman is currently setting up a local Moroccan organisation in Agadir. With the establishment of Royal Brinkman Morocco, the international horticultural supplier has a local presence in eleven countries.Royal Brinkman has.....

Geoffrey Denton joins Tozer Seeds as Plant Pathologist

Dr. Geoffrey Denton recently joined Tozer Seeds as Plant Pathologist. He will be involved in disease resistance breeding programs and his role will include developing new tests for analysing diseases in seed.Dr. Denton is a highly experienced plant pathologist with a PhD in Biology from Imperial College.....

Russia approves Bayer-Monsanto deal

Russia’s antitrust regulator FAS has approved Bayer’s planned takeover of Monsanto, the German drugs and crop chemicals maker said, as it enters the home stretch to closing the $62.5 billion deal. Russia was one of the few jurisdictions to be won over, after the European Commission last month gave.....

Reducing food waste

Root to Shoot program aims to utilize more vegetable by-products

After having worked on it for the last couple of years, California-based Spinaca Farms officially launched its 'Root to Shoot' program last year. The program aims to utilize more plant material that might be left over from harvesting and use it to create new products in what is termed as the 'functional.....

"Fresh produce specialists will benefit from our move to retail"

Exclusive Honeytomatoes pop up in supermarket

For years and years the Honeytomatoes, a Looye Kwekers product, have been brought to the Dutch market by specialist vegetable retailers only. The company built an exclusive brand, became a forerunner in the market and an example to many other growers, while also managing to garner top prices for their.....

“Kids don’t know the difference between a real strawberry and its aroma”

Annabelle Delaval and Arnold Weislo are the authors of six different cookbooks which encourage people to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables. The series is called “Que faire de simple”. Annabelle believes that only a very few people consume enough fresh fruits and vegetables. “In today’s society, bad.....

BioConsortia raises $15 million in funding

BioConsortia, an agricultural biotechnology company that uses a proprietary method for the selection of beneficial microbial consortia for crop improvement, has raised an additional $15 million in Series B funding. Khosla Ventures and Otter Capital participated equally in the round. This fund-raising round,.....

Luciano Caruso

"CAP favours Northern European countries"

Aggregation is fundamental in times of crisis, but it's even more important in case of catastrophic weather events caused by climate change, which often destroy structures endangering the existence of the companies affected. But are there tools that can help companies in need now that mass subsidies are no.....

Singapore: Syngenta opens digital innovation lab

Syngenta has opened in Singapore its first digital innovation lab in Southeast Asia which will create digital solutions for Asia's agricultural landscape.The lab adds to three other such facilities that Syngenta has worldwide - in the United States, United Kingdom and India - which aim to digitally transform.....

Koppert Biological Systems expands board

Koppert Biological Systems has increased the size of its board in response to the projected growth of the Dutch family company.The new composition allows for more focus on specific areas of operation. The original board that includes CEOs Paul Koppert and Henri Oosthoek, and CFO Robert Pathuis, has grown to.....

Evonik opens research hub in Singapore

Germany-based specialty chemicals company Evonik opened its first research hub for resource efficiency topics in Singapore, internationalizing its research into the areas of functional surfaces and additive manufacturing. Furthermore the new R&D hub will be the home for Evonik’s project house tissue.....

Spain: Semillas Fitó invests €1.5M in expansion of R&D facilities

Semillas Fitó has presented its new R&D facilities, built at the company's headquarters in El Ejido, Almeria. They took one hectare of land and an investment of 1.5 million Euro. These new 10,000 square metres will be devoted to R&D in varietal improvement and features a computer-managed.....

China: Zhongnong Futong appoints Sjaak van der Tak as consultant

On March 12, General Manager of Zhongnong Futong, Mr. Zhang Tianzhu, met former mayor of Westland, Mr. Sjaak van der Tak. He appreciated what Futong did in the past years. He also mentioned that facility agriculture has a wide market in China, as the chairman of LTO Glaskracht Nederland, he will provide all.....

Australian grower recognized for efforts in China

Costa Group has been announced as a finalist in the prestigious 25th Annual AustCham Westpac Australia-China Business Awards.Nominated for the Business Excellence Award for Agriculture, Food & Beverage, Costa has been recognised for its operations in China with its focus on the development of large scale.....

LightShine Cleaning:

"The season for reflector cleaning is here"

Energy-efficiency and improving light output are important topics in horticulture. Growers are constantly looking for improvements, but sometimes forget that a lot of gain can be had with simple measures. For example, cleaning growing lamps and reflectors on a regular basis. At Lightshine, a well-known.....

Syngenta strengthens vegetable seed business in sweet corn

Late last week, Syngenta announced the acquisition of Abbott & Cobb, a U.S. owned independent breeder, producer, and marketer of vegetable seeds. Abbott & Cobb has been in the vegetable seeds business in the United States since 1917. They have since grown to supply growers, distributors, retailers,.....

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.....

New BrightFarms greenhouse to supply Ohio consumers from July 2018

Consumers in Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus will soon have access to year-round locally grown produce as BrightFarms gears up for the opening of its Wilmington, Ohio greenhouse in July.BrightFarms has emerged as a supplier of pesticide and herbicide free locally grown greens with farms in the Chicago,.....

US: HRI opens grant submission process for 2019

The Horticultural Research Institute, the AmericanHort foundation, is actively seeking research proposals for projects that will produce new knowledge and lead to applied advice for the green industry. Researchers are encouraged to submit proposals for research in the areas of horticultural marketing and.....

Spain: Sakata inaugurates new research centre in Almeria

On 6 April, Sakata inaugurated its new seed research, development and production centre in the municipality of La Puebla de Vícar, in Almeria. The event was chaired by Hiroshi Sakata, President of the Sakata Seed Corporation, and was attended by Alain Sicard, President of Sakata Vegetables Europe, and Javier.....

Priva appoints Bram Koppert as General Manager Asia

On 16 April 2018, Priva announced the appointment of Bram Koppert as General Manager Asia. In Bram’s previous role as Manager Asia Pacific at Koppert Biological Systems, he was responsible for the management of the Asia sales and development teams.Bram Koppert about his choice to accept the position: “It’s.....

Australian government funds 12 ha strawberry greenhouse

The Australian Government has provided $3 million towards the glasshouse to be built by Mecrus Group, which trades as Gippsland Strawberries and Berry Sensation.The glasshouse would be six times the size of the MCG.It will cost $37 million, and will be capable of producing more than 2,000 tonnes of.....

US: American Coolair adds sales representative

Bryan Rast II has joined American Coolair as a sales representative in the Farm Sales Division.Rast works with American Coolair customers in greenhouse, poultry and dairy industries.A 2016 cum laude graduate from the University of Florida, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Food and Resources Economics with a.....

Kenya: BASIS crop protection class still open for enrolment

BASIS is a benchmark professional course suitable for practising agronomists and is an industry standard that exposes learners to the global perspective in horticulture production, best practice in crop protection that concern safety of operators, consumers and the environment. It also keeps pace with.....

US: Plant-Prod hires Karen Cords as sales manager

Karen Cords has joined the Plant-Prod team as their new US Technical Sales Manager. Karen has over 20 years of experience in the industry, working with a range of products and crops. She earned a Ph.D. from Michigan State University, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, and an MBA from American.....

Ellepot to start new setup in South Africa

"The demand for sustainable and customized propagation products has risen"

Ellepot is proud to present its new setup in South Africa. The local office will bring new products and opportunities to the horticultural market in South Africa.The demand for sustainable and customized propagation products has risen in the African continent in recent years, as has the focus on “NO plastic.....

Takura acquires stake in Mozambican vegetable producer

Takura Capital, a Zimbabwean private equity firm, has recently invested an undisclosed sum in Mozambican vegetable producer Companhia do Vanduzi. The acquisition followed a bidding process managed by Verdant Capital, a corporate finance firm based in Mauritius. The seller is the same UK-based family office.....

New greenhouses for potato research opened

Saturday April 7 the potato association Agrico opened the new greenhouse complex at its nursery company Agrico Research. Afterwards there was an open day at the nursery company during 'Come to the Greenhouse Noordoostpolder.' Interest in both activities was high.In the past year and a half the greenhouse.....

Competition from Mexico a factor in declining eggplant market

Eggplant production in Florida is increasing substantially as warmer weather arrives and drives plant growth. Along with Florida, Mexico is seeing strong production in many of their growing regions also. This is, however, causing a drop in prices and growers are finding it harder to sell it for a decent.....

Ravish Chavan appointed as new COO of FarmLink

FarmLink announced the appointment of Ravish Chavan as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO) with effect from 9th March, 2018. He will play a key role in improving FarmLink’s operational efficiency and brings in process and financial discipline.Sreeram Chellapa will step down from the position of COO 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.....

36 contracts & MoUs signed

Mission shows potential of Chinese horticulture

The Netherlands is again proving to be a very substantial partner in the development of China’s promising horticulture and agriculture sectors. Last week, during the Dutch Economic Mission to China, about 248 million euros in business was sealed as part of the 36 contracts and MoUs that were signed. The.....

Jos Veugen, Frans Veugen Bedrijfshygiëne:

"Disinfected harvest carts prevent many problems"

It’s quite well known that the infection pressure in greenhouse horticulture is constantly increasing. The increase in scale also means that the disinfection of harvest carts is receiving more and more attention. Jos Veugen, Frans Veugen Bedrijfshygiëne: "The larger the greenhouse, the bigger the problem can.....