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Interreg-project Horti-BlueC starts

New project aims at sustainable substrates

The institute is, together with 8 partners from neighboring countries, dealing with an important problem in the regular (greenhouse) horticulture. With the Interreg-project HortiBlueC, they demonstrate how you can achieve sustainable cultivation substrates with disease-resistant and plant-enhancing.....

Russia: URALCHEM gets 4.3 million USD for environmental projects

In 2017, URALCHEM continued financing activities related to environmental protection, energy savings and resource conservation. Priority targets in these areas are the minimisation of the negative impact on the environment, as well as the rational use of natural and energy resources. In total, 270 million.....

US: 2018 Caplan Family Business Scholarship application period open

The United Fresh Produce Association is pleased to announce that the application period for the 2018 Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship is now open.The Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship Program was founded in 2001 by sisters Karen Caplan and Jackie Caplan Wiggins, in honor of.....

Australian Made Campaign appoints new CEO

The Board of Australian Made Campaign—the organisation responsible for promoting and administering the iconic green-and-gold Australian Made, Australian Grown (AMAG) logo—has appointed Ben Lazzaro as its new Chief Executive, following a Board meeting in Melbourne on Tuesday. Mr Lazzaro will succeed retiring.....

US (CA): Brandt opens production facility in San Joaquin Valley

Brandt has opened a 42,000 square foot production facility for specialty formulations products in Visalia, CA. The new location will expand production capabilities, serve as another hub for formulation development and testing, and house Brandt Hydrology water quality analysis.The Visalia plant is Brandt’s.....

Netherlands: Houweling builds 46,000 m2 sunroof

Houweling from Bleiswijk is building the largest sunroof - of 46,000 m2 - of South Holland. This was made possible by the province with its subsidy scheme 'Asbestos Off, Sun On!'.“This is exactly what we intended with this scheme, Houweling uses the solar energy partly for its own purposes and the rest is.....

Evogene joins International Phytobiomes Alliance

The Ag-Biologicals division of Evogene has joined the International Alliance for Phytobiomes Research as a sponsoring partner.The Phytobiomes Alliance is an international, nonprofit consortium of academic institutions, private companies, and government agencies. Launched in 2016, it aims at building a.....

Aphria acquires assets in Latin America and the Caribbean

Aphria is planning to expand into Latin America and the Caribbean with the proposed acquisition of companies in Colombia, Argentina, Jamaica and a right of first offer and refusal in respect of Brazil through a definitive share purchase agreement with Scythian. Aphria will acquire 100% of the issued and.....

AgBiome secures $65 million to develop microbiome crop protection

AgBiome, a private company harnessing the plant microbiome for novel agricultural pest solutions, has secured $65 million in Series C financing that will help the company bring novel crop protection products and solutions to the market. The investment group includes: The University of Texas Investment.....

UK: Intelligent Growth Solutions appoints Chief Strategy Officer

Intelligent Growth Solutions, the Scottish-based agritech business, further strengthened its team with the appointment of John Chapman as Chief Strategy Officer. John is the first senior appointment by new CEO David Farquhar. He will play a crucial role in identifying and securing investment, as well as help.....

Panalpina Perishables Network expands to South Africa

Following last month’s acquisition in Argentina, Panalpina is now expanding its Perishables Network to South Africa. The international freight forwarding and logistics company is to acquire a majority stake in perishables specialist Skyservices. With the latest acquisition, Panalpina sets foot in a strategic.....

Management changes within Hatenboer-Water

Hatenboer-Water has decided to implement a managerial change to further enable global growth and business development. An executive level position has been created for the role of Commercial Director. Guy HeijnenThe person who will be fulfilling this post is Guy Heijnen, currently Managing Director of the.....

Russian LED maker prescribes light recipes

Faros has been supplying horticultural LED solutions to Russia and the CIS countries for more than two years now. Part of the Technika company in Ulyanovsk, Faros employs 260 people and produces 70,000-100,000 items a month, with a focus on LED light fixtures. Igor Malygin, 'Agrophotonika' department.....

US (CA): GrowGeneration buys Santa Rosa Hydroponics and Grower Supply

GrowGeneration, a specialty retail hydroponic and organic gardening store chain, with 18 locations serving both commercial and home growers, has purchased Santa Rosa Hydroponics and Grower Supply (SRH) located in Santa Rosa, CA. SRH will serve as a retail and warehouse location servicing the growing number.....

WDP Draadbewerking shows off new version

A solid spring clip lasts years

The whitefly is not exactly a welcome guest in the greenhouse. Growers do everything they can to keep out the little pest. A well-known method for catching the fly are the large yellow sticky strips that are stretched between the buds of the plant. For attaching the adhesive strips, WDP Draadbewerking has.....

Michael DeGiglio sells 180,000 shares of Village Farms

Michael A. DeGiglio, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Village Farms, sold 180,000 common shares of Village Farms through the facilities of the Toronto Stock Exchange at an average price of $6.37 per common share, for an aggregate disposition price of $1,146,464.Following the Disposition, Mr......

Bee Vectoring Technologies appoints new director

Bee Vectoring Technologies has appointed Brandon Boddy to the board of directors of BVT.Brandon contributes 14 years of capital markets experience and directly as a principal. Mr. Boddy is a founding director of both Cannabis Wheaton Income Corp. and Global Blockchain Technologies Corp. From 2006 to 2014,.....

Changes at the Syngenta Board

At the General Shareholders’ Meeting, Dr. Eveline Saupper, member of the Board of Directors of Syngenta since 2013, stepped down as an Independent Director.Dr. Sophie Kornowski was newly elected to the Board as an Independent Director. Dr. Kornowski, a French citizen, served as Executive Vice-President of.....

Combined solar and power (CHP) in horticulture reservoirs

After CHP, now it’s time for CSP

After the rise of CHP, it is now time for CSP, according to Vincent van Daalen, an entrepreneur from Westland. His start-up from the town of Maasdijk will soon introduce the FLOTAR. “Our innovation will turn a reservoir into a renewable energy source and will most of all reduce algae pressure and water.....

Bas van der Elst, Hendic

"A well maintained silo can last at least 15 years"

Since recently buyers of the Hendic galvanized silos have received ten years warranty. This was told by Bas van der Elst during Greentech last week. “Actually, we thought it was strange that the warranty of steel silos wasn’t common. It is an expensive product. And when the water silo is rejected by the.....

Vestaron appoints Anna Rath as Chief Executive Officer

Vestaron has appointed Anna Rath as Chief Executive Officer. With more than a decade of experience across multiple venture-backed ag-tech companies, Anna will lead the transformation of Vestaron from the R&D phase of its development through its commercial phase.“In order to preserve and improve the.....

Canada: Competition Bureau okays BASF takeover of Bayer assets

The Canadian Competition Bureau announced has reached an agreement with BASF in connection with its proposed purchase of assets that Bayer must sell following its recent acquisition of the Monsanto Company.The Commissioner of Competition concluded that BASF's acquisition of the Bayer assets would likely have.....
New division - part of International Society for Horticultural Science

Patil elected new Horticulture for Human Health chair

Dr. Bhimu Patil, head of the Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center at Texas A&M University in College Station, has been elected chair of horticulture for human health for the International Society for Horticultural Science, or ISHS.Headquartered in Belgium, the newly restructured division launched by.....

BioWorks celebrates 25th anniversary

BioWorks is celebrating its 25th anniversary – and a quarter century serving progressive operations in the horticulture and commercial agriculture markets. As a founding member of the Biological Products Industry Alliance (BPIA), BioWorks is a voice and advocate for safe and effective biological products.....

US: BrightFarms raises $55 million in equity financing to fuel growth

BrightFarms has secured $55 million in a Series D equity financing. The round was led by Cox Enterprises, a communications, media and automotive services company, and joined by existing investors Catalyst Investors, WP Global Partners and NGEN Partners. This financing enables the continued rapid national.....

Italy: Verisem Distribution acquires Franchi Sementi

Franchi Sementi, an Italian specialty seed distributor and one of the oldest continuously operated independent seed companies in Italy, has opened its capital to acquisition by Verisem Distribution. Combining Franchi Sementi with Verisem’s distribution businesses will create a platform in the specialty seed.....

Bayer greenhouse tests at World Horti Center:

"All modern facilities under one roof"

Technical specialist Rob van der Lans relocated with the Bayer greenhouse tests to the World Horti Center (WHC) in Naaldwijk at the beginning of this year. He is very satisfied with the test location in the new innovation center for greenhouse horticulture. "We have all modern facilities at our disposal.....

Tim March new business manager at Rijk Zwaan Australia

A solid background in plant breeding and a special interest in technology will hold Tim March in good stead as he steps into the role of Business Manager Oceania for Rijk Zwaan Australia.With a special focus on Research and Development (R&D) operations, Tim officially takes over the role from Arie.....

Andermatt Biocontrol becomes majority shareholder of Biofa

The Swiss company Andermatt Biocontrol will increase its shareholding stake to a majority position in the German company Biofa. Both Andermatt Biocontrol (58 %) and Trifolio-M (22 %) have taken share options which will strengthen the long-term partnership between Biofa, Andermatt Biocontrol and.....

Jelte van Kammen, Harvest House director:

'The consumer will be in charge; this requires action'

Collaboration and offering added value are the keys to the future success of a horticultural company, according to Jelte van Kammen, director of the Harvest House growers' association. Harvest House is also moving in this direction and will continue to focus even more on processed products towards 2026. "If.....

US (PA): COE for Indoor Agriculture feasibility study completed

Barisoft Consulting Group has just released a feasibility study to establish a Center of Excellence (COE) for Indoor Agriculture in the Kennett region of Pennsylvania. This region, located near Philadelphia, PA, has long been considered the “Mushroom Capital” of the U.S. The proposed Center of Excellence.....

US (FL): Kelly Morgan new director of UF/IFAS Southwest Florida REC

As Best Management Practices Coordinator for the state, Kelly Morgan has spent years helping growers find optimum ways to irrigate and fertilize their crops to maximize results. Now, he will get the chance to coordinate even more groundbreaking research.The University of Florida has named Morgan the new.....

CAN (ON): Four new Arrell scholarships awarded

Four students have each been awarded an Arrell Food Institute graduate scholarship worth $50,000 a year. The students, who are the second cohort of students to be awarded this scholarship, were selected for their academic excellence and community engagement efforts. They will begin graduate studies at the.....

744 greenhouse growers, together, have 286 hectare

Swedish agriculture remains stable

Between 2014 and 2017, Swedish horticulture yields remained stable overall. There were, however, important developments with specific crops. At the same time, Swedish growers increasingly focus on the use of renewable energy. This is evident from the Swedish Agricultural Council's newest figures. Over three.....

CAN (ON): OFVGA hires new crop protection advisor

Chris Duyvelshoff has been appointed as the new crop protection advisor for the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA). He will assume his new role September 4, taking over the position from Craig Hunter who is retiring this year.“Crop protection is a leading file for OFVGA and an issue of.....

Compo goes professional

Compo comes back to the professional market by acquiring and integrating international specialty fertilizer companies DeltaChem, Synergie, Dutch Ekompany and a majority share in Spanish Navarro.After a 36 months absence from the professional market, following the carve out and the sale of professional market.....

Mark van der Zande, Logitec Plus:

"We manufacture make-to-stock dosage bunkers"

Barely a year ago, Logitec Plus moved from Hazerswoude to Alphen aan den Rijn. The building is three times as large as the previous location. That was not an unnecessary decision. The available space is already fully utilized. The entire building at the new location has already been adapted, so that the work.....
Taco van der Louw, FreshRecruitment:

"Fresh produce companies can benefit from the Fresh Produce Academy"

The economy is in full swing, and fresh product companies are riding this wave of prosperity. You would say, all the more reason to be optimistic. Yet, Taco van der Louw of Dutch personnel agency, FreshRecruitment, has a word of warning. "Companies need to start thinking of new growth in staff. This can be.....

Taylor Farms achieves TRUE certification for sustainability

Taylor Farms, a producer of value-added healthy fresh foods, is the first in the fresh food industry to achieve TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) Platinum certification. The TRUE Zero Waste certification system enables facilities to define, pursue and achieve their zero waste goals, cutting their.....

Thijs Hermans, Plant nursery P. Van Geest:

"Growers keep on expanding, we grow with them"

For 2,5 years Plant nursery P. Van Geest and the Westlandse Plantenkwekerij have been working together intensely. On the 18th of June it was announced that the two greenhouse companies bought 7 hectares together in Naaldwijk. Thijs Hermans, managing director at Plantenkwekerij P. Van Geest: "The paprika and.....

Kees Havenaar: "We ask growers to pick as per client orders"

Frutas Luna turns 10

Last week, the Spanish import-export company, Frutas Luna celebrated their ten-year anniversary. After 13 years of working for another sizeable Spanish exporter, Kees Havenaar began his own business. "We noticed that there was a lot of demand for an added service. Clients were looking for someone who would.....

China's biggest greenhouse in the eighties

Only 2 weeks ago we published about China's biggest smart greenhouse, being built in Daqing. The first stage of the modern greenhouse is over 12 hectares. It's not the first one though: the Daqing area has an extensive horticultural history. Let's go back to the eighties!Modern greenhousesThese photos were.....

Koppert Cress starts partnership in Colombia

On June 15, 2018 a license agreement was signed between Koppert Cress and the Botero-González family in Medellín, Colombia. According to this agreement, the family will produce various types of Cress (micro greens) and ‘Specialties’. All these products will be offered under the brand Koppert Cress, assuring.....

RaboResearch adds global analysts

Two thought leaders for the dairy and horticulture sectors have joined the RaboResearch Food and Agribusiness team of industry analysts. Mary Ledman is global sector strategist for dairy, and David Magaña is senior analyst for horticulture.Rabobank's RaboResearch Food and Agribusiness group is a global team.....

Industry veteran Michael Solomon president of Dole Fresh Vegetables

Dole Food Company, Inc. has announced the appointment of Michael H. Solomon as the new President of Dole Fresh Vegetables effective June 18, 2018. As Dole Fresh Vegetables President, Solomon will have responsibility for all of the division’s operations across North America. He will report directly to Dole.....
Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association

US (FL): FFVA President Mike Stuart to retire

Mike Stuart, president of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association, has notified the association’s Board of Directors of his intent to retire, according to FFVA Chairman Paul R. Orsenigo. A national search is under way to find a successor for Stuart, who has led the statewide association since.....

Nunhems' new Provine

"Filling the gap between large TOV and medium TOV"

With their new TOV Nunhems wants to fill the gap in fruit weight between the conventional large TOV and the medium TOV. Sebastiaan Breugem, Product Development Specialist: “The market had a demand for a somewhat finer large TOV. Provine (NUN 09196 TOF)* when cut has an average weight of 130 to 140.....

Why Mexico flourishes in vegetable cultivation and not so much in flowers

Why do so few flowers come from Mexico? Not an obvious question, but once asked, it makes everyone wonder. Because, on closer inspection, it seems this country has everything at its disposable to make things difficult for South American growers. This is, however, not the case. Last week, at the Dutch bank,.....

Codema appoints managers to Wevab unit

On 1 June 2018, Codema announced the appointment of Robert Vink and Marcel Bodemann for Codema-Wevab. Codema’s business unit Wevab is specialized in cultivation benches, display products, table tops and conveyor systems. In Robert Vink’s previous role as Head of Sales and Product development, he was.....

US: FFA and ASTA sign memorandum of understanding

The National FFA Organization and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) recently signed a memorandum of understanding.The memorandum will align ASTA’s strategic goals and resources with the three-component model of agricultural education, providing teacher curriculum and resources; supervised.....

Competition Commission of India okays Bayer-Monsanto merger

The merged Bayer-Monsanto entity in India will need to give non-exclusive licensing of its genetically modified (GM) and non-GM traits, currently commercialised in India or to be introduced in the near future on a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory basis, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) has.....

Oppy names MacDonald and Gardner to new director roles

Oppy has promoted a pair of veterans to newly created leadership roles within its marketing team.On June 1, Marketing Development Manager Cathie MacDonald was elevated to director of marketing services, while Karin Gardner, previously marketing communications manager, was promoted to director, corporate.....

Liner sheet placed in new water basin Noordvliet

"This was quite a big challenge"

On Wednesday, May 23, the pond liner was pulled into the new water basin at NoordVliet. "This is quite a big challenge with such a large liner sheet and at least 75 people, who all have to do the same thing simultaneously."The water that will fill the pond, is collected through the gutters on the greenhouse.....

NL: De Ruiter Experience Center now also showing bell peppers

Since the opening of the De Ruiter Experience Center in March this year, De Ruiter has welcomed many enthusiastic visitors from all over the world. These were mainly professionals with an interest in tomato varieties. But now, growers, retailers, consultants and plant growers can also turn to De Ruiter.....

"By using foil, gutters last longer"

“When cleaning during crop rotation the gutters are under a lot of pressure. This can damage the coating and is not something you would want to happen”, Piet van Oord of Oerlemans Plastic explains. Under the name of OPS gutter protection film, Oerlemans Plastic presented a foil to cover gutters in.....

Gotham Greens raises $29 million in growth equity funding

Gotham Greens, urban greenhouse developer and grower of locally and sustainably grown produce, has announced the closing of $29 million in Series C equity funding last month. The new round brings the company's total funding until date to $45 million, not including bank debt. Since its launch in 2011, Gotham.....

Grow-Tech, Quick Plug and Omni Growing Solutions unite as Quick Plug Global

Quick Plug BV, Grow-Tech Inc. and Omni Growing Solutions Inc. are continuing their work under a completely rebuilt Quick Plug brand. The new company identity was revealed at the recent GreenTech exhibition, where we caught up with Managing Director, John van der Maarel, who updated us on the ambitious growth.....

US (TX): Shan appointed director of IPGB at Texas A&M University

Dr. Libo Shan has been appointed director of the Norman E. Borlaug Center Institute for Plant Genomics and Biotechnology, or IPGB, at Texas A&M University in College Station.“We are pleased to have Dr. Shan in this leadership role as we continue to discover new, innovative technologies that help solve.....

Canadian cannabis industry in high spirits

The die is cast, the cat is out of the bag. Starting from September 1st, recreational marijuana can be bought legit in Canada. After regulating medicinal marijuana in 2001 already, another law was approved yesterday legalizing recreational marijuana as well. "It’s been too easy for our kids to get.....

Looking back on the Bell Pepper Event

How does the future look for bell peppers?

On June 14th, the second edition, after a successful first edition, of the Syngenta Bell Pepper Event, took place: "How does the future of the bell pepper look?"Four speakers brought a varied program about international cooperation, innovation, value creation, and digital (r)evolution, with intent to bring.....

Netherlands: Fall Creek purchases Driesvenplant nursery

Two family-owned blueberry companies, and long-time friends and industry allies, Fall Creek Farm & Nursery and Driesvenplant announce that Fall Creek has agreed to purchase the Driesvenplant nursery company in the Netherlands and that Driesvenplant’s employees will join the Fall Creek team effective.....

Maaike Vreeswijk, Rosa Werkt:

Extra assistance allows people with disabilities to work in greenhouse sector

The Dutch company Rosa Werkt recently signed a contract with the municipality of Rotterdam to help people with work disabilities become employed. The goal is that people with an occupational disability will soon start working in the Westland greenhouse horticulture sector. Maaike Vreeswijk from Rosa Werkt:.....

Australia: Hort Innovation announces new CEO

The Hort Innovation Board has appointed Matt Brand as the Rural Research and Development Corporation’s new Chief Executive Officer. Mr Brand will take office in early September 2018.Mr Brand brings a wealth of experience, most recently from his previous role as the long-term CEO of NSW Farmers, Australia’s.....

Autogrow welcomes technology focused CFO

Rod Britton has been named Chief Financial Officer at global AgTech company Autogrow to help drive its growth plans. Rod has worked for over 30 years in technology-led businesses in the United Kingdom, Europe and the U.S. His experience spans operational, strategic and corporate finance as well as.....

Village Farms International elects directors

Village Farms International announced that all of the director nominees listed in the management information circular dated May 10, 2018 were elected as directors of the company at the annual and special meeting of shareholders. The results of the vote for each nominee director are set out below:In addition,.....

CAN (BC): Sunlight Supply’s new owners making moves in Vancouver

Sunlight Supply’s new owners could soon arrive in Vancouver with supplies of their own.Hawthorne Gardening, a subsidiary of lawn care giant Scotts Miracle-Gro, is pursuing a lease at a 125,000-square-foot building owned by the Port of Vancouver, where it says it would employ 50 people to make plastic.....

Vietnam: Agricultural Counsellor Arie Veldhuizen awarded honorable Medal

On 14 June 2018, Dutch Agricultural Counsellor Arie Veldhuizen received a Medal from the Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) Le Quoc Doanh for his contributions to strengthen the bilateral cooperation between Vietnam and the Netherlands in agriculture development in Vietnam. In his.....

“The greenhouse is a tool in realizing the best ROI”

For over 20 years, Hervé Savouré has worked as Area Sales Director for Richel, in all continents. During this period, he saw the industry and growers' needs develop. Even though circumstances might differ for growers worldwide, there’s one topic uniting the industry. "Wherever a grower is located, it all comes.....

"LED horticulture lighting revolutionizes grow economics"

LED grow lighting company, Illumitex, moves into a new era of fixture innovation. Over the past year, each of the company’s marquee lighting series have been engineered to maximize on efficiency, output, and quality.“We have upgraded everything and introduced market-changing fixtures that will deliver the.....

Piet Veenstra and Marco Evers of EVE Techniek:

"Automation is great, but only if it works"

More and more of the processes in greenhouse horticulture are being automated. Sometimes the entire harvest even appears to be done automatically. At EVE Techniek they know that this is of course not the case. Since august 2015 this engineering company, located in Klazienaveen in the Netherlands, has.....

Senior Tesla executive joins Plenty

Last year, Tesla’s longtime battery technology director and one of the company’s most veteran engineers, Kurt Kelty, left the automaker to join vertical farming startup Plenty.Now, the company has poached another senior engineering executive from Tesla.Nick Kalayjian has been working at Tesla for over a.....

Syngenta appoints leaders to U.S. Seeds business

Syngenta announced two leadership appointments in its U.S. Seeds business.Syngenta veteran David Elser will take on the newly created role of Head of Top Producer Grower Segment. He will work to ensure the needs of this key customer segment are met. With a strong background in Seeds and a 21-year tenure with.....

US: ASTA elects 2018-19 officer team

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) has announced its 2018-19 officer team, officially elected during the Opening General Session of the ASTA Policy & Leadership Development Conference in Washington, D.C. The officer team will oversee implementation of the association’s new five year Strategic.....

CropLife America selects Novak as next CEO

CropLife America (CLA), the association for the U.S. crop protection industry, has selected its next president and CEO. “I’m pleased to announce that Mr. Chris Novak has been selected by our Board’s search committee to become just the fifth staff leader of our association in its 85-year history. Chris brings.....

60% more food with 20% of the land

Only one more day and the Greentech exhibition will kick off, offering innovative solutions in the field of horti and floricultural technology. One of them is Munters, a well-known brand in Italy currently expanding their products globally and making a debut on the GreenTech.What is your contribution to.....
'Any produce touched by floodwater is contaminated'

US: Georgia farmer pulls out cabbage through murky floodwater

A Georgia family was left to pick up the pieces after their farm was overwhelmed by several feet of floodwater during the floods that ravaged this part of the South. Angel Rushing posted pictures online showing her father harvesting a bright green Napa cabbage from the ground through two feet of murky brown.....

NL: Van der Waay builds new headquarters with test centre

Van der Waay has started construction of their new headquarters. The new building offers a lot of extra space to the ever-growing activities. A unique component within the new building is the test centre, which rises behind the new workshop. In the test centre, Van der Waay will be able to extensively test.....

New system for growing algae

PB Techniek supplies electro- and water technology solutions for the international horticulture industry. This week during the GreenTech they will showcase a new system for growing algae."We have over 25 years of experience with a wide variety of projects. As an independent enterprise, we are able to work.....