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CAN (AB): Landowner workshops on renewable energy negotiations

The Farmers’ Advocate Office (FAO) is hosting a series of workshops to talk about the negotiation of leases with renewable energy developers.“As Alberta moves towards the goal of having 30 per cent of Alberta’s energy resources come from renewable sources by 2030, a greater number of landowners are being.....

Seed Planet

Spain: Fruit Attraction adds starting material platform

The ninth edition of Fruit Attraction, to be held from 18 to 20 October, will feature a new area, called Seed Planet, devoted to the presentation of innovations in seeds and plant varieties.This new area will highlight the importance of seeds as a starting point for the food chain and other consumer chains,.....

Chris Higgins explains why you should you attend the ICCEA in Panama

As I posted earlier this month, I have been fielding a lot of questions from industry peers asking why Hort Americas continues to support, sponsor and have a booth at the 2nd International Congress on Controlled Environment Agriculture (ICCEA). This event is scheduled for May 17-19, 2017, in Panama City,.....

Join the Food for All Talks on agriculture, food, and bio sciences

The Food for All Talks is a series initiated by the World Bank Group-Netherlands Partnership and delivers new insights on strategic issues and operational questions around agriculture and food value chains for the WBG. During the second Talk entitled “Agriculture – Food – Bio Sciences”, Louise Fresco and.....

May 16, Bishampton:

UK: Canges to Renewable Heat Incentive opens up possibilities

GrowSave have set up a new event that aims to help growers understand how recent legislative changes to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) open up the potential for larger biomass boiler projects and for the biomass combined heat and power set-ups, while retaining the benefits for heat pumps. During the.....

July 16-20

UK: East Malling to host global Horticulture Research Conference

The world’s leading plant scientists are set to gather for the Fourth International Horticulture Research Conference, taking place at NIAB EMR in East Malling, Kent, from 16th to 20th July 2017.The Conference will bring together international researchers conducting fundamental research on horticultural.....

March 14, Solon & April 4, Donnellson

US (IA): Farmers host fruit and vegetable producer meet-ups

Two fruit and vegetable farmers in eastern Iowa will host producer meet-ups to discuss the upcoming season, challenges and opportunities for fruit and vegetable growers, and to meet and network with other farmers over a cup of coffee. These meet-ups are free and open to all fruit and vegetable growers.The.....

Canada: CPMA supports The Great Big Crunch

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association will be on Parliament Hill this coming Thursday to support The Great Big Crunch, an event to highlight the importance of childhood nutrition. To promote The Great Big Crunch, politicians, supporters and local school children will be gathering on the steps of.....

USDA publishes NOSB meeting proposals and discussion documents

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) posted meeting materials and an updated agenda for the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Spring meeting, to be held in Denver, CO, April 19-21, 2017. Documents are posted on the Spring 2017 NOSB meeting webpage.The.....

May 17-19, Vinnytsia

Netherlands to explore opportunities in Ukraine

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ukraine invites you to participate in a Dutch trade mission to Vinnytsia from 17 to 19 May 2017.The objective of the mission is to explore the market opportunities and business possibilities of the region, namely:efficient approaches to business and.....

April 4, Amsterdam

Learn about robotics, big data & precision agro

The use of precision agriculture technologies and big agriculture data management will lead to an increase in a sustainable production. Growers are increasingly adopting these technologies in the recent years like drone technology, precision crop protection strategies and the use of robots.Lénaïc Grignard.....

Philips Lighting hosts LED Lighting Lunch-n-Learn in three Canadian provinces

Philips Lighting is hosting a series of lunch-n-learn sessions in three locations in Canada for greenhouse growers to learn more about growing under LEDs. Growers will learn how LED lighting is revolutionizing the horticulture industry and how they can take advantage of LED lighting to improve their.....

April 26, Horsham

US (PA): Propagation practices for the diversified vegetable farm

Join PASA and Pennypack Farm as they kick off the 2017 CRAFT schedule in southeast PA. During this afternoon, the farmers at Pennypack will be giving a tour of their farm’s propagation operation, including their greenhouses and crop planning process in preparation for their 2017 summer CSA.Discussion about.....

March 23-24, Bologna

AREFLH general assembly comes to Bologna

The general assembly of AREFLH (Assembly of European Regions producing Fruits, Vegetables and Ornamental Plants) will take place on 23rd and 24th March 2017, in Bologna, Italy.ProgrammeThursday 23rd March 201715.00 – 17.30 Conference and debate: “CAP mid-term review and post-2020 perspectives”Opening of the.....

March 9, Petersburg

US (VA): Berry health focus of VSU conference

Virginia State University’s College of Agriculture has scheduled its ninth annual Berry Production and Marketing Conference on March 9 from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the Gateway Dining Hall on campus.Keynote speaker Dr. Britt Burton will discuss berry health. She is director of the Illinois Institute of.....

Aglanta: breath of fresh air for CEA industry

Aglanta is now finished, yet the urban agriculture sector is still buzzing about the conference. Follow up posts are getting shared like wildfire, and feedback has indicated the conference was a badly needed breath of fresh air for the CEA industry.Agritecture / Blue Planet Consulting approached the.....

March 21, Goshen

US (IN): Learn management strategies at growers meeting

Produce growers in northern Indiana and southern Michigan can learn to make their operations more profitable and productive at the second annual Michiana Vegetable and Fruit Growers Meeting onMarch 21.The daylong event is hosted by the Purdue Extension and Michigan State University Extension services. It.....

March 1-29

Veggie Farming webinar: From season-long care to harvest

This five-week course online (BF121) on Wednesday evenings in March covers vegetable production from transplanting to harvest, including information on in-season fertility, integrated pest management, weed control options, harvesting strategies, and tips for marketing your products.Designed for aspiring.....
March 9, Encinitas

US (CA): Israel ag tech innovation showcase coming to Encinitas

On March 9, a delegation from 12 companies specializing in crop protection, crop nutrition, plant genetics and breeding, irrigation and decision support tech will visit Encinitas for the Israel-AgTech Innovation Showcase. The purpose of the event is to foster collaboration between scientists, engineers,.....

March 29, West Lafayette

US (IN): Purdue to host first hydroponic lettuce production workshop

Purdue University’s horticulture department will host its first ever hydroponic lettuce production workshop on March 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to provide lettuce producers with the tools they need to increase the productivity of their operations.The workshop is free and open to the public. It will be.....

Photoreport Horticontact

PHOTO REPORT Greenhouse builders can hardly meet the demand. Growers are increasing their investments and suppliers launch one novelty after another. This became evident after the Horticontact in Gorinchem.Click here to see the pictures.A new Svensson screen, a new clipping system at Agrifast, a new machine for Verhagen.....

March 27-29, Rotterdam

International berry industry to discuss challenges at the Global Berry Congress

This year’s Global Berry Congress returns to the World Trade Center in Rotterdam on 27-29 March. The challenge, in effect, is the same for the international berry business itself: following two decades of considerable success, with impressive sales growth and category expansion in markets old and new, the.....

April 3-7, Tucson

US (AZ): Savings for CEAC Short Course

Time is running out to register for the 16th Annual Greenhouse Crop Production & Engineering Design Short Course of the University of Arizona Controlled Environmental Agriculture Center [UofA-CEAC]. The program was revitalized to make it most relevant to trends in the industry, advances in CEA.....

15-17 March at Horti Asia in Bangkok Thailand:

Dutch-Japanese investment forum to discuss smart Asian horticulture

Horticulture in Asia is undergoing rapid changes these days. Especially as a result of a rising middle class that increasingly demands better and more safely grown produce. Therefore sustainable protected horticulture and greenhouse farming practices are no longer a pioneering activity but have become an.....

25,000 celebrate the tomato in Almería

About 25,000 people were gathered on February 18 for the big tomato party held in the centre of the city of Almería. The province produces around one billion kilos of different varieties of tomatoes each season. Its main destinations are the international markets, with 70% of production being exported.This.....

US (MI): Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo breaks records

With 4,200 people, a record was set for the number of growers, family members, industry representatives and speakers who attended the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo Dec. 6-8, 2016. Growers accounted for 2,900 of the attendees, a record number, and about a third of all attendees traveled to.....

No more World Championship Greenhouse Building

The organizing team of the WK KassieBouwen (World Championship Greenhouse Building) has decided to stop the annual event. A seventh edition in 2017 would require a major overhaul of the concept and would be an extra burden for the current team. After careful consideration and with a heavy heart, the members.....

February 21, Centerville

US (NY): 2017 Produce Auction Growers Meeting

Speakers from other New York auctions (sellers and buyers) and Cornell Cooperative Extension will provide attendees with information on produce production for profit, diversifying your product line, high tunnel organic fertility approaches, disease resistance in tomatoes and cucumbers, and Food Safety.....

Farming for fish? MSU webinar explores how to get started

A Beginning Farmer webinar series taking place throughout winter and spring 2017, seeks to assist farmers across the country with starting up and improving their agricultural practices. This series of nine webinars includes “Getting Started with Aquaculture.” The aquaculture webinar will be held 7-9 p.m......

March 9, Petersburg

US (VA): Berry Production and Marketing Conference

This ninth annual conference at Virginia State University features presentations on berry health, organic and conventional weed control, and production and marketing for raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries.Click here for more information and registration.

March 7, Hope

University of Arkansas hosts strawberry field day

University of Arkansas hosts this event at Southwest Research and Extension Center. Learn the latest commercial strawberry recommendations and production research before the season begins.Click here for more information and registration.
February 23-25, La Crosse

US (WI): MOSES Organic Farming Conference

Pre-conference course at Organic University: "Year-Round High Tunnel Options"presented by Collin Thompson and Ryan Pesch.Topics to be covered include high tunnel structural considerations, site and soil preparation, crop and irrigation configurations, and pest, disease, and weed management. Beginning and.....

Almería prepares for tomato festival

Next Saturday, 18th February, the city of Almería will be the world’s tomato capital for the third consecutive year. This massive event gives value to the leading role of the flagship product in the fruit and vegetable sector in this Spanish province. One thousand million kilos of tomatoes of different.....

February 24, Seymour

US (IN): Produce safety alliance grower training

This training is aimed at fruit and vegetable growers and others who are interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The course is one way to satisfy the.....

March 7, Bridgewater, Bordentown, and Cape May Court House

US (NJ): Specialty peppers as a niche crop

Ultra-Niche means exceptionally high-value crops that can be grown on ten acres or less. The project goal is to teach new and beginning farmers about the cultivation, marketing, and business management of 10 "ultra-niche" crops.Each crop will have a variety of resources including:Virtual Field Trips: These.....

April 3-7, Tucson

US (AZ): Greenhouse Crop Production & Engineering Design Short Course

The Greenhouse Crop Production & Engineering Design Short Course will be held April 3rd - 7th in Tucson Arizona at the University Park Marriott in Tucson, Arizona.Come immerse yourself in the synergy of the Greenhouse Crop Production & Engineering Design Short Course – A four day event, put on by the.....

February 23, Overton

US (TX): Learn about the essential components of aquaponics

An aquaponics seminar will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 23 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1710 Farm-to-Market 3053 in Overton.The seminar is free and open to the public.Dr. Joe Masabni, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service small-acreage horticulturist, Overton, said the.....
February 23

Marrone Bio Innovations to hold bioinsecticides webinar

Marrone Bio Innovations, in conjunction with Western Farm Press, is conducting a webinar on bioinsecticides on February 23, 2017, 11am PT/1pm CT/2pm ET.As biopesticides have been used and studied over time, scientists and growers better understand how to deploy and use these effective microorganism-based.....

Cogeca launches European Award for Cooperative Innovation

The European Agri-Cooperative Group Cogeca launched in Brussels this week the European Award for Cooperative Innovation to promote practices and innovative solutions designed by cooperatives.Speaking in Brussels, Copa & Cogeca Secretary-General Pekka Pesonen said “European farmers and their cooperatives.....

UK: New dates and courses for people management workshops

New places are now available on the AHDB Practical Skills series of workshops: People Management Skills. Securing the right skills, services and contracts are vital to running a productive and profitable business. Quality recruitment is the first step in acquiring the skills needed by a business and.....

Bayer showcases Food Chain Partnership

Bayer showcased its Food Chain Partnership activities at Fruit Logistica in Berlin that took place from February 8 to 10. The company presented a number of successful partnership examples from various regions that link partners along the value chain enabling safety, quality, affordability, transparency and.....

April 6, Tucson

US (AZ): Greenhouse produce in gastronomy

On April 6th, the Secure, Sustaining & Sensational CEA Dinner presents the role that greenhouse, hydroponic, and aquaponic food production have in the development of Tucson as a designated UNESCO “City of Gastronomy.”The dinner will highlight the "Secure, Sustaining, & Sensational" products of CEA in.....

Fruit Logistica international stage for product launches

A growing number of international greenhouse technology and supply companies are using the annual Fruit Logistica exhibition in Berlin as a podium for new product launches. Over the last three days we have been walking the 25th edition of the trade show in Berlin and we got acquainted with a number of.....

February 18, Finland

US (MN): Deep winter greenhouse open to public

Northeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and Northeast Organic Consumers Association are hosting a Deep Winter Greenhouse Public Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 18 at 6771 South Silver Hill Dr, Finland, Minn.Celebrate the completion of the first of the five prototype Deep Winter Greenhouses.....

January 19-28, Berlin

Bulgaria partner country of Green Week 2018

Bulgaria is the partner country of the International Green Week 2018. A corresponding agreement was signed by Desislava Taneva, the former Bulgarian Minister of Agriculture and Food, and Dr. Christian Göke, CEO of Messe Berlin GmbH. Also present at the ceremony, which took place at this year’s International.....

Cornell hosts Greenhouse/High Tunnel Vegetable IPM webinars

Cornell University will be holding a series of short webinars on Greenhouse/High Tunnel Vegetable IPM on Thursdays from 12-1 in February and March. The intent is for each topic to be briefly covered and then followed by discussion:Feb 9 and Feb 16: Basics of light, water fertility, media as they relate to.....

February 14-16, Gorinchem

Dutch HortiContact all set

HortiContact will take place in Evenementenhal Gorinchem on 14, 15, and 16 February 2017. This fourteenth edition will be held under the new, international name of HortiContact. A record total of 510 exhibitors will take part in this trade fair. The organisation is expecting a visitor count of more than.....

August 28-September 8

Wageningen University organizes Summer School again

Wageningen University & Research is the “knowledge heart” of the Dutch Greenhouse Horticulture. Scientists of Wageningen University & Research will share their unique knowledge with international students and researchers during this “Summer School”.After a general introduction on Greenhouse.....

March 3, Escondido

US (CA): Introductory food safety workshop for produce growers

The roll-out of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations and the increased attention to food safety by produce buyers are changing the way produce growers address food safety on their farms. Join the CCOF Foundation and FamilyFarmed for a one-day, hands-on workshop that will outline on-farm food.....

Airport strike delays Fruit Logistica visitors

Fruit Logistica got started in Berlin today. Strikes at the city's Tegel and Schönefeld airports caused delays for trade show visitors, forcing many, primarily Dutch, visitors to go by car instead.StrikeYesterday, the ground services at the Berlin airports announced they would strike between 5 am and 11 am......

March 11-14, Tucson

US (AZ): Hydroponic Greenhouse Lettuce Intensive Workshop returns at CEAC

By demand, The Hydroponic Greenhouse Lettuce Intensive Workshop will return again, being offered March 11-14, 2017. The workshop will be held at our facilities in Tucson, AZ at the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (1951 E. Roger Rd. Tucson, AZ 85719).Where else can you receive a semester of.....

February 17-18, Atlanta

US: Georgia Organics Conference and Expo expects 1,000+ visitors

More than 1,000 farmers, gardeners, health advocates and organic food lovers are expected to attend the 2017 Georgia Organics Conference and Expo. This year’s schedule includes farm tours, 10 in-depth workshops, 32 educational sessions, three daylong intensive workshops, two keynote addresses, one-on-one.....
February 17, Manchester, NH

UNH scientists to present research at Farm and Forest Expo

How did the state’s trees fare during the 2016 New England drought? What can we learn from a solitary wasp that hunts down an invasive pest decimating the state’s ash trees? What is the value of promoting locally grown foods at farmers’ markets? University of New Hampshire researchers will present their.....

Food safety sprouts innovation in microgreens industry

From 24 to 28 April the International Sprout Growers Association (ISGA) will meet in Victoria, B.C., for the 27th edition of their annual convention. The association represents members from all over the world and during the convention the board members will discuss current trends, opportunities and.....

February 27, Sacramento

US (CA): Introductory food safety workshop for produce growers

The roll-out of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations and the increased attention to food safety by produce buyers are changing the way produce growers address food safety on their farms. Join the CCOF Foundation and FamilyFarmed for a one-day, hands-on workshop that will outline on-farm food.....

US(NY): Empire State Producers Expo presentations available online

The 2017 Empire State Producers Expo was held from January 17-19 at the OnCenter Convention Center in Syracuse, NY. This annual show combines the major fruit, flower, vegetable, and direct marketing associations of New York State in order to provide a comprehensive trade show and educational conference for.....

US: Aquaponics courses at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences and Growing Power will offer three-day workshops once-per-month February through June.The workshops are designed for those who want to learn about growing their own food using aquaponic and recirculating system technology. This three-day.....

March 7th, 2017 at 2PM Eastern Time:

Free eOrganic webinar on Tomato Varietal Improvement

Organic vegetable growers need varieties that are optimally adapted to their farming systems. In a free eOrganic webinar about organic tomato breeding, participants will describe how to develop and select improved vegetable varieties using the breeding component of the tomato organic management and.....
April 19, Murcia

Spain: Free tickets still available for aquaponics.biz

Free tickets for the aquaponics.biz conference at the University of Murcia (Spain) on Wednesday 19 April 2017 are being snapped up. SMEs and community initiatives that will be attending include Aquatic Science (Belgium), Building Integrated Greenhouses (Belgium), Écosystèmes Alimentaires Urbains (Canada),.....

February 15 or 16, Dunfermline

UK: Free workshop will highlight benefits of bubbles to crop health

Fine bubble technology could help fresh fruit and vegetable growers ensure clean crops, Chemical Engineer Dean Burfoot will tell attendees at a free antimicrobial workshop organised by AHDB Horticulture in Fife.The technology was first studied as a means of reducing the amount of water used in cleaning.....

COBRA Green workshop:

CAN (AB): Getting a handle on your greenhouse financials

An upcoming workshop aims to help greenhouse growers familiarize themselves with a new software package.“Cobra (Commercial Business Return Analyzer) GREEN is a financial software developed by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) to help greenhouse vegetable growers better understand the numbers behind their.....

Photo report IPM Essen:

Increase of technology and international visits at IPM Essen

PHOTO REPORT The international floriculture sector once again gathered in Essen last week for the 35th edition of the IPM Essen. A total of 57,000 international trade show visitors came all the way to Essen to see the latest trends and innovations in the green industry. Besides tons of exhibitors with plants, flowers,.....

Rothamsted Open Innovation Forum:

Global innovators join forces to answer agri-food challenges

Boosting agricultural production in Africa, using data to drive efficiencies in UK farming, and improving understanding of the plant microbiome are three key issues being addressed at a major conference next week.The Rothamsted Open Innovation Forum (ROIF), which will be held from 18-20 January, is.....

January 30, 2017

US (MI): New webinar series for beginning growers

New farm businesses provide jobs, income and increased economic and social stability, and increased food security to rural and other communities. Providing basic, practical information to people interested in or already engaging in new farm enterprises helps these small businesses develop sound production.....

February 2, Washington

US (DC): Food Tank Summit explores future food policy

Food Tank, in partnership with The George Washington University and the World Resources Institute, announces the 3rd Annual Washington, D.C. Food Tank Summit. This one-day event will feature more than three dozen different speakers from the food and agriculture field. Researchers, farmers, chefs, policy.....

April 18-20, Berkeley

US (CA): Strategic perspectives on innovation in agrifood supply chains

For the second year in a row, the International and Executive Programs at UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources will host its executive workshop on Strategic Perspectives on Innovation in Agrifood Supply Chains on April 18 to 20, 2017. With ever-shifting consumer preferences and global socioeconomic,.....

US (NY): Cornell Extension hosts fruit and veg growers

For commercial fruit and vegetable growers in New York state, winter is a time of reflection, preparation and guarded optimism. It’s also a time to hone one’s craft through continuing education and consumption of research-based analysis.A buffet of that insight drew more than 800 attendees to the 2017 Empire.....
February 25 - March 5, Porte de Versailles

“Demain la Terre” participates in Paris International Agricultural Show

For the very first time, the Association “Demain la Terre” (Tomorrow for the Earth) and its members participate in one of the biggest events of the agricultural industry, the Paris International Agricultural Show, which will take place in the Exhibition Park at the Porte de Versailles from February 25th to.....

February 8-10, Berlin

Record number of Belgian exhibitors at Fruit Logistica

30 suppliers of Belgian potatoes, fruit, vegetables and fruit trees, are all eager to welcome you to the VLAM stands at Fruit Logistica in Berlin. In conjunction with the producers’ federations and auctions, they will showcase a wide range of top quality products. Meet them in Hall 6.2 at stands B-03, B-04,.....

US (NY): Cornell offers food safety course for growers

Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce.....

US (MT): Planning for on-farm success workshops

Are you trying to start a farm or ranch business in Montana? Maybe you’d like to add a new, direct-market enterprise to your operation to increase your business. Planning For On-Farm Success teaches you the business skills you need to succeed. Learn how to evaluate new markets, track financial information.....
March 14-17, Napa

US (CA): Karen Ross, Hugh Hewitt to keynote UnitedAg conference

UnitedAg, a member-owned agricultural trade association representing more than 650 organizations in California and Arizona, announced it will hold its 37th Annual Meeting & Conference March 14-17 at the Westin Verasa in Napa, Calif. Themed “Advancing Together,” this year’s conference will feature leading.....