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September 11-12

Disruptors wanted for Dutch horticulture

Members of producer associations DOOR, Harvest House, Best of Four and Van Nature have joined forces for the GLAS4.0-program. This program focuses on how disruptive technologies can be made available for cucumber, eggplant, pepper and tomato crops. Based on the results of this program so far, it can be.....

November 22-24, Shanghai

Shanghai gears up for first edition of Horti China

Since approximately two years, Chinese horticulture (especially the production of high-value vegetables and fruits) is clearly entering a new phase. Keywords are food safety, quality improvement, management/training and production-oriented investment.In the past 30 years, China was transformed into the.....

September 17, Champaign

US (IL): Shiitake mushroom production workshop

From how to select the ideal tree, to inoculation and encouraging fruiting, this class will teach you all you need to know about producing mushrooms for market. Taught by shiitake producer Sara Creech of Blue Yonder Organic Farm. You will go home with two-three logs that have been inoculated with spores......

US (NY): Nature Fresh Greenhouse Education Center stops in JC

NatureFresh Farms, Wegman's largest suppliers in produce, stopped in Johnson City Thursday to educate customers on how they grow their food. The mobile Greenhouse Education Center, GEC, has been touring eastern North America informing consumers about the vegetables they supply to retail stores. Mitchell.....

Never mind the Olympics, cucumber sorting your game

Last Saturday the fastest and best cucumber sorters competed in Nootdorp for the Dutch Championship Cucumber Sorting.. The tradition has been the highlight of the fair week in the South Holland city for 55 years.Contestants had to estimate the weight of the cucumbers as accurately as possible. The Dutch.....

August 29, Stephentown

US (NY): Berry crops field workshop

This workshop will cover the following topics:Plasticulture strawberry production for June berries and Day NeutralLow tunnels on strawberriesHigh tunnel raspberry productionExclusion netting to control SWD in blueberriesUsing computer models to improve pest management of berry cropsCollaboration between NEWA.....

NL: Moroccan tomato growers of Azura visit Albert Heijn

In October 2016, four Albert Heijn colleagues went to visit their Moroccan tomato supplier Azura as part of the sixth exchange program of the Albert Heijn Foundation. They took Azura staff this week to Albert Heijn locations in the Netherlands. Watch the video of their visit here.Together they visited Albert.....
August 24, Deposit

US (NY): Vegetable grading & packing field day

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County is offering a hands-on, on-farm experience to aid in understanding how to determine quality and grade of agricultural products. This session is designed to prepare farms in NY, both beginning and experienced, to enter new markets.The event will be at Catskill.....

webinar, August 17

Accelerating harvest cycles and improving crop quality with LED

Join Green Mountain Harvest Hydroponics and Griffin to learn how a simple upgrade to Heliospectra LED lights has helped growers at the Vermont business shave 7 to 10 days off standard harvest cycles to take fresh lettuce, spring mix, watercress and herbs to market faster.PresentersJohn Farr of Green Mountain.....

August 25, Tucson

US (AZ): Biosphere 2, CEAC and innovative food production

The next CEAC Covering Environments Seminar will be held Friday, August 25th, from 4:15 PM to 5:15 PM in the CEAC Lecture Room (1951 E. Roger Road).At 4:15 PM, Joaquin Ruiz, PhD (Executive Dean Colleges of Letters, Arts & Science; VP for Innovation, UofA) will give his presentation entitled.....
September 11, Spruce Grove/West Yellowhead

CAN (AB): Agri-tourism and farm direct marketing bus tour

The Agri-tourism and Farm Direct Marketing Bus Tour takes place September 11, 2017, in the Spruce Grove/West Yellowhead region.“The tour will feature family-run businesses doing innovative things on smaller farms in rural Alberta,” says Colin Gosselin, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Stony Plain. “It will.....

US (WI): Farm Technology Days charging forward for 2018

Before Farm Technology Days (FTD) 2017 was even over, almost 300 volunteers were deep in planning the 2018 event in Wood County. In the next year, committees will ramp up and add about another 100 volunteers on the planning side. By the time the show runs from July 10 - 12, 2018, between 2,000 - 2,500.....

August 29, Portland

US (NY): Sustainable and organic vegetable pest management field day

Join Cornell Vegetable Program Specialists (Telenko, Hadad, Reid) and Cornell University faculty (Wallace, Smart, Reiners, Bjorkman) for an evening of touring Cornell Vegetable Program research sites and answering questions on sustainable and organic pest management options for fresh market vegetable.....

September 17-19, Gainesville

US (FL): Florida Organic Growers food & farming summit

This inaugural event will serve as an opportunity for growers, educators, advocates, academics, and researchers to interact and gain knowledge through farm tours, workshops, a trade show, and day-long training sessions. The agenda includes a food safety grower training course and a workshop on resources for.....

Copa & Cogeca and Agricord host event EU-Africa cooperation

Copa & Cogeca and Agricord hosted an event in Rome on Sunday on increasing cooperation between European and African farmers’ organisations to help tackle poverty and ensure rural transformation in Africa and underlined the need to step up investments in skills.The event came on the same day as the.....
Goal is to raise another $57,000 within next three weeks

US (CA): Riders gear up for Tour de Fresh this month

Tour de Fresh riders are gearing up for a beautiful three-day ride through the central coast of California, which takes place July 25-27 prior to PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo. Presented by the California Giant Foundation, Tour de Fresh has a goal to raise at least $150,000 by the event, which will.....

July 15, Midland

US (SD): Greenhouse growers welcome chefs on tour

The South Dakota Specialty Producers Association has coordinated nine upcoming tours featuring specialty crops, meats and products. The next tour and program is scheduled for July 15 featuring greenhouse production, selling products via a box program, and purchasing local foods from a chef’s.....

September 25-October 20

University of Florida offers online weed management course

Join the 488 growers who have successfully graduated from Greenhouse Training Online courses offered by the University of Florida IFAS Extension (UF). This intermediate course is designed for growers with some experience and training. The course is offered in English and Spanish. Manage all aspects of weed.....

October 30-November 2

Aquaponic training school comes to Malta

The seventh and final training school, on ‘Aquaponics – ergonomics and economics’, will take place at AquaBioTech, Malta, on 30 October – 2 November 2017.Ergonomics covers the best possible layout and setup of different parts of both systems with maximum functionality and productivity in mind. The.....

August 10, Davis

US (CA): Organic breeding and seed intensive

Join Jared Zystro of Organic Seed Alliance, and Julie Dawson and Bill Tracy of University of Wisconsin-Madison, to learn how to develop new varieties and produce commercial quality seed. This one day class will include instruction on planning for successful seed production, harvesting and cleaning seed,.....

August 10, Fayetteville

US (AR): Produce safety workshop for young growers

The National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC), in partnership with the National Farmers Union, offers workshops across the country to help familiarize young and beginning farmers with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). When FSMA goes into effect in 2018, all fruit and vegetable producers will be subject.....

How to take advantage of opportunities in Russia?

On June 13, a Russian-British consultancy Vostock Capital Ltd. hosted a free webinar on Industrial Greenhouses Boom in Russia, which turned out a success. The webinar featuring over 200 participants, was held in the run-up to the 2nd upcoming international forum and exhibition “AGRO Greenhouse Complexes.....

UK: AHDB to showcase latest industry research at Fruit Focus

New research funded by AHDB Horticulture will be featured at Fruit Focus 2017 highlighting the work on western flower thrips. The industry and growers are welcome to AHDB’s stand, number 28, to network and hear about the latest technologies and developments within the industry.Growers will also have the.....

China: Guangdong holds first Dragon Fruit Light Festival

On 23 June, Guangdong held its first Dragon Fruit Light Festival, with its highlight in Zengcheng Xiaolou Renjia Scenic Area. This event was not organized by the government, but by a local Guangdong farmer, Chen Lianghua, who successfully tried a new technology at his dragon fruit production site, that.....

UK: Growing for the future with the newest equipment at Fruit Focus

Delivering optimum productivity and efficiency in fruit production is as reliant on having the right equipment as it is on adopting the best husbandry practices. With farming becoming increasingly mechanised, the future of growing fruit lies in the latest technology and machinery.Keeping on top of the latest.....
July 16, 2017:

US (OH): Ready for the 5k Flower Run at Cultivate?

Attending the Cultivate'17, you might consider signing up for the 5k Flower Run, organized by Luxfora, GIE Media and AmericanHort. The annual Flower Run celebrates Luxflora’s mission to develop a visionary, influential floriculture network in which women leaders can create, inspire, and flourish. The Flower.....

Mastronardi featured in Canada's 150th anniversary celebrations

Celebrating Canada’s 150th also included celebrating the industry leaders which Canada is known for. This includes the booming greenhouse business in which Canada is a major player. Recently, the National Post, a national news source in Canada, featured a pioneer in the industry, Mastronardi Produce and the.....

ERIAFF Conference: Agriculture and horticulture hold tomorrow’s solutions

Sustainable growing – a well-kept secret

Vertical horticulture, seaweed as sustenance, organic crop protection, producing plant varieties that are resistant to draught, disease and plagues, efficient cultivation using Big Data, energy-neutral greenhouses and removing CO2 from the greenhouse cultivation industry - these advantages provided by.....

Cogeca underlines key role of agri-cooperatives

The European Agri-Cooperative Organisation Cogeca recently celebrated the United Nations International Day of Cooperatives and underlined the important role agri-cooperatives play in helping farmers to get a better return for their produce.Cogeca President Thomas Magnusson said “Agri-cooperatives play a key.....

July 21-23, Yangon

Aquaponics training course in Myanmar

A three day training course will be held at the Institute of Fisheries Technology in Yangon, Myanmar, from 21-23 July 2017. The course will cover the design and management of aquaponic systems in different environmental conditions, as well as the development of low-cost and low-tech systems. The course is.....

August 22, West Lafayette

US (IN): How-to farmer training on organic vegetable seed production

Nationally renowned experts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Organic Seed Alliance, and Purdue University will present a one-day classroom and field-based workshop on organic vegetable seed production.Participants will learn the fundamentals needed to grow organic vegetable seed, including seed.....
June 26, Batavia

US (NY): Fresh Market Vegetable Field Day at Cornell

View demonstration plots to exemplify sustainable pest management options for fresh market vegetable production. In addition to the demonstration plots, sessions will be offered throughout the day on weed and disease identification and biology, resistance management, and GAPs/FSMA updates by CVP team.....

UK: Securing labour and tackling the post-CAP landscape at Fruit Focus

Navigating the challenges posed by Brexit is something all producers are attempting to do, but it is easier said than done.Whether farmers are producing soft fruits, growing apples, or cultivating vineyards, there are numerous questions facing each sector as a result of Brexit. “Tackling these subjects can.....

UK: Up to six BASIS points on offer at Fruit Focus

BASIS members attending Fruit Focus on 19 July are being given the opportunity to collect six BASIS CPD points at the event.Two of the six points on offer can be obtained by heading to the BASIS stand, number 164, and presenting a BASIS membership card to a member of the team. Those without a card can fill.....

October 18-20, Dubrovnik

Croatia: Aquaponics session at Aquaculture Europe 2017

The EU Aquaponics Hub has organised a special session on Aquaponics at the forthcoming Aquaculture Europe 2017 conference which will take place in Dubrovnik, Croatia, from 18-20 October.Chaired by Vesna Miličić and Benz Kotzen, the one-and-a-half day session will consist of 23 oral presentations.....

August 7, Ames

US (IA): Iowa State University hosts fruit and veg field day

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is hosting the 2017 Fruit and Vegetable Field Day on Monday, Aug. 7 at the Iowa State University Horticulture Research Station near Ames.The annual event will feature various research and demonstration projects on fruit and vegetable production for commercial.....

US: Griffin announces seminar program for 2017 expos

Griffin recently announced the schedule of educational sessions for its 2017 Griffin Grower & Retailer Expos.The schedule includes two seminars in which attendees may qualify for pesticide recertification credits. The first, “Hot Topics in Pest Control,” is presented by GGSPro Technical Support Manager.....

Biosecurity Levy proposal to be decided at TomatoesNZ AGM

During the TomatoesNZ AGM, at ASB Baypark in Tauranga, at 1:00pm on July 12th, TomatoesNZ members will be asked to vote on signing up to biosecurity Operational Agreements, and paying for them through a proposed new Biosecurity Levy. More information about the proposals is outlined in these pages and will be.....

Chili peppers training next gen of Swedish producers

Back in 1996, after Jeppe Robertsson took over the livestock farm started by his parents, the first stage of greenhouses were built. Since then, Gummagårdens has grown to a production of 1700 tonnes of cucumbers each year, adding up to roughly five million cucumbers, across 23,400m2.Gummagårdens has pretty.....

July 31-August 4

US (NM): Spirulina, aquaponics offered at Santa Fe Community College

Santa Fe Community College’s Training Center Corporation and Apogee Spirulina host Artisan Spirulina Immersion Week with Intro to Aquaponics, July 31 through Aug. 4 at 6401 Richards Ave. The five-day course is the first of its kind, a combination spirulina and aquaponics course. Spirulina is a type of.....

new chance next year

Wageningen Summer School booked full

From 28 August until 8 September 2017 the Horticulture and Product Physiology group and Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture will give the Wageningen summer school on Greenhouse Horticulture. Wageningen Academy is organising this course.The edition of 2017 is fully booked.Experts of the Horticulture and.....

US (IN): Explore benefits of high tunnels during field days

Are you looking for ways to increase the economic stability of your farm or to sell fresh vegetables right up to Thanksgiving or Christmas? How about getting an early start on raising produce in the spring? If so, a high tunnel may be a great option to increase the productivity of your farm operations.Purdue.....

Video: Liberty Hyde Bailey Lecture

US (NY): How CALS is leading the food revolution

If you missed last Friday’s Liberty Hyde Bailey Lecture, From Farm to Fork: How CALS is Leading the Food Revolution, it’s available online:This year’s line-up included:Kathryn J. Boor, Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell UniversityChristine Smart, Professor, Plant.....

August 21-25, Bangor

US (ME): Armed to Farm veteran training

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is partnering with United Farmer Veterans of Maine (UFVM) to bring its Armed to Farm (ATF) training to the Northeast. Veterans who want to attend the week-long training in Bangor, Maine, can apply online now.ATF allows veterans and their spouses to.....

"Everyone’s a winner" in IFAMA’s 2017 student competition

What challenges lie ahead for farmers in emerging markets like Guatemala or Mali? How can agribusiness in different parts of the world benefit from an initiative connecting stakeholders throughout the whole food chain – and how does its implementation contribute to sustainable agriculture?Ronald Guendel.....

March 14-16, Ho Chi Minh City:

First exhibitors confirmed for HortEx Vietnam

HortEx Vietnam, a dedicated exhibition for Horticulture and Floriculture in Vietnam, which will take place from 14-16 March 2018 in the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC) in Ho Chi Minh City, has recently received new support from several (semi) governmental bodies.After the kick off meetings.....

June 22

Webinar Climate Smart Agriculture: California & Netherlands

The California Department of Food and Agriculture, in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, United States Department of Agriculture, University of California, Davis and Wageningen University will be co-hosting a joint webinar on climate smart agriculture.The webinar will focus its.....

June 21-September 22

American Farmland Trust celebrates farmers markets

'The most powerful tool we have to protect farmland – is our fork.' That’s the message of a summer-long campaign to promote family farmers and local farmers markets — the people and the places that bring us ripe, luscious strawberries, flavor-packed tomatoes, crisp greens and cucumbers and other fresh and.....

June 28-30, Weihai

First-ever Interpoma China Congress and Exhibition about to start

Interpoma China, the congress and exhibition for the cultivation, storage and marketing of apples, will cover 5,000 square metres at the Weihai International Exhibition Center (WIEC). A total of 70 companies are due to attend, 52% from China and 48% from foreign countries. The exhibitors come from Belgium,.....

UK: Nuffield ‘Farming Fit For Food’ conference highlights need for collaboration

Food and farming industries were told to work together to make their voices heard by government bodies at the Nuffield ‘Farming Fit for Food’ conference on 8 June, in order to tackle diet related health issues once and for all.Over 500 delegates heard from industry experts who warned that change must come.....

June 22

Webinar: Doing agribusiness in the Philippines

A collaboration between the South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk and the EU-Philippines Business Network, the webinar “Agriculture in the Philippines: Business opportunities and IPR protection” will focus on unique opportunities for EU SMEs in a rapidly developing sector. This webinar is held in connection with.....

June 22, Ely

UK: NIAB Leafy Salads Open Day at G's Fresh

Hosted by G’s Fresh, this year’s NIAB Leafy Salads Open Day will be an opportunity for growers from all sectors to learn more about soils and growing media.AHDB project workshops will be taking place on the day, with Lizzie Sagoo of ADAS looking at precision farming tools such as soil EC scanning and how.....

June 20-21, Stoneleigh Park

UK: Hort Science Live 2017 to showcase latest production innovations

IPM in the root zone, a holistic approach to pre-empting nutrient deficiencies and the management of air filled porosity in growing media are just three of the practical subjects being explored at the new Hort Science Live event next month.Created by ICL and Bayer, Hort Science Live 2017 is being hosted by.....

Tomato Forum discussions on production sustainability

From sowing to sales in store. The Tomato Forum that took place in Düsseldorf on 1st and 2nd June examined the entire chain. The international fair organised by Fruchthandel and AMI analysed the most current issues. What are the right products? What do consumers want? How can demand improve? How to continue.....

August 24, St. Charles, Missouri:

Hummert organizes 35th Annual Grand Expo & Buying Event

On August 24, the largest horticultural buying event in the Midwest will again take place at the Saint Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, Missouri. Featuring over 32,000 products; there’s something for everyone in the industry, from garden centers, landscape companies, nursery owners to institutions.....

July 21, Augusta

US: Produce safety training available to Maine growers

Kennebec County Soil & Water Conservation District, in collaboration with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, AgMatters LLC, and University of Maine Cooperative Extension, will be hosting a Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training on Friday, July 21, 2017, in Augusta, ME.The.....

June 16-25

Learn about vertical farming... from the comfort of your chair

The future of food is being developed in tech hubs and cities around the world. If you’re not currently in one of those places, going to live events is a great way to learn more about vertical farming and urban agriculture. If you haven’t been able to make it to any AgTech events in person, there's an online.....

Photo Report United Fresh 2017

On June 14 and 15, the United Fresh trade show was held at McCormick Place in Chicago. This year, the exhibition area had moved from the South Hall to the West Hall, a somewhat smaller setup with the number of exhibitors being close to 300. The exhibit hall was broken down into four sections; FreshMKT,.....

Industry's potential reflected on busy edition of Moscow Greenhouse Expo

PHOTO REPORT Last week from June 14 to 16, suppliers of greenhouse technology, structures, seeds and other horticultural heavyweights gathered in Moscow for the 2017 edition of the Greenhouse Expo. Organized for the first time in a new hall of the VVC All-Russian Exhibition Centre, the trade show provided room for more.....