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Thailand: Solar farm plans to invest in hydroponics plant

Chai Phad Phand Co Ltd, which produces signage and operates a solar farm, plans to invest up to Bt20 million [637,000 USD] in a hydroponics plant near its solar farm in the Pathum Thani province in Thailand to tap strong demand in the market, the company’s founder and managing director Vanchai Panvichean.....

US (MN): Grower brings local lettuce to Twin Cities consumers

Revol Greens looks like a warehouse or factory from the outside. But step inside, and it’s an oasis of green plunked into the frozen outdoor landscape of southern Minnesota.The 2.5-acre greenhouse operation, the largest of its kind in the state, raises several varieties of greens in assembly-line style and.....

US (AR): Horticulture students win 12 awards at regional meet

Twelve horticulture students from the U of A's Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences combined for 12 awards at the recent 82nd Southern Region of the American Society for Horticultural Sciences annual meeting in Jacksonville, Florida.Waltram Ravelombola, a doctoral student in.....

US (NY): Wayne County tomato-growing project ripens

On Wednesday, the Wayne County Industrial Development Agency is holding a public hearing at 9:30 a.m. in Ontario Town Hall at 1850 Ridge Road. The hearing is related to an estimated $38 million plan to develop greenhouse operations on 122 acres off of Route 104 for Intergrow.Intergrow produces local,.....

New Zealand family watches woman steal honesty box and one cucumber

Last Sunday evening Dennis Wade, his wife Stacey Jensen-Wade and their five children watched a car stop at the end of their driveway in New Plymouth. That is where the family has a small fruit and vegetable stall; the children often sell their home grown vegetables and fruit for a little extra money, as the.....

US (TX): Students make a pretty penny with aquaponics

It's Senora Scott's fourth year to catch up with a group of middle school students from Corsicana, Texas who are leading the way in innovation for agriculture with their ag mechanics projects.A group of 8th graders from Corsicana thought the future of agriculture looked a little fishy. So, they decided to.....

US (MS): Dixie grandmother grows hydroponic tomatoes

Beth Tucker has been around farming all her life. But adapting to today's technology has helped Tucker grow better products year-round. Tucker, 55, of the Dixie community has been growing tomatoes hydroponically for about three years at Triple T Hydroponics. She started prep work on the farm a year.....

CAN (ON): Peter Quiring to help develop 1.4 million sq.ft. MMJ greenhouse

Wheaton Income has entered into a joint venture with Peter Quiring, via a newly formed subsidiary (GreenhouseCo), to develop, construct and operate a state-of-the-art purpose-built greenhouse for cannabis cultivation in Leamington, Ontario with Mr. Quiring acting as Chief Executive Officer of.....

US (WI): Aquaponics growers looking to cash in

The farmland along Sun Valley Parkway east of Paoli is still fertile soil for corn, soybeans, alfalfa and other traditional crops.But a 120-acre farm established in the 1800s along a rail line that is now the Badger State Trail is trying to make a year-round business out of lettuce, herbs and micro greens,.....

Imitation awareness: Patented Perlina aubergines

Perlina® aubergines are produced exclusively by the Italian company La Perla del Sud. The cultivation technique is inspired by integrated production principles and employs grafted plants. Pollination is carried out with the help ofBombus italicusinsects, which are similar to bees.The variety is an F1 hybrid.....

Rob Matheusen, Gebroeders Valstar:

"I use the website to quickly find answers to practical questions"

From the results of a recent survey of their website, the Biobest Group has been able to improve and renew its website to make it more customer focussed. Rob Matheusen, the manager of the Damsigt facility of Gebroeders Valstar, completed the survey and was the lucky winner of an iPad, recently presented to.....

India: Blind man reaps success in tomato farming

Meghu Pradhan (45) is visually-impaired from birth, but his hard labour and dedication stood him against all obstacles and helped him become a sought after farmer in the area.According to sources, Pradhan was blind from birth. However, he could slightly see under sunlight. Although he could not study due to.....

"President’s budget proposal threatens food, farm, and nutrition programs"

"The deeply problematic proposals of the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget, released on Monday of this week, include devastating cuts to critical farm and food programs", the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition writes. "The budget, if enacted, would reduce the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s.....

Australia: MMJ grower gets AUD$2,500,000 government grant

Australia based Solaris Nutraceuticals Pty Ltd, which is building the largest medical cannabis greenhouse in the southern hemisphere, has been awarded a $AUD2,500,000 Regional Jobs Investment Program (RJIP) grant, through the Federal Department of Innovation, Industry & Science.“We are co-investing with.....

Not cool

Hot pepper vs Jennifer Garner

Hanging out in her garden, actress Jennifer Garner took a little nibble of one of her homegrown peppers.She must have had brighter ideas.

Canadian herb grower changes name into Ecobain Gardens

Ecobain Gardens, a producer of natural herbs from its vertical hydroponic urban farm in Saskatoon, SK, has announced a name change to better reflect its business.In the making of the announcement, Brian Bain, Co-founder and CEO said, “we have rebranded to become “Ecobain Naturals.” Bain continued, “Our new.....

CAN (ON): Double Diamond on changing to cannabis production

Double Diamond has entered into a joint venture with Leamington’s Aphria, one of Canada’s biggest — and rapidly expanding — growers of medical marijuana. The new company, GrowCo, is 51-per-cent owned by Aphria, which provides the refit capital and know-how, while Double Diamond, which owns the other 49 per.....

Insight in your crops realtime fresh weight production

The new HortiSense grow module provides a grower with real-time insight in the performance of his crop: the module can calculate the assimilate production and from that also the fresh weight produce of his crop per m2. "This way a grower can see just how effectively his growth strategy works", Ad Zwinkels.....

Germany: Growing summer-tasting tomatoes all year round

Neurather Gärtner is the brainchild of four visionary entrepreneurs in the German vegetable growing industry. Wilhelm Baum, Dirk Driessen, Carsten Knodt and Matthias Draek established the company in 2011. Today it has 16 ha of greenhouses, and about 7.5 ha have grow lights.In 2015, the entrepreneurs began.....

US (NY): Soil health enhances high-tunnel tomato production

Foliar testing has become a farm-wide practice for Kirby’s Farm Market of Brockport, N.Y. — not just in their high tunnels, and for good reason: It’s an early clue of soil health needs for higher vegetable yields.“Learning about soil health to enhance our high-tunnel tomato production impacted the entire.....

First illuminated cucumbers available from Kompany again

In 2017, Kompany invested considerably in assimilation illumination again, and with their growers they realised a larger illuminated cucumber area. This leads to an expansion of their supply of high-quality, illuminated cucumbers from the Netherlands. Because of this, Kompany can meet increased demand for.....
New 4 hectare greenhouse to harvest 600,000 kilos

Spain: Huesca group boost Barbastro pink tomatoes marketing

The Huesca-based group Correas is going to boost the domestic marketing of the pink tomato of Barbastro and give it an international projection. The company is investing one million Euro in the setting up of a 4-hectare greenhouse, although it also has a 15-hectare farm on the road to Burceat, in the.....

Indoor vertical farms: The wave of the future?

On November 1, 2017, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) voted—by the narrowest of margins—to allow growers utilizing container, hydroponic or aquaponics production to keep their organic certification. While the NOSB is advisory in nature, with the staff of the National Organic Program and other USDA.....

Belgium: December strawberries that taste like summer strawberries

Welroy Fruit is a family company in every sense. Brothers Frank and Jurgen Royen began running it in 2005, and Frank’s son Sven joined them in 2014. Today the entire family put their heart and soul into making the daily operations run smoothly and productively.Welroy Fruit is a mid-size company that sells.....

Italy: Premium date tomatoes by Azienda Agricola Ottone

"Over the years, we have understood that growing produce wasn't generating enough profit for us. After accurate deliberation and after having made a few investments, we started commercialising our tomatoes directly," explains owner Giuseppe Ottone.Giuseppe Ottone"We currently own 7 hectares of protected.....

Evolution of fresh herbs

The evolution of the Fresh Herb trade has gone through major changes over the past 15 years or so and has yet to reach its peak. "Requirements by consumers today are more complex than just the price of Basil. Every kilo being sold today has to be accompanied by a virtual ID card depicting information such.....

India: Growers told to go for dual purpose tomato breeds

A team of global tomato breeders from the Taiwan-headquartered World Vegetable Center (WVC) on Thursday visited the Agriculture Market Yard at Madanapalle, considered the largest in South India, and interacted with tomato growers. The team members also visited the tomato fields in Ramasamudram, Madanapalle,.....

Nigeria: Farm implements for 100 tomato growers in Daura

Katsina Fadama III agricultural initiative says it will supply farm implements to 100 tomato farmers in Daura in a bid to boost commercial production of tomato in the state.Alhaji Bashir Zango, the state Fadama Programme Coordinator, made this known on Wednesday, at the distribution of the implements to.....

CAN (BC): Pepper grower benefits from online course

Pepper grower Heidi Balla from Bakerview Greenhouses in Abbotsford BC, Canada is the first student who has finished the online course launched recently by Vortus Greenhouse Consultants. Tineke Goebertus handing Heidi Balla her certificateThis course is called "From analysis to recipe" and is especially.....

Orchids and lettuce flourish in Taiwan

Sun Sing Garden is an innovative nursery in Chiayi County, Taiwan and a leading supplier of oncidium and butterfly orchids to local and international markets. The company has a reputation for growing fresh, premium quality young, medium and mature oncidium plants, as well as potted flowers and cut flowers......

US (MI): Always Local plans $3.3 million aquaponics farm

During its regularly scheduled meeting, the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development voted to award two Food and Agriculture Investment Program grants to Always Local LLC and Hartford Farm Supply LLC. Always Local LLC is developing a new large-scale commercial aquaponics farm in Caledonia.....
New 4 hectare greenhouse to harvest 600,000 kilos

Spain: Huesca group boost Barbastro pink tomatoes marketing

The Huesca-based group Correas is going to boost the domestic marketing of the pink tomato of Barbastro and give it an international projection. The company is investing one million Euro in the setting up of a 4-hectare greenhouse, although it also has a 15-hectare farm on the road to Burceat, in the.....

NZ: Fresh Food Collective appealing to smaller food growers

At the Fresh Food Collective, a company which distributes fresh fruit and vegetables across Whangarei - north of Auckland - George Lavich, one of the directors, says he struggles to get local food suppliers to meet the high demand.According to Lavich, the region's smaller food growers need to become more.....

CAN (PE): New tech for organic grower thanks to government funding

Wayne Easter, Member of Parliament for Malpeque, on behalf of Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), announced funding for the next phase of development at Atlantic Grown Organics.A repayable.....

US (CA): Feaster Charter School loves its greenhouse entering year #2

With the greenhouse growers of the future learning valuable skills that can help them in every part of their lives, Mae L. Feaster Charter School in Chula Vista, CA is celebrating its Agra Tech hydroponics greenhouse’s first year anniversary. By partnering with Go Green Agriculture, one of the largest.....

CAN (ON): In pursuit of perfect peppers

How does a first-generation family-run greenhouse land its branded products in grocery stores across Canada and much of the U.S.? By perfecting its growing process, and adding a little Zing!.Jordan Kniaziew, vice-president of sales and marketing at Leamington-based Orangeline Farms says since his family.....

Village Farms named in 2018 OTCQX Best 50

Village Farms has been named in the 2018 OTCQX Best 50, a ranking of top performing companies traded on the OTCQX Best Market last year.The OTCQX Best 50 is an annual ranking of the top 50 U.S. and international companies traded on the OTCQX market. The ranking is calculated based on an equal weighting of.....

UK: Pro-Brexit MP visits Lea Valley Growers

On Friday 19th January, Lea Valley Growers received a visit from Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith, Conservative MP and former minister, who is a vocal member of the Brexit campaign. He met with members of Glinwell and Lea Valley Growers after it was reported he backed a pro-Brexit lobby group’s call to “scrap.....

Belgium: LED lighting continues to amaze

The average grower isn’t amazed anymore by the sight of a purple sky above the greenhouse of a neighboring grower, but for the 'layman' it remains a strange phenomenon, such a purple-pink glow in the sky. What is that actually? A play of nature, a lost northern light? A UFO?This week it happened twice: in.....

Philippines: Bulacan-grown strawberries prove popular

People are accustomed to strawberries growing in cool climate areas of the Philippines, like Benguet province. But despite an average temperature of 29o Celsius in Barangay Calumpang, farmer Andre Borja is growing 30,000 strawberry plants there on the four-hectare Reyes Strawberry Farm.Recently, Reyes has.....

US: Leafy greens grower continues partnership with nutrition expert

As grower, processor and shipper of leafy greens, WP Rawl maintains their commitment to educate consumers on getting back to eating fresh, wholesome ingredients in 2018 by continuing their partnership with registered dietitian and three-time New York Times best-selling author, Cynthia Sass.The partnership.....

Grower expands organic production

US kale supplies healthy, prices up

Despite the cold temperatures, the hearty-stalked kale supplies are looking equally hearty. “Supply of kale is good,” says Lois Kim of PPC Farms in Mission, TX. “We had a freeze twice in the past month, but the cold didn’t affect it.” While PPC’s supplies are coming from the Rio Grande Valley region in South.....

US (MN): Aeroponic grower expands to 21,000 sq.ft.

Based in Faribault, Living Greens Farm is one of the largest indoor farms in the world, according to Dana Anderson, who is founder, president and chairman. The company uses a computer system to control elements such as light, temperature, humidity and CO2, combined with aeroponics—a method of growing plants.....
Tampa Bay area, Hernando County

US: Florida cold keeps farmers busy

Temperatures in Hernando County took a dive Wednesday night, reaching into the low 20s (-7o C) near Brooksville, forcing some local farmers to brace for the worst. Forecasts attributed the coldest temperatures for the northern parts of the Tampa Bay area.Recent cold snaps in the area are 'not normal in any.....

Canada: Vegetable growers convert to cannabis to help boost margins

Ahead of Canada's legalization of recreational cannabis, a slew of partnerships are cropping up between greenhouse farms and medical cannabis companies."When we started, the margins were fantastic," says Michael DeGiglio, chief executive officer of Village Farms. He started the vegetable greenhouse company.....

Kevin Pittoors, Primato:

"We cannot permit a power failure"

Primato grows tomatoes on a total surface of 125,000 m2. For the powering and heating of their greenhouses, they use a combined heat and power (CHP) installation, driven by GE Jenbacher 624 engine. The newly developed Q8 Mahler GR8 was successfully tested in this challenging application and resulted in.....

Landgard Award Fruit & Vegetables category goes to Stoffers Gemüsebau

This year's Landgard Awards in the categories Flowers & Plants and Fruit & Vegetables were presented this year at the International Green Week in Berlin by entrepreneur and model Sara Nuru and singer Jeanette Biedermann with her band "Ewig". The award ceremony, with many special guests and numerous.....

California grower increases solar power capacity

D’Arrigo California, a grower, packer and shipper of fruits and vegetables based in Salinas, has installed an additional 1.1 MW of solar power. This third phase of the D’Arrigo California project is located in Gonzales, CA and brings the company’s current total solar capacity to 3.3 MW. A fourth phase adding.....

Kenya: Students grow tomatoes in high-altitude greenhouse

Tomatoes are sensitive to climate and weather and they are particularly hard to grow in high altitude areas.This fact has, however, not hindered production of this fruit in high altitude areas.The previous government of Nyandarua County, for instance, started a project targeting schools to illustrate how the.....

US: Strawberry slowdown only temporary after Florida freeze

Florida experienced another wave of cold weather late last week, with temperatures dropping once again below freezing. In Tampa, temperatures dropped as low as 29 degrees on Thursday morning along with windy conditions. Growers in the surrounding regions are focused on strawberry production at this time of.....

US (ND): Lettuce grower switches from open field to greenhouse

Larry Schumacker has always loved playing in the dirt.That used to mean that, during winter months, his green thumbs became twiddling thumbs.Not anymore.“I thought, ‘Why can’t we do something year-round?’ And that’s when I went to Jodi,” said Schumacker, 62, of Fullerton, N.D.That would be Jodi Bruns at the.....

Italy: Open day at Vvibes

The first Vvibes Open Day took place a few days ago. Over 400 people attended including producers, technicians and dealers from central and south-western Sicily. The brand new R&D facility was also unveiled.Event focused on new commercial varietiesVarieties presented included a new cherry tomato called.....

Growers in Curaçao swindle local supermarket

Two brothers growing fruit, vegetables and herbs in Curaçao have swindled a local supermarket. With the aid of a fraudulent supermarket employee, the supermarket paid far too much for fresh produce shipments. This all came to light last year, and at the start of this year, the supermarket employee had to.....

Indian growers explore hydroponics at Chennai market

Suresh Pawar grows strawberries in Mahabaleshwar. The 39-year-old farmer works on his roughly 2.5 acres of land everyday, and is doing pretty well for himself. Like any entrepreneur, however, he has ambitions, and has set his eyes down South — Chennai in particular — to fulfil them.He has been supplying.....

Frankish children help with the planting of cucumbers

André Busigel welcomes miniature gardeners in greenhouse

Cucumber producer André Busigel from Albertshofen has welcomed 23 miniature gardeners into one of his greenhouses. As part of the project ‘Europe’s Mini Gardeners’, the children assembled in one of its greenhouses, to see the planting of the vegetables with their own eyes. And so the small producers learned.....

UK: Angus strawberry grower goes for clean energy

Abbey Fruit farm supplies Marks & Spencer’s ‘Top Tier’ range and the company’s managing director, Peter Stirling, said reducing waste was paramount to his business.“We have already installed biomass systems in our greenhouses, and are in the process of putting in a second phase,” he said.“We started by.....

Dutch tomatoes flourish in the Tunisian desert

Dutch businessman Philip van Antwerpen runs a successful tomato farm in the Tunisian desert, called Desert Joy. In an interview with the NABC, he gives an update on how business is going, and why they opted for Tunisia."We chose Tunisia because we found an already existing company here, that was growing here.....

Italy: Female workers in agriculture

According to FAO data, women represent 45% of the agricultural workforce in the world, ranging from the 20% of Latin America to the 60% in some parts of Africa and Asia. If women farmers had the same access to resources as men, the number of people experiencing food shortages could drop to 150 million thanks.....

US (IN): Greenhouse grower helps others with autism

Chris Tidmarsh has autism. He landed a great job as an environmental researcher after college, but then he lost the position."The office that I was working in, they expected to follow instructions verbally," he explains. "I'm more of a visual learner."With the help of his mother, that led to the birth of.....

Regionally grown greenhouse products dominate at wholesale and weekly markets

"German lamb's lettuce is unrivaled"

During the winter months, the demand in the salad area is much lower than in the summer. Nonetheless, lamb's lettuce from domestic soil is very popular among German consumers. Although there are lettuces from southern Europe on the market, German consumers prefer the regional product from local cultivation......

US: Produce veteran Jimmy Tadano retires

Duncan Family Farms, a grower of organic baby lettuces and greens, kales, and herbs with operations in Arizona, California, Oregon and New York, has announced the retirement of Grower Relations Manager Jimmy Tadano. Jimmy’s career in agriculture spans his entire adult life, and as an employee at Duncan.....

Geoff Gray grows own paleolithic diet

“Good quality, real food is hard to come by. Clean eating has helped a lot of people. It’s a must,” Gray said. “We just saw how difficult it was to acquire. So we decided to do something about it.”Gray is the owner of Primal Gardens in Seminole, an aquaponics farm where a variety of vegetables are grown and.....

Major British lettuce grower switches to LED

Madestein UK, in Chichester, UK, which supplies fresh lettuce and herbs to the UK’s major food retailers, food service companies and wholesale markets, is installing Philips GreenPower LED toplighting to improve the quality of its crops. Madestein UK became convinced about the benefits of growing with LED.....

US (SD): Global Aquaponics leaders indicted

Global Aquaponics executives Tobias Ritesman and Timothy Burns have each been indicted by a federal grand jury on 18 counts of mail and wire fraud.If convicted, each count is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.Federal prosecutors say Ritesman and Burns misled potential investors about the viability of.....

US (IA): Urban farmer is changing the Des Moines foodscape

Dogpatch Urban Gardens is the only for-profit farm in Des Moines city limits — the realization of one of Jenny Quiner's dreams."It sounds kind of silly to say I took this online course (in urban farming) and it started my career, but this course was monumental," Quiner said. "It's all just very.....

Young entrepreneur aims to feed Fiji with hydroponics

Sandhiya Goundar, who is a lecturer in social science at the University of Fiji, is looking to begin a hydroponic farm in Fiji.This, she believes, will in turn not only give back greater yields and profits, but potentially create employment."I come from a farming background so I always wanted to start up a.....

Belgian tomato producer Stoffels to expand with private equity funding

The Belgium tomato producer Stoffels is about to expand. This is done thanks to an investment being made byInvale and BNP Paribas Fortis. "By entering a into a long-term partnership we've attracted thenecessary knowledge and means for a new expansion phase." Invale and BNP Paribas Fortisjointly became a.....

Vietnam: Farming with phones and without soil

After working with the military-run telecom group Viettel for seven years, Nguyễn Quốc Phong decided he wanted to do something else.The 33-year-old man from Núi Thành District in Quảng Nam Province has since used his IT know-how and experience to study and promote hydroponic farming,.....

US (OR): Growing cannabis year-round despite weather

Just outside of Bend, in the rural land of Deschutes County, resides Central Oregon’s first approved OLCC Farm-To-Table Cannabis Producer, Alfalfa Valley Farms. Alfalfa Valley is owned by 5th generation farmers who care deeply about the cannabis they produce and the customers they provide for. The farm also.....

Asia: Opportunities to receive investment or access grant funding

Are you an entrepreneur with a solution to creating safe and nutritious food for all?The MATCh Startup Accelerator launches agribusiness startups in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam. MATCh is looking for entrepreneurs ready to go to market with a developed product or prototype. Innovative.....

CAN (ON): Farm feedback leads to 'happier, more efficient workforce'

Four years ago at Lambton Shores, northwest of London, Adrian and Jodi Roelands started a plant propagation business with four acres of greenhouses and 30 to 50 seasonal staff.Their second hire was a human resources specialist, because the Roelands could see that in order to achieve their goals, they would.....

US (IN): Vertical farmer pushes the envelope

Robert Colangelo, Founding Farmer and CEO of Green Sense Farms, is no stranger to the environmental world or agriculture, having worked previously for Argonne National Laboratory where he tested the affects of acid rain on different crops and a variety of other environmental businesses. Prior to vertical.....
Rare Fruit Club of Western Australia

Tropical fruit lover can even get Perth's sandy gardens to flourish

The garden around Barry Madsen’s house holds more than 50 rare fruit and nut trees. Madsen is the president of the Rare Fruit Club of Western Australia, and by his own admission he is just a little bit obsessed. After retirement and in search of a healthier lifestyle, 10 years ago Madsen decided to have a.....

Australia: Hydroponic grower back on track after storm

After a tough start to 2017, New Reefs Hydroponics owner Alison Halpin is pleased her business is back up and running and looking good for the year ahead.Early last year her property at Grasstree Beach was hit by Cyclone Debbie and it put her out of work for five months."We had a break at the beginning of.....

Gemüsebaubetrieb Behr AG celebrates the 40th anniversary of the iceberg lettuce

From iceberg lettuce to mini-Pak Choi

These days, no supermarket shelves can be without iceberg lettuce. Almost 40 years ago, Behr, the northern German vegetable grower, launched these lettuce heads in Germany. In Spain, Guido van den Eynde started growing iceberg lettuce almost simultaneously in Cadiz. Because of the unsuitable climate, the.....

Diego Camacho

"Despite the hail storm we managed to grow 310 pieces per m2"

Village Farms in Monahans (Texas) produced 310 cucumbers per m2 with the variety Verdon RZ from Dutch-based breeding company Rijk Zwaan in 2017. Village Farms has been growing Verdon as standard variety for more than 3 years now. The crops in the 12 ha greenhouses are successfully managed by Diego Camacho.....