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UK: Soil Association report calls for horticulture to inspire millennials

Work needs to start now to inspire young people to take up careers in horticulture and reduce agriculture’s reliance on migrant labour in the face of Brexit, according to a new Soil Association report.New research with millennials forms the basis of Digging into Horticulture: Encouraging the Next Generation.....

"Changes in food culture could open new opportunities for farmers"

Last Wednesday, Professor Michael Winter presented the inaugural Nuffield Farming Lecture, promoting the opportunities for UK farmers to improve the health of the nation by adapting to changes in food culture.The Exeter University academic argued that in order to meet the needs of the modern consumer,.....

UK: Dudley Zoo's store manager has 1,600 mouths to feed

Store manager Gary Arnold is the man with a whopping £2,500 weekly shopping bill, including 130kg of bananas, 60 cucumbers and 56 bunches of broccoli. Arnold has the important job of making sure all of Dudley Zoo's animals are well fed and with 1,600 mouths to feed it keeps him busy.From the giraffes to the.....

John Breedveld, GrowGroup IFS:

"Middle East is an ideal market for vertical farming"

"We may soon bring along a pot of orange paint", jokes John Breedveld of project developer GrowGroup IFS about the vertical farm that will soon be erected in the desert near Abu Dhabi, the capital of the Emirates. It is expected that from May 2019, vegetables and herbs for the local market will grow in.....

New Zealand: Horticulture cautious on Zero Carbon Bill

Horticulture New Zealand has made a submission to the Ministry for the Environment on its Our Climate Your Say discussion paper for the Zero Carbon Bill. The submission is supported by Katikati Fruitgrowers Association Incorporated, Tomatoes New Zealand Incorporated, Potatoes New Zealand Incorporated,.....

US: Food source scares result in increased demand for greenhouse lettuce

While local outdoor production of lettuce is putting pressure on greenhouse growers, shifts in demand and recent food source scares seem to be making up the difference. “Lettuce is seeing a pretty even keel between supply and demand,” says John Bonner with Great Lakes Growers in Burton, Ohio. Great Lakes.....
Sjors van der Helm, bQurius:

"Ending CMO subsidies has my preference"

"Modernizing the CMO subsidies is desirable, but ending them has my preference in the end," says Sjors van der Helm, financial advisor at bQurius. We asked him for his opinion on the EU's Common Market Organisation subsidies. He thinks the current system has many issues.Sjors van der Helm"The CMO scheme is.....

EU: Workshop enabling growers for the digital age

On 26-27 April 2018 the European Commission’s DG Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) organised the EIP-AGRI Workshop ‘Enabling farmers for the digital age: the role of AKIS’. It was organised in cooperation with the Latvian Rural Advisory and Training Centre. 94 delegates from 25 European countries.....

China and Germany launch exchange program for young professionals

On July 9, the fifth round of China-Germany intergovernmental consultations was held in Berlin, Germany. With Premier Li Keqiang and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attending the signing ceremony as witnesses, Minister Han Changfu and Julia Klöckner, German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, signed a.....

Angola: Agro-logistic workshop on the Lobito Corridor

The purpose of the Agro-Logistic workshop on the Lobito Corridor, held on July 4th, was to hold an interactive discussion where a representation of all relevant stakeholders could discuss the development of the Lobito Corridor including the current state, the potential and necessary steps to achieve this.....
UN Food and Agriculture Organization workshop:

Tomato export certification manual for Azerbaijan

On July 17th, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization held a workshop to introduce the tomato export certification manual to stakeholders in the State Phytosanitary Control Service under the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Azerbaijan.The manual aims to facilitate the export.....

US: Food prices less volatile than transportation prices

The 1970s were a decade of volatile prices for consumers’ top three spending categories—housing, transportation, and food. Annual food price inflation during the 1970s averaged 8.1 percent, and food prices rose by 10 percent or more in 3 of the 10 years.Yearly price changes for housing costs, which include.....

EU agri-food trade surplus at record levels

In May 2018, monthly values of EU agri-food trade remained strong with €11.2 billion in exports and €10 billion in imports. For exports, this is 5.7% lower than in May last year, which was a record year. Monthly import value, on the other hand, was 8.4% lower compared to May 2017 resulting in a monthly.....

US: Organic labels must be removed from fumigated imports

In a joint letter to all Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) licensees, the USDA Fair Trade Practices Program and National Organic Program remind U.S. importers that agricultural products treated with a substance prohibited by the USDA organic regulations, or that undergo ionizing radiation, may.....

Bernard Mascot, Food Development Services:

France: “Excessive temperature gaps”

Bernard Mascot founded the company Food Development Services (FDS) in 2006. The company markets the products of different producers. One of the producers is Bernard's son, Nicolas, who produces organic lettuce, tomatoes, and aubergines on a 12 hectare farm called Biomajolan. According to Bernard, this year.....

"Predictable trade conditions needed to address food security challenges"

Global agricultural production is growing steadily across most commodities, reaching record levels in 2017 for most cereals, meat types, dairy products and fish, while cereal stock levels have climbed to all-time highs, according to an annual report from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and.....

"Fresh produce industry needs foresight to adapt to technological change"

Australian digital fruit and vegetable wholesale market HiveXchange has urged the Australian fresh produce industry to start preparing to trade in the digital age.Delivering a presentation to Hort Connections, Damian George says as they stand today, in five years time, the current central markets will be.....

US: Forbes names 25 most innovative ag-tech startups

Forbes has taken to the fields and phones to come up with the top 25 most innovative startups in the ag-tech space. Just as they did last year, they surveyed the agricultural technology landscape by speaking with experts, venture capitalists and accelerators; then they examined financials and each company’s.....

Legal review for EU-Vietnam FTA concludes

Vietnam and the European Union (EU) have finished the legal review process for their free trade agreement (FTA) and reached consensus on the entire bilateral investment protection deal.MOIT Minister Tran Tuan Anh and EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia MalmstromThis was announced by Vietnamese Minister of.....

Ireland: €13.2m Basic Payment refund for 97,000 farmers

The Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, announced that the payment of over €13.2 million to approximately 97,000 farmers has commenced. This money was deducted from their 2016 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments under the Financial Discipline rule, and is now being.....

Horticulture New Zealand asks growers to renew funding

Horticulture New Zealand’s Board is asking growers to vote to renew the levy funding that keeps the organisation going.A levy rate of 14 cents per $100 of sales of the fruits and vegetables covered in The Commodity Levies (Vegetables and Fruit) Order is the principal funding mechanism to support Horticulture.....

Polish grower:

Situation with iceberg shortage will only worsen

Just as in the rest of Europe, vegetable production, especially for greens like iceberg lettuce and baby spinach, have been hit by the unpredictable weather this spring and summer has brought."The weather has been really difficult this season, with temperatures around 29 during the day and dropping down to.....

Australian agriculture has so much growth potential according to NFF

The future is bright for Australian horticulture exports, according to the National Farmers' Federation (NFF). Speaking on the opening day of Hort Connections in Brisbane, President Fiona Simson says there are so many untapped markets that can provide opportunities for Australian growers and producers."The.....

"Partnerships of paramount importance for Chinese horticulture"

Population growth is a global challenge, especially in countries where densely populated megacities are on the rise. Take China for example; a country where topics like food security and the availability of fossil fuels are high on the agenda. Will building Dutch greenhouses simply solve these issues, or is.....

US (NC): Higher temps push pickling cucumbers to be picked earlier

This year’s pickling cucumber crop looks to be right on target for contract grower Nash Produce. “Pickling cucumbers have a small window of time. We started around the last week of May/first week of June processing cucumbers,” says Tami Long of Nash Produce based in Nashville, NC. “It’s a 6-9 week process so.....

Even among squirrels

Russia: Cucumbers gaining in popularity

Dwellers of Omsk have witnessed an unusual scene, a squirrel eating a cucumber in the local park. One of the witnesses posted a picture on a social network.While there is no official explanation to the squirrel’s behavior, Omsk dwellers speculate that “one would learn to eat stranger things having lived in.....

Turkey: Tomato prices the latest to skyrocket

After the concerns over high prices of potatoes and onions in recent months, the latest worry among Turkish shoppers is the high price of tomatoes. Allegedly they are now on sale for as much as 8 lira ($1.74) a kilo.Turkish tomato growers have had trouble gaining access to Russian markets following a.....

"Income crisis in Irish outdoor field vegetables"

IFA Horticulture Chairman Paul Brophy is calling on retailers, facilitators and the foodservice sector to support vegetable producers who are currently facing an income crisis due to a combination of atypical weather, rising input costs, and labour issues.He said an urgent review of farm gate prices is.....

Jan Engelen, Marketing Manager of Coöperatie Hoogstraten:

"Joint innovation in the tomato sector"

"We have so much to gain if we - the whole tomato sector - would focus jointly on innovation and targeted product marketing," said Jan Engelen, Product Marketer of Coöperatie Hoogstraten during his presentation at the recent European Tomato Forum in Düsseldorf. The well-known Belgian production and trading.....

Dreierkette for sale after German World Cup knock-out

Creating a special packaging for special occasions can improve your business - but sometimes it might just turn the other way around.After the unexpected elimination of the German soccer team at the World Cup, Dutch trader Gert Kogeler with Eosta had a busy morning. "Our Dreierkette, an organic tomato mix in.....

EU: Call for best practices on healthy and sustainable food systems

The European Commission has announced a joint initiative of the Directorate General for Health and Food Safety and the Austrian Presidency to collect and promote best practices on "healthy and sustainable food systems". All stakeholders are invited to submit evaluated best practice examples that contribute.....

Ukraine boosts strawberry production, reduces imports

The start of the strawberry season was quite ambitious for Ukrainian berry growers. Prices started at 170 UAH/kg (6.40 USD), but in three weeks they dropped sharply to 28-35 UAH/kg (1-1.30 USD).A few years ago strawberry production in Ukraine was considered unprofitable business and domestic markets were.....

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.....

Mike Chapman, Horticulture New Zealand:

"Confusion reigns on fuel tax"

Confusion reigns after Labour passed its Regional Fuel Tax (RFT) law, says Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman."This tax comes into force in Auckland on Sunday, yet there is no system in place for off-road ‘behind the farm gate’ vehicles and machinery used by the 441 fruit and vegetable.....

US: Production ramp-up sends eggplant prices plummeting

Eggplant production is in full swing in Georgia right now as finally some sustained high temperatures meant that growing conditions have vastly improved. Supplies had been subdued from the wet weather that affected the region earlier in June, but this has turned around dramatically. Florida has finished, but.....

Minister MacAulay sets out on 'Growing Canadian Agriculture' tour

Canada's agriculture and agri-food sector is an economic engine, spurring job creation and prosperity across the country. The agriculture system generates over $110 billion of the country's gross domestic product and $64.6 billion of exports, while employing more Canadians than any other manufacturing.....

Bulgaria: Strong growth of vegetable exports in first quarter of 2018

In the first quarter of 2018, Bulgarian fresh vegetable exports grew by 82.5% compared to a year earlier, reaching 14,500 tonnes, while fresh fruit exports have more than doubled, reaching 15,400 tonnes, as revealed by data published by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (MAF).The reported annual.....

Uzbekistan: Horticulture sector gets $198 million additional financing

The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved $198 million in additional financing to scale up its support in enhancing horticulture value chain development in all 12 regions in Uzbekistan as well as in the autonomous region of the Republic of Karakalpakstan.“More horticulture farmers.....

US: Arugula strengthening position in the 'power green' category

Arugula producers are experiencing a perfect start to summer as the crop enters peak volume. Weather conditions have been favorable, which is helping to keep a steady stream of supplies going."Arugula supplies are going very strong right now as we enter the peak of the season," said Ken Horwitz of The Salad.....

$15m investment in Africa Food Security Fund to boost agri-business

In an effort to boost agri-business and enhance food security in Africa, the African Development Bank Board has approved a US$15 million equity investment in Africa Food Security Fund (AFSF), to support enterprises in agri-business SMEs and enhance food security in Africa AFSF is a second-generation fund.....
Not much left of good prices of May

Dutch cucumber prices dropping drastically

The month of May was a good cucumber month with high prices thanks to good weather and a limited supply as a result of the production switches. Luuk Lievaart, Quality Produce International: “We couldn’t get enough cucumbers in May, and prices were high due to limited supply.” Not much is now left of these.....
Laurens Maartens, NBWM:

"It is now 50/50 for the Pound"

The British Central Bank recently reviewed a very difficult decision regarding a choice in the interest rate that has to be made in August. Whether or not the interest rate is increased could make or break the pound. This is according to Laurens Maartens of the Nederlandsche Betaal- en.....

Cool Chain Association chairman appeal:

"Air cargo community should create its own supply chain standard"

The air cargo community should drive its own standard for perishables without waiting for other groups and agencies to establish them. This is according to Stavros Evangelakakis, Cool Chain Association (CCA) Chairman and Global Product Manager Healthcare & Perishable, Cargolux.At the “World without Food.....

EIT Food CEO calls for stronger research and innovation in food

Speaking at the Bulgarian EU Presidency’s conference “Research & Innovation for Food and Nutrition Security: Transforming our Food Systems”, EIT Food’s CEO Filip Fontaine called on the EU and its Member States to show strong commitment to research and innovation in the agri-food sector in the next EU.....

Alban Jaquenoud, Jaquenoud:

Switzerland: "We are independent, to guarantee our freedom"

The Swiss tomato market is doing well. "The market is small, and the production and demand are great, so there is a lot of pressure on the market,” says Alban Jaquenoud of Jaquenoud Maraîchers. "In the summer, the demand is always lower due to the holidays."The Swiss producer has just built a new greenhouse.....

Ariana Sudhario, HSI:

"Brazil is the right place for us"

On 20, 21 and the 22nd of June Hortus Supplies International host stand 33B at the Hortitec 2018 in Brazil. We spoke with Ariana Sudario who represents the Dutch horticultural supplier:So, Ariana. You are attending the Hortitec in Holambra. This is the first time Hortus Supplies International is present. Why.....

US: Rainfall brings mixed outcomes for GA, MI bell pepper growers

Georgia is producing strong volumes of bell peppers at the moment as summer temperatures encourage strong growth. Meanwhile in Michigan, growers are preparing for their harvest in a month's time. Both states have experienced significant rainfall in recent months, but each have very different results from.....

US: Hourly wages for hired farmworkers have grown steadily

Hired farmworkers are found in a variety of occupations, including field crop workers, nursery workers, livestock workers, graders and sorters, agricultural inspectors, supervisors, and hired farm managers.Since 1989, the average hourly wage for hired farmworkers (excluding contract labor) has increased at.....

Mexico: Tomatoes surpass avocados and become second most exported product

The dynamism of Mexican agro-food exports continued in the first four months of the year, reporting a 16.2% growth, reaching 3.183 million dollars, compared to 2.738 million dollars in the same period of 2017.Meanwhile, imports grew by 15.8%, reaching 2.296 million dollars. This entails that there was a.....

Creating intelligent plants with botanical sensors

Dutch technical university TU Delft is conducting research on creating an Internet of Plants with botanical sensors. The project called Plantenna is being funded by 4TU.Federation, which awarded a total of 22 million euros to five research programs within the theme 'High Tech for a Sustainable Future'. The.....

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Greenhouse vegetable growers await an average year after a gloomy start

The Economics Bureau of the ING expects an average year for Dutch greenhouse vegetable growers. “After a dark start of the year for greenhouse vegetable growers, the sun is finally starting to shine again. The backlog in production has been caught up with, the quality is good, as is the demand and the.....

US (CA): Radicchio welcomes strong demand

Supplies of radicchio coming out of California are solid. “Supply is matched with demand right now. Even though we had a wet, cool spring, it didn’t affect radicchio plantings here in California,” says Marc Marchini of J Marchini Farms in Le Grand, Ca. “So we’re not over, but not under, just perfect and it.....

China: Shandong vegetable prices increase

A recent survey by the Lanling Price Bureau shows that the prices of many vegetables in Lanling have increased in comparison with the same period last year. Some vegetable prices have even doubled. The three main reasons for this development are as follows:1. The current vegetable production volume decreased.....

Sweden: Greenhouse growers cover 286 hectares

In total, 1,952 Swedish holdings practised professional horticultural production during 2017, employing just over 14,800 people. While 1,555 holdings engaged in open ground cultivation on 12,807 hectares, 744 holdings exercised greenhouse cultivation on a total surface area of just over 286 hectares.While 59.....

Annual growth in labour costs at 2.0% in euro area

Hourly labour costs rose by 2.0% in the euro area (EA19) and by 2.7 % in the EU28 in the first quarter of 2018, compared with the same quarter of the previous year. In the fourth quarter of 2017, hourly labour costs increased by 1.4% and 2.3% respectively. These figures are published by Eurostat, the.....

Spain: End of Canary tomato campaign with lower exports

The 2017/2018 export campaign has come to an end in recent days for the Federation of Horticultural Producers of the province of Las Palmas (Fedex) and the Association of Producers and Exporters of Tenerife (Aceto). The season's results are considered average when it comes to aspects such as yields and.....

Novel lettuces for Paraguayan consumers

The Fresh Food SRL company wants to offer the local market a wider variety of fruits, vegetables and fresh products, which is why they've ventured into the hydroponic culture with the Dutch salanova lettuce variety.Naoki Nagaoka, the owner of the company said that the idea was to offer consumers a novel.....

US, Spain, and Mexico account for 40% of Peruvian pepper exports

The United States, Spain and Mexico concentrate 40% of the total shipments of Peruvian capsicum (chillies and peppers), which in the first four months of 2018 amounted to US $77.5 million.This is 1% higher than in the same period of 2017 (US $ 76.5 million), according to the manager of Agricultural exports.....

US: Pricing and demand of Romaine lettuce are off

Leafy green growers seem to be frustrated with the ongoing issues around food safety and romaine. The leafy green and Caesar salad staple has made numerous headlines since April over E. Coli outbreaks which were ultimately connected with Romaine lettuce coming from the Yuma, Ariz. region. That said, with the.....

Sjaak Verploegen, Scherpenhuizen:

“Difficult Dutch tomato market, but there’s light at the end of the tunnel”

In the past few weeks, the tomato market was difficult, price-wise. “The large harvests in particular resulted in this price level. All of Europe is now in production, and we’ve seen very high productions across the line,” says Sjaak Verploegen of Scherpenhuizen. Prices for vine tomatoes are around 20 cent,.....

Global ambitions for Australian vegetable growers

Australian vegetable growers have been inspired to break into international export markets at the Australian Vegetable Export Seminar 2018, held on Monday 18 June 2018 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.The seminar, a strategic levy investment under the Hort Innovation Vegetable Fund, ran in.....

How sealed containers are broken open

The following video shows how thieves break open sealed containers without breaking the seal.

Climate & Food Security programme in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda

The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs has granted funding of €39.5 million to implement a 5-year Climate Smart Agriculture programme in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to a consortium led by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, in partnership with Wageningen University and Research, CGIAR’s Climate.....

Canadian growers shake their heads at talk of boycotting US goods

While headlines and social media postings continue to crop up encouraging Canadian consumers to boycott American products, Canadian growers say they feel very differently. Boycott reports and posts have been popping up with an increasing frequency after U.S. president Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister.....

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:.....

Africa: New programme to boost soil productivity, reduce soil degradation

The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and its Global Soil Partnership launched a new programme to boost soil productivity and reduce soil degradation for greater food and nutrition security in Africa. The Afrisoils programme aims to increase soil productivity in 47 African countries by.....

"Russia needs another 1,800 hectares of vegetable greenhouses"

The 15th specialized Russian greenhouse exhibition, held in Moscow, June 5-6, gathered specialists from Russia, Belarus, the Netherlands, Denmark, China, Italy and other countries. They were greeted by the first Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, Mr. Jambulat Hatuov.“The development of.....

US: Rain in Florida, labor shortage in California for tomato growers

The Florida tomato season has now largely finished for the year. Recent rains meant that it finished a little earlier than usual. Overall, the season produced a good quality crop with decent volumes, but growers noted that prices were lower."Rain and heat don't mix when it comes to tomatoes," said Bob.....

Norwegian cucumbers are doing well

The cucumber growers of cooperative Gartnerhallen have had a busy few weeks. “The extremely warm month of May sped up the cucumber time considerably,” says Kristian Guren of Guren Gartneri in Østfold. At the cooperative, he’s responsible for the cucumber sector. Due to the warm weather, demand has increased.....

Guatemala: "Crops won't be harmed by the eruption of the volcano"

The first damages caused by the Fuego Volcano in Guatemala are starting to be identified. However, according to producers, "the first identification of damages began the same day that the eruption occurred, from the area of ​​damage identified by the Vulcanology Institute and CONRED."Currently,.....

Modernisation creating good competition on the pepper market

The warm weather and new modern growing facilities in Poland, has brought an early start to the bell pepper season. Last season, exports did not start until mid-July and Agnieszka Arcimowicz from Targban said that they are already able to load full trucks of green peppers, with yellow and red peppers to.....

Green Giant survey

America's favourite vegetable is broccoli

Vegetable brand Green Giant conducted an open-ended survey from April 20 to May 4 of this year that polled nearly 4,000 Americans across the nation to find out the most popular vegetable in each state. The votes are in and it turns out: Americans love broccoli.According to foxnews.com, the survey discovered.....

Jan Groen:

“The Netherlands is an organic production paradise”

Even before a green pea or carrot has been sown, the complete harvest for the coming season has already been sold. The sales season for Green Organics finishes in February / early March. “Market-oriented growing is our speciality,” says Jan Groen, manager of Green Organics and chairperson of Bio Nederland......

Demand for South Australian eggplant carrying on into winter

A South Australian vegetable producer says the demand for eggplant heading into winter this year has been surprisingly good with supermarkets taking good volumes of the fruit.4 Ways Fresh Produce says the volume of eggplant this season has been similar to the last couple of years, and although not one of the.....
Cucumber price drops 40% in one week

China: Beijng vegetable prices are coming down

Liu Tong of Xinfadi Market Data Department stated that vegetable prices have dropped recently, which is part of the normal seasonal price adjustment.Every year between the end of Chinese New Year and the end of June vegetable prices decrease in a regular, seasonal trend. This year, however, vegetable.....

Australian agricultural sectors join forces to meet Chinese demand

An alliance of Australia’s meat, wine, dairy and horticulture industries will this week embark on a mission to reinforce the nation’s position as a premium food source for high-end Chinese consumers.The Premium Australian Food and Wine Collaboration is a new cross-industry partnership comprising Dairy.....

U.S. agricultural trade on the rise

U.S. agricultural exports are forecast to reach $142.5 billion in fiscal year 2018, primarily due to expected increases in corn and cotton exports. At the same time, U.S. agricultural imports are expected to reach $121.5 billion, driven by rising imports of animal and horticultural products.In both cases,.....

UK, Ireland ag ministers discuss Brexit

Irish Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, met with his UK counterpart, Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in London. The Minister was in London as a keynote speaker on Brexit at the UK Food and Drinks Federation (FDF) Conference.The Minister.....