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Philippines: Research agency promoting hydroponics for cash crops

The Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), an agency attached to the Department of Agriculture of the Philippines, is promoting hydroponics as a viable method to grow high-value or cash crops.BAR held the first seminar to promote hydroponics on Tuesday in San Carlos City, Pangasinan, that was attended by.....

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 (NY): Ithaca College expands hydroponics and aquaponics systems

Ithaca College’s student-run hydroponics and aquaponics systems are receiving materials to improve and expand within the next few months.Paula Turkon, assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences, oversees seven undergraduate student researchers who maintain the hydroponics and.....

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.....

AVF gets new Board of Directors

Accompanying a letter from new chairwoman Christine Zimmermann-Loessl, the Association for Vertical Farming announced the appointment of new staff and directors. "We will want to engage with our members at the core of our mission and interact more effectively with policy makers, the horticulture industry and.....

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,.....

Phosphate sensor opens up new possibilities for growers

We recently wrote about the Time Scale project. One of the partners in this project is CleanGrow. The company has developed multiple ion-specific electrodes to provide real-time monitoring of K+, Na+, NH4+, Ca2+, Mg2+, Cl-, H2PO4-, NO3-, which are all important nutrients in the recirculating water/nutrient.....

Lessons from running an IoT-driven aquaponics greenhouse

"In addition to running KnowThings, I have the privilege of being the CTO/Lead Engineer/ Lead QA Engineer for my wife’s farm, FunkNFresh Farms CTO. Lead Engineer you ask? Well FunkNFresh Farms grows crops and farmed catfish using a method called aquaponics. "Currently, our greenhouse is an IoT device, which.....

Pakistan: Need for modern technology use in agriculture stressed

Use of modern techniques and technologies in agriculture is the need of the hour which carries equal significance for both the businessmen and the men of science and technology in Pakistan.That was the upshot of the speeches delivered at a seminar on 'High Value Agriculture' held at Lahore Chamber of.....

US (AZ): Raising prawns in the desert using aquaponics

Prawn farming is alive and well in the U.S. But a class at Mesa Community College wanted to learn how to better raise these crustaceans using aquaponics.“So we harnessed nature in order to grow food for us - both fish in these tanks and plants out here,” said Dr. George Brooks, who leads the aquaponics.....

September 25-26, Johannesburg

Commercial indoor farming in Africa and its cities

Following the success of the first International Urban Agri Summit in Johannesburg last year, the second edition of the Summit will be returning to Johannesburg on 25-26 September. The organizers will soon be rolling-out the 2018 agenda following their research and consultation with the various Departments.....

US (MN): Aeroponic grower starts venture in New London

What had been a large, empty pole barn on a farm in rural New London last year is now becoming a climate-controlled maze of computer-operated, high-powered lights and a water misting system housed on a dozen massive stainless steel frames.By early spring, the building will be filled with lush, fresh lettuce.....

Ground control to Major Tom(ato)

Project Time Scale: Growing crops in space

High-tech cultivation is nothing new in controlled environment agriculture, but some projects take the 'high-tech' notion to the extreme. Time Scale, funded by the EU and backed by European universities and companies, is one such project, taking vertical farming to new highs: into space. This three year.....

Nigeria: Pastor promotes hydroponic vegetable production

An Associate Pastor with Winners’ Chapel in Ogun State, Debo Onafowora, is promoting vegetables production through soilless agriculture, The Nation reports.He called on those living in Lagos and Abuja not to allow the scarcity of land as well as its exorbitant cost deter them from big-time farming as they.....

US (NY): Where mushrooms grow just a few feet from the table

A Bushwick company is growing crops inside the restaurants they supply. The company is Smallhold, a distributed farm startup; its first product is the mushroom, which is being grown in two city restaurants–Bunker in Bushwick and Mission Chinese Food in Manhattan–that lease small, refrigerator-sized units.....

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.....

India: Hydroponics to increase production of vegetables in Raj

The agriculture department of Rajasthan is planning to experiment with the use of hydroponics technique in the cultivation of a few vegetables. An Australian delegation visited the government’s centre of excellence at Bassi in Jaipur district recently to study the prospects of introducing the technique in.....

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,.....
February 21, Raleigh

US (NC): Does the future of conventional ag include vertical farming?

If you are involved with the vertical farming or indoor agriculture industries, then you should plan on attending Ag Tech Worlds Collide. Scheduled for Feb. 21, 2018, at North Carolina State University, this event will tackle the big questions currently being addressed in the vertical farming and indoor.....

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The Gardians spreads its wings

The Gardians was established last year and is ready to spread its wings. This company, which is a cooperation between Agro & Food specialist Viscon and young plant grower Hishtil, launched a year round 'mail your plants' program at the Fruit Logistica 2017. For both companies, operating on the 'end.....

June 27, Venlo

NL: First confirmed speakers for Vertical Farming Conference

The first confirmed speakers for Vertical Farming Conference 2018 have been announced:Henry Gordon-Smith, Managing Director, Agritecture Consulting, USAGert-Jan van Staalduinen, Director, Logiqs BV, The NetherlandsCeline Nicole, Senior Research Scientist, Philips Lighting, the NetherlandsSpeaker interview:.....

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.....

"We'll be eating more sea vegetables"

"The public has an increasingly strong interest in better sources of information about where their food comes from. With that will come more niche food resources and local food production options. We are looking at ways we can begin to produce seafood in the United States that meets our environmental.....

"These technologies make farming sustainable"

Vijay Yelmalle had a steady career spanning 14 years in the chemical industry in Singapore. But there was something that kept tugging at him back home. “Whenever I read about farmer suicides, it depressed me. I wanted to do something for them, especially farmers from my home State, Maharashtra,” says Mr......

Project to install greenhouses on rooftops in Marseille

Since June last year, twenty nine year old Andréa Bismuth has been growing thousands of potted plants over a 1,000m2 site in Tarascon. The experimental project is overseen by the Cité de l’Agriculture in Marseille. Eventually, the young producer will have to prove the efficiency of growing plants in an urban.....

India: Startups reaping dividends in urban farms

Urban farming is catching on in India's big cities with a handful of startups catering to the pursuit seeing orders double over the past two years.Companies such as Khetify, Mumbai-based i-Kheti and Bengaluru-based Living Greens, which have sprung up in the past few years, say they are gaining traction......

India: Running water grows flowers in aquaponics operation

Arkaprabha Das and Subhadip Mitra have introduced aquaponics on a plot near Canal More under Kharia panchayat of Jalpaiguri Sadar block, 8km from the town.With assistance provided by the Fish Farmers' Development Agency and the district administration, they have come up with the project.They have dug four.....

CAN (NB): Vertical farmer responds to E.coli outbreak

Many restaurants across the province are choosing to pull salads with romaine lettuce from their menus, in light of a E. coli outbreak linked to the leafy greens, but one Moncton bistro isn't worried about its Caesar salad.At Tony's Bistro, head chef Jordan Holden said he's aware of the public health warning.....

US (MT): Hydroponic farm planned near Pablo

A developer planning an ambitious housing project and hydroponic farm near Pablo believes his company is on the brink of realizing its goal after years of wrangling grants, permits and community support.Previously the farm and residential development were going to be adjacent to each other, but the developer.....

US: Cloudponics announces new reselling program for Northeast

Cloudponics, maker of the intelligent, fully-automated IoT hydroponic plant grow system for homes called GroBox, announced a new reseller program for selling the Cloudponics GroBox and GroPro to the U.S. Northeastern region. This new program, which currently has a number of hydroponic stores in the region.....

CAN (MB): Aquaponics farm is fuelled by bitcoin mining

More than 30 computers sit on the second floor of a former car museum west of Winnipeg, quietly working to mine bitcoin.The heat generated by those computers, which are verifying bitcoin transactions by solving cryptographic puzzles, helps warm nearby plants in a makeshift greenhouse.To water the trays.....

India: A vegetable farm in the heart of the city

Imagine a vegetable farm with 25 varieties of vegetables, that you could just walk-in and pick the harvest, and walkout, and all that 100% chemical free. That is what the people at Akshaya Farm to Home India have been doing, creating a whole new shift in the vegetable consumption and health wellness space.In.....

The state of indoor farming in 2017

Following their 2016 report, Agrilyst provides an updated version for 2017. This year, they received over 150 responses from growers around the world. They had growers participate from 8 countries, with 81% coming from the United States, 12% coming from Canada, and the remainder coming from other.....

CAN (MB): Hydroponic garden serves up fresh greens in northern town

Fresh greens were a little easier to find in Churchill, Man., on Thursday as the first crop of veggies from a hydroponic garden went on sale.The project, led by the independent, non-profit Churchill Northern Studies Centre, aims to improve food security in the town 1,000 kilometres north of Winnipeg, on the.....

Feeding the future of agriculture with vertical farming

Average global food prices have gone up by 2.6 percent annually in the past two decades. If that trend continues, not only does it threaten a baseline quality of life as more disposable income goes toward food, it also threatens our overall food security.Hunger and malnutrition issues persist, especially in.....

Japan: Unused Tokyo tunnel gets new life as underground veggie farm

Conveyor manufacturer Itoh Denki and electronics maker Fujitsu have set up an automated underground vegetable farm in a disused utility tunnel in Chiba Prefecture, just east of the Japanese capital.The hope is that, by 2020, the plant will be shipping 5,000 heads of lettuce and other produce a day.The.....

US (AR): University students dive into aquaponics

A group of students enrolled in the environmental health problems course at the University of Central Arkansas took their final semester projects out of the classroom and into the campus greenhouse.For their semester topic, the group chose to work with Emily Harris — currently working on her doctorate in.....

Advantages of potassium for aquaponics

Potassium (K+) is one of the most limited nutrients in aquaponics and the bulk of K+ must be added in the form of a supplemental compound to bring the concentration to adequate levels, even for lettuce production which requires relatively little K. When growing fruiting crops, particularly tomatoes,.....

How to identify a calcium deficiency in aquaponics

Calcium is one of the most important plant nutrients—in fact, there are some who argue that it should be one of the primary plant nutrients along with nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. That said, it is one of the secondary macronutrients, along with magnesium and sulfur.Calcium occurs in aquaponic systems.....

US (NJ): Hydroponic farm to become 'community hub'

Nestled at the municipal complex just yards away from the Little Red Schoolhouse—an icon of Robbinsville’s past—rests a repurposed shipping container officials say is a symbol of the township’s future.Some cities have ventured into hydroponics, but Robbinsville is the first municipal government in the world.....

India: University signs MoU with vertical farming firm

Bangalore based Skyrim Innovations on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU) to plan mutually beneficial informational exchange and collaboration in national and international research and training activities.The.....

US (MN): Silver Bay aquaponics venture goes belly up

Bruce Carman Jr. talked a good talk. But after more than a year of hype, the 59-year-old entrepreneur has little to show for his pledge to demonstrate that aquaponics will be "the way of the future," as he told the News Tribune in 2016.Doing business as Mariner Farms LLC, he had planned to take over, scale.....

UK: LettUs grow harvests aeroponic pea in half the time

December has proved the culmination of a great deal of work by Lettus Grow engineers, resulting in the deployment of their aeroponic hardware into local vertical farm, Grow Bristol. This means that the baton has now been passed to the "growing team" of biologists and environmental scientists to demonstrate.....

Life on Mars

'The Real Martian' talks about his DIY greenhouse

One day, people are going to Mars. At least, that's the idea, propagated by visionaries like Elon Musk. One of the biggest challenges of putting human beings on the red planet is, quite simply, feeding them. Growing veggies out in the open doesn't seem to be an option in the harsh environment on Mars, but.....

Pieter De Smedt comments on 2017 investments on Vertical Farming

Are you a grower or a technology company? You will have to make up your mind someday!

2017 marked another year where several of vertical farming's big names raised millions of dollars for their future development. Aerofarms closed on its 40 million USD series D, Bowery Farming secured 27.5 million USD for its series A, and of course Plenty locked in a whopping 200 million USD as well. What.....

US (ME): Future Farm expands hemp farm operation by 100 acres

Future Farm has signed a lease agreement for 100 acres in Maine, thereby doubling its previously announced purchase of 120 acres of a licensed industrial hemp farm. As part of the lease agreement, the company has an option to lease up to an additional 1,000 acres from the landlord. The land under lease is.....

US (WI): Microgreens business sprouts up

Shekhinah Bernier thought she was moving back to the Sheboygan area to help out a budding microgreen business, but she ended up buying it instead.The entrepreneur, the daughter of Brian and Lisa Bernier — owners of Harvest Cafe in Sheboygan — moved back to the area several months ago to lend a hand at Little.....