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CAN (BC): Affinor sells vertical farming system for medical cannabis

Affinor Growers has sold a vertical farming system for growing medical cannabis in British Columbia, Canada. Affinor has signed a non-exclusive license and purchase agreement with a private third party to buy an automated vertical growing tower specifically for medical cannabis.The four level tower will.....

Croatia: Microgreens on the 17th floor of Zagreb building

VIDEO Marijan and Andrea cultivate microgreens on the 17th floor of a high-rise in the Croatian capital - and they're proving to be a big hit with local restaurants. Click here to see a ZDF item with them at dw.com

Yurij Duda, Argus Controls, on the challenges of CEA:

"In indoor ag, every project demands a unique approach"

Just two more weeks and the Indoor Ag-Conwill once again take off in Las Vegas. Argus Controls will once again be exhibiting at the educational two-day event that will celebrate and highlight the opportunities of the rapidly rising indoor agriculture industry. We asked Argus Controls' General Manager Yurij.....

by Sierra Clark and Amy Ng

US (RI): 5 vertical farm projects incubating at Brown University

Young people want to be farmers, but not in the traditional sense. The emergence of vertical farming, hydroponics, and the local food movement are inspiring college students across the country to think about how to grow food sustainably. At Brown University, multiple groups of students are working on indoor.....

Hydroponic farming finds its way to Egypt

As Egypt's agriculture is threatened by water scarcity, soil nutrient depletion and fast-shrinking agricultural lands, Amr Bassiouny decided to think outside the box in the hope of finding a way out of this predicament and boosting the agricultural industry in general. After a period of intensive self-study.....

US (VA): Loudoun farmer plans hydroponics greenhouse

When it comes to farming in Loudoun County, the Virts family has about as much experience in the trade as the U.S. has being a country.Since the 1790s, the Virts family has lived and farmed in the Hillsboro area of the county -- producing some 12 generations of farmers and seeing the transformation of.....

Japanese smart farm about to get even smarter

SPREAD‘s Kameoka Plant grows 21,000 heads of lettuce a day using multistage hydroponics and artificial lighting.A network of connected devices, the Internet of Things at work under the roof of one slick indoor farm, ensures full control and data analysis of variables like lighting, temperature and humidity,.....

South Korea: Logistics company installs rooftop urban farm in Seoul

Bolloré Logistics Korea recently installed an urban farm on its office rooftop building in Seoul, South Korea, as part of the Group’s initiative to promoting “Green Projects” and protecting biodiversity.Bolloré Logistics Korea has transformed the available rooftop space of its 6-floor office building into an.....

What are the start-up costs of a greenhouse business?

As farmlands disappear at an increasing rate, many suburban and urban farmers are turning to high density CEA techniques to bring greenhouse businesses into the suburbs and, increasingly, into the urban core.In Controlled Environment Agriculture, the aim is to “provide protection and maintain optimal growing.....

Aquaponics explored on PBS

In this episode from 2015, Chris Hartleb, Professor, Department of Biology, UW-Stevens Point, discusses Aquaponics as a sustainable food source for the future.Source: Canadian Aquaponics

Issues and challenges facing aquaponic producers

Janelle Hager, Research Associate Aquaponics at Kentucky State University, recently held a presentation on the issues and challenges facing aquaponic producers. The presentation is now available for download - check it out at the website of Canadian Aquaponics.

preparations for 20,000 square meter R&D lab:

New horticulture R&D lab taking shape at Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo

It’s expected to be built this year, a new horticulture research and development lab, of 20,000 square meters at Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo. This is an initiative of three entrepreneurs: Botany, Blue Engineering and Bluehub, in collaboration with the Province of Limburg. The total investment is aimed.....

June 29, Venlo

NL: Alternatives for producing food in urban environments

The Healthy Nutrition Conference will take place on June 29, 2017, at Villa Flora, Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo, The Netherlands. Early Bird discount is available until May 17 (register here).Are there sustainable alternatives for producing food in urban environments? Will the future be nutritious or.....

US (SD): Former motel transformed into urban farm

The goal is to eventually grow 300 pounds of greens a week at Best Day Farm, a new operation utilizing rooms in the former Kozy Motel on Spearfish Main Street to house the hydroponic system and LED lights on the red spectrum to grow the produce vertically, using towers made from four-inch PVC pipes.“It’s an.....

US (IL): Chef starts hydroponics program for high schoolers

Hydroponics farms are hot in Chicago, with new farms sprouting up all over the city. But finding experienced hydroponics workers can be tough, so a local chef decided it was time for Chicago to grow its own. His program in a Northwest Side high school offers students the chance to get their hands dirty – and.....

US (MN): New Ulm High School gets hydroponic & aquaponic facility

The new aquaponic and hydroponic systems at the New Ulm High School are almost fully functional.The greenhouse at the high school contains the two types of systems that use water and fish to grow crops. The school has partnered with community groups like the Farm City Hub Club to raise money for the.....

Yet another home garden comes to Kickstarter

Aeroasis is a young AgTech company dedicated to changing how people grow food. Having designed a consumer scale Smart Gardening Appliance ready to grow food right out of the box, Aeroasis offers a fresh take on hydroponic gardening. With a Kickstarter campaign scheduled for March 21st, Aeroasis is eager to.....

Hydroponics, organic farming top UAE food security strategy

UAE's Ministry of Climate Change and Environment has put a priority on increasing the use of hydroponic technology, which relies on nutrient-rich water to grow plants with the use of little or no soil, and organic farming as part of the 2017-2021 food security strategy, a top official told the Federal.....

Aquaponics in the living room?

Aquaponics has long fascinated those working in sustainable agriculture. The closed loop system, which uses fish waste to fertilize plants whose roots help purify water that goes back into the tank, could provide a sustainable source of protein (fish) as well as plant nutrients (leafy greens work.....

Japan: Scientists increase nutrients in factory vegetables

Vegetables grown in a factory with no pesticide chemicals might be safer to eat than field-grown vegetables, but consumers are still reluctant to bite. To correct this, Kyoto Prefectural University has a nutritious sales pitch it hopes will make them more appetizing.It says it has developed the technology at.....

What are the best crops for raft systems?

So you’re starting a farm. You’ve got a basic business plan, a mentor to help you, and a growing facility. You’re not entirely sure what crops to plant in your raft system (deep water cultivation system), but you’ve got some ideas.To help you make those decisions, Upstart University put together a.....

US (IA): Southeast Polk looking to upgrade aquaponics program

The Southeast Polk agriculture program is looking to revamp its aquaponics program.After eight years in the new school, Matt Eddy wants to replace the current aquaponics system in hopes of raising more fish.With the larger equipment, Eddy is hoping to have a full aquaponic program intertwining hydroponic.....

US (WY): Hydroponic farming brings fresh lettuce to Casper

It's not quite spring, and lettuce is sprouting in Casper.But the romaine isn't clawing its way to the sun from underground. The butterhead isn't vulnerable to bugs or other threats. To find the Swiss chard, you have to look up, not down.That's because this lettuce is growing in a retired refrigerated.....

Aquaponics unit launched at South African university

An innovative and cost-effective food production hub was recently built at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Missionvale Campus – which is to offer healthy lifestyle solutions to primary school pupils in the neighbouring communities.The aquaponics unit, built last year, is a collaborative.....

March 22, Leduc

CAN (AB): A new workshop on Controlled Environment Agriculture

The Lit Up: Controlled Environment Agriculture in Alberta workshop takes place on March 22, 2017, at the Agriculture Business Centre, 6547 Sparrow Drive in Leduc.Controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) is a technology-based approach toward food production that aims to maintain optimal growing conditions.....

Start-up introduces scalable hydroponic growing system

Phytoponics recently had the opportunity to present their start-up at the Startupbootcamp Foodtech Demo day in Rome, sponsored by Cisco.They celebrated the end of the accelerator program with a successful pitch from CEO Adam Dixon, in front of more than 500 investors, corporates, guests and press attendees.....

US: California micro kale sees macro attention

Interest continues to increase in California-grown organic micro kale. “Supply is steady and consistent for us,” says Danielle Horton of Irvine, Ca.-based Urban Produce LLC. “We are almost at capacity and looking to expand to a second location to meet increased demand for our living products.”Urban’s kale is.....

Local Roots showcases traveling indoor farm

Local Roots Farms will debut the world’s first traveling indoor farm at SXSW, March 11-15, 2017. Built inside a 40’ shipping container, the mobile farm uses a proprietary form of hydroponic technology to grow leafy greens equal to five acres of land, 365 days a year, with up to 99% less water than.....

US (KY): Extension to host indoor aquaculture program

For those interested in learning more about indoor marine shrimp and tilapia production and aquaponics, the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service will host an aquaculture program Saturday, March 25 at Kentucky State University’s Aquaculture Research Center in Frankfort.Photo: Steve Patton, UK Agricultural.....

Hong Kong: New varieties grown by Hydroponic Centre

Four new vegetable varieties, namely ice plant, broccoli seedling, water cress seedling and red komatsuna seedling, have been successfully grown recently by the Controlled Environment Hydroponic Research and Development Centre (Hydroponic Centre), the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD).....

US (WY): Pastor-grower preaches local lettuce

Matt Powell opens the door to his hydroponic lettuce farm, housed in a used refrigerated storage container on the corner of his Casper, Wyoming property, and the Marriage of Figaro fills the air.“My little Mp3 there is loaded up with Mozart and Bach. The study I heard said they tested growing plants in three.....

Genetic key to salt-tolerance discovered in tilapia fish

Most fish live either in freshwater or saltwater, but others, including tilapia, have the remarkable ability to physiologically adjust to varying salinity levels.To better understand such environmental flexibility, researchers at the University of California, Davis, have now identified short DNA segments in.....

CAN (ON): Students grow all sorts of veg through aquaponics

Al Nason's horticulture students grow organic vegetables all winter long and can produce a full-size head of romaine lettuce from seed in just 28 days. All you need, it turns out, is an old bathtub, some odds and ends from the hardware store and a few healthy tilapias.Truth be told, aquaponic growing is a.....

Bioreactors treat aquaculture wastewater

Aquaculture, or fish farming, is one of the fastest growing sectors of agriculture in the world today. However, farmers in the United States who wish to capitalize on this momentum face regulatory hurdles when dealing with fish waste. But new research shows that a simple, organic system can clean aquaculture.....

Financing an indoor farm? Here are some tips.

In a recent blog post, Upstart University introduced Off the Root Hydroponics. The farm was started by Eric Aguilar and Diane Moeller, a husband and wife team located in Gurnee, Illinois.Eric and Diane’s approach to farm financing is a lesson in small farm startup. Upstart University wanted to revisit this.....

March 13-14 & 17-18, Live Oak

University of Florida organizes hydroponic farming workshop

Do you want to know how to grow plants without soil? More and more, people want to start a hydroponic farming business. To meet that demand, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension will host workshops this month to get you going.This marks the ninth straight year that.....

US (FL): 4th graders grow lettuce for sea turtles

Budding young scientists at a Saint Paul’s Elementary School have been growing hydroponic lettuce for Stubby and Titus, two sea turtles at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.“I’m so happy they were eating up the lettuce we worked so hard on,” said Alec Alarakhia, one of the students.It took the students six.....

South African aquaponics project "will feed thousands of kids"

Government, university and business representatives, school principals and a group of excited pupils attended the launch of the Health in Action programme, which will benefit 100,000 pupils at 116 disadvantaged schools across the metro.At centre stage was a new aquaponics facility which combines tilapia fish.....

CAN (BC): Affinor installs vertical farming system for medical cannabis

Affinor has shipped and installed a vertical growing system to Mission BC. The four level automated tower will allow Affinor Growers to further develop the technology under commercial conditions and demonstrate capabilities for mass low cost, high quality production of medical cannabis.The tower will be.....

March 22, Leduc

Canada: Workshop on Controlled environment agriculture in Alberta

The Lit Up: Controlled Environment Agriculture in Alberta workshop takes place on March 22, 2017, at the Agriculture Business Centre, 6547 Sparrow Drive in Leduc.“Vertical farming, replacement light growing, call it what you will, but CEA is hot in Alberta,” says Dustin Morton, commercial horticulture.....

Bright Farms' urban farm not so urban anymore?

When the urban farming startup BrightFarms first launched, it envisioned building its hydroponic greenhouses directly on grocery store roofs and on vacant city lots. Now, it says that the smartest place to grow food for cities may be just outside of them.The company’s newest site will be in the town of.....

CAN (BC): Aquaponics business opens in Lillooet

JAR Enterprises, named for Jake and Alex Reynolds, held the grand opening of its new aquaponics business Sunday afternoon, Mar. 5.Many Lillooet residents showed up to tour the building and learn more about aquaponics, which is most easily described as the marriage of aquaculture (raising fish) and.....

The beginners guide to crowdfunding a farm

Funding a farm isn’t easy. Equipment, personnel, and promotional material all rapidly eat up precious resources. If you’re a new farmer, you’re probably searching for ways to reach the startup capital you need or to get those necessary cash infusions to boost your ability to scale up.One of the most.....

May 3-4, Las Vegas:

Take a closer look at farm economics and tech trends at Indoor Ag-Con

Indoor agriculture – growing crops using hydroponic, aquaponic and aeroponic techniques – has become popular as consumer demand for “local food” leads growers to add new farms in industrial and suburban areas across the country. Indoor Ag-Con – the industry’s premier conference – will be returning to Las.....

Potatoes on Mars?

The International Potato Center (CIP) launched a series of experiments to discover if potatoes can grow under Mars atmospheric conditions and thereby prove they are also able to grow in extreme climates on Earth. This Phase Two effort of CIP's proof of concept experiment to grow potatoes in simulated Martian.....

US (CO): Aquaponics grower wants to help developing countries

Emerge Aquaponics is taking their experience as part of the local food movement to a global scale, direct from a nondescript greenhouse facility in Colorado, between Black Forest and Falcon.The greenhouse hums with activity during harvest and transplant day. “As we harvest mature plants from the rafts, we.....

New heavy duty LED tube for vertical farms

Vertical farming is still on the rise globally and with it the need for grow lights which produce minimal heat and can be positioned close to the plants. For vertical farming to be profitable, plants need to go from seed to supermarket shelves in ever decreasing time spans, while savings must be made at.....

ACS and PBS make video on the farm of the future

There’s a new trend in agriculture called vertical farming. As humans learned to farm, we arranged plants outside in horizontal fields, and invented irrigation and fertilizer to grow bumper crops. But with modern technology and farmers’ cleverness, we can now stack those fields vertically, just as we stacked.....

The beginner's guide to applying for farm grants

Getting funds is one of the trickier parts of farm start up. Many farmers get hung up on funding because they either don’t know how much money they need or they don’t know what options they have.You might already be aware of funding options like using investors, capital funds, or personal resources. One.....

US (CT): Aquaponic farming coming to Meriden

When shopping for a location to turn the region into the “city that feeds itself,” Trifecta Ecosystems turned to a former silversmith shop on the third floor of 290 Pratt St.Armed with a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant, the four partners that make up Trifecta Ecosystems in Glastonbury have already.....

US (WV): Making lettuce fun with hydroponics

For the last year, John Casto and Chance Woodrum have been dabbling in the hydroponic lettuce business.“I was looking for something fun to do. I like the restaurant type of business. But the last thing in the world I wanted to do was own a restaurant,” said Casto, whose wife owns The Art Store downstairs......

Canada: LED upgrade for Ecobain Gardens

Philips Lighting announced the completed installation of Philips GreenPower LED Production Modules at Ecobain Gardens, the largest commercial vertical farm operation in Canada. By upgrading the fluorescent lighting previously used in the facility to LED, Philips Lighting is helping the vertical farming.....

Indian college students grow veggies without soil

Students of Ramnarain Ruia college in Mumbai have developed a new technique to grow plants without soil.The method of growing plants and vegetables on rooftops was developed by the cohort of Ramnarain Ruia College in Dadar. It’s called Hydroponics and uses only water and nutrients to grow plants in the absence.....

Oman: Professor goes viral with hydroponics

Dr. Zulfikar Ali, a professor of Biotechnology and Botany in Oman, started growing veggies around his house using coco peat, made with coconut fibre, less than two years ago. Today he has a large rooftop garden atop the same building in which he lives. The professor uses the hydroponics process to grow.....

US (NC): Brewery helps kids in juvenile jail through aquaponics

Thanks to a chance encounter, Birdsong Brewing’s popular Doin’ Thyme seasonal will benefit people that are actually doing time.While at The Company Store in NoDa a few weeks ago, brewery sales representative Jenny Sassman ran into Sam Fleming, vice president of 100 Gardens. The local nonprofit sets up.....

July 3-4, Cape Town

South Africa: Farming with Aquaponics Workshop

At the Farming with Aquaponics Workshop Cape Town 2017, attendees will get an opportunity to get their questions answered in Aquaponic system management and crisis response by an international Aquaponics expert.Topics in discussionAquaponic microbiologyAquaponic Techniques and DesignResponding to the system:.....

March 10, Columbus

US: Ohio Aquaculture Association to host workshop in Columbus

On March 10, the Ohio Aquaculture Association (OAA) will host an aquaponics workshop in Columbus. A variety of topics will be covered during the sessions, including aspects of fish and plant management, water quality, and marketing.“The goal of the workshop is to educate those interested in establishing and.....

Grow Pod Solutions develops new indoor farm system

Grow Pod Solutions, developer of technology-enriched automated indoor farms, announced the development of their new Hydrologic Technology (HLT), which grows crops with no sunlight or soil, and uses about 90% less water than a conventional outdoor farm."This is the world's most sophisticated indoor farm,".....

March 13, University Park

US (PA): Student Farm Club hosts hydroponic lettuce tasting event

The Student Farm Club at Penn State is partnering with Housing and Food Services (HFS) as part of National Nutrition Month to host a hydroponic lettuce tasting event, “Expand Your Salad Palate,” in Redifer Dining Commons, South Halls, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on March 13. The Student Farm Club invites all.....

French farmers visit UC Davis hydroponics class

A pair of French hydroponics farmers on a "world tour" to learn from various farmers and experts made at stop at UC Davis recently. They sat in on an environmental horticulture course and took a tour of the UC Davis greenhouses. See what they learned in the video below.

Agricultural technology developer brings aeroponics to India

Driven by the dire need for food and an all around drought-like situation in several places with failing rains and a depleting water table, researchers have been trying various methods of farming to increase crop yield with minimum investment and water requirement.A Coimbatore-based agri-engineering graduate.....

US (OH): You can't start too early with indoor ag

Fourth and fifth graders at Campbell Elementary Middle School are learning how to grow plants without soil.A new Hydroponic Learning Lab Program is part of a YSU After School Program developed by Lettuce Do Good, which is a system for growing plants in water, with the help of red and blue LED lights.The.....

"Aquaponics an excellent tool for recycling phosphorus"

Aquacultural effluents are rich in P, a growing concern worldwide for potential environmental pollution. Thus integrating aquaculture with agriculture, e.g. aquaponics, shows promise to enhance nutrient and water use efficiency and overall environmental sustainability.A study was carried out to quantify a P.....

US: Indoor farming startup Bowery raises $7.5 million

As pollution, extreme weather, and over-population threaten the viability of large, outdoor farms, a startup called Bowery Farming Inc. has raised $7.5 million in total venture funding to grow food indoors, even in the middle of a city. The startup’s high-tech approach uses robotics, LED lighting, computer.....

144 plants per square metre:

Growing in barrels instead of gutters

Instead of cultivating herbs and leafy vegetables in vertical NFT gutters, German developer Marco Tidona, decided to bend the gutters to cultivate in cylindrical cultivation barrels. With these Aponix barrels he can place about 144 plants per square metre in a space that is 2.30 metres high.Lego bricksIn the.....

US (FL): Former junkyard turns into leafy greens oasis

The would-be farmers bought three transoceanic refrigerated shipping containers, just a little dinged up, for $6,500 each.Shannon O'Malley and Bradley Doyle had them hauled to a distressed property they purchased on Second Avenue S and painted them a vibrant green. The green of John Deere tractors and.....

How to use a pilot system to learn vertical farming

If you're starting an urban farm, chances are you're currently totally immersed in blog posts, YouTube videos and online courses, trying to learn as much as you can. Starting a vertical farm takes a lot of time and financial investment, and you need to know what you're getting yourself into. But learning.....

Indian growers switch to soilless cultivation

With a view of providing the city with safe and healthier vegetables, the Haryana horticulture department has commissioned a project at Panchgaon, Manesar, located 16km from the city. The initiative is aimed at growing soil-less vegetables and getting them supplied to the residential societies across the.....

Indoor Farms of America partners with Agrilyst

Indoor Farms of America announces that all of its vertical aeroponic farms, from the GrowTrucks to the highest yield indoor farms for warehouse or greenhouse applications, will now come standard with the award winning farm intelligence platform from Agrilyst."In our desire to bring our customers the.....