Thursday, December 13, 2018

Bowery Farming raises $90 million

“Indoor farming is about producing an economic product by using technology”

"The mistake in our industry is that many people tribute the soul success of indoor farming to LED. LED makes indoor farming viable. But if you want to make indoor farming scalable, you have to think in trends that are happening in robotics, automation, computer vision and machine learning." Speaking is…

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Georgia: Cucumber grower installs new grow lights for high quality winter crop

The need for year-round cultivation of tomatoes and cucumbers is growing rapidly in Georgia. Grow light is an essential factor for optimal crop growth in the dark period of the year. In order to realize the most optimal light-emission, JSC Georgian Greenhouse Corporation chose to go with a Hortilux grow…

Dennis Grootscholte, 4Evergreen, about the completion of phase 3:

"Better to have a larger pipe with a small pump than vice versa"

The most recent expansion of 4Evergreen Terneuzen in Westdorpe, Netherlands, was finished at the end of November. The completion of phase 3 brings the total acreage on this location to 54 hectare. The expansion project is doubling the size of the company. In 2012 the Grootscholte brothers went looking for a good…

Market scan: Japan's modern greenhouse industry

A new greenhouse market scan focuses on the current situation in the modern greenhouse sector, including support measures of the Japanese government and an overview of newly built greenhouses. The government makes efforts to increase vegetable production. In 2014 the Next Generation Greenhouse program…

Pekka Pesonen, Secretary General of Copa and Cogeca:

"Patent law is an inappropriate instrument for the EU agricultural sector"

On December 5th, in an oral hearing on a patent covering pepper plants, the European Patent Office (EPO) declared Rule 28(2) to be invalid. This rule clarified that all…

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First bananas harvested from Dutch greenhouse

Researchers from Wageningen University & Research are harvesting the first Dutch bananas this week. Boerenhart, a supplier of fresh and local products will offer the bananas as 'regional product' to restaurants and hospitals in the region of Wageningen. The cultivation took place on two types of…

Spain's minimum wage to jump 22% in new year

Spain's minimum wage will jump by 22% in 2019 - the largest annual increase in more than 40 years. It means millions of low-paid workers could see a pay rise from €736 ($835; £665) to €900, effective from January. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced the increase on Wednesday, declaring "a rich country cannot have poor workers". The…

Bee vectoring comes to Mexico

Bee Vectoring Technologies is accelerating efforts to bring its patented plant protection delivery system to commercial growers in Mexico. BVT has begun the registration process of its proprietary active ingredient, Clonostachys rosea CR-7, as a biofungicide for control of common fungal diseases including botrytis. For assistance with the…

Red and yellow are the colors of the exhibition

Macfrut 2019: First Greenhouse Technology Village shows greenhouse cultivation

The exhibition halls of Rimini Fiera will be renewed on the occasion of the 36th edition of Macfrut, which will take place from 8 to 10 May 2019. The design of the exhibition center will feature the colors of the two main fruits, the red of the "Mela Rossa Cuneo PGI" and the yellow of the pineapple. The…

Village Farms responds to farm bill

US: "Significant demand for both greenhouse-grown and outdoor-grown hemp"

Village Farms International, following the passage by U.S. Congress of the 2018 Farm Bill, will aggressively pursue opportunities to become a vertically integrated leader in…

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Turkish producer of sticky traps becomes part of Biobest Group

Biobest Group NV of Belgium, IVOG Gmbh of Germany, BKS A.S. and Antilsan A.S. of Turkey, jointly announced a transaction, which further strengthens the position of Biobest Group with regard to sticky traps, sticky rolls and pheromones. BKS A.S., based in Antalya, manufactures sticky traps and rolls and…

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European call for an increased use of geothermal energy

In an open letter, European geothermy organizations have called upon the EU to make more use of geothermal energy. The letter reads: "Geothermal energy is the energy stored in the form of heat below the surface of solid earth. The deeper one penetrates the interior of the Earth, the warmer it becomes. It is inexhaustible…

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Biostimulants improve the nutritional value of iceberg lettuce

Studies carried out by Tradecorp in various Iceberg lettuce orchards in the region of Murcia confirm that the use of biostimulants and soil activators, such as Actyvium,…

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Pekka Pesonen, Secretary General of Copa and Cogeca:

"Patent law is an inappropriate instrument for the EU agricultural sector"

On December 5th, in an oral hearing on a patent covering pepper plants, the European Patent Office (EPO) declared Rule 28(2) to be invalid. This rule clarified that all…

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A car named 'Lotte'

This futuristic vehicle could solve logistic problems of Amazon, Walmart and Target

The company that came up with Walmart's pickup towers has now developed a self-driving car that could really result in a dramatic shift in the last-mile delivery industry. A new car, called Lotte, has been presented. It is a robotic courier. It autonomously transports packages to homes and businesses and uses a…

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Floral holidays with edible roses

A luxury Christmas dinner with a floral touch or festive toasting on the new year with a colorful glass of champagne. Rose growers Rodewijk focus fully on the holidays with their edible roses 'Rosalicious'. Restaurants, bakeries and catering industry "The biggest difference is not in the cultivation, but in the sales", says…

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British greengrocers: "Backlash against plastic has sparked trade boom"

UK greengrocers have claimed that a backlash against plastic has sparked a boom in their trade, as - mainly young - people flock through the doors to buy locally-sourced…

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The dream of a perfect climate

What's better than a dream come true? And what if this dream were to help save the earth? More and more often we see, smell, feel and hear about the effects of climate change; and according to the experts we know that CO2 emissions must be drastically reduced to keep global warming below the crucial limit of two degrees…

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"Mars and Mull share similar soil"

NASA’s InSight lander has been headline news in recent weeks, as it continues to send back clear images of the rocky and unforgiving surface of Mars. However, the previous exploration robot sent to roam the red planet, the Curiosity rover, has been beaming back invaluable data for years, giving…

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Organic farming increases despite the greater effort required

"We have been growing organically since 2004 and back then we were a rarity in the area around Vittoria, in Sicily. We have been certified by the BioAgriCert already for a while and, despite being a small-medium company, we are able to defend our revenue". Thus says Salvatore Modica , whose homonymous…

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Michel Witmer, Groen Agro Control:

"Number of recalls surprises me"

Salmonella, Listeria monocytogens, wrong labeling: the number of recalls in the past months is significantly higher than in other years. Michel Witmer, Groen Agro Control, already wondered about this in September: "How is it possible certain things still occur?" As product manager food he sees a lot, and now he has turned to…

Health more »

Finding scientific backing for health claims

How healthy are fresh fruits and vegetables actually?

That fruits and vegetables are healthy is a generally accepted fact. However, relatively little is known about the specific nutrients in fresh fruit and vegetables and their…

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Twenty peppers in one minute

That is one hot girl... Woman wins Chinese chilli-eating contest

While last Sunday temperatures in Yichun city, Jiangxi province almost dropped to freezing point, locals and tourists took part in a chilli-eating contest. The participants have to devour as many of the fiery peppers as possible within a time limit. Courageous Yichun native Yi Huan took home a bar of gold and was crowned 'Chilli…

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US (PA): School opens 6,100 sq.ft. public educational aquaponics facility

Commonwealth Charter Academy (CCA), a Pennsylvania public cyber charter school, officially unveiled AgWorks at CCA, which according to them is the largest public educational aquaponics facility in the country. AgWorks at CCA will provide students with hands-on learning experiences in a 6,100-square-foot,…

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CAN (ON): JWC continues large scale expansion at second facility

James E. Wagner Cultivation Corporation has received a main building permit from the City of Kitchener – Building Division for the second phase of the construction of its second facility, which is located at 530 Manitou Drive, Kitchener, Ontario, N2C 1L3. The corporation estimates that Phase 2 will include the construction…

UK: BBC's Countryfile visits cannabis grower

Adam Henson of BBC Countryfile was granted rare access to the biggest single glass house in the UK where a controversial crop is now being grown. Here, on this East Anglia site, they used to grow food. But now the glasshouse has been converted to become one of the world’s largest producers of pharmaceutical-grade cannabis. The…

Village Farms responds to farm bill

US: "Significant demand for both greenhouse-grown and outdoor-grown hemp"

Village Farms International, following the passage by U.S. Congress of the 2018 Farm Bill, will aggressively pursue opportunities to become a vertically integrated leader in…

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