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Supercharging light provides plants with energy cocktail to fight pathogens and thrive

CEA facilities boast the most extreme, sophisticated systems of the agricultural industry. Whether it is a vertical farm, a single-tier cannabis indoor cultivation, or a gigantic tomato greenhouse, growers have to deal with extremely complex systems. Even though one might be taking all the precautions,…

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Midwest Pure Greens expands with new investor

"This new greenhouse model will withstand the test of time"

Pure Green Farms, the Midwest hydroponic greenhouse which had its official launch earlier this year, announced this week they will be moving forward with their expansion plans after taking on a new investor, Paul J. Mastronardi. Mastronardi chose to invest in Pure Green Farms because of the technology of…

Candidus CEO Erico Mattos:

“Whether under HPS or LED, our goal is to provide energy savings”

“Candidus lighting controllers can be used to control HPS and LED systems alike, with an ROI of less than a year,” says Dr. Erico Mattos, co-founder and chief executive officer of lighting control company Candidus. Spending 2–3 years developing its dynamic controllers for horticultural lighting, Candidus…

Collaboration Royal Brinkman and ADI

New data collection technique for automated scouting

This week, Royal Brinkman and ADI have confirmed their collaboration to bring a new data collection technique for integrated crop protection to the market. Central to this is the use of a camera system mounted on the spray boom. This cooperation gives growers access to a new tool for detecting crop…

US: VetaNova acquires 157 acre greenhouse complex in Colorado

VetaNova announced today it has acquired 157 acres greenhouse complex, which will be developed into a solar-powered vertical growing facility to provide year-round farm fresh fruits and vegetables to local outlets in Colorado. The Avondale Complex currently has a 90,000 sq. ft. computer-controlled…

"Greenhouse horticulture plays a key role in energy transition"

The energy transition brings a lot of challenges. "Greenhouse horticulture plays a key role in the acceleration of this process," the team with AgroEnergy says. How this is done is made clear in their new animated video. Because weather-dependent electricity production using wind and solar has been…

Fluence launches RAZR modular system to support vertical farming

"Our LEDS offers a proven spectrum for propagation and vertical cultivation of all greens”

Fluence today released its RAZR Modular System, the company’s newest LED solution for vertical farmers featuring efficacies of 2.6 µmol/J under Fluence’s PhysioSpec™ BROAD R3 white spectrum. “Vertical farmers are fueling some of the greatest innovations in modern crop production,” said David Cohen, CEO…

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Mexico: combining a 4 ha greenhouse operation with aquaponics and algae production

To reduce water consumption per kg food product and stimulate the circular economy, Wageningen University and Research conducted a study on possibilities for integration of tomato production in greenhouses and land-based aquaculture in the Queretaro region in Mexico. Coupling tomato production in…

"Employer-provided housing for seasonal agricultural workers is heavily regulated and inspected"

CAN: Fruit and vegetable farmers push back on reports of poor worker housing

Ontario’s fruit and vegetable growers are pushing back on recent allegations of poor housing standards and lax inspections around employer-provided housing for seasonal…

Moleaer’ secures $9M series B funding led by S2G Ventures

Moleaer announced today it has closed a $9M Series B fundraise led by S2G Ventures’ Oceans and Seafood Fund and joined by existing investors, ADM Capital’s Cibus Enterprise…

Dick Schaap on the extension of opening hours in the catering industry

“Purchases are already exceeding expectations”

Recent times haven't been easy for businesses working in or with the catering industry in the Netherlands but, fortunately, this is set to change this weekend. From 5 June, catering establishments in the country will be able to open again from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and receive guests inside. Dick Schaap…

Indian actor creates greenhouse as lockdown passion

Namma Veettu Pillai actor Sivakarthikeyan took to Instagram on Sunday, June 13, 2021, to reveal his lockdown passion. The actor posted a video in which he showed fans his greenhouse, which he built just before the pandemic, and expressed his desire to expand it further. Along with the picture, the actor…

"Obtaining OK Soil certification is a big step for our plugs"

After obtaining the OK Compost Certificate in 2017, Maan Biobased Products has taken another step. The Growcoon has been awarded the OK Biodegradable Soil certification. "The biodegradable grow and seed plug Growcoon can now officially demonstrate that it is biodegradable in the soil without harming the…

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US (OH): Akron Urban League to debut high tunnel greenhouse at open house

The Akron Urban League will hold an open house for its new high tunnel greenhouse on June 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 440 Vernon Odom Blvd. The event will feature speakers, a DJ, tours, and a pop-up market with specialty foods available for purchase, along with giveaways for the first 50 attendees. The…

It’s all about flavor: growing great-tasting tomatoes with LED lighting

Taste matters when growing tomatoes. Research shows that tomatoes grown under LED grow lights have great taste. Due to the higher light intensities possible with LEDs, the conditions are set to further increase the taste. Over the years, we have noticed that consumers, and therefore retailers and growers…

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Dutch province could thwart building of new data centers

In the Netherlands, the North Holland Province has threatened legal action in what's being called 'Datacentergate'. The Province wants to prevent the construction of new data centers. These are to be built on the west side of the A7 motorway, near the Agriport A7 greenhouse cultivation area. The planned Microsoft…

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Fifth-generation farmer opens greenhouse right after high school

 It was a humid day in Damascus as a spring thunderstorm had cleared, spotlighting the distant mountains outside Jake Caldwell’s home.“ The mountains are beautiful today,” said the 21-year-old farmer. Caldwell is the newest generation to love the feel — and even the smell — of soil in his rugged hands. Just…

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Women in Agriculture: "How I use greenhouse farming to grow exotic vegetables"

Nike Mbulu is the Chief Executive Officer of Accent Integrated Farms in Lagos. She owns five hectares of land where she grows vegetables and rears animals. Before establishing the farm in 2015, she worked in a financing company in the United States.  "I worked in corporate Nigeria and the U.S. for a while…

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State Institute for Viticulture and Horticulture deals with forward-looking concepts Dreamstime

Germany: Indoor farm in Munich announced

"When we think of the agriculture of the future, we have to be open to new concepts. In the Bavarian State Institute for Viticulture and Horticulture (LWG), we have proven…

Wilko Wisse receives liaison role at RVO

This month, Wilko Wisse started as Advisor for Glasshouse Horticulture with the Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO). In doing so, he is taking the step from (tomato) business to government. At RVO they have noticed recently that there are more and more issues specifically centering around…

Palesa Motaung – Agrikool

Young minds see the value in South Africa’s informal fresh traders

This past weekend informal traders in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal received some unexpected help: Agrikool, an agri startup, and some volunteers were out on the streets with them as part of the Adopt-an-Informal Trader initiative, helping traders sell and immersing themselves in the daily reality of…

UK 'Pick For Britain' scheme failed to recruit British volunteers

The British government spent more than £30,000 promoting the failed Pick For Britain scheme, some say. Farmers could not recruit the 60,000 British volunteers needed to save…

Sunset takes multiple first place awards during Leamington Greenhouse Competition

At this year’s 14th Annual Leamington Greenhouse Competition Sunset earned the most awards, including the most first place awards, during the two-day competition. Sunset® saw…

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PMA - Global Retail Week

Ecommerce has been a key driver of growth which has been accelerated in 2020

This week the PMA has run sessions in the Global Retail Week, yesterday’s session focused in Retail in Europe, disruption and uncertainty. In January McKinsey and Eurocommerce compiled a report on the European retail sector after surveying 50 CEOs of European grocers, 10,000 consumers and investigating…

The Cacao Project tackles food insecurity in the Philippines

Agriculture is an important sector in many developing countries. Improvements in agriculture can increase food security in developing countries, which in turn, aids people living in poverty. According to the World Bank, transforming the agricultural sector in the Philippines is essential to poverty…

UAE to launch new system of food safety requirements

His Excellency Dr. Abdullah bin Muhammad Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment of the UAE, said that the ministry intends, during the next two months, to launch a new system of food safety standards and requirements, to ensure that no imported food enters the country except from…

Peruvian strawberry exports experienced a significant increase in 2021

Between January and May Peru exported a total of 7,198,686 kilos of strawberries for a FOB value of $14,283,166. This is significantly higher than the 3,200,591 kilos exported…

Dundee farmer harvests tomato crop with pride

A farmer’s hands may be dirty and rough from the time spent in the fields, but they certainly tell a tale. It’s a story of pride, hard work, and dedication – all evidenced by hands that are also gentle as they nurture the soil and plants – and strong when a challenge arises. At least that’s the case for…

Russia to start importing Azerbaijani apples and tomatoes by rail

Russia’s phytosanitary service Rosselkhoznadzor will authorize import of Azerbaijani tomatoes and apples by railway starting from June 15. The shipment of apples and tomatoes…


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