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Year Overview September 1-15

Greenhouses, robots, and more

The first half of September saw plenty of interesting developments in the industry. North American growers were particularly busy with new greenhouses and expansions. Automation was also a hot topic, with several robotics providers announcing investments.

Lufa Farms

World's biggest rooftop greenhouse opens in Montreal
Building on a new hanging garden trend, a greenhouse atop a Montreal warehouse growing eggplants and tomatoes to meet demand for locally sourced foods has set a record as the…

Towards self-sufficiency - Russia reaches three thousand hectares of greenhouses
Ever since Russia introduced the ban on European fresh produce, it has been focusing on its own domestic production. But the Russian climate does not always favor long…

Agriculture Technology Campus

US (SC): Agriculture Technology Campus establishing 1,000-acre operation
Agriculture Technology Campus, a joint venture project between Mastronardi, Clear Water Farms, LiDestri Food and Drink (LiDestri) and GEM Opportunity Zone Fund, announced…


US (IL): BrightFarms celebrates opening of Chicagoland greenhouse expansion
BrightFarms has opened a new expansion to its Rochelle, IL greenhouse. The increase in production will support BrightFarms continued growth in the market, including a 34% jump…

Red Sun Farms
High-tech greenhouse investments in Canada, the USA, and Mexico
Red Sun Farms, a vertically integrated high-tech greenhouse grower with locations in Canada, USA, and Mexico, responds to customer demands for locally grown produce with…


Experts weigh in
Agroparks in the U.S. - a horn of plenty for investors?
America is known as the land of opportunity. When it comes to greenhouse horticulture though, there's still a world to win. With a large amount of greenhouse vegetables being…

Kristoffer Skarsgård, Saga Robotics

Agricultural robot maker raises EUR 9.5 million
Norwegian and UK based Saga Robotics has recently raised EUR 9.5 million from international investors in support of its ambitious growth plans. Thorvald robots are operating…

Practical insights from the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge
"Spend less time on your controls, but more quality time with your plants"
When your team wins the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge, you may safely call yourself an expert on autonomous cultivation. René Beerkens, who's been with Hoogendoorn Growth…

Blue Radix makes autonomous greenhouse management reality
"We offer growers a digital brain for their greenhouse"
Over the past few months Blue Radix has worked hard on developing its innovative services and expanding the company. It is therefore time for an official international market…

US (CA): Iron Ox raises $20 mln, announces new robotic greenhouse
Iron Ox, a company active in robotics and AI-enabled farming with a mission to solve food insecurity, announced the closing of $20 million in a Series B round. Also announced,…


October 20-22
GreenTech Amsterdam 2020 goes virtual
After extensive consultation and various options considered, GreenTech decided to postpone the full physical format of the show to 15 - 17 June 2021. This year GreenTech…

New building VB Group shows "that things can be done differently"
“Look”, Edward Verbakel points outwards from his new office, “the containers on the ships sailing on the Nieuwe Waterweg. They could contain our products, only the boats then…

Technician Theo builds high-tech greenhouse as a hobby
How great would it be to have a small greenhouse in your own garden where you can grow vegetables, fruit and herbs in an environmentally-friendly, clean and energy neutral…

Harry Dullemans passed away
Harry Dullemans passed away on September 1, he was 78 years old. Harry was the founder of Agrolux based in De Lier, the Netherlands. He will be greatly missed at the company. Last…