First phase of 3rd International Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge open for registration

Wageningen University & Research and Tencent are proud to announce that the first phase of the 3rd edition of the International Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge is now open for registration. AI experts of companies and start-ups, students, and researchers from universities and research institutes are…

April 15-17, 2021

Impression of Hortiflorexpo IPM Shanghai

After a busy start on Wednesday, the Hortiflorexpo IPM Shanghai 2021 is heading towards the end of the second day of this 3-day event at the Shanghai New International Expo Center. 700 exhibitors from 18 countries are promoting their products and services and this year, there are two country pavilions, a…

16-17 February 2022

AquaFarm & NovelFarm announce postponement: next edition will take place in Pordenone Fiere

Following a careful assessment of the possibility to let a physical event take place, Pordenone Fiere has decided to postpone AquaFarm and NocelFarm, alongside the new project…

PMA challenges industry to grow a healthier world

Produce Marketing Association (PMA) will hold an executive workshop April 19 to mobilize the industry in support of the UN International Year of Fruits and Vegetables (IYFV).…

April 20th, 12pm (PT)

New resource for organic tomato seed growers: free webinar and download

Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) and partners of the Tomato Organic Management and Improvement Project (TOMI) announced today two new tools to help growers produce tomato seed…

Rijk Zwaan organizes brand-enhancing studio meetings with its Sweet Palermo partners

Rijk Zwaan stays in close contact with its partners to exchange knowledge and provide them with valuable new market insights into current and future needs. Initiatives such as studio-based meetings help Rijk Zwaan to further develop the Sweet Palermo brand. Rijk Zwaan recently held a series of studio…

FPC Future announces speakers at one of the free to attend conference sessions

Safeguarding the future of growers around the UK means embracing a new era of innovation in pre-farm gate technology. Covid-19 is seeing previously unforeseen changes in the industry and these have brought many challenges and opportunities. Opportunities which can be built upon. FPC Future, an exhibition…

Center for Growing Talent

New opportunities for professional development

Center for Growing Talent by PMA has announced the newest addition to a suite of development opportunities for produce and floral industry young professionals. The new…

'Change for the long-term' message for earth day 2021

WayBeyond has taken up the sustainability challenge for Earth Day 2021 with a long-term focus on reducing food waste and optimizing natural resources. “Earth Day is one of the oldest and largest global movements when it comes to positive environmental changes. The 22 April event is supported by 75,000…

April 29, 5:30 - 7:00 PM

AgTech impacts on "future of food" - webinar

Join AmplifiedAg, Inc. CEO and founder, Don Taylor at the ‘Future of Food Under Climate Change’ virtual event as he discusses the increasing need for indoor farming and agriculture technologies in order to sustain safe food access for the planet’s population. Hosted by the National Institute of Social…

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SE Texas farms continue produce boxes with salad ingredients

SE Texas residents can sign up to get their April box of fresh produce from two local farms. Produce boxes from The Giving Field on Liberty St. and Donna’s Farm will include salad ingredients. Orders will be accepted until next Tuesday. The box, which will come with a recipe, will include salad mix,…

CPMA Fresh Week

Montreal-based wholesaler launches re-brand and announces acquisition

This week, from April 12 – 16, the Canadian Produce Marketing Association holds its annual convention. The event will be fully online and is free to anyone who would like to attend. “It is an important event for us,” says Jessica Dubé with wholesale company Canadawide. “The event always brings new…

CPMA Fresh Week kicks off

Opting out of the NFL season to work in long-term care

Yesterday, CPMA’s virtual Fresh Week officially kicked off with a well-attended Keynote session. George Pitsikoulis, CPMA Executive Member and President/CEO of Canadawide interviewed Laurent Duvernay -Tardif, Super Bowl Champion and Graduate in Medicine. The Super Bowl champion elaborated on his decision…

May 7, 11am – 12pm EDT

Indoor farm in North Carolina hosts opening event

BrightFarms is hosting an event on May 7, 2021 to celebrate the grand opening of their next farm in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The event is open to the public and will…

April 20, 12-3 pm

Course on good agricultural practices for producing hydroponic fruit and vegetables

The Ohio State University, in partnership with CropKing is, offering a virtual hydroponic GAP training on April 20, 2021, from 12:00 PM-3:00 PM EST. GAPS (good agricultural…

Deadline May 10

CAN: Greenhouse carbon tax relief grant program is accepting applications

Through the Greenhouse Carbon Tax Relief Grant Program (GCTRG), the B.C. government provides carbon tax relief to B.C. commercial vegetable, floriculture, wholesale nursery,…

Start hortipreneurial center of excellence in Western Cape, South Africa

Climate change hits South African agricultural productivity and food security due to the increase of extreme droughts and rainfalls. The Western Cape has been one of the most affected regions, so much that in 2018 Cape Town became the first major world city to run out of water. Besides, unemployment is…

postponed event will combine online & offline

GreenTech to take place again in September 2021

It will be a bit later than the previously announced dates in June, but coming September the suits can go back to the dry cleaners and it will really be time to say goodbye to your corona-hair. Then all growers, suppliers, investors and other stakeholders are welcome again at GreenTech. Physically in…

How produce performed at retail stores throughout the pandemic to date

SEPC Southern Exposure’s annual Power of Produce presentation

After being postponed from its usual February date, SEPC Southern Exposure 2021 kicked off this week. Yesterday featured the annual Power of Produce educational session, where Anne-Marie Roerink, President of 210 Analytics, discussed a few of the key point of this annual report which is available through…

webinar Tuesday April 13

How to manage plant stress and improve crop performance

Registrations for the WayBeyond webinar 'How to manage plant stress and improve crop performance' are now open. For this interview-style webinar, guest expert Dr. Nadia Sabeh Ph.D (AKA Dr. Greenhouse) will be sharing her insights on the importance of VPD for growing healthy and productive plants. If you…

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Southern Exposure wraps up successful in-person event

Last month, in-person trade shows returned to our industry with Viva Fresh in Texas. This week, it was SEPC’s turn with their Southern Exposure show. After postponing the event from its usual February date, the Southeast Produce Council was able to successfully hold the event with both in-person and…

April 20, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Master class "This is not a greenhouse!"

On Tuesday April 20, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, the IFSB-Institut de Formation Sectoriel du Bâtiment offers a free webinar on the theme: "This is not a greenhouse." Do you…

Mexico: Agricultural companies to present a plan to rescue agricultural laborers

Given that agricultural day laborers have become a priority focus for Mexico's trade agreement with the United States and Canada (T-MEC), national agricultural entrepreneurs…

NZ: Fresh tomato summer promotion

TomatoesNZ invested in a new fresh tomato promotional campaign to remind kiwis to enjoy tomatoes during the peak of the summer season, from mid-November to the end of February, whilst supply was plentiful.   A series of rotating ads were used on Facebook and interactive stories on Instagram under a new “NZ Tomatoes”…

Videos about digital horticulture: 7 webinars by 30MHz

Digital horticulture is a vast and rapidly evolving field. 30MHz has organized a series of webinars about a wide range of topics. From how to get started with a data platform, to the capture of O2 and photosynthesis data. 30MHZ has listed their English spoken webinars and horticulture videos in this…

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China: plant factory sparks children's interest in agriculture

JD hosted nearly 100 primary school students and their teachers for a field trip at its hydroponic plant factory in the Tongzhou district of Beijing. The event was part of a larger program that started last year in which JD offers the plant factory as a high-tech educational facility for elementary and…

PMA town hall

Foodservice sees improvement as restaurants wrap up a strong first quarter

This week’s PMA virtual town hall featured speakers from the foodservice industry and examined how the foodservice industry has been bouncing back in recent months. Peter Rosenberg, Director of Operational Support at Texas Roadhouse, Brandon Stewart, President and CEO of Starboard Investments and…

April 9 and 12

Free French webinars on raspberries and tomatoes

Cascade, a French technology company specialized in the development of formulations for different types of macro-tunnel or greenhouse covers with unique light control…

UGA Horticulture Club helps grow scholarship funding

Students in the University of Georgia’s Horticulture Club are growing more than plants. They’re also growing support for current and future Bulldogs. In January, the UGA Horticulture Club donated a total of $27,200 to two scholarship funds, the Horticulture Scholarship Fund and the Paul Thomas…

Tom Stenzel and Cathy Burns answer questions about new association

The mantra for this merger is ‘better together’

On March 31st, the United Fresh Produce Association and the Produce Marketing Association announced that starting January 1st, 2022, the two associations will combine to form one global association. Yesterday April 1, Tom Stenzel and Cathy Burns hosted a call to answer any questions about what this…

A series of online events by Osram

Online trainings on digital systems

Find here an overview of all Osram's upcoming live online webinars. New system Solutions for Horticulture LightingLearn in this online training about new and efficient ways to support designs in horticulture lighting. Speaker: Nicolai Heber, DI DS Product Management. April, 29. 2021, 10:00 - 11.00 AM CET…

May, 20, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (CEST)

Online event with Mprise Agriware

On May 20, Mprise Agriware will host an event that will feature three companies in horticulture worldwide. "We are proud to have them as our guests during this online event, titled: 'Keys to successful digital transformation in horticulture'," they say.  In this dynamic world, the pace of technological developments…

June 15-17

AgroWorld Uzbekistan to showcase services for fruit and vegetable growing

Manufacturers of structures, technological equipment, and materials for greenhouses, equipment for grading, processing, and packaging vegetable produce, seeds, fertilizers,…

WayBeyond finalist in New Zealand high-tech awards

WayBeyond has positioned itself for a podium finish at the NZ High-Tech Awards this year after being announced a finalist. The annual Awards cover ICT, electronics, software, biotechnology, creative, telecommunications, and digital media and have been running for almost 30 years.   WayBeyond is entered into the…

Agritechnica Asia and Horti Asia event and trade fair program for 2021/2022

Trade fairs for Southeast Asia with attractive event formats – “Agritechnica Asia and Horti Asia regional summit” in 2021– “Agritechnica Asia Live” in March 2022 –…

China: Hortiflorexpo IPM Shanghai ready for the 23rd edition

Whereas in many countries physical events are still being cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation, there are several where shows are able to continue. In China, for example, the 23rd edition of the Hortiflorexpo IPM Shanghai will take place from April 15-17, 2021 and the organization is satisfied with…

March 24th, 18:00 – 19:00 CET

Future food institute organizes digital boot camp special session

Once a week the food & climate shaper digital boot camp opens the door of the virtual classroom to the public and live broadcasts selected conversations with experts. The 3rd…

New book sets out plant breeding innovation's contribution to sustainability

The Institute on Science for Global Policy has released the book “Sustainable Agriculture: the Role of Plant Breeding Innovation”, summarizing the outcomes of a conference…

4 April, 2 PM - 3 PM (EDT)

Canada: Webinar on hiring foreign workers

Service Canada Ontario Region will host a meeting on the topic of hiring Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP) and the…

Thursday 15 April 15:00 – 16:30 (CEST)

Mini symposium on tomato quality

The tomato world is rapidly developing. With the introduction of new varieties, the rise of local production and the introduction of new product groups such as snack tomatoes, tomato quality has…

Produce industry excited to return to first in-person event

This past Saturday, March 27, Viva Fresh Expo was held at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, TX. It was the first in-person event in more than a year. Attendees were ecstatic about the great atmosphere. “There was a real excitement in the air as the industry embarks on its first live show since the…

An EU-funded project about increasing microalgae biomass production planned

IDconsortium is pleased to announce the start of an EU-funded project where its goal is to develop new technologies (or knowledge) to increase microalgae biomass production; hence advance the research for more sustainable bio-fuels. Prodigio project, entitled 'Developing early-warning systems for…

Mentoring and recruiting agricultural students for the produce industry

Mentoring young professionals is a fantastic way to help ensure the success and sustainability of the produce industry. It’s also a passion for Wendy McManus, leadership coach with Connect 2 Potential. So, when the stars aligned, McManus signed on to support the Southeast Produce Council’s (SEPC’s)…

Angers will host the 31th International Congress of Horticultural Sciences in 2022

After Turkey in 2018, the 31th International Congress of Horticultural Sciences will be held in Angers, France, from August 14th to 22nd, 2022. Every four years, for a week,…

Greenhouse training online courses from University of Florida available

What are you doing to take advantage of the popularity of plant products? One of the best returns on investment is education of existing staff to ensure a knowledgeable workforce through online training. University of Florida IFAS Extension provides four-week, award-winning, online training courses in…

Ecoation introduces Voice of the grower

Ecoation officially launched their new podcast - Voice of the Grower! The Introduction (Ep. 0) and first full length episode featuring Mucci Farms are currently out on Apple…

2019 Tomato Suspension Agreement: Inspections, PACA, and compliance tips

In the second instalment of their webinar on the 2019 Suspension Agreement on Fresh Tomatoes from Mexico, the US Department of Commerce and the International Trade Administration, provided an overview of how the agreement is put into action by discussing inspections, the role of PACA, sales to Canada as…

Annual policy summit focuses on advancing the imported produce industry

Following Tomato Week 2021, the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) has shifted focus to the upcoming Spring Policy Summit 2021 (SPS21). This year the Spring…

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Senator Koran cheers Chisago Lake High School on reception of agricultural grant

The Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council (MAELC) announced that the Chisago Lakes High School agriculture department, taught by Julie Mellum, received an $8,283 grant for their project entitled, “Produce Walk-In Cooler – Farm to Fork, Floral, Fruit, Hydroponic Crops, Raised Bed Produce.”…

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St. Jude teacher receives $5,000 grant for hydroponic solar greenhouse

Gathered for the presentation are, front row - Eloise Overton, Teagan Chrnalogar and Luci Hill; back row - TVA representative, Mrs. Millard, Mrs. Jamie Goodhard, principal and EPB representativeSt. Jude School teacher, Mrs. Lucinda Millard was presented Wednesday with a $5,000 grant for a hydroponic…

CropBooster-P survey on communication to future-proof European crops has been launched

Euroseeds launched a survey as part of the Horizon 2020-funded Cropbooster-P project to assess how the seed and breeding sector among other stakeholder groups communicate on crop improvement and seeds in Europe. The obtained results will help Euroseeds to identify trends, good practices, gaps and needs…

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May 11, May 20 and June 10 14:00-15:30 CET

Free webinars on biochar, chitin and reuse of spent growing media

From waste to resource: Interreg 2 Seas Horti-BlueC is organising 4 webinars on the valorisation of 5 local byproducts into building blocks for more sustainable growing media in horticulture. Questions dealt with, amongst others, are: How feasible are those valorisation chains, both technically,…

Virtual agenda for CEA 4.0 now available to download

Conference Day 1 - Developing Our Approach, Planning & Design - Creating The Ideal Environment, Vertical Farming, CAPEX - Capital Expenditure, Hydroponics, Standardisation & Interoperability, Greenhouses Conference Day 2 - OPEX – Operating Expenses, International Building Projects & Programmes, Feeding…

Overview of the 2019 Suspension Agreement on Fresh Tomatoes from Mexico

In a webinar held yesterday by the US Department of Commerce and the International Trade Administration, an overview was given on the 2019 Suspension Agreement on Fresh Tomatoes from Mexico. This was the first instalment in a two-part series on the agreement where the speakers gave a brief overview of…

Connecticut governor to push support for state's agriculture and aquaculture industries

Connecticut's governor is aiming to drum up support for the state's agriculture and aquaculture industries. Governor Ned Lamont said the industries have an economic impact of…

March 24, 5:30 PM

Curry to share experience as pepper breeder, producer at club meeting

The Horticulture Club invites all faculty staff, and students to join them this Wednesday, March 24, at 5:30 p.m. as they host a special guest speaker at their next meeting. Via Zoom, the club will be hosting Ed Curry of Curry Seed & Chile Company who will be sharing his experience in pepper production…

Nova Scotia announces $5-million fund for cleaner farm technologies

The Rankin government is investing $5 million over two years in projects that increase Nova Scotia’s year-round food production, reduce emissions, and reduce the amount of…

Honoring Farmworker Awareness Week through Fair Trade choices

In observance of National Farmworker Awareness Week, Wholesum celebrates another successful year with its Fair-Trade program, which empowers farmworkers, brings equity to the supply chain and uplifts farming communities. In seven years, the Community Development Funds generated from the sales of…

Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit

Online event on June 24-25

Speakers for the Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit announced

The Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit will be virtually held on June 24-25. Gathering the world’s farm operators, retailers, food companies, investors, seed companies, and technology providers to meet, network, and cultivate new commercial partnerships.  The Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit speakers are announced.…

March 26, 1:00–2:00 P.M. EST

Omafra's controlled environment agriculture series: cannabis potency and horticultural management strategies

Omafra's webinar series dedicated to optimizing production in environmentally controlled agroecosystems continues. This time, they’ll be addressing how horticulture practices impacts the quality of cannabis characteristics.  This webinar will discuss the relationships between cannabis potency (here refers…

Jeff Woolsey to present webinar on March 25th

The value of fully integrated control systems in the greenhouse

Next Thursday, March 25, Jeff Woolsey will present the Argus Controls sponsored webinar “The Value of Fully Integrated Control Systems in the Greenhouse”. In this webinar,…

Canadian horticultural council recognizes industry leaders at 99th annual meeting

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) held its 2021 Annual General Meeting virtually from March 16 to 17. The 2020 AGM theme was Horticulture strong: Reflect. Adapt.…

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Lethbridge College launches aquaponics training for all

Sustainable food production is more accessible than ever in Lethbridge, as aquaponics grows in popularity. The expert scientists in Lethbridge College’s Aquaculture Centre of Excellence (ACE) have launched a new series of courses that will provide training in the area to everyone from high school…

Summary of webinar: the secret of growing strawberries in TCEA

The first webinar of our spring series, ‘What is the secret of growing strawberries in TCEA’, presented by Katia Zacharaki of Digital Farming was a great success. While not giving away every single secret, the content is a great starting point to encourage discussion amongst peers and covers a wide range…

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CAN: Additional support for investment in Vineland research centre

The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing more than $330,000 in the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. This commitment supports research projects that will benefit Ontario's greenhouse sector and municipalities. "Agri-food research leads to…

Produce industry launches UN initiative in New Zealand

Aotearoa’s $6 billion fresh produce industry has rolled out a localised UN initiative, as it celebrates the launch of the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables (IYFV).…

AmericanHort commends house passage of agricultural workforce bill

"First step in addressing horticulture industry’s ongoing workforce challenges"

AmericanHort applauds the passage of the farm workforce modernization act of 2021 (H.R. 1603), in the House of Representatives this week. The bill passed by a vote of 247-174,…

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Fruit Logistica Special Edition 2021 canceled

It's been confirmed that Fruit Logistica Special Edition 2021 has been canceled. The event was to take place on 18-20 May of 2021. The organization states the event had to be canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The date for next year has been set on 9-11 February 2022. "Today we have to…

H3: The certification that guarantees responsible use of water resources

Global Water Day is celebrated on the 22nd of march every year and its principal objective is to create awareness of the importance of looking after the so called liquid gold for the life of human beings and the species of this Earth. Something that in Spanish agriculture and more specifically the…

March 23, 2 PM (CET)

Webinar: digital labor tracking in greenhouses

Dutch software company Mprise Agriware will host a free webinar on 23 March to discuss the benefits of digital labour tracking solutions in greenhouses. Registration is now open on their website. Labour costs coupled with the availability of skilled labour continue to be one of the primary concerns among…

Tomato Week 2021 provided fresh data on tomatoes

Tomato Week 2021 by the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) was packed with the latest data and market trends for the fresh tomato industry. The webinar series began on March 9th and concluded on March 11th. To kick off Tomato Week, Rick Stein from FMI, The Food Industry Association shared…

April 7th, 2:00 PM CET

Webinar: Is all white light the same?

More and more LEDs are going from purple to white. Is there any difference among the countless white LED light options on the market, in addition to fluorescent? Cool white,…

'No food, no people'

Food security to be highlighted at launch of International Year of Fruits and Vegetables

The importance of food security and people having access to fresh and healthy fruit and vegetables is being highlighted at the launch of the International Year of Fruits and…

PMA back in Monterey for Foodservice Conference 2021

Produce Marketing Association has announced that the association will bring the industry back together – in person – in Monterey, CA for the Foodservice Conference on July 21…

Mother earth diploma to Hungarian firm

Veresi Paradicsom, which produces tomato specialties, has received the ‘Mother Earth’ recognition of Koppert Biological Systems, the market leader in the field of biological plant protection and natural pollination, for paying maximum attention to biological pest control. The Hungarian company is the…

Oct. 21-24 in Oklahoma City.

Aquaponics association hosting hybrid conference

The Aquaponics Association is excited to announce that this year the annual conference will be October 21-24 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Due to COVID, this conference will be hybrid. The conference will take place in person at the Oklahoma City Sheraton, and sessions will also be broadcast live to guests…

Farm to Fork Strategy, March 15-18

"The entire chain must be mobilised including the consumer”

During the Seminar Week of the Forum for the Future of Agriculture, public administration expert Jeroen Candel of Wageningen University & Research will present on the Farm to Fork Strategy of the European Commission. The seminar will take place on Tuesday, 16 March. At this event, Candel will discuss the…

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Free download: lighting applications in horticulture

As LED grow lights continue to become more affordable, an increasing number of greenhouse growers and vertical farmers are considering whether the lights would benefit their production systems. Several studies and growers applications have demonstrated the development of new lighting technologies such as…

Collaboration Van der Knaap and Biobest in 'de Kas'

Since last year, Van der Knaap Group has been working with Biobest in the field of organic crop protection in its in-house innovation centre 'de Kas'. The aim of this collaboration is to exchange knowledge about the effect of the use of organic crop protection products based on cultivation trials.This…

Canadian greenhouse conference to present virtual event in 2021

The Canadian Greenhouse Conference (CGC) announced its decision to forgo an in-person event in 2021 and will present a virtual conference this fall. “We had hoped to return to…

Celebrate National Farmworker Awareness Week

Equitable Food Initiative, the workforce development and certification organization that partners with growers, farmworkers, retailers and consumer advocacy groups, is…

March 25-31

Celebrate National Farmworker Awareness week

Equitable Food Initiative, the workforce development and certification organization that partners with growers, farmworkers, retailers and consumer advocacy groups, is celebrating National Farmworker Awareness Week. To celebrate the week, it’s encouraging growers, agricultural associations and consumers…

KWS acquires tomato breeding company

KWS is consolidating the expansion of its new vegetable seed business with the acquisition of the vegetable seed company Geneplanta S.r.l., domiciled in Noceto/Parma, Italy.…

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24 March, 20.00 – 22.00 CET

The first international Horti Quiz is a fact

Jungle Talks, the organizer of global horticultural webinars and radio programs, is teaming up with Quiz Brothers and presents a new, entertaining event for anyone interested in horticulture; the International Horti Quiz. On 24 March 2021, from 20.00 – 22.00 CET, the first International Horti Quiz will…

FPC Future and FPC Careers are taking place in November 2021

These two new events aimed at the fastest growing sector of the fresh produce industry will take place at The Lincolnshire Showground on 4 November. Launched by the Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC), in association with the Lincoln Institute for Agri-food Technology (LIAT), the two events, FPC Future and…

Strawberry Symposium 2021

"Although it will mainly take place online, the Strawberry Symposium will be a great event. It is the right moment to subscribe," reports Gianluca Baruzzi, member of the organizing committee.  "The event will be presented on May 1st, then scientific analyses and all the news concerning genetics, nutrition, agronomic management etc. will…

March 12, 12:00–1:30 P.M. EST

Controlled environment technology webinar, Part 2: managing greenhouse environments under blackout curtains

The use of supplemental lighting in greenhouse agriculture has greatly increased in recent years. Producers are using high pressure sodium (HPS), light-emitting diodes (LEDs),…

Lindsay Pederson, keynote speaker at BrandStorm:

“A strong brand can remain impactful for generations”

United Fresh BrandStormTM is taking place virtually this week. The event kicked off on Monday, March 8th, with a networking reception and the educational sessions began the next day, March 9th. The opening session featured keynote speaker Lindsay Pedersen, best-selling author and brand strategist, who…

OFVC educational series

How R&D can support your own agri-food business

The horticulture sector thrives on new products, processes, and services that comes from research and development. Vineland focuses on supporting the growth of the horticulture sector. This presentation outlines three ways companies commonly partner with Vineland to support their own R&D efforts.   For more information: Vineland Researchinfo@vinelandresearch.com…

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Meet Nicola Kerslake with Contain in this podcast

In this podcast, Nicola Kerslake with Contain tells about her fintech platform that she found to aid indoor farmers in finding funding for their indoor projects.  Nicola Kerslake founded Contain Inc, a fintech platform for indoor agriculture, that aids indoor farmers in finding lease funding for their projects.…

March 17 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CET

What is the secret to growing strawberries? Webinar on indoor strawberry growth

Strawberry is an economically important crop, well researched and grown in every continent in the world, exceeding 8.89M tons production in 2019. In the UK, strawberry consumption reached 196.7K tons, of which 72% were grown in the UK, 30% were imported and 2% were exported. Strawberries are mainly grown…

New AHDB series explores realities of trade post EU exit

AHDB is hosting a series of digital events during March looking at what leaving the EU has meant in practice for our agricultural and horticultural sectors. The series kicks…

Consultation open on sweeping new measures to reduce NZ’s emissions

New Zealand's Climate Change Commission (CCC) released their Draft Advice for consultation on 1st February. It includes advice on the first three emissions budgets and on…

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Mexican Association of Protected Horticulture to take place March 11-12

The Mexican Association of Protected Horticulture has everything ready to celebrate the 2nd Agricultural Social Responsibility Symposium that will take place on March 11 and 12 of the current year. The event aims to provide updated information on the most important issues in the field of Social…

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"Empowering women and girls is crucial to ensure sustainable food security"

Hunger and famine will persist and there will be unequal recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic unless more women in rural and urban areas hold leadership positions with increased decision-making power, say the heads of the three United Nations’ food agencies ahead of their joint…

Jordan: University project to promote urban farming systems concludes

The Royal Scientific Society (RSS), in cooperation with the Harper Adams University in the UK, completed the implementation of all activities of the Project 'Enhancing Food Security through Promoting Urban Farming Systems in Jordan' by the end of February 2021. The project, funded by the Royal Academy of…

March 8-12

Tomato Week covers e-commerce trends, COVID-19 and more

The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas has opened registration for Tomato Week 2021 which takes place March 8-12. The event is open to all who have an interest in…

March 14-20

National horticultural therapy week celebrates therapeutic power of plants

Many people enjoy looking at plants and flowers and find it relaxing to dig in the dirt. But research and a growing number of horticulture therapy programs are showing that gardening holds serious healing power. Trained and certified therapists, including members of the American Horticultural Therapy…

AgXeed, Faromatics and honey.ai winners Robot event

During the agROBOfood event “Pitch your Robot, Find your Investor” SMEs presented solutions they have developed for the agri-food sector to investors, so as to secure funding to continue their work! The event (10,11 February) was built on the momentum of the previous Open Calls. With more than 25 pitchers,…

9, 16 March

Plant movements and labour post EU exit focus of AHDB webinars

AHDB is hosting two special webinars to explore the impact of the EU Exit on the ornamentals sector. Experts from across the industry will talk about different aspects of the…

In the spotlight: Rob Grootscholten

After having worked at Bom Group for 44 years (!) Rob Grootscholten took a step back on 1 March. The position of COO that Rob held is now filled by Walter Bruins Slot.  Taking a step back did not just happen like that in Hook of Holland. Through an online webinar, all Bom Group colleagues expressed their thanks…

US: Specialty crop block grant program

The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program provides funding for projects to enhance the competitiveness of crops such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, and nursery crops. Grant funding is provided by the USDA Agriculture Marketing Service. Ohio's 2021 grant will open early Spring 2021. Grants range from a minimum…

Ireland: College of Amenity horticulture virtual open day

The Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture will host a virtual event on Thursday March 11th at 12.30pm. This is part of the Teagasc series of college promotion events that will be run throughout March and April this year. At the event on the 11th March at 12.30pm, there will be a live panel discussion…

Virtual town hall

How PMA helps increase diversity and inclusion in the produce industry

The discussion at this week’s PMA virtual town hall centered around diversity and inclusion, and the steps that PMA has taken to support members in increasing the diversity and inclusion in their workplace. Doug Bohr, Executive Director of the Center for Growing Talent, says: “A series of tragic events…

Empathy in marketing the focus of 6th annual BrandStorm

United Fresh’s sixth annual BrandStorm™ event will take place online March 9-11, 2021. The event will feature two sessions designed to facilitate dialogue around the…

March 9-11

Registration for tomato week 2021 now open

Fresh produce announces that registration is open for all events during Tomato Week 2021. You are welcomed to join for all the latest news on tomatoes.  March 9th -What's next for…

NZ horticulture scholarship is paying off

"I live in the right place to be in the horticulture industry.”

The Pukekohe Vegetables Growers’ Association’s (PVGA) Centennial Scholarship has got off to a great start with not one but two recipients in its inaugural year. “Both candidates were amazing and we decided to give them both something,” says PVGA president, Kylie Faulkner. “It wasn’t the best timing with…

March 4-14

New white varieties featured at this year’s Florida Strawberry Festival

If you attend this year’s Florida Strawberry Festival, bear in mind that University of Florida scientists put a lot of effort into finding genetic traits that make the fruit flavorful for consumers and abundant for farmers. As this year’s strawberry season comes to a close — and the festival is held from…

DesignLights Consortium releases second draft of update to technical requirements for horticultural lighting

The DesignLights Consortium (DLC) today released the second draft of updated Technical Requirements for Horticultural Lighting (Version 2.1). Scheduled to take effect on July 1, the proposed changes would establish Qualified Products List (QPL) eligibility for three additional product types. Comments on…

March 4, 11:00AM - 12PM (EDT)

Webinar on energy efficiency incentives for indoor agriculture

New Jersey offers a variety of statewide energy efficiency programs that are designed to offer full project development assistance from information on best practices to rebate…

March 18, 4-5pm

New raspberry varieties will be showcased in AHDB live webinar

Nikki Jennings, head raspberry breeder from James Hutton Limited will speak at the AHDB live webinar to provide an update on the most promising new raspberry selections and varieties coming out of the UK Raspberry Breeding Consortium on Thursday 18th March, from 4-5pm.  Consortium chair Louise Sutherland will…

PMA announces in-person Fresh Summit in New Orleans

Produce Marketing Association (PMA) has announced that Fresh Summit 2021 will take place, in-person, October 28-30, 2021 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA. PMA will welcome the industry back to the event with a variety of safety protocols and modifications developed…

Webinar: "The power of digital time registration in greenhouses"

Time is one of the largest expenses for horticultural companies. Many companies feel like they don't have enough grip when it comes to registering labour. Join our webinar to learn more about how to handle this matter with Mprise Agriware. "Registration of labour and time is important. But more important…

Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre

"Produce is wasted here because many people don't really respect the value of food any more"

The COVID-19 pandemic and labour shortages have had a "massive" impact on the already high levels of fruit and vegetable wastage, according to Australia's leading research centre on the issue. Dr Steve Lapidge is the inaugural CEO of Fight Food Waste Ltd, which incorporates the Fight Food Waste…

New webinar series focused on import/export regulations

United Fresh Produce Association has developed a six-part webinar series to inform companies of the regulatory issues affecting international trade of produce products…

New horticulture scholarship honors professional tie that led to lifelong friendship

As a peach and pecan producer in central Georgia, Al Pearson relied on the expert advice provided by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. In addition to the valuable counsel provided by Extension peach expert Maurice E. “Butch” Ferree, Pearson gained something unexpected: a lifelong friend. A…

Raising a fork to agriculture: Join in celebrating Canada's Agriculture Day

Tomorrow marks the fifth annual Canada's Agriculture Day and the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, will join farmers, ranchers, food processors, sector leaders and youth to raise a fork to the food we love and the people who produce it. This year's celebration…

7 & 8 April.

Morocco berry conference 2021 invites participants to join online

Adapting to the new reality, the 2nd Edition of the Morocco Berry Conference 2021 will run online as no other options are given with the pandemic event that is still controlling the normality of the presential events worldwide. This year, conference will last 2 days, 7 & 8 April. The conference team will…

Viva Fresh Open returns next month

Like many annual events over the past twelve months, the Viva Fresh Open paused in 2020 while the world coped with the pandemic. But now, the tournament resurfaces in Dallas as the industry gathers at the first in-person produce expo in more than a year. Presented by BEBO Distributing, Inc. & Wonderful…

March 8 at 1pm – 2 PM EST

Interactive virtual session on bylaws for greenhouse operations

Municipalities are implementing strict bylaws for greenhouse horticultural operations who are artificially lighting their crops out of necessity to extend their growing season. Investments in light abatement screens not only provide these operations with the necessary resolve to contain the light but to…

Deadline August 1

North Dakota industrial commission awards funds for greenhouse projects

The North Dakota Industrial Commission (Commission) has awarded $1,000,000 in Renewable Energy Program matching funds for two projects that enhance renewable energy. One of the projects receiving funding was the Spiritwood Greenhouse CO2 Supply Project. $500,00 was awarded to Glass Investments Projects…

February 22, 3:35 PM - 4:30 PM

Seminar: Genome-wide variation in plant viruses and viral determinants of symptom development in plants

Research in my laboratory is focused on the molecular mechanisms of plant-virus interactions. Particularly, we are interested in the mechanism of antiviral immunity in plants and the mechanisms of pathogenicity in plant viruses. We are also interested in the identification and characterization of…

Koat and Crux Agribotics invest in local sales and service organization in Ontario

"Ontario horticulture is at a forefront in automation and robotization"

Koat and Crux Agribotics are investing in a local sales and service organization in Canada to serve the horticulture and fresh produce market. For this expansion, the company is looking for a local Sales manager and multiple Service Engineers. Koat and Crux Agribotics are growing extensively, also in the…

UK Clean Heat Grant: Now is the time to have your say

As part of ‘The future support for low carbon heat’ consultation, in April 2020, the UK government set out proposals for the Clean Heat Grant. This scheme will provide support…

The North Wind

Indoor Agriculture receives $100,000 grant from MDARD

NMU’s new indoor agriculture program recently received a $100,000 grant on Feb. 12 from Michigan’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to help offset the costs for a self-contained growing center. According to MDARD’s page, the grants are to help “promote the sustainability of land-based…

Apply now for Canada support organic change-fund

With a booming $6.6 billion in sales, Canada is the sixth largest organic market in the world. Yet, demand continuously outpaces supply, despite double digit production…

Two US universities partner to offer first dual degree program in agricultural law

Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural Economics and Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law have joined forces to create the first MJ-MS agricultural…

9th International Highbush Blueberry Conference will focus on fertilization

Blueberry fertilization is quite specific, as are the requirements of this plant

Blueberry fertilization is quite specific, as are the requirements of this plant. It is worth to know that not only is it important to properly prepare the site for blueberry cultivation and to ensure an appropriate soil pH, but also to maintain these optimal parameters during further plant growth. The…


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