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Malta, October 11 to 13

Registration is open for Euroseeds 2020 Congress in Malta

Last year in Stockholm, more than 1100 participants from almost 50 countries across the world joined, confirming the importance of this Congress not only for the European but also for the international seed business. For Malta, Euroseeds is working hard to once again provide you with excellent meeting…

22 to 24 September

Vertical Farming Congress to be held in London

The first Vertical Farming World Congress will be held from 22nd to 24th September at London’s Heathrow Airport. Eminent industry leading speakers have confirmed their…

Students consult experts on their urban greenhouse design in online sessions

BSc, MSc and PhD students of universities worldwide are attempting to design a greenhouse or vertical farm, integrated in the city of Dongguan, China: an urban greenhouse. On 2 April, each team consulted six experts to discuss their plans and problems they ran into. Due to the corona crisis, this year…

Indoor Ag-Con postponed until later this year

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 impact, the May 18-20, 2020 edition of Indoor Ag-Con has been postponed and will be rescheduled to run later this year. The organizers are…

De Ruiter shares cucumber knowledge with French growers in online event

On Thursday March 26th, the De Ruiter team had the pleasure of inviting all French cucumber partners to an online event dedicated to De Ruiter varieties. For this first cucumber webinar, approximately 30 French participants from the different cucumber branches (growers, advisers, cooperatives) attended…

United Fresh LIVE!

Announcing the world’s first virtual trade show for fresh produce

With the continuing COVID-19 crisis, the United Fresh Board of Directors has made the decision to move from an in-person event in San Diego this June to United Fresh LIVE!, a…

Horti China introduces global technology exchange to improve fruit and vegetable plantation

Isolation saved lives and now a new sun is about to rise over China. Looking back on the past few months, not only did the Chinese fruit and vegetable industry experience a great trial, but they never interrupted the supply of fresh fruit and vegetables. Furthermore, major production areas donated large…

RoboCrops moved to October

The RoboCrops event, scheduled for April 23-24, has been postponed. However, various online workshops will take place on April 24 on the theme of 'Robotics in the agricultural sector'. Due to the…

5 years of Westland Horti Tours ambassadors for Dutch horticulture

Westland Horti Tours celebrated its 5th anniversary on April 1st. 5 years ago, Aad Verduijn started guiding mainly foreign visitors in greenhouses and companies in the…

webinar, April 2

Remote access, remote action and the future of greenhouse production

The collection and interpretation of greenhouse data is only as good as the actions that come of it. Learn how remote access relates to remote action in today's, and…

masterclass, April 8

Urban Greenhouse Challenge goes online with Live Event

Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, the Urban Greenhouse Challenge had to cancel its Alternative Site visit event in Amsterdam. The good news is that they were able to translate the most important elements of this event into an on-line programme consisting of Online speed-dates event (2 April) and…

Canadian Horticultural Council 2020 AGM recap

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) held its 2020 Annual General Meeting from March 10 to 12 at the Westin Ottawa. The 2020 AGM theme was Healthy Plants, Healthy People. More than 150 delegates and observers came together in Ottawa to discuss policy issues and to hear presentations from government…

Online knowledge session: A stable greenhouse climate

It’s very important that we offer each other a helping hand to get through this uncertain period. That is why Priva invites you for an online knowledge session (English & Dutch) with the topic: How do I get a stable greenhouse climate in spring and summer? During this session, Priva consultants Hein…

Digital security dangers in horticulture

Virtually everyone says "yes" when asked if digital security is important. When push comes to shove, though, labour or water gets more priority from the grower, and for suppliers, there's always a higher item on the to-do-list, too. Strange actually, because in all company processes digital security is…

How do we make agriculture more sustainable?

How do we make agriculture more sustainable and more efficient? With connectivity, innovation, smart and vertical farming. Interested to find out more? Register for Vertical…

Agritecture offers Travel-Free Digital Conference Series

We've all been deeply affected by COVID-19 and the necessary reactions to slow its transmission, resulting in canceled travel/events and a drop in new business activity for…

webinar, March 25

Tomato production in greenhouses: Disease, insect & mite control

Next Wednesday (3/25) at 10:00 am, the University of Connecticut will host Part 2 of the Online Tomato Workshop: Disease and Pest Control in Greenhouse Tomatoes. Click here…

June 2-6, Stuttgart Germany

Enhancing quality of life through HortScience

In scope of ‘Advancing together: Enhancing quality of life through HortScience’, the IV. International Symposium on Horticulture in Europe (SHE), and the VIII. International Symposium on Human Health Effects of Fruits and Vegetables (FAV Health) will take place in Stuttgart from 2-6 June 2020, according…

Rimini, May 1 to 5, 2021

The International Strawberry Symposium has already been rescheduled

The 9th International Strawberry Symposium, initially scheduled for May 2020 in Rimini, has had to be postponed to protect the health and safety of all participants due to the health emergency generated by the coronavirus in Italy. The organizers of the event - the Polytechnic University of Marche, the…

Growing cooperation in agriculture between Uzbekistan and the Netherlands

The Netherlands and Uzbekistan are excellent partners in many ways. As for agriculture both countries share a long tradition. Agro Food in particular is a priority sector of Uzbek–Dutch cooperation, and together with the Uzbek government, knowledge and research institutes, the private sector and with the…

2020 CPMA Convention and Trade Show cancelled

In light of the rapid escalation of safety precautions to decrease the transmission of COVID-19, and recommendations of municipal, provincial and federal governments regarding…

ISF World Seed Congress 2020 postponed

In light of recent developments on the rapid spread of COVID-19 in many countries, it was decided to postpone the ISF World Seed Congress 2020 in Cape Town, therefore no ISF…

GreenTech Amsterdam rescheduled to 20-22 October 2020

GreenTech Amsterdam is moving from 8-10 June to 20-22 October this year. The expected duration of the global situation, due to the spread of COVID-19, has resulted in this…

Greenhouse growers postpone open days

Due to the circumstances related to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) has taken the decision to postpone this year’s LEAF Open…

Rupert Maude, of El Ciruelo:

"Nothing happens gradually. Everything changes drastically in this sector"

Within the framework of the meetings and the tour organized by the Global Development Committee (GDC), of the Produce Marketing Association (PMA), in Murcia, a visit was made to one of the leading Spanish companies in table grape and stone fruit production. While in Alhama de Murcia, which is the location…

including new hydroponics course

University of Florida announces 2020 Greenhouse Training Online courses

University of Florida IFAS Extension provides four-week online training courses in English and Spanish. The first course of the year, Greenhouse 101, starts on June 1, 2020. To register, visit http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/training/. Each course is completely online, and includes streaming videos, readings, and…

International Spinach Conference announces keynote speakers ahead of Australian event

East Gippsland is gearing up to host the Tenth International Spinach Conference in the first week of May, welcoming around 200 delegates from all over the world. A bi-annual…

Six tips for hosting a food summit

A food summit is an opportunity for people working in different parts of the food system to come together for a “state of our local food system” conversation. Results of a food summit can include education, action, coalitions, and projects -- as well as new relationships between individuals from…

Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit returns to New York on June 25-26, 2020

At the Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit in New York on June 25-26, visitors can discuss the latest trends, innovations, business models and collaborations for consumers to have access to local, affordable, nutritious and sustainable produce. Connect with a global line-up of growers, technology developers,…

here's your new agenda

Horticultural events canceled & postponed due to coronavirus

As the coronavirus spreads around the world and movement is restricted and gatherings of large numbers of people are banned a number of industry trade fairs have been…

Greentech Americas rescheduled for August 2020, Horti Asia for October

GreenTech Americas is moving from 24 - 26 March 2020 to 25 - 27 August 2020. The significant increase in the global spread of COVID-19 has resulted in this decision. For the…

Global Berry Congress postponed due to coronavirus outbreak

The Global Berry Congress has been moved to 22-24 June 2020 in response to the coronavirus outbreak. "Our primary concern must be for the health and well-being of everyone who…

July 10, 2020

Plant Empowerment Workshop in Columbus, Ohio

The Ohio State University, in partnership with Gotham Greens and HortAmericas, will be organizing Plant Empowerment Workshop on July 10th, 2020. This workshop is the first one in the US, following the recent movement of ‘GPE – Growing by Plant Empowerment’.  One of the original authors of a book ‘Plant Empowerment’…

Viva Fresh Expo will be postponed or canceled

Concerns about COVID-19 are escalating and the Texas International Produce Association (TIPA) and the Viva Fresh Steering Committee have decided not to move forward with the…

J. Ramón Sánchez, of El Dulze: "Great growth of our shipments to the Middle East"

"Having our own production is the key to survive and keep growing"

Representatives of the Global Development Committee (GDC) of the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) met from March 1 to 4 and visited some leading companies in the fruit and vegetable sector of Murcia to learn about the productive potential of this region, one of the most important in Spain. The first stop…

Berry production is growing in Russia

The participants of the Russian berry production sphere have broken the downward trend on berry production in the Russian Federation. Beginning from 2016, berry production acreage has slowly been increasing and in 2018 berry producers have achieved a record-setting increase of 25% compared to the…

June 23-27, Bellingham

US (WA): IPPS Western Region hosts Annual Conference

The International Plant Propagators’ Society Western Region (IPPS-WR) is hosting their Annual Conference in Bellingham, Washington from June 23 to 27, 2020 at the Four Points…

The hot topics at Energy and Rural Business Show 2020

Last week NFU Energy exhibited at the Energy and Rural Business Show, held at the East of England Show Ground in Peterborough. "We had two great days meeting new and existing customers. And, as usual, we had a lot of queries about solar panels and electricity contracts. However, this year there was more…

March 26-27, Leamington

CAN (ON): Innovations and trends to be discussed at GLASE Summit

GLASE will host its annual Summit in Leamington, Ont. Canada. Participants will discuss the latest GLASE research innovations, the CEA market trends and connect with Canadian greenhouse growers. Over 60% of Ontario's greenhouses can be found in Leamington/Kingsville area. With the largest concentration…

GreenTech Americas:

3 Dutch start-ups win challenge Mexico

GreenTech Americas organized in cooperation with the Dutch Embassy, the Netherlands Business Support Office and KLM, a start-up challenge. Three winners, namely Gearbox Innovations, Nature Does (AND) Biopharma BV and Evja, were selected from a large group of entries. The goal of the challenge is to give…

The most likely scenario is a one-year delay, in May 2021

International Strawberry Symposium postponed

Registrations had been blocked for over 10 days now and many researchers and operators had expressed doubts about taking part in the International Strawberry Symposium, which was to be held in Italy next May. For this reason, the organization reluctantly decided to postpone it until 2021. "We inform…

UK: Applications open for KTN's Agri-Food Tech Investment Showcase

The KTN’s Agri-Food Tech Investment Showcase, supported by Farm491 and Rabobank, will take place on 19th October 2020 in London. KTN announces the call for companies to participate in its fourth year of Agri-Food Tech investment training and showcase event. Applications close on 6th May 2020. The ongoing…

Innovative cultivation systems shown on niche fair Aqua Farm

Novel Farm is the event dedicated to innovative cultivation systems linked to Aqua Farm. It was organized last month at the Pordenone fair and counted many exhibitors and events. Click here for the photos The fair gives lots of space to innovative ideas presented by Universities and young businesses. There…

US (VA): National Organic Standards Board announces spring meeting

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Spring Meeting will be held in Crystal City, Virginia, April 29 – May 1, 2020. The public comment period is now open for topics…

April 23-24, Westland and Delft

Global interest in event RoboCrops in the Netherlands

RoboCrops is an event that links robotics and greenhouse horticulture. It will be organised on 23 and 24 April in the Netherlands at World Horti Center and RoboHouse. Growers, technology companies, universities and investors will be challenged to the limit. Goal: developing new horti applications using…

Enza Zaden introduces new tomato varieties

One thousand operators - producers, traders and buyers - from over 850 companies attended the House Fair Sicily 2020 Tomato DemoGreenhouse promoted by Enza Zaden in Sicily. Enza Zaden Tomato Demo Greenhouse. (Click here for the photo gallery) The Enza Zaden product range includes cherry tomatoes, plum…

SEPC event

Southern Flavor Cocktail brings Georgia partners together in Tampa

An impressive list of Georgia growers, packaging suppliers, and retailers came together for a special evening during SEPC’s Southern Exposure at the ‘Southern Flavor Cocktail’ with a theme of celebrating everything Georgia Grown. Attendees were also treated to a special guest appearance by MLB Hall of…

"We want to see a world where commercial urban agriculture is economically feasible"

Alberto Lopez of Agritecture Consulting was interviewed by Diana Macovei of the Vertical Farming Conference, discussing trends and opportunities in the industry. Read on to…

Coronavirus, labor shortage and food safety

United Fresh discusses key issues for produce industry

This week, United Fresh is on the road in California to celebrate the return of its convention to San Diego, for the first time in seven years. A series of town hall meetings are being held to discuss issues in the produce industry and promote the upcoming June event. On Monday, March 2, the roadshow…

March 19-20, Bordentown

US (NJ): Two-day short course introduces beginners to greenhouse crop production

People consider starting a greenhouse for a variety of reasons, and greenhouse farming provides a way to grow year-round. However, managing the production system and its…

Is there still hope for rapid change from pesticides to IPM in Europe?

The third edition of the Foodlog ‘Agriculture without chemicals – How?’ congress was held at Koppert Biological Systems headquarters on 27 February. This year the congress focused on Plant Health, to coincide with the United Nations' International Year of Plant Health. The initial debate on the…

webinar, March 12

Influence of temperature and daily light integral on culinary herb production

Greenhouse average daily temperature (ADT) and daily light integral (DLI) can be adjusted to improve crop timing, maximize biomass production, and increase crop quality. In this webinar, Michigan State University researchers will discuss how the growth, development, and color of culinary herbs is…

What does the future hold for British Farming?

LettUs Grow is attending Westminster Insight’s timely Future of Farming Conference next month. On the agenda for the conference is an examination of policy landscape, the…

October 7 & 8, Niagara Falls

Canadian Greenhouse Conference open for registrations

The Canadian Greenhouse Conference is a not-for-profit corporation and one of Canada’s foremost events and connection points for commercial growers of crops produced in a…

webinar, March 17

Fit roots for plant health

On March 17, 2020 Koppert Biological Systems and Hoogendoorn Growth Management jointly give a webinar about how to facilitate root health and condition to get the best possible plant health. What will you learn during this webinar Awareness of the importance of micro-organisms in the root zone (soil life) Awareness of the importance…

Tomatoes are the most popular vegetables with Europeans

A convention entitled "Markets and Opportunities" was held during the first Sicilian edition of Enza Zaden's House Fair. Above and below: tomato display set up by Enza Zaden Hans-Christoph Behr from German market research agency Ami examined the situation on the European market and provided an overview on…

US (MI): Governor Whitmer proclaims March as Michigan Food and Ag Month

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed March as Michigan Food and Agriculture Month, to honor and celebrate Michigan’s farmers, the diversity of products grown and processed…

Photo report of trade show included

Southern Exposure creates excitement in produce industry

Last week, the Southeastern Produce Council held its annual Southern Exposure event, themed Mardi-Gras. It returned to Tampa, FL and started off with a golf tournament on Thursday, followed by educational sessions on Friday. On Leap Day, the agenda was filled with a keynote speech from Tony Dungy and an…

developing market conquers challenges

Photo report: HortEx Vietnam 2020

After three years of exhibiting at the HortEx show, last week Peter de Boer with Cyklop sold several flower binding machines during the third edition of the horticultural exhibition in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It is an example of how the Vietnamese industry is adapting techniques that are new to the…

show comes to an end

Chances and changes in Vietnamese horticulture discussed at HortEx Vietnam

Even though labor might not be expensive in Vietnam and the work ethic is called very good, the specialised labor needed in horticulture and the amount of that still urges growers to opt for more automation. It is one of the opportunities that was shown during this week's HortEx show. Other topics…

CHC and CPMA meet on Parliament Hill to advocate on behalf of Canada’s fresh produce sector

On Tuesday, February 25, marked the latest annual Farm to Plate event hosted by both the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) and the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA). Together, CPMA and CHC were on the hill to represent the produce sector from the farm gate to the dinner plate. “Our annual…

Melbourne preparing to host world-leading phytosanitary irradiation forum

Australia is gearing up to host the world-leading Chapman Phytosanitary Irradiation Forum, in Melbourne next month. It is the only global gathering for all phytosanitary irradiation stakeholders, and a representative of the local hosts, Steritech says a range of growers, researchers, exporters and…

Diversity in Vietnamese horticulture shown at HortEx

Walking around at the HortEx show that is organised in Ho Chi Minh City this week, it becomes clear that the Vietnamese industry is diverse. Whereas for some growers starting to work with hydroponic growing and ventilation is a novelty, there are also farms that work with automated equipment and focus on…

First harvest figures from Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge released

All six teams in the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge have now harvested for the first time. Slowly the photos of beautiful, red cherry tomatoes are ending up on social media, and in the meantime harvest data can now also be linked to it. Whereas the first four teams were able to harvest for the first…

FoodEx Japan 2020 canceled due to coronavirus

The FoodEx exhibition in Japan has been canceled, after the Japanese government requested all major events to be canceled in order to prevent infection from Coronavirus. The…

Healthy fun during sixth Tomato Day in Almería

The Tomato Day party was held on February 22 in Almería and served to value the flagship product of the province. Throughout Saturday morning, the Paseo de Almería gathered thousands of people who enjoyed this fair in its sixth edition. There were activities for all audiences, such as exhibitions,…

Third edition HortEx gets started

This morning in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, several international representatives were present to cut ribbons in the SECC exhibition centre, officially opening the HortEx horticultural trade show. "And we hope to welcome the show in Vietnam for many years to come" the chairman of Vinafruit, the Vietnam…

US (ME): Wild blueberry conference strategizes how industry can stay relevant

Wild blueberries are an iconic food in Maine. Despite the products’ rich flavor and known health benefits, though, the industry has struggled to make inroads, especially compared to the bigger, more ubiquitous cultivated blueberries, which are commonly found in grocery store produce aisles around the…

Spain

Grupo Agroponiente and Bayer organized training day about ToBRFV in Almeria

The training day about the Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus, or ToBRFV, organized by Grupo Agroponiente and Bayer Crop Science and held at the facilities of Vegacañada, a tomato specialist company of the Group, attracted many participants. The event served to provide information about this virus and to…

Indoor Ag-Con announces marketing alliance with PMA

Indoor Ag-Con has announced a marketing partnership with the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) for the 8th annual conference taking place May 18-20, 2020 at the Wynn Las…

Photo gallery of the Tomato World event

The industry tomato chain reunited at Tomato World in Piacenza on 20th and 21st February 2020. The main event on the first day was the convention coordinated by Tiberio Rabboni, president of the interbranch organization.  Click here for the photos! The data revealed that there is less produce destined to the…

HortEx week kicked off with trade mission

"Lam Dong can provide high-class produce of sub-tropical origins"

Tomorrow the HortEx will kick off in Vietnam. The trade show brings together horticultural and floricultural growers, suppliers and traders. Prior to the show many people are already visiting the Vietnamese industry and greenhouses. Amongst them several Dutch companies participating in a trade mission to…

Italy will host the International Strawberry Symposium 2020 Rimini, from May 2 to the 6

The International Strawberry Symposium 2020 (ISS 2020) will have more than 300 scientific interventions (148 oral presentations and 172 posters). It will be visited by more…

photo report: HortiContact

International suppliers joining in Dutch horticultural market

Last week the HortiContact show took place in Gorinchem, the Netherlands. For many suppliers focusing on the European market, this is the last one of the hattrick: IPM Essen, Fruit Logistica and then the HortiContact, with the first for the floriculture industry, the second for the European vegetable…

webinar, April 7

Lighting of horticultural crops grown indoors

The ability to control the radiation spectrum with light-emitting diodes has created opportunities to use light indoors to regulate plant growth and produce specialty crops…

Scottish response to global food security profiled at UAE summit

Representing IGS, the Scottish-based agritech business, CEO David Farquhar travelled to Abu Dhabi this week to attend the prestigious invitation-only 2020 Milken Institute Middle East and Africa (MEA) Summit. David was one of more than 100 speakers at the event and joined a panel of experts for a session…

Kenya agriculture leaders set for first-of-its-kind summit to tackle sector challenges

More than 400 high level agriculture sector leaders are set for a first-of-its-kind gathering in Kenya as industry players look at innovative ways of invigorating agricultural growth and bolstering commitments at leaving no one behind across the value chain. The two-day workshop dubbed National…

Event set to occur May 2-6 in Rimini, Italy

International Strawberry Symposium will feature over 300 scientific presentations

Over 300 scientific presentations (148 oral papers and 172 posters), a thousand or so industry professionals expected from all over the world and a major novelty during the central day of Macfrut 2020, when the topic of nursery certification will be discussed for the first time. All this and much more…

Fruit and vegetable growers honour Ontario Food Terminal

The Ontario Food Terminal is the recipient of the 2020 Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA) Industry Award of Merit. The award was presented at the OFVGA annual banquet in Niagara Falls. The award is given in recognition of the work of the thousands of people involved with the Food…

March 10, Horst (Netherlands)

Delphy organizes fourth International Blueberry Conference

On Tuesday 10 March 2020, Delphy will organize the fourth International Blueberry Conference. The venue for this event will be the Park Hotel in Horst in the Netherlands. This…

June 23-27, Bellingham

US (WA): International Plant Propagators’ Society Western Region hosts Annual Conference

The International Plant Propagators’ Society Western Region (IPPS-WR) is hosting their Annual Conference in Bellingham, Washington from June 23 to 27, 2020 at the Four Points…

Hazera shows off new varieties at Arava Open Day

The Arava Open Day is always an opportunity for the team at Hazera to meet clients, sit down for a cup of coffee or beer and offer a range of products, from tomatoes to peppers. As every year, Hazera is one of the participants in the largest agricultural exhibition in Israel, and showcase its products in…

Horticulture stars in Guggenheim Museum

The exposition Countryside, The Future opens at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York on February 20, 2020. By organizing this exposition, Rem Koolhaas’ think tank AMO and the Guggenheim want to boost the discussion about the developments in non-urban areas. The goal of Countryside, The Future is…

March 12-13, Petersburg

US (VA): Berry-growing conference expands to two-day event at VSU

There’s an art to growing berries, and the best place to cultivate knowledge on how to produce this potentially lucrative specialty crop is at the Virginia Berry School. The two-day school will be held March 12-13 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Virginia State University’s Randolph Farm Pavilion at 4415 River…

Score real silver at Cindro at HortiContact:

"The effect of silver, that's golden"

For a number of years now, Cindro, producer of among other products the silver-stabilized hydrogen peroxide Oxyl-PRO®S, has been working hard to help growers prevent diseases and pests in their greenhouse. Also bio-stimulants contribute to healthy growth, including the latest in the Cindro product line: Sinergy® GrowShield. Photo: The silver plates are ready "We believe t…

Koen Brabander (PB tec) on private equity

"There is extra cash, but certainly not unlimited funds"

In December 2018, investment company Victus acquired a majority stake in PB tec, a Dutch supplier of electrical, water technology and automation for international horticulture. Koen Brabander shares his experience when it comes to acquiring capital. "For a long time, we turned away calls with offers from…

November 11 & 12, Boxborough

US (MA): Dates announced for Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo

The Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo will be held November 11 & 12, 2020, at the Boxboro Regency Hotel, Boxborough, MA. Educational sessions focusing on advanced biocontrol, disease management, business and marketing, back to the basics, emerging technologies and trends, alternative crops,…

India: East West Seed showcases benefits of vegetable farming

East-West Seed India highlighted the benefits of Vegetable Farming by creating an exclusive, live half acre demo plot that showcased 9 vegetable crops and 39 varieties through its ‘Knowledge Transfer’ initiative at the 5th edition of Krushik, Live Demos and Agri Expo 2020 from 16th-19th January 2020 at…

GreenTech Americas programme focuses on 2 main themes

During GreenTech Americas fifty Mexican and international speakers will present various topics for 'crop optimization in protected horticulture' and 'strategic themes focused on business and investment'. The objective is to present trends, knowledge and new solutions to all levels of professionals in the…

“Think Global, Eat Local”: Food Systems in European Cities kick-starts

The ever-growing world population, the increased urbanisation, and the depletion of natural resources put pressure on global food security. Combined with the effect of climate change, our food supply is at risk and food chains face challenges. Consequently, local, affordable and healthy food produced in…

Themed area for MMJ growing at HortiContact 2020

Those who are used to doing their standard tour at the HortiContact in Gorinchem will be up for a surprise this week. The exhibition plan of the show has been updated and with…

Sept.-Nov., 2020

Hortiflorexpo IPM Beijing postponed due to coronavirus

Following the outbreak of the nCoV (Coronavirus), the Hortiflorexpo IPM Beijing is being postponed. The show was to take place in Beijing in April this year. The organizers will announce a new date, delaying the show to September, October or November of this year.  According to the show organizers, the decision…

March 4, Las Cruces & March 19, Albuquerque

US (NM): NMSU Extension to host two food safety trainings for produce growers

Two training sessions will be held in New Mexico to help fruit and vegetable growers meet the regulatory requirements included in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule. New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service and the Southwest Border…

Jan Hoogewoning:

"Many opportunities in Vietnam if you can offer feasible technologies to the growers"

When he was fourteen he started weaning violets in the greenhouse and when he was nineteen he was done with it. In the meantime he has been fused with horticulture for many years, from his home in Thailand. After all, there are plenty of opportunities in Southeast Asia. Especially Vietnam has his…

February 24, Tucson

Plant empowerment: A comprehensive approach to optimizing plant growing and crop production

The University of Arizona's Controlled Environment Agriculture Center and the Department of Biosystems Engineering will hold a special joint seminar entitled "The Plant Whisperer: Plant Empowerment-A Comprehensive Approach to Optimizing Plant Growing and Crop Production", featuring Peter van Weel. Peter van…

Almería will once again be the tomato world capital next Saturday, February 22

The city of Almeria will become next Saturday, February 22, the world capital of tomato. It will do so with a massive event that serves every year to value the powerful star product of the fruit and vegetable sector of this Spanish province. This day has an international character, as Almería exports…

UK: County NFU gets glimpse of the farming future

Robots, vertical farming and virtual fencing could soon be the farming of the future according to the Future of Food 2040 report produced by the NFU. Dr Andrea Graham, NFU head of policy services and author of the report, used her presentation at the recent Pembrokeshire county conference, to delve into…

the Berlin Party

Picture time: Fruit Logistica after dark

What do you want to do after a long day on a trade-show? Dive into a deep talk about techniques, business and market developments, or grab a beer and have some fun with friends from the industry? The last is what the organizers of the Berlin Party were sure of and so they invited growers and suppliers to…

"Far from the usual thermoformer selling standard packaging"

Macpac invite visitors to Packaging Innovations to drop in and see them on Stand D30 at the NEC Feb 26-27. The packaging manufacturer is focusing on all companies looking for creativity as well as complete control of their packaging requirements from start to finish. They are seeking to emphasise that they are…

Urban Greenhouse Challenge: Meet the teams

The first UGC2 vlogs are up. Over the coming months, five teams will show their process of their ultimate urban greenhouse solution all the way until the Grand Finale in June. In the vlogs, you get to meet team members, see where they work and learn what their area of expertise that makes their idea the…

Photo report: horticultural suppliers at biggest European fresh produce trade show

The show is over in Berlin! For the first time the Fruit Logistica dedicated hall 8.1 especially to greenhouse technology. The results can be found here: we have some photos captured for you.  Check out the horticultural photo report here. Last week, for the 27th time, Berlin was the stage for Fruit Logistica.…

Preliminary registration for RoboCrops open

The first edition of RoboCrops, an annual event aimed at accelerating developments in horticultural robotics, takes place at World Horti Center and RoboHouse/TU Delft on the 23rd and 24th of April 2020. The event will host presentations and discussions on the subject matter. There will also be…

Fruit Logistica: Increasingly relevant for the greenhouse sector

The last hours of the Fruit Logistica 2020 have started and at 4PM local time the fruits and vegetables at the 3,300 stands will no longer be showing brands, trends and novelties but will just be fruits and vegetables again. For the first time the show dedicated hall 8.1 especially to greenhouse…

February 9, Honolulu

US (HI): Aquaponics at Aquaculture America

Aquaculture America is coming up Feb 9-12 in Honolulu, HI. The Aquaponics sessions at the Conference will be Feb 10 from 11am-5pm; and Feb 11 from 10:30am to 12:30pm. There will be over 30 presentations on all aspects of aquaponics. Aquaponics Engineer Huy Tran noted that aquaponics is growing rapidly; a…

Indian researchers show off resistant tomato

New hybrids of fruits, vegetables and flowers and state-of-the-art technology were part of the National Horticulture Fair, organised by the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) recently. Over 10,000 farmers, stakeholders and enthusiasts visited the fair. Arka Rakshak, a disease-resistant…

FL.C hosts professional seminar during Fruit Logistica

R&D, the "hidden spice" in Israeli fresh herbs

FL.C, one of Israel's leading exporters of fresh herbs, joined forces with the association of herb growers in Israel and the Israeli export institute to host the first professional seminar focusing on R&D and innovation done by leading researchers in Israel. "The team of FLC is committed to deliver the…

Pre-registration for Cultivate’20 coming soon

Pre-registration for Cultivate’20 will be opening on February 10th. AmericanHort’s Cultivate’20 is to be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center from July 11-14th, 2020. The annual event is expected to attract more than 10,000 industry professionals from over 40 countries. Attendees will have…

webinar, February 20

Horticultural lighting systems energy-savings calculations

In controlled environment agriculture supplemental lighting is required to support year-long crop production. In this presentation Dr. Neil Mattson from Cornell University and Dr. AJ Both from Rutgers University will talk about the yield and economic impacts of different supplemental lighting systems.…

Product launches liven up Fruit Logistica on quiet first day

This morning in Berlin the Fruit Logistica kicked off. Over 200 horticultural suppliers are present to show their solutions on the show that originated as a show for the trading industry.  Talk of the dayThe coronavirus. Many Chinese companies didn't make it to the show and all visitors had to sign a form…

March 18, New Haven

US (CT): Tomato workshop for production in soilless media in greenhouses

On March 18, 2020, the Tomato Workshop: For Production in Soilless Media in Greenhouses, 9 am - 4pm will be held at the Jones Auditorium in the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, New Haven, CT.   This one-day educational program is co-sponsored by UConn Extension, USDA Risk Management Agency and the…

February 23-25

Dutch trade mission to Dalat, Vietnam

The Netherlands Embassy in Vietnam is organising a trade mission to Dalat city for Dutch Exhibitors of Hortex Vietnam 2020 or any other interested Dutch horticultural and floricultural companies.The Hortex Vietnam 2020, a specialised exhibition and conference for Horticultural and Floricultural…

Stoffels Tomaten lays down a sharp production expansion plan, which is at an advanced stage

"Product innovation can be a driving force for success"

Stoffels tomaten will be in the renovated Hall 27 at Fruit Logistica this year. This Belgian company has been assigned a brand new stand at the German trade show. There, they will showcase their main activities to international fruit and vegetable traders. "First and foremost, we remain an independent…

UK: Redesigning the crop protection toolbox

CHAP’s Innovation Team has been undertaking a period of stakeholder engagement within the crop protection sector and across relevant parties.The aim is to underpin collaborative innovation in ‘redesigning the crop protection toolbox’, understand critical emerging challenges for farmers and growers, and…

Canada’s Agriculture Day reminds consumers good food is grown close to home

Canadian consumers are only one step removed from the people who produce most of the food that lands on their dinner tables, according to Farm Credit Canada’s (FCC) director of Industry…

LED's take a closer look

Photo report: Technique on IPM Essen 2020

The 38th edition of the IPM Essen was organised last week. This year the fair attracted 54,000 visitors, slightly more than in 2019 when 52,800 visitors traveled to Essen to view a great deal of flowers and plants, but also the necessary supplies and technology solutions. The show highlights the trends…

ISF to host panel discussion on the future of breeding at Fruit Logistica

On Feb. 5, the International Seed Federation (ISF) will bring together a diverse panel of speakers to discuss the latest plant breeding innovations – and what the agricultural…

"Enhance yield and quality with Saturn Bioponics at Fruit Logistica"

Ground-breaking but easy to use technology and hydroponic science will be on-show on the stand shared by Idromeccanica Lucchini greenhouses and Saturn Bioponics at Fruit…


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