Events

CAN (ON): Berger hosts Grower Appreciation Night

Berger hosted their 26th Annual Grower Appreciation Night at the Holiday Inn & Suites Parkway Conference Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario on February 13th. Over 100 quality growers from across Ontario gathered together for this event. Brian Cantin (Grower Advisor) , Elizabeth Raymond (Supervisor – Advertising and…

500 horticultural suppliers

Trade show hat-trick: HortiContact kicked off in the Netherlands

The start of the year in Europe means exhibition time for horticultural suppliers. Kicking off with IPM, followed by Fruit Logistica and completed with the HortiContact in Gorinchem. The exhibition originated as an event in what mainly Dutch growers and suppliers could meet up, but has grown out to a…

Insect netting discussed on first edition of Plant2019

Today in Valencia it's all about Plant, Cellular and Molecular biology. The first edition of the Plant2019 kicked off this morning. The conference wants to offer an international platform for botanists, academic scientists, young inspired researchers and research scholars to share their experiences and…

August 26-30, Wageningen

Netherlands: Summer School Green Genetics

Are you a student? Is the plant breeding world your field of interest? Do terms like green genetics, horticulture & plant breeding sound familiar? Then you're invited to participate in the Summer School Green Genetics at Wageningen University & Research. Why is there a Summer School Green Genetics? The sector…

NL: 'Towards an Africa Europe partnership' meet-up

AgriProFocus and foodFIRST organize a meet-up with Kees Blokland who is member of the EU Task Force Rural Africa, about the report “Towards an Africa Europe Partnership for…

Greensys 2019 to be held in Angers, France

The GreenSys 2019 International Symposium on Advanced Technologies and Management for Innovative Greenhouses will be held in Angers, France, from June 16th to 20th 2019. "This event is an opportunity to…

Jordan back at Fruit Logistica after 5 years

This year, the Jordanian Exporters and Producers Association for Fruits and Vegetables (JEPA) returned to Fruit Logistica. They attended this world-renowned trade show, held in Berlin, after an absence of five years. They did so under the name 'The Taste of Jordan'. Five Jordanian fruit and vegetable exporters promoted their…

Myanmar: Over 1,000 farmers participated in Field Days of VegCap and VegImpact

In the Dry Zone in Myanmar (Pwint Phyu Township, Magway), an impressive number of vegetable farmers and professionals visited the field days last February 6 and 7 2019. The field days were jointly organized by VegCap, VegImpact, with East West Seeds’ Knowledge Transfer Foundation as the main implementer. The common goal of the…

US (IN): Solinftec and THRIVE AgTech nominated for 2019 AgFunder Innovation Awards

AgFunder has opened their Third Annual AgFunder AgriFood Tech Innovation Awards, where they recognize the innovators and entrepreneurs driving the agrifood tech sector…

"Change is here"

United Fresh 2019 registration now open

Registration has opened for United Fresh 2019 Convention & Expo, June 10-12, in the North Hall of McCormick Place in Chicago. This year, attendees and exhibitors will…

Wageningen University out in full force at Fruit Logistica

Wageningen University & Research was represented by several fruit experts at Fruit Logistica. There were plenty of opportunities for the WUR experts to show what the solutions developed in Wageningen can do for companies in the global fruit trade. Robotics Janneke de Kramer talked about new robots that use advanced…

March 21, Ettrick

US: Virginia is deemed 'ripe' for berry growing

Virginia is not just for lovers, but for berry growers, too, according to Dr. Reza Rafie, Virginia State University (VSU) Extension specialist in horticulture. That’s because after conducting extensive research of berry production across central and southside Virginia, Rafie is confident that Virginia’s…

GreenTech Summit, June 12, 2019

Focus on easier and more profitable cultivation with autonomous technology

This year, the GreenTech will again start with the GreenTech Summit. On June 12, 2019, this conference will be about easier and more profitable cultivation with autonomous…

Labour efficiency workshop for horticultural workforce

AHDB Horticulture is organising a labour efficiency workshop aiming to influence, inspire and improve the performance of your horticultural business. ​​​The following specialised workshops will…

March 11-12, Binghamton

US (NY): Produce Safety Alliance grower training

Are you a farmer interested in produce safety? Are your markets asking for food safety plans or third party verification? Do you want to understand produce safety issues as…

Tom Coen of Octinion presented strawberry harvesting robot Rubion at Fruit Logistica:

“The robot currently picks a strawberry every five seconds”

All over the world, people are working on harvesting robots, but there wasn’t yet a robot for harvesting strawberries. After the Fruit Logistica last week, that robot has arrived on the market, because Belgian company Octinion presented the Rubion, a completely autonomous harvesting robot that can take…

February 19-21, Gorinchem

Netherlands: HortiContact gives starters room to grow

During the sixteenth edition of HortiContact (19 to 21 February 2019) there will be a Starter Pavilion and a new HortiHeroes Start-up Square. A total of six newcomers present themselves at the Starter Pavilion and five startups from HortiHeroes are present at the HortiHeroes Start-up Square. In addition,…

InteliFresh – 2019: from the garden to the shelf

In Plovdiv (south Bulgaria), on 22 February 2019, InteliFresh will bring together Bulgarian vegetable and fruit growers, large supermarkets, processors, retailers and foreign…

First educational session for Organic Produce Summit 2019 announced

The first of six educational sessions at Organic Produce Summit 2019 will focus on the changing role of wholesalers and distributors of organic fresh produce and its impact in providing fresh organic items to consumers across the globe. “The Evolution of Wholesaler/Distributors of Organic Fresh Produce”,…

US: Farm Bill implementation comments invited

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey announced that USDA is hosting a listening session for initial input on the 2018 Farm Bill. USDA is seeking public input on the changes to existing programs implemented by the Farm Service Agency,…

2019 GreenTech Amsterdam promises a glimpse into the future of horticulture

Calling all horticultural industry professionals! The first of 2019’s horticultural exhibitions are concluding, bringing fresh momentum to the industry’s spring and summer events. Europe, and specifically Amsterdam, is promising to pack a punch with upcoming events. The 2019 GreenTech Amsterdam recently announced open…

February 21-22, Tasmania

Australia: PCA organizes grower tour of Tasmania

Protected Cropping Australia are running a two-day grower tour in Tasmania next Thursday and Friday. The tour will allow growers to see a wide range of cropping facilities and also network…

February 13-14, Pordenone

Italy: Event showcases 'future of farming'

The ​FarmTech Society (FTS) is an international non-profit association that unites and supports the Controlled Environment Agriculture industry, strengthening the indoor growing sector. The FTS partners with the ​Vertical Farm Institute in Vienna (VFI) which is developing and implementing a new building…

Start-ups in limelight at Fruit Logistica

Under the motto Disrupt Agriculture, the first Start-up Day took place at the Fruit Logistica on 8 February 2019. Companies working on the digital transformation in the agricultural and food sector were given space during the Start-up Day to show their radical solutions for the branch. The bright-pink colour of the…

Photo report: Horticulture at Fruit Logistica 2019:

With growers present from all over the world, the Fruit Logistica is the most important exhibition for many horticultural suppliers. While it might not be the trade show where novelties are presented, it is the show where you meet up with growers and retail.  Horticulture Over the last couple of years the horticultural presence at the exhibition…

Fruit Logistica enters final day

Today is the last day of the Fruit Logistica 2019. Exhibitors are looking back at a busy Thursday and are pleased with the quality of visitors. The end of the day saw plenty of networking events and parties. Today, hall 9 is all about start-ups. Newcomers in the industry are gathering there to show new technologies and to share their view…

Fruit Logistica: Day two update

Fruit Logistica went into its second day this morning. With over 170 suppliers of horticultural equipment present, we're doing our best to capture everything in our photo report. Here's a preview!  Gaston Pauwels with Trintech with the company's filter machine The team with KOAT The Cravo team in their retractable greenhouse Of course Senmatic is present at this years event…

Educational sessions by PMA at the NGA show in San Diego

Produce Marketing Association (PMA) is inviting wholesalers, independent retailers and food retail industry members to visit the PMA Produce Pavilion and join three fresh…

May 8-11, Tokyo

EU agri-food delegation goes on trade mission to Japan

Commissioner Phil Hogan will be visiting Japan in May 2019, accompanied by a business delegation of senior representatives from the European agri-food sector. The purpose of…

February 15, Millville

US (NJ): Romaine - What happened and where do we go from here?

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension Food Safety Team invites you to attend a Town Hall Meeting to learn the roles of the Food and Drug Administration, New Jersey Department of…

Horticulture present at this year's Fruit Logistica

Berlin is where it's at! This morning the Fruit Logistica kicked off in the German capital. The exhibition was originally focused on the fresh produce traders, but the number of horticultural suppliers has grown considerably in recent years.  Ready to go! Tom van Veen with Prins USA, Jelle Boeters with Stolze & Marco…

February 14, Hull

UK: Next Generation Growing workshop

Join the AHDB for a final workshop to share the results of the GrowSave pilot study group project, Next Generation Growing (NGG).  This workshop is an opportunity for protected edibles, protected ornamentals and soft fruit growers to learn from other growers that took part in the NGG project. It will allow delegates to learn from growers…

March 21, The Hague

Netherlands: Seminar on entering the Chinese market

Are you active in the field of agri-/ horticulture? And do you want to enter the Chinese market, expand your activities or look for specific opportunities in China? Then join the Agri-/ Horticulture Seminar China, on March 21, 2019, in the Provincie Zuid-Holland government office in the Hague. The seminar is interesting…

October 13-15, Wageningen

WUR hosts international workshop on vertical farming

VertiFarm2019, an international workshop on vertical farming, on 13-15 October in Wageningen, the Netherlands, combines a number of oral presentations of world leading horticultural researchers, panel discussions with renowned companies as well as short oral and poster presentations on the latest…

Ethiopian trade fair HortiFlora Expo on course for March 13-15

Less than 2 months are left before the next edition of HortiFlora Expo will again take place in the Millennium Hall in Addis Ababa. The last time it took place was in 2015, making it already 4 years ago since Ethiopian horticulture and floriculture could present itself in a specialized international…

July 13-16, Columbus

US (OH): Early bird registration to Cultivate’19 is approaching

AmericanHort’s Cutivate'19 is to be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center located at 400 N. High Street, from July 13-16th, 2019. The annual event, in its 90th year, is expected to attract more than 10,000 industry professionals from over 40 countries. Attendees will have access to more than 650…

August 25-September 6, Wageningen

Wageningen Summer School on Greenhouse Horticulture 2019

From 25 August until 6 September 2019 the Horticulture and Product Physiology group and Wageningen Plant Research will give the Wageningen Summer School on Greenhouse Horticulture. The course will be organised by Wageningen Academy. Wageningen University and Research centre is the “knowledge heart” of the Dutch Greenhouse Horticulture, which is the…

Przemysław Procek of Oboya Horticulture Poland:

Biodegradable solutions: From a hot topic to real orders

Biodegradable solutions have been a hot topic for several years, but now the transition is taking place and real orders are being made, explains Przemysław Procek of Oboya Horticulture Poland. This horticultural supplies manufacturer introduced their first biodegradable sleeve three years ago and…

New Zealand: HortNZ Vegetable Sector Scholarship applications are now open

Horticulture New Zealand (HortNZ) has a number of 2019 scholarships available for industry trainees and undergraduates and a number of these are specifically for those in the vegetable growing sector. Vegetables NZ strongly support this scholarship program and asks companies or staff that are interested to apply.…

Primeur Special Fruit Logistica Edition online now

Fruit Logistica will be held in Berlin, starting the 6th of February and ending on the 8th. For the event, a Special Edition of Primeur has been released in both English and German. The magazines will be distributed during the exhibition, but you're welcome to pick up your copy at our stand (Hall 3.2…

US (MO): The latest in greenhouse and hydroponics

On a cold and snowy Saturday, producers, experts, and extension educators gathered at the Great Plains Growers Conference, held at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, MO to hear the latest and greatest in a variety of fruit and vegetable production systems. From vegetable IPM and new farming…

US (IN): Training sessions help growers reduce food-safety risk

Safe Produce Indiana is currently offering Produce Safety Alliance Grower Trainings across Indiana, including one in conjunction with the Indiana Horticulture Congress on Feb.…

"Fruit Logistica a seedbed for innovation and partnerships"

Next month's Fruit Logistica is truly a global event, attended by a varied list of companies. Many will be looking for new products, new regions, and new technology. Washington-based scientific instruments developer Felix Instruments, Inc. – Applied Food Science, says Fruit Logistica is invaluable for…

Photo report: IPM 2019

While for many horticultural suppliers the IPM is the show to meet up with their floriculture customers, also many suppliers use the exhibition to show their technical novelties. A remarkable amount of LED product launches took place during last week's exhibition. Check out our photo report.  The Mechatronix team LED all around A new vertical strawberry system by Parus, research…

Conference brings international robotics experts to UK horticulture

Leading experts in agri-tech, robotics and automation are set to talk at SmartHort 2019, a two-day conference examining new technologies in light of current labour shortages in horticulture. Taking place on 6 and 7 March, labour saving technologies from automated harvesters to lettuce peeling robots will be the…

California Giant announces second annual Chef Invitational

California Giant Berry Farms has announced their second annual Chef Invitational, a nationwide culinary competition inviting foodservice distributor partners to include their top chefs a chance to compete for California Giant Top Chef. Finalists will participate in the Chef Invitational in Monterey this…

Fokke Dullaart (Harvest House): "Dutch acreage tripled after trial year"

Spanish, Dutch Monterosa tomatoes available year-round

Maurice Weijs grows tomatoes in the Dutch town of Kester-Weijs. He is always on the lookout for something new. So, last year, as a trial, he had 1,000m2 of Monterosa tomatoes in his greenhouse. Although the cultivation of this exclusive tomato is no easy task, it did fulfil a need. As a result, this year, he has…

Positive yet unusual year for Plantis Group

Plantis Group will take part in the international fair in Berlin (6th-8th February 2019) with a stand at CITY CUBE - Hall B - Stand E-07.   The company is known for its experience in the commercialization of fruit and vegetables and especially of fennel, parsley, cauliflowers, spring onions and table grapes.  "2018 was characterized by unusual weather…

Technical novelties: LED in full swing

Wrapping up the IPM 2019

If you wanted to visit the IPM this year, these are the final hours to do so. The exhibition comes to an end at 6 PM in Essen. We've done our part and are almost ready to present you with the technical novelties presented during the fair. On Monday we will supply you with a photo report.  How to caption this? We'll keep it short for now: Alfred…

February 21, White Lake

US (MI): Biological pest control workshop for greenhouse growers

The biological pest control workshop for greenhouse growers is designed to help beginning to advanced growers which emphasizes biological pest control in spring floriculture crops. Mr. Jeremy Jubenville, Kalamazoo's MSU Extension Greenhouse and Floriculture Educator, will discuss the following topics: Know your Enemy…

Messe Essen a giant networking club for growers, suppliers

The IPM Essen really got going yesterday. After a quiet start on Tuesday, the aisles were crowded on Wednesday, as was the restaurant in 'tech hall' 3 around lunchtime. Both there and in the many stands, there was plenty to see, and most of all, plenty to talk about. The rise of the cannabis industry is one of…

March 13, Bleiswijk

Greenhouses in space: down to earth

The EU-EDEN-ISS project is about fresh vegetable production for the crew of future space missions. Antarctica was selected as the best possible "space simulator", and plenty of vegetables were produced during a 12-months mission there in 2018. The aim of the mission was to test and evaluate the…

US (WI): ‘A Day in the Life’ – One day aquaponics class

Nelson and Pade is offering a brand new, one day class on aquaponic food production in Montello, WI on February 15th. The new “A Day in the Life” aquaponics class offered by Nelson and Pade is an opportunity to learn the basics of running an aquaponic system with an introduction to the science behind what makes it work. You…

IPM Essen: Plastic-free concepts and various lighting solutions

The 37th edition of the IPM Essen started yesterday. It could have been the snow, it could have been the traffic, but it was a bit of a slow start in terms of visitors. Today the aisles are more crowded. "But the quality of visitors was better yesterday", an exhibitor laughed, summarizing the ongoing…

February 21-22, Tasmania

PCA organizes regional greenhouse tour of Tasmania

Australian growers can escape the summer heat in February and join the PCA in Tasmania on a two-day regional greenhouse tour. Together with fellow growers and PCA members, they will visit…

Three startups take top prizes at Indoor Ag-Con Asia pitch competition

Indoor agriculture startups Biteback, Farmers Cut and Growers Agritech won top honors at the Indoor Ag-Ignite competition finals held during Indoor Ag-Con Asia, January 15-16, 2019 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Designed to support entrepreneurs and find the most innovative new ideas globally in the…

February 6, Brussels

Rest in peace plant breeding innovation in the EU after the ECJ ruling?

MEP Christopher Fjellner is organising an event entitled "Rest in Peace Plant Breeding Innovation in the EU after the ECJ Ruling?" on Wednesday, 6th of February 2019, from…

February 16, Energodar

Ukraine: Conference on modern greenhouse farming

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ukraine supports the transfer of the technologies and innovations in the horticultural sector. They believe that the event in…

AVF announces new leadership and roster of events for 2019

In 2019, the AVF will be taking part in events and activities across the world, reflecting the global challenges of this industry and highlighting regional innovations. The…

The Farm in a Box unveiled during International Green Week

AGCO, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, unveiled its pioneering Farm in a Box (FIAB) initiative for Africa at Germany’s International Green Week 18-27 January 2019. “With this brand-new new concept, we aim to take farm mechanization plus all its necessary support facilities deep into…

Showcased at the Marca fair, in Bologna

New ready-to-eat products by La Linea Verde

La Linea Verde have introduced new ready-to-eat products, which were showcased at the Marca fair, in Bologna. These products are almost 10 different vegetables cooked in three different manners and packaged with the ‘skin’ technique. Andrea Battagliola, a member of the marketing management board of La Linea Verde, explained, “The vegetables…

February 14, 2019

Webinar ‘Advanced process control in greenhouses’

On February 14 Hoogendoorn organizes a webinar on advanced process control in greenhouses. When: Thursday February 14, 2019 Where: Online Duration: 60 minutes Language: English What: Advanced process control in greenhouses Time: 9 am or 3 pm (Central…

February 4, Poughkeepsie

US (NY): High tunnel farmer to farmer meeting

Join the Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture program team for a facilitated farmer-to-farmer style workshop focused on high tunnel production and management. Though the final meeting agenda will be developed on the day of the meeting with input from attendees, it is expected that topics covered will include season-long…

Nigeria: State of Kano hosts First National Tomato Stakeholders summit

Next week, in Kano state, the 1st National Tomato Stakeholders Summit will take place. It has been organised by the Nigeria Agribusiness Group (NABG) and Grow Africa in…

US (IN): Exhibition highlights German greenhouse growers of Indianapolis

The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) invites guests to learn about a forerunner of the farm-to-table movement with its newest exhibit, The German Growers of Indianapolis. The exhibit explores the contributions of German immigrants, and their tradition of locally grown fruits and vegetables, from the late…

Macfrut and Sival partner up

The internationalisation process of Macfrut, the international trade fair for the fruit and vegetable sector, to be held from 8 to 10 May in Rimini (Italy), continues: this time, the protagonist is…

Photo report: SIVAL 2019

French suppliers don't stop at the French borders

It's been three busy days for the exhibitors of the Sival exhibition in France. Starting Tuesday and closing on Thursday, the show attracted many visitors. "Better than ever", many visitors said. One thing is not to be doubted when visiting the Sival: it's a French show, and while the amount of international suppliers have…

Australian vegetable growers head to Berlin

AUSVEG the industry representative body for Australian vegetable and potato growers has been organising trips for groups of Australian vegetable growers to attend Berlin Fruit…

Limited offer of strawberries with high prices awaiting increasing Spanish supply

The good strawberry prices from before the holidays have continued in the first weeks of the new year. A limited supply of lighted winter cultivation is currently traded at good prices of around 12 euros per kilo. A lot runs through campaigns, while little is brought before the clock, as became clear…

BayWa Global Produce and partners make first joint trade fair presentation

For the first time BayWa AG and its Group companies in the international fruit business will be represented with a joint trade fair presence at this year's Fruit Logistica…

France: Horticulture present at Sival 2019

Parlez-vous Francais? The Sival exhibition kicked of yesterday in Angers, France. Focusing on the crop production of tomorrow, the presence of many horticultural suppliers isn't surprising. If you say greenhouses and you say France, you say Richel. Obviously the greenhouse builder is present at the Sival.  Special market…

Calcim-2 Program

Seeking to improve water productivity in Central Asia

The University of Cordoba (UCO) is hosting, from Monday, January 14th until Friday, January 18, a training workshop on irrigation water management, water productivity, and…

March 13-15, Addis Ababa

Ethiopia: Warming up for HortiFlora trade fair

In a little more than 2 months the next edition of the international horticulture trade fair “HortiFlora Expo” will be held in the capital of Ethiopia. In the convention center of Addis Ababa, the so-called “Millennium Hall”, 10,000 m2 of exhibit space is being prepared for Ethiopia’s showcase of the…

UK: RHS calls for wartime veg plot photos

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is calling on people to submit photos of their wartime vegetable gardens as it gets ready to mark 80 years since the outbreak of World War II and the Dig for Victory campaign. The charity will display advisory material and wartime propaganda that inspired people to grow more…

March 11-15, Tucson

US (AZ): Greenhouse crop production & engineering short course

The Controlled Environment Agriculture Center at the University of Arizona are currently preparing for their March Short Course event on March 11-15, 2019. The event features three days of lectures from prominent Controlled Environment Agriculture experts from Arizona and around the country, a full day of hands-on…

Australian growers take note of latest innovations

Protected Cropping Australia and the Hydroponic Farmers Federation (HFF), recently partnered with Chisholm Institute of TAFE, De Ruiter Seeds and Signify to present a Grower Innovation Day. by Tony Bundock, PCA Deputy Chair Over 75 delegates came together at Chisholm’s Cranbourne Campus, which is also home to the National Precision…

Viva Fresh Expo expands Gateway to Innovation Awards

The Viva Fresh Expo is taking a new approach for the second annual Gateway to Innovation Awards by expanding its submissions to all types of innovations from the fast-growing, Tex-Mex corridor. In addition to packaging designs and new point-of-sale developments, industry members are encouraged to submit a wide…

Photo Report International Soft Fruit Conference 2019:

Even in a year of extremes, technical novelties cheer up the strawberry industry

The European strawberry market might have been extreme last year - but some things are same old same old. One of them is the International Soft Fruit Conference, which traditionally takes place at the start of the new year, and yesterday the moment was there. Old friends and new techniques occupied the…

January 16, 2019

Webinar: Substrate evolution - Is wood really good?

Perhaps second only to pollinator protection, the buzz surrounding the use of wood fiber substrates has increased drastically in the past 2-3 years. Dr. Brian Jackson, Associate Professor with North Carolina State University, will cover the history and evolution of wood fiber substrates and explore the…

US: Griffin announces dates for 2019 Grower & Retailer Expos

Dates have been set for the 2019 Griffin Grower & Retailer Expos. The company will return to Massachusetts and Pennsylvania to host two Expo events this year, each spanning two days. The Massachusetts Expo will take place August 21-22, 2019, at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. The Pennsylvania Expo is set…

Workshop on hydroponics at German Jordanian University

On Monday, January 7, 2019, the School of Applied Medical Sciences (SAMS) at the German Jordanian University (GJU), organized a workshop on “Hydroponics in Jordan” led by Dr. Ziad Abu El- Rub and Prof. Samer Garableh, in cooperation with Hohenheim University - Germany and representatives from Jordanian…

ImpacTrack data logger wins Gold at LAMMA 2019

ImpacTrack is a new, low-cost data logger with a family of synthetic food shapes, developed by Martin Lishman Ltd. The innovation has impressed the judges of the Innovations Awards at LAMMA 2019 who have awarded it a Gold Medal in the Future Innovations category. Using low-cost digital Agri-Tech solutions to meet…

AmericanHort HortScholars program now accepting applications

The 2019 AmericanHort HortScholars program is now accepting applications through March 1, 2019 from enthusiastic students in horticulture-related degree programs of any degree level. Students wishing to apply may do so online at AmericanHort.org/Scholars . HortScholars is a seven-day program that sets students in horticulture…

March 13-15, Ho Chi Minh City

Holland Lounge at HortEx Vietnam 2019 exhibition

During the upcoming second edition of HortEx Vietnam the organisers will host a Holland Lounge in cooperation with the Netherlands Embassy in Vietnam. Dates for HortEx Vietnam 2019 are…

Sixty PCA members attend grower day in Western Sydney

Protected Cropping Australia has again put on a successful grower day in the Western Sydney region of New South Wales. Sixty PCA members came from all over the New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria to network and learn about greenhouse production under different screens, glass, and covers as well as pollination and…

January 17, Bangalore

Indian growers to get acquainted with Dutch greenhouse tech

The HortiTechIndia consortium will give the workshop “Dutch greenhouse technology and knowledge, the HortiTechIndia way forward” on January 17th 2019, in the Gokulam Grand Hotel, Bangalore. India Food Park - Demonstration Polyhouse FoodTechIndia The partners developed a business case based on Dutch knowledge and technology suited for the…

Indoor Ag-Con Asia 2019 January 15-16, Singapore

Indoor Ag-Ignite pitch competition finalists announced

Indoor Ag-Ignite is a pitch competition where indoor agriculture startups globally can win S$50,000 from Enterprise Singapore and substrates and technical advice from Smithers Oasis. The competition will be held during the upcoming January 15-16, 2019 Indoor Ag-Con Asia at the Marina Bay Sands,…

UK Brassica and Leafy Salad conference starts the 23rd of January

The biennial UK Brassica Leafy Salad Conference and Exhibition will take place on Wednesday 23rd January 2019 at the KingsGate Conference Centre, Peterborough, PE1 4YT. This is a…

January 17-18, Wooster

US (OH): Roots at the root of Greenhouse Management Workshop

The Ohio State University’s 2019 Greenhouse Management Workshop, set for Jan. 17-18 in Wooster, will dig all around a plant’s roots. The theme is “Root Zone Optimization.” Peter Ling, associate professor in Ohio State’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, said this year’s program is unique…

In 2018 we visited 30 trade shows and shot 5,595 pictures!

Despite the fact that we will not publish any newsletters till January 2, we won't give you an excuse to bore yourself to death. Here is an overview with all the pictures that we took in 2017; together with our Dutch veggie colleagues of Groentennieuws.nl, international floral publication FloralDaily and…

Photo report

Brooklyn's diversity shines through urban agriculture and retail trends

As part of the 2018 New York Produce Show schedule, FreshPlaza attended the Brooklyn Retail and Urban Agriculture Tour on December 13. The tour visited five different places in various parts of the borough, showing the diverse range of produce activities happening now in Brooklyn. From an urban…

February 12-14, Indianapolis

US: Indiana Horticultural Congress to offer top crop of experts

The Indiana Horticultural Congress and Trade Show , held Feb. 12-14, will give fruit and vegetable producers and marketers from Indiana and surrounding states the opportunity to network while learning critical information about production, marketing, pest and disease control, farm management, and food…

Exhibit space for 2019 CPMA Convention and Trade Show sold out

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) has announced that exhibit space for the 2019 CPMA Convention and Trade Show is sold out. The 94th annual Convention and…

special year overview

Exhibition time in October

It only seems like a week ago that the Canadian Greenhouse Conference finished - but it was October for sure. And more happened that month. The rise of the Russian glasshouse industry became clear when new numbers were published, as well as a recap of the rise of the industry.  Seed meets Technology Niche event unites the seeds industry Last week the fifth edition…

Industry professionals and investors meet at Greenhouse Complexes Russia forum

On 5th-6th December, the Third Annual International Investment Forum "Greenhouse Complexes Russia 2018" was held, drawing participation from over 700 leaders and executives of agricultural holdings, greenhouse complexes, initiators of investment projects, investors, trading networks, government…

Data driven greenhouse horticulture:

Dutch industry unites at Westland Event 2018

Day chairman Merijn Doggen during the Westland Event, held on December 7: "Who is already using data in his company?" Almost a quarter of the 700 people present raised their hands. Not a bad score, but the number of active data users has to increase quickly, was the message of the various speakers to the…

May 29-30, London

UK: London will host 4th Biopesticides Europe conference

ACI has announced London, UK as the host city for the 4th Biopesticides Europe conference. With increased direction from the authorities and growing demand for sustainable agriculture it is certain that biopesticides market will continue to experience growth. There is however still uncertainty from within the industry…

Photo report

New York Produce Show attracts good crowd

Wednesday December 12, the 9th annual New York Produce Show was held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. Once more, the show drew a lot of attendees to the City. Who doesn’t want to spend a few days in the Big Apple this time of year? On the flipside, the retail market for Christmas hit this…

Automation is key at the Fruit Logistica Innovation Award 2019

The top award for the fresh produce industry will be presented on 8 February 2019 in Berlin. More than 77,000 trade visitors from over 130 countries will have a chance on 6 & 7 February 2019 to vote for the innovation of the year. Here are the nominees at a glance. The nominees for the Fruit Logistica Innovation Award…

European MP examines possibilities for wastewater reuse

"Application of reused (waste) water may in no circumstance become an obligation"

The European Commission wants to have minimum requirements for treated (waste) water. MEP Jan Huitema (VVD) therefore visited the waste water treatment plant (AWZI) Harnaschpolder and pepper grower Van der Lelij on 4 December at the invitation of GroentenFruit Huis, the Dutch Water Authorities and LTO…

Germany, Mexico, Iran, Azerbaijan, Qatar and Brazil

International interest for HortiContact Tour 2019

The preliminary registrations for the HortiContact Tour (19 and 20 February 2019) show that international growers around the world travel to the Netherlands to become acquainted with the latest developments in Dutch greenhouse horticulture. Over the past period, the organization received registrations of…

Twenty peppers in one minute

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

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

AVF advertises vertical farming in Asia

Horti China was the host to AVF's latest design thinking event in the search for a comprehensive roadmap for vertical farming. Prof. Jasper den Besten, Honorary Board Member, and Fulco Wijdooge, General Manager of Ridder Group in China talked about the science and scaling of vertical farming. The role of…

Market explorations during ICOP 2018

During the last ICOP 2018 the market was explored by the producer organizations. "We operate in a supply and not in a demand market," said moderator Andrade Goncalo, president of Portugal Fresh. The market and trends were discussed by Cindy van Rijswick of Rabobank and Wilco van den Berg of the…

Netherlands: Preparations Mastercourse Vegetables in full swing

The end of October marked the start of the first Pro Manager Mastercourse Floriculture in the Netherlands. This two-week training consisted of visits to leading ornamental…

ICOP 2018

“Don’t work together for subsidies but for a better future”

Working together because it results in European subsidies isn’t fertile ground; this became apparent at the 13th ICOP congress. However, working together because it’ll be better for growers in the end, is one way to professionalise and face future challenges. The Netherlands was the host country for the…

EU organizes agri-food mission to United Arab Emirates

Registrations to be part of the business delegation that will accompany agriculture and rural development Commissioner Phil Hogan in his high-level mission to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are now opened . The visit, happening in February 2019, aims to facilitate European agricultural food and drink…

The future of soil disinfestation in the European regulatory climate

At the 9th International Symposium on soil and substrate disinfestation held in Crete, Greece in September scientific experts of the International Society of Horticultural Science (ISHS), discussed the important challenges faced by European growers due to the lack of plant protection solutions for the…

January 24-25, Essen

Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs Days at IPM Essen focus on young, urban target groups

Above all, the young, urban (and mostly also affluent) purchasers want healthy, sustainable and regional products. This new customer generation is increasingly bringing different requirements to the green sector. But how should the producers and the trade best serve this target group which is becoming…

Crop Defender Academy

Greenhouse growers put IPM under the microscope

For many years Crop Defenders has been empowering greenhouse growers through education and training in eco-friendly biological pest control methods. Crop Defender Academy was founded in 2018 to further its non-commercial and unbiased educative role, and launched its first program—IPM Mastery—a 5-day intensive, interactive and practical training…

Central Asia is ramping up the greenhouse acreage

Photo report: GrowTech Eurasia 2018

With Russia willing to buy most of the produce and import taxes being very favorable thanks to government support, Central Asia is ramping up its greenhouse acreage. Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and Uzbekistan were the hot topics during last week's GrowTech Eurasia. The exhibition was held in Antalya, Turkey.…

HM.Clause India holds first open day in Hyderabad region

On 21 November 2018, HM.Clause India held its first ever open day at one of its ten local experimental stations in India, near Hyderabad. Nearly 200 customers from all over India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka came to discover nearly 90 varieties of more than 20 different vegetable species. The visit of the area was…


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