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The first EU/North-African conference on organic agriculture was a success

ISOFAR co-organised the 1st EU/North-African conference on organic agriculture (EU-NACOA), with 140 participants. The venue was Marrakesh, Morocco during November 11-12, 2019. Tunisia is to host the second conference in 2020.  The Conference was declared open by Dr. Faouzi Bekkaoui (Director of INRA). The…

Brazil: Young Ag leaders receive support to fight food insecurity

Bayer announced that it will be funding several projects, aimed at tackling how to feed a growing population without starving the planet. Three young agricultural leaders who attended the 2019 Youth Ag Summit have been awarded EUR 5,000 each in funding to develop projects tackling food insecurity in the…

UK: KTN Transforming Food Production event in York

The latest KTN event for Transforming Food Production; Science and Technology into Practice, Feasibility and Demonstration Briefing was held in York on November 27th. The event was well-attended with presentations in the morning from Agri-EPI and Graham Ward of Stockbridge Technology Centre who showcased…

Winners of the 2019 Policy Lab on emerging food trends announced

The winning team, led by Dr Sajeev E. M. (Rothamstead Research) and joined by Michael Norman (University College London), Dr Christopher Waite (Imperial College London) and Rebecca Martin (Cambridge University), won with their proposal on “Are we ready for a plant-based diet?”. PhD students and…

Russia to exceed 1000 hectare high-tech greenhouse acreage

With 850 hectare being realised in the last and currently 150 hectare being built, Russia will next year reach the acreage of 1,000 hectares. That news was shared by Tamara Reshetnikova, general director of Growth Technology, during the second day of the event International Greenhouse Complexes Russia…

March 15 - 19, 2020

Argentina: The 16th International Symposium on Processing Tomato and the 14th World Processing Tomato Congress

The entire tomato world is welcomed to the 14th World Tomato Congress. This biannual event will be held in Argentina, and is by now established in the calendar of many people…

Holland Pavilion at SIAM 2020, April 14-19

Moroccan trade fair shows the country's dedication to growing their market

The Salon International de l'Agriculture (SIAM) in Meknes, Morocco is coming soon. The largest international agricultural fair of North Africa will be held from 14 to and…

US: Organic Fraud Prevention Solutions program announces fraud-fighting training courses

In a significant enhancement to its arsenal of tools available to the organic sector to help fight fraud, the Organic Trade Association on Wednesday announced the development of three online training courses to bolster its Organic Fraud Prevention Solutions program.  The training courses have been designed…

Netherlands: Masterclass Soilless Culture at WUR

The global market for vegetables and flowers ask for cultivation methods that are sustainable. Soilless Culture systems play an important role in fulfilling this requirement. Growing horticulture plants on a soilless culture is a complex subject. In this global playing field, the latest knowledge on…

Australian industry professionals gather for annual grower day

Protected Cropping Australia (PCA) and Hydroponic Farmers Federation (HFF) joined forces to put on a grower day at Chisholm Tafe in Victoria, Australia - supported by Bayer De Ruiter. Following the PCA’s 30 year celebration in Casey, Victoria – over 85 growers and allied trade gathered at the Chisholm Tafe demonstration…

Photo report: GrowTech Eurasia 2019

Photo report: GrowTech Eurasia brings East and West together

The Turkish horticultural market might have stabilized over the last years, but the climate for big investments is still a bit hesitant. The GrowTech Eurasia show that was organised last week again proved to be a hub for surrounding countries where also the high-tech industry is developing rapidly:…

Feb 27-28, 2020; Hotel Fiesta Americana Guadalajara

Mexico: AMHPAC invites you to the upcoming Farming Social Responsibility Symposium

The Mexican Association of Protected Horticulture (AMHPAC) invites growers to be a part of the upcoming Farming Social Responsibility Symposium to be held on Feb 27-28, 2020…

Singapore: New agri-food research institute will develop and commercialise innovation and technology solutions

In his Opening Address on Day 1 of the Asia-Pacific Agri-Food Innovation Week, taking place in Singapore November 20-22, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Dr Koh Poh Koon presented his vision and exciting developments for the region’s agri-food investment. In agri-food innovation and…

Ben Verwaayen at Future Trends & Innovations 2019:

"The boss is the biggest hurdle when it comes to innovation”

Things are going well in the greenhouse horticulture industry, but it is precisely because of this that it should and can all still be improved. The growth needs to be extended and preferably as fast as possible, because the competition has not been sitting idly by. “But does the industry really want…

Crowded isles on second day of GrowTech Eurasia

Turkey is the one of the biggest horticultural countries of the world but the majority of the nearly 80.000 hectare acreage is low-tech and deals with low harvests - only 1 or 2 per cent are growing on a higher level of technique. Growers from both are present at the GrowTech Eurasia. In addition there's…

Protected Cropping Australia turns 30 years old

On Wednesday 27th November, 2019 at 5:30pm – the Protected Cropping Australia (PCA) conducted its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and then straight after the meeting went on to hold a celebratory dinner for its Board, Members and Allied Trade to acknowledge the achievement of 30 years of serving the…

New Zealand: Future proofing vegetable growing in Pukekohe

More than 50 people are finding more about how to manage vegetable growing in Pukekohe in a changing regulatory environment, thanks to Horticulture New Zealand, Vegetables New Zealand, Potatoes New Zealand, Onions New Zealand and the Pukekohe Vegetable Growers’ Association.  ‘Growers, their advisers, fertiliser…

Jordan improving its capacity for Plant Variety Protection

From 24-28 November 2019 representatives of the Jordanian Ministry of Agriculture and the National Agricultural Research Center participated in a training provided by Naktuinbouw, the Netherlands Inspection Service for Horticulture.  TrainingThe training focused on DUS testing (Distinctness, Uniformity and…

UK: Biological Control conference addresses innovation crisis

The Advances in Biological Control and IPM 2019 conference was held on November 20-21 in Marston, Lincolnshire. Presentations were given covering a wide range of topics related to biological control, with several PhD students presenting impressive work covering topics such as vine weevil control and the…

The European Art of Taste to encourage European fruit and veg in China, Japan, and Hong Kong

Cirio tomatoes was recently featured in a media presentation held in Shanghai as part of The European Art of Taste: Italian Fruit & Veg Masterpieces Project, coordinated by…

January 6-7, Lexington Embassy Suites Hotel

US: Date for the 2020 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference set

Fruit and vegetable producers will find information aplenty at the 2020 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference Jan. 6-7 at Lexington’s Embassy Suites Hotel. “This yearly conference provides growers with up-to-date information that will help production, management, business and marketing aspects of their…

Growtech Eurasia shows opportunities of Turkey and beyond

Last year over 80,000 visitors passed the entrance of Turkish horticultural fair GrowTech Eurasia, and this year the number of visitors is not expected to be smaller. The horticultural show in Antalya kicked off this morning, and up until Saturday it will be all about growing there.  The sales managers of…

photo report: Global Tomato Congress

Could there be too many tomatoes?

From seed to retail and everything in between. That's the target group of the Global Tomato Congress, that was organised yesterday in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The visitors and speakers paused to consider how the tomato sector can continue to grow. Focusing on diversity can ensure this, but there were…

Entrepeneur of the year award for Bom Group

Bom Group announced that they have attained first place at the entrepreneurial gala the ‘Hoekse Entrepreneur of the Year’. Every year, on the last evening of November, ‘The networking evening for 'entrepreneurial Hoek van Holland’ takes place. And every odd year, the ‘Hoekse Entrepreneur of the Year’ is…

Chinese greenhouse builder celebrates 60 year anniversary

The 60 Year Anniversary celebration of Beijing Agriculture Machinery Bureau and the Beijing Kingpen Greenhouse and 2019 Modern Agriculture Forum was held in BAIC Research Center on November 9th.  In 1959, Beijing Agriculture Machinery Bureau was established, which is the origin of Beijing Kingpeng Greenhouse.…

photo report expoSE & expoDirekt

Technique in soft fruit helps growers better yields

With 6,700 trade visitors from all over Europe, exhibition duo expoSE and expoDirekt have come to an end at the Karlsruhe trade fair. Many horticultural suppliers participated in the show. Breeding: Is the big variety boom over?expoSE has always been the ideal platform for refiners and young plant suppliers…

December 5-6

US (CO): Ag Innovation Summit returns to CSU campus

The fifth annual Ag Innovation Summit returns to the Lory Student Center on the Colorado State University campus Dec. 5 and 6. Since its debut in 2015, the summit has brought together representatives from higher education, industry and government with a range of diverse perspectives to spark…

Armin Rehberg and Labinot Elshani on the future of Landgard

"As a modern cooperative, we're problem solvers, which makes us sustainable."

The role of producer cooperatives as a link between producers and the food retail trade, current developments in the organic sector and the trends of the coming years - these were all topics that Armin Rehberg, CEO of Landgard eG, and Labinot Elshani, General Manager Fruit & Vegetables at Landgard, discussed…

Indian Grape Forum 2019 was successful event

"Indian exporters are also eyeing new opportunities in the European market"

Attracting more than 200 delegates, ranging from farmers to industrialists to entrepreneurs to policy makers, across the country, the first edition of the Indian Grape Forum…

CAN (ON): Ontario supports healthy fundraiser that connects students with farmers

On 22nd November, Ernie Hardeman, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Stephen Lecce, Ontario Minister of Education, congratulated schools participating in the Fresh from the Farm fundraising program for their efforts in promoting Ontario produce while helping to increase funds for…

January 2-9 2020

US (AZ): Upcoming workshops on hydroponics tomato and leafy greens

Tomatoes, Lettuces and Leafy Greens - we eat them every day. But how do we grow them sustainable with delicious flavor? The Controlled Environment Agriculture Center of the University of Arizona (UA-CEAC) answers these questions and more. "Our esteemed staff and faculty will provide 40+ hours of classroom…

Fourth edition of Aquafarm to be held on 19 and 20 February

On 19 and 20 February AquaFarm and NovelFarm are back, the two simultaneous events on current and future food production trends, devoted to the breeding of aquatic species and the cultivation of algae, indoor crops and vertical farming. The 2020 edition will be totally geared to innovation and…

Exhibitors happy with the pleasant stream of visitors

Successful start of this year's expoSE / expoDirekt in Karlsruhe

Most exhibitors are satisfied with the number of visitors to the first day of expoSE / expoDirekt. Some also confirm that the mood among present trade visitors and exhibitors is better this year. "Last year, the lousy harvest - both in soft fruits and asparagus - was clearly noticeable, and this year the…

Global Tomato Congress

Netherlands: An opportunity to discuss the future of tomatoes

Tuesday 26 November the first Global Tomato Congress will be held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. You will find the best and the brightest business minds from the fresh tomato…

December 10th-11th, 2019 in Toulouse, France:

FIRA brings together agricultural robotics

Although in full expansion mode, the robotics market for agriculture is still in its infancy. In the fields, few automated machines are currently sold and many of them are still in the test phase. This year, FIRA (International Forum of Agricultural Robotics) will take place in Toulouse on December 10th…

UK: Could 'net zero' climate targets mean more indoor farming?

Farmers were told by Emily Norton during a breakfast meeting at Dunston Hall that "net zero" carbon reduction policies could dramatically transform Norfolk's agricultural landscape - potentially fast-tracking new innovations like indoor food production. Significant change is already on the horizon as…

Next years varieties presented on House Fair

On November 13th, Enza Zaden Spain shared a space for discussions, inspiration and debate in order to discover the latest opportunities within the sector. On that day, many new methods and directions led to the same goal: adding value and differentiation in a market which is becoming more and more…

Almeria, strike of the agricultural sector:

Demonstrations of a magnitude not seen in 30 years

The president of the Union of Independent Agricultural Producers (UAI), Joaquín López, better known by the traditional family name Bernabé, spoke with FreshPlaza a few minutes before the start of the demonstrations in the streets of Almeria, organized as part of the strike of the fruit and vegetable…

UK: Kent toma­to pro­duc­er wins top farm­ing edu­ca­tion award

APS Produce near Dover in Kent has been acclaimed as the overall winner of the Bayer-LEAF Education Awards, which celebrate the very best in food and farming education. Chris Baldwin was one of four winners to be announced at a lunch in Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens, attended by nearly one hundred…

Spanish manufacturers eye Turkish market

Fifteen Spanish manufacturers of agricultural machinery and its components will attend the next edition of Growtech, which will be held in Antalya (Turkey) from the 27th to…

Ongoing developments to support Vietnamese horticulture

Vietnamese companies, institutes and governmental organisations were in large numbers present at the seminars throughout Vietnam organised by the Netherlands Vietnam Horti Business Platform (NVHBP). Horticulture is for both countries an important sector. Although the Netherlands is a small, densely…

Turkish agricultural production issues discussed in a panel during Growtech

Growtech, a trade fair in Antalya for domestic and foreign growers organized a panel to discuss the current state and developments in Turkish agriculture. The panel garnered huge interest from the press and was attended by 35 agriculture journalists from 21 different countries. During the panel, the…

January 9, 's-Hertogenbosch

Netherlands: Soft fruit industry takes center stage at ISFC

On Thursday 9th January 2020, the 10th 'International Soft Fruit Conference' will be organized. The venue for this event will again be the '1931 Congrescentrum Brabanthallen' in 's-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands.The ISFC 2020 will include a wide range of presentations that cover many different aspects…

China: Horticulture skills competition held at HZAU

The first university horticulture skills competition was held at HZAU with 63 contestants from 21 agriculture-related universities. It consists of three sessions on fruit trees, vegetables and ornamental horticulture, with the first two in HZAU and the last in Hebei Agricultural University. Initiated and…

“Growing Together”

US (CA): CDFA working with growers at Latino Farmer Conference

With the theme of “Growing Together,” California’s 5th annual Latino Farmer Conference is being held today in Tulare at the International AgriCenter. Rodrigo Chipres with the CDFA Inspection Services Division shares information about the Produce Safety Program and the inspection process. More than 300…

Growing the Future Together:

Breeders and farmers underline the importance of plant breeding innovation for sustainable agriculture

Plant breeding innovation is essential to contribute to a sustainable agriculture production that fosters food security and healthy nutrition. This is one of the key messages by the High-level Conference on Plant Breeding Innovation “Growing the Future Together” held by Copa-Cogeca and Euroseeds in…

3rd International Tomato Symposium held in Italy

During the 3rd International Tomato Symposium held in Comiso (RG), Sicily, Giuliano Bonaventura from Anicav explained that "the Italian tomato processing industry processes 4.8 million tons of produce coming from 64,500 hectares." The speakers' table "28,000 hectares are located in the center and south,…

Applications open for 2020 Masterclass in Horticultural Business

The Masterclass in Horticultural Business is a leadership program that's been tailor-made for Australian entrepreneurs in horticulture. The masterclass is offered through flexible online delivery, and developed in partnership with international leaders in Horticulture – Horticulture Innovation Australia,…

28th annual OPMA Gala shines a light on the Ontario produce industry

Four of the Ontario produce industry’s hardworking individuals were honoured on Friday night at the Ontario Produce Marketing Association’s (OPMA) 28th Annual Gala and Awards Ceremony. The OPMA Annual awards are presented to individuals or organizations whose efforts have made a significant impact on the…

webinar, November 21

Off-season strawberry production under controlled environments

Strawberries production in greenhouses and indoor farms represents an uprising market that offers the potential for CEA growers to diversify and remain competitive. In a GLASE webinar on November 21, Dr. Chieri Kubota from Ohio State University will discuss the opportunities of off-season strawberry…

Hort Innovation relationship-building tour

Australia to strengthen horticulture ties with India

Agribusiness companies, retail food chains and horticulture import giants are among the stops on a relationship-building tour being conducted by Hort Innovation in India this…

US (CA): Secretary Ross on CA Grown tour along central coast

CDFA secretary Karen Ross is with CA Grown this week in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties to meet with food and lifestyle bloggers and show them some of the best of California. One stop was at Houwelings Tomatoes in Camarillo. Houweling’s grows hothouse tomatoes using one-sixth of the water of…

20-22 November

Asia-Pacific Agri-Food Innovation Week to take place in Singapore

The Asia-Pacific Agri-Food Innovation Week in Singapore will explore the latest innovations and market opportunities in the agri-food supply chain across Southeast Asia, India, and China. The event will feature dedicated segments on Agriculture, Indoor Farming, Aquaculture, New Proteins, and Food-Tech.…

Red Sea Farms placed third at Entrepreneurship World Cup

Red Sea Farms placed third at the recent Entrepreneurship World Cup (EWC). The event, which was part of the Misk Global Forum, featured over 100 startup finalists from 64 countries. Red Sea Farms is a KAUST agriculture technology spinout that specializes in saltwater greenhouse technology. The startup…

Blueberries and crop safety top of mind in Mexico

Today is the final day of the Expo AgroAlimentaria and after a bit of a slow start last Tuesday, the show became well-visited on Wednesday and Thursday. Crop safety is a popular topic at the show and the popular crop of this year is blueberries.  Yesterday the Dutch embassy and AMHPAC organised a seminar: "Cultivar…

Belgian exhibitors and Zespri respond to their move to Hall 27 at Fruit Logistica 2020

Last Friday, 8 November, Fruit Logistica's organizers released a press statement. It confirms that Belgian exhibitors will be housed in the brand-new Hall 27 at the next Fruit Logistica. A few other international companies will move into the new hall too. What do Belgian stallholders think of this move?…

Sakata

PerseusF1, the broccoli with high yields that makes it possible to extend the Spanish campaign

In the framework of an event held on November 12, Sakata Seed Ibérica presented PerseusF1, the latest addition to the early-cycle broccoli family. The event started at 10:00 in Alhama de Murcia. Around 200 producers and a number of media had the chance to learn first-hand about the characteristics of this…

19 to 22 November, 2019, the Expograd Yug Exhibition Centre in Krasnodar

Russia: YugAgro 2019 exposition to host more than 700 participants from 35 different countries

From 19 to 22 November, 2019, the Expograd Yug Exhibition Centre in Krasnodar will host the 26th YugAgro International Exhibition of Agricultural Machinery, Equipment and Materials for Production and Processing of Crop Products. The event will be organised by Hyve Group. This year YugAgro has grown…

UK: Biopesticide Summit & Awards 2020 to be held in Birmingham

The executive and steering committee of the Biopesticide Summit has announced that the second Biopesticide Summit & Awards will take place on 19-20 May 2020, at the National…

Second day of Expo AgroAlimentaria

From time to tome the isles on the Expo AgroAlimentaria are crowded as usual. The Mexican show kicked of this week and has a strong position in the Mexican market. This year is no different, although the quality of visitors is topic of discussion.  Bosco de la Vega (director of the Consejo Nacional agropecuario)…

December 11, Wageningen

Circular Horticulture 2025

The circular economy is coming and Dutch horticulture has to prepare for it. The Business Unit Greenhouse Horticulture of Wageningen University & Research is preparing for a Circular Horticulture 2025. Wageningen students are kindly invited to join Eric Poot and Alexander Boedijn in Impulse on December 11th, 14:15–17:00. They…

Uzbeki growers attend tomato seminar

Ninety growers, plant breeders, wholesale representatives from Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Russia, together with Sakata's local distributors from Kazakhstan and Tajikistan attended an event to learn more about Sakata’s tomato portfolio for the region. There was particular focus on the new Oriental…

Taking advantage of market opportunities in Turkey

Turkey exported € 450 million in the first quarter of 2019. The Mediterranean Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Exporters' Association (AKIB) has announced the value of total exports for the first quarter of 2019. Turkish fresh produce exports amounted to € 452.9 million. Turkey is the largest tomato export…

March 10-12, Ottawa

CAN (ON): Registration open for CHC Annual General Meeting

The Canadian Horticultural Council’s (CHC) Annual General Meeting (AGM) is an opportunity for leaders in fruit and vegetable production, retail, business, and the federal government to come together to discuss issues and decide on a course of action for addressing issues of concern in the coming year. Registration is open for the 2020 CHC Annual…

January 19-22, San Antonio

US (TX): North American Strawberry Growers Association Annual Meeting and Conference

The North American Strawberry Growers Association (NASGA) will be meeting January 19-22, 2020 at the Holiday Inn San Antonio Riverwalk. The conference will begin on Sunday January 19th with registration and an evening reception. Two full days of presentations are then scheduled for Monday and Tuesday…

Expo AgroAlimentaria kicks off today

Today the Expo AgroAlimentaria kicks off in Irapuato , Mexico. The annual show offers an answer to the growing Mexican horticultural industry and is one of the biggest in the region. It's the 24th edition of the event and will last from today until Friday November 15th.  The Hoogendoorn team finished setting…

Showcasing Australian greenhouse production to academics from India

Last week, the Centurion University of Technology and Management from Odisha in India sent seven academic staff to the Western Sydney University (WSU) to do a crash course in high, medium and low-tech hydroponic greenhouses. Greenworks were asked to facilitate parts of the training course. It was a…

Rooftop greenhouses: Combining sustainability with profitability

Rooftop greenhouses. You either love them or hate them. If you're in the second camp, you may want to think again. Xavier Durany of the University of Barcelona knows all about the positive results that can be achieved by integrating a rooftop greenhouse in a building, and he recently presented those at…

Philippines: Tools for improved plant growth production for organic farming

Aligned with the goal of sustaining the country’s biodiversity, an event in Valencia City, Bukidnon (Philippines) was held to promote the use of chemical-free and organic tools to improve plant growth production. Titled, Biofertilizer and Biopesticide Farms and Industry Encounters through the Science and…

Octinion Agriculture presents versatile platform for greenhouses

ExpoSE 2019: Modular platform Xenion with the Curion scouting device

At the expoSE, the Belgian Octinion company introduces the Xenion modular platform to the market. Xenion is a versatile platform for greenhouses. It can work completely autonomously…

Mastercourse Vegetables follows a successful floricultural edition

15 international horticultural managers finalized their Mastercourse Floriculture 2019 with a visit to the Aalsmeer Trade Fair. The participants to the course were in the Netherlands for two weeks and during numerous visits to knowledge and technology suppliers and producers discussed the future of…

Fruit Attraction consolidates as a leading global fruit and vegetable event

Fruit Attraction 2019, which was the 11th edition of the fair, came to an end after the participation of 89,390 professionals from 127 countries. This represented a growth of 12% over the previous year, making it the most global edition so far. A total of 1,770 companies from 58 countries participated,…

Rijk Zwaan shares expertise about technology-driven horticulture at TechnoHouse

“I was really blown away a couple of times today. Wow – I didn’t realise things were already so advanced!” said Jim Stolze, tech entrepreneur on Saturday 2 November. He was chair of the one-day TechnoHouse event – the leading in-house technology festival organised by vegetable breeding company Rijk…

Dutch Ambassador visits bumblebee facility in Slovakia

Did you know that in Slovakia there is the largest bumble bee production in the world? 820,000 hives are being produced yearly in Nove Zamky by the Dutch company Koppert Biological Systems to be used as natural pollination in mainly greenhouse production of tomatoes and pepper but also for open field…

Sweet peppers handed out like candy at Fruit Attraction

From October 22nd to October 24th, Tribelli participated in Fruit Attraction together with the 7 European partners, Murgiverde, Agroiris, Vicasol, Granada La Palma, Sat Campos de Granada, Indasol and Fruca Marketing and, for the first time, it also had a space of its own. Tribelli put a special highlight…

Netherlands' vegetable demo and training days event, Myanmar

In Pindaya township, located in a beautiful part of Southern Shan State of Myanmar, an impressive number of over 700 vegetable farmers and professionals visited the 2-day demo and training days held on 23 and 24 October. The focus was on better growing and improved farm practices for bell peppers. The…

Netherlands: Self-sufficient hi-tech greenhouse wins design prize

Marjan van Aubel, a designer by profession, won a Dutch Design Award at the last Dutch Design Week with a self-sufficient hi-tech greenhouse, equipped with solar glass. The greenhouse, with the name Power Plant, was well appreciated by the more than 350,000 visitors who visited the event in Eindhoven.…

New agrotextiles will be exhibited at Expo Agroalimentaria 2019

Arrigoni S.p.A., the group specialising in the production of protective screens for agriculture, will again be one of the exhibitors at Expo Agroalimentaria, Latin America’s biggest farming industry event, to be held at Irapuato, in Mexico, from 12 to 15 November this year. Arrigoni technical experts…

$2 Million investment completed for crop protection company

Violet Defense Group announced that it has raised an additional $2 million in funding for its germ-killing business, Violet Defense and its agricultural lighting business, Violet Gro. This round of capital was led by Kirenaga Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm with offices in New York and…

Mexico: Dutch pavilion at Expo AgroAlimentaria Guanajuato

The 24th edition of the most important Agro-Food event in Latin America, The Expo AgroAlimentaria Guanajuato, takes place from Tuesday November 12th to Friday November 15th in Irapuato (Mexico). The Expo has 1,300 exhibitor spaces and a total surface of more than 63 hectares. About 126,000 visitors are…

looking back on a decade of NGG

How Next Generation Growing shaped modern cultivation

Ventilating above a closed screen, growing without a minimum pipe and only heating if you are to use the heat in your crop - not to lower humidity. Over the last decade the knowledge on cultivation has developed rapidly, and Next Generation Growing is to be thanked for a great part of these energy-saving…

KUBO tops Dutch award list

On Friday, November 1, the winner of the Hillenraad100 - 2019 edition was announced during the Hortigala of the Year in the Ridderzaal in The Hague. To the great surprise of the more than two hundred attendees from the entire horticultural sector, KUBO Group took to the podium as the new number one. The evening, which was…

Chartered Institute of Horticulture – UK and Ireland Horticulture Conference 2019

Every year, the Chartered Institute of Horticulture hosts a cross-discipline conference on horticulture. This year’s conference Putting Science into Practice provides a platform for researchers and practitioners to highlight work in and related to Horticulture to help those engaged in horticulture and…

12,5 years is drinks, 25 years is the Wall of Fame

When you work with a company 12,5 year, you deserve to be put in the limelight and be celebrated with drinks. When you work with a company for 25 year, you get put on the Wall of Fame.  Last month no fewer than nine Boman Van Zaal colleagues celebrated their 12.5 years of employment, so it was time for an…

"Tailor-made training program in Bangalore is a huge success"

Three years ago, HollandDoor came in contact with a family in Bangalore that had a mission: contributing to the rural development in Karnataka, India, by offering a Practical Training and Service center, called AgroTie, for farmers. The center would offer the rural community a place to gain knowledge,…

11-15 November

Netherlands Vietnam Horti Business Platform will visit Vietnam to promote the platform

NVHBP’s team will visit Vietnam from Monday 11 November to Friday 15 November in order to promote the platform throughout Vietnam. Next to a meeting with current members which is organised with the support of FAVRI, NVHBP organises seminars for potential members in Thai Binh in cooperation with People’s…

Novelties at Fruit Attraction: Cardboard, cardboard, cardboard, cardboard

You can fill a separate photo report with it: the introduction of the plastic-reducing, often cardboard packaging at the Fruit Attraction. We have done that, supplemented with some nice presentations at the fair.Cardboard packaging as an alternative to plastic at Montosa Natural brandingGazpacho of mango…

Australia: IPPC International symposium on limiting the spread of contaminant pests

The Australian Department of Agriculture is calling for NPPOs to nominate representatives to attend an IPPC International symposium on limiting the spread of contaminant pests to be held at the Pullman Sydney Hyde Park in Sydney, Australia from 3-4 March 2020. The FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization…

12-14 Feb 2020

Lighting in greenhouses and vertical farms course now open for registration

In 2020 the Horticulture & Product Physiology group, together with Wageningen Plant Research, again will organize a course on Lighting in greenhouses and vertical farms. In this course WageningenUR scientists share their unique knowledge with international students, researchers, and horticultural and…

Turkish horticultural industry rediscovers its potential

A couple of years ago the Turkish horticultural industry, a market with great potential, was hit severely by the Russian boycott and the ensuing political crisis. Since the relations with Russia stabilised again, export opportunities have returned. On top of that, both growers and suppliers found new…

Myanmar: First international horti exhibition scheduled for 2020

Bringing the world of horticulture and floriculture to Myanmar will be the prime goal of the first edition of the international trade fair “Myanmar HortiFair”, scheduled for 2020 in Yangon, Myanmar. From Friday February 21 to Sunday February 23 a unique B2B platform for the fresh grown sector will be…

Jaap Smit, Commissioner of the King:

Ambassadors of over 20 different countries visiting Koppert, De Ruiter and Anthura

Ambassadors of over 20 different countries visited three companies in the Greenport in the West of Holland: Koppert Biological Systems, De Ruiter Seeds Experience and Anthura. The tour was an initiative thought of by the province of South Holland and the participants were accompanied by the Commissioner…

Nominations being accepted for 2020 Produce Excellence in Foodservice Awards

United Fresh is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Produce Excellence in Foodservice Awards Program. The program pays tribute to chefs and foodservice operators for…

UK: Innovation Summit promotes 21st century agri-tech solutions

The World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit held in London in October was the place to be to discuss the industry’s latest innovations and consider the future of agriculture. The event attracted more than 500 delegates from 41 countries, hosted a total of 75 presentations and welcomed in excess of 100…

CIOPORA congress, November 4-5, Amsterdam

Ins and outs of IP rights for plants in Russia

A Workshop on Intellectual Property (IP) for Plants is being organized by CIOPORA (International Association of Breeders) in Amsterdam from 4-5 November. Attention will be paid to developments in the field of the r…

Proposal to make trade fairs two-day events

"Everyone knows that, when it comes to fairs, everything is done and dusted in two days, but nobody actually makes a concrete proposal for change," explains Francesco Cera, director at Maap, the Padua wholesale market. Francesco Cera "I have a proposal for the three main fairs we take part in - Fruit…

VR glasses slowly becoming known in horticulture

Visiting the greenhouse without visiting the greenhouse

There is no doubt that they attract attention. But, in the long run, VR glasses must be more than just a nice gadget. "Promoting our growers is our main goal now," says Costin Beliciu of the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG). This company was at the PMA in Anaheim, California. "However,…

Uzbekistan: Tashkent to host workshop on Dutch greenhouse technology

Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the Benelux countries Dilyor Khakimov met with a representative of Certhon, Marina Yermakova. An agreement was reached for holding a workshop on the possibilities of the Dutch greenhouse technologies in Tashkent on November 5. It is expected that the event will provide an…

Nominate a complex for Greenhouse Leader of Russia and the CIS

The Award Ceremony of the Leaders of the Greenhouse Industry of Russia and the CIS 2019 will be held on the 4th of December in Moscow, the guests will be able to nominate and select the best greenhouse complexes in different categories. The event is an opportunity to establish new business relationships…

Photo report: Horticulture at Fruit Attraction

This week the Fruit Attraction took place again in Madrid. Although the general focus of the exhibition is on the fresh produce industry, horticultural suppliers find their way there as well.  The fair is also referred to as 'Little Berlin', a reference to the Fruit Logistica trade fair, which is popular in…

Innovations galore at the PMA Fresh Summit 2019

Besides the usual photo reports of exhibitors and their familiar faces, there was a large glass window at last week's PMA Fresh Summit, held in Anaheim, California, and there was a lot to see behind it. This so-called Fresh Ideas Showcase held all the new, innovative or potentially interesting products,…

HortEx Vietnam 2020 kick off – Seminar Series on Horticulture and Floriculture

Three seminars on Horticulture and Floriculture Exports entitled “New Movement in Asian & European Markets’ are being organized in three major cities of Vietnam: in Ho Chi Minh City (22 October), Dalat (23 October) and Hanoi Capital (24 October). Key delegates at the seminar. Credit: EKN Participants in…

Photo report Holland Reception PMA 2019

After day one of the PMA Fresh Summit in Anaheim, California, it was on Friday evening, October 19, time for Dutch-language drinks which has now become a tradition. At the invitation of the Dutch Consulate and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, eighty thirsty men and women had come from the Convention…

PMA CEO Cathy Burns’ annual State of the Industry:

“How do we as an industry be of profound use to consumers?”

The PMA Fresh Summit was held from October 17 through 19 in Anaheim this year. On October 17th, the event kicked off with a Forum for the Future, in which Cathy Burns, CEO of the PMA, gave her annual State of the Industry. During this talk, she discussed past, current, and projected trends in the…

Nominations open for 2020 Retail Produce Manager awards

United Fresh is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Retail Produce Manager Awards Program. The organization says this program recognizes 25 outstanding retail produce…

December 2-3, Bangkok

Agrifuture Conference will show future options for farmers in Southeast Asia

A brand new event from the organisers of Agritechnica Asia, the DLG (German Agricultural Society) and VNU Exhibitions Asia Pacific, is taking place in Bangkok, Thailand, on the 2nd and 3rd of December 2019. The format of Agrifuture Conference & Exhibition is a one-day international conference and…

January 16 & 17, Wooster

US (OH): Greenhouse Management Workshop deals with sustainable and safe production

The Ohio State University’s annual Greenhouse Management Workshop takes a cross-commodity approach covering both ornamental and vegetable crops. This year’s theme is Sustainable and Safe Crop Production – important area regardless of crop species for reducing agrochemical input or eliminating risks of…

Overview of novelties from CPMA tradeshow

FreshPlaza made a photo report from the novelties that were presented at the CPMA tradeshow in Toronto earlier this month. Kits of all sorts seem to be a growing trend. While salad kits are turning to organics to expand the category, other expansions can be seen in personal salad kit bowls and new…

Research into the combination of geothermal heat, lettuce cultivation and fish farming started

Under great interest, the project Geofood has been started. The aim of Geofood is to investigate whether geothermal heating can not only be used to heat greenhouses, but also to breed fish. As a symbol for opening the new aquaponic facilities, a floater with lettuce plants was placed on an aquarium with…

November 2, 2019

US (NM): NMSU to host aquaponics workshop in Albuquerque

The increasing awareness of limited land and water resources, coupled with an interest and desire to grow food sustainably, has led people across the country, and here in New Mexico, to look more closely at aquaponics as a strategy to address these issues. Aquaponics is an integrated food production…

November 27-28, Peterborough

UK: 12 BASIS points on offer at CropTec

BASIS members attending CropTec have the chance to earn up to 12 BASIS points across the two-day event. On Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 November, there are two points available per day for attendance, and a further four points each day for members participating in the knowledge trail. Stephen Jacob, BASIS…

Svensson celebrates 30th anniversary in the Americas with the grand opening of newly completed warehouse expansion

Svensson’s American subsidiary celebrated 30 years in operation with the official ribbon cutting ceremony of its newly completed warehouse expansion on Thursday, October 3rd, 2019. Over one hundred customers, partners, industry suppliers and employees from both near and far attended the commencement and…

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North American growers show themselves in their best light during PMA Conference

This past Friday and Saturday, PMA Fresh Summit was held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. The show, with a strong retail focus, attracted a record-breaking 24,000 attendees. They were able to marvel at the many innovative ways in which North American growers put their product on…

November 6, Wageningen

Discovering the potential of integrated greenhouses

In densely populated cities where land prices are sky-rocketing, rooftops offer a new promising window of opportunities. All over the world, those previously unused spaces are rediscovered for various purposes. Rooftop gardens and recreational areas have already been here for a while. Integrated urban…

Relive the World Food Prize award ceremony

The 2019 World Food Prize was awarded to Simon N. Groot of the Netherlands for his transformative role in empowering millions of smallholder farmers to earn greater incomes through enhanced vegetable production, benefitting hundreds of millions of consumers with greater access to nutritious vegetables…

Queensland horticulture producers travel to the desert to learn

While the Granite Belt is currently experiencing the region's worst drought in living memory, six Granite Belt Growers Association members, along with a representative from the Lockyer Valley Growers Association and DAF staff travelled to the UAE last week. The delegation exploring how innovation and…

US (TN): Fellowship on the farm helps community "grow" closer

Cul2vate hosted its annual fundraiser, Fellowship on the Farm, October 3. Joining attendees for the event were local chefs and businesses, including Par Martin of Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint, Jason McConnell of Red Pony, Tandy Wilson of City House, and Rebekah Turshen of City House. Guests dined al fresco…

Euroseeds 2019: A look back at the event

From 13-15 October Euroseeds held its 2019 Congress in Stockholm, Sweden. This year’s event set a new record of presence, with an attendance of more than 1100 participants from almost 50 countries across the world. And for the first time this year, the new name, branding and logo of Euroseeds were…

Tour de Fresh riders raise highest amount ever for the event

Wednesday was Day 4 and the last day of the 2019 Tour de Fresh. After breakfast, the van drivers drove the riders to Huntington beach for the start of the stage before making their way to the finish line in Anaheim. Although a short last ride, it took longer than anticipated due to a few flat tires along…

The EC tomato subgroup will meet for the first time in Brussels

Friday, October 18, is the date of the first meeting of the tomato subgroup included in the Observatory of Fruit and Vegetable Markets launched by the European Commission. The…

San Diego La Jolla Marriott, February 24-26, 2020

US (CA): Resource Innovation Institute to host indoor Agriculture Energy Solutions Conference

As California policy makers develop codes for Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA), Resource Innovation Institute (RII) will convene the inaugural Indoor Agriculture Energy Solutions (IAES) Conference, connecting policy makers, utility program managers, equipment manufacturers and suppliers,…

World Food Prize awarded to Simon Groot

On Oct. 17,  the World Food Prize will be awarded to Simon Groot. The 2019 World Food Prize honors the unique achievements of Simon Groot and his company East-West Seed (EWS) over the past four decades. Groot has successfully developed a dynamic, smallholder-centric tropical vegetable seed industry, starting…

Urban Greenhouse Challenge kicks off

"In China, there is room for increasing knowledge and developing a new generation of entrepreneurs"

This year, the second edition of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge is being organized by Wageningen University & Research (WUR), in which student teams are tasked to design a greenhouse in Dongguan, China. The challenge was officially kicked off this week at the university campus. The kick-off event started…

TOMRES project meeting with stakeholders and with twin-project SolAce

Increasing combined water and nutrient use efficiency in tomato

During the 5th TOMRES EU project meeting in Dundee, Scotland, from 8-10 October 2019, partners and participating stakeholders discussed current outcomes of the different project activities after over two years. To facilitate tomato breeding, scientists presented their results from: Establishing and…

Special ride for first-time Tour de Fresh participant

Yesterday was the third day of Tour de Fresh - a cycling event organized by the California Giant Foundation to raise funds to benefit the national Salad Bars to Schools initiative. Tuesday saw the riders make their way from Solvang to Redondo Beach - in sight of the finish line in Anaheim. Marieke…

"Large distribution and plant health, bound to understand one another for the sustainability of the crops"

Round table about "Tuta absoluta" in the cultivation of greenhouse tomatoes

Within the framework of Fruit Attraction, Revista Mercados is organizing a round table which will bring together scientists, technicians, producers, large retailers and representatives of the administration. It will analyze the emergence of resistances to the Tuta absoluta in the main greenhouse tomato…

New show management has big plans for Indoor Ag-Con 2020

Indoor Ag-Con, LLC, was acquired from Newbean Capital and its founder Nicola Kerslake at the end of 2018 - delivering the Indoor Ag-Con Asia event in Singapore five weeks later and Indoor Ag-Con Las Vegas a few short months after that. Three seasoned event industry professionals joined forces to form the…

November 12, Baku

Netherlands-Azerbaijan Seminar on Sustainable Agriculture

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Azerbaijan will hold the Netherlands – Azerbaijan Seminar on Sustainable Agriculture for Producing Healthy Food on November 12, 2019. The event is organized with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture of Azerbaijan. It will take place in Baku, at the…


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