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Companies in Ghana organize greenhouse open day

The Management of Ardhi Investment Group, an agribusiness start-up, has organized a greenhouse open day with a call on agribusiness entrepreneurs to explore efficient agricultural value chain development technologies and practices to ensure food security. The open day, held in collaboration with partners…

GreenTech Americas Conference helps Latin American growers, breeders and suppliers to optimize their cultivation

During GreenTech Americas experts, innovators and visionaries will take the stage with the aim to help regional growers, breeders and suppliers to optimize their cultivation. The conference will give a glimpse into developments and trends, and guidance on how to respond. The show and conference will be…

Data-driven disruption and sustainability take centre stage at Start-up Day

Like produce itself, data with the potential to make fresh produce supply chains more manageable, predictable and sustainable must be cultivated and harvested before the…

November 1-4, Cyprus

International symposium on soilless culture and hydroponics

The abstract submission period for the III International Symposium on Soilless Culture and Hydroponics, held in Cyprus, 1-4 November 2020, has been extended to February 15. You can submit your Abstract directly using the following link https://www.actahort.org/members/symposiar?nr=711 The program for the…

Rimini 2nd to 6th of May

Strawberry Symposium 2020

The International Strawberry Symposium 2020 will take place in Rimini on 2nd-6th May 2020. It is organized by Università Politecnica delle Marche and Consiglio per la ricerca e l'economia agraria (CREA - Council for agricultural research and economy) in cooperation with the International Society for Horticultural Science…

Urban Greenhouse Challenge 2: 20 teams make it to the next round

From October onwards, the 53 teams participating in the second edition of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge have been working on their designs of an iconic and circular urban greenhouse. This edition of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge invites students to design a greenhouse to be based in the city of…

Digitelling the future of horticulture

Klasmann-Deilmann is driving digitisation forward in commercial horticulture. At the International Plant Fair (IPM) 2020, the company will be presenting IT solutions that…

webinar, January 23

LED basics applied to horticulture lighting systems

This webinar, presented by Dr. Robert Karlicek, will first give a brief overview of LED design and manufacturing, including the different types of LEDs used in horticultural…

Exhibitor Forum at Fruit Logistica will highlight food production in the Netherlands

At the annual Bayer Exhibitor Forum, experts from across the value chain address developments in the food production of a specific country or region. The Exhibitor Forum at…

Photo report: French horticultural industry unites at Sival 2020

The French fresh produce market is a special market. It's a market where emotions and sentiments play an important role, although the French also have an eye for the business side of the game. It means there's a lot of room for local agents and suppliers at the French market and that French novelties…

French novelties launched during Sival 2020

During the Sival show that takes place this week in Angers, France, various French companies showed their newest innovations. Before sending out the total photo report tomorrow, today we present the first four. By using VR, the team with Premier Tech showed what happens in your substrate. This way they want…

Fruit Logistica, 6 February, 15:00 - 16:30

Three Dutch speakers to discuss sustainable food production

Bayer will hold a Forum at Fruit Logistica on 6 February. The Netherlands will feature prominently in it. The Forum's theme is 'Working together for responsible food…

'Parler Francais' is a must at the Sival 2020

In Angers, France the second day of the Sival exhibition is in full swing. The show is again bigger than it was last year but on the first day exhibitors showed mixed feelings about the event. Local players are pleased, international companies a bit less enthusiastic - however today the aisles are more…

March 9-13, Almería

Technological innovation for intensive greenhouse production

In March 2020, the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (IAMZ-CIHEAM) and Fundación CAJAMAR will host an advanced course on technological innovation for intensive greenhouse production in Almeria (Spain). In a context of steadily increasing greenhouse production, technological innovations can…

June 23, Venlo

Netherlands: Brightbox tour during Vertical Farming Conference

BrightBox opens its doors for participants of the Vertical Farming Conference and Agrifood Innovation Event in Villa Flora on 23 June 2020. BrightBox is an expertise centre for daylight-free multi-layer cultivation, i.e. city farming. The tour will take place on June 23 during the lunch break between…

Digitisation, virus pressure and labor costs top of mind in Mexican industry

Just as the Netherlands produces an enormous quantity of vegetables and flowers for neighbouring countries, Mexico's horticultural sector serves the major markets of the United States and Canada. No wonder that there is a lot going on in regard to crop optimization for Mexico. With this year’s first…

French greenhouse industry back in business

The Sival exhibition kicked off this morning in Angers, France. The show was well visited already, especially compared to some years ago, when rockets could be fired in the halls as the crisis hit the French industry hard. “Nowadays the industry is very diverse”, explains Olivier Berthelier with Priva.…

photo report International Soft Fruit Conference:

Hydroponic soft fruit cultivation keeps on growing

Security in supply, safely grown produce, better labor conditions, better quality produce, and product when the open field product is out of season. There are tons of reasons why hydroponic cultivation of soft fruit is increasing all over the world. During the International Soft Fruit Conference,…

State University's Chile Pepper Institute to host

New Mexico will hold world's largest meeting on chili peppers

New Mexico State University is preparing to host the world's largest conference dedicated to chili peppers. The 2020 New Mexico Chile Conference will run on February 3 and 4 at the Las Cruces Convention Center. The university's Chile Pepper Institute has been organizing the annual conference for about…

Vertical farming heads to Berlin

Glenn Behrman, President and founder of CEA Advisors, together with Farminova Plant Factories will be at Fruit Logistica in Berlin, Hall 9, Booth D-25 from February 5-7, 2020. Farminova Plant Factories are competitively priced automated, labor saving, energy efficient high-volume systems designed and developed for the optimized…

300 tons of sand were distributed in the Steiner company halls

TomatOpen: Beach volleyball in the tomato halls

Beach volleyball in winter? Outside, this would be rather difficult, with the current temperatures. That is why in Kirchweidach, in the Altötting district of Upper Bavaria, the volleyball players have thought of something special, moving the beach to the Steiner company's tomato halls. Normally, at the Steiner…

"Prepare for the future with Harvest Forecast"

There are two questions growers and merchants worldwide have been struggling with for years: “What will the production be for the following weeks?” and “What does my labor scheme need to look like?” So far, manual predictions have been used to answer these questions, but the results of these often…

New technologies of Chinese strawberry industry showcased at festival

Last December 18-20, the 18th China Strawberry Culture Tourism Festival and the 1st Asian Strawberry Industry Symposium was held in Jinan, Shandong. To showcase new technologies of Chinese strawberry industry, to promote the latest scientific and technological achievements, strengthen communication and…

Vegepolys Valley International Business Event

Last chance to register for horticultural match-making in France

Vegepolys Valley & Sival will host the 8th edition of the VIBE, the International Business Event organized during the SIVAL Trade Fair (January 14th to 16th, 2020). Companies here can benefit from targeted business appointments and take this opportunity to meet potential new clients and partners among…

National Israeli Pavilion results in record number of Israeli companies at HortEx Vietnam 2020

During the coming edition of HortEx Vietnam 2020, which will take place from 26-28 February 2020 at the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC) in Ho Chi Minh City, a record number of 14 Israeli companies will participate at the exhibition. Already during previous editions Israeli companies found…

Uzbeki growers attend Cucumber and Tomato Field Day

The Sakata team welcomed more than 55 visitors from the Buhara, Navoi and Horezm regions to present the new Beit Alpha cucumber and pink indeterminate tomatoes for the hot to cold season in the region. The field day took place December 23 in the Buhara region, one of the key areas for Beit Alpha cucumber…

January 27-February 8

Pro Manager Mastercourse Vegetables to draw top managers to the Netherlands

From 27 January until 8 February 2020, 15 managers between 25 and 40 years old representing international, ‘future proof’ vegetable production companies will visit the…

Looking at Dutch potato cultivation

Rwandan Agriculture Board visits Wageningen UR

From 11 – 13 December 2019, the Director General  of the Rwandan Agriculture Board (RAB) visited the Netherlands for meetings with Wageningen UR on joint research applications and to meet and discuss with the Dutch seed potato sector in an attempt to increase their interest in investing in Rwanda and which…

January 6 or 8, Ann Arbor

US (MI): Categories 6 and 7A pesticide review classes in Washtenaw County start soon

Michigan State University Extension in southeast Michigan is offering Pesticide Applicator Category Review Classes on the following dates for those who want to prepare for the following specific categories pesticide exams: Monday, Jan. 6, 2020 - General Pest Management, eight category 7A credits offered Wednesday,…

Soft fruit industry gets ready for ISFC 2020

What's the status on the strawberry picking robot? How to protect raspberry and blackberry cultivation from thrips, powdery mildew and whitefly? What's the status on the winter production of blackberries in the Netherlands? All these and many more questions will be answered during the tenth International…

Dozens of jobs may be created at £62m international science hub planned for Invergowrie’s James Hutton Institute

The James Hutton Institute in Invergowrie has submitted the first stage of a £62 million masterplan to build a new international hub. The science facility is using money from the Tay Cities Deal to develop an International Barley Hub (IBH) and Advanced Plant Growth Centre (APGC) which backers believe…

New agricultural robots and the challenges of a sector

As the need for task automation increases exponentially in the agricultural world, FIRA must support this change in progress. This 4th edition of FIRA, the International Forum of Agricultural Robotics, was marked by a growing participation not only from manufacturers in the sector but also from farmers,…

January 14th-16th, 2020, at the Exhibition Center of Angers:

SIVAL highlights not to miss

The Fair for specialized plant productions will take place from January 14th to 16th, 2020, at the Exhibition Center of Angers. The highlights not to miss are: The inaugurationTuesday, January 14th -…

Netherlands: Yeehaw! Gakon throws party at Olsthoorn Ranch

On Saturday, December 14, it was time for the annual company party at Gakon. This year the Olsthoorn Ranch in Naaldwijk was chosen as the Westland location. While enjoying a snack and a drink, 'a grand party’ developed, in which several people were put in the spotlight.The evening was started by Pieter…

Axia Sementi, the new Italian adventure for Axia Vegetable Seeds

"The Italian tomato market is very important, so we pay special attention to this market in our breeding activities. We'll breed directly in Italy and make the product available directly to Italian growers." With these words Sandor van Vliet launched the Italian branch of breeding company Axia Vegetable…

Autonomous Greenhouses Challenge gets underway

Can artificial intelligence outperform the greenhouse grower?

Tomatoes are planted in the greenhouses of the 2nd Autonomous Greenhouses Challenge. Growing tomatoes with artificial intelligence (AI) in autonomous greenhouses, even from the other side of the world: Monday 16 December, the young tomato plants of five international teams that compete in the Autonomous…

February 12-14, Wageningen

Lighting in greenhouses and vertical farms 2020

Do you want to improve the use of LED lighting in greenhouse production or vertical farming? Would you like to know how to reduce energy use and carbon foot print, how to improve production, or how to improve quality? Do you want to understand the different characteristics of light and how they affect…

British pavilion filled with UK Horticulture at Fruit Logistica

The Commercial Horticultural Association (CHA) is once again organising the British group / pavilion at Fruit Logistica, in partnership with the Department for International Trade, presenting a range of companies offering innovative and new technologies in Hall 7.2c. We invite you to visit us at our…

Experts needed for international Plant Health, Agriculture & Biosciences conference in the Netherlands

World experts on the topics of sustainable horticulture and agriculture, environmental biodiversity and food production are invited to raise global awareness on how plant health can help to secure and improve food supply, reduce poverty, and protect the environment. The call for papers comes in the wake…

January 14, Angers

France: VIBE provides occasion to create new business opportunities

Vegepolys Valley & Sival will host the 8th edition of the VIBE, the International Business Event organized during the SIVAL Trade Fair (January 14th to 16th, 2020). The VIBE is an occasion to create new business opportunities and meet future clients, partners and/or suppliers, with more than 1000…

Prize winners in the category 'Agri Food Industry'

Thai tomato growers shine on gala

Menno Keppel and Thomas Ruiter, you know, the Dutch Thailand pioneers who are running a successful tomato cultivation company these days, have been awarded during the 21st edition of the annual Business Award Gala, organised by the Dutch-Thai Chamber of Commerce. Menno, Nickey and Thomas. The prize in…

photo report MJBizCon 2019

Horticultural suppliers increasingly important to American cannabis market

If counted correctly, last week there were 77 companies active in LED horticulture present at the MJBizCon. It might be clear: even more than last year, high-tech horticultural suppliers found their way to the biggest event in the cannabis industry. This edition saw a particular focus on the cultivation…

May 2-6, Rimini

Topics and speakers announced for International Strawberry Symposium 2020

The panel of speakers and the topics of the 9th edition of the International Strawberry Symposium, scheduled to take place in Rimini from 2 to 6 May 2020 and organized by Università Politecnica delle Marche and the Italian Council for agricultural research and analysis of the agricultural economy (CREA),…

British Group exhibitors revealed for Fruit Logistica 2020

The Commercial Horticultural Association (CHA) is once again organising the British group / pavilion at Fruit Logistica, in partnership with the Department for International Trade. Visitors to 7.2c / A-04 can expect to find a warm welcome from a range of companies offering innovative and new…

NVHBP presents itself to Minister Cuong and the business delegation

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam H.E. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Cuong paid a working visit to the Netherlands from 9 to 11 December 2019. The visit of Minister Cuong, accompanied by the ministerial, provincial and business delegation, aims to further develop sustainable and inclusive…

September 9-11, The Hague

Event to raise global plant health awareness

Taking up the challenge presented by the United Nations’ International Year of Plant Health, Koppert Biological Systems, CABI and Wageningen University will be organizing an international event under the banner of ‘Plant Health, Agriculture & Bioscience’ at the World Forum in The Hague, from 9-11…

Zimbabwe's HortiFlor Expo 2020 preparations underway

In about 3 months’ time the 2nd edition of HortiFlor, the trade fair for Zimbabwean horticulture, will take place in the capital Harare in the HICC (Harare International Convention Center). After the first edition in 2018, a follow up is key to further boost horticulture exports of Zimbabwean grown…

Integrating pesticides with biological control agents: Can it be done?

Raymond Cloyd, Kansas State University, presented Integrating Pesticides with Biological Control Agents: Can It Be Done at the Great Lakes Expo in Grand Rapids. More than 100 attendees listened to the talk about the controversial issue of using pesticides in conjunction with biological control agents, such…

Regional show with international character

Photo report New York Produce Show

North America's last trade show of the year is a wrap. Yesterday December 12th, the 10th annual New York Produce Show was held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. Holding a produce show in NYC during the holiday season is guaranteed to make for a good turnout. Out of any produce show in North…

World Food Prize Foundation honored with Slovakian Peace Prize

The World Food Prize announced that Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn was presented the Peace Prize From Slovakia on behalf of the Foundation and his work over the past 20 years. The ceremony was held December 12, 2019, at the Palffy Palace in Bratislava. In a secret ballot, the Slovakian International Peace…

Urban Greenhouse Challenge 2: Meet the teams!

One month after the official kick-off of the second edition of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge, which invites students to design an urban greenhouse for the city of Dongguan (China), the teams are busy working on their first milestone report. In the meantime, we take a look at the participants of the…

Global forum searches for answers to food security challenges in marginal environments

Leading scientists, policymakers and experts from around the world have urged more action and support from the public and private sectors to spur research and innovation for food security and sustainable development in marginal environments. This was one of the key messages at the first-of-its-kind…

Year overview June 1-15

GreenTech takes the limelight

Sometime during the first half of June, horticulture companies, especially in the Netherlands, get all jittery. The reason? GreenTech, of course! And we were there again, taking pictures, looking at new innovations, and witnessing plenty of announcements, partnerships and contracts being signed. In other Dutch news, East-West…

EU-NACOA

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…

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…


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