Events

4-6 September 2019

Asia Fruit Logistica to take place as scheduled

Today the organizers announced their decision to continue with Asia Fruit Logistica 2019 on 4-6 September 2019 as planned, with Asiafruit Congress on 3 September 2019. The…

Last weekend’s tomato festival in Tikhvin

Russia copies 'Tomatina' Fest

With its roots in Valencia, Spain, the "Tomatina" festival took place in Russia for the first time this weekend in the town of Tikhvin, Leningrad region. Because what do you do with 20 tons of tomatoes and a very large space? You have a food fight, of course. The "La Tomatina" festival first originated in Buñol, Valencia. The…

Participants Holland Pavilion divided: 9 in favor of going through, 4 prefer postponing

Will Asia Fruit Logistica take place in September? Trade show organization offers participants option in December

Current events in Hong Kong are causing some headaches for the Asia Fruit Logistica organization. Last weekend, an e-mail was sent to the exhibitors in which they were presented with two options: Either Asia Fruit Logistica is held from 4 to 6 September, or the trade show is postponed to 11 to 13…

Bosman Van Zaal tells the story behind the Naivasha Horticultural Fair

Dutch suppliers preparing for Kenyan trade fair

The Naivasha Horticultural Fair is one of the largest horticultural trade fairs in Africa and is annually being held in September. This year it is held on the 20th and 21st of September. What's the story behind it? Bosman Van Zaal participates at the show for many years and explains. The 'NH Fair' was…

United Fresh announces 2020 Convention Committee

Four leaders from different segments across the industry have committed to co-chair the United Fresh 2020 Convention & Expo Committee. The event will take place June…

Second Educational Session at Organic Grower Summit announced

A pair of educational sessions devoted to reducing organic soil risk and an examination of the burgeoning hemp marketplace have been announced as part of the 2019 Organic Grower Summit educational program, slated for this December in Monterey, CA. Kicking off the 2019 OGS educational program will be a…

US (CA): Providing produce growers with a holistic approach to field challenges

As growers face increased pressure to provide fruits and vegetables that are more flavorful, more sustainably produced and delivered faster and fresher to consumers, they need innovative and tailored solutions that can also help them maintain a successful and profitable operation. To help growers meet…

6th edition, September 24-26, 2019, Zwaagdijk

Seed meets Technology: speakers and exhibitors are known, cultivation on water will be present

While the breeders are busy making the crops on their demo fields look as presentable as possible for the visitors that are on their way to West Friesland, the organization of Seed meets Technology is working on the program of this simultaneously held trade fair. The exhibition focuses on the latest…

September 4-6, 2019 at AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong

ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA will be held as scheduled

Due to the situation in Hong Kong the organisers of Asia Fruit Logistica have issued the following statement: Like you, we have been watching recent developments in Hong Kong…

USAID announces $10 million Feed the Future Innovation Lab

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick announced today at an event in West Lafayette that USAID has awarded $10 million to Purdue University to lead the Agency's first-ever Feed the Future Innovation Lab dedicated to food safety. The Innovation Lab will…

Wageningen University postharvest technology course

Are you looking for an update on the latest technologies for storage, packaging and handling of fresh horticultural products? Would you like to broaden and deepen your knowledge of the biology of postharvest physiology, ripening and deterioration? Then this course might be something for you. One-third of…

Organic Matters: the first UK horticulture conference created by growers for growers

Organic Growers Alliance launches Organic Matters, the first UK horticulture conference created by growers, for growers. Dedicated exclusively to exploring innovative…

United Fresh Leadership Class 25 kicks off in California

The 12 new members of United Fresh’s Produce Industry Leadership Class 25 will kick off their yearlong program in California this week. Throughout the week, the class will engage in leadership development opportunities and meetings with industry members throughout California including, Mission Produce,…

Precision AgTech empowers growers to fight food loss and waste

An estimated 168 million tonnes of food is lost or wasted in North America each year, with 49 million tonnes lost or wasted at the pre-harvest stage alone. Additionally, 20% to 40% of food production is lost to pests and diseases before it leaves the farm. Impacts include 193 million tonnes of greenhouse…

newbie in the industry:

"Don’t be afraid to share your ideas"

A.M.A. Horticulture Inc. has been attending Cultivate (and its previous iteration, Ohio Short Course) for more than 25 years. While their booth, team and horticultural solutions have evolved along with the industry, their mission at Cultivate has remained the same: connect, learn and share. Joining the…

Warwickshire, 26 September 2019

British Tomato Conference 2019: Agenda and Booking open

The 2019 British Tomato Conference will take place at Chesford Grange Hotel and Conference Centre in Warwickshire on Thursday 26th September 2019. The main conference event…

Quadrant, August 7, 2019

US (IN): New gathering for the agbioscience community

AgriNovus Indiana today announced the launch of a monthly convening series aimed at bringing together a diverse group of professionals to further connect the agbioscience…

At NIAB in Cambridgeshire, UK, on 17th October 2019

Industry workshop: Advances in grow lighting

NIAB, one of the UK’s leading crop research institutes, working in conjunction with the AHDB, is hosting a one-day workshop that will take place at NIAB’s BREEAM award-winning Sophi Taylor conference centre. This grower-focused event is an essential knowledge exchange workshop, it offers a platform for…

UK: Herefordshire horticulture firm to lead on labour productivity

A Herefordshire based business will lead the way in demonstrating labour saving techniques to help the horticulture industry offset the shortage of seasonal workers. Fruit growers, Haygrove based near Ledbury, has been announced as an AHDB ‘Strategic SmartHort Centre’ and will host a series of workshops…

Cleveland, Ohio - 23 September, 2019

US (OH): Great Lakes Ag Tech Summit

Join the inaugural Great Lakes Ag Tech Summit on September 23. The summit will be held at the historic Nela Park campus in Cleveland, Ohio. The one-day event features keynote…

Bringing the Vietnamese horticultural sector to the next level

On Tuesday 23 July in Hanoi, a fruitful and successful kick-off round the table meeting took place for potential Vietnamese companies, institutes and governmental organisations active in the horticultural sector by The Netherlands Vietnam Horti Business Platform and its partner the Crop Production…

January 14-16, Angers

France: 34th edition of Sival focuses on agtech

Over the last few years, the Sival has vastly increased its offer and has expanded its development at an international level with agtech as its common thread. The Sival will be pursuing its dynamic strategy throughout this 34th edition. 4000m² more in 2020 The Sival is increasing its show area again in…

Photo report of busy PMA Foodservice tradeshow

On Saturday, July 27 the 38th annual PMA Foodservice tradeshow was held in Monterey, CA and once again many people were attracted to the event and to California’s popular coastal town. The tradeshow was the final piece of a four-day event that included a golf tournament, educational sessions as well as a…

Photo report: Cultivate 2019

Although some exhibitors had the feeling the 2019 Cultivate show was slightly slower than it was last year, the event remains one of the best to meet up with suppliers active in the North American market. Celebrating its 90th edition this year, the show attracted more than 650 exhibitors and thousands of guests. Click here for…

October 17, Histon

Advances in grow lighting: industry workshop

NIAB working in conjunction with the AHDB, is hosting a unique one-day horticulture lighting workshop that will take place at its award-winning conference Centre on the outskirts of Cambridge. This grower-focused event offers a platform for growers of all protected crops to engage and discuss the latest…

Protected Cropping Australia Conference 2019

"We need to talk about what we are offering and what makes us special"

No matter how good a company's produce, technology and business structure, it all counts for little in the modern-day horticulture industry without the right network of people around it, according to Protected Cropping Australia (PCA) chair Nicky Mann. Delivering a presentation at Protected Cropping…

6th edition, September 24-26, 2019, Zwaagdijk

Seed meets Technology: focus on cabbage, attention for crop protection developments

At the end of September (week 39), the entire (inter)national seed sector will return to Seed Valley in West Friesland to discover the latest seed developments. Seed meets…

US (IN): Hydroponic production technology to be featured at workshop

Hydroponic agriculture is growing nationally at a rate of 3% to 4% per year. Current producers or those considering the use of hydroponics technology can get information on production and the latest technology at the fourth annual Greenhouse and Indoor Hydroponics Workshop. The workshop will take place…

2:00pm NZST, 12:00pm AEST, 11.30am ACST, 10:00am AWST, on 25 July 2019

Australia: Register for a webinar on using biomass fuel to heat horticulture hothouses

On July 25th this year there will be a webinar on using biomass fuel to heat horticulture hothouses hosted by Sohum Gandhi from Enriva. Installation of biomass-fuelled heating equipment for horticulture hothouses is one of the fastest-growing applications in the Australian and New Zealand bioenergy…

5-7 February 2020, Berlin

Germany: Canada Pavilion at Fruit Logistica

Fruit Logistica is the world largest fresh produce trade show, attracting over 78,000 visitors from over 130 countries around the world. The 2020 show marks the fourth consecutive year for the official Canada Pavilion, which has grown to include provincial ministries of agriculture, associations, and…

automation, biological crop control and mobile accessibility

Cultivate '19 is a wrap

Booths are broken down, bags are packed and cars, airplanes and other means of transport have left Columbus. Cultivate '19 is a wrap. The ninetieth edition of the trade show was one of the biggest ones in the last years and expectations are this is not to change for the next edition. With conditions being favorable for plant…

Australia: UNSW Founders event hands first prize to modular aquaponics idea

Last weekend, UNSW Founders held the exciting Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Food Planning Hackathon. During this 2.5 day Hackathon, participants were tasked with exploring how they could create low cost, low energy, accessible and sustainable urban agricultural solutions for continuous food…

September 24-26, Netherlands

The future of sustainable vegetable varieties

New varieties in brassica, squash, onion and leafy crops, coming to fruition at this year’s Fields of Innovation event, have been selected specifically to help sustainable business growth for growers and the whole value chain. There will be new Syngenta brassica varieties on show that include…

Final hours of Cultivate get going

The potted plants in USA are doing well, and happy growers of course means happy suppliers. On top of that, the ongoing developments in the vegetable and cannabis industry contribute to a decent business climate. Then there's a very well visited show taking place in the Columbus Convention Centre these…

14th to 18th of July in Glasgow

UK: International congress of plant scientists focuses on solutions to crop pests and diseases

Projected global population growth requires food production to increase by 70% before 2050 to meet demand. Pests and diseases are a major constraint to providing this food…

Dundee, 25th July

UK: The latest berry research on show at Fruit for the Future 2019

Join the James Hutton Institute at their Invergowrie site, near Dundee, on Thursday 25th July for the 2019 edition of Fruit for the Future, the annual showcase of soft fruit research including scientific presentations, outdoor demonstrations and walks through experimental plots, presented by the James…

most successful event ever

Photo report: Protected Cropping Australia Conference

On forehand Nicky Mann, Chair of Protected Cropping Australia, promissed their biannual conference would be the best one yet and one week after the show it can be concluded she was right. Last week the PCA Conference 2019 wrapped up after three successful days on Queensland's Gold Coast. A total of 575…

Engines running for Cultivate '19

Over 650 exhibitors, a schedule packed with educational sessions & workshops, a flower run and a lot of side events including meeting up in lesser formal settings. Cultivate '19 has started. The event is celebrating its 90th birthday this year. The show is the main event for the green industry in…

CAN (ON): Guelph welcomes Canada's agriculture community for 2020 conference

The governments of Canada and Ontario announced that Guelph will host the annual conference of federal, provincial and territorial agricultural ministers in 2020. Taking place in July next year, the focus of the 2020 Federal-Provincial-Territorial Agriculture Ministers Conference will be 'Strong…

European Packaging Forum - photo report online!

"Go for wood: You will have solved your problems"

Almost every day there are reports of attempts to reduce the flood of plastic. Often the fruit and vegetable trades are in the crossfire. Something has to be done, people in the industry agree - but what? Some possible options were discussed earlier this month at the first European Packaging Forum in…

opening All Climate Greenhouse

A greenhouse within a greenhouse to research all climates in a greenhouse

To research the behaviour of a greenhouse in a certain climate, you need to simulate the climate outside the greenhouse. And what better way to do that than... a greenhouse? A greenhouse in a greenhouse - that's the All Climate Greenhouse in a nutshell. Last week it was officially opened. The head of the…

Water Day 2019, WHC Naaldwijk

"Every hour 10,000 m3 clean water into the sea is ridiculous"

Organizing a Water Day on the hottest day of the year is not without irony. Still, a large group of growers has come to the World Horti Center to have themselves informed about the state of affairs in the horticulture with regard to water purification and zero emission, and also to hear how the…

August 5-30, 2019

US (FL): Advanced Nutrient Management online course

Train yourself, or your staff, to make better crop management decisions by learning in-depth aspects of plant nutrition management. Advanced Nutrient Management is the third course of the 2019 Greenhouse Online Training program offered by the University of Florida IFAS Extension. This course is advanced…

"Horticulture sector actors need constant dialogue"

Mr. Anjo Van Toorn, the Country Director of the Netherlands Development Organisation for Ghana, has called on horticulture sector actors to constantly dialogue to market their products and services. He said new dimensions of scaling up, innovation, and partnerships were triggered to take the sector to…

September 20-22, Frankfort

US (KY): Annual conference puts out “fruits” to advance the practice of aquaponics

This year’s Aquaponics Association Annual Conference theme is “Putting Out Fruits”. Putting Out Fruits will take place in Frankfort, Kentucky at Kentucky State University on September 20 – 22nd, 2019. Head to the Putting Out Fruits homepage for ticket info. ( http://bit.ly/2UuUzxz ) "The aquaponics…

Innovation and technology take centre stage on day two of PCA Conference

The Protected Cropping Australia (PCA) Conference 2019 held its final day of plenary sessions on the Gold Coast, with a focus on technology, biosecurity, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Labour and plant nutrition. Among the sessions, delegates learnt about the lessons learnt by the strawberry industry…

Australian growers: Water shortage is a unifying issue

Supporting growers to manage orchards in the face of looming water shortages was top of the agenda when apple and pear industry leaders met in Melbourne this week. State Associations from across the country converged on Melbourne during Hort Connections to share regional outlooks and issues, and discuss…

31 July - 2 August, Mystery Creek, Hamilton, NZ

Latest tech to be demonstrated at Horticulture Conference

Technology that will help fruit and vegetable growers now and in the future will be demonstrated at Our Food Future, the Horticulture Conference 2019 between 31 July and 2…

Networking a key component at Organic Produce Summit

While all trade shows provide the chance for companies to network with each other and help create a foundation for great partnerships, the Organic Produce Summit’s focus on the organic category emphasizes this even more. This is also how Mucci Farms, a greenhouse grower with operations across North…

Massive growth in attendance as Protected Cropping Australia Conference gets underway on Gold Coast

"Everyone within the industry is expanding because there is demand for their product"

More than 575 delegates are expected to attend the Protected Cropping Australia (PCA) Conference 2019 on the Gold Coast, which began on Monday, which is a significant increase on the previous event. One of the organisers and PCA Chair, Nicky Mann says last conference there was only 468, which shows an…

What's not to miss on the Costa PCA Conference 2019

This weekend the Costa PCA Conference 2019 will kick off. The 15th biennial conference since 1990 is to offer a complete overview on the developments in the Australian…

July 8-12, Wageningen

Netherlands: Summer School on Image Analysis for Plant Phenotyping

Are you looking for a complete overview of image analysis techniques for automatic plant phenotyping? The course will provide a mixture of underlying theory and practical hands-on training. During the course you will have the opportunity to work on real plant image analysis problems so you can apply it…

Russell IPM MD awarded Outstanding Performance to Industry Accolade

Dr. Shakir Al-Zaidi, Russell IPM's Founder and Managing Director, has been recognised as a significant contributor to the biopesticide industry and awarded at the Biopesticide Summit that took place on the 2nd and 3rd of July 2019 in Swansea, UK. Dr. Al-Zaidi has patented multiple innovative products…

John van der Knaap talks about De Ruiter Experience:

"Italian grower and Austrian supermarket struck a deal in Bleiswijk"

A tomato variety that is selling well one year might not be on the market the year after. That is why De Ruiter breeds new varieties every year. The company does not do this by themselves though but instead works closely with growers, traders, and consumers. In the De Ruiter Experience Center in the…

Interfresh Eurasia exhibition October 16-18, 2019

Turkey: Buyers & exporters of fresh produce to meet in Antalya

This week, Ankara hosted the presentation an d launch meeting for the upcoming Interfresh Eurasia 2019 fair slated for Oct. 16-18 in the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya.…

David Marks, Levity CropScience:

"Improved shelf-life and stronger yields for strawberries and lettuces"

Bilsborrow based Levity CropScience has presented its latest research at a horticulture conference in the Estonian city of Tartu. The conference was organised by the Nordic Association of Agricultural Science, and was called the 'NJF Conference on Horticulture'. The conference was attended by several…

China and France get together on the event stage

On June 16-20, 2019, greenhouse horticulture scientists gathered in Angers, France to attend the GreenSys International Facility Horticulture Conference. The five-day conference included a three-day academic forum, a one-day technical forum and a one-day professional visit. The conference consisted of 25…

Registration open for the Crosset Company 2019 Produce & Floral Conference

Registration is now open for the new Crosset Company Produce & Floral Conference held in Cincinnati, OH on August 28, 2019. Retailers, Foodservice Operators, Growers,…

July 7-10, Gold Coast

Australia: Something for everyone at Costa PCA Conference

The Costa PCA Conference commences this Sunday, the 7th of July on the Gold Coast in Australia. This event has something for everyone in the horticultural industry and includes a wide range of speakers, trade displays, and the opportunity to visit leading growers on their properties. "This event promises…

Brazil: Impression of the 26th edition of Hortitec

The 26th edition of the Hortitec has come to an end last Friday, June 28. For three days over 400 companies in the horticulture and fruit industry presented their products and services at the Expoflora Park, in Holambra (SP) - one of the largest areas in Brazil for the production of flowers, vegetables…

Hortiflorexpo IPM Shanghai 2019 broke 50,000 visitor barrier

Organized by China Flower Association, managed by Shanghai Intex Exhibition Co Ltd and China Great Wall Exhibition, the 21st Hortiflorexpo IPM Shanghai was launched from 20th to 22nd April 2019 in the Shanghai New International Expo Center. Hortiflorexpo IPM Shanghai 2019 has welcomed 52,362 visitors.…

Photo report Hort Connections 2019

Hort Connection 2019 took place in Melbourne last week with a record number of stand holders and delegates. 195 companies exhibited at the trade fair and over 3300 delegates attended the event. This is the third time the event has been organised jointly between PMA A-NZ and AUSVEG, according to feedback…

Korean students educated on Dutch greenhouse automation

Tuesday 25th of June, a large group of horticultural students from the Korean National Universities of Chonnam and Kyungpook visited the head office of Hoogendoorn Growth Management in Vlaardingen (Netherlands). Trainers René Beerkens from Hoogendoorn and Arjen Van Geest from Lentiz Cursus and Consult…

July 14, 2019, Wolfe Park:

US (OH): Kicking off Cultivate'19 with the 5K Flower Run?

Attending the Cultivate'19 in Columbus (OH)? Then, you might consider signing up for the 5k Flower Run that will take place on Sunday morning, July 14 at the Wolfe Park. The annual Flower Run, organized by Luxfora, GIE Media and AmericanHort, celebrates Luxflora’s mission to develop a visionary,…

Sustainability high on the agenda at the ISF World Seed Congress 2019

During the recent ISF World Seed Congress 2019 in Nice, France where nearly 1,700 delegates from 63 countries participated earlier this month, the topic of sustainability was the main thread running through the meetings and discussions among business leaders and stakeholders – in particular how the seed…

Hort Americas key supplies launch new products

US (OH): What's new at Cultivate'19

Horticultural distributor Hort Americas is participating in this year’s Cultivate’19 trade show, July 13-16, in Columbus, Ohio. Attendees will have an opportunity to see a variety of production-related products, including LED lights, environmental sensors, greenhouse shading compounds, a variety of…

Hort Connections 2019

Trends and the future of fresh produce

Hort Connections kicked off this morning with a breakfast session followed by many diverse and inspirational speakers. Matt Brand CEO of Hort Innovations outlined the importance of the fruit and vegetable industry and how the Australian exports of fresh produce have increased by 22% in the last five…

Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Health & Food Safety:

"New breeding techniques can help us tackle some profound challenges"

Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Health & Food Safety shared his enthusiasm for open discussion on the potential of gene editing during his speech at CRISPRcon, in Wageningen, The Netherlands on 20-21 June 2019. This conference, for the first time in Europe, gathered a broad selection of…

2020 United Fresh San Diego Convention to launch four-year rotation

“With numerous enhancements from one-on-one networking meetings to a late-night party for some 800 attendees at the House of Blues, United Fresh 2019 lived up to the vision of…

Associated International Group of Nurseries

Annual nursery meeting in Pacific Northwest

The Associated International Group of Nurseries, known throughout the Tree Fruit Industry as AIGN® gathered in Washington State, USA during the last week of May for their annual general meeting. The group was formed 31 years ago and is the oldest group of its kind. Eighteen members and directors from…

Culinary cook-off highlights greenhouse produce

An evening of culinary artistry is hard to pass up, and recently the third annual United Way Battle of the Growers was held. This was the inaugural year for Red Sun Farms’ participation in this friendly competitive event. For the past two years local greenhouse growers have been paired up with a local…

Royal Brinkman innovation seminar:

"Even though things are going well, innovation is necessary”

‘Let’s improve together.’ This was the main goal in ‘s-Gravenzande last week, where over 500 guests were invited by Royal Brinkman to join in for a seminar on the future of the industry. The company believes innovation is necessary. As the event location the old auction hall in ‘s-Gravenzande was chosen.…

New vision for future of blueberries in Huelva

During the main programme of the fifth Congreso Internacional de Fruto Rojos in Huelva, Spain, on Thursday, and on the invitation of Fruit Logistica, Jaguar The fresh company explained their vision of how they see the sales and marketing of blueberries in the short and medium terms, to meet market…

US: Teaming up for National Pollinator Month

To help raise awareness and community involvement in the pollinator crisis and decline, ScottsMiracle-Gro and Ortho teams educated children, families and community members about what they can do to help pollinators. This is part of their Gro More Good commitment to connect 10 million kids to the benefits…

Record number of attendees

Hort Connections 2019 gets under way

Monday evening saw the opening of the 2019 Hort Connections conference and trade show. AUSVEG and PMA Australia-New Zealand Limited (PMA A-NZ) have united to deliver the event which will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 24–26 June 2019. The topic of this year's event is Growing…

Photo report: Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit 2019

Only last year, the amount of venture capital pumped into the indoor agriculture industry was 1.5 billion dollars already - enough to double the total greenhouse capacity of the US. With this statement Nick Houshower with Equilibrium Capital summarized the state of indoor agriculture: there's money,…

Anouk Sijmonsma, Produce Marketing Association:

What is PMA Fresh Connections: Southern Africa all about?

PMA Fresh Connections is heading towards Southern Africa, but what makes it important to the industry? Regional vice president Anouk Sijmonsma shares her thoughts on the…

Second educational session at OPS 2019 announced

The second of two educational sessions related to the growth of organic production and retail sales from an international perspective has been announced for the upcoming Organic Produce Summit, this July in Monterey, CA. The two sessions will explore how international organic growers and distributors are…

September 16-18, Washington, D.C.

AmericanHort officially announces 2019 Impact Washington Summit

AmericanHort announced the 2019 Impact Washington Summit, September 16-18 in Washington, D.C. to unite leaders across the green industry to hear from dynamic speakers about…

Expanded tomato line on display at upcoming organic show

For one organic grower, this year’s Organic Produce Summit is a chance to show visitors the full extent of what its company has to offer. A&A Organic Farms out of Watsonville, Ca. plans to feature its expanded line of products which include Persian cucumbers, ginger, broccoli, organic turmeric out of…

Six suspects arrested in Brandenburg

Huge amount of drugs hidden under lettuce

Investigators found a lot of green stuff in Brandenburg: Hidden between lettuce heads, a truck had loaded 250 kilograms of grass. Last Friday, special units again struck out against an international drug ring: The marijuana truck came from Spain and was on the way to a warehouse in Großwoltersdorf…

A look back at the GreenSys international symposium

Greenhouse production: a unique bridge between professionals and scientists

The GreenSys 2019 - International Symposium on Advanced Technologies and Management for Innovative Greenhouses was held from June 16th to 20th 2019 at the Convention center in Angers, France. GreenSys' first congress was organized in 2004 in Belgium and was held every other year from 2007 (Italy, Canada,…

July 10-11, Monterey

US (CA): Organic Trade Association to host buyers mission at Organic Produce Summit

Next month, the Organic Trade Association will host its first-ever buyers mission at the annual Organic Produce Summit on July 10-11 in Monterey, California. This event for the organic produce sector is the only show in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to bringing together organic fresh produce growers,…

PMA's Anouk Sijmonsma on Fresh Connections: South Africa

“Fresh Connections brings people together and enables them to connect"

The Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA’s) Fresh Connections: Southern Africa Conference and Trade Show is the only annual event in Southern Africa connecting the entire…

June 24, Cawood

UK: STC Sustainability Conference 2019: ‘Growing in the Green’

Interested in recent R&D on how we can grow crops into living green understories? If so, you may want to attend the STC Sustainability Conference, funded as part of STC’s ongoing work into clover ‘living mulches’. There is no charge for this event, but places are limited. To book yours please contact…

July 16, Columbus

Leafy Greens 101: How to Start and Optimize Your Hydroponic Production

Hydroponic leafy green production can present commercial growers with exciting opportunities. New crop varieties, greater control, improvements in quality, consistency and yield, and year-round production are just some of the many benefits. But it can be intimidating to get started in hydroponics. What…

US: ASTA announces new leadership team, national award winners

The American Seed Trade Association’s (ASTA) newly-elected officer team was announced during ASTA’s Policy & Leadership Development Conference (PLDC) in Denver, CO. Members of the FY2019-20 ASTA officer team—officially taking office on July 1 are: Chair: Wayne Gale, Stokes Seed First Vice Chair: John…

Future of indoor grown food discussed at Indoor AgTech

What role will indoor-grown food be playing in the future and how will the vertical farming industry develop? There’s a lot going on: Investors find their way into the industry, growing facilities are scaling up and collaborations are being formed these days. On the other hand, companies go out of…

Produce industry leadership program announces class of 2019-2020

The United Fresh Produce Association has announced the members of the 2019-2020 United Fresh Produce Industry Leadership Program Leadership Class 25. Sponsored by a grant from…

Dutch follow-up visit to Kyrgyzstan

The Netherlands Embassy in Kazakhstan, which is also accredited to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, announced its plans to organize two follow-up visits to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan in the fall of 2019 and spring of 2020, respectively. A follow-up visit of Dutch agricultural companies to Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)…

"CRISPR-Cas would never have become this big without John van der Oost"

Wageningen University & Research hosts the CRISPRcon conference on 20 and 21 June, where experts from all over the world talk about the future of gene editing: adapting genetic material. Professor John van der Oost receives international praise for his long-standing commitment to CRISPR-Cas. Read the…

AgSafeBC holds Progressive Ag Safety Day

Child safety on the farm

Children and youth living in agricultural environments are at risk of serious injury or death, especially when school breaks for the summer and more children are on or around agricultural worksites. AgSafe , British Columbia’s agricultural workplace health and safety association promotes the importance of child safety education…

Myanmar: Field day event organized in Hpa An Township

A second knowledge transfer field event was organized by East-West Seed as a part of the Vegetable Capacity Building (VegCAP) on June 12th and 13th 2019 at Kawt Lai Village in Hpa An Township, Kayin State. During these two days, practical demonstrations and workshops on improved vegetable production took…

Expo 2020 Dubai and Emirates Flight Catering create fresh and eco-friendly F&B vision

Fresh produce grown at the world’s largest vertical farm will be served to millions at Expo 2020 Dubai as part of a collaboration with Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC) to provide delicious and diverse culinary choices while showcasing the future of sustainable gastronomy. The tie-up will also introduce…

"Biological control, beyond the point of no return"

Future trends in biological control − as well as potential opportunities and obstacles, including constraints surrounding the development of novel bio-pesticides − proved a popular session at the recent IUPAC2019 Conference. The joint lunch meeting was hosted by Biobest together with the project leaders…

December 3-5, Kiev

Organisers of Fresh Business Expo 2019 see growing interest in Ukrainian market

In some 5 months' time, the 7th edition of Fresh Business Expo will open its doors at the International Exhibition Centre (IEC) in Kyiv. The exhibition will take place from 3-5 December 2019. Being the only trade event in Ukraine that focuses exclusively on the Fresh Produce Industry the organisers of…

The future of CEA and urban farming

Gearing up to the second Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit on June 19-20 in New York, the event organizers found out what the summit’s Research Partner Cornell University has been working on, with insights from Neil Mattson, CEA Director & Associate Professor, School of Integrative Plant Science,…

AmericanHort announces the 2019 HortScholars

For the past thirteen years, AmericanHort has identified and supported six college students with a passion and drive for the horticulture industry through the HortScholars…

Germany: Exhibition showcases plants in space

How can astronauts feed themselves in space? Where does their food come from, where does the oxygen that they need to breathe come from? Today, the foundations for these future technologies are already being developed. The exhibition “Plants in Space” provides insight into current space research in the…

Snacking tomatoes for the consumers of the future

Fifteen children had a tomato party this week. Syngenta Seeds was the organiser. It was all about snacking tomatoes. And there was plenty of snacking. It's great to be able to eat as many tomatoes as you want. The children had a lot of fun. View the photo report here Before they were set free in the…

US (GA): Summer open houses highlight sustainable agriculture research at UGA

The University of Georgia is a hub for research that will shape farms tomorrow, and northeast Georgians will get a sneak peek at the future of farming at two farm tour open houses this month. At the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ Durham Horticulture Farm and J. Phil Campbell Sr.…

Seven Tinkerbell colors & hottest Dutch chilli draw attention at Eminent Seeds Open Day

Eminent Seeds recently organized an open day. It was held from 11 to 13 June in the World Horti Centre in Naaldwijk, the Netherlands. Here visitors were told about the company's exclusive products. These are tomato, bell pepper and chilli varieties that distinguish themselves in size, shape, color, and…

2020 edition coming up

Dozens of LED suppliers turn off their lights: GreenTech 2019 comes to an end

When the clock struck 5 PM yesterday, the RAI in Amsterdam quickly changed into a construction side, signaling the end of this year's GreenTech Amsterdam. We're currently processing almost 500 photos and putting all names in the right places, and will provide you with a full photo report on Monday - but…

Mexico-US relations high on agenda at September's AMHPAC convention

AMHPAC is a Mexico-based organization for the horticultural and produce industries. Each year, the organization hosts a convention to analyze and discuss important issues for the industry, including the risks and opportunities for the sector. This years' AMHPAC Annual Convention is going to take place on…

A successful ending to the Asia Fresh Expo

Today was the last day of Asia Fresh Expo, and attendance was smaller than for the two days before. In the afternoon most of the companies had cleared their booths. All the fruits had been sold and companies left to go back to their own cities in China. During this exhibition, there was a very clear…

Costa Protected Cropping Australia Conference

PCA Conference: Program and speakers announced

The Costa Protected Cropping Australia (PCA) conference and trade exhibition, to be held at the Star Casino on the Gold Coast, from July 7 - 10, 2019, offers a huge line-up of…

Australia: Almost halfway for 2019 Hort Masterclass participants

The 2019 Hort Masterclass is fast approaching the halfway mark. Described as a mini-MBA, the course is an intensive 10-month professional development program for those looking to accelerate their careers within horticulture. The course is delivered by the University of Tasmania, with input from…

Photo report of trade show

Increased engagement at renewed United Fresh Show

On June 11 and 12, the United Fresh Show was held at McCormick Place in Chicago. The theme of this year’s show was ‘Change is Here’ and the organizing committee had made many changes compared to previous years, resulting in a higher level of engagement and intimacy. A Partner X-Change that paired up…

Digitization in the greenhouse ensures well-founded cultivation decisions

Grodan’s biennial plant growers’ day took place last week. Every time they manage to organize a special activity at this event. This time it was all about horsepower. Lots of horsepower. Racing took place with Land Rovers, quads and bugxter buggies. But before that happened, the group was taken to the…

GreenTech heading down the home stretch

Day three of the GreenTech is in full swing. Until 5 pm, everyone can still attend a lecture (click here for the programme), visit a pavilion, drop by the stands for a chat, or take a look at an interesting product. Wouter Kuiper with KUBO, Mads Pedersen with Aurora Nordic and Jan Vellekoop with Peter…

Innovation Awards winners announced at United Fresh 2019

Seven Produce Innovation Awards winners were recognized at United Fresh 2019. This year’s honorees were voted on by show attendees from a total of 48 contestants across seven categories: Best New Food Safety Solution; Best New Fruit Product; Best New Packaging; Best New Packing/Processing Equipment; Best…

Global blueberry industry to gather in BC this month

The global blueberry industry is set to meet from June 24-26, 2019 in Richmond, B.C., bringing together leading experts to discuss opportunities and challenges for the industry worldwide. The International Blueberry Organization (IBO) Summit agenda will host a number of speakers. A full-day tour that…

Dutch Greenhouse Delta takes next step to realize Chinese High-Tech Agriculture Park

The shareholders agreement was signed this week between Jiashan Sino-Dutch Industrial Park Investment Company and Dutch Greenhouse Delta. This marks the start of the joint venture for the development of a high-tech Agriculture Park in China. The park will be the Chinese landing site for Dutch top…

Ghana: Vegetable growers given pest management training

As part of efforts to improve the cultivation of vegetables for both domestic and international markets, some selected vegetable farmers in the Central, Greater Accra and Volta Regions in Ghana have received training in integrated pest management (IPM) to enable them to cultivate quality and healthy…

GreenTech continues with busy second day

With the second day of GreenTech being in full swing, it's not hard to be in a good mood in Amsterdam. It's raining cats and dogs outside, but inside climate and water are discussed on a completely different level. The exhibition had a good start yesterday and exhibitors value the quality talks they've…

September 19-21, Qingdao

New time and location for Horti China 2019

Horti China will take place in the Qingdao World Expo City Hall N4 and Hall N5 on September 19th to 21st, 2019. The conference is expected to cover an area of 20,000 square meters. The exposition areas include seeds, plantation, greenhouse technology and resources, and other specialist industries. The…

June 20, New York

Market trends and breeding innovation charting the path for indoor farming

The second annual Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit to be held in New York City, June 19-20 2019, provides an opportunity for over 300 thought leaders to come together and advance the sustainability, profitability and health-focus of the indoor trend that’s changing the dynamics of fresh food production.…

International Postharvest Symposium:

Postharvest 2020 is scheduled to be held in Rotorua

Postharvest 2020, the 9th ISHS International Postharvest Symposium, is scheduled to be held in Rotorua, New Zealand, in November 2020. Promising to be an exciting and…

Innovation Awards for Grodan, Koppert Biological Systems and Ridder

GreenTech 2019 gets underway

And it's off! This morning in Amsterdam, GreenTech started. Technical novelties, new projects and meeting up with acquaintances - for the high-tech horticultural world Amsterdam is the place to be this week. It's the first time that the GreenTech exhibition is taking place within 12 months after the final edition, as the show…

Aussie fruit and vegetable growers to showcase produce to international buyers

Importers, wholesalers and retailers from six export markets within Asia will touch down on Australian soil next week for the annual AUSVEG Reverse Trade Mission, commissioned by Hort Innovation and supported by the Victorian Government. The 2019 Reverse Trade Mission is part of a strategic levy…

UK: Shortlist announced for The Biopesticide Awards 2019

Bionema Limited in conjunction with Swansea University are hosting the inaugural Biopesticide Summit on 2-3 July 2019 to address the pressing need to develop alternatives to…

June 13, Wageningen

Conference promotes cooperation between Japanese and European agri-food

In order to advance research in the world's leading agricultural and food industries, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) has a collaborative agreement with Wageningen University & Research (WUR). A conference will be held in the Netherlands to promote collaboration between…

HM·CLAUSE IBÉRICA technical conference

Identification, awareness and prevention of ToBRFV

Due to the appearance and rapid spread of the Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV), HM·CLAUSE IBÉRICA organized a technical conference in Almería last Thursday, May 30, attended by more than 250 technicians from the main greenhouse tomato producing areas in Spain (Almería, Granada and Murcia).…

Good start for Asia Fresh Expo in Shanghai

Recently, the Asia Fresh Expo started with a well attended opening ceremony given by Wang Rongjiang, President of China Vegetable Marketing Association, David Zhong, President of VNU Exhibitions Asia and Zhang Qingfeng Executive Vice President of the China Fruit Marketing Association. They all mentioned…

Nijssen presents new model MyGrowthRoom at GreenTech Amsterdam

During the GreenTech horticulture trade show in Amsterdam, Nijssen presents a new model of MyGrowthRoom, the successful multifunctional mobile walk-in climate chamber for cultivation tests and indoor farming production. In the rapidly developing indoor farming market there is undiminished demand for a…

Over 3.300 visitors to French greenhouses

“Promoting know-how of French producers”

From May 22nd to 25th, the 4th edition of the Open Greenhouse Operation was held at the national level, coordinated by AOPn (Association of French Tomato and Cucumber Producers). For the occasion, 23 greenhouses opened their doors to schools and to the general public. “The first year, we had 800…

US (MI): 2019 Systems approach to managing spotted wing Drosophila in berries

MSU Extension and Michigan Food and Farming Systems invite growers, field managers, pest consultants and everyone involved in insect pest management in blueberries, raspberries and strawberries to attend their first 2019 Spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) IPM Workshop. The workshop will be offered on…

University of Florida Greenhouse Training Online courses: Nutrient Management 1

Train yourself, or your staff, to make better crop management decisions by learning the basics of plant nutrition management. Nutrient Management 1 is the second course of the 2019 Greenhouse Online Training program offered by the University of Florida IFAS Extension. This course is intermediate level…


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