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Turkey: Breeders and suppliers show innovations at GrowTech

After a kickoff day that was slightly quieter than usual, the GrowTech show in Antalya, Turkey has been very well visited. The four-day event will last until tomorrow.  Top left: the team with Mygos showed their lighting solutions for greenhouses and the vertical farming industry. Top right: Etiper is a new supplier…

HM.Clause met the operators of the sector

Open Day at the Sicilian fruit and vegetable market in Vittoria

During the Sicilian Open Day, held on 12 November in the fruit and vegetable market of Vittoria, HM.Clause presented a selection of the latest varietal innovations in the field of tomatoes, courgettes, and peppers.  The HM.Clause Sicilia Staff, from left to right: Giovanni Canino, Pippo Puglisi, Agostino Marcellino,…

For SATA, sustainable farming is possible, even in proximity to protected areas

Farm waste disposal and management, from residues to resources

A conference on the impact of intensive agriculture on biodiversity and the increase of availability of technological means that have caused the exploitation of land was held to discuss how cultivation and protected natural areas can coexist. A moment during the conference The event, which took place last…

GrowTech Antalya kicks off

With the exchange rate for the Turkish Lira at an all-time low, the circumstances for the Turkish horticultural industry and local suppliers are challenging, but on the first day of the GrowTech in Antalya, that is not what is at the top of many international suppliers' minds. They focus on the CIS countries and the Middle East…

Agritechnica Asia & Horti Asia Regional Summit concludes its hybrid premiere

With a new hybrid format, Agritechnica Asia & Horti Asia Regional Summit successfully concluded its two-day event titled ‘Smart production for sustainable food systems’, attracting more than 800 virtual attendees from 34 countries. With more than 240 in-person visitors joining the event held in Nakhon…

November 24, 25, and 26

16 companies and various experts participate in the VI Dalías Early Pepper Conference

The Dalías Casino will host the VI Dalías Early Pepper Conference on November 24, 25, and 26. “The schedule is more intense when compared to previous years with the aim of…

Dutch horticulture mission to the United Arab Emirates

From November 22 to 25, a Dutch trade mission to the United Arab Emirates takes place. The mission is initiated by Dutch Greenhouse Delta, and organized in close cooperation with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the United Arab Emirates and the agricultural council of the Gulf. No fewer…

November 29 - December 3

Chinese companies to visit Dutch industry

In collaboration with the postal network in China, an online meeting will be organized on December 3 (from 9.00 to 10.30) with an interactive program about developments and…

January 12-13

Horticultural exhibition coming to Poland

The Fruit and Vegetable Industry Fair TSW 2022 will be held on 12th-13th January in Ptak Warsaw Expo in Nadarzyn near Warsaw. TSW attracts more and more visitors every year. During the last edition, there were over 16 thousand visitors from 25 countries (Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Estonia, Netherlands,…

November 22

Dutch chef to use first LIF Herb Tower

It has been five months since the Local Indoor Farming (LIF) Herb Tower's crowdfunding campaign, which attracted 88 investors, has been successfully completed. On Monday, November 22, the Towers will be presented at ROC Mondriaan in The Hague, the Netherlands, a company that invested in the towers too.…

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Uzbekistan Ministry of Agriculture team visits the Royal Agricultural University

A delegation from the Ministry of Agriculture in Uzbekistan visited the Royal Agricultural University with a view of collaborating with the RAU to develop the curriculum for a new International Agriculture University (IAU) in Uzbekistan. Professor Munira Aminova, Project Leader for IAU, and Alan France,…

18-20 February

Harvest season for fresh ideas coming in 2022 at the tenth Fruchtwelt Bodensee exhibition

The challenges of sustainability, innovation, and new requirements in the fruit-growing industry have growers and agriculturists eager for a chance to talk amongst themselves. The tenth edition of Fruchtwelt Bodensee, which is to take place from February 18 to 20, 2022, will provide the trade with a…

November 24-27

25 countries to be present at Growtech 2021

Growtech 20th International Greenhouse, Agricultural Technology and Livestock Equipment Fair will be held at Antalya Anfaş Expo Center between November 24 and 27, 2021. The exhibition will feature 5 main categories: ‘Greenhouse & Irrigation Technologies’, ‘Seed’, ‘Plant Nutrition & Plant Protection’,…

January 11-13, 2022

"Root in and boost your international plant projects"

The VIBE is the International Business Convention of the SIVAL, the Trade Fair for Plant Production Techniques. This fair will take place on the 11th, 12th, and 13th of…

Inventor of the pipe rail system honored with a book

Ever wondered what the origin of the pipe rail system in your greenhouse is? It is an invention of Jaap Zegwaard, a Dutch tomato grower who passed away in January of this year. Last week, a book about his life appeared (in Dutch), telling the story of his greatest invention, supplemented with stories of…

Suppliers present at Expo Agroalimentaria to serve growing vegetable and berry market

For the 26th time, the Expo Agroalimentaria took place in Guanajuato, Mexico, last week. Traditionally, the show is one of the biggest agricultural shows of the country, and year after year, more horticultural companies find their way to the show. Due to the pandemic, the show was not as big or crowded…

Deadline: 20 December

Unpack your challenge: three packaging strategies unraveled

On 15 November, Wageningen University & Research (WUR)  launched the Unpack your challenge project, inviting FMCG companies in Europe to submit their biggest current challenge. WUR experts will develop a (free) roadmap to achieve the best packaging strategy for three selected companies. By sharing insights…

2 December, 8:00–10:00am (PST) 11:00am–1:00pm (EST) 5:00–7:00pm (CET)

"Optimal production and profit in horticulture no longer at odds with sustainability"

Optimal production, quality, and profit in horticulture are no longer at odds with sustainability and the efficient use of energy, water, and nutrients. Surprisingly, the key to this solution is provided by nature itself. The only thing we have to do is stimulate and support the natural growing power of…

Visiting Dutch/Canadian companies in Niagara Region, Canada

In late September, a small delegation from the Netherlands Network in Canada and the United States visited several horticultural companies in the Niagara region of Ontario. The purpose of the visit was to meet with several Dutch/Canadian companies, a well-known research institute, and to learn about new…

Survey to help farmers' transition from traditional to vertical farming

What is the new role of farmers in the future?

“I noticed that there’s a lot of questions about vertical farming from traditional farmers,” says Christine Zimmerman-Loesll, Chairwoman at the Association for Vertical Farming. She was recently invited to speak at an annual meeting of the Bavarian agriculture society.  During the event, the delegates raised…

Exhibitors get ready for Growtech Eurasia

Omex Agrifluids, designer and manufacturer of specialty soluble fertilizers for the broadest spectrum of agricultural and horticultural crops, will be exhibiting at Growtech Eurasia in Antalya, Turkey, from 24th - 27th November 2021. Growtech Eurasia is the largest agriculture fair in Eurasia and Turkey.…

9-11 February 2022

New entry regulation for Fruit Logistica 2022

The restarting of attendance trade fairs after the corona-related break has been a success, and preparations for Fruit Logistica 2022, which will be held in Berlin from the…

23 November from 9:30 am to 1 pm

US: Hydroponics open house

The Horticulture 307 Hydroponics for Growing Populations class will demonstrate hydroponic systems during an open house on November 23 from 9:30 am to 1 pm in the Plant Science Teaching Greenhouse on Nebraska East Campus. The class is taught by Stacy Adams, associate professor of practice in agronomy and horticulture. “Students…

The Asia-Pacific agri-food innovation summit on November 16-18

Caling food production in Asia

With the UN stating ‘code red for humanity’ in its latest climate report, the pressure is on to scale sustainable food production. This theme will be at the forefront of the Asia-Pacific Agri-Food…

Teams announced to participate in Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge

On Friday 5 November, after a 24-hour hackathon in which 17 international teams took part, the five winning teams for the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge were announced in a hybrid event. The third edition of the challenge is organized by Wageningen University & Research and Tencent. The five winning…

1-2 December 2021

Organic Grower Summit 2021 announces Grower of the Year

The Organic Grower Summit, presented by Western Growers and the Organic Produce Network, will honor long-time organic grower Vic Smith as recipient of the fourth annual Organic Grower Summit’s Grower of the Year. Smith, CEO of JV Smith Companies, was selected based on his ongoing commitment and…

December 7, 12:30 -15:30 (CET)

Online mini-symposium on Tropilaelaps spp. mites

On Tuesday 7 December 2021, the Dutch National Reference Laboratory for bee diseases will organize an online mini-symposium entitled ‘Tropilaelaps spp.: the next global threat to honey bee health?' Tropilaelaps spp. mites parasitize honey bee brood of several Apis species in Asia. Much like the varroa…

Dutch King and Queen visit UAE expo

On the 4th of November 2021, Certhon participated in the trade mission to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the visit to the SuprimAir greenhouse they have built for Pure Harvest. This trade mission, of which Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima were part, was about sustainable urban…

November 23, 7:45-14:00

"Learn from experts at seminar on growing plants in artificial media"

Producing crops in artificial media brings many benefits, one of them being a lower occurrence of soil-borne disease. However, it also sets certain demands. Plant nutrition…

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Grow Sessions - a fun and in-depth look into the cannabis industry from an insider's perspective

TSRgrow, a horticulture solutions company, has launched Grow Sessions, a podcast dedicated solely to cannabis cultivators, and was recently named one of the top 20 cannabis…

IV International Tomato Symposium

"New varieties and segments are emerging in the Polish market"

"In Poland, there is a long-standing tradition when it comes to the cultivation of tomatoes which, up until the early 1900s, were mainly used as ornaments. Nowadays, 90% of tomatoes are produced in greenhouses and only 10% grow in open fields." These numbers were shared by Eytan Kachel during the "IV…

Photo report: Hort suppliers present at FPC Future and Careers, UK

Thursday 4 November saw the very first edition of the FPC Future and Careers Fair held at Lincolnshire Showground. This new, inaugural agritech innovation exhibition and conference for the fresh produce, flower and plant industry was well attended by industry people as well as students and young people…

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9 – 30 November

"Resistance makes the difference"

From 9 – 30 November 2021, the Enza Zaden House Fair 2021 takes place. During these three weeks, you can visit the demo location in Almeria, Spain, or join a digital session to learn all about the new and proven varieties and concepts.   Resistance makes the differenceThe common thread through this event is ‘Resistance…

26 November 2021

Webinar 'Carbon Neutral Horticulture in Japan'

The Dutch embassy in Tokyo organizes the sixth edition of the 'Netherlands-Japan horticulture webinar' on November 26th. Due to Covid, the event will again be held online.…

November 16-17

Agritechnica Asia & Horti Asia: Update on the program

'Agritechnica Asia & Horti Asia Regional Summit: Smart Production for Sustainable Food Systems' is to be held as a hybrid event. It is organized by VNU Asia Pacific and DLG…

New short course offerings on hydroponics and greenhouse design

Are you interested in growing tomatoes hydroponically? The University of Arizona Controlled Environment Agriculture Center will be hosting Hydroponic Tomato Intensive…

1-2 December 2021

Organic Grower Summit 2021 keynote panelists announced

Up and coming leaders from three organic growing operations have been confirmed as panelists for the keynote presentation at the 2021 Organic Grower Summit (OGS) presented by Western Growers and OPN December 1-2 in Monterey, CA.  'Next Gen: A Conversation with the Next Generation of Organic Leaders' will be…

14-18 and 14-16 May 2023

Postharvest unlimited conference & postharvest ornamentals symposium

The Postharvest Unlimited Conference and the Postharvest Ornamentals Symposium will place simultaneously in joined and parallel sessions. The events will take place in Wageningen, The Netherlands, allowing you to visit research facilities regarding postharvest physiology, technology, vision, and robotics…

ESSA celebrates 10th anniversary at 2021 annual event

In early October, the European Sprouted Seeds Association (ESSA) held its Annual Event 2021 in a digital format, celebrating the Association’s 10th anniversary as a network of the sprouted seeds industry. The Annual Event, which was open to all interested food business operators this year, reflected on…

"Poland offers an export opportunity for Sicilian tomatoes"

In 2019, there were 2,102 hectares of greenhouses in Poland, producing 677 thousand tons of crops. Greenhouse tomatoes are grown all year around - half of them (1,037 hectares) in actual greenhouses while the rest are grown in 'non-woven fabric' polytunnels. Harvesting operations are carried out mainly…

Participation in Fruit Attraction 2021 exceeds expectations

The 13th edition of Fruit Attraction saw the participation of 65,000 professionals from 110 countries. Although almost 90,000 people had attended the latest on-site edition, the expectations of Ifema Madrid have been exceeded: "This event is very important for the industry as a whole, as it brings…

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November 16

Bulgarian horti sector offers opportunities for Dutch business

On 16 November, join the exclusive webinar organized by the Netherlands Agricultural Office in Bulgaria in cooperation with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RvO). With 5 million hectares, Bulgaria is the 12th largest EU country in terms of farmland area. Bulgaria is renowned for oilseeds, cereals, and…

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November 11 and 18

Ciopora organizes two plant breeding webinars

The 2nd edition of the CIOPORA Breeding Academy is back with two webinars in November. On November 11, learn from Dr. Robert Boehm (Head of Molecular Breeding at Klemm + Sohn GmbH & Co. KG, Germany) how breeders are dealing with climate change in the ornamental sector. This webinar will provide an…

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January 7-9, 2022

2022 Hydroponic Tomato Intensive Workshop

Join the University of Arizona Controlled Environment Agriculture Center for the Hydroponic Tomato Online Intensive Workshop (online and on-site). This three-day workshop is great for those just getting started in hydroponic growing or are novice growers that are wanting to expand their knowledge.…

Plant breeding AI gets schooled in new student competition

If Hillsborough Street glowed a bit brighter recently, it might have been from the collective mental energy focused on NC State’s first Agricultural Technology Hackathon. The university and USDA-Agricultural Research Service created the Ag Tech Hackathon to accelerate agricultural research using computer…

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7-9 December 2021

Registration for Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo open

The 2021 Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo, in partnership with the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, and Farm Market Expo, will be held in person on Dec. 7-9 at the Devos Place Conference Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The floriculture team from Michigan State University Extension worked with the Western…

Jack Ma visits Dutch greenhouses

Jack Ma, known as the founder of Ali Baba, and business partner David Yu visited the Netherlands this Monday for research purposes within the horticulture sector. The organizers of the reception, Pierre Bell and Jiayan Cai of the Flexibell Systems Group, speak of a successful visit and thank the receiving companies: World Horti…

Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands visits Dutch companies in Niagara, CA.

On Tuesday September 28th, the Canadian offices of Havecon Horticultural Projects hosted the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, as a part of a tour in the Niagara Region of Canada, arranged by Hoogendoorn Growth Management. Members of the Consulate General who joined the tour were Mr.…

1-2 December 2021

New educational sessions added for Organic Grower Summit

Two new educational sessions will explore how technology is enhancing organic crop production and offer a look at the growth of organic fresh produce sales at grocery stores over the past two years as part of the 2021 Organic Grower Summit (OGS) presented by Western Growers and OPN educational program,…

October 25-29

Africa’s second plant breeding conference kicks off in Rwanda

From 25th-29th October 2021, scientists, entrepreneurs, institutional leaders, and students from Africa and beyond are meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, and online for the second continental African Plant Breeders Association Conference (#APBAConf2021).   Guided by the theme, “Accelerating Genetic Gains in Plant Breeding…

25-27 May 2022

Agritechnica Asia and Horti Asia will be back

As vaccination rates are continuously increasing in Thailand and the Southeast Asian region, Thailand will re-open the country for vaccinated foreigners from 46 low-risk…

12-13 January 2022

The 12th TSW announced

The Fruit and Vegetable Industry Fair TSW 2022 will be held on 12-13 January in Ptak Warsaw Expo in Nadarzyn near Warsaw.During the last edition, there were over 16 thousand visitors from 25…

November 16-18

Scaling sustainable food production in Asia

Now in its fourth year, the Asia-Pacific Agri-Food Innovation Summit will bring together agribusinesses, growers, CPG and ingredient brands, entrepreneurs, investors,…

Cartagena, November 3 and 4

Experts from the US, South Africa, Italy, and Brazil participate at international Microbioma 2 conference

The program of the International Microbioma 2 Congress has already been published on the event's official website. Experts from the United States, South Africa, Italy, Poland, Argentina, and Spain will present the latest advances in the use of microorganisms applied to agriculture on November 3 and 4 at…

November 8

Iowa High Tunnel Short Course to highlight production and management

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host the 2021 Iowa High Tunnel Short Course on Nov. 8 in the Garden Room at Reiman Gardens. This event is designed to highlight the production and management of high tunnel crops along with information on the economics and marketing aspects of high tunnel…

Ministerie van Landbouw, Natuur en Voedselkwaliteit

Agri week Tokyo 2021 a success

From 13 October and 15 October, Agri week Tokyo took place at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan. The event, organized by RX Japan, is an agriculture technology trade show in Japan covering all kinds of agricultural supplies, materials, technologies, and services. With strict Covid measures, the event was attended by 400 exhibitors…

How OSRAM helps to ensure higher yields

"We want to bring exactly the light that is needed – where it is needed"

"Every plant is different – and so is every farm," says Rauno Pokall, senior product manager with OSRAM. That's why the company not only offers standard solutions but also provides customers with exactly the light they need, in the form of customized systems. "We want to bring exactly the light that is…

November 2

Invitation to demo visit trial of natural nitrogen in tomato

At Wageningen University & Research in Bleiswijk, VitalFluid is conducting a trial with the use of natural nitrogen in tomatoes. On November 2, there will be a demo on-site to show the results. In this trial, tomatoes are grown according to the principles of USDA Organic. The reference is fed with…

Italy: EuroProgress and Med Group joined forces

On an open day earlier this month, Jean Pierre Lejeune of Italian greenhouse builder EuroProgress announced that his company and greenhouse builder Med Group joined forces.  Med Group was founded in 2010 in Sicily, in the heart of the Mediterranean, with the conviction that a modern conception of production activities…

Prizes and policymakers at this year's Dutch Horticultural congress

More than two years ago, the Dutch National Horticultural Deal was signed. Last week, people from this sector gathered for an initial evaluation. The event attracted many policymakers in particular, but there were also several growers and chain partners like breeders and research centers, as well as…

May 25-27 2022

Infoagro Exhibition Mexico to be held again

The second edition of Infoagro Exhibition Mexico has been announced and will be held at the Mazatlán International Center on May 25, 26, and 27, 2022. Óscar Martínez, director of Infoagro Exhibition México, said that the reservation request period for exhibitors who already participated in the first…

UK: Hort Science Online 2021 is live

Hort Science Online 2021 has gone live on 18 October with a platform comprising 5 zones containing practical and informative content on a broad spectrum of technical and…

9 to 16 October, 2021

Bayer at Dutch Food Week 2021

For the third year in a row, Bayer is a member of the Dutch Food Week. Dutch Food Week tells the story of Dutch food, from farm to fork, in which the seeds industry plays an important part. The theme of Dutch Food Week 2021 is health, sustainability, and a good life.  “For this year, together with our partners, we are linking the…

Krasnodar, 22 October 2021

Fruits and Vegetable of Russia 2021 forum announced

On October 22, 2021, the forum Fruits and vegetables of Russia 2021 will be held. The event will be full of greenhouse plants, manufacturers of equipment and materials for…

May 14 -16, 2022

Hortiflorexpo IPM Beijing

The 24th Hortiflorexpo IPM China takes place at the China International Exhibition Center (New Venue) in Beijing on May 14 -16, 2022. Hortiflorexpo IPM is Asia’s trade show for the horticulture…

1-2 December 2021

Organic Grower Summit on growing and selling in Mexican organic market announced

With Mexico’s promotion of organic agriculture leading to a growing domestic market and creating import opportunities for U.S. growers, a just-announced educational session at the 2021 Organic Grower Summit presented by Western Growers and OPN (OGS) will explore the relationship between the two countries…

8 November 2021, 11.00 am (EST)

Webinar: Translating biotechnology of horticultural crops in a post-genomics era

In a webinar organized by the American Society for Horticultural Science, Dr. Abhaya M. Dandekar, Professor in the Plant Sciences Department of University of California Davis,…

3 November, 3.00-4.30 pm CET

Exploring the potential of urban farming

As metropoles all over the world are encouraging urban food production, agriculture is making its way back to the cities. Urban farming in its modern forms looks cool (check #rooftopgarden), helps to green and cool down urban heat islands, and produces food that has positive associations: local, fresh,…

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International day of rural women: cultivating good food for all

Achieving gender equality and empowering women is not only the right thing to do, but it is also a critical ingredient in the fight against extreme poverty, hunger, and malnutrition. On average, women make up more than 40% of the agricultural labor force in developing countries, ranging from 20% in Latin…

25 - 28 January, 2022

New center focusing on packaging at IPM Essen 2022

The ecological awareness of consumers is steadily increasing, and international horticulture is facing the challenge of responding to the growing desire for more…

IPS company tour showcases cultivation in climate cell to plant breeders

Plant breeders had a great time during the International Propagation Seminar. After day 1, with a number of interesting lectures about which we already published a (photo) report, day 2 was all about company visits to Certhon and De Ruiter (or to Artechno and Rijk Zwaan for the other group). On behalf of…

15 years back and 15 years forward

From tilapia, LED and diffuse glass to autonomous growing and crop protection trials

Delphy Improvement Centre and the greenhouse horticulture business unit of Wageningen University & Research recently organized a knowledge-sharing event focused on the challenges for greenhouse horticulture in the next 15 years. Over the past 15 years, they have conducted research and implemented…

UK: Pershore looks at future food production

A Festival of Horticultural Technology held at Pershore College has been greeted enthusiastically by both speakers and an audience which was made up of a range of…

Back to business in a big way: Indoor Ag-Con hosts in-person edition In Orlando

Indoor Ag-Con, the premier trade show and conference for indoor vertical farming and controlled environment agriculture, welcomed growers, suppliers, tech companies, startups, and others back for its in-person edition held October 4-5, 2021 at the Hilton in Orlando. Delighted by the chance to return to a…

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First berry business forum in Serbia takes place

The first Berry Business Forum, held on October 6, was a place to be for all berry growers in Serbia. The first Berry Business Forum was held in Serbia on October 6 and the conference covered all topics of interest for growers: market trends, breeder’s rights, climate change, and finance opportunities.…

Cultivate'22 open for submissions

AmericanHort is seeking submissions for Cultivate’22 education topics and speakers, which will take place from July 16-19 in Columbus, Ohio. At Cultivate’21, more than 100…

Incotec at Euroseeds 18-20 October

Microplastic-free film coatings for vegetable seeds coming soon

At stand number 20 in the Euroseeds Congress (Prague, 18-20 October), Incotec is providing information on the newest in sustainable solutions, including the forthcoming range of microplastic-free film coatings for vegetable seeds. The new products, soon to be introduced, are part of an expanding range of…

Photo report: Fruit Attraction 2021

Fruit Attraction took place in Madrid this week, and, despite all the Covid difficulties, the exhibitors and visitors were pleased with the event. As one of the first real-life events for the fresh produce trading industry, many breeders took the opportunity to show their new varieties. Many Spanish…

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Learn to go low-peat or peat-free successfully

For many in the industry, this year’s Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO and Greenhouse Growers EXPO are the first chance to gather together again. The Grand Rapids, Michigan-based show is chock-full of meetings, education sessions, and chances to connect with other growers, vendors, and…

IPS Business Tour leads plant breeders to propagation in climate cell

Last week, plant breeders joined the International Propagation Seminar in the South Holland province in the Netherlands. After day one, with a number of interesting lectures about which we published a (photo) report, day two was all about company visits to Certhon and De Ruiter (or to Artechno and Rijk…

Tomato contact group meets at Fruit Attraction

The first day of the Fruit Attraction trade show in Madrid featured many satisfied faces. It was not as busy as in previous years and there was an occasional empty stand, But that is quite understandable given the COVID-19 situation. Nonetheless, people were pleased to see each other again in a broader international context.…

January 11-13

Show for the plant production of the future, welcomes visitors

Having been absent for a year due to the health crisis, the SIVAL is pleased to be able to welcome all of the members of the specialist plant production sector. Organized by…

Organic Grower Summit

Education session focuses on innovative ag inputs for organic growers

An examination of how organic growers can best use approved bio inputs in the most efficient and effective manner for their crops and bottom line will be the subject of a just announced educational session as part of the 2021 Organic Grower Summit presented by Western Growers and OPN (OGS) educational…

21 October 10am

NZ plant producers announce general meeting

The NZ Plant Producer's 2021 Annual General Meeting will be held online on Thursday 21st October at 10am.  This event will be held online via Zoom due to the current COVID restrictions.…

Experts agree at GreenTech 2021

“The future is bright for hydroponics”

Although it cannot be said with certainty how the future of hydroponics is going to look, the experts attending 2021's GreenTech have no doubts that “the future is bright for…

PMA's online Fresh Ideas Showcase opens for registration

Produce Marketing Association has announced an Online Fresh Ideas Showcase where companies can share products and services, which will be available for buyers to see the newest flavors and solutions.    “Each year countless products, services, and innovations are launched,” said director of events at PMA, Jamie Romano…

Advisory board looks forward with great anticipation to IPM ESSEN 2022

Preparations for IPM ESSEN 2022 are in full swing. From 25 to 28 January, Messe Essen will once again be the meeting place for the international green sector. The advisory…

Australian fresh produce supply chain education project set to be rolled out nationally

A unique educational tool that will immerse school students in the dynamic world of global fruit and vegetable supply chain management is being extended to classrooms nationally, to help inspire and equip them to take up roles in the fresh produce industry. The initiative, which started as a pilot in…

Photo report: Indoor Ag-Con 2021

How to make the most of your vertical farm? How do you select your LEDs? What varieties to use? What are the challenges for the indoor growing industry? How do retailers deal with indoor-grown produce? How will the market develop in the coming years? And, not unimportant, how has everybody been doing? All these topics - and…

Maharashtra horticulture minister visits vegetable centers

Sandipan Bhumre, Minister for Employment Guarantee and Horticulture of the Maharashtra province, visited the Centre of Excellence (COE) for Vegetables (Kartarpur) and Centre…

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USDA announces recipients of urban ag grants and cooperative agreements

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the selection of recipients for more than $6.6 million in grants and cooperative agreements through the Office of Urban…

Indoor Ag-Con kicks off in Orlando

It's show-time! Yesterday the Indoor Ag-Con kicked off in Orlando. The show was opened by David Rosenberg, CEO of Aerofarms. In his keynote he addressed the developments in the CEA industry and highlighted the many opportunities there are for growers and suppliers within the vertical farming industry.…

November 24 -27

"Agricultural industry keen to visit Growtech in Antalya"

The agricultural industry is looking forward to rejoining Growtech 20th International Greenhouse, Agricultural Technology, and Livestock Equipment Fair between November 24 and 27, 2021. Heralding that all necessary preparations have been completed to reunite the industry for the 20th time with…

Seed meets Technology looks back at a successful edition

Participants, many of whom had not physically attended a trade fair since the COVID breakout in March 2020, were delighted to hear that the event would not be canceled this year. The municipality saw ample possibilities for the safe organization of the event and actively contributed its ideas to this.…

October 13

Georgian horticulture business opportunities

Georgia is located between Europe, Asia, Russia, and the Near East, and has the potential for more international cooperation in horticulture. Although still in a transition since the fall of the Soviet Union, the current economic figures and future predictions are positive. Fruit crops (pome and stone…

Photo report

NL: Opening of Delphy and WUR vertical farm in Bleiswijk

The Delphy Improvement Centre and the horticulture- and flower bulb unit with Wageningen University & Research had a vertical farm built. On Friday 1 October the farm was officially opened, with the ceremony being kicked off by jointly raising flags at the Horti Science Park in Bleiswijk.  Click here to view…

Applications open for Class Three of Produce Safety Immersion Program

United Fresh Produce Association is now accepting applications for Class Three of the Produce Safety Immersion Program, sponsored by Calavo/Renaissance Food Group at the gold…

November 3-4

Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo coming soon

Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo will feature educational sessions on the production of hydroponic leafy greens on November 4, 2021. These sessions will feature:•…

This week is Canadian Greenhouse Conference week

The 2021 Canadian Greenhouse Conference (CGC) will take place this week on Wednesday and Thursday. Serving growers for over 40 years, the CGC is Canada’s foremost event for…

October 13, 5:00 – 6:30 PM (PT)

Berkeley Law invites to free webinar on China plant variety protection

To what extent does China’s plant variety IP regime address China’s twin goals of becoming an agricultural innovator and meeting the food security needs of its vast…

Photo report: Connoisseurs in for a treat at Seed meets Technology

Connoisseurs are in for a treat. For companies that treat, count, weigh, prime, improve and work with seeds in many other ways, Seed meets Technology in the Kop van Noord-Holland is the place to be this week. It is not as busy as in previous years, which undoubtedly has to do with the limited and…

November 29 – December 2

Join the Zuid-Holland Online China Week

Generating business opportunities in China is challenging, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. To support Zuid-Holland organizations and bridge the gap between China and…

October 8, 15:00-19:00 CEST

Totam Seeds offers access to new tomato varieties

Growers and nursery owners have the chance to see and touch a fantastic array of new and innovative tomato varieties at a special open event to be held in the Netherlands. Dutch breeding company Totam Seeds will welcome people on Friday 8 October to the De Kiem convention center, Beatrixzaal, in…

Photo report: Catching up at GreenTech 2021

Good things about trade shows post-COVID: they're smaller so you do not have to walk too far. There's more than enough space to not bump into each other all the time, yet you still do not miss out on anybody visiting the show. The bars in Holland shut down at midnight, so even on Thursday people looked…

NZ Plant Producers launches plant careers program

Plant Careers is the foundation to NZ Plant Producers' workforce strategy and falls under our pathways into industry and upskilling in the industry workstreams. It has been…

Final day of GreenTech: positive feeling among visitors and exhibitors

Much better than expected is how many exhibitors described GreenTech. To be honest, due to COVID, the expectations for the international horticultural trade show were pretty low - but still, most of the people on the show agreed that it was good to reconnect and that that's what they missed in the last…

Inaugural Singapore International Agri-Food week

Catalyzing sustainable food production in Asia

Temasek today announced that the inaugural Singapore International Agri-Food Week (SIAW) will take place from 15 to 18 November 2021. The event, which aims to catalyze…

Fruit Attraction Hall 8, stand 8B02

Organic fresh fruit and herbs with complete transparency

Organto is a fast-growing global provider of fresh organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs. As healthy eating trends, including sustainable organic foods, continue to grow worldwide, Organto is well-positioned in these fast-growing markets. Together with their strategic growers and supply chain partners,…

Third annual Eating Clean Challenge welcomes participants

Who has what it takes? That is the question the Texas International Produce Association (TIPA) asks as it announces its call to participate in the third annual Viva Fresh…

Second day of GreenTech: update

The second day of the GreenTech Live & Online is in full swing and so far it's a good one. Suppliers were reluctant on forehand yet find themselves in a good position reconnecting to each other and to the growers from Europe and abroad that made it to the show. Prior to the show, many novelties were announced and since the…

Deadline 24 January

Open call for GROOF greenhouse projects

In its aim to boost the sustainable greenhouses sector, GROOF is offering candidates a unique opportunity to receive professional coaching from experts in construction, energy, agronomy, business, and social aspects. They aim to foster the development and adoption of a diverse range of…

6 October 2021

Webinar: agrifood tech in India, disruptions & opportunities

Big data, market linkage models, farming as a service, and IoT-enabled technological development. These are some of the areas Indian Agriculture Technology start-ups are…

University of Florida offers online course on weed management and hydroponic vegetables

Weed Management runs from October 18 to November 12, 2021, and has been approved for CEUs in the state of Florida. It is taught by Dr. Chris Marble, assistant professor of ornamental and landscape weed management in the Department of Environmental Horticulture at the University of Florida. Growers in the…

The largest pumpkin in the world comes from Italy and weighs over 1200 kg

High-level genetic research, careful crossbreeds, and specific agronomic techniques - this is how to obtain the largest pumpkin in the world, awarded every year during the National championship of giant pumpkins held in Pontedera (Pisa) by Associazione Lo Zuccone. The absolute winner was yet again Stefano…

GreenTech kicks off with innovation awards and Kompano reveal

This morning in Amsterdam, GreenTech Live & Online kicked off. The show is much more compact than usual, yet it resulted in a vibrant and lively morning with visitors and exhibitors being happy to reconnect in real life. Right before publication Priva revealed their Kompano robot. Oh, and did we mention…

A visit to Rijk Zwaan breeding Japan

In July 2018, family-owned company Rijk Zwaan, based in De Lier (NL) with more than 30 subsidiaries worldwide, established a wholly-owned subsidiary in Shibayama Town in Chiba, near Narita International Airport. Curious to learn about the subsidiary’s ambitions and experiences to date, Denise Lutz, the…

“Best Agri Implement Award”

Retractable roof company receives award for progress made in India

Cravo Equipment Ltd has received "The Best Agri Implement Award 2021" from Agribusiness Summit and Agri Awards (ABSA 2021). ABSA is an annual feature organized by Ray Consulting Hyderabad. It honors the achievements and success stories of organizations and individuals actively involved in boosting…

Everything ready for the 2021 Tomato Symposium

The first Tomato Village in Italy will be inaugurated on October 29th, 2021. The IV International Tomato Symposium immediately received the support of sponsors and institutional partners, which decided to invest in this training and scientific dissemination event important for Sicilian salad tomato…

Fluence shows new inter-canopy lighting at Greentech 2021

Fluence by Osram is showing their new VYNE inter-canopy lighting (ICL) at Greentech 2021. The VYNE modules will be available in 2,5m and 2m versions and feature not only the traditional high red/ low blue spectrum but also Fluence’s popular R6 broad white spectrum. Efficacies range from 3,0 µmol/J for…

October 12, 11 AM – 12:30 PM PDT

CHP in CEA webinar

Learn how CHP systems can cost-effectively use both natural gas and renewable energy resources for CEA – with the added bonus of carbon dioxide capture. Greenhouses and vertical farms are an ideal application for CHP as they demand substantial heat and power. CHP systems generate electricity on-site, and the resulting waste heat…

Plant growers updated on lighting and ToBRFV

Around one hundred plant growers and related companies from the Netherlands and, at long last, abroad gathered this week during the annual International Propagation Seminar. Over two days, visitors are given the opportunity to catch up, share knowledge, and today also to take a look behind the scenes at…

Virtual Agrotechnology Extension 2021 provides opportunities for sharing of agriculture expertise

Malaysian agricultural industry players have the opportunity now to participate in the sharing of best agriculture technology practices by leading agriculture companies through the Virtual Agrotechnology Extension (VAE) 2021 launched. The two-day program, organized by the Agriculture Department, has…

Getting ready for GreenTech

No, they are not fields of flowers emerging from the RAI in Amsterdam, although the colors are surprisingly reminiscent of that. It is GreenTech that is currently being built up. The fair starts tomorrow. ID 107104599 © Akshay Thaker | Dreamstime.com  PlatformThe GreenTech is taking place in Amsterdam until Thursday and is one of the…

Spread and detection of Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus: a webinar

"Hospitality and ToBRFV prevention don't go well together"

That ToBRFV is a fast-spreading virus, and very hard to get rid of once it has entered your greenhouse, has already become clear to most in the industry. With his research for AHDB and Defra, Adrian Fox with Fera Science Ltd discovered that to most surfaces, the virus survives for at least a month, and…

Here are the Dutch Topsector T&U Innovation Prize 2021's ten nominees

Will you vote for greenhouse-insulating soap bubbles, or a sensor with bee senses?

This year, there were a record more-than-30 Dutch and international applications for the Topsector T&U Innovation Prize 2021. Of these, ten were selected to compete. They will not only be judged by a jury, though. The general public can also vote. Voting is also now open, and all votes received before…

State enterprise winner of Trade of Russia competition

The competition Trade of Russia, organized by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, was held for the fourth time. This year, 902 companies took part in the competition, from which 608 participants were selected. The jury selected the winners in the following categories: “The best…

3 November, 4.00-5.30 PM CET

Urban farming beyond food production

As metropoles all over the world are encouraging urban food production, agriculture is making its way back to the cities. Urban farming in its modern forms looks cool (check #rooftopgarden), helps to green and cool down urban heat islands, and produces food that has positive associations: local, fresh,…

Four teams make the cut for finals of Smart Agriculture Competition

Four teams with cross-disciplinary expertise in agronomy and computer algorithms were selected for the final round of Pinduoduo’s Smart Agriculture Competition after two days…


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