Events

2019 Tour de Fresh underway!

The 6th annual Tour de Fresh organized by the California Giant Foundation commenced its long journey down the California coast on Sunday. Tour de Fresh is a four-day cycling event that raises funds to benefit the national Salad Bars to Schools initiative. FreshPlaza's North America editor Marieke Hemmes is participating in the…

The Last Harvest documentary screening at PMA Fresh Summit

After more than 25 film festival screenings, Driscoll’s documentary, The Last Harvest, aims to invoke discussions around labor shortage and immigration reform through a grassroots strategy of partaking in high-profile community-led forums. This month, the documentary is set to screen at the PMA Fresh…

Parliamentary Evening about key role of growing media in sustainable horticulture

On 8 and 9 October 2019, Growing Media Europe (GME) held its annual Autumn Meeting in Brussels, kicking-off with a Parliamentary Evening that brought together political decision makers, growing media producers, representatives of related sectors, scientists and NGOs. Topic of the Parliamentary Evening…

LIVESEED cross-visit to the Netherlands

Production of organic seeds: a business case

The 3rd LIVESEED cross-visit focused on organic seed production of vegetable crops and potatoes. From 30 September to 3 October 2019, a multi-actor expert team, consisting of farmers, breeders, seed producers, researchers, and trainers participated from across Europe, especially from countries where…

GeoFood Aquaponic grand opening

The Geothermica's GeoFood supported project had its Grand Opening on September 30th, 2019 in Bleiswijk, The Netherlands. Dutch National Contact Point had a pleasure to send a representative on behalf of the Geothermica Consortium to attend the GeoFood opening. The GeoFood focuses on circular agricultural production processes, water…

2019 World Food Prize Week:

US (IA): Pax Agricultura: Peace Through Agriculture

The 2019 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium will convene a fantastic array of international leaders; policy makers; farmers; executives from agribusiness and non-governmental organizations; and scientific, academic and development experts to address the most critical issues facing global food…

Photo report: Canadian Greenhouse Conference 2019

40 years ago, in 1979, the Canadian Greenhouse Conference was organised for the very first time. Who could have thought back than that the event was to grow out to the biggest event for the horticulture in Canada, updating growers from the vegetable, floral and cannabis industry on all that's new and…

Australian growers get ready for storm season

As the weather moves yet again into the disaster season in Queensland, preparedness is key to minimise negative effects on horticulture. In the past decade, the state has been impacted by more than 80 significant natural disaster events resulting in more than $15.7 billion in damages to public…

26th November

UK: New functional materials as alternatives to short lived plastics used in construction and horticulture

Knowledge Transfer Network to host an event focused on materials as alternatives to plastics at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB) on 26th November. This is a KTN event co-organised with MIB in Manchester. Plastic is an incredibly versatile material that brings many benefits to society. It…

Ferry Visser, Dutch grower, about Airmix

"This system is priceless"

Keeping the screen cloth closed while still ventilating and dehumidifying is not a challenge anymore, they say at Van der Ende Groep. Ferry van der Ende: "That is what the Airmix was developed for. The Airmix draws cool air from above the screen when the screen is completely closed and blows it into the cultivation area below…

photo report on Monday

40th Canadian Greenhouse Conference comes to an end

New growing containers for the organic market, a new AI-learning addition to an LED fixture, many new additives to substrates and especially many familiar faces catching up. The 40th edition of the Canadian Greenhouse Conference has come to an end.  Even early in the morning after their annual Eat.Drink.Chill,…

Growing a global movement at NYC AgTech Week

After 6 days, 15 events, and more than 50 speakers, NYC AgTech Week 2019 has come to a close. Agritecture has helped produce AgTech Week for the last several years. In total, All-Access attendees came from 13 countries — a number the Ag Collective aims to increase each year — with 60% coming from outside…

Canada: Ontario supports farmers with farmers' market and on-farm sales

As part of Ontario's Agriculture Week celebration, Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, announced the government's investments in the Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association and Farmers' Markets Ontario, two important organizations that connect farmers with consumers through…

Hortiflorexpo IPM Beijing organizers sign alliance deal with HortEx Vietnam

The organisers of HortEx Vietnam, which will take place from 26-28 February 2020, have entered into an exclusive alliance with China Great Wall International Exhibition Co., Ltd. (GIE), organiser of Hortiflorexpo IPM Beijing. GIE will be the third organiser of HortEx Vietnam, together with Minh Vi…

40th edition Canadian Greenhouse Conference has a good start

The 40th edition of the Canadian Greenhouse Conference kicked off yesterday. Just like the Canadian horticultural industry, the event grows year after year. Fued Alle and Guillerma Baquero, J.Huete, showing the Hydroponic Systems products.   The team with PB Tec is one of the reasons the show is growing. They serve…

Transforming the UK food system for healthy people and a healthy environment call and workshops

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) in partnership with government announced a highly ambitious £25 million call for research to fundamentally transform the UK food system, by placing healthy people and a healthy natural environment at its centre. Proposals are invited for interdisciplinary research…

California Giant Foundation gears up for sixth annual Tour De Fresh

The sixth annual Tour de Fresh ride, presented by the California Giant Foundation, is set to commence in a matter of days and there is still an opportunity to support the cause ahead of PMA Fresh Summit. Each year, nearly 50 riders embark on a four-day cycling event to raise funds benefiting the United…

New Zealand: Workshop workplace management and a look at automation

During August TomatoesNZ facilitated a workshop with a small group of covered crop growers and specialists to discuss key areas of concern when managing workplace practices in glasshouse operations. The group included representatives from tomato, capsicum and cucumber growing operations with both…

June 11, 's-Gravenzande

Second edition of innovation seminar ‘Let's Improve Together’

Following the first edition of the innovation seminar “Let's Improve Together”, Royal Brinkman announces a second edition, to be held on Thursday, June 11th, 2020. For this second, more international edition, Royal Brinkman’s guest list will include 500 Dutch and international growers. To inspire and…

Russia: Agricultural trainings in Saransk

Agricultural trainings Light and plant productivity were held in Saransk in September. Over 50 specialists from 20 greenhouse complexes in the Russian Federation and the CIS took part in them. Group of companies Reflux, a leading developer and producer of lighting equipment, organized the training. The…

University of Florida Greenhouse Training Online courses

Weed Management and Irrigation Water Quality & Treatment

On November 4th, the University of Florida will be starting Weed Management and Irrigation Water Quality & Treatment, the last two courses from the 2019 Greenhouse Training Online program at the University of Florida. Weed Management has approved CEUs in many states. Weed ManagementAn intermediate level…

CGC Bus Tour: Automation is key in the Leamington greenhouse area

Automation is key in the Leamington greenhouse area and that was also the topic of the bus tour that took place yesterday, kicking off the Canadian Greenhouse Conference. With the availability of workers and especially qualified workers being low and minimum wages rising, it is key for growers to…

Photo Report: Fresh-Market 2019

With some big exhibitions coming up, like PMA and Fruit Attraction, one might forget there was also a trade fair going on in Poland. Although this exhibition takes place in a single hall and is definitely a lot smaller in size; there is a unique connection between retailers and traders through speed dating. Click here for the…

November 7, Durham

US (NH): Networking opportunities during UNH Food and Agriculture Day

Farmers and those involved with New Hampshire’s food and agricultural industry are invited to meet with researchers and industry experts and explore how they can partner and collaborate with the University of New Hampshire. UNH will host Food and Agriculture Day Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. The event is from…

More educational sessions announced for Organic Grower Summit

A pair of educational sessions focused on the future of organic plant health and an examination of how to promote sustainability reporting have been announced as part of the 2019 Organic Grower Summit educational program, slated for December 4-5 in Monterey, CA. The 50-minute educational sessions will be…

CropLife America recognizes award winners at 2019 annual meeting

Enhancing sustainability, engaging consumers, and strengthening the pesticide regulatory system were three new objectives rolled out at the CropLife America (CLA) Annual…

Canada: Ontario celebrates farmers during agriculture week

Ontario is celebrating the 21st Agriculture Week from October 7-13, 2019. This year, we thank our hardworking farmers for growing and making the food we enjoy throughout the year. "Agriculture week is an excellent opportunity to celebrate our hardworking farmers," said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of…

October 9, Canadian Greenhouse Conference

Rum and music at Margaritaville

Once again, Grodan, Meteor Systems and Plant Products are hosting a party at Margaritaville for the Canadian Greenhouse Conference. The party takes place on October 9, 7-11 PM. You can pick up your…

December 10-12, Grand Rapids

Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo tour highlights local growers

During the Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo, visitors can join MSU Extension Educator Heidi Lindberg for a tour featuring four greenhouse producers in west Michigan. Learn about how the crops are propagated, grown, and finished for wholesale distribution. The tour will highlight technology and…

Learning how to screen

A group of young plant pathologists attended a two-week training course at WorldVeg headquarters to immerse themselves in best practices for sample collection and pest and disease diagnosis. An international training workshop on “Methods for disease and insect resistance screening for germplasm characterization and vegetable…

UK: Fellowship scheme open to develop the future leaders of commercial horticulture

Are you new to the horticulture industry or developing into a manager position? Applications are now open for the LSA Fellowship scheme to help you progress in the industry. The scheme is designed to help you increase your understanding of commercial horticulture and the role that trade bodies play in…

December 3-5, Kiev

Ukraine: Fresh Business Expo welcomes Danish Greenhouse Supply

Fresh Business Expo 2019 welcomes Danish Greenhouse Supply (DGS) as a new participant. Danish Greenhouse Supply (DGS) is a modern, experienced and specialized engineering…

October 29, 2019

US (AK): Extension to offer required food safety training

Food safety management training will take place by videoconference Oct. 29 in several Alaska communities. Locations for the certified food protection manager workshop include Fairbanks, Palmer, Valdez, Juneau, Sitka, Bethel, Unalakleet, Unalaska and other communities as requested. The University of…

December 4-5, Moscow

Learn more about greenhouse lighting and improving plant fertility

Mārīte Gailīte of the Association of Latvian Horticulturalists “Latvijas dārznieks” will take part in the Agronomy Day as an expert. The Agronomy Day is held within the business programme of the 4th Annual International Investment Greenhouse Complexes Russia and the CIS 2019 Forum (4-5 December, Moscow).…

Candidates can apply to participate in 2nd edition Mastercourse Vegetables

Wanted: Future proof vegetable producers

Jungle Talks, in cooperation with leading horticultural companies in the Netherlands, is again organizing the Pro Manager Mastercourse Vegetables. From 27 January until 8…

Talking about tomato-on-the-vine Provine, with and without VR glasses

"Keep to six and grow with sufficient space, the best way of growing"

How is the development in the head? Just one of the questions during a talk about the Provine, the tomato variety created by Nunhems* introduced officially last year which is going to fill the gap in fruit weight between large and middle tomatoes-on-the-vine. In an interactive setting led by a trio of…

December 3, Apopka

US (FL): Plant Health on the Go Workshop for growers

The University of Florida and the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA) will hold a Plant Health on the Go workshop on December 3 where growers can learn plant health management techniques from horticulture experts. Building on the success of the Greenhouse Training Online courses,…

Labor, production, shelf life and taste are the key points for the new tomato variety

A large vine tomato that is more interesting than the standard variety in every single way, a Santa with great taste and a high production rate and a vine cherry tomato that has enough flavor to blow your socks off. These are three of the novelties that Axia Vegetable Seeds showed the growers on the open…

Niagara Falls gearing up for annual Eat.Drink.Chill event

Bags packed and ready to go to Niagara? Next week the annual Canadian Greenhouse Conference will take place there, and of course, the show would not be the same without the EAT.DRINK.CHILL get-together organized annually by various suppliers on the first evening of the show.  The event will take place at Fallsview Casino, at the R5 Lounge.  A chance to mingle, relax, eat great fo…

October 22-24, Vietnam

New movement in Asian & European markets

The organisers of HortEx Vietnam will host seminars on Horticulture and Floriculture Exports: “New Movement in Asian & European Markets”. The seminars are set to run from 22 to 24 October 2019 in Ho Chi Minh City, Da Lat City and Hanoi Capital. The honored guests are delegates from the Ministry of…

October 22-24, Madrid

British companies unite in group pavilion at Fruit Attraction

The Commercial Horticultural Association (CHA) is taking its first British group pavilion at Fruit Attraction, in partnership with the Department for International Trade and…

Grupo Projar will present its new sustainable substrates and pots at Iberflora 2019

At the 48th edition of Iberflora, which will take place from October 1 to 3 at Feria Valencia, in Spain, Grupo Projar will present its latest innovations in substrates and sustainable pots. The company's Desch sustainable pots, the market leader, are customizable and 100% biodegradable thermoformed pots.…

Freight Line Europe & CSI-Fresh

EORI code, Portbase, wooden pallets and crates - are you ready for Brexit?

On Wednesday, 25 September, Freight Line Europe (FLE) and CSO Fresh organized a Brexit meeting in the Netherlands. "We have to assume the UK will leave the EU at some point. We are, therefore, very pleased with the large turnout here, in Ridderkerk," says John de Boom of FLE. "Our goal is to make everyone aware…

BPIA 2019 member fall fly-in

As part of the BPIA 2019 Members Fall Fly-In, the BPIA Government Affairs Committee (GAC) led representatives from numerous BPIA member companies in dozens of meetings on Capitol Hill. BPIA member…

October 31, Denver

Conference showcases lighting and security technologies for growers

The Horticultural Lighting Conference has expanded, and is now HortiCann Light + Tech. Horticultural lighting remains a key focus of the one-day conference, with topics reflecting the increasing role of commercial cannabis cultivation in addition to ornamentals, fruits and vegetables. The conference also…

Almeria

On its 25th anniversary, Agroiris analyzes the future of the European vegetable market

Within the framework of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the SAT Agroiris, chaired by José Luque Villegas, a technical conference was organized in the Auditorium Theater of El Ejido under the slogan "Agricultural producers and the European vegetable market", with an extensive program of expert…

US (MO): High Tunnels and Greenhouse program

The University of Missouri Extension office in Madison County would like to invite you to our upcoming program: High Tunnels and Greenhouses. The program will be Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. It is being held at the Madison County Extension Office at 137 W. Main St Fredericktown. Please call to RSVP by Oct. 11 at…

Propagators united: Welcome to Number-land

More than 100 propagation companies were in the Netherlands this week. They were invited by Grodan - the company organized the International Propagation Seminar for the eighth time. The kick-off of the event took place with a number of presentations, showing how it pays off to grow based on measurements.…

Thursday 17th October 2019

UK: Industry workshop about advances in grow lighting

NIAB working in conjunction with the AHDB, is hosting a unique one-day horticulture lighting workshop that will take place at its 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 lighting…

US (AZ): Controlled Environment Indoor and Vertical Food Production Coordinated Research Conference

This year’s USDA–NIFA Conference, held at Biosphere 2 outside of Tuscson, AZ, from September 9 to 12, brought together a diverse set of experts in the industry—scientists, engineers, economists, business people, and policymakers—to hear from panelists and form ongoing working groups. Hosted by the…

Cherry tomatoes cultivated remotely

Second Autonomous Greenhouses Challenge promises to be even more challenging

Last year the Autonomous Greenhouses Challenge of Wageningen University & Research already demonstrated that it is possible to grow cucumbers 'remotely'. This year the challenge is being organized again - the level of difficulty is now going up a bit, and that is mainly because of the crop: cherry…

October 15, Wageningen

Urban Greenhouse Challenge kick-off event

After several info-meetings on the Urban Greenhouse Challenge and some preliminary preparations made by students, the official kick-off of the second edition of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge is approaching. This kick-off will take place on the 15th of October from 12:00 – 14:00 in Orion (Noordzaal) and…

"Real Talk With Ag Tech Disruption Leaders"

US (CA): Organic Grower Summit Ed session announced

The founders and CEOs from six of the nation’s most progressive ag tech companies will present a series of TedTalk-style presentations to kick off the educational program at…

France: a test viewing day organized by CTIFL

On September 12th, CTIFL opened its door in Carquefou, France for a test viewing day. Some 60 equipment manufacturers, (seed) producers, technicians, experimentation engineers and other professionals of the sector came together to learn about the experiments currently carried out at CTIFL on greenhouse…

UAE: Food challenge to encourage innovation in agriculture and food security

The UAE Government on Tuesday opened registration for the Foodtech Challenge, an innovation-based food production contest launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai. It is being organised by the Food Security Office, in…

"Increasing opportunity for vertical farms in the UK"

In a recent GLASE webinar, Jonny Reader, research associate at the University of Nottingham and design engineer at V-Farm talked about the current fruit and vegetable market in the UK and insecurities surrounding Brexit. Here are the 5 take home points: UK farming activities relay on forging seasonal labor…

High grades for the Wageningen Summer School Greenhouse Horticulture

33 students, researchers and entrepreneurs from 23 countries, spread over 4 continents. Those were the participants in the 2019 Summer School Greenhouse Horticulture of Wageningen University & Research. During the Summer School, participants learned almost everything about crop management and climate…

US Hosting CRISPRcon Midwest

In less than three weeks, CRISPRcon will host its first regional event to discuss societal considerations for the future of CRISPR and gene editing technologies across applications, disciplines, geographies, communities, and cultures. CRISPRcon Midwest will present voices from the Midwest and beyond on October 8 at the…

including soft fruit and cannabis

Canadian Greenhouse Conference speaker’s program announced

Canada’s premier horticultural event, the Canadian Greenhouse Conference, celebrates its 40th anniversary by hosting the largest conference to date October 9 & 10 in Niagara Falls, Canada.  250 exhibitors from around the world will fill the trade show showcasing the newest products and technology.  The speaker’s program,…

Photo report: Horti China 2019

Large scale projects, high-tech greenhouses and big investment plans - but also challenging communication and insecure business relationships. The Chinese market is developing and suppliers are jumping in, but it's not a done deal yet. At the Horti China exhibition in Qingdao last week, the industry was present to show their…

webinar, September 26

Humidity control in greenhouses and other indoor plant environments

The GLASE Webinar Series features the latest technological innovations and best practices in the controlled environment agriculture (CEA) industry providing the participants…

European Art of Taste project receives journalists from China and Hong Kong

The promotion of the European Art of Taste – Italian Fruit & Veg Masterpieces Project, has stopped off in Italy to let a large group of journalists from China and Hong Kong experience production excellence directly in the areas of origin. Starting from the Piedmont region, with a visit to the RK Growers…

Greenhouse Complexes Russia and the CIS attracts many participants

260+ C-suite executives from the flagship greenhouse holdings of Russia and the CIS, investment projects, major producers of technologies and equipment have confirmed their participation in the 4th Annual International Investment Forum and Exhibition Greenhouse Complexes Russia and the CIS 2019 (4-5…

Suppliers flock to China to help growers and investors

In Qingdao, China, the second day of the Horti China has come to an end. The exhibition shows the trends in today's vegetable greenhouse industry. We discussed the evolving market in China briefly yesterday and this is shown at the exhibition as well, even though the second day and especially the morning…

"Our plan is to set up greenhouses all over China"

Ambitious growth plans for Chinese horticulture, supported by the government. Over the next years, the team with the government supported group CTIEC wants to invest in a thousand greenhouse projects of minimum 7 hectares each to supply Chinese consumers with fresh, high quality and safely grown…

3 October, London

UK: New event will outline the next phase of the Transforming Food Production programme

Expression of Interest registration is now open for an event on Thursday, 3rd October 2019 in London which will outline the next phase of the Transforming Food Production programme. If you are not able to attend in person, you can also register to join the simultaneous webcast. The Transforming Food…

Horti China gets underway, highlighting promising market

Today the Horti China kicked off in Qingdao, China. Horticulture is growing in China, and the many companies present not only show the current market but also the promise of what is to come. If there is one thing the companies present are sure of, it's that Chinese horticulture will grow even faster in…

Texas International Produce Association running workshops on labor challenges

The Texas International Produce Association (TIPA) will be hosting two workshops at their corporate headquarters in Mission, Texas on September 24, 2019. The topics will focus on overcoming labor challenges. These sessions are available for free for TIPA members along with Texas Vegetable Association,…

Hawaii, October 1, Pearl City Urban Garden Center

US (HI): Grow Safe, a comprehensive food safety workshop

Find out everything you need to know about growing safely, healthily, and in compliance with regulations at the Produce Safety Alliance Food Safety grower training event. This workshop is aimed at fruit and vegetable growers who are interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety…

New temporary location, new tomato varieties

The open day of tomato breeding company Syngenta was not held in the usual demo greenhouse this year. They opted for the brand-new location of Ter Laak in Wateringen. Kris Goen and her colleagues show the visitors the presentations of the various tomato varieties. Depona is a recently introduced cocktail…

Netherlands: NFU Energy join Jules Energy for their bike adventure

At the beginning of September Mike, Elisa, Ed and Steven of NFU Energy joined the Jules and Friends Bike Event 2019, where they would be cycling between 50 and 100 km a day. Here is how they got on… Mike, Elisa and Steven loaded the car up Thursday evening immediately after work and set off for Harwich…

CAN (AB): Workshops highlight horticulture opportunities

Fruit, vegetables and greenhouses are the three topics covered at the October and November workshops in Lacombe.“These workshops are a great way for new or potential horticulture producers to be more informed about the opportunities in fruit, vegetables or greenhouses industries,” says Robert Spencer,…

CAN (ON): 20 scholars enter new partnership to intensify training for agri-food leaders

The provincial government and the University of Guelph have partnered through the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance and the University’s Food from Thought program to deliver enhanced training to graduate students. The newly revamped Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) Scholarship program brings together…

"Chinese professional horticulture is growing fast"

Thirty hectares here, twenty hectares there. The Chinese horticultural industry is growing really fast. Xander van der Zande of Dan Dutch sees the developments in the market. "This is just the beginning, provided the increase in scale proves successful." The company will be present at Horti China in…

October 17 & 18

UAE: Echange your cucumbers for drinks at the DXB Cucumber Carnival

DXB Cucumber Day is returning to the UAE this year. But no longer just reserved to a day-long celebration, this year will see six weeks of drinks deals take place across Dubai and Abu Dhabi, finishing with a free two-day carnival in October. For those in the know, DXB Cucumber Day has become a big thing…

September 18

Webinar: Vertical farming across the pond

The GLASE consortium is hosting a webinar on September 18, featuring Jonny Reader, research associate at the University of Nottingham and design engineer at V-Farm. He will talk about the current fruit and vegetable market in the UK and insecurities surrounding Brexit. During his presentation, Jonny will…

22-26 October, 2019 in Nanjing, China

6th International Plant Phenotyping Symposium

The International Plant Phenotyping Network (IPPN) is organising the 6th International Plant Phenotyping Symposium from 22-26 October, 2019 in Nanjing, China. Rick van de…

October 9-10, Surfleet

UK: Innovations to improve returns on investment

New innovations in vegetable varieties and agronomy that can improve returns for vegetable growers at every point in the production cycle, will be the key focus for this year’s Syngenta Fields of Innovation Open Days in October.  A combination of new variety attributes and technologies that can significantly increase…

12,000 visitors found their way to the Hong Kong fair

Visitor numbers down only 10% at Asia Fruit Logistica

Asia Fruit Logistica 2019 had to withstand difficult circumstances in Hong Kong to deliver on the expectations for the exhibition. Attendance was inevitably impacted somewhat…

Dubai gets ready for Cucumber Carnival

It's not enough for Dubai to celebrate DXB Cucumber Day with the ability to buy drinks with cucumbers - they're going all out and organizing an actual Cucumber Carnival. Taking place at Soho Garden on Thursday, October 17 and Friday, October 18, the Cucumber Carnival promises fun workshops, performances,…

both tomatoes and guests

Dutch-Canadian mingle at tomato dinner in Leamington

Axia Vegetable Seeds recently held a Customer Appreciation Dinner. This event was held at the Mastronardi Estate Winery in Kingsville/Leamington, Canada. The evening started with a vibrant cocktail party where the Axia varieties were presented. The evening was rounded off with a buffet dinner. With many varieties being…

photo reports

Strawberry novelties presented on Interaspa & Demodag

Both in the Netherlands and in Germany, two major events were organised for the strawberry industry last week. In Germany, growers could visit the Interaspa; in the Netherlands, the Strawberry Demo-Day was organised. We present you, of course, with photos and novelties. InteraspaThe Interaspa is a shared…

Canada celebrates National Organic Week

It’s a special year in Canada. This year, National Organic Week runs from September 9th to 15th and celebrates its 10th anniversary. Organic Alberta is an organizer for National Organic Week in Canada. Albertans are dedicated to creating a strong, sustainable, and united organic community in Alberta and…

Enza Zaden, König special machines & DLR Rheinpfalz are inviting you to a vegetable field day

"Shaping our future together" is the motto at the trade event

For the fifteenth time already, the vegetable gardening field day takes place in Dannstadt. Enza Zaden Deutschland cordially invites specialist experts and interested parties to…

Industry challenges and future perspectives tackled by Chile's seed producers

Celebrating 60 years of ANPROS, seed producers and leaders focused on the current state of the industry, use of enhanced technological tools and the prevailing challenges of an economic activity that at its peak of exports created more than 70,000 jobs. ANPROS, the National Seed Producers Association of Chile,…

Svensson on the German tour

On Thursday 5th of September, the first SvenssOn Tour Germany edition took place in Kevelaer. Growers and suppliers came all together in the cosy Küche-Life in the Straelen area where many greenhouses are located. The event not only provided the guests with some networking possibilities, idea exchanging and meetings with other…

Tony Bundock participates in Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb

Climbing 28 floors with 25 kg firefighting gear

Things that can be done in 8 minutes and 36 seconds include boiling and eating an egg, making a bed or having a quick coffee meeting. It also includes climbing the 28 floors of the Crown Metropol Hotel in Melbourne while wearing 25 kg of full firefighting gear and breathing apparatus - or at least to…

"We thought it was going to be all about tomatoes"

Companies make students enthusiastic about the horticultural sector

More than 120 students from Technical Computer Science came together in World Horti Center on Wednesday, September 4 to learn about the opportunities in the greenhouse horticulture sector. After a short introduction of the sector, the first and second-year students dove deep into the questions from the…

Asia Fruit Logistica 2019 wraps up: “Stand holders have been happy with the results”

The third and final day of Asia Fruit Logistica 2019 has passed, and overall, the stand holders have been happy with the results. The traffic was noticeably lower than it has been in previous years, but it was much better than expected. At the same time, some of the stand holders feel that closing the…

Tackling plastic waste with breakdown PET

Throughout 2018/19 plastics was one of the largest issues for growers and nurseries and will likely feature prominently in 2020. With environmental issues in the spotlight, Macpac has introduced new sustainable plastic materials this year welcomed by the horticultural sector. Macpac at the Four Oaks show…

Netherlands: Motorcycle enthusiasts from horticultural sector meet up

Last weekend, it was time for the traditional motor weekend for motorcycle enthusiasts in the horticulture sector again. This time the choice fell on Witteveen in Drenthe. On Saturday, after a Friday with a buffet, a round trip was made through Friesland. It was quite hot and so a barbecue with drinks…

Netherlands Embassy in Kyiv to support Holland Pavilion at Fresh Business Expo 2019

From 3-5 December 2019 Fresh Business Expo Ukraine will kick off its 8th edition, the exhibition will once again take place at the International Exhibition Centre (IEC) in Kyiv. During the coming edition a Holland Pavilion, supported by the Netherlands Embassy in Kyiv, will be present at the exhibition. Dutch…

North German specialist event for asparagus and berries

Positive interim conclusion after the first day of Interaspa

The North German specialist event for the asparagus and soft fruit sector Interaspa opened its doors yesterday (Wednesday, 04.09.). Exhibitors from the areas of finishing, packaging, processing and cultivation technology exhibited at the premises of the Hof Oelkers in Wenzendorf. Despite the cloudy, slightly…

Hinds Plaza, 65 Witherspoon Street. Saturday, September 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

US (NJ): Princeton celebrates the tomato at Festomato

On a cold, gray, rainy day last March Nagisa Manabe had an idea: why not create a celebration of the tomato? After all, the colorful tomato is the iconic New Jersey vegetable,…

Next year's event is scheduled for May 18-20 at the Wynn Las Vegas

US (NV): Indoor Ag-Con announces dates, locations for 2020 event

Indoor Ag-Con, an event covering the technology of growing crops in indoor systems using hydroponic, aeroponic and aquaponic techniques, heads to Wynn Las Vegas from May 18-20, 2020 for its 8th annual edition in Las Vegas, NV. From an expanded exhibition floor, new educational tracks and networking…

The global need for plant breeding innovation

On 28-29 June last year, OECD organised a conference on Genome Editing. The conference proceedings and related publications have just been published. Petra Jorasch, Manager Plant Breeding Innovation Advocacy at Euroseeds, gave a presentation on the global need for plant breeding innovation on behalf of…

Ecuador will be partner country of Fruit Logistica Berlin 2020

Ecuador has been named as the official partner country of Fruit Logistica 2020 (5 - 7 February in Berlin). At the global fruit trade exhibition, the Andean country will present Ecuador’s agricultural heritage to the world, placing itself as an international and versatile producer of premium and…

Increase in visitors for day two of Asia Fruit Logistica

The Hong Kong government has announced that there will be no extradition law, and this has ensured that the visitors at Asia Fruit Logistica continue to feel safe as the second day of the exhibition arrived.  There was an increase in visitors today, but overall people said there were approximately 30% less visitors…

Australia: Showing Victoria’s Global Table to the world

Victoria will host world leaders in sustainability, agriculture and trade this week, with the Andrews Labor Government’s Global Table event tackling the big discussions on climate change and building an innovative food sector. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes and Minister for Jobs, Innovation and…

registration including overnight stay open until September 6th

Don't forget to register for the CGC Bus Tour

The Canadian Greenhouse Conference bus tour offers a unique opportunity to tour Ontario’s premier vegetable and flower growing facilities providing valuable insight and…

Gakon confirms follow up participation at HortEx Vietnam 2020

“Vietnam is a market with great potential”

Vietnam with a population of nearly 97 million people and an average GDP growth of 7.5% per year is the fastest growing economy in the ASEAN region (Association of Southeast Asian Nations). Horticulture and Floriculture are one of the most promising sectors of the Vietnamese economy and will remain a…

September 17-19, 2019 in Durban, South Africa

South Africa: Urban Agri Summit 2019

Into its third successful year, the Summit Urban Agri World (UAW 2019) is the region’s leading agriculture event focused on Agritech, Controlled Environment Agriculture and Indoor Farming. It takes place on September 17-19, 2019 in Durban, South Africa.  The Summit brings together Growers, Investors, Produce…

Hong Kong's Fruit Logistica: Brand Tasmania to showcase primary produce

Primary producers from across Tasmania will work to expand their Asian export options at Hong Kong's Fruit Logistica, the three-day event that starts on September 4, involving…

United Fresh Start Foundation to host 2020 FreshStart Conference

The FreshStart Conference, the United Fresh Start Foundation’s annual conference, golf tournament and gala dinner, will once again feature a silent and live auction benefiting…

Initiative to provide fresh food and nutrition education in Los Angeles, California

Once Upon a Farm, a child nutrition brand that makes organic, cold-pressed baby food, applesauce and smoothies, and Wholesome Wave, a national non-profit working to increase…

US: Plant breeders convene in Georgia to discuss the future of food, fiber and flowers in a changing world

More than 400 plant breeders convened at the Callaway Gardens conference center in Pine Mountain, Georgia, as part of the National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB) annual meeting hosted by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES). International scientists,…

September 24-26, Warmenhuizen

"An inspiring platform for growers, processors and retailers"

The world is changing. On top of yield and production security, other traits such as taste, sustainability and consumer preferences become more important. These characteristics are valuable for the whole chain, from grower to consumer. This year, Hazera will have a new concept for their annual Open Days…

United Fresh seeking nominations for Lifetime Achievement Award

United Fresh Produce Association is seeking nominations for the United Fresh Lifetime Achievement Award which recognizes individuals who have made lasting contributions to the…

South Africa: Farmers showcase horticulture trade

Trading with vegetables, fruits and flowers is increasing in the Bojanala District, drawing hundreds of people yearly to the annual Horticulture Expo and equally creating a platform for sharing ideas amongst the farmers themselves. From the day to day vegetable products, to agro-processed products like…

Spain: Grab your tomatoes, La Tomatina

The La Tomatina festival, also known as the ‘World’s Biggest Food Fight’, will take hold of the eastern Spanish town of Buñol today. Every year thousands of revellers throw some 145 tons of tomatoes at each other. Large crowds of locals, as well as tourists from all over the world, gather every year for…

Afrex South Africa grows its global baby veg & edible flower footprint

Afrex South Africa, supplier of more than forty varieties of unique and niche baby vegetables, edible flowers and leaves, will be exhibiting their products at the Asia Fruit Logistica trade show in Hong Kong from 4 to 6 September 2019. The event takes place at the Asia World Expo, Lantau in Hong Kong.…

Looking for urban farming 'silver bullet' in China

After a successful first edition, the Urban Greenhouse Challenge is back. This time, student teams are developing an urban greenhouse in Dongguan, China. Fortunately, they're not left alone - partner companies, including main partners Rabobank and Country Garden Agriculture, are ready to help, and five…

Lori Taylor represents produce industry at Denver wellness festival

Lori Taylor, founder and CEO of The Produce Moms™ was a featured guest at the Wellness Your Way Festival in Denver, Friday, August 16. Lori served as the expert on produce and appeared as a panelist for the Dietitians Pick Presentation. She said she was chosen because the organizers of the festival and…

Chef Summit focused on plant-forward dishes

Markon Cooperative recently held a Chef Summit with the aim for chefs to learn, collaborate, and innovate together. Markon‘s Fifth Annual Chef Summit, held in July in Monterey, brought together 26 chefs from seven foodservice members and operators. The chefs attended produce field tours, participated in…

Zimbabwe: President impressed by horticulture

President Mnangagwa is impressed with the significant strides that have been made in the agriculture sector, particularly seed production, mechanisation and research. The Head of State, however, feels more should be done to counter the negative effects of climate change that have been hampering…

September 17-18, Durban

South Africa: Progressive farming developments for the indoor agriculture industry

Urban Agri World 2019 Summit, the third edition of the conference series highlighting progressive farming developments for the indoor agriculture industry, will be held on 17-18 September 2019 at the Durban International Convention Centre (Durban ICC), South Africa. This urban agriculture event focused…

‘Journey of the Seed’ in the De Ruiter Experience Center:

"Growers want to eliminate risks more and more"

Ask a grower, and he will say every day in his greenhouse is different. Things are never boring. This will also not happen in the De Ruiter Experience Center. This Dutch breeding company opened this center 18 months ago. They ensure things will never get boring in Bleiswijk, the Netherlands, where the center is…

China: Tailor-made Summer School for Nanjing Agricultural University

A two week tailor-made Summer School: From Grass to Glass was successfully held for Bachelor students from Nanjing Agricultural University (NAU), China. With the vision of presenting the whole food production chain to gain the big picture of agriculture, this Summer School integrated knowledge from five…

US (SD): Geothermal Greenhouse, High Tunnels Tours coming Sept. 7

The South Dakota Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) has coordinated upcoming tours highlighting the specialty crop and local foods industry on Sept. 7, in Mission. The first tour will feature production in a geothermal greenhouse with Rosebud Economic Development Corp. (REDCO) at their production…

September 21-26, New York City

US (NY): Farm tours, panels, workshops and networking events during AgTech Week

The NYC Ag Collective - a consortium of 15+ commercial urban farms, tech companies, and non-profits - announces the 4th annual NYC AgTech Week, the only AgTech conference on the East Coast run by the leaders of the industry themselves. This six-day conference features exclusive farm tours, panels,…

September 23, The Hague

"Modernization and expansion Turkish greenhouses can offer new business chances"

Monday September 23rd, the Netherlands Ministry for Agriculture, Nature & Food Quality and Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) present a seminar on how the Turkish Greenhouse Credit Package facilitates the Turkish ambitions to lower food prices by expanding and modernizing the country’s greenhouse…

9th October, Essex

UK: Program announced for CGA conference

The program for the Cucumber Growers Association Conference has been announced. The CGA Conference will take place on Wednesday 9th October 2019 at the Waltham Abbey Marriott…

Climbing stairs for charity... in full firefighter gear

Although the activities of Genesis Horticultural Solutions keep Australian consultant Tony Bundock pretty busy, he still considers it important to put something back into the local community. “I am now approaching my 30th year as a Country Fire Authority volunteer firefighter, which sees me respond to emergency…

Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden to kick off Washington Conference

Krysta Harden, Executive VP Global Environmental Strategy for Dairy Management Inc. and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, will kick off United Fresh’s Venture…

First Bulgarian AgriTechHack

The very first Bulgarian AgriTechHack is coming this September 13, 2019 in Izgrev!!! The hack is a joint effort by Nik Academy, Embassy of the Netherlands in Bulgaria, FarmHackNL, and the local…

Rijk Zwaan brings new melons and snack vegetables to Asian market

‘Asian Jewels’ is a new range of tasty melons that Rijk Zwaan has specially selected for the Asian market. The vegetable breeding company is launching the new high-quality melon types at Asia Fruit Logistica. Asian Jewels is not the only innovation Rijk Zwaan will be presenting at the event; a new snack…

8, 9 & 10 October 2019

40th anniversary for Canadian Greenhouse Conference

Canada’s premier horticultural event, the Canadian Greenhouse Conference, celebrates its 40th anniversary by hosting the largest conference to date.  The ever-expanding trade show will bring over 240 exhibitors from around the world to showcase the newest products and technology.  The speaker’s program designed to…

United Kingdom

New packaging machines to be presented at PPMA 2019

At PPMA 2019 the Packaging Automation team will be on hand to showcase the latest developments designed to deliver increased productivity, process efficiency and performance. PA will present the high speed Revolution, a fast and environmentally friendly tray sealing machine featuring patented motion…


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