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Qatar: Greenhouse fertigation workshop draws 20 agronomists and farm managers

Qatar Fertiliser Company (Qafco), Agrico and Yara International jointly conducted a ‘Greenhouse Fertigation' workshop for 20 experienced agronomists and farm managers from Qatar at the Hydroponic Trial and Demonstration Centre in Al Khor recently. The workshop was one of the initiatives undertaken in…

Texas A&M University scholarship students to attend Viva Fresh Expo

For the fifth year, DMA Solutions will send top performing students from Texas A&M University to the Viva Fresh Produce Expo in San Antonio, Texas as a part of the Aggies…

Photo Report: Freskon 2019

From the 11th until the 13th of April, Thessaloniki was the host to the trade fair of Freskon. The Greek exhibition is a great opportunity for the companies who can not attend Fruit Logistica or Fruit Attraction, to still get their produce and brands out there. Potential buyers who are based close to Greece also seize the…

US (AR): St. Joseph Center of Arkansas encourages people to help “Lettuce Grow”

St. Joseph Center of Arkansas will host its fourth annual Lettuce Grow event, the Center’s primary fundraiser, on Friday, May 3, 2019 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on its historic…

photo report Iran Green Trade Fair

"Hopefully suppliers will see the possibilities of Iran and not act in haste"

When thinking of Iran, business burdens might come easier to your mind than business opportunities. However according to Dick van Raamsdonk there are many opportunities. Last week the Iran Green Trade Fair (IGTF) was organised. "It was the best edition of all former shows so far. We received…

China: Beijing horticultural expo site conducts trial run

Beijing on Saturday held a trial opening of the site for the upcoming 2019 Beijing International Horticultural Exhibition to test the reception capacity of the event. About 30,000 people, mainly local residents in Yanqing District in Beijing's northern suburb, which hosts the event, became the first…

Exhibition time: Scam alert

Calls to book your hotel for an exhibition, forms to sign-up for the International Fairs Directory, e-mails to buy contact lists for major trade shows. Again we warn you not to answer any of these scamming companies that are targeting the horticultural trade fairs. Hotel scam "Good morning! I'm calling you regarding your hotel…

Ultra-Clima growers gather in France

It was an international group that payed a visit to Groupe Olivier and SCEA Cheminant in Nantes last week. Amongst them Houwelings Tomatoes and Windset Farms of the United States, Agrimind from Japan, Lipetsk from Russia, Foodventures from Kazakhstan, Ocean Orchids from Slovania and Les Hortensias also…

Symposium on plant-based nutrition to be held in Los Angeles

Wonderful® Pistachios announced it will host the first Plant-Based Nutrition Leadership Symposium™ April 15-16, 2019 in Los Angeles. The event is a two-day immersion into…

May 9, Selby

UK: Join CHAP at the ‘Future of Agricultural Biosolutions’ Day

The agricultural biosolution market has seen continual growth over the past few years for both biopesticides (plant protection products) and biostimulants (crop nutrition). However, there is still a need to optimise their use, particularly for arable crops. Major gaps exist in research relating to early…

US (NY): Women in Ag discuss urban farming, small fruit production

CCE Erie County and the Cornell Vegetable Program are partnering to facilitate a monthly women's discussion group on weekday evenings during the 2019 field season. Each meeting will feature an established, innovative Farm-her leading the group on a tour of her operation and sharing her expertise on…

“We’re like an extended family”

Canadawide wins inaugural Corporate Culture Award at CPMA

Three months ago, the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) shared the introduction of a Corporate Culture Award. The organization teamed up with Waterstone Human Capital to give CPMA members an opportunity to participate in their corporate culture exercise. From all members who participated,…

webinar, May 24

Transitioning to white LED light in crop science

Fluorescent, metal halide and other traditional lighting sources have been used in crop science applications for decades. Researchers, whether from the corporate or university and research institute side need high quality light capable of taking their plants from seed to the generative stage in a way…

Future trends take prime focus at luncheon kick-off event

Produce Outlook Panel to kick-off United Fresh 2019

A diverse group of industry leaders will forecast the future at the Produce Outlook Roundtable Luncheon, Monday, June 10, kicking off the United Fresh 2019 Convention &…

Infoagro Exhibition is already 98% full

In a little over a month, the third edition of Infoagro Exhibition will open its doors. This fair, devoted to intensive production and the auxiliary industry, will be held in…

Sweden: Grocery store launches sale of onsite-grown produce

Freight Farms announces the launch of ICA Maxi Högskolan's own line of produce grown onsite for shoppers. Located in Halmstad Sweden, Freight Farms customer ICA Maxi Högskolan is one of ICA Gruppen's 1,300 grocery stores in the country. This month, the store began harvesting a range of…

Deadline GreenTech Innovation Award nearby!

Don't forget: Tomorrow is the final day to submit your latest innovations for this year's GreenTech Innovation Awards. On 11 June, the first day of GreenTech 2019, the winners…

Iran Green Trade Fair 2019 opened its doors this morning

The fourth edition of the Iran Green Trade Fair (IGTF) took off this morning. 115 exhibitors are presenting their products and services at the Tehran International Permanent Fairground in Tehran, Iran. This three day event will last till April 13 and this morning, the aisles were already quite filled.…

"Tackling food waste - good for the planet and the bottom line"

Third educational session for OPS 2019 announced

With global food loss and waste estimated to be between one-third and one-half of all food produced, its impact on the environment and a company’s bottom line will be the subject of the third of six educational sessions at Organic Produce Summit 2019. “Tackling Food Waste--- Good for the Planet and the…

Award for greenhouse booth at CPMA

The 2019 Canadian Produce Marketing Association Convention and Trade Show was a resounding success the organizers say, exceeding the size of all past shows in Montreal. Exhibitors representing over 300 companies accounted for 53,500 square feet of booth space on the Trade Show floor. Among those were 143…

China Fruit Logistica postponed until 2020

The organisational team behind China Fruit Logistica has announced it would be postponing to 2020. The event needs more time to position itself as the leading…

May 11, Bleiswijk

Netherlands: Havecon opens doors at new facilities

Saturday May 11th Havecon opens the doors of their new facilities to the public from 13:00 till 17:00 together with Voorwinden Group. A lot of construction work has been going on in the recent years at the Lorentzstraat in Bleiswijk. The new facilities, with a total surface of about 1.5 hectares, are now…

Wendy McManus in speaker lineup for Women’s Fresh Perspectives Conference

Good leaders employ a diverse set of skills including coaching, mentoring and training. Knowing when to use each of these for the greatest impact can take their leadership…

Berry-themed Chef Invitational encouraging submissions

California Giant Berry Farms is one month away from selecting their chef finalists to compete in the 2nd annual Chef Invitational held at Tehama Golf Club in Monterey, Ca. Submissions are due May 1, 2019 while finalists will be announced May 10, 2019. This year, along with asking chefs to bring their…

April 11-13, Tehran

Iran Green Trade Fair opening this week

The 4th edition of the Iran Green Trade Fair will open this week in the Tehran Exhibition Center “TEC”. Like last year, the hall can be expected to be filled with growers and all types of horticulture traders from all regions of Iran. 115 exhibitors and thousands of Iranian and international trade…

photo report Get in the Greenhouse

Over 200,000 visitors for Dutch greenhouses

"How tall are those bell pepper plants anyway?", "Look, Daddy, do you see that? They look like roses!" and "Are you from around here?" These are some of the questions and cries that were heard often last weekend, during the 42nd edition of the Dutch open days of the horticultural industry. During the two…

Photo report of largest CPMA trade show in Montreal’s history

Last week, the annual trade show from the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) took place in Montreal, Quebec. The event attracted over 300 exhibitors and about 4,000 attendees to Canada’s second oldest city. Canada’s largest produce show rotates between Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver and this…

Asia Fresh

Gathering solutions for problems in cold chain

Asia Fresh is the flagship trade exhibition of VNU Tfresh Conference and Exhibition Co,. Ltd. in China. This exhibition is a global exposition specialized in the fresh fruit supply chain. After more than 10 years of hard work and experience in the Chinese fruit industry, VNU Tfresh will organize the Asia…

May 22-23, Oslo

Urban agriculture: Macro views and micro experience

AVF announces Josef Schmidhuber, Deputy Director, Trade and Markets Division, FAO, as a keynote speaker at Urban Future Global Conference. Dr. Schmidhuber holds a M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Technical University of Munich. His work and research has been published in…

Dermot Callaghan, Head of Teagasc Horticulture Development:

"Horticulture sector stakeholders are early adopters in green technologies"

An Energy 2019 event, targeted at horticultural growers, took place Wednesday 3 April at Teagasc Ashtown, Dublin. The well attended seminar, which attracted cross-sectoral support from the industry, was designed to inform, enlighten and encourage growers and stakeholders to improve energy efficiency on…

Sunset® wins Best Organic Product at CPMA

Sunset ® Organic Angel Sweet® has won the Best Organic Product Award at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association Convention and Tradeshow in Montreal, Canada. The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) kicked off its annual trade show this week. The show was held at Palais des Congrès in the old…

CAN (ON): Precision Growing Practices dual track seminar

On Monday, March 25th, Svensson, Priva, Signify, and Nunhems hosted a dual-track Precision Growing Practices seminar series in Leamington, Ontario. The seminar attracted nearly 100 industry players from Leamington and surrounding areas all with interests in the newest growing technologies to boost…

April 22, Geneva

US (NY): Cornell University hosts CEA conference

Cornell University is hosting a CEA conference on Friday April 26. The Cornell Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) advisory/stakeholder group was formed to address the increasing demands of consumers for fresh, local, and year-round produce. In the Northeast, meeting this demand means incorporating…

April 14-15, Atlanta

US (GA): Tours, innovations and presentations at AgLanta Conference

Urban agriculture thought leaders will convene in Atlanta on April 14th, and 15th, to tour operations, showcase new innovations, and present on a variety of business and community building methods that ensure a food resilient city. The conference is organized by Agritecture and AgTech X for its 3rd year,…

April 9, Presque Isle

US (ME): UMPI presents Green Bronx Machine founder as next Distinguished Lecturer

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will present Stephen L. Ritz—an urban farmer, award-winning educator, and the founder of Green Bronx Machine—as the next speaker in its 2018-2019 Distinguished Lecturer Series on Tuesday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center. His talk serves as the keynote…

US: Seed industry storms the Hill

A diverse group of seed-industry leaders, representing companies of all sizes, sectors and geographies, were gathered in Washington, D.C. for the American Seed Trade Association’s (ASTA) annual Storm the Hill legislative fly-in, April 2-3. Topping the list of 2019 legislative priorities are innovation,…

May 22-24, Las Vegas

US (NV): Indoor Ag-Con announces full conference agenda

Indoor Ag-Con has announced the full conference schedule for the 7th annual edition, May 22-24, 2019, at Red Rock Resort, Las Vegas, NV. Featuring 50+ sessions, panel…

Serbia: Strawberry on top

A full house in Prokuplje - together with partners from the Ministry of Agriculture, Sector for Rural Development, a practical training in the fruit sector was organized. Enthusiastic growers from southern Serbia were very keen to learn more about the importance of healthy planting material and adequate breeding techniques in…

US (NC): Growers open doors for farm tour

During the third annual Sandhills Self Driving Farm tour, more than a dozen farms from Broadway to Ellerbe are featured. Among other things, visitors can see how strawberries, flowers, greenhouse vegetables, both organic and conventional, are raised. The tour takes place on Saturday, April 6 in North…

July 30-August 1, 2019

Dutch climate smart trade mission to South Africa

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands will organize a Trade Mission to be held from 30 July – 1 August 2019. Through this Trade Mission the Embassy will get companies in contact with key players in the South African Horticultural sector seeking to promote or apply Dutch technologies. This Trade…

October 13-15, Stockholm

Registration open for Euroseeds Congress 2019

The Euroseeds Congress 2019 will take place in Stockholm, Sweden from 13 to 15 October 2019. You can reserve your place and register via the Congress website as of today: www.euroseedscongress.com . Last year in Madrid, more than 1070 participants from all over the world joined. During the section…

April 11, Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam: Bridging large and smallholder growers

On April 11, horticulture industry leaders are set to gather in Ho Chi Minh City for “HortiFuture Vietnam,” a conference organized by the Netherlands Economic Trade Mission, GrowAsia and VNUE Asia Pacific to showcase innovations being adopted in the country. Together over 150 invited delegates during a…

May 22-23, Oslo

Indoor farming forum comes to Europe’s largest conference on sustainable cities

After annual conferences in Beijing, Amsterdam and Washington, D.C., the AVF will host the 2019 edition at Oslo’s Urban Future Global Conference on May 22-23. The AVF and…

May 15-17, Baku

Azerbaijan: Caspian Agro to welcome more than 200 companies from 25 countries

One of the largest and most visited exhibitions in the region, the 13th Azerbaijan International Agriculture Exhibition, Caspian Agro, will be held at Baku Expo Centre from the 15th to the 17th of May. Apart from showcasing their products, exhibitors will have a perfect opportunity to meet with other…

Photo report: Global Berry Congress

The Global Berry Congress took place in Rotterdam earlier this week, with good international turnout and high quality speakers. The day's program featured speakers who spoke about re-shaping the future of the berry offer and opportunities in the different markets around the world. Click here for the…

April 18, 2019

Webinar: Data-driven growing in practice

On April 18 Hoogendoorn and LetsGrow.com jointly organize a webinar on data-driven growing in practice. When: Thursday April 18, 2019 Where: Online Duration: 60 minutes…

Morten Hansen to keynote United Fresh

Morten Hansen will set the stage for this year’s United Fresh Convention & Expo as keynote speaker during the United Fresh Breakfast General Session, Tuesday, June 11 at…

First VeggieWorld on Asian continent draws over 1500 visitors

On the weekend of 16th and 17th of March the first VeggieWorld on the Asian continent came to a successful end. In Hong Kong, 50 exhibitors and over 20 speakers met over…

June 26, Venlo

"How vertical farming can disrupt and innovate the hospitality industry"

Cristian Toma, Eco Convergence Group, will talk about "How vertical farming can disrupt and innovate the hospitality industry" at Vertical Farming Conference on June 26, during AgriFood Innovation Event 2019 in Venlo, The Netherlands: The vertical farming industry is now at the peak of expectations.…

HortEx Vietnam 2019 welcomed 6,000 visitors

From 13-15 March HortEx Vietnam 2019 took place at the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC) in Ho Chi Minh City. This year the exhibition doubled in terms of size compared to the first edition in 2018. During the 3 days of HortEx Vietnam the exhibition welcomed 6,000 visitors from Vietnam and…

UK: LSA CT Fellows get together at Smart Hort conference

The LSA CT Fellowship cohort all gathered at the AHDB Smart Hort conference earlier this month. This was the first that the 6 Fellows have had the opportunity to network with each other. The Fellows who started their Fellowships in January 2019 are from a variety of sectors within the horticulture…

Kate Hofman: "We can’t just focus on technology – we have to partner along the supply chain"

Innovating for controlled environment agriculture

Is there a business case for widescale commercial vertical farming in the UK or will it remain a niche opportunity for high-end restaurants and retail? This is the challenge to be discussed by early adopters at the Agri-Tech East conference ‘Innovating for Controlled Environment Agriculture’ on 19 March.…

FruitVegetablesEUROPE General Assembly and Event 2019

"Cultivating the taste of Europe"

FruitVegetablesEUROPE (EUCOFEL), the European Association representing the EU fruit and vegetables producers and exporters at European level, was honoured to organise its…

May 2-3, 2019

Netherlands: Training Soft Fruit Cultivation

On 2 and 3 May 2019 Delphy is organizing a training in Soft Fruit Cultivation. In 2 days you will learn everything about the latest insights in plant physiology, climate, water, substrates, nutrients, optimizing production and pests and diseases in Soft Fruit. Field visits are part of the training.…

March 30 & 31, Bukhara

Uzbekistan: Agro Investment Forum organized on Economic Free Zones

On the initiative of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, specific reforms are being carried out to create a favourable investment climate and to support foreign investments in Uzbekistan. The President declared 2019 as the “Year of Active Investment and Social Development”.…

March 30, Niagara

CAN (ON): Niagara greenhouses open doors to the public

On March 30, multiple greenhouses in the Niagara Region will open their doors to the community. They will each be showcasing their locally grown cut flowers, potted plants and vegetables. Niagara Life Centre will receive the donation in the form of entrance fees from the greenhouse open house tour.…

"End the legal chaos at the European Patent Office"

The coalition No Patents on Seeds! published a new report on plant patents granted by the European Patent Office (EPO) in 2018 and at the beginning of 2019. Despite a…

Mixed Contact Group on strawberries

Representatives from Basilicata also attended the mixed Contact Group on strawberries that met on 15th March 2019 in the OP Sole meeting room. The meeting of the Italian-French-Spanish group has the objective of discussing the situation of strawberry cultivation in the respective countries analyzing the…

Contact group on tomatoes to meet in Ragusa

Massimo Pavan, Venetian entrepreneur firmly rooted in Sicily, has been appointed as coordinator of OI Pomodoro. The next meeting of the tomato contact group will take place in…

Dan Plant, MVP Farms

"Demand for locally grown produce will only grow"

Dan Plant, Co-Founder and Co-President of Calgary, Alberta-based indoor farming company MVP Farms, is joining the Indoor Ag-Con 2019 Conference lineup’s Business Track, where he will be speaking on “Spotting A Great Location.” When he and his business partner, Matt Vanderberg, first started searching for…

workshop on Next Generation Growing

"The aim of NGG is to promote a healthy crop and minimise disease risk"

The company GrowSave organised a workshop on 14th February 2019, gathering quite a number of participants. In a recent statement, the company has shared some information on how the workshop went. "Following a successful pilot study group project focused on Next Generation Growing (NGG), GrowSave led a…

French growers get acquainted with new cucumber Davida

Davida is the new De Ruiter cucumber variety. With its wide range of resistances, including intermediate resistance to CGMMV and CMV and high resistance to powdery mildew, its high yield potential and good fruit quality, Davida is a reliable and enduring variety, ideal for a second crop in "umbrella" or…

June 13-14, Berlin

Germany: 5th edition of International Conference on Plant Genomics

The 5th edition of the International Conference on Plant Genomics will be held during June 13-14, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. The Plant Genomics 2019 conference will focus on the…

HortiFlora Ethiopia in pictures

The 7th edition of Hortiflora concluded last Friday, March 15. Every one looked forward to the exhibition - the last edition was held in 2015 - and this was visible in the interest in the show. With nearly 120 exhibitors, it was the biggest one since the first edition in 2005. According to the organization, the atmosphere on…

René van Rensen, Fresh Studio:

“Growing without the right foundation is an uphill battle”

Following the growth of the horticultural industry in Vietnam, the team of Fresh Studio is expanding their consulting services by offering growers horticultural technologies as well. “We focus on technologies, which growers can directly use in their current production system. For example seeds,…

Greenhouse Technology Village

Opportunities for evolving horticulture

Macfrut (8th-10th May 2019) introduces the Greenhouse Technology Village, showcasing the producers of technologies, materials and technical means, seed producers and specialized nursery gardeners with the aim of increasing protected crops to extend the supply calendars and defend them against extreme…

University of Florida announces Greenhouse Training Online courses for 2019

With limited availability of qualified labor, your best investment is in training your existing staff to make better crop management decisions. University of Florida IFAS Extension can help with four-week, award-winning, online training courses in English and Spanish. The first course of the year,…

Russian delegation discovers the secrets of Italian asparagus

Some Russian entrepreneurs are currently visiting Italy, led by the intermediary Evgenia Kravchenko. The delegation visited asparagus producers in Veneto, in the province of Padua. Wednesday, March 6 they stopped at the "Bagioni Aurenzo" in Forlì, to understand how to mechanize production. Visit to the…

10th year of Passion for Produce program participants announced

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) is delighted to announce the participants for the 2019 Passion for Produce (PFP) Program in Montreal. The PFP program was…

Photo report: HortEx Vietnam 2019

Imagine a country with a horticultural background, plenty of labour available, over 95 million inhabitants for the local market and many more countries nearby willing to buy produce. On top of that, the financial position of the residents is growing, as is the awareness of the importance of food safety.…

Agricultural products from Gaoxiong flood the Japanese market

Official opening of International Food Exposition in Tokyo

The 2019 International Food Exposition in Tokyo stands next to the ANUGA in Cologne, Germany, and the SIAL in Paris, France, as one of the three largest specialized food…

Almeria produces the highest quality peppers each year

Spain: Challenges for pepper producers discussed at Eco Forum

The challenges that the agricultural sector has to face today and the way in which they can be addressed have been the focus of the ECO Forum organized by Syngenta. The event…

March 16, Aalsmeer

Bosman Van Zaal hosts Open Day at new headquarters

On Saturday 16 March from 13:00 to 17:00 the long-awaited Open Day of Bosman Van Zaal's new headquarters will take place at Braziliëlaan 4, 1432 DG in Green Park Aalsmeer. Relocation After the merger of Bosman and Frans van Zaal in 2014 and the unfortunate fire in the De Kwakel office in May 2017, the…

HortEx Vietnam comes to an end

In Vietnam, evening has fallen, and that means the final day of the HortEx also came to an end. The show took place this week in Ho Chi Minh City and attracted both many local companies as well as international exhibitors. On Monday we'll publish a full photo report, today we'll leave you with a sneak peek. The team with Dalat…

Suppliers see opportunities in the Vietnamese market

Day two for the HortEx Vietnam is a wrap. Visitors from the Vietnamese industry and other countries in the region visited the trade show and especially during the morning the paths were filled. Whereas many suppliers start to see the opportunities in the Vietnamese market, it's not a straightforward…

UK: "Horticulture on cusp of technological revolution"

Over 230 growers at AHDB’s SmartHort 2019 conference, which took place on 6 and 7 March, heard the sector needs a clear vision to drive investment in large-scale projects to accelerate innovation. Delegates at the two-day event in Stratford-upon-Avon heard updates from experts around the world on a range…

Royal Brinkman Australia celebrates opening

Royal Brinkman Australia opened its doors to customers and friends for the first time. After moving into a larger facility in Braeside, Victoria and appointing a new General Manager David Sobevski, it was time to celebrate recent achievements together with customers. From left to right: Current general…

Tour de Fresh 2019 announces route - school districts set to benefit

Tour de Fresh, presented by The California Giant Foundation, is excited to announce the new 2019 route for the sixth annual ride. The ride will take place this fall with the Pacific Ocean and coastal highways as its backdrop. This year, the route will start in Carmel and continue along the breathtaking…

"Cooperation is a key to success for all blueberry growers"

Thanks to cooperation, new ideas, creative initiatives and innovative products are created. Thanks to cooperation we meet new people and establish new relations. This cooperation in many situations is the key to further development. Cooperation was the slogan of The VII International Blueberry Conference…

Italian high tech greenhouse suppliers meet Italian consul in Ho Chi Minh

The Hortex exhibition in Vietnam has been an opportunity for some major Italian companies in the high tech greenhouse supply chain to meet the Italian consul, Mr. Dante Brandi. The meeting in Ho Chi Minh City was focused on synergies between institutional bodies and private companies to be more effective…

March 13-15, Addis Ababa:

HortiFlora Ethiopia opens with 1 minute silence for victims of Ethiopian Airlines crash

The HortiFlora Expo is on. After a 1 minute silence for the victims of the Ethiopian Airlines crash, the show was opened this morning by President Sahle-Work Zewde, wishing the horticulture industry all the best and inviting the foreign visitors to invest in the sector of flowers, vegetables and fruit in…

Full lineup of speakers announced for PMA’s Tech Knowledge

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) has announced the full agenda for this year’s Tech Knowledge Symposium with speakers from Microsoft, Wells Fargo, and McKinsey and…

United Fresh Innovation Awards application period now open

United Fresh announces the application period is now open for 2019 United Fresh Innovation Awards. Companies are encouraged to nominate their products and solutions in seven…

2,000 visitors on first day of HortEx Vietnam

In Vietnam the 2nd edition of the HortEx kicked off this morning. The show has seen serious growth after its successful first edition. A remarkable number of plastic greenhouse builders and substrate suppliers found their way to the show. Opening of the show by the organisers, representatives from the…

A Mastercourse in the Netherlands by Jungle Talks

Connecting the world of horticulture

The horticultural industry has been assigned a new mission: that of guiding the 'newly-born' cannabis industry. “Horticulture is an old industry, we have been growing in greenhouses for hundreds of years, especially in the Netherlands. The quantity of knowledge we have nowadays is impressive, yet we were…

Northern Ireland: Growers to explore single layer production technology

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) of Northern Ireland is offering mushroom growers an opportunity to travel to the Netherlands and Belgium to learn about innovative management practices in mushroom production. Mushroom production on Dutch shelving A particular focus of…

Photo report of trade show included

Southern Exposure pulled out all the stops once again

Last week, the Southeastern Produce Council held its annual Southern Exposure event and celebrated its 20th anniversary. This year, the event returned to the Walt Disney Dolphin Resort in Orlando, FL. It started off with a golf event on Thursday, followed by educational sessions on Friday and a trade…

Former astronaut to speak at PMA Fresh Connections: Mexico

Former astronaut José Hernández is the featured speaker at Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) Fresh Connections: Mexico scheduled May 29-30 at the Hotel Hard Rock in…

March 6-8, 2020, Yangon

Horticulture & floriculture opportunities in Myanmar

Next year the first edition of the new international horticulture & floriculture trade Fair “Myanmar HortiFair” will be held in Yangon, the capital of Myanmar. Like in many other countries in South East Asia, Myanmar is not staying behind and developments in this and other industries are moving…

Spain: The president of the Andalusian Parliament visits Tecnova

The president of the Andalusian Parliament, Marta Bosquet, has visited the facilities of Tecnova accompanied by the President of the center, Angel Barranco, its Director General, Mari Carmen Galera, and members of the board of directors. During the visit, she learned about the main R & D lines run by…

Key buyers to attend PMA Fresh Connections: Retail

More than 30 produce buyers from 24 companies are scheduled to attend Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) Fresh Connections: Retail event April 10-11 in Philadelphia,…

April 23-25, Virginia Beach

US (VA): Summit to address needs, future of urban agriculture

Agriculture is increasingly spreading from rural areas into urban and suburban communities for many reasons, not the least of which includes a growth in the number of people who want their food sourced locally and a need for communities to eliminate food deserts. The United States Department of…

Trade show kicks off next week

Doubling the size of the HortEx Vietnam 2019

The HortEx Vietnam was organised for the first time last year, and the show was rated remarkably highly by both exhibitors and visitors. The result is shown this year: the HortEx Vietnam is to double in size. Check out last year's photo report here Being one of the largest international trade exhibitions…

April 1-5, Pune

India 4th Greenhouse and Hydroponic Technical Management Course

Delish Veggies and Graeme Smith Consulting announce the 4th Greenhouse and Hydroponic Training Program in Pune, India after the three training courses in 2017 and 2018. "We received phenomenal response for our earlier training programs due to presence of renowned international trainers from Australia and…

June 12, Amsterdam

GreenTech Summit to focus on autonomous technology

GreenTech will open its doors for the fourth time at RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre, and this year from 11 - 13 June. The theme of the Summit will be: ‘Autonomous technology – a formula to accelerate business, professional horticulture beyond the green thumb’. The summit will be on 12 June, the second…

Fresh congress Gondola Storecheck

“Fresh still drives the growth of the supermarket”

“Fresh is an incredibly important part of the assortment in supermarkets. Supermarkets can be distinctive because of fresh. Fresh doesn’t just include potatoes, fruit and vegetables, but also bread and meat,” says Piet Salens of Gondola Storecheck. “During the congress we’ll look at the trends, the needs…

Collaborating and innovating in Australian horticulture

Several initiatives are rolling out across the Australian horticultural sector in the first half of 2019; bringing together a range of industries with the goal to promote better business, education, and industry growth. Strategy Consultation Workshops: ‘Your levy, your say, in your region’ In the lead up…

March 26, Coupar Angus

UK: The future for soft fruit - best practice

UK soft fruit growers continue to focus on extending the crop season in order to meet the increasing demand for locally grown produce, while at the same time managing risks associated with labour shortages, water restrictions, increased regulation and the need to provide the best working conditions. So,…

April 14-15, Atlanta

US (GA): AgLanta Conference spotlights innovation and entrepreneurship

The City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Resilience is teaming up with co-organizers Agritecture Consulting and AgTech X for the Southeast's largest Urban Agriculture conference: The AgLanta Conference 2019. Now in its 3rd year, this two-day gathering will bring together local and global changemakers in the…

October 9-10, Niagara Falls

Canadian Greenhouse Conference dates announced

Located at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in exciting Niagara Falls, Canada, the CGC offers two days of informative, motivating sessions and a large trade show with over 330 booth spaces. The Canadian Greenhouse Conference reports that the 2018 convention saw an increase of 10% in overall attendance…

May 22-24, Las Vegas

Hemp spotlight headlines Indoor Ag-Con 2019

Indoor Ag-Con heads to Red Rock Resort from May 22-24, 2019 for its 7th annual Las Vegas edition. Themed “Growing the Future,” this year’s event moves to a new location and welcomes a number of new features, including a special hemp spotlight, exclusive white paper release, expanded exhibition floor and…

and nobody got hurt

Photo Report: 466 horticultural suppliers on 18,000 m2

An exhibition floor of just 18,000 m2 big that - when you do your best to finish it in time - will not take you longer than three hours to cross. However, on that same exhibition floor you can find Bosman Van Zaal, KUBO, Certhon, Havecon, Bom Group, VB Group, Gakon and Luiten. While crossing the 20…

March 16, Aalsmeer

Bosman Van Zaal hosts Open Day at new headquarters

On Saturday 16 March from 13:00 to 17:00 the long-awaited Open Day of Bosman Van Zaal's new headquarters will take place at Braziliëlaan 4, 1432 DG in Green Park Aalsmeer. Relocation After the merger of Bosman and Frans van Zaal in 2014 and the unfortunate fire in the De Kwakel office in May 2017, the…

Sustainable Packaging in Fresh Produce Seminar

PMA A-NZ will be hosting a Sustainable Packaging in Fresh Produce Seminar on March 13 at the Sydney Markets. The event will focus on the efforts being made to achieve the…

June 11-13, Amsterdam

GreenTech gains AIPH approval for second year

The international horticultural trade show ‘GreenTech’ has gained approval from the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) for the second year. The AIPH approved D category event takes place from 11 - 13 June 2019 at RAI Amsterdam, the Netherlands. GreenTech 2019 expects to attract…

CAN (ON): Berger hosts Grower Appreciation Night

Berger hosted their 26th Annual Grower Appreciation Night at the Holiday Inn & Suites Parkway Conference Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario on February 13th. Over 100 quality growers from across Ontario gathered together for this event. Brian Cantin (Grower Advisor) , Elizabeth Raymond (Supervisor –…

500 horticultural suppliers

Trade show hat-trick: HortiContact kicked off in the Netherlands

The start of the year in Europe means exhibition time for horticultural suppliers. Kicking off with IPM, followed by Fruit Logistica and completed with the HortiContact in Gorinchem. The exhibition originated as an event in what mainly Dutch growers and suppliers could meet up, but has grown out to a…

Insect netting discussed on first edition of Plant2019

Today in Valencia it's all about Plant, Cellular and Molecular biology. The first edition of the Plant2019 kicked off this morning. The conference wants to offer an international platform for botanists, academic scientists, young inspired researchers and research scholars to share their experiences and…

August 26-30, Wageningen

Netherlands: Summer School Green Genetics

Are you a student? Is the plant breeding world your field of interest? Do terms like green genetics, horticulture & plant breeding sound familiar? Then you're invited to participate in the Summer School Green Genetics at Wageningen University & Research. Why is there a Summer School Green…

NL: 'Towards an Africa Europe partnership' meet-up

AgriProFocus and foodFIRST organize a meet-up with Kees Blokland who is member of the EU Task Force Rural Africa, about the report “Towards an Africa Europe Partnership for…

Greensys 2019 to be held in Angers, France

The GreenSys 2019 International Symposium on Advanced Technologies and Management for Innovative Greenhouses will be held in Angers, France, from June 16th to 20th 2019. "This…

Jordan back at Fruit Logistica after 5 years

This year, the Jordanian Exporters and Producers Association for Fruits and Vegetables (JEPA) returned to Fruit Logistica. They attended this world-renowned trade show, held in Berlin, after an absence of five years. They did so under the name 'The Taste of Jordan'. Five Jordanian fruit and vegetable…

Myanmar: Over 1,000 farmers participated in Field Days of VegCap and VegImpact

In the Dry Zone in Myanmar (Pwint Phyu Township, Magway), an impressive number of vegetable farmers and professionals visited the field days last February 6 and 7 2019. The field days were jointly organized by VegCap, VegImpact, with East West Seeds’ Knowledge Transfer Foundation as the main implementer.…

US (IN): Solinftec and THRIVE AgTech nominated for 2019 AgFunder Innovation Awards

AgFunder has opened their Third Annual AgFunder AgriFood Tech Innovation Awards, where they recognize the innovators and entrepreneurs driving the agrifood tech sector…

"Change is here"

United Fresh 2019 registration now open

Registration has opened for United Fresh 2019 Convention & Expo, June 10-12, in the North Hall of McCormick Place in Chicago. This year, attendees and exhibitors will…

Wageningen University out in full force at Fruit Logistica

Wageningen University & Research was represented by several fruit experts at Fruit Logistica. There were plenty of opportunities for the WUR experts to show what the solutions developed in Wageningen can do for companies in the global fruit trade. Robotics Janneke de Kramer talked about new robots…

March 21, Ettrick

US: Virginia is deemed 'ripe' for berry growing

Virginia is not just for lovers, but for berry growers, too, according to Dr. Reza Rafie, Virginia State University (VSU) Extension specialist in horticulture. That’s because after conducting extensive research of berry production across central and southside Virginia, Rafie is confident that Virginia’s…

GreenTech Summit, June 12, 2019

Focus on easier and more profitable cultivation with autonomous technology

This year, the GreenTech will again start with the GreenTech Summit. On June 12, 2019, this conference will be about easier and more profitable cultivation with autonomous…

Labour efficiency workshop for horticultural workforce

AHDB Horticulture is organising a labour efficiency workshop aiming to influence, inspire and improve the performance of your horticultural business. ​​​The following…

March 11-12, Binghamton

US (NY): Produce Safety Alliance grower training

Are you a farmer interested in produce safety? Are your markets asking for food safety plans or third party verification? Do you want to understand produce safety issues as…

Tom Coen of Octinion presented strawberry harvesting robot Rubion at Fruit Logistica:

“The robot currently picks a strawberry every five seconds”

All over the world, people are working on harvesting robots, but there wasn’t yet a robot for harvesting strawberries. After the Fruit Logistica last week, that robot has arrived on the market, because Belgian company Octinion presented the Rubion, a completely autonomous harvesting robot that can take…

February 19-21, Gorinchem

Netherlands: HortiContact gives starters room to grow

During the sixteenth edition of HortiContact (19 to 21 February 2019) there will be a Starter Pavilion and a new HortiHeroes Start-up Square. A total of six newcomers present themselves at the Starter Pavilion and five startups from HortiHeroes are present at the HortiHeroes Start-up Square. In addition,…

InteliFresh – 2019: from the garden to the shelf

In Plovdiv (south Bulgaria), on 22 February 2019, InteliFresh will bring together Bulgarian vegetable and fruit growers, large supermarkets, processors, retailers and foreign…

First educational session for Organic Produce Summit 2019 announced

The first of six educational sessions at Organic Produce Summit 2019 will focus on the changing role of wholesalers and distributors of organic fresh produce and its impact in providing fresh organic items to consumers across the globe. “The Evolution of Wholesaler/Distributors of Organic Fresh Produce”,…

US: Farm Bill implementation comments invited

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey announced that USDA is hosting a listening session for initial input on the 2018 Farm Bill. USDA is seeking public input on the changes to existing programs implemented by the Farm Service Agency,…

2019 GreenTech Amsterdam promises a glimpse into the future of horticulture

Calling all horticultural industry professionals! The first of 2019’s horticultural exhibitions are concluding, bringing fresh momentum to the industry’s spring and summer events. Europe, and specifically Amsterdam, is promising to pack a punch with upcoming events. The 2019 GreenTech Amsterdam recently…

February 21-22, Tasmania

Australia: PCA organizes grower tour of Tasmania

Protected Cropping Australia are running a two-day grower tour in Tasmania next Thursday and Friday. The tour will allow growers to see a wide range of cropping facilities and…

February 13-14, Pordenone

Italy: Event showcases 'future of farming'

The ​FarmTech Society (FTS) is an international non-profit association that unites and supports the Controlled Environment Agriculture industry, strengthening the indoor growing sector. The FTS partners with the ​Vertical Farm Institute in Vienna (VFI) which is developing and implementing a new building…


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