Horticulture industry optimistic about potential of LEDs

Originally published in Issue 7 Scientists and growers are excited about the potential of LEDs for plant growth. Researchers advise growers that not all LEDs...

Maximize your plants’ growth with supplemental CO2

Originally published in Issue 7 Whether you’re growing ornamentals or vegetables in a controlled environment, if you’re not providing supplemental carbon dioxide you could limit...

Monitoring is critical for hydroponic production systems

Whether a grower is using a nutrient film technique or deep water raft hydroponic system, it is important to closely monitor pH, soluble salts...

Japan Plant Factories are providing a safe, reliable food source

Originally published in Issue 6 Japan’s plant factories are expanding to meet the increasing demand for safe, pesticide-free, locally-grown food. Japan has more plant factories (PFs)...

The nuances of crop fertilization

Originally published in Issue 5 Regardless of the crop being grown or the irrigation system being used, growers face the same issues related to water...

Vertical farm competes with conventional ag

Originally published in Issue 5 Famgro Farms is using a vertical farm production system to successfully compete with conventional farming to produce healthier, better tasting...

More research focusing on greenhouse food crops

University researchers, some of whom previously focused on ornamental crops, are turning their attention to food crops as more growers look to replace or...

Part 3: Publicly Funded Research is Key in Driving Agriculture and Horticulture Growth

“Knowledge builds on itself so that the pace of discovery is faster when knowledge is freely available.” USDA-ERS, Nov. 10, 2016 The Urban Ag News...

Water Quality is Key In A Successful Commercial Hydroponic System

Originally published in Issue 4 With continuing concerns about water availability, safety and regulations, more growers are looking at water treatment to protect this vital...

Part 2: Public funding for agricultural R&D continues to decrease

This month I had the pleasure of attending the 2017 North Central Extension & Research Activity (NCERA-101) annual meeting. It was an excellent opportunity to...

Urban Ag News continues to evolve

Even as Urban Ag News’ method of delivering information on the controlled environment agriculture industry changes, it will continue to diligently work to provide...

2018 Farm Bill is Enormous Opportunity for Urban Agriculture

By Brian Filipowich, Director of Public Policy at The Aquaponics Association About every five years the Federal Government passes a massive, far-reaching “Farm Bill” with the main...

Making Integrated Pest and Disease Management Work

Originally published in Issue 4 Regardless of whether growers refer to using an integrated pest management (iPM) or integrated pest and disease management (iPDM) program,...

Urban Ag News attends high tech greenhouse opening

Urban Ag News recently visited Golden Fresh Farms in Ohio. Golden Fresh Farms, a subsidiary of Red Sun Farms, has completed Phase 1 of their high-tech...

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