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Zenith Global’s Vertical Farming World Congress is the highest level and most significant dedicated industry event of the year.Bringing together vertical farming operators, investors, suppliers and customers, the 5th annual event in Frankfurt will assemble key industry leaders from around the globe to debate and advance the industry’s future. There will be two days of conference sessions, where industry leaders, innovators, suppliers, advisers and investors will share their insights through a series of presentations, interviews and interactive panel discussions, in addition to industry policy round tables, extensive networking breaks and a gala industry dinner where the Vertical Farming World Awards…

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CEA Summit East 2024 is now accepting abstracts for the Graduate Student Research Poster Competition to be held as part of the October 1-2, 2024, edition at the Institute For Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) Conference Center in Danville, Virginia. CEA Summit East is focused on bringing together the Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) industry and academia. Co-hosted by Indoor Ag-Con, the leading global gathering of the vertical farming | CEA sector, and the Virginia Tech-IALR Controlled Environment Agriculture Innovation Center, a joint project between IALR and Virginia Tech’s School of Plant and Environmental Sciences and Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center,…

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominations for four positions on the Federal Advisory Committee for Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production. USDA will accept nominations until July 7, 2024. The 12-member Committee, which first convened in March 2022, is part of USDA’s efforts to increase support for urban agriculture and innovative production. Members of the Committee provide input on policy development and help identify barriers to urban agriculture as USDA works to promote urban farming and the economic opportunities it provides in cities across the country. “The Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production Committee has already submitted more than…

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Greenhouse 101 starts on June 3 and is the first 2024 course in the award-winning Greenhouse Training Online series from the University of Florida IFAS Extension (UF). If you have grower staff who will benefit from extra training or if you are interested in joining the horticulture industry, this course will help you make better crop management decisions by learning the underlying horticultural science of plant growth. Join the over 1100 growers from around the world who have successfully completed this course and received a certificate of completion from UF. Greenhouse 101 is designed for people with no formal training…

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Did you know the the USDA Farm Service Agency provides opportunities for young entrepreneurs to acquire experience and education in agriculture-related skills. These loans provide up to $5,000 for people 10 to 20 years old. Youth loans can be used to start and operate income-producing projects of modest size and are available to members of 4-H clubs, FFA, a Tribal youth group, or similar agricultural youth organizations. Read the full article on farmers.gov by Shantelle Turner, FSA “This Friday meet Trinity Waguespack, an 11-year-old urban farmer in Lafayette, Louisiana. When she’s not tackling her schoolwork, Trinity is busy growing lettuce in her…

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Photo above: UF students engage in sensory training for Thompson-Witrick’s study, learning how to identify certain smells emanating from the shredded hops. (by Tyler Jones, UF/IFAS) Although plenty of Florida’s craft brewers advertise their libations as brewed with state-grown ingredients, a vital ingredient – hops – is not readily available within the Sunshine State. A University of Florida study currently underway, however, may help pave the way for a robust crop of Florida-grown hops. Researchers with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) believe they have identified a method for making hop-growing viable despite Florida’s incompatible climate: greenhouses. “This…

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GreenTech Amsterdam is pleased to announce that 6 from the 47 submissions have been nominated, in 2 categories – ‘Innovation’ and ‘Concept’ – for the GreenTech Innovation & Concept Awards 2024. According to the jury, the rapid adoption of data science and AI in the market is striking, resulting in a significant increase in the number of submissions and focus on reducing energy, water, and nutrient usage. The winner per category will be announced during the opening of the show on the first day. GreenTech Amsterdam will take place from 11 – 13 June at RAI Amsterdam. Egon Janssen (chairman jury)…

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Prospective applicants can now apply for available positions at ClimateCorps.gov WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has selected 28 organizations to host members of USDA’s Working Lands Climate Corps (WLCC), an effort that will train the next generation of conservation and climate leaders, providing technical training and career pathway opportunities for young people and helping them deliver climate-smart agriculture solutions for farmers and ranchers. Selections were made in partnership with The Corps Network. WLCC is part of President Biden’s historic American Climate Corps initiative and harnesses funding from the Inflation Reduction Act. Last month, President Biden announced that Americans can now apply to…

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Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds agricultural producers that Farm Loan Programs can be used to support a variety of climate-smart agriculture practices, which build on many practices that farmers and ranchers already use, like cover cropping, nutrient management and conservation tillage.  “Farmers and ranchers are already doing their part to be stewards of our land, but some may lack the financial resources to take their efforts to the next level,” said FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux. “USDA’s Farm Service Agency offers a variety of loans that can help those who would like to…

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Village Farms Fresh is pleased to announce the company has been recognized as a ‘Giga Guru’ by its valued customer Walmart through their sustainability initiative ‘Project Gigaton’. There are currently over 6000 Walmart suppliers participating in Project Gigaton and Village Farms Fresh is in the top 18% of suppliers who have earned the status of Giga Guru. This milestone collectively with other suppliers’ actions reported is expected to reduce, avoid, or sequester over one gigaton of CO2 emissions which helped Walmart to reach their intended goal 6 years early. To make a comparison, according to Walmart this is equivalent to…

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Free, downloadable report provides guidelines to improve the resource efficiency by reducing energy consumption and peak loads, as well as water consumption PORTLAND, Ore. — Resource Innovation Institute (RII), a not-for-profit, public-private partnership advancing climate resilience, announced today the availability of its Controls and Automation Best Practices Guide for Controlled Environment Agriculture Operations. It can be downloaded from RII’s resource catalog at this link. “The technologies serving Controlled Environment Agriculture have advanced at an exhilarating pace over the past decade,” said Rob Eddy, Resource Efficiency Horticulturist of RII and author of the completed guide. “One of the biggest challenges for growers and their facility design…

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The upcoming edition of GreenTech Amsterdam shines the spotlight on emerging technologies for the future of horticulture. In the extensive knowledge programme, market leaders discuss, among other things, the journey towards achieving zero-footprint in greenhouses and explore futuristic technologies such as robotics and the delicate balance between solar panels and plant yields. The event will be held from 11 to 13 June at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre. A selection of the 80 knowledge sessions: Vision Stage: Technology Stage: Medicinal Plants/ Vertical Farming Stage:  Medicinal Plants: Vertical Farming: Registration policy visitorsGreenTech offers a 3-day entrance ticket for €95 excl. VAT per…

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Event Brings Academia and Greenhouse, Vertical Farm, Urban Ag, Other CEA Business Sectors Together To SpurIndustry Collaboration, Innovation DANVILLE, VIRGINIA (April 16, 2024) — The Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Summit East returns to the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) Conference Center in Danville, Virginia from October 1-2, 2024. Co-hosted by Indoor Ag-Con, the leading trade show and conference for the vertical farming | greenhouse | CEA sector, and the Virginia Tech-IALR CEA Innovation Center, a joint project of the IALR and Virginia Tech’s School of Plant and Environmental Sciences and Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center, the summit continues to…

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In 2024, Indoor AgTech takes the spotlight for the first time in Chicago, the vibrant agri-food hub of the US. On June 24-25, over 600 growers, investors, suppliers, and retailers at the forefront of the global indoor farming community will come together to explore new business models and technologies driving profitability in CEA. In the wake of market shifts impacting industry growth, discussions will focus on unit economics, with expert speakers sharing their perspectives on optimizing productivity, diversifying crop varieties, expanding global footprints and increasing the market share of indoor-grown produce. Alongside high-level keynotes, insightful debates, and small-group breakouts, delegates…

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