Hort Americas offers OMRI-certified Riococo coir substrates

Hort Americas offers several Riococo coir substrate products. Two of those substrates recently received OMRI certification for use in organic crop production. Riococo Coir Starter Blocks allow growers to propagate easier and faster to produce healthy plants organically. These biodegradable blocks are made from a 100 percent coir fiber compressed disc packed in biodegradable cellulose paper. […]

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Urban Ag News Issue 12

Urban Ag News Online Magazine Issue 12

Click here to download the issue. Urban Ag News Issue 12  |  January 2016 Urban Ag News’ Issue 12 cover story on Westland Orchids and Westland Produce focuses on the father-son team of Jerry and David Van Wingerden. Find out how their companies have evolved to stay relevant and profitable as the horticulture industry has changed. If […]

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Association for Vertical Farming

The Association for Vertical Farming

The AVF is an internationally active non-profit organization focusing on advancing Vertical Farming technologies, designs and businesses. AVF consists of individuals, companies, research institutions and universities. And all of them are united by the goal to foster the sustainable growth and development of the Vertical Farming movement through collaboration, education, and transparency. The AVF was […]

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TruLeaf Grows Team With Addition of CFO and Two New Strategic Advisors

Truro, N.S. – TruLeaf is wrapping up 2015 with a firm eye on its future. It is pleased to announce the addition of Jeff McKinnon as a Vice President of Operations and Chief Financial Officer, and Martin Jamieson and Pete Luckett as new investors and strategic advisors. Jamieson will also be the newest addition to […]

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Empowerment without borders: Meet Modular Farms

– Chris Michael, Bright Agrotech Since the spring of 2014, Eric Bergeron and Eric Amyot have been growing and selling farm-fresh produce right in the heart of downtown Cornwall, Ontario. They started growing food because they saw the opportunity to make an impact on their local community by providing healthy produce to restaurants and grocery […]

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Home of Honest Coffee in Salford

Manchester’s Home of Honest Coffee turns hydroponic with the help of Refarming and HydroGarden

Creative working space and artisan coffee shop, Home of Honest Coffee, in the city of Salford, has taken one more step towards sustainability following the installation by Refarming Ltd & Co-operative and Mutual Solutions of one of HydroGarden’s VydroFarm vertical hydroponic systems in its basement.  The system will be used to grow salad greens and […]

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Valoya LED grow lights

Valoya drives Queen Mary University’s research into higher yields in agricultural crops in collaboration with Microsoft.

Valoya (Helsinki, FInland) a leading provider of advanced plant lighting systems, worked with Microsoft Corp. to create next generation of state of the art lighting system, using Valoya’s advanced LED lights, Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Azure Internet-of-Things (IoT) technology. The solution Valoya created, helped by the collaboration with Microsoft, is a novel solution for simulation […]

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Indoor Harvest Corp Set to Design-Build World’s First Publicly-Owned, Open Data, Crowdfunded, Vertical Farm Research and Education Campus

Unanimous Vote by City of Pasadena, Texas Creates Property, Tax Incentives for Agricultural Research and Education Campus   HOUSTON, Dec. 02, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — On December 1, 2015, the City of Pasadena, Texas, unanimously voted in favor of a Chapter 380 Economic Development Agreement with Indoor Harvest for the purpose of establishing an open […]

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MicroGREENS written by Francesco Di Gioia and Pietro Santamaria

“MicroGREENS: novel fresh and functional food to explore all the value of biodiversity” written by Francesco Di Gioia e Pietro Santamaria.   Francesco Di Gioia is with the Università degli Studi di Bari in Italy and is currently doing post doc research at the UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee. (MicroGREENS) is a […]

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Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) for Food Production and Environmental Stewardship

The CEAC is offering the January 2016 Intensive Courses on Hydroponic Tomato and/or Hydroponic Lettuce Production in Tucson, AZ. You can attend the Tomato specific course from January 3 – 8, the Lettuce specific course from January 8 – 10, or both courses from January 3 – 10. Where else can you receive a semester […]

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Commercial Cucumber Plant Trial

Soliculture greenhouse photovoltaic panels give growers a second harvest of electricity without impacting plant growth

Soliculture (Scotts Valley, California) has released a new type of commercial greenhouse panel that both improves light quality by amplifying colors that are beneficial to plants and generates electricity with no loss to production. Soliculture has completed 3 years of commercial plant growth trials including vegetables, ornamentals, cut flowers, and berries that have shown that […]

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What’s With The Pink?

By Jim Pantaleo Back in September, I had the good fortune to sit down with Blake Lange of Philips City Farming. The below is an excerpt from a lengthier article to be published in the January (Issue 12) of Urban Ag News. JP: Blake, thanks for sitting down with me. What’s with the pink? BL: […]

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Final Rules for Food Safety published in the Federal Register

The final rules for Food Safety and MA were published in the Federal Register on Friday, November 27, 2015.  Attached are the official published documents for the following: • Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption; • Environmental Impact Statements: Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of […]

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Shan Halamba CEO of RIOCOCO wins Stevie Gold Award

Shan Halamba, CEO of RIOCOCO, Wins Stevie Gold Award — Executive of the Year — at 12th Annual International Business Awards IRVING, TX–(Marketwired – October 27, 2015) – Irving-based entrepreneur Shan Halamba, CEO of Texas-based Ceyhinz Link International, Inc., won the Gold Stevie Award for Executive of the Year, Management Award under the category of […]

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