Important Tips for Designing a Hydroponic Production Facility

Why do you keep saying buffer capacity? For anyone that has called me to discuss the design of their new vertical farm or greenhouse, they have probably grown quickly tired of me using the term buffer capacity.  But, of everything I have learned over the past 25 years, the understanding of “buffer capacity” might possibly […]

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How will you ensure that your small business survives both COVID-19 and the post COVID-19 economy?

By Chris Higgins Over the past few months I have watched many small farmers who were solely focused on servicing the food service and restaurant industry change simply to stay alive.  I have been amazed and impressed by their conviction and ability to create new opportunities to survive.  Their actions have inspired me to share […]

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Robots to run commercial farms and I still don’t have a real hoverboard

It’s hard to believe we are already in the year 2020.  For someone who was born in the 1970’s, it has been a bit of a let down.  I feel like I was promised flying cars, robots, hoverboards and bubble covered cities.  I must admit that I was most excited for the hoverboards, but unfortunately […]

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What are the challenges to running a successful indoor farm?

(I had the opportunity to host the Great Lakes Ag-Tech Summit in Cleveland on Sept. 23, 2019.) The amount of investments made in the vertical farming and controlled environment agriculture industries has been well documented. Those companies that successfully raise capital are seen as industry heroes and it’s quickly assumed that they must have all […]

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2017 International Congress on Controlled Environment Agriculture (ICCEA) Creates Magic

The International Congress on Controlled Environment Agriculture brought together industry-leading participants in controlled environment agriculture to focus on working to reach its full potential. What happens when you bring together leading educators, researchers and thought leaders from the horticulture and agriculture industries? What happens when you combine those leaders with enthusiastic growers, entrepreneurs and personally-invested […]

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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 team is continuing to adapt to the changes we recently announced. It has not been easy and as anyone who tries to effect change knows, it doesn’t always go smoothly. […]

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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 meet with many leading plant science researchers from universities, institutions and corporations in the U.S. and Canada. Over the course of two intense days I was able to obtain research updates […]

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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 a variety of platforms to disseminate science-based, unique content to industry members. Part 1: Urban Ag News is changing formats Some of you might be wondering (at least I hope some […]

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Why should you attend the International Congress for Controlled Environment Agriculture 2017? Part 2

As I posted earlier this month, I have been fielding a lot of questions from industry peers asking why Hort Americas continues to support, sponsor and have a booth at the 2nd International Congress on Controlled Environment Agriculture (ICCEA). This event is scheduled for May 17-19, 2017, in Panama City, Panama. I thought the best […]

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Why the International Congress for Controlled Environment Agriculture 2017? Part 1

Recently I have been fielding a lot of questions from industry peers asking why Hort Americas continues to support, sponsor and even have a booth at the 2nd International Congress on Controlled Environment Agriculture (ICCEA). This event is scheduled for May 17-19, 2017, in Panama City, Panama. I thought the best way to respond was […]

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International Congress on Controlled Environment Agriculture – Networking

(I bet you all thought I forgot!  Nope, just needed to take a little vacation after a really busy spring.) Day 2 As promised here is the second installment of my recap from the 2015 International Congress on Controlled Environment Agriculture (#ICCEA2015) in Panama City, Panama. As day 2 started, I noticed that the atmosphere was much different […]

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Controlled Environment Ag: Powerful tool Amazing opportunities Part 1 of ICCEA 2015

Wow!  The International Congress on Controlled Environment Agriculture in Panama was simply amazing.  Vendors, speakers, panelist and participants all had only positive comments regarding the content of the presentations and the opportunities for networking.  So, As I promised in my last post, here are the highlights from my first few days in Panama City (which I will break into […]

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Headed to Panama to Learn About Controlled Environment Agriculture

I am writing this post from my flight to Panama for the International Congress on Controlled Environment Agriculture (for those following on social media #ICCEA or #ICCEA2015.)  My excitement for this unique event is really starting to build as I review the 3 day program.  It is clear that this will be a great opportunity […]

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International Congress on Controlled Environment Agriculture is Almost Here! ICCEA 2015

Spring is simply flying by!  Its been one month since we released the Issue 9 of Urban Ag News.  This was by far our best and most read issue.  For those that have never read one of our issues, let me provide you an understanding of our mission: Our MISSION is to become the leading connector […]

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