USDA ARS Selects AmplifiedAg as its First Vertical Farming Platform; Launches CEA Study to Develop New Industry Standards

Agency will utilize AmplifiedAg’s advanced hydroponic container-based vertical farming platform to study crop production, food safety, market quality, and nutrition of produce grown in controlled agriculture environments CHARLESTON, SC, — As vertical farming and other forms of modern indoor agriculture continue to evolve and transform the food supply, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural […]

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Hydroponic Industry Survey: Faculty At Texas A&M AgriLife Research And Extension Want To Better Understand Industry Needs

The hydroponic industry is growing rapidly. Faculty at Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension would like to better understand the current state of the industry in the U.S. We are especially interested in identifying challenges faced in the southern region or under high temperatures. This survey should take less than 3 minutes to complete. Survey results will […]

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Culinary Herb Survey

University researchers are seeking input from greenhouse and indoor potted and fresh cut culinary herb growers in order to initiate a national research and extension project aimed to address the needs of the emerging industry. Your anonymous input for our survey will help to steer the focus of this project. Currently, researchers from Michigan State […]

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OptimIA Job Posting Website

Are you hiring or searching for a new career opportunity in the controlled environment industry (greenhouse or indoor farm)? The Optimizing Indoor Agriculture (OptimIA) multi-state university research and extension team has developed an available positions tab on their website: http://scri-optimia.org/jobs.php If you would like your position advertised (free of charge), please e-mail: Chieri Kubota (kubota.10@osu.edu) or […]

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UF New Video: Five Tips on Growing Greenhouse Lettuce in the Heat

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Bob Hochmuth from University of Florida IFAS Extension shares his tips for successful year-round production of hydroponic lettuce in hot climates in a new YouTube video (https://youtu.be/4UD2C-9csyk). Information is provided on cultivar selection and crop management strategies to reduce heat stress. To learn more about hydroponics, register for Hydroponic Vegetable Production which […]

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New energy requirements for Greenhouses and Indoor Controlled Environment Horticulture in ASHRAE 90.1 Model Code Updates

What: ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1 (90.1) is poised to establish energy efficiency requirements related to greenhouses and indoor controlled environment agriculture (CEA) facilities. These model codes can then be adopted by state building commissions. A public draft for these requirements is available for public review starting Friday, September 24, 2021. Why: The intent of this media […]

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PIP Seeks Research Applications for Premium Strawberry Flavors

WASHINGTON (October 13, 2021) –Food production faces challenges from climate change, competition for scarce resources and supply chain disruptions. One solution is controlled environment agriculture, which grows a range of crops in controlled spaces and can enhance desirable traits in crops. To advance controlled environment agriculture science, the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research’s (FFAR) Precision […]

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Back To Business In A Big Way: Indoor Ag-Con Hosts Successful In-Person Edition In Orlando

Premier Trade Show & Conference for Indoor |Vertical Farming Welcomed Back Growers, Suppliers, Industry Leaders Press Release — Indoor Ag-Con, the premier trade show and conference for indoor |vertical farming and controlled environment agriculture, welcomed growers, suppliers, tech companies, startups and others back for its in-person edition held October 4-5, 2021 at the Hilton Orlando. […]

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The first Plant Lighting Short Course will cover all aspects related to the selection, implementation and benefits of plant lighting systems.

By David Kuack for GLASE (Greenhouse Lighting and Systems Engineering Do you have questions about the optimum light levels for growing controlled environment crops? What about which grow lights would work best for your crops and production facility? More importantly, do you want to know how much is it going to cost you to operate […]

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Berry Growers Introduce Innovation Challenge to Solve for Agricultural Plastic Waste

Watsonville, Calif. – Fresh berry leader Driscoll’s has partnered with Think Beyond Plastic to launch an inaugural Agricultural Plastics Innovation Challenge, which aims to stimulate new recycling processes and the development of alternatives to conventionally used field plastics. Innovators, entrepreneurs, research institutes, start-ups and institutions are encouraged to submit applications for innovative solutions, and winners will have the opportunity to […]

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Looking for additional controlled environment food crops?

Genhua Niu, professor of urban horticulture at Texas A&M AgriLife Research, is conducting greenhouse and vertical farm trials with Asian vegetables to determine their potential as commercial controlled environment crops. Photos courtesy of Genhua Niu, Texas A&M AgriLife Research With an increasing Asian population in the United States, controlled environment growers have an opportunity to […]

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Online Aquaponics Intensive Workshop by the University of Arizona is right around the corner

Are you interested in growing crops with aquaponics? Join the University of Arizona Controlled Environment Agriculture Center for the Online Aquaponic Intensive Workshop – October 19th& 20th via Zoom. This two-day event, taught by Dr. Matthew Recsetar, is perfect for those using or wanting to use small to medium-scale systems. Both sessions will be packed […]

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Symptoms of Common Nutrient Deficiencies in Hydroponic Lettuce by Neil Mattson and Tanya Merrill

Managing the nutrient solution of hydroponic crops can be much more challenging than container grown crops because: 1) hydroponic solutions are often captured and reused which can, overtime, lead to deficiencies of some elements and excess of others; and 2) pH changes much more quickly in hydroponics than in container-grown plants. Hydroponic growers should monitor […]

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University of Florida Greenhouse Training Online courses, Weed Management and Hydroponic Vegetable Production

Our last Greenhouse Training Online courses for 2021! Weed Management Course Earn CEUs An intermediate level course that teaches all aspects of weed management in nurseries and greenhouses, including weed identification, developing herbicide programs, and the latest non-chemical methods of weed control that work. Rated 4.5 out of 5 by grower participants. Hydroponic Vegetable Production […]

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