Being pushed to the edge – Married, Working Parent, Small Business Owner, Pandemic Survivor – A Middle age Entrepreneurs final gasp in Agtech

Would I recommend an entrepreneurial life to anyone? Absolutely if you have a desire to change the world we live in for the better and want to join the millions of highly skilled entrepreneurs already navigating the journey. Challenges and rewards of being an older entrepreneur With a health warning in place, being an older […]

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6 experts weigh in on what makes their CEA operations successful

By Kasha Dubaniewicz We have 6 industry experts who will share their insights on what it takes to be successful in CEA (controlled environment agriculture) and what the future looks like. Know your crop data back to front  Chris Higgins, GM of Hort Americas and founder of Urban Ag News, has been involved with the […]

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What are the 5 “must dos” for growing a quality greenhouse lettuce crop?

While growing lettuce may be relatively simple, trying to produce crops year round can be challenging if you’re not paying attention to these 5 “must dos”. Lettuce seems to be the crop of choice for growers looking to start producing controlled environment food crops. Many of the new controlled environment growers that have begun operating […]

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Are you getting the numbers right for controlled environment food production?

Scott Prendergast, chief data officer at Edible Garden, with son Boston and daughter Evan, in the company’s 5-acre greenhouse facility in Belvidere, N.J. Photos courtesy of Edible Garden Organic hydroponic food grower Edible Garden stepped up its tech game by improving its product planning and product availability management. Starting with a 5-acre glass greenhouse facility […]

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Will tomatoes be the next big commercial crop for vertical farms?

University of California-Riverside researchers Martha Orozco-Cárdenas (above) and Robert Jinkerson are using CRISPR gene-editing technology to develop short tomato plants that have the potential to be grown in vertical farms and on the International Space Station. Photos courtesy of Robert Jinkerson, Univ. of Calif.-Riverside Photos courtesy of Robert Jinkerson, Univ. of Calif.-Riverside Researchers at University […]

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Why does energy efficiency matter when selecting LED grow lights?

Learn the 3 things to consider when choosing energy efficient lighting in your greenhouse or vertical farm.  __________ Before we get started, let’s set some ground rules for this article.  1. I want to believe that everyone wants to do what’s right for the planet as long as they think their business can afford it, […]

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Q&A, Expert Source: Viraj Puri, Co-Founder and CEO of Gotham Greens, an indoor farming company with hydroponic greenhouses located in cities across America

A Q&A with Viraj Puri, Co-Founder and CEO of Gotham Greens For those that do not know Gotham Greens, please tell us a little bit about the company and when the company was formed? Viraj: We are on a mission to transform how and where fresh food is grown. Gotham Greens is a pioneer in […]

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What makes Henderson County, N.C., so ideal for controlled environment agriculture?

Canadian-based Lakeside Produce has opened a 15-acre greenhouse vegetable operation in Henderson County, N.C., with plans to expand the facility to 45 acres. Photos courtesy of Mark Williams, Agribusiness Henderson County An increasing number of controlled environment growers are looking at Henderson County, N.C., as having the right natural resources and market location for them […]

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Shenandoah Growers, Virginia

Is the latest technology worth the investment for your hydroponic farm?

Photo: Shenandoah Growers, Virginia Remember: It is possible to operate a successful and profitable hydroponic farm in a hoop house, a greenhouse, vertical farm or even outside in parts of the world. There are only three primary reasons a grower or a farmer should invest in technology. Yet if you listen to anyone in the […]

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Can vertical farming be a viable method of controlled environment production?

Austin Webb, co-founder and CEO at Fifth Season, said even though significant dollars have been invested in vertical farming, much of it has been wasted. Photos courtesy of Fifth Season Fifth Season is using its fully-integrated, automated operating system to crack the economics code for vertical farming with the potential to integrate with greenhouse operations. […]

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Chris Higgins environmental movement

Who should lead the environmental movement?

Photo: Our decisions today affect our planet tomorrow.  Protect what you love, whether that be work or play. Simple answer, those with the most passion and perseverance. As the controlled environment agriculture industry we spend a significant amount of time discussing how we are going to improve our communities, the environment, the farming experience and the […]

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Is controlled environment agriculture addressing the issues facing the agriculture industry?

BrightFarms founder and president Paul Lightfoot, who is chairman of the USDA Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee, said controlled environment agriculture could play a major role in helping to solve some of the significant issues facing the ag industry and U.S. Photos courtesy of BrightFarms As chairman of the USDA Fruit and Vegetable Industry […]

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Could controlled environment agriculture change the face of American farming?

Ramel Bradley thinks so. The community director at AppHarvest is talking to students and communities across the country about the benefits of locally-grown food and the agtech used to produce it. [Photo above: Ramel with students and faculty from Breathitt High School in Jackson, Ky. on Jan. 15 at the opening of the school’s new […]

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Which type of hydroponic system is better?

Hint: They are all just irrigation systems. One of the questions that I get most frequently is, “Which hydroponic system is the best?” I am fairly sure that my standard answer of, “it all depends” annoys most of the people I am speaking to.  From suppliers to growers and from researchers to hobbyists there is […]

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