Bringing food equity to Dallas

Residents in south Dallas communities are being offered more access to fresh healthy produce through the Oak Cliff Veggie Project and Mobile Food Market. Finding fresh, healthy food in south Dallas can be a challenge for its residents. “The city of Dallas has actively been trying to place grocery stores or more stores that provide […]

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Digital Farming’s “Up in the Air” Moment

By Rodrigo M. Pereyra  I was recently watching the movie “Up in the Air” and beyond being a great portrayal of the human cost of job loss and itinerancy of modern life, I was interested by another thread in the story: the introduction of new technology to fundamentally change a business. During an argument with […]

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The Value of Third-Party Verification for Horticultural Lighting

By Leora Radetsky The US vertical farming market is projected to reach $3 billion by 2024, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate of over 24 percent, according to a February 2019 report. Another report, by the US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, put the annual electricity consumption of US horticultural […]

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How is FresH2O Growers offering consumers “fresher, greener, healthier” lettuce?

FresH2O Growers is using a hydroponic production system to supply East Coast consumers with organic leafy greens. Anyone involved with the commercial horticulture industry is likely familiar with the van Wingerden family and the impact it has had on the production and marketing of ornamental plants. However, one member of the van Wingerden family is […]

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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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5 Things You Need to Know About Financing Your Farm

By Chris Rawley, CEO of Harvest Returns More producers are turning to indoor farming today to meet the demand for locally-grown produce, for its environmental benefits, and as a sustainable way to transform the food system. Building a new greenhouse or equipping a vertical farm can require significant amounts of capital. Indoor growers are faced […]

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Are Consumers and Growers Putting Dollars in the Local Food Industry? – Great Lakes Ag Tech Summit

On September 23, 2019, Urban Ag News, Hort Americas and GE Current, a Daintree company hosted the inaugural Great Lakes Ag Tech Summit. Held at the historic Nela Park campus in Cleveland, the event featured keynotes and panel discussions from leading researchers and innovative growers in the Great Lakes region who are shaping the future […]

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Could open source agriculture revolutionize the industry?

Open source agriculture could redefine how plants are developed and produced. The terms “open source” and “open source technology” are most often used when referring to the development of computer software. Computer software source code is what programmers use to change how a software program or application operates. Attorney Andrew St. Laurent in his book […]

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Optimizing Plant Production Under a Controlled Environment – Great Lakes Ag Tech Summit

On September 23, 2019, Urban Ag News, Hort Americas and GE Current, a Daintree company hosted the inaugural Great Lakes Ag Tech Summit. Held at the historic Nela Park campus in Cleveland, the event featured keynotes and panel discussions from leading researchers and innovative growers in the Great Lakes region who are shaping the future […]

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Sales and Distribution: The Keys to Success for Local Farming

Above: Jeff Bednar and Chef Josh Romero at Urban Taco Collaboration is key to efficiency and profitfor local farmers. By Karel Holloway Almost 30 North Texas farmers, ranchers and other food producers are working with a new company to relieve the tedious chore of delivering products to area restaurants. It frees up more time for […]

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History of the Tower Garden®

By Morris Bryan, Inventor of the Tower Garden In 1974, I graduated from The Georgia Institute of Technology like the majority of the men in my family – my grandfather, father, two uncles, and three brothers – with a diploma I thought would change my life, but it wasn’t until that summer when I visited […]

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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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Making the switch to hemp—what should you consider?

Now that it is legal to grow hemp in the U.S., greenhouse vegetable and ornamental plant growers are considering whether it makes sense to switch crops. The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, commonly referred to as the 2018 Farm Bill, has legalized the production of hemp. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is the lead USDA […]

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Hydroponic growers should be promoting locally-grown produce

Whether or not hydroponic growers are using organic practices to produce edible crops, consumers are more likely to be interested in whether the produce is locally grown. There has been much discussion over whether controlled environment hydroponic food production should be allowed to be certified organic. Regardless of where you stand on the topic, Michigan […]

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