How did Big Tex Urban Farms use hydroponics to achieve its Million Servings Mission?

Drew Demler, the State Fair of Texas director of horticulture and cofounder of Big Tex Urban Farms, and his staff were able to achieve the farm’s Million Servings Mission ahead of schedule using a variety of controlled environment hydroponic production systems. Photos by Jessie Wood, State Fair of Texas Big Tex Urban Farms announced in […]

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FFAR Grant Advances Equitable Food Access

CLEVELAND (September 15, 2022) –There are many initiatives that work to address nutrition inequality; however, these programs are often not coordinated with other aspects of the local food system. The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) is awarding an additional $1 million grant to Case Western Reserve University to build upon a 2018 Tipping Points grant by assessing efforts to […]

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Japan Plant Factory Association Holds Strawberry Course in October

New Online Training Course in English The Japan Plant Factory Association (JPFA) has announced to hold its first Strawberry Course for Plant Factories with Artificial Lighting (PFALs) in English from October 13 to 31, 2022, and is receiving applications. Since 2018, the JPFA has held training courses on PFALs in English year by year and […]

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Responding to Growing Trends: Increasing Capacity for California Aquaponic Agriculture through targeted education

So you’ve heard about aquaponics, an exciting new method to grow fruits and vegetables using nutrients from fish, but information on this farming technology is challenging to apply. Well, look no further and join UC Aquaculture Extension for an in-depth short course on the merger of aquaculture and hydroponic agriculture. In an effort to inform […]

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University of Florida Disease Management course starts soon

University of Florida Greenhouse Training Online courses  Disease Management starts September 19! Improve your prevention and management of diseases in nurseries and greenhouses by registering for Disease Management, the fourth course of the award-winning Greenhouse Online Training courses offered by the University of Florida IFAS Extension. This intermediate course is designed for growers with some […]

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e-Gro studies young consumers

e-Gro Edible Alert For Young Consumers Farm-to-Fork Is Not Organic By Ariana Torres This study investigated the market segments of young consumers based on their valuation towards foods from organic, local, sustainable, and small-family systems. Millennials and Gen Z are predicted to shape emerging food trends in America. Millennials – the largest living generation – […]

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University of Florida offers Nutrient Management Level 2 Online Course

University of Florida Greenhouse Training Online courses  Nutrient Management Level 2 (Advanced) Starts August 22! Train your staff to make better crop management decisions by learning in depth aspects of plant nutrition management. Nutrient Management Level 2 (Advanced) is the third course of the award-winning Greenhouse Online Training program offered by the University of Florida […]

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Familiar face leads ‘Team Koala’ to win the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge for a second time

All competing teams managed to use artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to autonomously grow lettuce with almost no interventions The American team Koala has been declared winner of the third edition of the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge at Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in Bleiswijk The team consists of the start-up company Koidra and researchers from Cornell […]

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New model for online Extension training launches

Growers and technical staff in the greenhouse and controlled environment industry can gain a new qualification in plant health management with a collaboration from two award-winning online Extension training programs offered by the University of Florida and Michigan State University. Over 4,000 growers have already graduated from individual courses through the UF/IFAS Extension Greenhouse Training […]

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Modular and inclusive urban farming concept of LettUs Design wins last edition of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge

LettUs Design has won the Grand Finals of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge and will receive a sum of €10,000 for their modular and inclusive urban farming design. The other winners are USC Stack and AMS Caterpillars. AMS Caterpillars has also won the local residents’ award. It was the third and the last time that Wageningen […]

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Grand Finals Urban Greenhouse Challenge #3

29 June @ Omnia Dialogue Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands Wageningen University & Research (WUR): After working for eight months to reshape urban food production in a low-income, food oppressed community in Washington DC, ten international teams of students will compete in the finals of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge #3 on the 29 June 2022.  During […]

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Invitation to New JPFA 2022 Online Training Course

We are delighted to announce that we will hold a new online training course on plant factories with artificial lighting (PFALs) in English for July-August 2022. The coming course will comprise introductory classes and specialized content. Introductory classes will offer elementary theory and practice of PFALs, basic knowledge of cultivation and operational management, and keys […]

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2022 NCERA-101 Annual/International Meeting

The University of Arizona Controlled Environment Agriculture Center is pleased to invite you to attend the 2022 International Meeting of the NCERA-101 Committee on Controlled Environment Technology & Use. The conference is being held at the Marriott University Park Hotel located on The University of Arizona main campus, Tucson, Arizona. Tucson is home to The […]

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University of Florida Nutrient Management Course starts July 11

University of Florida Greenhouse Training Online courses  Nutrient Management Level 1 Starts July 11! Train your staff to make better decisions about fertilizer and plant nutrient management. Nutrient Management Level 1 is the second course of the award-winning Greenhouse Online Training program offered by the University of Florida IFAS Extension. This course is intermediate level […]

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