Koidra raises $4.5M seed funding to bring Intelligent Automation to Greenhouses and Beyond

Seattle, March 29, 2022 – Koidra, an Intelligent Automation (IA) platform company based out of Seattle, has raised $4.5 million in its seed round. Ospraie Ag Science (OAS) led this round of funding, with participation from Amritam Holdings, Cavallo Ventures, and Foothill Ventures. Koidra was founded by the lead of Microsoft Research’s winning team at […]

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Local Farmers ‘Dismayed’ About Govt’s Plans

Originally published: https://bernews.com/2022/03/local-farmers-dismayed-about-govts-plans/ “Large-scale vertical farming will not revitalize growth, the economy or labour on the island because the set-up and operating costs of vertical farms for leafy greens are prohibitive in Bermuda,” the Bermuda Farmer’s Association [BFA] said. The BFA asserted that they were not fully consulted before the Government announced that funds have […]

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Sakata Seed America Announces Opening of New, Permanent Lettuce Distribution Facility in Marina, California; Appoints New Lettuce Product Manager

Marina, CA, March 2022 –Sakata Seed America is solidifying its leadership position in the lettuce category, announcing a new, permanent Lettuce Distribution Facility and appointing a new Lettuce Product Manager, all within the past few weeks. Since the company’s acquisition of prominent lettuce company, Vanguard Seed, in 2020, Sakata has quickly scaled their lettuce seed […]

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IUNU Raises $24 Million Series B to Accelerate Market Position and Product Offerings

Seattle, Washington, March 15, 2022— IUNU today announced it has raised an oversubscribed $24 million Series B round of financing led by Lewis & Clark Ventures. Existing investors S2G Ventures, Ceres Partners, and Astanor Ventures also participated. This funding will be used to accelerate the company’s growth plans, specifically around global sales expansion and new […]

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Local Bounti® to Acquire Pete’s® for $122.5 Million Creating Leading CEA Operator with Largest National Retail Distribution Footprint

De-risks near-term operational execution, expanding upon existing market presence and creating a coast-to-coast footprint covering existing relationships at approximately 10,000 retail grocery doors. Enhances financial leadership within the controlled environment agriculture (“CEA”) industry by improving already leading unit-level economics. Immediately accretive with Pete’s 2021 estimated net revenue of $22.7 million, established track record of producing […]

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Items For Sale: Hydroponic Leafy Greens DWC Floating Raft System Components

Streamline Farms has Hydronov Hydroponic Leafy Greens DWC Floating Raft System Components for sale. Da Ros equipment from www.Hydronov.com. This brand new Hydronov DWC Leafy Greens production system is used across the industry by the most efficient and successful hydroponic producers. From seeding to growing, harvesting to cleaning, these components are critical to a facilities […]

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Sakata Seed America Announces Expansion in Culiacan, Mexico with ‘Culiacan Innovation Center’

Culiacan, Mexico, February 2022 – Sakata Seed America has announced the next milestone in the company’s continued infrastructure expansion. The prominent seed leader recently finalized the purchase of 14 hectares (35.6 acres) of land in Culiacan, Mexico. The land and facilities have been leased by Sakata Seed for the past 3 years. Significant growth in […]

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The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research Annual Call for Reviewers

Your expertise and technical knowledge are critical to the mission of the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) to build unique partnerships that advance innovative research to address challenges in agricultural sustainability and food supply.  We are recruiting external peer reviewers for our 2022 grant programs, including the New Innovator Award in Food and Agriculture Research […]

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Current Extends Horticulture Range with New, High-intensity Arize® Element Top Lighting

New L1000 model offers high, 2600µmol/s output 3600µmol/s Arize Element® L2000 for higher yields and optimized retrofits Expanded range to offer customers greater flexibility and choice CLEVELAND, OH – 28 February, 2022 – GE Current, a Daintree company has todayunveiled two new, high-efficiency, high-performance members of its Arize Element family. Thelatest L1000 model offers an […]

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Hort Americas and its partners focus on community food production, people and jobs

Partnerships created the project AppLit resulting in the manufacturing of LED grow lights in the United States that will be used to grow greenhouse vegetables in the Appalachian region. Press Release, February 24, 2022 — In May 2020, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, greenhouse vegetable grower AppHarvest approached commercial horticultural distributor Hort Americas […]

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Expect vertical farming to continue to gain credibility as a reliable food source

Dr. Murat Kacira, director of the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center at the University of Arizona, said the ultimate goal in any type of controlled environment production, including vertical farming, is resource-use efficiency. Photo by Rosemary Brandt, College of Agricultural Life Sciences, Univ. of Ariz. Vertical farm advancements in technology and plant genetics will lead to […]

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OptimIA team partners with AU/LAB in an international labour survey for leafy greens production in controlled environments

Photos by EE Berger, courtesy from Planted Detroit. The OptimIA team and the Urban Agriculture Laboratory (AU/LAB) are pleased to announce their partnership to determine optimal models between labor and size of greenhouses and indoor farms that produce leafy greens, while taking into account various automation choices. In addition, the study will inform policy makers […]

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A plant based diet reduces the chance of getting seriously ill with COVID-19

We know people with underlying health conditions are at an increased risk of becoming sick if they catch COVID-19. Although vaccines have been rolled out, new coronavirus variants including the latest Omicron, continue to emerge. Even the most positive amongst us are struggling with endless restrictions on our daily activities. Inevitably our health care institutions […]

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Hunting for Treasure on the Farm

Strategically manage resources for greenhouse and indoor cultivation By Gretchen Schimelpfenig, PE, Jennifer Amann Food production is responsible for a quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Crop cultivation and supply chain processes require energy and generate associated carbon emissions. Greenhouses and vertical farms use diverse sources of energy like electricity, natural gas, propane, […]

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