Indoor Ag Sci Cafe talks about propagation and transplants

This presentation ‘Precision Indoor Propagation for High Quality Transplants’ was given by Dr. Ricardo Hernandez (North Carolina State University) during our 32nd cafe forum on August 3rd, 2021. Upcoming Cafes: September 21st (Tuesday), 11AM Eastern – ‘Introduction to Aquaponics‘ by Dr. Paul Brown and Dr. Cary Mitchell (Purdue University) October 26th (Tuesday), 11AM Eastern – […]

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Indoor Ag Science Cafe explores Japan Plant Factories with Eri Hayashi

Plant Factories and Indoor Farming Innovations in Japan Japan is a leader in the world of indoor farming. At the heart of their success is a non-profit organization, the Japan Plant Factory Association (JPFA), and Eri Hayashi, its Vice President. Find out more about this sophisticated collaboration between academia, industry, and government. See the ways several of Japan’s […]

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Karla Garcia growing microgreens in Mexico

Indoor Ag Sci Cafe discusses Indoor Farming in Mexico with Karla Garcia, Hort Americas

“Indoor Farming in Mexico: Current Status and Opportunities” ‘Indoor Farming in Mexico: Current Status and Opportunities’ by Karla Garcia Founder and Director of Microgreen FLN and Technical Services Specialist for Hort Americas, Karla Garcia, discusses in the February 2021 Ag Café episode what’s happening in Mexico’s controlled environment agriculture (CEA) industry, what’s impeding its growth, […]

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Ohio Controlled Environment Agriculture Center to hold Soilless Strawberry School

The Ohio State University will hold a workshop focusing on greenhouse strawberry production in March. Soilless Strawberry School Greenhouse-focused Track Learn all you need to grow strawberries in soilless substrates under greenhouse and high tunnel conditions. Online live lectures and discussion on March 26, 10am-3pm (EDT). Recordings will be available for additional 2 weeks. Registrations […]

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Take a virtual tour of the new controlled environment ag center at The Ohio State University

Dr. Chieri Kubota, the Director of the new center focusing on controlled environment agriculture and protected cultivation hosted this event to introduces the programs and membership. What OHCEAC is unique about is that we are integrative, interdisciplinary, and inclusive team conducting collaborative research to respond to CEA stakeholder needs. Our focus inclusively covers various production […]

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Indoor Ag Science Café discusses optimizing crop growth

‘Crop Growth Monitoring and Simulation Based Resource Use Optimization’ by Dr. Murat Kacira and KC Shasteen (University of Arizona) This presentation given by Dr. Murat Kacira and his graduate student KC Shasteen introduces the concept of using crop modeling/simulation for making indoor farming management decisions. Indoor Ag Science Café is an outreach program of a project OptimIA, […]

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GE Current, a Daintree company Donates Horticulture Lighting Fixtures to The Ohio State University

272 Arize Element L1000 LED fixtures are being gifted to OSU’s horticulture program to help bring light to a future greenhouse on campus The greenhouse aims to be operational in 2021 CLEVELAND—GE Current, a Daintree company has gifted 272 horticultural lighting fixtures to The Ohio State University to benefit the university’s College of Food, Agricultural, […]

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“Hydroponic Nutrient Management Basics” from the Indoor Science Cafe

This presentation ‘Hydroponic Nutrient Management Basics’ was given by Dan Gillespie (JR Peters Inc.) during our 22nd cafe forum on September 22nd, 2020. Indoor Ag Science Cafe is organized by the OptimIA project team funded by USDA SCRI grant program. Cafe Archive & QA Forum Our archived Indoor Ag Science Cafe page in OptimIA website now has […]

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Indoor Ag Science Cafe’s latest on how to fund your indoor farm

‘How to Fund Your Indoor Farm’ by Nicola Kerslake (Contain Inc.) This month’s Indoor Ag Science Cafe was about financing indoor farm start up. Nicola Kerslake gave an overview of funding strategies and her guest presenter Dave Dinesen (CubicFarms) shared their insightful experience. Indoor Ag Science Café is an outreach program of a project OptimIA, funded […]

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The Ohio State University Empowerment Plant Workshop, July 2020 – NOW ONLINE

The Ohio State University, in partnership with Gotham Greens and Hort Americas, will be organizing the Plant Empowerment Workshop Online on July 9-10 , 2020 (10am – 2:30pm EDT). Advanced learning and discussion for growers towards “an integrated approach based on physics and plant physiology, leading to a balanced growing method for high yields, quality, saving […]

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Indoor Ag Sci Cafe – Could lighting improve the flavor of basil?

‘Photons = Flavor, the case study of basil’ by Dr. Roberto Lopez and Kellie Walters (Michigan State University) Roberto and Kellie work on lighting technologies for basil production and shared their most updated research on light intensities during young seedling stage of basil, affecting flavor profile and consumer liking in addition to yield and quality. […]

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‘Managing Water Quality and Biofilm for Indoor Production’ by Dr. Paul Fisher

Indoor Ag Sci Café presents ‘Managing Water Quality and Biofilm for Indoor Production’ by Dr. Paul Fisher (University of Florida). This comprehensive summary is an essential information for indoor farming! February Indoor Ag Sci Café focused on water quality and biofilm for indoor production. Dr. Fisher discussed characteristics of different source water and their potential […]

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Improving the profitability and sustainability of indoor leafy-greens production

A multi-university team of horticulturists, engineers and agricultural economists led by Michigan State University (MSU) has received a four-year, $2.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to study indoor production of leafy greens. Industry partners have matched funding, bringing the project total to $5.4 million. The investigators on the grant include: Erik Runkle, […]

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Back to Basics: Plant Responses to Temperature from Indoor Ag Sci Cafe

This presentation ‘Back to Basics – Plant Responses to Temperature’ was given by Dr. Chieri Kubota (the Ohio State University) during our 13th cafe forum on November 19th, 2019. Indoor Ag Science Cafe is organized by the project team funded by USDA SCRI grant program. Please Submit Your Questions!‘Indoor Ag Science Queries’ Please submit your questions (anonymously […]

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