New GLASE Webinar on off-season strawberry production

Strawberry production in greenhouses and indoor farms represents an uprising market that offers the potential for CEA growers to diversify and remain competitive. In this webinar Dr. Chieri Kubota from Ohio State University will discuss the opportunities of off-season strawberry production under controlled environments. Webinar title: Off-season strawberry production under controlled environments Date: November 21, 2019 Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. EST […]

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Early History of Indoor Agriculture & Associated Technology Development

By Dr. Cary Mitchell (Purdue University) This month’s Indoor Ag Science Café was about the history and current technology status of indoor farming. The beginning seems to be in Syracuse, NY, where General Electric developed an indoor hydroponic farm funded by DoD in 1973. Then there was a large commercial indoor farm for leafy greens […]

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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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The Ohio State University to offer Greenhouse Management Workshop

The Ohio State University is organizing annual Greenhouse Management Workshop (January 16 & 17, 2020; Wooster, OH), providing learning opportunities for the basics of greenhouse management practices. In this workshop, our hydroponics track focuses on Hydroponic Food Safety and GAPs provided by OSU Food Safety GAP training team. The contents are relevant to indoor farms […]

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Great Lakes Ag Tech Summit

Whether you are a greenhouse grower or a vertical farmer, you won’t want to miss this. Join Urban Ag News, Hort Americas and Current, powered by GE, for the inaugural Great Lakes Ag Tech Summit on Monday, September 23. The summit will be held at at the historic Nela Park campus in Cleveland, Ohio. The […]

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‘HVAC – Controlling the Environment to Control Plant Responses’ by Nadia Sabeh (Dr. Greenhouse)

This month’s indoor ag science café was on HVAC – heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning for indoor farms. Dr. Nadia Sabeh at Dr. Greenhouse explained basics of HVAC and introduced key parameters for plant growth, such as temperature, humidity, VPD (vapor pressure deficit), CO2 and air movement. She also reminded us that a well-designed HVAC system is […]

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GLASE announces its 2019 webinar and technical articles series

Webinars The GLASE Webinar Series features the latest technological innovations and best practices in the controlled environment agriculture (CEA) industry providing the participants an opportunity to discover new solutions and to connect with industry experts. The webinars are free. July 25 • 2-3 p.m. EDT – REGISTER HERESupplemental greenhouse lighting during propagationPresented by Erik Runkle […]

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“Producing High Quality Microgreens under Sole-source Lighting” by Dr. Roberto Lopez (Michigan State University)

Indoor Ag Science Café in May started out with a presentation by Dr. Roberto Lopez on environmental factors affecting human-health promoting nutrients and growth of microgreens. This is an area of studies in which we expect to develop in the next few years, taking advantage of full capacities of controlled environment without being affected outdoor […]

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Environmental Uniformity and Climate Control in Plant Factory with Artificial Lighting

Environmental Uniformity and Climate Control in Plant Factory with Artificial Lighting” by Dr. Murat Kacira (University of Arizona Controlled Environment Agriculture Center). Indoor Ag Science Café in April was full of data on climate uniformity, crop productivity as well as energy use in indoor farming, presented by Dr. Murat Kacira.  Murat is a professor and the […]

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Perspectives on Business Strategy and Economics of Vertical Agriculture

Two economists at MSU Product Center Food-Ag-Bio, Michigan State University, Chris Peterson and Simone Valle de Souza were presenting “Perspectives on the business strategy and economics of vertical agriculture”. Chris started out this month’s Café presentation by giving a strategic overview of indoor agriculture industry, followed by Simone’s proposed model-based optimization approach including crop yield […]

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Importance of application of G x E x M to indoor Ag

In this month’s Indoor Ag Science Café, Tharindu Weeraratne (Autogrow) gave a quick overview of interactions between G (genotypes) x E (environment) x M (management) and shared the company R&D on plant health sensing using machine vision technologies. Indoor Ag Science Café is a monthly based open forum for indoor growers and scientists to communicate […]

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Working with numbers to assess your productivity – g/kWh & g/mol PAR

In this month’ Indoor Ag Science Café, Chieri Kubota at the Ohio State University, reviewed two metrics that scientists and indoor growers can use to assess the crop productivity grown under electric lighting. ‘Working with numbers to assess your productivity – gram yield per kWh & gram yield per mole PAR’ was a number-intensive talk […]

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Indoor Ag Sci Cafe discusses indoor farming operations with Milan Kluko

Milan Kluko, the Founder of Green Spirit Farms and Harvest Moon Farms, spoke at the Indoor Ag Science Café this month. Green Spirit Farms is one of the oldest indoor farms in the U.S. located in New Buffalo MI with several additional operations in Chicago, Detroit, and Puerto Rico. In his presentation ‘Our Stories – […]

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Indoor Ag Sci Cafe discusses lighting strategies for energy savings

The second ‘Indoor Ag Science Café’ of this month had Dr. Cary Mitchell, as a speaker. Funded by NASA and USDA SCRI, Cary has a long research history focusing on energy savings while maximizing crop productivities through his in-depth understanding of plant physiology under controlled environment.  In his presentation ‘Lighting Strategies for Energy Savings’ introduced […]

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