Culinary Herb Survey

University researchers are seeking input from greenhouse and indoor potted and fresh cut culinary herb growers in order to initiate a national research and extension project aimed to address the needs of the emerging industry. Your anonymous input for our survey will help to steer the focus of this project. Currently, researchers from Michigan State […]

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UF New Video: Five Tips on Growing Greenhouse Lettuce in the Heat

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Bob Hochmuth from University of Florida IFAS Extension shares his tips for successful year-round production of hydroponic lettuce in hot climates in a new YouTube video (https://youtu.be/4UD2C-9csyk). Information is provided on cultivar selection and crop management strategies to reduce heat stress. To learn more about hydroponics, register for Hydroponic Vegetable Production which […]

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PIP Seeks Research Applications for Premium Strawberry Flavors

WASHINGTON (October 13, 2021) –Food production faces challenges from climate change, competition for scarce resources and supply chain disruptions. One solution is controlled environment agriculture, which grows a range of crops in controlled spaces and can enhance desirable traits in crops. To advance controlled environment agriculture science, the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research’s (FFAR) Precision […]

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Looking for additional controlled environment food crops?

Genhua Niu, professor of urban horticulture at Texas A&M AgriLife Research, is conducting greenhouse and vertical farm trials with Asian vegetables to determine their potential as commercial controlled environment crops. Photos courtesy of Genhua Niu, Texas A&M AgriLife Research With an increasing Asian population in the United States, controlled environment growers have an opportunity to […]

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Online Aquaponics Intensive Workshop by the University of Arizona is right around the corner

Are you interested in growing crops with aquaponics? Join the University of Arizona Controlled Environment Agriculture Center for the Online Aquaponic Intensive Workshop – October 19th& 20th via Zoom. This two-day event, taught by Dr. Matthew Recsetar, is perfect for those using or wanting to use small to medium-scale systems. Both sessions will be packed […]

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Symptoms of Common Nutrient Deficiencies in Hydroponic Lettuce by Neil Mattson and Tanya Merrill

Managing the nutrient solution of hydroponic crops can be much more challenging than container grown crops because: 1) hydroponic solutions are often captured and reused which can, overtime, lead to deficiencies of some elements and excess of others; and 2) pH changes much more quickly in hydroponics than in container-grown plants. Hydroponic growers should monitor […]

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University of Florida Greenhouse Training Online courses, Weed Management and Hydroponic Vegetable Production

Our last Greenhouse Training Online courses for 2021! Weed Management Course Earn CEUs An intermediate level course that teaches all aspects of weed management in nurseries and greenhouses, including weed identification, developing herbicide programs, and the latest non-chemical methods of weed control that work. Rated 4.5 out of 5 by grower participants. Hydroponic Vegetable Production […]

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UF/IFAS scientists tapped to join national research effort advancing phosphorus sustainability, funded by NSF

FLORIDA – Two University of Florida scientists have joined a national research effort to promote phosphorus sustainability across the United States.  Together they will work under the funding auspices of the National Science Foundation-Science and Technology Center (NSF-STC) in the newly established Science and Technologies for Phosphorus Sustainability (STEPS). Jehangir Bhadha, an assistant professor of […]

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Managing Western Flower Thrips in CEA Strawberry Operations

Western flower thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis) are among the most damaging greenhouse pests especially onstrawberries. Adult thrips are slender insects about 1mm long. Thrips feed by piercing the cells and sucking out their contents leading to silver/gray patches. Thrips especially feed on growing points and flower buds leading to distortion of these tissues as they develop. […]

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UAE Minister of State for Food & Water Security to Deliver Opening Keynote Address at Middle East Agri-Food Briefing, September 27

Her Excellency Mariam Al Mheiri will open the briefing, which will discuss how government leaders, investors, technology companies, food brands and farm operators can collaborate to establish an effective agri-food innovation ecosystem and a food-secure future in the GCC. The inaugural Middle East Agri-Food Briefing will bring together business and innovation leaders from the United […]

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2021 Vertical Farming World Awards Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2021 Vertical Farming World Awards have been published today. Winners will be announced on Tuesday 21 September in a virtual awards ceremony during the 2021 Vertical Farming World Congress. These inaugural awards are organised by the food and drink experts Zenith Global, with headline sponsorship from Cultivatd and category sponsorship from Light […]

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Stephen Ritz and Stepping Stones, Inc. cut ribbon on first tiny home for West Virginia foster youth

LAVALETTE, WV, August 30, 2021 – Stepping Stones, Inc., the revolutionary foster care facility in the heart of Appalachia, reached a major milestone in its Youth Transition Project (YTP) when it officially opened its first tiny home and welcomed its first resident on Friday.  Longtime supporter and urban farmer Stephen Ritz, a life-long educator, author […]

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University of Florida Greenhouse Training Online courses Disease Management starts September 13!

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 experience and training. Topics covered include how to differentiate between a disease […]

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JPFA Looking beyond the SDGs on 10th Anniversary

As the world is pursuing the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, the Japan Plant Factory Association will highlight the importance of looking beyond the SDGs in its coming online event. The nonprofit organization will hold the “Japan Plant Factory Association 10th Anniversary Fest–10 Years of Progress, and Achieving the SDGs and Beyond” on Sept. 15-17. The […]

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