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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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Houweling USA rebrands as LONGVINE GROWING CO, bringing a contemporary brand designed for today’s most influential consumers

This sets the stage for the company to deliver next level brand growth, building off its 25-year history (Mona, Utah, Aug 11th, 2021) Houweling US Holdings, Inc. is launching the Longvine Growing Co as the company rebrands and resets for the next evolution of company growth. The rebranding project was initiated in early 2020 as […]

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Being pushed to the edge – Married, Working Parent, Small Business Owner, Pandemic Survivor – A Middle age Entrepreneurs final gasp in Agtech

Would I recommend an entrepreneurial life to anyone? Absolutely if you have a desire to change the world we live in for the better and want to join the millions of highly skilled entrepreneurs already navigating the journey. Challenges and rewards of being an older entrepreneur With a health warning in place, being an older […]

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Village Farms International Unveils New Corporate Branding and Launches New Website Embodying Evolution to an International, Plant-Based, Consumer Products Company

VANCOUVER, BC, Sept. 15, 2021 /CNW/ – Village Farms International, Inc. (“Village Farms” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: VFF) (TSX: VFF) today unveiled new corporate branding and launched its new corporate website at www.villagefarms.com. Village Farms International, Inc. Logo (CNW Group/Village Farms International, Inc.) Village Farms’ new corporate branding embodies the Company’s evolution over the last four […]

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Are you getting the numbers right for controlled environment food production?

Scott Prendergast, chief data officer at Edible Garden, with son Boston and daughter Evan, in the company’s 5-acre greenhouse facility in Belvidere, N.J. Photos courtesy of Edible Garden Organic hydroponic food grower Edible Garden stepped up its tech game by improving its product planning and product availability management. Starting with a 5-acre glass greenhouse facility […]

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HortiCann Light + Tech Conference

September 28-29, 2021 100% virtual in 2021, the HortiCann Light + Tech Conference focuses on the latest advances in horticultural lighting. Formerly known as the Horticultural Lighting Conference, this annual event has led the way in transforming horticultural practices by connecting research and technology to growers around the world. As technology and agriculture are working […]

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Will tomatoes be the next big commercial crop for vertical farms?

University of California-Riverside researchers Martha Orozco-Cárdenas (above) and Robert Jinkerson are using CRISPR gene-editing technology to develop short tomato plants that have the potential to be grown in vertical farms and on the International Space Station. Photos courtesy of Robert Jinkerson, Univ. of Calif.-Riverside Photos courtesy of Robert Jinkerson, Univ. of Calif.-Riverside Researchers at University […]

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Why does energy efficiency matter when selecting LED grow lights?

Learn the 3 things to consider when choosing energy efficient lighting in your greenhouse or vertical farm.  __________ Before we get started, let’s set some ground rules for this article.  1. I want to believe that everyone wants to do what’s right for the planet as long as they think their business can afford it, […]

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New Video by University of Florida: Five Tips on Container Substrate Quality

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dr. Kay Jeong of Sun Gro Horticulture describes key quality aspects and procedures for container substrates for commercial and retail use in a new YouTube video. This video is hosted by Dr. Paul Fisher of the University of Florida IFAS Extension, for the series “Five Tips for Horticulture”. The series highlights technical […]

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Conserving Finite Resources: The Importance of Maximizing Fertilizer Uptake in Plants

Originally published on Foliar-Pak By George C. Murray, President of EnP Perhaps it’s just me, but every time I pour fertilizer onto my small crop of rhubarb, blackberries, raspberries, and cherries, I feel lucky. Lucky that we live in a time and place where companies around the world have spent the time and energy to […]

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Is the latest technology worth the investment for your hydroponic farm?

Photo: Shenandoah Growers, Virginia Remember: It is possible to operate a successful and profitable hydroponic farm in a hoop house, a greenhouse, vertical farm or even outside in parts of the world. There are only three primary reasons a grower or a farmer should invest in technology. Yet if you listen to anyone in the […]

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