Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center Announces 5th annual controlled environment conference

The Dallas Center is proud to announce the 5th annual controlled environment conference to be held on December 7 followed by a tour of Eden Green Technology, the high-tech vertical hydroponic systems in greenhouses in Cleburne, TX on December 8. We are grateful to Eden Green Technology who is graciously hosting a tour of their facilities. […]

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Looking for reliable labor?

The current political climate in Washington, D.C., is not conducive for broad-based immigration, labor and workforce reform, which could help the horticulture and agricultural industries resolve worker shortages. The H-2A agricultural guest worker program may be an option—but it’s going to cost you. During the AmericanHort Impact Washington Summit in September, over 120 people from […]

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Hydroponic Vegetable Production at UF Starts November 13!

University of Florida Greenhouse Training Online courses Hydroponic Vegetable Production Starts November 13! Learn to manage different hydroponics systems, as well as the fundamentals of climate, water, nutrition, and plant health in these systems. Hydroponic Vegetable is part of the award-winning Greenhouse Online Training courses offered by the University of Florida IFAS Extension. This intermediate […]

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Is vertical farming the answer to our global food supply problem?

The global population is estimated to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, with global demand for food set to increase by 60% as a result. However, with the agricultural sector already heavily criticised for its contribution to global warming, and the sector vulnerable to climate change impacts, increasing global food production to feed an additional two […]

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The Biggest Challenge for CEA, LABOR

In July 2023, I posted the article The 2023 Controlled Environment Agriculture Market – How Are We Evolving? After fielding several questions and comments from industry professionals who I really respect, I feel the need for one (maybe two) follow-up articles.  This article is first because I firmly believe labor is the biggest challenge we […]

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USDA-ARS U.S. Horticultural Research Laboratory in Fort Pierce, FL To Add Vertical Farming Labs to Conduct CEA Vegetable Research

AmplifiedAg, an agricultural technology company focused in controlled environment agriculture (CEA), announces the contract award from the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Fort Pierce, Florida to supply vertical farming research labs to the agency’s Horticultural Research Laboratory.  The labs will be customized to carry out CEA vegetable production research unique to the Fort Pierce laboratory.AmplifiedAg […]

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IUNU Brings Autonomous Growing to Stichting Wageningen Research, research institute Wageningen Plant Research (WPR)

Seattle, WA – It was announced today that Stichting Wageningen Research, research instituteWageningen Plant Research (WPR) and IUNU have entered into an agreement to work onclosed-loop autonomous growing for the most common commercially grown lettuce varietals. This is the world’s first closed-loop, comprehensive autonomous growing solution developed forthe greenhouse industry. Other solutions focus on smoothing […]

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Where can you get accurate information about indoor farm production?

One of the major objectives of OptimIA project researchers was to establish an outreach program to engage with stakeholders in the indoor vertical farming community. Photo courtesy of Chris Higgins, Hort Americas OptimIA project members are sharing their indoor farm research findings with the controlled environment agriculture industry and the public through a variety of […]

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University of Florida Greenhouse Training Online courses Disease Management Starts September 11!

Improve your prevention and management of diseases in nurseries and greenhouses by registering forDisease Management, part of the award-winning Greenhouse Online Training program offered by theUniversity of Florida IFAS Extension. This course is intermediate level and designed for people with someexperience or entry university level, who are in production, technical, or sales role for greenhouse […]

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JPFA International Symposium on Plant Factory in Chiba, Japan on Sept. 4-5

The “JPFA International Symposium on Plant Factory” will be held on September 4 and September 5, 2023, at the Kashiwa-no-ha Conference Center and online, organized by the Japan Plant Factory Association (JPFA). There will be keynote speeches on the latest technology and interdisciplinary research on PFALs and open discussions on business trends, needs for technology […]

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University of Florida Greenhouse Training Online courses Costing and Profitability Starts August 14!

Develop the skills to accurately estimate production cost and profit for your greenhouse or nursery business. Costing & Profitability is part of the award-winning Greenhouse Training Online program. Lead instructors are the highly respected economist Dr. Charlie Hall from Texas A&M University and horticulture scientist Dr. Paul Fisher from University of Florida IFAS Extension. Topics […]

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Resource Innovation Institute Releases Water Circularity Best Practices Guide to help CEA Operations Better Manage Water Resources

Free, downloadable report provides information and guidelines to help support the adoption of efficient practices in indoor farms and greenhouses. PORTLAND, Ore. (June 29, 2023) — Resource Innovation Institute (RII), the leading not-for-profit energy and water benchmarking organization for CEA producers, announced today the availability of its long-awaited Water Circularity Best Practices Guide for Controlled […]

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How can modeling help to grow a better indoor farm lettuce crop?

Research conducted in the University of Arizona UAg vertical farm using modeling and computer simulations showed vertical air flow compared to horizontal air flow was more effective at preventing lettuce tipburn. Photo courtesy of Murat Kacira, Univ. of Ariz. OptimIA researchers are using crop modeling to identify the most favorable environmental parameters for growth and […]

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Controlled Environment Agriculture Summit East Conference Announces Graduate Student Poster Competition

10 Finalists Will Be Invited To Present Posters At September 19-20, 2023, Edition at IALR Conference Center In Danville, Virginia DANVILLE, VA (JUNE 29 2023 ) – The Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Summit East Conference will host a graduate student poster competition during its 2nd annual edition, September 19-20, 2023, at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research (IALR) Conference Center in Danville, […]

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