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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Indoor Ag Science Cafe discusses marketing vertical farm food to consumers

‘Considerations for Marketing Vertical Farm Food Products to Consumers’ by Dr. Bridget Behe (Michigan State University) This presentation given by Dr. Bridget Behe discussed marketing indoor farm produce. Dr. Behe emphasizes that marketing is the communication of the value with consumers and “Why” to sell or buy is the important focus to connect producers and consumers. Dr. […]

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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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“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.

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OptimIA Free Indoor Ag Webinar

OptimIA offers free indoor ag webinar on July 29, 2020 The OptimIA (Optimizing Indoor Agriculture) project team invites indoor farmers, allied trades, and professionals to their first annual meeting to share recent research results with leafy greens and discuss future activities. OptimIA is a USDA-supported Specialty Crop Research Initiative project to advance the emerging indoor farming industry […]

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‘Selecting an LED Fixture for Indoor Plant Production’ by Dr. Erik Runkle

This comprehensive presentation includes all basics of selecting LED lighting for plant production and the update of recent light quality research at the Runkle Lab at MSU, discussing how lettuce crop responds to blue, green and far-red which affect morphological extension growth. Indoor Ag Science Café is an outreach program of a project OptimIA, funded by […]

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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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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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‘Controlled Environment Production for Safer Leafy Greens’ by Paul Lightfoot (BrightFarms)

Paul Lightfoot presented the competitive advantages of indoor and greenhouse growing and locally distributing leafy greens as oppose to more conventional outdoor production. He also introduced the new CEA Food Safety Coalition, inviting indoor and greenhouse farms to be a member. Indoor Ag Science Café is an outreach program of our project OptimIA, funded by USDA SCRI […]

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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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‘Back to Basics – Plant responses to temperature by Dr. Chieri Kubota

This month’s indoor ag science café covered more basics understanding of how temperature affects plants and which parameters are important to consider. Plant responses are specific to species and cultivars. Dr. Chieri Kubota, from the Ohio State University, also pointed out that scientists do not have these specific (or precise) information of optimum temperatures.  As […]

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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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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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‘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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