Meet Pioneering Innovators Transforming the CEA Space

How do we tackle key challenges within urban agriculture and vertical farming? From transformative solutions ranging from remote sensing technology to plant physiology and captured carbon, a selection of featured innovators will showcase their breakthrough technologies at this year’s Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit in New York on June 23-24. Known globally for its focus on […]

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Job Opportunity: Mechanical Designer (Product Design)

About Growcer The Growcer is an innovative agri-tech startup launched in Ottawa in 2015, specializing in the manufacturing and design of modular hydroponic systems that enable commercial food production in plug-and-play 40 ft. modules. Its vertical farming technology enables customers to grow fresh vegetables in virtually any climate, having been deployed within the Arctic Circle […]

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Wageningen University: ‘I love to see how young creative minds approach urban farming’

Article originally published by Wageningen University The third Urban Greenhouse Challenge is all about social impact. Aiding the student teams in writing the best proposal for an urban farm that contributes to quality of life are a host of industry experts from the Urban Greenhouse Challenge partner network. They are very enthusiastic about this year’s […]

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University of Florida 2022 Greenhouse Training Online course: Greenhouse 101

Finding trained growers is a major challenge for our industry. Your best investment is to upskill your own workers to make better crop management decisions by learning the underlying horticultural science of plant growth. Greenhouse 101 is a great introduction to the Greenhouse Training Online program offered by the University of Florida IFAS Extension. It […]

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Trying to find enough greenhouse vegetable workers? You’re not alone.

Jose “Pepe” Calderon, head grower at Local Bounti, said finding people willing to produce greenhouse vegetables has become complicated because crops like tomatoes require skilled workers to perform some production activities. As in other industries, greenhouse vegetable operators are facing challenges finding enough skilled workers to produce their crops. Before the COVID-19 pandemic began, employers […]

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Optimizing Productivity, Scale and Sustainability in CEA and Vertical Farming

After two years of successful virtual meetings, Indoor AgTech returns to Brooklyn, New York onJune 23-24, gathering the world’s leading growers, retailers, investors, seed companies andtechnology providers to meet, network and cultivate new commercial partnerships. As the CEA industry matures, what is needed from a political, financial, and technological standpointfor indoor growing to be seen as the most reliable […]

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Artificial intelligence can grow a lettuce crop autonomously

In a first try-out crop cycle lettuces were grown with AI algorithms in a hydroponic greenhouse system during the 3rd Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge The five international teams participating in the final rounds of the 3rd Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge have completed the first try-out experiment. The teams tested their algorithms and gained experience during a first […]

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3rd Generation Farmer Shares His Thoughts on Next Generation AgTech and Greenhouse Vegetable Production

Chris Higgins and Michael Del Ciancio discuss the importance of ag-tech in shaping the next generation of family farms.  Urban Ag News is extremely grateful that Michael Del Ciancio of DC Farms based in Ruthven Ontario, Canada, has agreed to discuss his thoughts on new ag-tech trends with us.  A third- generation farmer, Michael grew […]

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Koidra raises $4.5M seed funding to bring Intelligent Automation to Greenhouses and Beyond

Seattle, March 29, 2022 – Koidra, an Intelligent Automation (IA) platform company based out of Seattle, has raised $4.5 million in its seed round. Ospraie Ag Science (OAS) led this round of funding, with participation from Amritam Holdings, Cavallo Ventures, and Foothill Ventures. Koidra was founded by the lead of Microsoft Research’s winning team at […]

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JPFA, RAI Amsterdam to Run Horticulture Webinar, Wednesday

The Japan Plant Factory Association will run a free webinar on horticultural technology on Wednesday in cooperation with RAI Amsterdam GreenTech of the Netherlands and the Netherlands Embassy in Tokyo. The webinar, entitled “Globalization of horticultural technology & innovative indoor plant production system,” will invite as a keynote speaker Denise Lutz, agricultural counsellor, at the […]

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IUNU Raises $24 Million Series B to Accelerate Market Position and Product Offerings

Seattle, Washington, March 15, 2022— IUNU today announced it has raised an oversubscribed $24 million Series B round of financing led by Lewis & Clark Ventures. Existing investors S2G Ventures, Ceres Partners, and Astanor Ventures also participated. This funding will be used to accelerate the company’s growth plans, specifically around global sales expansion and new […]

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Local Bounti® to Acquire Pete’s® for $122.5 Million Creating Leading CEA Operator with Largest National Retail Distribution Footprint

De-risks near-term operational execution, expanding upon existing market presence and creating a coast-to-coast footprint covering existing relationships at approximately 10,000 retail grocery doors. Enhances financial leadership within the controlled environment agriculture (“CEA”) industry by improving already leading unit-level economics. Immediately accretive with Pete’s 2021 estimated net revenue of $22.7 million, established track record of producing […]

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Record Attendance Growth, New Business Connections Headline 2022 Edition of Indoor Ag-Con Las Vegas

82% Increase Over 2021 Representing Attendees From 48 States/Territories, 20+ Countries, Growing Number of C-Suite Execs PRESS RELEASE — Just four months after its covid-delayed October 2021 edition in Orlando, the Indoor Ag-Con trade show & conference welcomed the indoor|vertical farming and controlled environment agriculture (CEA) industry back for its February 28-March 1, 2022 run […]

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IUNU Launches Brand Identity Refresh as it Continues Rapid Expansion

Seattle, Washington, March 1, 2022— IUNU today announced a brand refresh to coincide with the company’s rapid expansion. IUNU recently completed acquisitions of Artemis, the leading cultivation management platform in the greenhouse and vertical farming industries, and CropWalk, an independent, third-party integrated pest management (IPM) consulting firm. Both of these offerings will be integrated fully […]

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