JPFA Training Course is in session but you’re not too late!

Have You Registered for JPFA Training Course 2020? The Japan Plant Factory Association is offering its renowned Introductory Training Course on Plant Factories with Artificial Lighting (PFALs) online this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, as reported earlier. The course in English has just started!! The course scheduled for Oct. 8-Nov. 2 is available for […]

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JPFA’s Famed Introductory Training Course on Plant Factories with Artificial Lighting (PFALs)

Oct. 8-Nov. 2, 2020 Learn Online This Year! Special Features Will Excite You. Apply now! The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak this year has forced the Japan Plant Factory Association (JPFA) to give up running its renowned Introductory Training Course on Plant Factories with Artificial Lighting (PFALs) as usual since JPFA gives top priority to the […]

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JPFA‘s 138th Workshop now online, The Future of Plant Factory

Japan plant factory association (JPFA) is delighted to inform that its 138th workshop, online viewing, has just started and will be available until July 15th at 13:00 (JST).  The sessions include the presentation of 80 Acres Farms on tomato production in PFAL/indoor vertical farms, in addition to in-depth discussion with JPFA, mainly on the difference […]

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Join JPFA’s Urgent Survey on the Impact of COVID-19 (Vol.1)

PRESS RELEASE — As the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to spread and create challenges worldwide, our hearts go out to all who have been affected by the outbreak of COVID-19. In this challenging time, we feel concerted effort is crucial to our sector more than ever before. Japan Plant Factory Association (JPFA) is conducting a […]

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Could open source agriculture revolutionize the industry?

Open source agriculture could redefine how plants are developed and produced. The terms “open source” and “open source technology” are most often used when referring to the development of computer software. Computer software source code is what programmers use to change how a software program or application operates. Attorney Andrew St. Laurent in his book […]

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Precision Indoor Plants (PIP) Consortium to Revolutionize Agriculture

First-of-its-Kind Consortium Develops Crops Intended for Indoor Agriculture Press Release – WASHINGTON – The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) is launching the Precision Indoor Plants (PIP) Consortium, a public-private partnership that transcends the bounds of traditional agriculture to develop flavorful, nutritious crops specially intended for indoor agriculture. Sustainably feeding a growing global population requires researchers to […]

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Five-day Introductory Training Course on Plant Factory with Artificial Lighting (PFAL)

In response to increasing global demands from indoor farmers, researchers and future entrepreneurs in the exciting emerging field of plant factory with artificial lighting (PFAL), also known as vertical farm, this coming October, Japan Plant Factory Association (JPFA) together with Chiba University will host an intensive five-day introductory training course in English on PFAL. Since […]

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What does the future of conventional agriculture look like? Does it include vertical farming and indoor ag?

Leading Japanese indoor ag tech companies to visit the heart of U.S. agricultural research and biotechnology community to attend controlled environment networking event. If you are involved with the vertical farming or indoor agriculture industries, then you should plan on attending Ag Tech Worlds Collide. Scheduled for Feb. 21, 2018, at North Carolina State University, […]

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Japanese Ag Tech Visits Heart of U.S. Agribusiness

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 JC Raulston Arboretum in the York Auditorium North Carolina State University 4415 Beryl Rd. Raleigh, NC 27606 Urban Ag News and the Japan Plant Factory Association in coordination with the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry are pleased to announce a joint networking event with U.S.-based agriculture organizations and operations. […]

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Where Plant Factories Are Made – Exploring the JPFA with Jacob Eisenberg

By Jacob Eisenberg, Editor of Agri-Futures The Mecca of all vertical farming can be found an hour outside Tokyo, a city often heralded as the world’s largest metropolitan area. The Japan Plant Factory Association (JPFA) sits on a quiet plot next to the Chiba University campus. Across from three towering apartment buildings and a sprawling UNIQLO mall, the JPFA […]

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Japan Plant Factory Association (JPFA) Excited to be Collaborating with Urban Ag News

Originally published in Issue 14 By Eri Hayashi, Japan Plant Factory Association, Industry Expert We are immensely proud to be working together with Urban Ag News for our upcoming, fall 2016 event in the United States as part of an international project of the Japanese government and the Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (METI). […]

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Japan Plant Factory Association workshops focus on plant factory production, business issues

Originally published in Issue 13 By Eri Hayashi, Japan Plant Factory Association, Industry Expert For anyone who believes plant factories (PFALs)/vertical farms are only for leafy greens or for anyone who has given up growing strawberries in plant factories, they may have to reconsider their way of thinking. There is a great future ahead for […]

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Japan Plant Factory Association and Smart City, Kashiwa-No-Ha Town

Originally published in Issue 12 By Eri Hayashi, Japan Plant Factory Association, Industry Expert The Japan Plant Factory Association is a nonprofit organization founded in 2010 by the faculties of Chiba University engaged in the Plant Factory Project funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries(MAFF) of Japan. JPFA targets to support the industry […]

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Japan Special Report: Plant Factories with Artificial Light (PFAL)

Originally published in Issue 11 By Eri Hayashi, Japan Plant Factory Association, Industry Expert After the 1980s and 1990s, Japan has been experiencing its third boom of commercial plant factories equipped with artificial light (PFAL). This has been occurring since 2009. Besides government-funded projects, many Japanese companies started to enter the PFAL industry as growers […]

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