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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Do produce farmers actually hold the answers to better health?

“The part can never be well until the whole is well” Plato A diagnosis of diabetes is a time in your life when you may reflect on bad eating habits. Many of us do not understand the mechanisms of disease until we are directly affected but there are some things we can do to reverse […]

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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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FFAR Grant Develops Heat-Tolerant Seeds

WASHINGTON – Climate change creates hotter weather and drier seasons – and new challenges for farmers. Such excessive heat damages seed quality, creating problems for seed producers and growers to establish uniform and productive crops. To help farmers address this challenge, the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) is awarding a $1.1 million grant through the Crops […]

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Bowery Farming Unveils Farm X, New Innovation Hub for Plant Science and Home to the First-Ever On-Site Breeding Program for a Vertical Farming Company

One of the Largest and Most Sophisticated Vertical Farming R&D Facilities in the World, Farm X Expands Bowery’s R&D Capacity by Nearly 300% NEW YORK, NY – Bowery Farming, the largest vertical farming company in the United States, today announced the opening of Farm X, its newest state-of-the-art innovation hub for plant science in Kearny, […]

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New Video: Five Tips on Extra Phosphorus for Flowering (and Other Myths)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dr. Paul Fisher from the University of Florida IFAS Extension presents Five Tips on Extra Phosphorus for Flowering (and Other Myths) in a new YouTube video. Fisher discusses research on how much phosphorus you really need for crops such as transplants, flowers, blueberries, and cannabis. Many growers and landscapers over-apply phosphorus leading […]

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Indoor Ag Science Cafe explores Japan Plant Factories with Eri Hayashi

Plant Factories and Indoor Farming Innovations in Japan Japan is a leader in the world of indoor farming. At the heart of their success is a non-profit organization, the Japan Plant Factory Association (JPFA), and Eri Hayashi, its Vice President. Find out more about this sophisticated collaboration between academia, industry, and government. See the ways several of Japan’s […]

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Eat This to Beat Disease – Mental Health

Can eating healthy brain food from plants grown in CEA improve mental health? “The part can never be well until the whole is well” – Plato In a new series we discuss healthy foods from the aspect of people who are already suffering from an illness. A diagnosis is likely a time in your life […]

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Can vertical farming be a viable method of controlled environment production?

Austin Webb, co-founder and CEO at Fifth Season, said even though significant dollars have been invested in vertical farming, much of it has been wasted. Photos courtesy of Fifth Season Fifth Season is using its fully-integrated, automated operating system to crack the economics code for vertical farming with the potential to integrate with greenhouse operations. […]

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Purple sweet potato

By beotanics.com Due to their high levels of nutrients and minerals along with their resistant nature, sweet potatoes have become a crop of great importance globally. With 95% of sweet potato cultivation occurring in developing countries. It is evident from known research that this crop is considered to be a true ‘superfood’, and is often […]

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International series ‘Plants for Life, Plants to survive’

Last session on 2 March emphasizes the importance of resilience  To mark the Year of Plant Health, Koppert Biological Systems initiated the webinar series ‘Plants for Life, Plants to survive’ in December last year to highlight the importance of plant health and how it is linked to human health. In this inspiring series, keynote speakers […]

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Why growing healthy food is good for farmers

We have become accustomed to seeing rows of lettuce neatly lined up when it comes to controlled environment agriculture. There is no doubt this gives farmers control in their production where they can calculate growth versus yield and ultimately known profit margins. Lettuce and leafy green production is also an easy way for new growers […]

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Bowery Farming launches new product category, Farmer’s Selection, with release of mustard frills

These hearty greens with a tingly start and a fiery finish are the first release in Bowery’s new line of rotating, small-batch, wildly flavorful greens curated by Bowery’s R&D team NEW YORK, NY (JANUARY 14, 2021) — Bowery Farming, the largest vertical farming company in the U.S., unveils a new “Farmer’s Selection” product category, a […]

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Koppert Biological Systems webinar series ‘Plants for Life, Plants to Survive’

New session on February 2nd puts the spotlight on soil health To mark the Year of Plant Health, Koppert Biological Systems initiated the webinar series ‘Plants for Life, Plants to survive’ in December to highlight the importance of plant health and how it is linked to human health. Inspiring In this series, keynote speakers shine […]

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