Webinar on Smart Agriculture in China: Role of Digital Technology in Agriculture on 1 March

Join us for our webinar jointly presented by FAO China and Pinduoduo Inc. on Smart Agriculture in China: Role of Digital Technology in Agriculture, at 9:00-10:30 (Rome time)/16.00-17.30 (Beijing time) on 1 March 2022. This 1.5 hours webinar aims to explore, and discuss the potential scenarios for smart agriculture and share the experiences of digital technology for […]

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Expect vertical farming to continue to gain credibility as a reliable food source

Dr. Murat Kacira, director of the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center at the University of Arizona, said the ultimate goal in any type of controlled environment production, including vertical farming, is resource-use efficiency. Photo by Rosemary Brandt, College of Agricultural Life Sciences, Univ. of Ariz. Vertical farm advancements in technology and plant genetics will lead to […]

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Plant Factory expertise is a click away

You may have an eye on running a plant factory, or vertical farms, or supporting such operations financially or technologically. Even if not, keep reading. Running plant factories requires science-based knowledge as well as practical operational methods and good business administration. The Japan Plant Factory Association has an upcoming online training course so that you […]

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OptimIA team partners with AU/LAB in an international labour survey for leafy greens production in controlled environments

Photos by EE Berger, courtesy from Planted Detroit. The OptimIA team and the Urban Agriculture Laboratory (AU/LAB) are pleased to announce their partnership to determine optimal models between labor and size of greenhouses and indoor farms that produce leafy greens, while taking into account various automation choices. In addition, the study will inform policy makers […]

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You know what a greenhouse and vertical farm are, but what is controlled environment agriculture (CEA)?

Cornell University Explains CEA. Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) is an advanced and intensive form of hydroponically-based agriculture where plants grow within a controlled environment to optimize horticultural practices. CEA techniques are not simpler than older systems for growing plants. Indeed, they demand sound knowledge of chemistry, horticulture, engineering, plant physiology, plant pathology, computers and entomology. […]

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Hunting for Treasure on the Farm

Strategically manage resources for greenhouse and indoor cultivation By Gretchen Schimelpfenig, PE, Jennifer Amann Food production is responsible for a quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Crop cultivation and supply chain processes require energy and generate associated carbon emissions. Greenhouses and vertical farms use diverse sources of energy like electricity, natural gas, propane, […]

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USDA Invests $9M to Expand Reach and Increase Adoption of Climate-Smart Practices

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today a $9 million investment in new Cooperative Extension and USDA Climate Hubs partnerships to bolster climate research and connect and share climate-smart solutions directly with the agricultural community. “The Cooperative Extension system and the USDA Climate Hubs have unmatched capacity to reach agricultural, Tribal and underserved […]

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Capsum and iFarm Announce Joint R&D Project in France

Capsum and iFarm Launch Sustainable Vertical Farming R&D Project to Create Innovative Cosmetics Marseille (France), Helsinki (Finland) Scientific cosmetics manufacturer, Capsum (France), and agricultural technology company, iFarm (Finland) have signed a cooperation agreement and are set to launch a cutting-edge farm-laboratory to enhance the creation of innovative beauty products. As part of a pilot project, […]

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Is your greenhouse or vertical farm operating sustainably?

The Controlled Environment Agriculture Design Standards (CEADS) will provide CEA growers with a means of doing a self-evaluation of their operations to achieve sustainability certification. The Controlled Environment Agriculture Design Standards (CEADS) certification program will enable CEA growers to identify those areas within their companies that are operating sustainably and where improvements can be made […]

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BrightFarms CEO Steve Platt & Cox Enterprises VP Steven Bradley kick off Indoor Ag-Con 2022 with opening morning keynote address

Platt & Bradley Headline Full Roster of Education, Networking & Expo Floor Innovations for Feb. 28–Mar. 1, 2022 Edition In Las Vegas PRESS RELEASE — BrightFarms CEO Steve Platt and Cox Enterprises VP Steven Bradley will lead the opening morning keynote address for the 9th annual edition of Indoor Ag-Con, scheduled for Feb. 28 – […]

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Pure Green Farms Chooses iUNU’s LUNA Platform to Advance Automation and AI

SOUTH BEND, Indiana —Pure Green Farms is a greenhouse operator  growing leafy greens in South Bend, Indiana. They recently received investment from Taylor  Farms, the leading North American producer of salads and healthy fresh foods with over 122,200  acres of field grown products and 16 salad producing facilities across North America.   Pure Green Farms operates […]

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AppLit: The story of how companies can come together to strengthen communities

By Chris Higgins, President of Hort Americas During the very early months of the pandemic, our friends at AppHarvest came to us with a challenge. They wanted to know if Hort Americas could help them source lights that were: 1. Made in the USA. 2. Made in the Appalachian region. 3. Made at a cost equal or less than the competition offers. […]

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Hort Americas and GE Current on mission: How can you make LED grow lights more affordable?

Geographic location is a major driver in who qualifies for a utility rebate and how many rebate dollars are available for specific projects. Photo courtesy of Hort Americas Article originally published by Hort Americas Hort Americas is working with Current to ensure their customers receive the maximum utility rebates for their LED grow light purchases. […]

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BLOOMBERG – AgTech: The Role of Tech in a New Green World

On Tuesday, November 9th, Bloomberg hosted a virtual roundtable to discuss how decision-makers in the AgTech industry are utilizing technology to give business and society new tools to tackle the world’s most perplexing issues. Through the lens of emerging technologies, we will examine how local economies can utilize technology to become more self-sufficient in agriculture, […]

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