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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New AVF whitepaper now available for download

You can download it for free via the AVF website. “Our food system is broken. It’s causing the destruction of soil, it’s driving the loss of biodiversity, and it’s the number one driver of climate change.””This is about showcasing that there is no one solution, but we need to change the current food system if we […]

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Local Farmers ‘Dismayed’ About Govt’s Plans

Originally published: https://bernews.com/2022/03/local-farmers-dismayed-about-govts-plans/ “Large-scale vertical farming will not revitalize growth, the economy or labour on the island because the set-up and operating costs of vertical farms for leafy greens are prohibitive in Bermuda,” the Bermuda Farmer’s Association [BFA] said. The BFA asserted that they were not fully consulted before the Government announced that funds have […]

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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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Second edition of GreenTech Americas in full preparation

Amsterdam – March 2022. GreenTech Americas are getting ready for their second edition on Wednesday 27, Thursday 28 and Friday 29 April in Querétaro Congress Center (QCC), Mexico. Mexico and its region Americas has a huge market potential for the horticulture industry. The show is a platform where innovative horticultural technology solutions will be promoted with […]

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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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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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