Indoor Ag-Con, Controlled Environment Agriculture Innovation Center Partner to Launch CEA Summit East

New CEA Trade Event to bring industry, academia together OCTOBER 25-26, 2022 IN DANVILLE, VA DANVILLE, VA — Indoor Ag-Con and the Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Innovation Center — a joint project of the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences at Virginia Tech and the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) — have partnered […]

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Familiar face leads ‘Team Koala’ to win the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge for a second time

All competing teams managed to use artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to autonomously grow lettuce with almost no interventions The American team Koala has been declared winner of the third edition of the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge at Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in Bleiswijk The team consists of the start-up company Koidra and researchers from Cornell […]

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Vertical Farming World Congress Rises to the Occasion

After two successful years online, the 3rd Vertical Farming World Congress will be held in Brussels at the heart of European policy making from 19 to 21 September. Aimed at operators, suppliers, investors, advisers, legislators and policy makers, the programme is stacked with top company leaders and the latest in technology innovation. The opening address […]

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Invitation to New JPFA 2022 Online Training Course

We are delighted to announce that we will hold a new online training course on plant factories with artificial lighting (PFALs) in English for July-August 2022. The coming course will comprise introductory classes and specialized content. Introductory classes will offer elementary theory and practice of PFALs, basic knowledge of cultivation and operational management, and keys […]

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2022 NCERA-101 Annual/International Meeting

The University of Arizona Controlled Environment Agriculture Center is pleased to invite you to attend the 2022 International Meeting of the NCERA-101 Committee on Controlled Environment Technology & Use. The conference is being held at the Marriott University Park Hotel located on The University of Arizona main campus, Tucson, Arizona. Tucson is home to The […]

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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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JPFA 148th Workshop “The Latest Developments of Plant Factories in Europe”

The Japan Plant Factory Association (JPFA) has announced to hold a workshop entitled “The Latest Developments of Plant Factories in Europe,” online on June 1, 2022, in English. The webinar will provide an overview of the European plant factory market as well as the latest business and research initiatives. Roel Janssen, the chief business officer […]

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Growing microgreens in space – How NASA is feeding astronauts using VegBed grow mats

Photo Credits: NASA by Albert Lin May 05, 2022 What are the challenges about growing food in space? Christina M. Johnson, PhD (of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center) was kind enough to share with us some of her current research. We’re very excited about the progress! Why is it important to get food right for astronauts? Feeding […]

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Dr. Greenhouse Launches Vapor Pressure Deficit (VPD) Calculator App for Indoor Grows and Greenhouses

Apple and Android App Solution Calculates Vapor Pressure Deficit for Better Plant Steering SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 18, 2022 — Dr. Greenhouse, Inc., a leading provider of state-of-the-art HVAC design and controls solutions for indoor grows, vertical farms and greenhouses, has launched the Dr. Greenhouse VPD Calculator App. The VPD Calculator app helps growers understand their indoor grow environment […]

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Wilco Schoonderbeek to reinforce the Horticoop Board as Director of Investments

Effective from 1 July 2022, Wilco Schoonderbeek will begin work at Horticoop as Director of Investments, a role in which he will be responsible for the comprehensive Horticoop investment process. Together with Steven van Nieuwenhuijzen (CEO) and Hend van Ravenstein (CFO), Wilco will be part of the Horticoop Board team. Investment cooperative Horticoop has been […]

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Job opportunity: Product Technician, Growcer

About the Role: Reporting directly to the Logistics & Procurement Manager, we are looking for a passionate self-starter to take on an entry-level position as Product Technician within the Product and Operations department. The Growcer is a fast-paced and highly dynamic start-up and thus the ideal candidate will embrace wearing multiple hats and supporting the […]

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Third Episode of Urban Greenhouse Talks released

Wageningen, 2 May 22 / Wageningen University & Research –  On the 2 May 2022 the third episode of the ‘Urban Greenhouse Talks’ is airing on Podbean channel. This five-episode podcast series explores the world of urban farming through the lenses of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge#3, an international student competition organised by Wageningen University & […]

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The CEA Labor survey has been extended to May 15th

Photos by EE Berger, courtesy of Planted Detroit. OptimIA team partners with AU/LAB in an international labour survey for leafy greens production in controlled environments. 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 […]

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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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