Photo report: Cultivate 2022

Although some exhibitors had the feeling the 2022 Cultivate show was slightly slower than in pre-pandemic years, the event remains one of the best to meet up with suppliers active in the North American market. The show attracted more than 650 exhibitors and thousands of international guests.  Click here for the photo report of Cultivate'22…

Global challenges and opportunities in CEA

“Raising capital in the US is easier than in Europe”

“There aren’t many opportunities to secure capital. There are more challenges really. Raising capital in the US or in Europe is a completely different game. 95% of VC (Venture Capital) funds in the last decade have been spent on technology. Two factors that investors don't like about it are the…

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August 11

Horticulture lighting and learning event: discover the latest science

The horticulture lighting industry is advancing fast with new technology, allowing you to grow more yield while reducing your expenses. In fact, many of these advancements are being developed right here in the United States. So Hort Americas is hosting an event, as part of their AppLit initiative, to…

Cultivate’22 is a wrap

Booths are broken down, and the international visitors are on their long journeys back home. Tuesday was the last day of Cultivate in Columbus, Ohio. While it may have been the slowest day of the three, that did not stop companies from making the most of the show in those last hours. Meetings were still occurring, and the…

Final hours of Cultivate get going

Labor shortages result in demand for automated solutions, a challenging supply chain results in a need for efficiency, while growers continue the search for yield optimization and disease management. There is an exhibitor ready to help with every horticultural need possible at Cultivate. On Monday, the…

January 2022, on-site

WUR organizes a 4-week course on vertical farming

There is a shared enthusiasm that vertical farming can provide the world with safe, nutritious, and sustainable greens. But most claims lack robust scientific backing. In this mixed classroom course, Wageningen University & Research’s academics in the field bring together business, academia, and…

Busy start at Cultivate’22

With over 650 exhibitors ready to present their products and services, Cultivate is back in its original form and size for the first time since the pandemic. Many were surprised by the immediately busy start on Sunday morning. Perhaps the rain and thunder convinced some extra people to take a look inside the Greater Columbus…

July 27-28

Global vertical farming show takes off next week

With the show going live next week, the organizer TAB group is excited to host key stakeholders, including vertical farming companies, growers, technology & solutions…

Podcast:

The Italian chef seeking to change British farming

Could hydroponics be the future of farming? Ex-chef Antonio Paladino welcomes Annabel Ross onto Bioaqua Farm, his smallholding in the Somerset Levels, where he farms trout and vegetables within a mutually supportive system that has very few costs, produces no pollution and creates delicious, nutritious…

July 23

Short course: vertical farming systems

Learn all the important aspects of growing plants in vertical farming systems with a new short course organized by Hort Americas. From hydroponic growing system selection, use…

Jack Ma visits WUR to learn more about sustainable food production

Jack Ma, founder of the Jack Ma Foundation and co-founder and former executive chairman of Alibaba Group, visited WUR on July 2nd, 2022. He was interested in how to increase food production in a sustainable way. Ma mentioned he would like to come again in order to gain even more insights. The aim of Ma’s…

19-21 September

Vertical Farming World Congress to be held in Brussels

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…

no LED, yet saving heat and CO2 brings highest net profit

Focus on crop temperature brings victory to Koala in Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge

The American team Koala has been declared winner of the third edition of the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge at Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in Bleiswijk. In this third edition of the competition, five international teams from around the world have produced a lettuce crop using a fully…

July 21

Event to explore making plants fit for the future

Ensuring plant breeding contributes to a more sustainable future for UK agriculture and how the industry can collaborate to address this challenge will be explored at a knowledge exchange event next month. Plant Breeding Fit for the Future is being hosted by the Soil Association and agri-tech center, Crop Health, and Protection (CHAP), on July…

‘Team Koala’ wins Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge a second time

The Dutch-American team Koala has been declared the 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, researchers from Cornell University, and the Dutch company Van der Valk…

July 20

OHCEAC 1st annual CEA conference registration closing soon

The registration for the Ohio Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (OHCEAC)’s first annual controlled environment agriculture conference, “Advancement of Microbial…

"Accepting the community as a designer key to success with urban farming"

"Washington is really a tale of two cities, as there are some really well-to-do neighborhoods with high-income households, whilst other parts of the city are struggling with poverty and food apartheid. Small grocery stores used to be there, but they disappeared. The Urban Greenhouse Challenge is looking…

PTI

Delhi government set to partner with IARI for urban farming plan

Delhi government will tie up with the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) to impart special training to people for growing fruits and vegetables for self-consumption, and as an entrepreneurial venture under its Smart Urban Farming Initiative, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Wednesday.…

Building a resilient agriculture industry after the Ukraine invasion

The Uman National University of Horticulture is one of our key collaborators in Ukraine. We have collaborated with them since 2016, and they use our mobile application Petiole Pro for plant phenotyping on a permanent basis, writes Maryna Kuzmenko, CEO of Petiole, on LinkedIn in a summary of an event that…

Did you spot yourself yet?

Photo report of the Indoor AgTech '22

Last week, the Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit was held at the Marriott hotel in New York, USA. Over 500 people flew out to participate in person, whereas others followed the panels closely virtually. Besides growers and suppliers, other interested parties from other industries joined, such as investors,…

Indoor AgTech kicks off in New York City

It’s been a while, but yesterday, the first in-person Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit kicked off in New York again after two virtual ones. More than 500 attendants came to the event in person, whereas 100+ others joined virtually. After a long stop of this event in-person, happy faces and ongoing…

FPC opens registrations for FPC Future & FPC Careers 2022

The Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) – the UK’s fresh produce trade association – has unveiled today brand new websites for the 2022 edition of FPC Future and FPC Careers, the agritech and careers event for the fresh produce and flower industries. The launch of fpcfuture.co.uk and fpccareers.co.uk enables…

Vertigo Technologies wins the 2022 Topsector T&U Innovation Prize

On Thursday, 23 June, the fourth Topsector T&U Innovation Prize was awarded. The jury declared Vertigo Technologies the winner, while Planthunters was conferred the audience award. Both winners succeeded in developing an innovative product or service that contributes demonstrably to the optimization of…

29 June

Grand Finals Urban Greenhouse Challenge #3

After working for eight months to reshape urban food production in a low-income, food-oppressed community in Washington DC, ten international teams of students will compete in the finals of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge #3 on 29 June 2022. During the Grand Finals, the students will present their…

Brace yourselves - GreenTech pictures are here

What a week it has been! Last week the GreenTech took place again, and what a show it was. Many suppliers waited for the event to present their latest innovation, announce their novelty or share newly found information. The show welcomed visitors from many parts of the world, although the Chinese growers…

The vertical farming sector well-presented at GreenTech

After a weekend of resting our feet and structuring the gathered business cards, it’s time to look back at GreenTech and find out who was actually there. We of course might have missed some of you, but nonetheless, the vertical farming sector was well-presented during the event from exhibitors to…

June 23-24

Light Science Technologies to exhibit at the Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit in New York

Light Science Technologies (LST) will be addressing the future of precision growing when it exhibits at the Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit in New York on 23rd & 24th June.…

Bye bye GreenTech - Monday it's picture time

Three days of GreenTech are over. Before the fair, there were some doubts about how well attended and how international the fair would be, but soon everyone was having a good time at the RAI in Amsterdam. Yesterday too, when after a bit of a rough start (it must have been the drinks of the Wednesday…

2022 NCERA-101 Annual/International Meeting in Arizona

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…

New vertical farming show coming to the UAE

After establishing its 1st series of the Global Vertical Farming Show, its organizers, TAB global, are back with its 2nd edition—targetting the industry of Vertical Farming, Indoor Farming, and Controlled Environment Agriculture.  Global Vertical Farming Show 2022 (GVF 2022) - 2nd edition is the Exhibition…

US: Franklin Templeton Institute releases latest insights on food innovation

The Franklin Templeton Institute released its latest insights paper, “Food innovation: Investing to feed our future,” focusing on the innovation and investments needed to feed…

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Final hours of Greentech get going

The final hours of GreenTech are going on. Taking stock of it in the meantime, this year's event was once again a "real GreenTech" after last year's interim edition. Don't forget to pick up your free Greenhouse Guide on your way out. This book contains all horticultural suppliers and is available at the…

GreenTech making a comeback

In Amsterdam, the GreenTech took off yesterday for its first "real" edition since summer 2019. Allegedly, the organization set the bar at 13.000 visitors. Halfway through there is no way of saying these numbers will be reached, but after only the first day many companies already report seeing and meeting many customers and…

Grodan Plant Breeders Day 2022

Can stone wool be used in propagation?

Last week, plant breeders and speakers considered the brighter side of things at the beach in the Netherlands. Yes, there are plenty of problems and challenges these days, but perhaps because of this, opportunities abound too. About 50 plant breeders heard about these during the seventh edition of the…

Good start for GreenTech

This morning the GreenTech kicked off in Amsterdam - and it was certainly a good start. The shows welcomed almost 500 exhibitors and more importantly, visitors from many countries. Among them UAE, Kazachstan, Armenia, Bulgaria, Canada, US and Japan - and many other people that we didn't run into yet.  Arne van Aalst (Koppert), Ton…

Dutch growers welcome visitors during sunny edition of "Visit the greenhouse"

"Mum, why aren't they wearing bikinis now? It's so hot here." With a red blush on his cheeks, an elementary school-aged boy walks out of the greenhouse at the Dutch organic grower Frank de Koning on a Saturday afternoon. He had just seen how peppers and eggplants are grown in-soil, which he found quite…

UKRI awards more than £8m to innovative new farming concepts

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has announced the winners of a combined £8 million in funding as part of Defra's Farming Innovation Programme. The feasibility projects competition was created to back new and innovative solutions, aid research and collaboration, and encourage collaboration across the…

Getting ready for GreenTech: here's your practical information

Tomorrow, the GreenTech will kick off in Amsterdam. With almost 500 stands being present at the RAI, building up is currently in full swing. GreenTech is the global meeting…

Large delegation from UAE to the Netherlands for Greentech week

In the week of 12 to 17 June, dignitaries, investors, and horticultural entrepreneurs from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be visiting the Dutch food & flower industry. The incoming mission from the UAE is officially chaired by Her Excellency Sheikha Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, UAE's Minister of…

"Taking into account the social impact, really influenced the teams' business plans"

Finalists of Urban Greenhouse Challenge announced

"I can speak for the whole team here when I say it has been an amazing journey so far. Between the previous edition and now, the world has changed profoundly. The designs that teams sent in reflected these changes," said Tiffany Tsui, member of the selection committee of the third edition of the Urban…

revealed on GreenTech

Latest sensor technology in new analysing solution sensorGROW

Light Science Technologies (LST) will be showcasing its technology and the latest energy-saving solutions for indoor farmers and growers when it exhibits at GreenTech 2022, RAI Amsterdam, on the 14th – 16th of June. Being unveiled to visitors for the first time will be LST's new sensorGROW, harnessing…

Tech Tyfu Scale-Up: An open call for participants across Wales

The vertical farming initiative, Tech Tyfu, is inviting growers to join a brand-new project that will strengthen and develop new local food supply chains.  The Scale-Up project, run by social enterprise Menter Môn, aims to help businesses and individuals by providing vertical farming equipment to grow and…

June 15 at 4 PM GMT/ 5 PM CET / 11 AM EST

Online event: building resilient agriculture in the wake of the Ukraine Invasion

On June 15 at 4 PM GMT/ 5 PM CET / 11 AM EST, Intellias, a global technology company, together with AFN (previously AgFunderNews), an AgTech and FoodTech media venue, will…

Participate in the Plant Empowerment workshop during GreenTech Amsterdam

This June, the Plant Empowerment Foundation is organizing two free live breakfast sessions during GreenTech in Amsterdam. The workshops take place on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 June 2022 in Strand Zuid, next to the RAI Amsterdam. Growers and other horticultural professionals are welcome to participate…

Register your initiative and get a chance to win the Feike Sijbesma Sustainable Innovation Award

The Wageningen University Fund is pleased to announce the new Feike Sijbesma Sustainable Innovation Award, to be presented annually. This is an incentive award for innovative entrepreneurs who have been focusing on global climate and food security issues for up to seven years. Feike Sijbesma, the…

IPPS

The 7th International Plant Phenotyping Symposium on "Plant phenotyping for a sustainable future"

The 7th International Plant Phenotyping Symposium brings together a multidisciplinary science community of plant biologists, ecologists, engineers, agronomists, and computer scientists. In a rich and diverse networking environment, we foster knowledge exchange, collaboration, and innovation. IPPS 2022 will…

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Workshop on safety protocols for seaweed farming

As part of the Safe Seaweed by Design project by WUR, a workshop has been organized on safety protocols for seaweed farming to ensure safety for food products, no harm to the environment, and the wellbeing of workers. "As part of the Safe Seaweed by Design project, we studied the food safety,…

Center for Food innovation

Webinar series from June 16 - July 21

US (OH): Increased local and state tax gains through food innovation

Lorain County, Ohio, in partnership with Lorain County Community College, the Center for Food Innovation is hosting a six-part webinar series on the potential for the region to gain $126M in incremental local and state taxes in Northeast Ohio through food innovation. The Webinars are held on consecutive…

29 August - 2 September

Summer school on insects as food and feed

The field of rearing insects for human food and animal feed is new and exciting. There are many challenges in bringing insects on the market. How can we rear insects in a sustainable way with low environmental impact and contribute to a circular economy? What type of production design and facilities are…


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