Washington grower improves post-harvest solutions for less food waste

Starr Ranch Growers has chosen to adopt AgroFresh’s FreshCloud Quality Inspection to digitally integrate its quality inspection efforts. The solution uses aggregated data,…

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Lawrencia Kwansah of Aquaponics Hub shortlisted for 2022 Africa prize for engineering innovation

Lawrencia Kwansah of Aquaponics Hub, a company from Ghana that supplies aquaponic kits, has been shortlisted alongside other candidates for the 2022 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. For the second year in a row, the program will be offered as a digital experience with intensive support provided…

US (NJ): AeroFarms headquarter sold to new property owner

AeroFarms' headquarters and indoor farm have been sold to a new owner, Cabot Properties.  Walker & Dunlop announced that it arranged for the $21,000,000 sale of 212 Rome Street, the 65,539 square-foot, build-to-suit headquarters of AeroFarms, a sustainable urban agricultural company located in Newark, New…

Pinduoduo’s Smart Agriculture Competition

Inside Pinduoduo’s efforts to nurture new talent for agriculture

Liu Haojie is part of a team of horticulture researchers and data scientists applying computer vision technology to identify and nip plant disease in the bud. His team, CyberTomato, is competing against other teams from leading institutes in the second Smart Agriculture Competition organized by…

French insect farm hires new people to leadership position

Ÿnsect announces the hiring of three new leadership positions. In January 2021, Ÿnsect entered the food market, followed by external growth in March with the acquisition of…

US (WI): Hannah Ball joins Rayn Growing Systems

The RAYN Growing Systems team grows with the addition of Hannah Ball as a technical salesperson. In this new position, Ball will develop new business opportunities in the research-based and commercial production horticultural lighting markets. “At RAYN Growing Systems, we work with plant physiologists to…

Overcoming obstacles in starting an indoor farm

Eric Levesque, co-founder and VP of Business Development and Sales at Cultivatd, shares his vision on starting an indoor farm.  "I entered the ag-tech space approximately 5 years ago when I joined ZipGrow Inc in a leadership role as Head of Sales and Business Development. After acquiring a minority stake in…

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With $2.7 million incentive from the Alberta Investment Growth Fund

CAN (AB): New 74.000 sq. ft. indoor vertical farm coming to Calgary

GoodLeaf Farms is expanding its operations to Calgary thanks to a boost from the Alberta government’s Investment and Growth Fund (IGF). The fund helps well-established companies make high-impact investments that create jobs, showcasing Alberta as a location of choice for new business.  The company’s new 74,000-square-foot…

Business spotlight: Keeping green through winter

Kale‘n Thyme offers fresh, natural leafy greens and herbs to the community. "The lack of fresh produce in Cordova is why I wanted to start the farm. I’d just moved up here from Oregon where fresh produce is abundant and can be purchased at any grocery store. I wanted that to be available here in…

Pinduoduo:

China: Stepping up R&D spending with eye on sustainable ag

Pinduoduo is stepping up its research and development (R&D) spending as it invests in science and technology to make farming more environmentally sustainable.   R&D spending rose 34% in the third quarter from a year earlier to 2.4 billion yuan ($376.0 million), the highest level since IPO, according to the company’s quarterly…

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Mexican vertical farming supplier coming to Europe

Unfortunately, there are still too many regions in the world where fresh food is a luxury. A large number of countries still import most of their leafy greens and vegetables, which on average require a journey of more than 2,400 kilometers (1,500 miles) before they are finally consumed. Huvster by Verde…

Gaby Miodownik, CEO of Netafim:

"M&A activities in horticultural industry illustrate that it's a strong market"

In March 2021, Israeli irrigation manufacturer Netafim acquired Dutch turnkey greenhouse projects provider Gakon. The official new name and logo have been announced, and it was time to sit down with Gaby Miodownik, CEO of Netafim, to discuss the plans of Gakon Netafim and the developments they see in the…

Interview with Erik Denkhaus, Plant Scientist at Agrilution

In this interview, Erik Denkhuis, plant scientist at Agrilution, tells about his work as a plant scientist.  "I was first drawn to the vertical farming industry during my studies and the research being done into using VF to grow and harvest foreign proteins for, for example, vaccine production. Now it is all…

Netled featured on American “Advancements” television series aired on CNBC

Netled and its Vera vertical farming technology were featured on an episode of Advancements TV series on Saturday, November 13th, aired on CNBC. The Advancements series covers a vast number of industries and economies, and features technologies and solutions dedicated to shaping, molding, and…

Mohammed Bin Rashid Initiative for global prosperity announces vertical farm as the global prosperity award winner

The Mohammed bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity announced that AeroFarms is the winner of the Global Prosperity Award, a program that reinforces corporate social…

CubicFarms:

Canadian vertical farm announces closing of public offering

CubicFarm announced the closing of its previously announced bought deal public offering of common shares of the company. The offering was conducted through a group of…

Canadian horticultural providers grow solutions offering

PIPP Horticulture, a provider of multi–level mobile cultivation systems, has acquired Vineland, Ontario-based GGS Structures GGS is a manufacturer of quality greenhouses and…

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"It’s terrible that these two aquaponic idealists should have their company destroyed over a patent-battle"

Two organic farmers from Nimbin, Andrew Bodlovich and Hogan Gleeson, invented a sustainable food production system that they hoped would help feed the world. Now they say they risk losing 20 years of work owing to a legal battle with "big business interests" that backed the technology, Hans Lovejoy…

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"Vertical farms are finally branching out"

On a sunny day last August, Daniel Malechuk opened the door to a 77,000-square-foot warehouse just outside Atlanta. Inside, under the soft magenta glow of LED lights, grew five varieties of hydroponic lettuce stacked nine levels high. A handful of employees were busy harvesting the greens. Their pace…

Hydroponic strawberries to be shipped mid-december

Oppy and two partners are set to ship their first hydroponic tabletop strawberries in mid-December. Grown by Santa Maria, California-based Red Dog Management, the plants were rooted on elevated tables in Santa Maria in the first week of October. Oppy, Red Dog, and the third partner in the endeavor,…

Australian start-up signs $55 million contract with Canadian grower

Sunshine Coast-based Vertical Farm Systems (VFS) has recently signed a $55 million contract with a Canadian grower who will use their automated technology to grow leafy greens indoors on their multi-level, indoor growing system - the XA Warehouse System. Vertical Farm Systems is the only equipment seller…

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In southwest Ohio, technology is driving changes in food production

Farming may be on the cusp of a major shift thanks to technology. The evidence for that change can be found on the shelves of a local store — the Dorothy Lane Market in Kettering, where we find produce from 80 Acres Farms. Michelle Mayhew, produce director for all four Dorothy Lane Market stores, says…

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Introducing vertical farming to Malaysia

“As you might imagine, some people were not pleased when I told them the name,” laughs Babylon Vertical Farms co-founder Stuart Thomas, “but I don’t like names that are too on the nose or too obvious. When a friend suggested ‘Babylon’, it really piqued my interest.” The name Babylon Vertical Farms was…

Flemish Agricultural Marketing Board takes Belgian fruit and vegetable exporters on inspirational trip to London

VLAM - the Flemish Agricultural Board recently organized a trip to London. It was for Belgian companies in the potato and fruit and vegetable sector. During the two-day tour, exporters and cooperatives could make personal contacts in the British market. There was widespread interest. And participants had the chance…

Canadian vertical farm fills out its executive team

As it embarks on an aggressive national expansion, GoodLeaf Farms is building its executive team as well. The company has promoted Jeff McKinnon from his role as Chief…

US vertical farm hires new Retail Advisor

Infarm has appointed Suzy Monford as Retail Advisor to support the company’s expansion road map in the U.S. and Canada. The company has a strong presence across Canada with…

Q&A with Planet Farms founders Travaglini and Benatoff

Last month, Italy’s Planet Farms officially opened its new farm in Cavenago, just outside Milan. Described as the largest and most advanced vertical farm in Europe, the operation is the brainchild of Co-Founders and Co-CEOs Luca Travaglini and Daniele Benatoff. Travaglini and Benatoff’s company emerged…

Gavita and Agrolux strengthen cooperation

The Hawthorne Gardening Company will intensify collaboration efforts between its Gavita and Agrolux brands with the aim to build the optimal product portfolio for the Horticultural lighting industry and enhance customer service. Hawthorne, a provider of HPS and LED lighting products for horticulture…

Saudi startups combine to win NASA's deep space food challenge

Two King Abdullah University for Science and Technology agricultural technology startups, Natufia and Edama, are among the 10 international winners in NASA’s competitive Deep Space Food Challenge. NASA and the Canadian Space Agency jointly recognized Natufia and Edama for bringing innovative food…

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How the Scottish are finding food solutions using vertical farming

Scottish technology company, Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS) is showcasing its vertical farming growth towers. They vary in size, but those on show in Glasgow on the sidelines of recently concluded global climate change talks stack up to 5.5m high. Growing in trays are an array of different leafy…

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UK Vertical farmer wants to expand after winning deals to supply to restaurants

The boss of a vertical farm supplying London’s restaurants with locally-grown herbs and greens says he wants to open more “data-driven” farms across the UK. Chris Davies and Matt Chlebek founded Harvest London four years ago and now run a hi-tech farm in Leyton that has grown more than 100 different…

US vertical farm hires new CFO

Living Greens Farm announces the arrival of its new CFO, Adam Hauser. Adam is an experienced 20-year finance leader across a variety of consumer packaged goods and high-growth companies. He was most recently CFO of eyebobs, a private equity-backed direct-to-consumer eyewear seller with several branded retail stores and national…

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"We want to find that potential that's in the genetics of a plant and fully express it"

Eden Grow Systems wants to highlight a fascinating discussion between Bart Womack, their CEO, and Dr. Gary Stutte, their newly appointed Director of Plant Research at Eden Grow Systems. Dr. Stutte has spent years researching controlled environment agriculture, focusing on systems for food production for…

CAN: vertical grower announces new certified dealer with sales commitments

CubicFarm announced a new HydroGreen Certified Dealer with initial sales commitments valued at CAD$2.7 million. Total sales commitments to date from the HydroGreen Certified Dealer Network include over 98 modules in 2022, valued at over CAD$20.2 million. The new dealer, HydroGreen CanWest, is a 50/50…

AgriTech firm announces cloche lighting project

AgriTech firm Light Science Technologies Ltd (LST) has announced the start of a project to develop a cloche lighting and sensor technology system for the controlled…

CEA Food Safety Coalition appoints new executive director

The CEA Food Safety Coalition, comprised of (CEA) leafy greens producers, has announced that Elisabeth Hagen is the organization's second Executive Director, effective…

Vertical animal feed farm announces sale in Utah

CubicFarm Systems announces that three HydroGreen Grow System DGS 66 modules have been purchased by Rod Magnuson for his U.S.-based beef cattle herds in Castle Dale, Utah. “We’re thrilled to welcome Rod Magnuson, the owner and operator of Magnuson Cattle Company, with a herd of 800 cows and 1,200 calves,…

The business model of a successful vertical farm

Knowing every aspect from unit production cost to target market to core values, are all important to increase a company’s ability to be profitable, the team with Green Sense Farms writes.  Through their experience in building farms, they found a business model is, as important as having a good farm design.…

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Virtual Center of Excellence launched for smarter farming in Asia

Signify is launching its first global virtual horticulture knowledge center. The center will provide research insights and advanced lighting solutions for growers in Singapore and the region that will help Singapore and Asia produce local, pesticide-free vegetables grown in a sustainable way.  The center aims…

Update on European PlantLab patent after objections

The years-long dispute between Certhon and PlantLab has come to an end now that the European Patent Office has revoked PlantLab's European patent. PlantLab's patent EP2348841 was directed to the application of LED lighting in climate chambers in combination with controlled leaf and root heating. Certhon…

NL: Two new R&D farms opened

Urban Health Farms has opened two R&D Farms, with production beginning in Venlo, the Netherlands on 1 November 2021 and in Brussels on 1 January 2022. At the first Research & Demonstration Farm, UHF will be testing more than 20 different crops under 4 different growing environments, as well as developing new salad mixes with…

"We provide the most suitable greenhouses to Chinese berry farmers"

Although China started rather late on greenhouse agriculture, the government introduced several policies that support the development of this industry in more recent years. Moreover, the living standards of people are rising, and so is their attention for food safety and demand for high-quality…

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ALPS and Priva have joined forces

ALPS, AUDACIOUS's subsidiary, and Priva have joined forces. The partnership will focus on the joint marketing of ALPS' advanced compliance and maintenance service solution, APIS, across the global horticulture industry. Compliance and risk reduction are increasingly becoming standard requirements for the…

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US vertical farm expands executive team

Living Greens Farm announces the arrival of a new VP of Sales and a new VP of Supply Chain. Dan Olson has joined the LGF Team as the new VP of Sales. He has largely spent his career in food, across a variety of different branches, and has contributed to the growth of several disruptive upstart brands…

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urban-gro named exclusive partner for vertical farm expansions in Europe

urban-gro has been selected by Urban Health Farms as the exclusive architectural design, engineering, build, and equipment integration partner to construct their indoor…

Belgium Deputy Prime Minister visits vertical farm to see innovation in action

Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice, Vincent Van Quickenborne, visited Urban Crop Solutions in a series of visits to high potential Belgian companies operating in a global environment. The leadership of Urban Crop Solutions discussed with the Deputy Prime Minister the track record of…

Ynsect enters US market with dog treat brand Bernie's

Insect protein to feed US pets

Ÿnsect’s protein, a core ingredient for dog treat brand Bernie’s, is entering the US market. The ultra-premium and luxury food brand for dogs was launched in September 2021 by Pure Simple True LLC, a dog Food start-up based in Seattle, WA. Insect-based pet food has more than 50% acceptance among US pet owners according to…

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Canadian vertical underground farm chooses programmable spectrum LEDs

Chad Taylor of Jardin Vertical comes from a long line of farmers and ranchers and he is passionate about the work he does. Both his parents and grandparents grew up on farms and passed down a wealth of agricultural knowledge and experience.  Jardin Vertical's hyper-local business model tackles one of the biggest…

Tungsram, Hungary: "Vertical farming offers most viable solution to hunger"

Taking up Elon Musk's $6 billion challenge

Tungsram, a Hungarian technology innovator is proposing an answer to Elon Musk's $6 billion offer to the United Nations World Food Program to alleviate world hunger. Indoor…

"COP26 a crucial catalyst for UK’s sustainable farming revolution"

As COP26 enters its second week, today’s agenda will focus on ‘Science and Innovation, demonstrating that research and technology can deliver climate solutions to meet, and…

New patent filed for automated vertical farm technology

Affinor Growers announces it has filed for patent protection with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for new automated, vertical farming technology targeted for…

A 'Farmside' chat on policy, finance and innovative agtech

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow join us for a ‘farmside’ chat moderated by S2G Ventures Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director Sanjeev Krishnan, on-site at Intelligent Growth Solutions’ demonstration…

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US (MI): New research facility opened

Benson Hill has opened its new crop accelerator, a controlled environment research facility located near the company’s St. Louis headquarters. The Crop Accelerator is operational ahead of schedule and under budget, with the facility’s first soybean and yellow pea seeds planted on September 17. The 47,000…

Intelligent Growth Solutions:

Scottish firm raises £42.2 million in funding

Intelligent Growth Solutions Ltd, a Scottish agritech business, has announced the conclusion of its Series B funding round with a total raise of £42.2 million ($58 million). The announcement was made at its COP 26 exhibition site and welcomed by First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon MSP. The latest…

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McDonald’s USA commits $5 million to research on climate-smart food production

AgMission announced that McDonald’s USA has partnered to develop and implement climate-smart farming solutions with a $5 million commitment over the next five years. The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR), the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers in Action (USFRA), and the World Farmers’ Organisation…

Canada's tallest skyscraper now serves vertical microgreens

Microgreens from GoodLeaf Farms are featured in a salad from 360 Restaurant in the country’s tallest free-standing structure. GoodLeaf’s Ontario Crisp Lettuce and Spicy…

Brazil: Pindstrup Group acquires large supplier of growing media Brazil

Pindstrup announces the acquisition of Carolina Soil do Brasil, which is the largest supplier of growing media to the horticultural sector in Brazil. Yesterday, documents were…

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Fischer Farms:

UK firm to construct new farm, including 25.000m2 of cultivation area

A vision to feed Britain in a more resilient and sustainable way lies behind multimillion-pound plans to create the world’s largest vertical farm, which has been launched by green energy expert and Fischer Farms CEO, Tristan Fischer. Fischer Farms already has one of the UK’s largest vertical farm…

Suzanne Wainwright-Evans wins the 2020 ANBP Award of Excellence

The Association of Natural Biocontrol Producers (ANBP) annually recognizes an individual who has made, or is making, extraordinary contributions to the field of augmentation…

Bever Innovations:

Jordi Mol hired as new Business Development Manager

Jordi Mol started work last month as Business Development Manager Horticulture at Bever Innovations. His job is to continuously increase the brand awareness and market share of the Leaf Carriers. "A fun challenge, because we have a fantastic product on our hands," he says. "What I like about Bever…

US (WI): New hydroponic farm opened in Milwaukee

Hundred Acre, an urban hydroponic farm located in the Century City business park, is expected to see its first harvest in about four weeks. Behind the project is Chris Corkery, the founder of Planet to Plate, a community development firm created with the mission of revitalizing distressed real estate…

US indoor farm announces financing agreement

Contain Inc announces a financing agreement arranged between GeoGreens LLC and ShoreGrow LLC. GeoGreens is a locally owned New Jersey-based indoor farm owned and operated by…

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"We have the best strawberry in the world. Who wants to taste it?”

“Hey, we have the best strawberry in the world. Is there somebody here who wants to taste it?”  That was all it took for a pair of MBA students to charm their way into some of New York City’s most gilded kitchens. In the spring of 2017, Hiroki Koga and Brendan Somerville used their newly acquired fruit-importing…

Three entrepreneurs create vertical farm in Sri Lanka

Looking at the issue of food security and the future, three young entrepreneurs have banded together to create Honest Greens, an indoor vertical farm that uses a myriad of…

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Oppy enters first vertical farming partnership

UP Vertical Farms is a new indoor farm and will soon be launching Canada’s first touchless, high-density indoor vertical farm for growing customizable baby leafy greens. Founded by Fresh Green Farms, the company plans to unveil the first phase of operations in the spring of 2022 with the goal of becoming…

Green Build Systems signs partnership with GE Current

Making vertical farming more sustainable

GE Current, a Daintree company, has joined forces with Green Build Systems Ltd (GBS) to help make vertical farming a more sustainable, productive, and profitable opportunity for growers and other businesses who may wish to produce their own year-round crops such as herbs and leafy greens. Current’s Arize…

Shenandoah Growers changes name to Soli Organic and announces $120 million funding

Soli Organic, formerly known as Shenandoah Growers, a soil-based, controlled environment agriculture company, announced a $120 million financing arrangement with real estate…

Babylon Micro-Farms' CEO, Alexander Olesen:

Going to mainstream markets

From the beginning, Babylon Micro-Farms CEO Alexander Olesen has sought to make vertical farming accessible to mainstream markets. Combining subscription services with technology and equipment, the…

HydroGreen:

Dealer Network expanded with two dealers to meet increasing demand

CubicFarm Systems announced two additional dealers of its HydroGreen Certified Dealer Network to meet increasing distribution demand for the company's automated HydroGreen technology for the on-farm growing of fresh green livestock feed. Initial sales commitments from the HydroGreen Dealer Network…

CubicFarms Amplified event

Becoming independent with local chain ag-tech

Attended virtually and in-person, many joined the CubicFarms Amplified event on October 21, 2021, which marked the official launch of the local chain ag-tech industry category developed by the Langley-based company founded in 2015. “The world needs an agricultural revolution,” said Dave Dinesen, CEO of…

PlantLab and Syngenta sign global licensing agreement

Specialist in indoor farming PlantLab has signed a global license agreement with Syngenta, breeder of vegetable varieties and active in crop protection. "We are proud that this license agreement reaffirms the strength of our patents for indoor farming," said Michiel Peters, CEO of PlantLab. This is…

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Boston-based urban farm specializes in growing microgreens

A futuristic farm based in Boston is looking to capitalize on a budding industry by bringing the farm inside. Boston Microgreens specializes in growing baby vegetables. It all started in the apartment of co-founder Oliver Homberg. The Northeastern graduate said the pandemic forced them to get creative.…

urban-gro:

Sonia Lo appointed to board of directors

urban-gro has appointed Sonia Lo to the Company’s Board of Directors. "Sonia brings experience as a leader in the CEA industry, which will be invaluable as we continue to…

USDA selects vertical farming platform to develop new industry standards

As vertical farming and other forms of modern indoor agriculture continue to evolve and transform the food supply, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS), USDA’s chief scientific in-house research agency, has launched an intensive study of controlled environment…

Infarm partners with online supermarket

German vertical farm expands to Czech Republic

Infarm steps into its first Eastern European country, the Czech Republic. After launching in Japan this year, the Czech Republic is the 11th country that Infarm now serves with fresh and affordable produce.  Infarm has partnered with the country’s online supermarket Rohlik.cz and will cater to the area of…

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“In extra-large facilities, the use of chilled water may be a more economical solution than individual units with compressors”

Desert Aire has launched its new GreenAire with VPDsync, a complete indoor climate control system with integrated controls and energy-efficient air handler that creates consistent temperature, humidity, and vapor pressure deficit for very large indoor agricultural grow facilities of greater than 150,000…

US: space technology company wins NASA’s deep space food challenge

NASA announced the selection of 18 winning teams for Phase I of the Deep Space Food Challenge. Space Lab Café, a novel crop production system from Space Lab Technologies, LLC in Boulder, CO was among the winning teams. In Phase I of the Deep Space Food Challenge, teams were asked to create novel food…

Colorado indoor organic farm Spring Born announces two new hires

Spring Born, a 2.5-acre organic greenhouse in Colorado, welcomes Danielle Davis, the new director of marketing and sales, and Josh Budka, the new head grower, to the team. Davis is a food systems, marketing, and sales expert with more than a decade of experience within fresh produce, meat, and seafood.…

Unfold:

US: agtech company hires new COO

Unfold, a company that advances the vertical farming industry with seed genetics, announced that David Nothmann has joined the Unfold Leadership team as Chief Operating Officer.  As COO, Nothmann will work closely with customers and the technical team to bring to market new seed varieties and digital solutions specifically for the…

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Mary Agrotech and Changzhi Yufeng AgTech Development

Collaboration on 700 m2 pilot farm in China

Mary Agrotechnologies announces that the company entered a strategic partnership with Changzhi Yufeng Agricultural Technology Development, one of the largest vertical farms in China. Mary AG CEO and founder Frank Qin wanted to take what started as cannabis home cultivation technology and turn it into…

US (IL): $250k Funding received to improve accessible protein availability

In a move that will make way for new breakthroughs in life sciences research and sustainable energy, Governor JB Pritzker & DCEO announced 8 new projects as part of the Wet…

CAN: Pipp Horticulture acquires GGS Group

Pipp Horticulture has acquired the GGS Group of Companies. Based in Vineland, Ontario, GGS manufactures greenhouses and greenhouse growing solutions including traditional rolling benches, heating and ventilation systems, and curtain systems. “We are thrilled to welcome the entire GGS team to the Pipp…

Surna Cultivation Technologies becomes authorized reseller of BVV Neocision LED Grow Lights

Surna Cultivation Technologies has become a reseller of BVV Neocision LED grow lights. Surna will work closely with BVV to develop lighting layouts and to properly deploy and…

AeroFarms and Spring Valley Acquisition mutually agree to terminate business combination agreement

AeroFarms and Spring Valley Acquisition announced that both companies have mutually agreed to terminate their previously announced agreement and plan of merger effective…

Light Science Technology Holdings trades on London Stock Exchange

Light Science Technologies Holdings has announced its flotation on the London Stock Exchange, as the group sets out its growth plans for the CEA market over the next few…

Green Build Systems to collaborate with CEA consultancy firm

Green Build Systems (GBS) announces its latest venture and collaboration with GrowStack Technologies Ltd (GST) – formerly GrowStack. GST is a Yorkshire-based UK vertical farming and Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) specialist design, engineering & consultancy firm. The collaboration involved GBS…

Seedleaves features on BBC UK

As part of Seed Leaves' involvement with COP 26, they were asked to sit on an advisory board for Hampshire District Council on how to reduce emissions. 6 hour-long zoom meetings later and a paper was formed as to what can be done on a multitude of different levels. From assisting the farming community in reducing its emissions…

Oishii Berry:

US (CA): Omakase strawberries now available in Los Angeles

Oishii announced the opening of their newest farm in Los Angeles, making their strawberries available outside of the greater New York area for the first time. “Since our earliest days, consumers, chefs, and retailers have all been asking us to bring our berries to LA. We can’t wait for more people to…

Two new partners at investor Astanor Ventures

Emmanuel Faber and David Barber join investor Astanor Ventures. The goal with the new partners is to "build the next generation of agrifood technology companies with impact," the investment firm shares in a press release. Since its inception in 2017, Astanor has invested in 29 agrifood technology…

Ireland: First commercial vertical farmer closes deal with catering company

Compass Group Ireland has agreed on a deal with Emerald Greens, the country's first commercial vertical farmer, which will support the future of sustainable horticulture and help reduce food miles. Brian O'Reilly, a former mushroom farmer, and his brother Aidan launched the first commercial hydroponic…

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US (WI): Aquaponic growers selected for Innovation Award

Nelson and Pade's clear flow aquaponic systems produce higher quality fish and vegetables with increased production over other systems. They are productive, efficient, sustainable, and dependable aquaponic systems for producing fresh fish and vegetables. 

Netled:

Sanna Andersson appointed as head of communications

Sanna Andersson joins Netled as Head of Communications. Originally from Mikkeli in the Southern Savonian region of Finland, Sanna has an MBA in Marketing and Organisational…

AeroFarms:

US vertical farm expands distribution of leafy greens

AeroFarms announced that, this Fall, it is expanding its distribution of leafy greens to more than 350 Stop & Shop Stores across the Northeast and New England regions including New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. “Customers have fallen in love with our greens,” said David…

AgroUrbana:

Chile: Vertical farming company closes $4 million dollar financing round

AgroUrbana, a vertical farming company in Latin America, closed a Series A financing round for US $4 million, led by the venture capital and impact investment fund Kayyak Ventures. Others include the CLIN fund managed by Chile Global Ventures, the venture capital area of Fundación Chile, and family…

Iron Ox:

Vice President of People hired

Iron Ox, a farming innovation, announced that it has hired Claudia Fulga as its first Vice President of People. Reporting directly to the Iron Ox CEO and serving as a member of the company's senior executive team, Fulga will oversee recruitment, retention, employee engagement, compensation, and HR operations. Iron Ox will be…

Netled signs deal with Polish Jeger Company

Polish interior design company expands to food production

Netled has signed a deal to deliver one of its Vera Compact vertical farming systems to Poland-based Jeger Company, part of the Global Point Group.  The Jeger Company was originally…

“Certified dealer network with over $10 mln sales commitments for 2022.”

Acquiring growing modules worth CAD $1,5mln and announcement of new HydroGreen network

CubicFarm announced the establishment of an Alberta Grow Centre by acquiring growing modules and assets worth CAD $1.5 million from Swiss Leaf Farms located 50 kilometers north of Edmonton in Busby, Alberta. The Company paid CAD $750,000 in cash to increase its holdings from 50 percent to 100 percent,…

"Huge numbers of companies are investing in vertical farming, but often the required knowledge is lacking"

Grahame Dunling is a fourth-generation grower with over 40 years of horticultural experience. He is even known as 'Mr. Salad', because, as one of his peers once said, "What he doesn't know about salads isn't worth knowing." Grahame recently moved back to the UK to embark on an exciting new adventure with…

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Vancouver vertical farm grows with new name, tactics, ambitions

A lot has changed for a local indoor vertical farming operation growing microgreens and other edible plants in the old HP building near Fisher’s Landing. Forward Greens, which switched its name from West Village Farm, is running a much larger operation than it was a few years ago. The rows of stacked…

Oasis Grower Solutions:

New Midwest/Southeast technical sales representative added to the team

Oasis announces the newest member of its technical sales team. Brenton Williams of Mahomet, Illinois has stepped into the role of Midwest/Southeast territory technical sales representative. Brenton will build relationships with new and existing customers.   Based out of Kent, Ohio, Brenton transitioned to this new…

US pizza chain switches to greenhouse grown lettuce

"We’ve experienced inconsistent product quality primarily from California growers"

The ongoing boom for the North-American CEA industry is boosted by more and more food service suppliers opting for indoor-grown food. Today Midwest hydroponic grower Pure Green Farms announced that they will be supplying their greens to one of them. The reason is the inconsistent product quality from…

"Capturing and repurposing transpiration is a key breaktrough in our CEA desgin"

For the first time, the federal government has declared a water shortage on the Colorado River that will severely curtail farmers’ ability to water their crops across the…

Canadian grower gets Dutch cultivation factory

From sowing to germination, propagation, cropping, and harvesting, all automated in several vertical farms in succession. It sounds like a factory, and to some extent, that is exactly what the AVF+ Factory is. Dutch company Artechno is currently building a cultivation factory like this for a Canadian…

N.Thing:

South Korean AgriTech startup raises $21 million in fundraising

Korean AgriTech startup N.Thing has raised $21 million in series B fundraising that is up from $5 million in the previous series that is secured $26 million in total. This has been run as an additional round of series B funding, led by InterVest and Kiwoom Investment the follow-on investment from…

Tesi new significant owner of Netled

Finnvera sells its remaining venture capital investing operations to Tesi, Finnish Industry Investment Ltd. The sale includes the European Regional Development Fund…

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German vertical farm starts construction of strawberry farm in Singapore

&ever, which has its HQ in Munich, Germany, is constructing its first mega farm in Singapore at the Changi Logistics Centre in Loyang Way, to produce leafy vegetables there. Going one step further, it is already planning to expand its venture in the Republic with another mega farm to produce strawberries…

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Welsh green-tech firm launches climate controlled mini greenhouses

Harvst is a green-tech startup in Cardigan, West Wales. They have now launched a new range of climate-controlled mini-greenhouses for anyone who wants to grow greens, herbs, and salads at home, all of the time. The new range comes as the UK continues to face supply chain issues with their food supply,…

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Introducing Baby Rabe limited-edition green

Bowery Farming today introduced Baby Rabe, the next release in its ‘Farmer’s Selection’ product category, which first launched in stores in January 2021. Baby Rabe is now available through the end of December 2021 in Whole Foods Market locations throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, as well as in select…


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