Researchers develop new plant wearable device to monitor water stress in crops

Plants can’t speak up when they are thirsty. And visual signs, such as shriveling or browning leaves, don’t start until it’s too late. Metal electrodes have previously been used to monitor thirsty plants, but it’s difficult attaching these devices to hairy leaves, which reduces their accuracy.…

UK: Vertical farm takes Solent business park site

A vertical farm specialist has taken the final unit at a Solent Business Park site. Agventure Farms has leased the first floor south suite at Prism, 1650 Parkway, with Vail Williams – joint marketing agent with Savills – acting on behalf of commercial property investment company Craigard, the owner of…

CubicFarms and Deloitte join forces on new carbon commercialization program

Building on university research confirming greenhouse gas emission reductions from using its indoor growing technologies, CubicFarm announced that its HydroGreen division has entered into an agreement with Deloitte LLP to develop a carbon commercialization program designed to provide high-quality carbon…

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ZA Group, Inc. and E-Roots Manufacturing Inc.

License agreement finalized for farms in Australia and New Zealand

ZA Group, a company specializing in emerging industries acquisitions emphasizing direct-to-consumer apparel and manufacturing of self-sustainable farms, announced significant new developments following the recent announcement of the 60% acquisition of E-Roots Manufacturing Inc by ZA Group. An exclusive…

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Abu Dhabi to gain two farms worth $71 mln

The Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA) has signed two Musataha contracts with two local private sector companies to build and operate two farms, one in Al Ain and the other in Abu Dhabi, with a total value of around AED 310 million. The first Musataha contract was signed with…

High-density vertical farm will supply enough leafy greens for all of British Columbia come fall

Two brothers, a dentist with a background in Biology and an IT/tech business expert, have been working on starting a commercial, high-density vertical farm with the goal of supplying the entire British Columbia (BC) population with leafy greens and more. The idea for this venture originated seven years…

Solis Agrosciences delivers specialized research services for AgriFoodTech innovators

New startup Solis Agrosciences enters the market to make plant science innovation faster and simpler. With its proprietary Plant Pipeline as a Service (PPaaS), Solis creates transgenic and gene-edited plants reliably and resource-efficiently, delivering expertise and technology to startups in…

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UP Vertical Farms plots strategic expansion, Bahram Rashti comments

Late last year, Oppy revealed a remarkable new partnership with UP Vertical Farms, its first foray into the vertical farming space. Since then, the growth of the operation has been nothing short of incredible.  "We'll be entering the market with multiple varieties and blends of baby leafy greens under the…

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US Foods partners with Kalera to expand its local and sustainable fresh produce portfolio

US Foods Holding announced a strategic agreement with Kalera. The agreement underscores US Foods’ commitment to bringing foodservice operators a broad assortment of high-quality produce year-round. It will also expand the portfolio of local farms that US Foods is sourcing from in various markets,…

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Jim Philpott, Vertical Farming in Alberta

“You gotta live by your principles and do what you say you’re going to do”

Albertans are big believers in supporting local businesses — especially when it comes to produce. That’s why Jim was able to take advantage of this opportunity for West Grow Farms. Not only is it better for the environment, but their fresh leafy green produce can last up to three weeks in the fridge.…

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Daniel Schwab, Fenaco, on its vertical farming plant

"New technologies deserve a chance"

A sounding board of farmers from the Seeland region recently visited Yasai's new vertical farming pilot plant in Niederhasli. They met Daniel Schwab from fenaco Landesprodukte and start-up founder Mark E. Zahran from Yasai. They discussed the opportunities of vertical farming for Swiss agriculture.…

Drivers: the unsung heroes of the horticultural industry

Here’s a remarkable story. If you buy greenhouse-grown produce in North America, almost every vegetable on the shelve was probably one day in a Jacobs Transportation truck. Maybe not in its current shape, but earlier in the fresh produce chain: the company transports vegetable seedlings to growers all…

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Kalera appoints James Leighton as president and CEO

Kalera AS announced that it named James Leighton as President and Chief Executive Officer. Leighton is an accomplished executive with a strong reputation in the consumer-packaged goods and food industries. Jim Leighton noted, “I could not be more excited to join Kalera at this momentous time. It is an…

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The Ritz-Carlton in Dubai launches vertical farm

The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, JBR is partnering with Green Container Advanced Farming (GCAF) to launch a hyper-local on-site hydroponic farm.  With a focus on food security and regenerative farming practices, the city’s latest vertical farm at The Ritz-Carlton Dubai is approximately 40 square meters in size and…

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Peter Pane partners with Mana Farms

Founded in February 2021, Mana Farms in Leipzig is among the newest start-ups in the 2bAhead Ventures capital fund’s portfolio. And like most start-ups, it is focused on addressing a particular market need presently on the rise or just around the corner. As the name suggests, Mana Farms is developing…

UK fund invests invests in Australian propagator

The Cibus funds, which specialize in sustainable food and agriculture investments, have acquired a majority stake in an Australian vegetable seedlings business, Withcott Seedlings, through their Cibus Fund II LP. Withcott Seedlings is a producer and supplier of vegetable seedlings to both field and…

Sensor receives panic signals from plant under attack

Living organisms are constantly sending out electrophysical signals. Plants use these electrical signals to detect stress when attacked by pests and diseases. The Business Unit Greenhouse Horticulture and Flower Bulbs of Wageningen University & Research investigate whether sensors can recognize…

Unlocking plants’ hidden 24hr clocks can help global food production and sustainability

“Our aim is to grow affordable fresh fruit and vegetables for Britain’s hard-pressed families, indoors, in a completely controlled environment, in a way that minimizes damage to the planet, using the technology of the future.” Jamie Burrows, CEO of Vertical Future  Vertical Future is leading a project with…

New £11.3 million horticulture research center opens doors in Kent

The £11.3 million GreenTech Hub for Advanced Horticulture was officially opened by Tom Tugendhat, MP at NIAB’s East Malling site, on Thursday, 12 May. The Hub will provide the UK horticulture and viticulture industry with access to a new research facility. It includes 2,000m² of specialist glasshouses,…

CubicFarm data shows its systems use 54% to 62% less energy than typical vertical farms

CubicFarm announced new data that demonstrates that 54% to 62% less energy is used in a CubicFarm System module compared to results reported by other vertical farms surveyed globally. With electricity being the number one input cost in vertical farming, this is a significant advantage to customers using…

Green Basket to launch vertical farm with iFarm Tech in Riyadh

Vertical farming is becoming increasingly popular in the Middle East, where climatic conditions make it difficult to grow crops using traditional agriculture. Hot temperatures and low humidity mean that the region imports a high percentage of its fresh food, but vertical farming has the potential to…

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Microgreen Directory delivers to homes

Microgreen Directory is a new website recently launched in February 2022. The directory's goal is to connect people looking for fresh produce, specifically microgreens, with their own local microgreen farms. People want fresh local produce, and farmers are trying to build a business selling local…

2Grow brings production and R&D in-house

The signatures were recently placed for the takeover of Phyto-IT by sensor producer 2Grow. Phyto-IT, a spin-off of the University of Ghent, was a supplier of 2Grow until recently. With this takeover, 2Grow will have the entire chain in its own hands. The takeover means that the sensor producer from…

YesHealth Group Awarded as Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum

YesHealth Group, a Taiwan-based green tech company, was selected among hundreds of candidates as one of the World Economic Forum’s “Technology Pioneers.” YesHealth Group was founded on the vision of inspiring the next generation of agriculture professionals to advance societal health and sustainability…

Brightseed closes $68M

Brightseed, a biosciences company and creator of Forager, a computational platform that illuminates the connections between nature and human health, announced $68 million in Series B funding led by…

Cropin launches AI Labs to bring predictive intelligence to cultivable land

Cropin announced that it has set up a new AI Labs. With an initial team of 30 members comprising Earth Observation Scientists, Data Scientists, Agronomists, and AI/ML Researchers, the AI Labs will focus on studying and 'computing' cultivable lands worldwide. Leveraging the contextual convergence of…

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Hydrofarm sales flat as hydroponics hit the brakes

Hydrofarm Holdings announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2022, with net sales remaining flat at $111.4 million, which missed the Yahoo Finance average analyst estimates for revenues of $129 million. The net loss was ($23.3) million, or a loss of ($0.52) per diluted share,…

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Saffron-Tech opens new growth center in Gaza envelope

Israeli agritech company, Saffron-Tech, has opened a first-of-its-kind research and development center in Moshav Mavki’im, located within the Gaza envelope. The company is engaged in the development of a saffron cultivation protocol intended for the food industry, pharma, and nutritional supplements and…

Smallhold opens first certified organic mushroom farm in Los Angeles County

Urban mushroom farmers Smallhold announced the opening of a 34,000 sq ft facility in Los Angeles County. In early May, Smallhold will begin delivering locally grown, USDA Certified Organic specialty mushrooms to over 90 stores in Southern California. This West Coast expansion, alongside existing farms in…

UK Government recognizes vital role of vertical farming at Downing Street’s ‘Spring Showcase’

Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS), the Scottish agritech business, yesterday exhibited at 10 Downing Street’s ‘Spring Showcase’, an event to celebrate the most exciting and innovative tech businesses in the UK food and agriculture industry. IGS, which manufactures vertical farming solutions, was one of…

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France: €40 million agreement to fund research into climate change resistant plants

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and family-owned group Florimond Desprez have announced, with the European Commission’s support, the signing of a €40 million finance agreement. This loan will be used to fund research, development, and innovation activities focusing on breeding new crop varieties…

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US: For Flush with Mush, the health benefits and ecological advantages of mushrooms are enticing

Growers say that both mushrooms and locally grown ingredients are experiencing an upswing in popularity. So it’s not surprising that local mushroom growers are increasing their output by growing fungi indoors. “We have seen an increased interest in mushrooms from the culinary, and even fashion,…

Kalera harvets first lettuce and microgreens at new Denver vertical farm

Kalera celebrates its first harvest of lettuce and microgreens at its new, Aurora, Colorado-based farm located at 18000 E 40th Avenue. Kalera produce will be available in 200 King Soopers stores located throughout the Denver metropolitan area. "We are excited about the early performance of Kalera's 'Mile…

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Container farming strengthening food security in the North

If there is a silver lining to be found in the past two pandemic years, Erin Rowe, co-owner of Truly Northern Farms in Sudbury, says it’s the feeling of community that’s developed among local farmers. Truly Northern, a hydroponic farm specializing in leafy greens like kale, basil, and arugula, has become…

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ZA Group to ramp up production of vertical farming systems

ZA Group's 60% acquired E-Roots Manufacturing is expanding its production facility to accurate its accelerated 2022 growth. Since the Company commenced offering assistance on obtaining USDA loans and compliance through its USDA consultant on April 13, 2022 to vertical farming system inquires, many orders…

Orius

A new kind of bioreactor for the production of plant-based high-value natural ingredients

Orius SAS announces today the launch of the Biomebox®, its indoor farming flagship product for the production of high-value natural ingredients. Vertical and indoor farming stakeholders are starting to turn to the cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries. The Biomebox offers unmatched biological levers to…

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Zayndu extends ‘try before you buy’ offer to on-site evaluations of new Aurora Z25

Clean seed and rapid germination – Zayndu to present new data at CEA 4.0

Successful customer evaluations have brought forward the launch of Zayndu’s Aurora Z25, which uses 'activated air' to disinfect seeds without water or chemicals. The company is also extending its ‘try before you buy’ offer to enable customers to see the benefits of the complete system running in their…

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UK: Futuristic 'vertical farm' will grow food in towers to feed people in Suffolk

Suffolk is a rural county, and much of its farmland is set to increase with the arrival of a multi-million-pound investment in a cutting-edge farm facility. Most farms you've seen will probably have been flat, or at the very most on a slight hill, while this farm is anything but conventional. OneFarm is…

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India: Polyhouse farming finds many takers

Siju Sivanandan, a Kollam-native who was in the Navy, is now enjoying his retirement days by doing something productive. In 100 square meters of land, Siju has set up a kitchen garden with long beans, cucumber, tomato, green chilies, ladies finger, and amaranthus. Three months into polyhouse farming — a…

Priva North America introduces Tyler Sarner

Tyler Sarner has joined Priva North America as the newest member of their sales team in Camarillo, California. "With our continued growth in the Americas, Tyler is responsible for commercial activities together with our west coast sales and service team to support our partners and customers in Western…

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OneFarm unveils plans for its first UK vertical farm installation

OneFarm has announced its plans to deliver a 6,400m2 vertical farm in Newmarket, Suffolk, capable of growing up to 415 tonnes of food per annum to feed local people. The farm will be delivered in partnership with indoor agritech specialist, IGS Limited, and is funded by both public and private investors.…

Taking a look inside a Dutch thermal berry greenhouse

Berry propagation company Van der Avoird in Molenschot, the Netherlands, has recently opened a new facility. They are showcasing some new techniques in their facility, such as a Caeli-ventilation unit and a vertical propagation system. Join us as we take a look inside the company.  Jurgen with a Caeli ventilation unit…

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U.S. agricultural exports supported more than 1 million jobs throughout the economy in 2020

The benefits of agricultural exports to the U.S. economy far exceed the value of shipments alone. The production, processing, storage, transportation, and marketing of farm and food products bound for the export market support many full-time jobs throughout the United States. Related job statistics are…

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Storage cells controlled remotely are the latest trend

Cold rooms for the short-and long-term storage of fruit and vegetables; controlled atmosphere cold rooms; cold cells for bananas; processing rooms (fresh-cut); pre-cooling spaces; mechanized cold rooms; tunnel freezers; refrigeration of liquids for industrial fruit processing; low-temperature cold rooms…

Codema bankrupt: "It seems that Codema has been hit harder than similar companies"

In the market, it was known that the situation at Codema Systems Group wasn't stable over the last couple of years. With the bankruptcy declared yesterday, more than sixty years of horticultural history have come to an end. At the same time, various parties are already showing interest in taking over…

HydroGreen and Vertical Harvest Farms recognized in Fast Company's 2022

The winners of Fast Company's 2022 World-Changing Ideas Awards were announced, honoring brave new designs for cities and buildings, clean technology, innovative corporate…

Fulco Wijdooge, general manager Ridder China

"Invest time in training and chances of success increase exponentially.”

More and more Dutch companies are getting into the Chinese market. Ridder is definitely one of the pioneers, as the company has been active in Asia for years. Fulco Wijdooge, the company’s general manager in China, tells us more about the services they offer there and the opportunities and challenges…

Jack Vickery joins Light Science Technologies as new National Account Manager

Jack Vickery has joined Light Science Technologies (LST) as National Account Manager. The new addition to its sales team is the latest in a string of appointments at the Derbyshire-based company. Jack’s first step into the industry was as a commercial graduate at Philips Lighting before working for the…

Urban agriculture project: what to know when growing vertically

Vertical farms face a number of challenges in an effort to be profitable. While some of these challenges, such as lighting, HVAC, and working at heights, are unique to vertical farms, many of them, such as access to land and financing, are shared with traditional, soil-based farming enterprises, writes…

Netled selected for International Fresh Produce Association’s “Fresh Field Catalyst” program

Netled will join 11 other winning companies from 8 countries for the IPFA’s Fresh Field Catalyst program beginning with an immersion week to take place in California from May…

Signify completes acquisition of Fluence

Signify has completed the acquisition of Fluence from ams OSRAM. Fluence will operate with a separate go-to-market as an integrated business unit within Signify’s agricultural…

Netherlands: Codema Systems Group declared bankrupt

The Rotterdam District Court today declared the bankruptcy of Dutch greenhouse supplier Codema Systems Group bv. Today, the 140 employees active in the fields of design,…

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Emerging plant-based platform for biomanufacturing

In the midst of new emerging therapy projects under development, the progress of innovative manufacturing technologies is also growing. One of the newest emerging platforms for biologics manufacturing is the plant-made pharmaceutical platform (PMP). PMP has come on stage recently with the approval of…

Biotalys obtains new fungicide resistance class for its first biofungicide

Biotalys announces that the Fungicide Resistance Action Committee (FRAC) granted an entirely new class for the active ingredient of its first biofungicide, Evoca™. This new…

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Aspara indoor gardening platform launches in US

Aspara by Growgreen - an in-door hydroponic smart grower system that helps you grow fresh and healthy-to-eat vegetables, fruits, and herbs, officially launches its IoT-based indoor gardening platform into the U.S. marketplace. Growgreen has been operating in Hong Kong since 2016 and is now available in…

BFG Supply acquires Green-tek

BFG Supply, a technology-enabled distributor to the green industry, has acquired Green-tek, a provider and manufacturer of greenhouse components. "The acquisition of GT significantly expands BFG’s…

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Marv Tseu appointed as Chief Growth Officer of Vertical Harvest Farms

Marv Tseu has been appointed as the Chief Growth Officer at Vertical Harvest Farms. On the heels of a Series A financial close, in which Tseu was instrumental in leading the effort with investors, the company - which breaks ground in Maine next month for its second U.S. location - is now poised to…

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Henner Schwarz, CCO for Kalera:

“Our new logo’s minimalistic design makes it timeless in nature and will stand out on shelves”

Kalera is undertaking a rebranding, featuring minimalistic and fresh design elements to complement the company’s lettuce and microgreen varieties. The rebrand features a new logo and website design that will attract the general global consumer. “Our new logo’s minimalistic design makes it timeless in…

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Partnership for international labor survey for leafy green production in CEA

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…

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US (MT): Local Bounti issues 2021 sustainability report

Local Bounti Corporation has issued its full year 2021 Corporate Sustainability Report. The report, which follows standards set forth in the Global Reporting Initiative ("GRI") and Sustainability Accounting Standards Board ("SASB") and aligns with the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals ("UN…

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Grower to build 3 strawberry farms, and 12 more by end of year

IMEX Organics has purchased first Opollo™ 3 strawberry farms by OnePointOne and are committed to build another 12 farms by the end of 2025. This news comes in rapid succession following their partnership with California Giant Berry Farms and signals the first of many such farms and partnerships of this…

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US (AZ): Gospel Rescue Mission set for first hydroponic harvest

Gospel Rescue Mission’s hydroponics farm is set to harvest its first crop of lettuce at 2 p.m. on the 5th of May. The farm, dubbed Fresh Start, was built inside a shipping container by Freight Farms, an agriculture tech company. "Basically, there's hardly any dirt," said Rich Schaus, director of the…

Canobi AgTech AGRP and AgriTech North

CAN: Supporting food security crisis in rural and remote communities

Canobi AgTech will be working with AgriTech North, supporting their mission to solve the food security crisis in 600 rural and remote communities across Canada's North through local indoor agriculture. AgriTech North is a wholesale scale, year-round grower of fresh produce in Northwestern Ontario. They…

Carlos Yam appointed as CFO of CubicFarms

CubicFarm has appointed Carlos Yam as Chief Financial Officer of the Company, effective June 27, 2022. Previously, Yam served for three years as CFO of Agora Wealth Corp., a company offering a digital wealth platform and services for investment dealers and financial advisors in Canada. Prior to that, he…

US (WI): Baldwin, Pocan visit West Madison ARS to celebrate plant germplasm research facility funding

On April 15, 2022, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and U.S. Representative Mark Pocan visited the West Madison Agricultural Research Station to announce $37.9M in federal funding for a new plant germplasm research facility. Chancellor Rebecca Blank and Dean Kate VandenBosch hosted the visit. The new federal…

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Indoor farms are expanding way beyond leafy greens

Things got really exciting when urban, indoor farming first came onto the scene in the early 2000s. The world’s first commercial vertical farm—an indoor facility in which crops are planted in vertically stacked layers—arrived in Singapore. Gotham Greens opened a greenhouse on top of a Brooklyn Whole…

US (WI): Dramm saves 90% of energy at new headquarters with solar panels

The Dramm Corporation completed the installation of 286 solar panels at the new headquarters in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The 18,000 sq. ft. ground-mount solar panels produce an annual energy savings of 161,990 kilowatts. "Dramm Corporation is very excited to include a large solar photovoltaic (PV) array on…

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32 acres of high-wire greenhouse available for lease in Tehachapi, CA

Lease proposals are being solicited for 32 high-wire acres in a high-tech greenhouse in Tehachapi, CA. The facility is owned by CEFF II Tehachapi Property, LLC.1 Tehachapi is located approximately 100 miles north of Los Angeles and within a day’s drive of 50 million people in population centers,…

CoverCress

Partnership to bring renewable oilseed and animal feed crop to market

Bunge and CoverCress have partnered to bring a new renewable oilseed and animal feed crop to market. The agreement establishes a long-term commercial relationship between the two companies and supports the expansion of CCI’s CoverCress technology, a new winter oilseed crop that is ideal as a lower carbon…

Andrew Howell, new vice president of operations at Upward Farms

Upward Farms has named seasoned supply chain and operations leader Andrew Howell as Vice President of Operations. With more than 20 years of experience in the manufacturing…

"Ensuring vertical farming is more accessible and viable environmentally is our goal"

It is now widely accepted that Vertical Farming could play a vital role in the changing face of agriculture, but will the challenges with power, capital costs and knowledge, delay, or even stop the vertical revolution? These are the questions the team at iGrowing wrestled with as they set about ensuring…

Netled adds to international sales and project teams

Netled has recently hired three new members. Heikki Takko and Thomas Dilley join the international sales team, and Antti Pihkala joins the project team.  Tom is a foodie who loves to grow and eat his own food. Back in the UK, he could not grow his own food due to a lack of available space – the waiting time…

Canada: Dutch holding company acquires Ontario Plants Propagation

COFRA has acquired Ontario Plants Propagation, a supplier of starter plants for hydroponic and organic greenhouse growers in North America. Founded in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada in 2002, Ontario Plants is a supplier of starter tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers in Canada and the United States. The company…

Red Sea Farms raises $18.5 million

Red Sea Farms has raised $18.5 million. The fundraise was co-led by Wa’ed. KAUST Innovation Fund, one of Red Sea Farms’ original investors, is also participating, along with…

FoodVentures: supplying fresh cherry tomatoes to locked down Shanghai

Shanghai’s current Covid-19 is leaving citizens struggling to access food, basic necessities, medicine and healthcare facilities. The city entered into a strict lockdown on March 28, forcing the metropolis' 26 million residents to isolate at home, with grocery shops closed and delivery companies…

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France: Vertical farms struggle to put down roots in agricultural sector

Michèle Lori, 86, never misses the weekly farmers market on Wednesdays in the Cité Maraîchère in Romainville outside Paris. "I've lived at the bottom of the street in the Marcel-Cachin housing estate for 60 years. I was really looking forward to the opening of this place. I even have a trowel with the…

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Growy:

New farms and R&D trials set to launch in the coming five years

“We will bear the risk together as we’re both owners of the farm. By doing so, we want to emphasize that the relationship with retailers needs to be changed. Growy is not selling technology but running a farm for and with the customer. Therefore, as farmers, we are as responsible for the farm as…

Dutch silos and liners in China

Dutch producers of basin liners and water silos deliver their products to China through their dealers. Hendic and De Lange Plastics are among them. Bas van der Elst, Hendic, says that they were able to supply 14 large basins with Delaflex liners and about 100 silos last year. "It is something that we as Dutch horticulture can…

FreshMinistries set to complete aquaponic project in South Africa

FreshMinistries, a Florida-based non-profit organization, is nearing completion of an aquaponics project in South Africa as part of its Desmond Tutu Program to End World…

US (GA): Horticultural container manufacturer to invest $44 million in Toombs County

Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that sustainability-focused East Jordan Plastics will invest more than $44 million in a new facility in Lyons. The project is expected to create 80 new jobs in Toombs County. “We’ve been laser-focused on producing good jobs in rural Georgia, and East Jordan Plastics will…

Teens for Food Justice

urban-gro launches indoor farm together with Teens for Food Justice

urban-gro announced the grand opening of an indoor farm at Bruce Randolph High School in Denver, CO in partnership with Teens for Food Justice (TFFJ), a New York City based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization galvanizing a youth-led food justice movement in underrepresented communities.  TFFJ is catalyzing a…

Gardyn selected as top agriculture technology company by Futurology

Gardyn has been included in Futurology’s 101 Most Innovative U.S. Based Agriculture and Technology Companies and Startups. Futurology.life, a London-based media company with a mission to “Promote 'bleeding-edge' companies, businesses and innovations on the global stage,” publishes climate-focused topics…

Desert Aire celebrates 1,500th GrowAire unit order

Desert Aire received the 1,500th order of its GrowAire dehumidification unit which maintains temperature and humidity levels to create the optimal indoor growing environment to enhance and protect crops. The 1,500 GrowAire units range from 4- to 60-ton capacity, with a 22.6 average ton size. GrowAire…

AgriFORCE receives notice of allowance from Canadian Intellectual Property Office

AgriFORCE Growing Systems announced that it has received a Notice of Allowance from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office for its patent application titled “Structures for…

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UK: Vertical farm planned as part of Crouch End development

Proposals have been announced to build new flats and a zero-carbon vertical farm to replace a commercial development in Crouch Hill road. Martyn Gerrard, on behalf of its client Greyclyde Investments Ltd, has held a public consultation on proposals for 139-143 Crouch Hill, including 27 flats and a…

Hydroponic Systems receives Innovation and Technological Development Award

The Murcia Chamber of Commerce has awarded its annual prizes, recognizing business excellence in various fields. In the category of Innovation and Technological Development,…

Consortium plants to build new vertical farms in Scotland

A consortium of four British companies have earmarked a series of sites between Dumbarton and Dundee for the locations of Scotland’s next generation of hectare+ scale vertical farms, powered by 100% Scottish renewables. These farms would provide locally produced fresh foods (salads and fruits) to over…

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US (VA): New indoor organic farm to start operations

Area 2 Farms, a Public Benefit Corporation, will operate a new organic, indoor farm and retail farm store in Arlington County, Virginia. The $1.8 million project is expected to create 30 new jobs over the next three years. In addition to growing and selling fresh produce, the company’s plans include the…

Skincare brand launched that is 100% powered by vertical farms

Shiseido, an international Japanese skincare brand, launched Ulé, its first brand developed in Europe. The prestige, conscious skincare line, starting with eight products, is the brainchild of Lindsay Azpitarte, vice president, new brand development EMEA, at the Japanese beauty giant.  "After seven years in…

PlantLab:

"By 2030 we want to have a turnover of 1 billion and we are fully working towards that"

"We are continuously working on improving our market position, but also on important processes such as ripening processes, less labor use, more efficient lighting, and so on. We do this to ultimately achieve a higher output per m2. That's what the vertical farming game is all about, and at the same time,…

Ultimation Industries produces tourniquet clips for Ukrainian war zone

Ultimation Industries is part of a 3D printing network in Michigan rushing to aid Ukrainians during wartime by printing tourniquet clips. Ultimation is a direct-to-consumer conveyor manufacturer and designs, builds and installs material handling equipment for the automotive, food processing, vertical…

Iceland: Blue Lagoon’s ex-CFO joins VAXA

Thorey Gudmundsdottir has been appointed to the role of CFO at VAXA, a CEA firm in Iceland. Gudmundsdottir, a longtime CFO of the Blue Lagoon – home to one of 25 wonders of the world which also operates hotels, restaurants, spas, and line of skincare products, is only the latest hire as VAXA continues to…

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Can vertical farming be a solution to the current food supply chain challenges?

The outbreak of COVID-19 once left some grocery store shelves empty. For some stores there was not a single roll of toilet paper or box of cereal left standing when the world went into lockdown in early 2020. Nearly two years later, again some grocery store shelves are still showing signs of scarcity,…

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Association of Vertical Farming partners with Green Bronx Machine

The Association for Vertical Farming (AVF) have partnered with their new advisory board member, Stephen Ritz, and his non-profit, Green Bronx Machine.  Green Bronx Machine was born via collaboration between author and educator Stephen and his students. Originally an after-school, alternative program for high…

Tamimi forms JV with Italian and Japanese firms to offer smart farms in Saudi Arabia

Saudi supermarket chain Tamimi Markets formed a joint venture with Japan’s Mitsui & Co. and Italian agricultural technology provider Zero SRL to develop the Kingdom’s first smart farms.  The three partners aim to develop the next generation of vertical smart farms in the Al-Kharj area of Saudi Arabia in a…

CAN (BC): Shelves in Vancouver are getting filled with vertically grown strawberries

Affinor Growers has shipped its first harvest of vertically grown, vine-ripened, cultivar strawberries to Four Seasons Farm at the Granville Island Public Market. The premium, sustainable, greenhouse strawberries are being sold as an Abbotsford local product through a distributor, Berrymobile.  The strawberry…

Koch Agronomic Services to collaborate with SVG Ventures Thrive

Koch Agronomic Services is collaborating with SVG Ventures Thrive to improve nutrient efficiency, utilization, and uptake. According to Steve Coulter, senior vice president of…

ZA Group offers assistance with USDA loans for vertical farm buyers

ZA Group, a company specializing in emerging industries acquisitions, adds a USDA Consultant to offer assistance with USDA loans and compliance for vertical growing system…

Eliminate sensor failures under extreme conditions using just your phone

The nSens RH/T sensors from Novasina are able to maintain +/-0.5% accuracy even when used at high humidity and in the presence of volatiles such as ammonia. What sets them…

US: Vertical Harvest raises $8.35 million

Vertical Harvest, a US vertical farming company is shaping a new model of civic infrastructure in the U.S. with urban indoor vertical farms co-located with affordable housing all while creating jobs for the underemployed.  The company is poised to scale, breaking ground on its second U.S. location in Maine…

MD-Farm

Japan: Joint venture to expand vertical strawberry farms locally and globally

MD-Farm Co entered into a capital and business partnership with Farming. Through this partnership, the two companies will ramp up the production of strawberry vertical farming systems.  The plan is to expand in Japan and globally. The company has developed its own related equipment needed in vertical farms,…

HPNow’s Peroxide UltraPure now OMRI-listed

Peroxide UltraPure, generated exclusively by the HPGen generator, has been OMRI Listed for use as a plant disease control or as an algicide, disinfectant, or sanitizer. HPGen…

Protein could be used to encourage plant growth, improving biomass production and crop harvests

A collaborative research group has discovered the protein that inhibits the formation of organic nitrogen compounds in plants. This protein, if manipulated, could potentially be used to encourage plant growth, improving biomass production and crop harvests. Nitrogen is one of the building blocks of life.…

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CAN: GoodLeaf Farms partners with data firm to create microgreens platform

GoodLeaf Farms is partnering with Adastra and other stakeholders to develop a data-rich platform that will boost the amount of microgreens and baby greens harvested at its climate-controlled indoor farming operation. The $2.5-million project — which includes a $1-million investment from Scale AI —will…

Re-Nuble

US (NY): Re-Nuble partners with cities to create scalable urban agriculture model

Re-Nuble has partnered with the City of Glens Falls and multiple technology and service providers to collaboratively develop a scalable vertical farming model. Re-Nuble, which reutilizes localized food waste for more transparent and sustainable growing practices, is helping design the vertical farming…

Gardyn

Gardyn raises a $35 million

Gardyn is raising a $35 million Series B financing round headed by JAB Ventures. Upon completion, the non-controlling investment will bring Gardyn’s total funding to date to $55 million, fueling Gardyn’s rapid expansion as it continues to reinvent the current food system to one that is more sustainable, healthier, and addresses…

GreenGro

GreenGro Technologies launches proprietary vertical grow racks

"This vertical system tech will bring us one step closer to a greener future"

GreenGro Technologies has launched its proprietary eco-friendly, sliding vertical grow racks for the agricultural food, hemp and cannabis industries.  The Company’s turnkey grow racks, which can be double or triple stacked and customized to specifications, should enable its clients to increase footprint, maximize…

AeroFarms speaks at house committee hearing on agriculture

AeroFarms Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Marc Oshima, testified in front of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture this week to highlight the importance of Controlled Environmental Agriculture (CEA) as a means to a more resilient food system. Oshima discussed the benefits of indoor farming and…

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Vertical farms expand as demand for year-round produce grows

A recently constructed 95,000-square-foot warehouse in Compton, Calif., ticks off all the boxes for the booming storage industry: 32-foot-high ceilings, a secure truck court and access to truck routes. But it won’t be used for cargo or storage. Plenty Unlimited, an agricultural start-up, is using the…

Local Bounti closes acquisition of Pete's

Local Bounti Corporation announced the successful completion of its acquisition of California-based complementary indoor farming company Hollandia Produce Group, which…

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Berry Gardens in vertical farming trial with JFC Jones Food Company

Berry Gardens is joining forces with vertical farming giant Jones Food Company to trial the vertical production of strawberries. The pilot will be run at Jones Food Company’s new R&D facility in Bristol, and if successful, it would extend Berry Gardens’ British strawberry season to 12 months. Despite…

“I looked for opportunities to build things and make things different”

After working in the fields of biology and then technology, Tal Wilk-Glazer says it’s fascinating to have them combine in her current role as CEO of Saffron-Tech. Though her…

Vertical Future and Crate to Plate expand their partnership

Vertical Future and Crate to Plate have extended their partnership. Technology and research company, Vertical Future will provide finance, build, and commissioning services to Crate to Plate to support them in expansion across the Southeast. The expansion will include a 3000 sq ft footprint glass-fronted…

WUR G.O.: a journey of discovery into the food system of the future

To give visitors to the Wageningen Campus an impression of the likely food systems of the future, Wageningen University & Research has developed the interactive WUR G.O. tour. This journey of discovery includes finding solutions to the challenges that lie ahead. Visitors to the Wageningen Campus can…

Square Roots expands further in the Midwest

Square Roots and Gordon Food Service announced the opening of a new climate-controlled, indoor farm in Springfield, Ohio. “Our partnership with Gordon Food Service, combined with our scalable smart-farm technology platform, means Square Roots is able to rapidly open a number of new indoor farms this…

Bowery partners with environmental non profit organization to 'rewild the land"

Bowery Farming announces a partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC)—a global environmental nonprofit working to address land conservation and the climate crisis—as part of its’ ‘Earth Month “Rewild the Land''’ initiative. Sustainability is core to Bowery’s mission every day of the year, and this…

Kalera opens new facility in Denver

Colorado residents will soon be able to shop local for lettuce and microgreens from Kalera, thanks to the opening of the company’s new Denver farm. The nearly 90,000-square-foot facility, located at 18000 E 40th Avenue, in Aurora, Colorado is the company’s fifth domestic farm, joining a U.S. footprint…

Bluelab to acquire Autogrow

New Zealand based Agri-tech company Bluelab has acquired automation company Autogrow as part of a global strategy to expand operations into new territories and increase its range of technology offerings to customers.  Both companies’ combined have almost 60 years of expertise in the horticulture technology sector and have employees…

CubicFarms:

Expanding the Certified Dealers network, adding Nebraskan partner

“By adding best-in-class HydroGreen Certified Dealers in strategic locations, we can meet the increasing demand for our Automated Vertical Pastures (AVPs)” says Dave Dinesen, chief executive officer of CubicFarms. CubicFarms is a provider of vertical farming technology for both human and animal…

Agricool

French indoor-farming firm Agricool looks for buyer after calling in receivers

Agricool, a French agri-tech start-up growing fresh produce in a controlled indoor environment, is looking for a buyer after calling in receivers. Guillaume Fourdinier, the founder and CEO of Paris-based Agricool, filed documents in January with the Commercial Court of Bobigny, which has frozen the…

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Renewed Netled shows complete offering on Fruit Logistica

At the Fruit Logistica show starting tomorrow in Berlin, Germany, Netled will not only show their new brand visuals, but also inform their customers of the renewed business proposal. Netled is a comprehensive vertical farming expert offering both service and technology business solutions at industrial…

CubicFarms announces HydroGreen dealer in Utah

CubicFarm Systems announced Mountainland Supply Company as a new member of the HydroGreen Certified Dealer Network. Established in 1947 with 29 distribution branches and 699 employees, Mountainland has an agriculture division specializing in irrigation services for farmer and rancher customers in Utah,…

CubicFarm Systems announces financial results of fourth-quarter and 2021

CubicFarm Systems reported its fourth quarter and fiscal year end financial and operating results for the three months ended December 31, 2021. "CubicFarms has a strong cash…

ZipGrow announces new distribution partnership with Current Culture H20

ZipGrow have entered a distribution partnership with Current Culture H2O (CCH20), Fresno California. Hydroponic growers, particularly in commercial settings, spend considerable time addressing the issue of inconsistency in nutrient formulations and mineral build-up in irrigation lines, this distribution…

The most remarkable product introductions of today!

The sweetness of tomatoes, the crunchiness of peppers and the tastiness of cucumbers combine to create the worlds first ‘Topember. Then there's a square tomato and a pink pepper. Here are today's most remarkable product introductions... TopemberThanet Earth has been keeping a little secret. We have been…

Gates Foundation and Qatar to spend $200 million on climate-adaptive agriculture

Qatar and the Gates Foundation will jointly invest up to $200 million over the next two years to help prepare farmers in developing countries to adapt to climate change. The…

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Urban farm: Agricool placed in receivership

Second blow for French Tech. After Sigfox, Agricool was placed in receivership on January 31 by the Commercial Court of Bobigny. Several buyers (whose names have not yet been published) have come forward, indicates the start-up to “Echos”. Founded in 2015 by Guillaume Fourdinier and Gonzague Gru,…

The Hindu

In Kerala, restaurant menus now hinge on in-house hydroponic farms

Kochi-based agri-tech company sets up hydroponic farms for restaurants and resorts. Tonico Cafe in Kakkanad, Kochi, gets fresh basil, kale and cilantro from a garden on its own walls. The cafe, popular for its pastas and soups, turned to hydroponic farming a few months ago, in order to produce its own…


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