Sollum technologies appoints new chief financial officer

Sollum Technologies is pleased to welcome Paul-Henri Rouleau to the team as chief financial officer. "Paul-Henri has an impressive track record with significant achievements in investment, financing and management at organizations such as Desjardins Capital and the National Bank of Canada, as well as…

US lighting specialist hires two new recruits

Light Science Technologies (LST) has welcomed two new recruits to its expanding team, as the East Midlands-based start-up enjoys a period of significant growth.   The new roles will see Rob Ayres and Craig Price joining the team to cover the sales and operational areas of the business, reflecting recent growth in…

Collaboration Royal Brinkman and ADI

New data collection technique for automated scouting

This week, Royal Brinkman and ADI have confirmed their collaboration to bring a new data collection technique for integrated crop protection to the market. Central to this is the use of a camera system mounted on the spray boom. This cooperation gives growers access to a new tool for detecting crop…

Re-Nuble and Ketos partner to provide on-site food waste recovery

Helping soilless growers become fully circular

Re-Nuble has announced a new strategic partnership with water innovator Ketos today, providing soilless farms across the United States with an on-site food waste recovery…

Yellow Hammer Farms opening Birmingham-based hydroponic farm

Birmingham will have a hydroponic farm and market starting this weekend. Owners Frank and Jillian Fitts will open Yellow Hammer Farms on June 18 at 702 Third Ave. N. The farm and market will operate using technology that will be able to provide fresh and affordable produce year-round. A typical farm may…

Certhon expands further in North America

"We are working to realize a stable presence in the United States"

While celebrating its 125 years of existence this year, Certhon is far from done developing and expanding within the horticultural market. There have been a lot of developments for the company in the last few years. For example, Certhon established its own Innovation Center to research the optimization…

Urban Crop Solutions

Joining consortium to develop ‘Biochar’: Biological Charcoal Compost

Black to the future (BTF) is a research project to develop an advanced mix of biological charcoal (biochar) and compost with the goal to reduce soil depletion, increase carbon capture, and improve yield quality. The biochar and compost are obtained from agricultural residues in a circular network where…

Vertical growing towers for strawberries and cannabis showcased in Canada

Affinor Growers is pleased to announce that it has ordered one hundred of its patented vertical growing towers for the production of strawberries and cannabis pending Health…

improvement of water use efficiency

Mexico: combining a 4 ha greenhouse operation with aquaponics and algae production

To reduce water consumption per kg food product and stimulate the circular economy, Wageningen University and Research conducted a study on possibilities for integration of tomato production in greenhouses and land-based aquaculture in the Queretaro region in Mexico. Coupling tomato production in…

AKKA collaborates with Futura Gaia on developing vertical farms solutions

"Expertise in robotics in the aeronautics field have been instrumental in technical set-up"

AKKA Technologies, a European engineering consulting and R&D company, is proud to collaborate with Futura Gaïa, a French start-up that designs and develops indoor vertical…

Providing farmers and manufacturers with a convenient safe place to trade equipment

“We thought it was time for controlled environment ag to have its own marketplace”

"We used to have lots of controlled environment ag farmers coming to us looking for growing equipment. However, they couldn’t find the right equipment or couldn’t afford it brand new.” Nicola explains that on the other side Contain would have manufacturers coming that had returned or seconds equipment,…

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Photo report: Swegreen launches event to celebrate project launch

Sweden: Opening of new in-store vertical farm at ICA Maxi

“We are actually making a difference here, because we grow next to the consumer, literally,” says Andreas Dahlin, CEO of Swegreen. “There are still many vertical farms that claim to produce sustainable, located close to the consumer, but they don’t mention the last mile. If logistics are needed to get…

"With 'hexagons', mounting can no longer go wrong"

“The JB Groep systems are used in many greenhouses at home and abroad. The company's high-pressure fog systems are very much in demand, but the on-site installation sometimes turned out to be a bit difficult for the customer. We have now come up with a solution for that,” says Jordy van den Berg, owner…

Cultivatd accepted into trade accelerator program

Cultivatd has been accepted into the Trade Accelerator Program (TAP), in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This award-winning, innovative initiative is designed to “accelerate the…

US: VetaNova acquires 157 acre greenhouse complex in Colorado

VetaNova announced today it has acquired 157 acres greenhouse complex, which will be developed into a solar-powered vertical growing facility to provide year-round farm fresh fruits and vegetables to local outlets in Colorado. The Avondale Complex currently has a 90,000 sq. ft. computer-controlled…

Secrets to improving last-mile delivery sustainability

As companies examine their operations' sustainability, the last mile has come under particular scrutiny. Integral parts of the process like packing materials and delivery…

RotoGro updates market on vertical farming tech

"Single harvest yields of 372 kilograms could be achieved"

RotoGro (RGI) has given an update of its vertical farming technology with encouraging results from recent trials. RotoGro designs and manufactures cultivation solutions for indoor vertical farming, operating in perishable foods and lawful cannabis. The RotoGro Garden System is the core of the company's…

Iron Ox appoints Tesla veteran Rachel Konrad as first independent board member

Iron Ox has appointed former Impossible Foods and Tesla executive Rachel Konrad as its first independent board member.   Konrad joins Iron Ox after spending the past five years as Chief Communications Officer and a member of the senior leadership team at Impossible Foods, reporting directly to CEO Pat Brown. She…

Spread Co., Ltd.

Three Japanese companies join forces to construct vertical farm producing 10 tons daily

Spread Co., Ltd., Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc., and ES-CON JAPAN Ltd. announced that they have entered into an investor agreement regarding the establishment of TSUNAGU Community Farm LLC to construct and operate vertical farms. Expectations are high for vertical farms for stable production of…

Vertical Roots

Third indoor farm opened in Atlanta, Georgia

Vertical Roots opened its third indoor farm in Atlanta, Georgia this June. The company partnered with two of the leading Southeastern produce suppliers, Collins Brothers Produce and Phoenix Wholesale Foodservice, to place the farm directly at their facilities. The new Atlanta farm site will eliminate the…

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US (MA): New partnership will serve meals for 400 youth per day

Town to Table, a Boston-based container farm company, announced a partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro South, an organization that accommodates kids in out-of-school-time hours.  "Together, we are operating two Freight Farms that will serve community members, food pantries, non-profits organizations,…

"Focus of sustainable food production by training people"

There is a lot of talk about circular and sustainable processes in the modern food industry. There is a lot of work and investment in innovations that revolve around digitization, AI, automation, aquaponics, vertical cultivation, circular bio-based economic models – and that’s good. BUT, without a…

New general manager at Meteor Horticultural Systems, Canada

Meteor Systems Canada will be strengthened by a new experienced management team who will continue and expand on the success of past years. The position of General Manager is held by Neil Quiring. He will take care of the sales activities and is responsible for the entire branch. He will be supported by…

Seeds of change grant to help farmers face climate challenges

Farmers around the world face unique challenges in their effort to provide abundant, safe, and flavorful food. One often overlooked issue for farmers is climate change. “The environment has a huge impact on plant health and reproduction,” said Alfred Huo, UF/IFAS assistant professor of plant breeding.…

iBio:

New member added to board of directors

iBio, a biotech innovator and biologics contract manufacturing organization, announced today the appointment of Evert (Eef) Schimmelpennink to its Board of Directors,…

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opening June 18

US (AL): New farm opens in downtown Birmingham

On June 18, Yellow Hammer Farms, a whole new kind of urban farm opens its doors in downtown Birmingham. Because everything happens inside in a controlled environment, Yellow Hammer Farms can grow crops nearly twice as fast as a conventional farm can, and year-round. Also, by locating the farm centrally…

Singrow

Singrow signed collaboration with Aik Moh

Pilot to enable strawberry production on Indonesian island

Recently, Singrow Pte Ltd., an agtech solution provider, announced a collaboration with Aik Moh to set up a vertical farm. The aim of the pilot is to grow strawberries in Batam, an Indonesian island closely located to Singapore.  The pilot setup will be completed by the end of July 2021 and will be ready to…

US (CO): Surna introduces heat recovery chiller

Surna Cultivation Technologies has introduced the addition of heat recovery chillers to its EcoChill™ product portfolio. “Surna continues to add technological options to our…

How vertical farming becomes scalable through digital

"Too often artificial intelligence is seen as the new hammer"

After robotizing a vertical indoor farm, GROWx claims to be the first to have a workable business model. The arrival of the digital Plant Manager makes 'Farming-as-a-Service' a reality. And supermarkets are queuing up. An investment in full automation has given the company a scalable indoor farm. In…

USDA funds composition of new CEA market characterization report

Resource Innovation Institute (RII) has assembled a senior level of its Technical Advisory Council to support its USDA-funded project titled Data-driven Market Transformation…

Russia introduces vertical farm pilots at symbiosis center

This week, ITMO Highpark JSC signed an agreement on the pilot implementation of intelligent vertical urban farms at ITMO Highpark. The signing occurred as part of the St.…

Staphyt

Australasian company looking forward to showcasing its latest research services at Hort Connections

Major Australian and New Zealand agricultural testing and research company, Staphyt, is currently involved in a number of key research and development projects in the agriculture industry and will be exhibiting at this year's Hort Connections in Brisbane. With over 40 years of experience as one of…

A little bit of horticulture in the Top 250 Growth Companies

The Top 250 Growth Companies in the Netherlands include horticultural Logiqs from Maasdijk and Physee from Delft. The list, presented on 1 June, is an initiative by the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (ECE) and nlgroeit. North Holland heads the list of provinces with 90 companies, followed by North…

Is a vertical farm cost-effective to build and operate?

A common question asked is a vertical farm cost-effective to build and operate? There is no categorical answer to this complex question, which often requires a detailed feasibility study to resolve,  The answer starts with the 4 Cs: crop, capacity, climate, and capital budget. Crop: What is the intended crop…

The state of indoor farming 2020 report

The indoor agriculture industry across North America has gone through significant changes throughout the past year. As the economies open back up, the big question on…

Foundation Farms reports successful on-target first harvest

Foundation Farms today reported a successful on-target first harvest at the company's E-Roots center located in the Red Deer, Alberta area. Management commented that the crop…

Inspired by NASA

Did you know that Click & Grow was inspired by NASA? Way back in 2005, CEO Mattias Lepp felt impressed after reading an article about NASA growing plants in space. He asked himself the question: ‘If it’s possible for plants to grow in space, why can’t we develop a way to grow plants in cold urban environments where they could…

CubicFarms announces closing of $25.3 miillion equity financing

CubicFarm Systems announced today the closing of its previously announced bought deal equity offering of common shares of the company. The net proceeds from the offering of…

Farm.One kicks off construction at its new farm

US (NY): New farm to be built in Brooklyn

Get a look inside this new vertical farm, that is being constructed in New York. Farm.One is kicks off the construction of its new farm. It isn't quite done yet, but the plans are big. Watch the potential that is stored in this building.  Click on the video below, to join the tour guided by Ina Tubilleja,…

Lakeland Fresh Farms responds to growing demand

New farm launched in metro Detroit

Veteran business executive Joe Corace announces the launch of Lakeland Fresh Farms, a local producer of hydroponically grown greens. The products are grown in an 80,000-square-foot indoor farm in Chesterfield Township, Michigan, and sold directly to grocers and restaurants throughout metro Detroit.…

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Seedo headed to Spain to meet with partners and investors

“There has never been a more exciting time in the saffron industry”

Seedo, an agritech company that is developing the protocols to grow saffron using vertical farming technology, today announced that a delegation of Seedo executives and agricultural experts plan to meet with key officials from the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries, as well as saffron market…

Research shows

Mealworm proteins just as beneficial as milk proteins

Research by Maastricht University proves for the first time that proteins from insects are as beneficial as proteins from milk, the most widely used protein at the moment. Both proteins are digested and absorbed in the same way and show similar results in the field of muscle building and recovery,…

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Ynsect kicks off construction at its new farm in Amiens

France: First foundation stone laid of third production unit

On May 6, in the presence of Barbara Pompili, Minister of Ecological Transition, Julien Denormandie, Minister of Agriculture and Food & Cedric O, Minister for the Digital Transition and Electronic Communications, Ynsect laid the first foundation stone of Ynfarm its third production unit. The company says…

From Spain to Greece by bike for sustainability

"Zero Pollution" is the motto of European Green Week 2021. The biggest annual event to discuss environmental policy. This plan will contribute to creating a toxic-free environment throughout the Union by remediating pollution in the air, water, and soil. It will also address other initiatives relevant to…

CubicFarm Systems announces first quarter results

"We had a great first quarter"

CubicFarm Systems reported its first-quarter financial and operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2021. “This is our strongest quarter to date, with more than $3.9 million in revenue…

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Growing insects vertically for sustainable seefood

Aude Guo co-founded vertical farming startup InnovaFeed when she was 29 and now leads operations at the world's largest vertical insect farm. InnovaFeed, operating in France (and soon to be in the US), is a company that raises black soldier flies (Hermetia illucens) with vertical farming technologies to…

Forward Greens

Featuring Forward Greens

The story behind the Vancouver-based farm

Forward Greens, a Vancouver, Washington-based vertical farm is re-envisioning and repurposing existing machinery, technology and traditional farming methods. Founder Ken Kaneko who previously worked in tech at Intel and Apple is now looking at how to make indoor farming an accessible resource across the…

Sarah Willis to enhance leadership team and support global expansion

Scottisch agritech company appoints CFO

IGS, the Edinburgh-headquartered agritech business, continues to enhance its executive talent as it welcomes Sarah Willis into the role of Chief Financial Officer. Sarah’s appointment reflects the company’s need for substantial transactional and commercial financial experience to support IGS’ global…

Milestone achieved on strawberry ripeness detection

Organifarms’ software development team has successfully integrated the ripeness estimation which now enables the detection of the exact degree of ripeness of the fruit. This not only helps in reaching better harvesting results but also in planning the next harvest. Another step that is completed, is the…

"doubling down our commitment in the US smart-agriculture market"

Justin Lukoff joins Havecon North America

Havecon has expanded its sales team in North America to strengthen its ongoing business development efforts in the region. With a successful Canadian branch already up and running, Havecon is determined to add a local presence for its rapidly growing US customer base. Justin comes to Havecon having spent…

CAN (QC): Growing strawberries to increase independence

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the issues of food self-sufficiency and dependence on imports, Ferme d'Hiver has already been thinking about the situation for nearly three years. Sensitive to the climate changes that are disrupting the agricultural world, the company has developed an…

Vertical Field

US (CA): Vertical Field to provide demo unit to senior living homes

Vertical Field has signed an agreement with Calson Management to supply assisted living homes with on-site vertical farming units. According to the agreement, Vertical Field will provide a demo unit to the Glen Cove senior living lodge in Vallejo, California, and after a successful pilot will expand to…

iFarm

iFarm and Agrico partner up

Qatar: Joining forces to manage commercial-scale indoor farm

Sadarah Group (owner of indoor farm Agrico) and iFarm joined forces to build and collaboratively manage a commercial-scale indoor farm based in the State of Qatar. The multi-year partnership will optimize the growing of leafy greens, strawberries, and edible flowers and ensure a year-round supply of…

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Seedo partners with Polytechnic University of Valencia

Developing alternatives to expensive process of saffron growing

Israeli agritech startup Seedo announced this month that it has entered a research agreement with the Polytechnic University of Valencia to develop vertical farming protocols for saffron. Professor Rosa V. Molina, a researcher with extensive knowledge of the cultivation of saffron from her university…

OnePointOne and Sakata Seed America announce collaboration

Partnering to accellerate quality and varieties in vertical farming

OnePointOne and Sakata Seed America announced today a collaboration in the acceleration of vertical farming. Together, the two entities will share intelligence and analysis focused on maximizing plant outputs while minimizing environmental impact.  Capturing data much fasterDave Armstrong, President/CEO of…

Bowery Farming

bringing its valuation to $2.3 billion

Bowery Farming secures $300 million to continue US expansion

Bowery Farming has secured $300 million to continue the expansion of its network of indoor farms across the United States. The company has secured more than $472 million in funding to date, bringing its valuation to $2.3 billion.  The funding will provide resources to accelerate advancements in farm design…

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Aquaponics for Beginners course now available online

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is now offering an “Aquaponics for Beginners” program online. The program can be accessed here. Cost is $15. Once registered, participants can access the program at their convenience for 180 days. The online course is the first in a series developed to introduce…

CAN: Pontus receives building permit for new facility

Pontus Protein announces that the City of Surrey has awarded Pontus its building permit for the 20,570 sq. ft. production facility in Surrey, British Columbia. Connor Yuen,…

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HECK! doubles manufacturing capacity with new farm

"We are now launching a completely new range of cooked snacks"

A £3.5m investment will help a North Yorkshire family firm create up to one million sausages a day. HECK! Food is doubling its manufacturing capacity and creating a new vertical farm as part of its goal to turn over £100 million by 2025. The sausage and burger maker is also expanding its team and…

iFarm awarded Solar Impulse Efficient Solutions label

iFarm’s universal data-driven technology for growing plants on automated vertical farms has received the ‘Solar Impulse Efficient Solution’ label. This accolade recognizes technologies, solutions, and companies that protect the environment while generating profits. Following a rigorous assessment by a…

Organifarms selected for MassChallenge Switzerland accelerator

Last Monday, Organifarms was selected to participate in the MassChallenge Switzerland 2021 accelerator program. Organifarms was one of over 1000 other startups to apply for…

Pontus updates on phase one of production

Pontus is on track to complete its phase 1 of production, laboratory infrastructure construction by mid-June, at its Surrey, British Columbia production facility. The Lab will replace the current production capacity from Pontus' first farm in Victoria, B.C. "We are very pleased to bring the first part of…

Brick Street Farms takes on agriculture with multi-million dollar investment

"Our farms bring onsite farming and retail shopping to urban cores"

Brick Street Farms announces their new investors, Lykes Bros., a milestone championed by Florida Department of Agriculture Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried, Mayor Rick…

company to divide into two business units

DGT by Senmatic returns

This year, Senmatic A/S will separate its sensor business and its horticulture business to improve reactivity to new trends in the two very different markets, says CEO Mads Nychel. The horticulture…

"Partnershjip will increase local produce served on Maine's colleges"

US: Vertical grower supplies college campuses with salads

Sodexo, a food service provider and one of Maine’s largest employers, today announced that it will source as much as 80 percent of its lettuce products from Vertical Harvest Maine, the State’s newest hydroponic urban farm, and the first vertical greenhouse in the United States. The produce will be served…

Bosman Van Zaal opens branch in Germany

"Growers in Germany now have access point to horticultural expertise"

Bosman Van Zaal of Aalsmeer, the Netherlands, recently opened a new branch in Geldern (North Rhine-Westphalia), Germany. Thomas Bauer, who last year joined the company as a senior technical sales consultant for all German-speaking countries, has also become branch manager of this new branch. The new…

Bowery Farming unveils farm X

Innovation hub for plant science opened

Bowery Farming announced the opening of Farm X, its newest state-of-the-art innovation hub for plant science in Kearny, N.J., adjacent to Bowery’s original R&D Center of Excellence and first commercial farm. Farm X is one of the largest and most sophisticated vertical farming R&D facilities in the world…

Urban Crop Solutions retained Contain to elevate as technology supplier

“This is the optimal time to make this move”

Vertical farm and contract research company Urban Crop Solutions (UCS) has retained Contain to explore strategic options to elevate its status as a technology supplier in indoor ag. “We are delighted to have been awarded this mandate by UCS”, says Nicola Kerslake, founder of Contain. “It is a mark of the…

Queen’s University project feature P.L. Light systems

"New LEDs have greatly improved light uniformity over our crops"

An integrated driver and high efficiencies were two of the top reasons Queen’s University chose to retrofit their research greenhouses with the HortiLED Top 2.0. The Queen’s University Phytotron was designed and built in 1996 as a center for experimental plant biology research. The facility has a…

Runcorn and Widnes world

"Combining vertical farming, clean energy and urban design is very powerful"

The world’s first pilot project using clean hydrogen energy to power a vertical farming system is being trialed in Runcorn. The pilot is to be undertaken at the Heath Business and Technical Park in Runcorn. It is being funded by John Lewis MBE who is the boss of SOG Group, which owns the park. Vertical…

VIDEO: Growing edible plants on indoor walls

Growing herbs and greens on a wall inside your home sounds appealing if you have limited space.An Australian start-up company called InvertiGro has been developing the technology and it has already attracted the attention of NASA.  The company offers fully integrated and flexible indoor vertical farming solutions…

Recognizing the potential of the coconut substrate

Ceasar Sustainable Invest BV (CSI), recently announced its partnership with Tropical Green Exports, recognizing the potential of the coconut substrate sector as an economic driver in the North.  Tropical Green Exports specializes in manufacturing, supply, and distribution of export quality coco peat used in…

Spread Co., Ltd.

Spread takes on strawberry production

"An important step towards a sustainable society"

Spread succeeded in developing the technology for mass production of pesticide-free, high-quality strawberries in vertical farms using artificial lighting. The technologies include proprietary environmental control, stable indoor pollination, and pesticide-free, clean cultivation.  Spread's CEO, Shinji Inada…

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CubicFarm systems appoints technology industry executive to board

CubicFarm announced today that Janet Wood has been appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors. Janet Wood is a successful executive who retired from a rewarding career with several major technology companies including IBM, Crystal Decisions, Business Objects, and SAP. Her success in building global…

Square Roots

Square Roots expands its herb range

“We’re using technology a little differently"

“Food, farmers and consumers are all connected at the center of our system," said Tobias Peggs, Co-Founder and CEO at Square Roots. Square Roots is expanding its herb range by introducing three premium fresh offerings - Cilantro, Dill, and Parsley to complement its signature Basil.    He added, "We surround our farmers…

AmplifiedAg / Square Roots

Building a multi-tenant platform

“With massive demand in the US and globally, we’re able to sell indoor farms and our holistic operating system across the world,” says Don Taylor, CEO of AmplifiedAg. AmplifiedAg develops proprietary indoor farm electronics, hardware and software, and also upcycles decommissioned shipping containers into fully functional farms.…

Upward Farms

US (NY): 'First USDA-certified organic vertical farm' in Northeast region

Upward Farms, an aquaponic vertical farmer, announced the opening of its new headquarters today. Located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York, the new facility utilizes Upward Farms' technology in both commercial production and R&D. The operation is USDA-Certified Organic, which according to the company,…

AeroFarms

AeroFarms expands retail presence

Doubling leafy greens offering throughout Northeast stores

AeroFarms has announced that it is expanding its retail presence in the Northeast with current long-time customers Whole Foods, FreshDirect, and Amazon Fresh and in the Mid-Atlantic region with Walmart. AeroFarms will also be working with Baldor Specialty Foods for retail and foodservice.  “Our company is…

Affinor Growers

Preparing for vertical farming in Aruba

Affinor Growers Inc. recently announced that it has signed a binding Letter of Intent to purchase 100% of the private equity in Vertical Designs Aruba (VDA). The Aruba corporation was established in 2018 to produce fruits, vegetables, and pending receipt of a medical cannabis production license from the…

US lettuce grower invites two new hires to leadership team

Local Bounti announced two exceptional appointments to its leadership team. Biotech veteran Kathleen Valiasek has assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer and food industry innovator Mark Nelson has joined the Company’s Board of Directors. “We are thrilled to welcome Kathy and Mark to the exceptional…

"We expect to franchise our technology worldwide"

GreenGro Technologies, Inc. announced the appointment of Charles Garavitt as the company's new Chief International Officer. In his new role, Mr. Garavitt will be primarily…

Bowery Farming

Bowery takes on project in new R&D facility

On-site breeding program to develop seeds for indoor farms

Bowery recently opened Farm X, an R&D facility for plant science and research development. Located adjacent to Bowery’s first commercial farm in New Jersey, Farm X will continue to advance its R&D on new product offerings like strawberries, root vegetables, tomatoes,  cucumbers, and more. Through Farm X, Bowery…

US (MI): Raising funds for local food pantries

Horizen Hydroponics sold 2021 “grow room” calendars to bolster local food pantries. Each calendar was sold for $5 with every dollar being split between Feeding America West…

Bringing light automation to the Japanese market

Heliospectra AB announced a new reseller partnership with Harahara Inc., a long-term supplier of cultivation solutions. Harahara will represent Heliospectra's LED lighting and…

Board member at Glastuinbouw Nederland becomes grower in vertical farm

Board member Wim van den Boomen of Glastuinbouw Nederland quits. On June 1, he will resign from his post as a board member to become a senior grower at Blue Skies One. A company focused on vertical farming. Van den Boomen has been an active member of Glastuinbouw Nederland since 2000 having previously worked…

Agronutris

EU: Green light for insect-based products

On May 4, 2021, the Member States of the European Union gave the green light to Agronutris for the marketing of insect-based products intended for human consumption. Therefore, Agronutris becomes the first European company to be authorized to sell insects on the European market. This authorization…

What are the most important motives behind innovation these days?

Yesterday, Bayer organized a ForwardFarming webinar. Jan de Ruiter, a Sector Banker Agricultural at Abn Amro, was one of the speakers. He kicked off the live panel discussion and talked about innovation within the sector. Jan has been in contact with many growers looking to develop their companies further…

AeroFarms files with SEC to combine business with Spring Valley acquisition

Vertical farming company AeroFarms filed its registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to combine with Spring Valley Acquisition Corp. on May 10.…

Red Lobster CEO Kim Lopdrup named chairman of Kalera board

Kalera announced that Kim Lopdrup is appointed as new Chairman of Kalera as the company moves towards a US listing. Kim joined Kalera’s Board last year and remains CEO of Red…

Saffron Tech

Seedo Corp. applied to the Israeli Innovation Authority

Looking for a $1.7 million grant to expand saffron cultivation

Seedo Corp. applied to the Israeli Innovation Authority for a $1.7 million grant. “This support will maintain the great momentum we’ve gathered this year,” says David Freidenberg, CEO of Seedo Corp. The funds would go towards developing a new approach to cultivating saffron that would expand the market.…

Kuwait Agro partners with &Ever to distribute &Ever Kuwait fresh greens and herbs

Kuwait Agro Co. has partnered with &ever, which has launched Kuwait’s first automated large-scale vertical farm. Under its &Ever Kuwait brand, the vertical farm cultivates a wide range of fresh leafy greens and herbs. The Wafra-based farm can produce up to 550 kilograms of fresh greens and herbs a day.…

Creating a complete dataset in vertical farming solutions

Stacked growing beds full of leafy greens under artificial light and in a mesmerizing mist. That’s the description of an indoor vertical farm at LettUs Grow. It’s their mission to bring the point of production closer to the point of consumption and enable anyone to grow food anywhere. This will reduce…

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Mid-Ohio Food Collective raises $24m of record $30m campaign

Mid-Ohio Food Collective, as its recent name change from Mid-Ohio Foodbank suggests, has gone well beyond simply being a food bank. It is using data analytics to predict when and where people need food so it can meet that need. If pantries—which it calls markets, removing the stigma families face when…

How to successfully invest in indoor farming

Indoor vertical farms are the new kid on the block, with commercial production farms being less than 15 years old. One vertical farm's startup has raised over $250 million, and another has a valuation of over $1 billion. Are vertical farms hype, urban legend, or a good investment? Here are a few points…

iFarms shares overview of past year

"Turbulent 2020 taught us resilience"

There is no need to say that 2020 was a truly unprecedented year for individuals and for companies. Also the food production industry was affected by the pandemic. iFarm looks back on the past year, sharing their most memorable events and their plans for the future.  Demand for vertical farming technology…

Edible Garden

Revolution Farms partners with national brand to expand availability

Revolution Farms, a Caledonia-based indoor greenhouse farm, is partnering with Edible Garden, a national brand that works with local hydroponic growers across the United States, to co-brand its lettuce in more than 120 Meijer stores across Michigan and northern Indiana. Edible Garden will offer…

Hungary: Tungram builds vertical farm in Budapest

Tungsram’s headquarters in Újpest is now home to a vertical farm built for research and development purposes. The installation, based on cutting-edge technology evoking sci-fi movies, is bound to be a crucial factor in ensuring food security in the future. Partly funded by the Hungarian Ministry of…

Foundation Farms

New website launched to honour first leafy greens crop production

Foundation Farms announced that production of the first crop of leafy greens has begun in the company's Red Deer area plant. Installation and commissioning of facilities were completed right on schedule and Phase 1 of crop production has been completed. Phases 2 and 3 will be completed over the next…

Better Fresh Farms increases production with new indoor farm and operating system

AmplifiedAg has increased leafy green production by over 50% for Metter, Georgia-based Better Fresh Farms with its automated hydroponic container farm and AmpEDGE proprietary Operating System.  Founded in 2016 by Grant Anderson, Better Fresh Farms is expanding its hyperlocal produce throughout Georgia with…

"Danville-Pittsylvania County is the perfect location to introduce our Model 5 farm"

AeroFarms has been making a lot of headlines of late. In addition to last month’s announcement that it will become a publicly traded company through combination with Spring Valley Acquisition, AeroFarms has broken ground on the world’s largest and most technologically advanced aeroponic indoor vertical…

The common table

"As we know from Darwin, the systems with the most diversity are adaptive to outside challenges"

Franz Drack is head of marketing and sales at &ever, a company making indoor incubators to grow plants for human consumption. He tells The Common Table how, after 20 years in brand marketing in the industry, he came to be convinced that the old mass-production food chain systems need to change radically.…

Ellen Kraaijenbrink celebrates 20th anniversary at Vitro Plus

Growing along with the ferns

A big part of all commercially sold ferns globally originate from Vitro Plus in Burgh-Haamstede, the Netherlands. The answer to the question 'how did they manage that?' is of course not straightforward, but if there is someone who can give us a slight insight, it is Ellen Kraaijenbrink. At the company, Ellen is not only…

Agricultural company acquires horti AI specialist Prospera

Valmont Industries, a provider of engineered products and services for infrastructure and irrigation equipment and services for agriculture, today announced it has entered…

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Honoraries of the 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards

Fast Company's 2021 'World Changing Ideas Awards' honors the businesses, policies, projects, and concepts that are actively engaged and deeply committed to pursuing innovation…

G2V Optics raises $2.6 million in growth capital

G2V, a smart lighting firm is accelerating its global market expansion after raising CA$2.6M (US$2M) in growth funding. G2V’s growth has been catalyzed by its proprietary leading Engineered Sunlight technology, which is the world’s best sunlight replication for the most demanding applications. Products…

Fifth Season

Fifth Season expands line of prepared meals

"Pioneering a new standard of freshness in every city"

The high-tech vertical farming system created by the team at Braddock-based Fifth Season continues to prove its promise to get just-harvested, locally-grown food into the hands of more shoppers. "We love that the Caesar Shakeup combines a classic flavor with elements that are totally unexpected," says…

Seedo enters research agreement with polytechnic university of Valencia

Seedo announced that it has entered a research agreement with The Polytechnic University of Valencia to develop vertical farming protocols for saffron with Professor Rosa V. Molina. Professor Molina has extensive knowledge in the cultivation of saffron from her university research programs in Spain and…

"With this new expertise, we see a promising future in a growing LED market"

Oreon and the Canadian company EnerSavings Inc. have come to an agreement for a strategic partnership. EnerSavings is a leader in customized lighting retrofits throughout Canada with a presence in 7 provinces. As a lighting engineering firm, they continuously work on improvement and innovation.…

Crop One appoints new chief financial officer

Crop One announced it has appointed Chris Rowland, CPA, MBA as a chief financial officer, effective immediately. The news comes as Crop One continues to strengthen its…

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Supplying technology for plant-based vaccine production

Winnipeg-based Conviron, a supplier of controlled environments for plant production, is pleased to announce the award of a major project involving the expansion of Medicago’s vaccine manufacturing facilities in Durham NC. Medicago, a biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Quebec City, is moving…

LettUsGrow

LettUsGrow partners with Harper Adams

New partnership to set sights on commercial greenhouse market

LettUs Grow, an indoor farming technology provider in Bristol, has partnered with Harper Adams University to trial different technologies and irrigation systems within greenhouse and vertical farming settings. With a growing population and struggling climate, it’s never been more crucial to intensify…

Ljusgårda

Constructin an 18.000m2 vertical farm

Ljusgårda to build grand facility for € 19,7 million

Di Digital has previously reported on Ljusgårda's latest vertical farm of 7,000 square meters in Tibro. Production has just started, but before the paint had time to dry up, the decision was made to build another salad plant.  "This means 60 new jobs in the production workforce. Then we will grow on the service…

New platform for pre-owned indoor farming equipment

Contain Inc announced the launch of their latest project, the used equipment trading platform, Equipped. Equipped is the first marketplace of its kind for buying and selling used indoor farming equipment. "No more late-night parking lot meetings or promises of funds that never transfer. Equipped is how…

US (VA): AeroFarms to build 136,000 sq. ft. farm in Danville

AeroFarms, a certified B Corporation and leader in indoor vertical farming, today announced the ground breaking of its second commercial indoor vertical farm in Danville-Pittsylvania County, Virginia. Elected officials from Pittsylvania County and the City of Danville, along with Virginia Governor Ralph…

Netled’s board of directors is strengthened by appointment of attorney at law

Jussi Rintanen, an expert in international contract law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and the energy sector, has been appointed to the Board of Directors at…

Hexafly explores the benefits of insects-based fertilisers for retail and production horticulture

Hexafly CEO Alvan Hunt and Green Connection independent agronomist Pablo Canales-Prati discuss with Horticulture Week editor Matthew Appleby the fascinating subject of…

Vertigo farms harvests first herbs

Vertigo Farms has harvested its first herbs grown using Netled’s Vera vertical farming technology. The company will sell the herbs under a separate brand Ziół Półka, which means ‘Herb Shelf’ in Polish. “This was a special project right from the start.”, says Netled’s Chief Procurement Officer, Johanna…

Amplified Ag

Ampflied Ag and Vertical Roots collaborate on food waste pledge

The commitment to reduce food waste over 50% within five years

“We find it imperative to share our food waste pledge and journey to inspire other leaders in agriculture and retail to do the same, and also raise awareness about this global issue among consumers,” said AmplifiedAg CEO, Don Taylor. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the…

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Seasony adds Lasse Vilmar to Customer Advisory Board

Seasony announced a new collaboration with Lasse Vilmar, partner and CEO of Grow Up FARM. At Grow Up FARM, microgreens are cultivated, whereas, the company has mainly been working with sprouts for three generations already.  The Seasony team noted, "Lasse is joining our Customer Advisory Board, which helps…

Affinor Growers to use Tesla as alternative energy provider

Affinor Growers is pleased to announce it has chosen Tesla as the alternative energy provider for the company’s Abbotsford BC vertical growing operation. The solar PV system…

Light Science Technologies

Chris Adams welcomed at Light Science Technologies

Leading AgriTech start-up Light Science Technologies (LST) has enhanced its pool of scientific expertise by announcing the appointment of Dr. Chris Adams as its new Plant Scientist and Specialist in Sensor Development, to further advance its research and analytical capability in optimized plant…

Nano Garden: a smart garden for growing flowers indoors

After eight years of research inspired by NASA's technology, French startup Prêt à Pousser (a French expression meaning "Ready to Grow") unveils Nano Garden. This indoor smart garden allows consumers to grow long-lasting flowers in a living room, kitchen, or office. Nano Garden uses patented hydroponic…

"It can now be applied to fruit and vegetables as well"

GGN label celebrates 5th anniversary with new universal, cross-category label

The GGN label is celebrating its 5th anniversary and yesterday (April 27) during an online event, GlobalG.A.P. c/o FoodPlus GmbH launched their new GGN label which can now also be applied to fruit and vegetables. "Unlike the previous GGN labels, which were specific to aquaculture and floriculture…

Kalera

First harvest for Kalera's Atlanta facility

Kalera celebrated their first harvest in their Atlanta-area facility. “Our new Atlanta facility is open and performing in line with our expectations and we are eager to begin offering our local, fresh, safe, sustainable greens to the Georgia market,” said Daniel Malechuk, CEO of Kalera. Its largest farm…

LeGrow announces launch of innovative modular desktop garden system

"If I can't leave the city, I will bring nature here"

Industrial designers and gardening product developers LeGrow, just announced the launch of a new modular desktop gardening system for growing indoor plants with ease. The LeGrow 2 indoor garden system can be customized with different plants and includes modules for watering, lighting, humidifier and…

US (PA): Hydrofarm to acquire nutrient maker for $78.1M

Hydrofarm has entered into an agreement to acquire Field 16, the manufacturer and distributor of Heavy 16, a line of plant nutrients.  “As a leading hydroponics company, a key component…

Ellepot and PlantPaper join forces in merger

Ellepot and PlantPaper are joining forces to form the Ellepot Group on a mission to reduce the use of plastics in the plant propagation process by providing game-changing…

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Arkansas agricultural experiment station and 80 Acres Farms enter research agreement

Vertical farming business 80 Acres Farms has entered into a collaborative research agreement with the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station to advance the science of vertical farming. Scientists with the experiment station, the research arm of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture,…


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