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NatureGrowth announces first investment round to establish agtech incubator

Israeli Agtech incubator Nature Growth has launched its first global fundraising campaign, the proceeds of which will be used to create the world's largest Agtech incubator in Sderot, a rapidly developing tech hub in the South of the country. The vision is to use Israeli-based science and innovations to…

How to reduce indoor farm operating costs

Q1. How does location impact your indoor farm and its ability to generate a return on investment? A1. Of the advantages of indoor farming, finding the right location might be the most appetizing. Reducing food miles and bringing food security to urban environments is a sustainable farming method that…

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Israeli company developing USD $15M hydroponic project in Guyana

The Government of Guyana, through the Ministry of Agriculture, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Israeli company, KARLICO INC., making way for the development of a massive hydroponic production system project in Guyana. Last October, Agriculture Minister Zulfikar Mustapha disclosed that…

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Vertical Harvest Farms and FundHER World Capital form partnership

Vertical Harvest, a hydroponic, vertical farming company based in Jackson, Wyoming, and FundHER World Capital, a private equity venture capital fund specializing in investing in women-led companies, together with DRA Family Office, announced a financial partnership that will support the expansion plans…

AeroGarden launches new indoor grow lights for house plants

AeroGarden announced a new addition to their portfolio - Indoor Grow Lights for houseplants. This new product line expands AeroGarden's existing grow light offerings with three new unique models, which includes enhanced design elements that integrate seamlessly anywhere in the home while supporting…

The Dutch software company ALFA PRO joins Total Specific Solutions

ALFA PRO, a supplier of software solutions and services for operators in the fresh produce market, primarily in the flower, plants, and fruit & vegetable sector, joins Total Specific Solutions. TSS is expanding its portfolio of software in the agricultural sector. Operators in the ornamental flower and…

The autotrophic hydroponic system explained

Presenter Dr. Marcelo Huarte, an independent consultant formerly at Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA), Argentina, explains the basics of hydroponic potato growing at a webinar provided by the World Potato Congress. 

Delphy Japan opens new office

On November 19, 2022, Delphy Japan opened its own office. Due to the growth of the Delphy Japan team, an onsite office was necessary, and the move suited very well into the multi-year strategy. Delphy Japan was founded in 2014 as the first private independent consulting company for horticulture in Japan. In recent years, the team…

Planet Farms to build 15.000m2 farm plus appoints new CEO and President for Italy

Planet Farms, a vertical farm based in Italy, announces two the appointment of Mara Lucilla Valsecchi and Marco Bordoli as the new CEO and President of Planet Farms Italy, respectively.  Though, it doesn't stop there. The newly appointed additions will guide Planet Farms' expansion toward the establishment…

Saudi Arabia: YesHealth Group and Mowreq to build vertical farm, a project worth $28mln”

Agtech companies, Mowreq, and YesHealth Group, have initiated a joint venture to develop a network of indoor vertical farms throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The JV, Vertical Farms Company, will begin by building the Kingdom’s largest indoor vertical farm in Riyadh. This first farm will be fully…

NZ: Sweet scent part of mushroom’s appeal

The desire for a change in pace and the allure of an untapped New Zealand food market led Brian Turley to give up his 25-year career as a chef in favor of growing one of nature’s superfoods – mushrooms. Eighteen months on, and Brian has no regrets. Aniseed, vanilla, orange, and cinnamon are not aromas…

US (N): GeoGreens awarded for 2022 Environmental Awards

On Wednesday, the 30th of November, Mayor Jeff Martin, and the Hamilton Township Environmental Advisory Commission announced the winners of the 2022 Environmental Awards -- GeoGreens and Scout BSA Troop 91. "GeoGreens and Scout Troop 91 have surpassed their expectations in service to our community," said…

Nouryon announces stake in AGEYE technologies

Nouryon, a global specialty chemicals leader, today announced it has invested in AGEYE Technologies, a technology company developing an automation platform for indoor farming.…

NL: Judith van Heck new project leader Fieldlab Vertical Farming

As of November, Judith van Heck takes over as project leader of Fieldlab Vertical Farming Zuid-Holland from Gus van der Feltz. From her role as a community builder at Indoor Farming The Netherlands, operating from…

GoodLeaf Farms to open new Montreal farm mid-2023

GoodLeaf Farms is on track to open a climate-controlled indoor farm in the Montreal suburb of Longueuil by mid-2023. The new farm, which has been supported by a $7-million loan from the Government of Québec and several smaller grants from various economic development agencies, including Développement…

US (WY): Laramie seeks $20M state loan for Plenty research center

The next step in approving a $20 million business commitment grant for a 60,000-square-foot research and development center for vertical farming company Plenty Unlimited will…

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Strategy shift and profitability at Infarm

Please find below the email sent to all Infarm employees on November 28, 2022, from Erez Galonska, co-founder and CEO, Osnat Michaeli, co-founder, and Chief Brand Officer, and Guy Galonska, co-founder and CTO at Infarm: Dear Infarmers,over the past weeks, we have worked to determine the path forward for…

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Air raid shelter becomes underground farm in Clapham, south London

Agricultural tech company Zero Carbon Farms grows plants in Clapham, south London. However, the densely populated area has no room for conventional agriculture. That is why they chose to go 100 feet down, below the ground, where there are over half a mile of tunnels. Olivia O'Brien is the business…

Centre for high-tech protected cropping systems launched to climate-proof crop production

Western Sydney University, the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR), the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) Bangalore, and the Indian Institute for Spices Research (IISR) Calicut, have partnered to launch a Centre in High Tech Protected Cropping Systems to address the impact of…

Expansion of the CEA team at Bosman Van Zaal

Edwin Snabel recently joined Bosman Van Zaal in the Netherlands as a Technical Sales Consultant for the Indoor Farming Solutions department. In this capacity, he and his colleague Jacob Boxhoorn will be responsible for the further expansion and development of this fast-growing department, which operates…

Germany: &ever initiates severing ties with Kalera PLC

German indoor vertical farming company Kalera GmbH, a subsidiary of Kalera Public Limited Company, has applied to undergo a court-supervised restructuring process in the form…

Duo promoted to senior roles at Light Science Technologies

Two members of staff at AgTech company Light Science Technologies (LST) have been promoted to senior roles across two key departments, as the business goes from strength to strength. Linzi Naisbitt has been promoted to Business Development Manager after two years with the Derby-based firm that provides…

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How two brothers grow a whole farm in shipping containers on a Denver used car lot

The lettuce is blooming nicely on the rollaway walls. According to the farmer’s iPad, the calibrated nutrients are flowing smoothly and accurately through the tubes. It’s 30 degrees outside, but there’s a tantalizing garden of tangy, restaurant-ready produce inside this cozy, pristine shipping container.…

CubicFarm Systems announces resignation of team member

CubicFarm Systems announces its animal feed division, HydroGreen, is entering into a wholesale program and support agreement with DLL Finance to provide floor plan financing…

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US (NE): School to table: RC plant science class grows hydroponic lunchtime lettuce

At Raymond Central High School, students enjoy a salad bar stocked with greens sourced from a classroom a few doors down the hall, and the farmers are their classmates. In Katie Donahue’s plant science course, students oversee the production of vegetables — from germination to harvest — using a…

Crocus Labs closes seven-figure investment to build energy-efficient horticultural lights

Crocus Labs' vision is to spark life into spaces. The team achieves this by producing the most energy-efficient full-light spectrum lighting solutions that enable a sustainable future for vertical farms and greenhouses. With the seven-figure investment round led by High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) and…

GrowGeneration (GRWG) grows base with 1st store in New Jersey

GRWG announced the opening of a store in Mount Holly, NJ. The store will mark GRWG’s foray into the New Jersey market and its 60th store overall. This will officially expand…

8th e-dialogue

From technological hype to a sustainable investment prospect: vertical farming

With more than 700 participants on the previous e-dialogues, everyone is invited to meet again with the key players in all relevant commercial urban farming fields and to expand the global discussion to investors’ perspectives. Together with the EBRD, Rabobank, and the University of Bologna, the event…

FarmBox Foods and Colo. Electric Co-op team up

New partnership to grow trees indoors for reforestation

A groundbreaking reforestation program launched by CORE Electric Cooperative and FarmBox Foods is using innovation to achieve a new form of environmental stewardship. On November 17, the electricity provider finalized a contract with FarmBox Foods, a Colorado-based manufacturer of controlled-climate…

Crop One Holdings appoints Rob Twyman to Board of Directors

Crop One Holdings announced the appointment of Rob Twyman to its board of directors. Twyman brings over three decades of experience in the food industry, notably spending 28 years with Whole Foods Market serving at every leadership level in the company, including Executive Global Vice President of…

US (TX): Living to Serve awarded for hydroponic production

Texas Farm Credit announced the winners of their Youth Ag Video Showcase and the recipients of the $26,000 cash pot prize. The showcase encouraged local youth groups to submit a 2-3 minute video spotlighting their agricultural project or passion. The entries were judged by an employee selection committee…

NL: Jochem Evers appointed professor of Crop Physiology

The Executive Board has appointed Jochem Evers as professor and chairholder of Crop Physiology in the Plant Sciences Group at Wageningen University & Research (WUR). The appointment is effective from 1 November, and Evers will be succeeding Paul Struik. Jochem Evers was born in 1977 and studied biology…

Armstrong cubic farmer can grow greens all day - every day

During his years of selling farm equipment, Mark van Deursen has had many conversations with the men and women who grow our food. "I talked to a lot of farmers, and the biggest thing was (that) food security is becoming a big issue." His family moved from Holland to start farming in Armstrong when he was…

Monterey Mushrooms hires new western region sales director

Monterey Mushrooms has named Andrea Smith its director of sales for the Western Region, which spans from Seattle to Phoenix and Denver to Houston. Smith will manage the sales…

AMVAC GreenSolutions launches BioWake dual-use biological seed lubricant

AMVAC has added BioWake dual-use biological seed lubricant to its GreenSolutions biological product portfolio. BioWake is an all-in-one biological planter box seed lubricant…

Dutch Greenhouse Delta welcomes Viscon Group as a new partner

Worldwide, the demand for healthy, fresh, sustainable, and locally-grown food is rising at a dramatic rate. By joining forces with various partners, Dutch Greenhouse Delta (DGD) offers a Fork2Farm solution that can make make a substantial contribution to food security and food safety. DGD always looks to…

Worldwide Local Salads develops new lighting technology

Worldwide Local Salads, led by Grahame and Matthew Dunling, have developed a new way to light vertical farms. This method greatly reduces the energy needed on a vertical farm by a minimum of 40% while also providing more uniform light at a higher intensity yet without increasing heat conditions to the…

AeroFarms and QFZA announce Middle East expansion

Qatar Free Zones Authority (QFZA) and AeroFarms announced its plan to expand further in the Middle East with a partnership with QFZA and Doha Venture Capital (DVC) to build a commercial indoor vertical farm in Qatar Free Zones (QFZ) that offers unparalleled connectivity and access to the region. The new…

A look behind the scenes at Kubo

From preventive to active digital defense

Digitization of work processes brings many advantages. Switching is nice and fast, and it is relatively easy to implement. It all sounds like music to your ears. But... there are also dangers lurking. With standard security protocols, it is a breeze for professional hackers to hack into systems. Guido…

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Bioponics: Champerché will soon open five urban farms

Champerché, the smart urban farms developer, continues to grow. After the first fundraiser raising 3.5 million euros [3.64 million USD] for its urban farm of 1,300 m² in Sartrouville (Yvelines), the start-up will now raise 85 million euros [88.34 million USD] to open its next five farms in the Paris…

GrowGeneration announces partnership with Grodan

GrowGeneration has entered into a premium partnership with Grodan, a producer of stone wool growing media solutions for a wide variety of hydroponics operations.…

IGS selects Loveland, Colorado for North American headquarters

Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS) has announced that Loveland, Colorado, will be home to its North American headquarters as the business continues its expansion. Opening a base of operations in Loveland will allow the company to better support North American customers, the company’s fastest growing…

US (NY): Governor announces indoor farms to advance urban farming in Harlem

Governor Kathy Hochul announced an indoor farming pilot project in Harlem that will increase the year-round availability of fresh fruits and vegetables for local underserved families and further national research about optimal indoor growing conditions and crop production. Part of a multi-state…

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Soli Organic to construct soil-based organic indoor farm in San Antonio

Soli Organic has announced plans to build a high-tech, automated indoor farm and co-located packing facility in the Brooks community in San Antonio, Texas. The Brooks farm will add 100,000 square feet of growing, including six vertical layers of production capacity and an additional 40,000 square feet of…

Infarm annnounces science-based net zero targets

Infarm, a vertical farming company and co-host of the Food Systems Pavilion at COP27, has submitted its climate targets to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), putting…

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Kalera uses KETOS to monitor water quality

How KETOS' water quality monitoring device is used by Kalera

KETOS, a water intelligence innovator, announced that Kalera is using KETOS to autonomously monitor water quality in real time across all of its vertical farming locations. The KETOS SHIELD solution will provide Kalera with lab-accurate water quality data to support crop yield, managing nutrient…

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US (SD): Council backs ordinance allowing indoor fodder production

The Mitchell City Council paved the way Monday for a South Dakota horse feed company to begin transforming a Mitchell building into a production facility. DGI Feeds had its sights set on leasing a large vacant building to grow barley grass used to make horse feed products, but the plan hinged on whether…

CHAP appoints commercial agri-tech expert

CHAP announces the appointment of Business Development Manager Dr. Geoff Elliott. In his new role, Dr. Elliott will develop relationships across the industry to help deliver innovative projects utilizing CHAP’s expertise and world-class research facilities. Experienced in agricultural and environmental…

Hydroponic Systems wins the 2022 Innovation Award in the agri-food sector

Emprendedores magazine, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, has chosen Hydroponic Systems as the winner of the 2022 Innovation in the agri-food sector award for its perseverance in developing new solutions that improve the results of agricultural producers, both in terms of quantities of fruits,…

Strawberries; reproduction and runners

Plants are not so different from us. They require water, nutrients, and sunlight to stay productive and to hopefully reproduce once reaching maturity. There are thousands of different species of plants across the globe which have evolved and flourished under the harshest environmental conditions. From…

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Ireland: Addressing the challenges related to peat supply in horticulture

The horticulture sector makes a significant contribution to the economy with a farm gate value of almost €521 million in 2021. and 17,600 people employed in primary production, value added and downstream businesses. Approximately 60% of the value of Irish horticulture is currently dependent on peat with…

Local Bounti announces third quarter 2022 financial results

Local Bounti Corporation announced its third quarter 2022 results for the three months ended September 30, 2022 and reaffirmed its full year 2022 guidance. Craig Hurlbert,…

Elevate Farms announces new corporate appointments

Elevate Farms announces the appointment of Brad ‎Katsuyama and Nikolas Oetker to its Advisory Board.  ‎ Nikolas has a long history of experience with major global food production…

UV light trap catches male and female tomato looper

A single tomato looper sneaking into a greenhouse can cause major problems. The moth with the scientific name Chrysodeixis chalcites can multiply at lightning speed once in the greenhouse. "If you miss the first infestation by the caterpillars and also fail to stop the second generation, the third…

New perspectives on the protein transition: a role for the public sector

To help the public sector resolve barriers in the protein transition, Wageningen University & Research (WUR) launches the campaign ‘Protein Transition: from pain points to perspectives’. In 4 sessions (from November 2022 – February 2023) a multidisciplinary team of WUR experts zooms in on the 4 biggest…

CAES partners with Agrify to grow vertical farming efforts

Driving through rural Georgia involves miles of sprawling farmland — cotton, peanuts or any of the crops that make agriculture Georgia’s No. 1 industry. But on the campus of the University of Georgia, the farms are going up. Vertical farming is one component of the broader discipline of controlled…

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Bermuda: 'Fury as BEDC teams up with US firm for local vertical farm'

The island’s farmers express that they feel to have been shut out of a planned vertical-farming industry — one of the Government’s central initiatives to revive the economy. At a press conference, Jason Hayward, the Minister of Economy, confirmed that the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation, a…

CubicFarm Systems announces FreshHub validation project update

CubicFarm announces the preliminary results from Phase II of its project to validate its larger FreshHub configuration. CubicFarms' FreshHub System are a configuration of 96…

Bayer acquires German biotech start-up Targenomix

Bayer has acquired German biotech start-up Targenomix. The spin-off of the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology (MPI MPP) uses novel systems biology and…

United Natural Foods and Square Roots to co-locate farms at distribution centers across North America

United Natural Foods, Inc. and Square Roots have made a new agreement to co-locate Square Roots' indoor farms on-site at select UNFI distribution centers. The first Square Roots farm, approximately 20,000 square feet in size, is planned for UNFI’s Prescott, Wis. facility and is scheduled to open in 2023.…

Desert Aire hires Chip Seidel as brand manager to lead CEA charge

Desert Aire welcomed Chip Seidel as CEA Brand Manager. In this newly created role, Seidel will coordinate all of the company's activities in the controlled environment agriculture market. This will include sales, marketing, after-sales support, and new product development. Adding a CEA Brand Manager…

IGS partners with HarvestUp to build vertical farm at a Missouri technical college

Agricultural infrastructure supplier Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS) has signed a new partnership agreement with HarvestUp, the smart farming business, to build a vertical farm at a Missouri technical college campus. This significant investment comprises four IGS Growth Towers and will be based at the…

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Fully automated plant phenotyping

"This is botany 2.0, because it offers completely new opportunities"

In the Netherlands Plant Eco-phenotyping Center, plants are now viewed from all sides with cameras, sensors, robots, and automated systems in mesocosms, climate cells, greenhouses, and in the field. When tomato plants are taken out of their greenhouses, they are put on conveyor belts and briefly…

AppHarvest Foundation brings big business opportunities to the classroom

Current donates $10,000 to help educate tomorrow’s farmers

Current has donated $10,000 to the AppHarvest Foundation to support the AgTech Education Program. The program introduces high school students to CEA opportunities that will…

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Vertical farming: Will factory-grown food become the new normal?

The EIC new podcast series, The game changers: from radical idea to innovative business, may help to address some of your questions.  In each episode, an EIC Programme Manager – technology experts from fascinating industries including space, energy, health, and quantum – gives a deep dive into their experience…

The new multi-crop partnership leading urban agriculture in Paris

Kroptek, a UK-based agricultural technology platform, has partnered with Wesh Grow, a Paris-based farm, to further their shared aim of developing urban farms that can deliver a variety of gourmet produce to consumers and restaurants locally.  As Wesh Grow looked to expand, it opened the unique opportunity…

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Aeroponic irrigation without pressure pumps and nozzles

Baltic Freya introduces proprietary Solid-State Aeroponic irrigation technology, which delivers nutrient aerosol without pressure pumps and small-orifice nozzles. The smart aerosol generators eliminate maintenance and offer previously-unseen productivity and crop manipulation capabilities. Offering…

Taking a peek into how CEA is developing

Local Bounti is expanding its space in the value-added category and helping forge a new path for the future of indoor farming, known as controlled-environment agriculture (CEA). "We're bringing the customer a healthier, longer-lasting, fresher, and more sustainably-grown product," says Brian Cook,…

US (PA): PA officials tour Windy Hill Farm at Methacton High School

On November 7, 2022, officials from the PA Department of Education and PA Department of Agriculture toured Methacton High School's Windy Hill Farm, a hydroponic farm in a shipping crate. Pennsylvania Department of Education Executive Deputy Secretary Dr. Debora Carrera and Executive Director of the PA…

Australia: Plants in space research get funding boost

The University of Western Australia is one of five Australian universities to receive a $90 million funding boost to create food and medicines for space explorers. The Australian Government is providing $35 million for the new Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Plants for Space, led by…

Pinduoduo hosts discussion on agritech best practices for smallholder farmers

Pinduoduo participated in the Asia-Pacific Agri-Food Innovation Summit on October 26, where it presented its "Tech for Agri" approach to encouraging the development and implementation of agritech that improves farmers' livelihoods. XinYi Lim, Executive Director of Sustainability and Agricultural Impact…

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The role of technology in vertical farms

Vertical farms are heavily reliant on smart technology, data insight, and precise control to grow quality crops. amBX spoke with Stephan den Boer from Bever Innovations on their podcast about the role of technology in vertical farms, the challenges and opportunities faced as well as tips to optimize…

Qfresh Lab to join the newly expanded CEA Alliance

Qfresh Lab, a produce post-harvest quality testing and modified atmosphere packaging design, announces that it is the 'first' company to join the newly expanded CEA Alliance.…

AppHarvest appoints Appalachian Regional Healthcare CEO Hollie Phillips to board of directors

AppHarvest announced the appointment of Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) president and CEO Hollie Harris Phillips as an independent director of the company and a member of the audit committee, effective immediately. Phillips has served as president and CEO of the 14-hospital healthcare system, which…

Verdant Technologies wins IFPA Science & Technology Circle of Excellence Award

Verdant Technologies was awarded the International Fresh Produce & Floral Association (IFPA) Science & Technology Circle of Excellence Award at this year’s Global Produce & Floral Show in Orlando, Florida. Each year, the IFPA selects one individual or organization that solves business challenges within…

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US (CA): Malaia's Microgreens prepares for harvest

Young minds are continuing to shine in our industry, such as Malaia Martinez and Jaebin Yoo. The pair founded the newest hydroponic farm in California's Orange County, called Malaia's Microgreens. Already, the specialty farm grows over 50 varieties of organic microgreens, edible flowers, and specialty…

Netled selected to join newly created IFPA council focused on CEA

The International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) has created a new volunteer leadership council aimed at focusing on the opportunities available within the growing market. The council will be led by volunteer leader Abby Prior, Chief Commercial Officer at Bright Farms, and IFPA staff liaison Vonnie…

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Geothermal resources for agriculture: hydroponic and in soil lettuce cultivation using geothermal water and energy

This project aims to introduce a novel approach that integrates low-enthalpy geothermal resources as a source of energy and water into the agri-food chain. The experiment is realized in PAS MEERI-Geothermal Laboratory, Bańska Niżna, Poland. To achieve an appropriate water quality for irrigation, the…

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US (DE): Pandemic forced futuristic farm to find unique solutions

To go inside the production facility at 302 Aquaponics on Simms Woods Road near U.S. 1, visitors must wash their hands and walk through a disinfecting shoe bath to make sure no dangerous foreign biological entities infect its facility. In a large greenhouse, the company — owned by Doug and Katie Wood —…

Former chef turns to urban farming under Sydney business district

A former chef turned farmer has begun to supply Sydney restaurants with sustainable herbs and microgreens grown in a carpark beneath the city's harbourside business district.…

Pontus Proteins to sell its aquaponics business segment

Pontus Proteins announces that it has entered into an asset purchase agreement dated November 3, 2022, with CEVAS Technology, pursuant to which the company will sell…

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IGS partners with HarvestUp to build vertical farm at Missouri Technical College

Agricultural infrastructure supplier Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS) has signed a new partnership agreement with HarvestUp, the smart farming business, to build a vertical farm at a Missouri Technical College campus. This significant investment comprises four IGS Growth Towers and will be based at the…

Kalera recalls fresh lettuce products because of possible health risk

Kalera voluntarily recalls 633 cases of Krunch, Butter, and Romaine whole head variety lettuce with lot codes 001293 and 001294 on the label and sold under the Kalera brand because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections…

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Romanian vertical farming business Ultragreens enters the Bulgarian market

Ultragreens makes its official debut in Sofia by placing the first two micro greenhouses in the Kaufland Bulgaria network and prepares to open a Green Hub in the heart of the Bulgarian capital. This is the first step taken by Ultragreens in its expansion strategy in the region. Less than a month after…

MIGAL's AI quadruples cucumber postharvest life

The MIGAL Galilee Research Institute (MIGAL), a regional mega-R&D center supported by Israel's Ministry of Science and Technology, announced that its researchers have more than quadrupled the postharvest life of cucumbers - from two to nine weeks - using a "smart" sequential treatment protocol suggested…

Helping growers propagate more with new website

While OASIS Grower Solutions aims to help growers propagate more in the greenhouse, it is proud to help growers do the same online with the launch of its new www.oasisgrowersolutions.com website.  "We are very excited to consolidate all of our product information into one site and provide online shopping for…

Logiqs wins BID Innovation Award 2022

Logiqs has won the BID Innovation Award 2022. The BID Innovation Awards were presented to the seven most innovative companies in the Netherlands in 2022. The Dutch Innovation Award and the election for the title 'Most Innovative Company in the Netherlands' are not only about innovative capacity but also…

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Reports of layoffs at Iron Ox

There are reports of significant layoffs at Iron Ox, an agriculture technology company that uses robotics to customize care for plants. Many now-former employees have posted on social media about the layoffs. While it’s unclear exactly how many employees have been laid off, numerous posts indicate Iron Ox let go of roughly half…

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US (PA): Growers and nurseries can now apply for specialty crops grant

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is accepting project proposals for $1 million in federal funding to increase the visibility and competitiveness of the state's horticultural specialty crops, including fruit, vegetable, nursery, flower, and nut products. Proposals, due December 22, 2022, are for…

"Farmed insects fit in the durable food system"

Edible insects can use the organic residual streams from agriculture and the food sector and make new food or feed from them. In this way, they may make food systems more sustainable. ‘Farmed insects can contribute to a sustainable food system, but for that, we need an enabling environment to use them…

Jamaica: Agriculture Minister calls on schools to push 'Grow Smart, Eat Smart' campaign

Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Pearnel Charles Jr, has called on schools to engage their student population in the Ministry's 'Grow Smart, Eat Smart' campaign. Speaking at a 'World Food Day' event at Vere Technical High School in Clarendon on October 20, the Minister suggested that administrators…

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Fruitful closes pre-seed round to develop software that helps vertical farms speak plant

Valley member Fruitful Farming AG, a Swiss startup developing optimization software for greenhouses and vertical farms, has secured CHF 500,000 in its pre-seed round. The team now plans to accelerate the development and distribution of its AI-based decision-making solution. Fruitful Farming AG’s software…

NL: Glowfarms ceases all activities, unable to find sufficient funds

"Glowfarms' communication channels have been silent for some months now. However, a lot has happened since we released the statement about building our first large-scale farm in the Netherlands," the company shares on LinkedIn. "Unfortunately, these events have had a negative effect on the future of the…

How can we keep working in horticulture enjoyable?

In the greenhouse of the future, simple, repetitive tasks will be performed by robots. But it's not that far yet: it's going step by step. In the coming decades, employees will work in an environment that is increasingly robotized, mechanized, and digitalized. How can greenhouse horticulture – which is…

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Malaysian urban farming project shortlisted for People’s Choice Award

When 80-year-old Ch’ng Ah Bee first heard that the Senior Citizens Association at Scotland Road in Penang was going to start an eco-farm, she was more than excited as she could now put her gardening skills to good use. “I used to live in a landed property with space for my own little garden where I…

Pakistani agritech startup ‘VeGrow’ raises funding

VeGrow, a Pakistani automated vertical farming startup, has closed funding from Draper University Ventures. The funding round saw the participation of various investors from the AgriTech ecosystem. The VeGrow team is comprised of founder Waleed Arshad, a young entrepreneur who has been working on…

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Three new best practices guides

Providing free efficiency resources for indoor and greenhouse farming operations

Resource Innovation Institute (RII) announced the availability of three horticulture best practices guides aiming to provide free resources on the topics of Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) facility design and construction, lighting, and HVAC.  Each guide has been developed with expertise and input…

Grow it forward receives USDA grant and doubles hydroponic capabilities

Grow it Forward in Manitowoc is in the process of doubling its already impressive hydroponic farm capabilities. The local organization was named the recipient of an Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production grant through the USDA. Amber Daugs, the Executive Director of Grow it Forward said that,…

“Our packaging is 100% biodegradable within 24 weeks, making it the most ecological on the market”

Ecological packaging is becoming more important for both importers and consumers. Adam Sikorski, sales manager of Polish packaging company SoFruPak, states the company is very happy with their new packaging: “This year, we have improved our main series of SoFruMiniPak EV+ packaging by enlarging the…

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Polyurethane insulation panels revealed as enabler for Dubai vertical farm

Polyurethane insulation sandwich panels have been revealed as the cost-effective insulation and cladding solution installed on a major vertical farm project in Dubai, paving the way for other vertical farm developments elsewhere in the Middle East. Emirates Flight Catering, the inflight catering arm of…

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Vertical farming robotics startup Fifth Season shuts down

Fifth Season, a Pittsburgh-based indoor vertical farming startup that used advanced robotics to grow a variety of leafy greens for distribution in salad kits sold at hundreds of grocery stores, has shut down. According to multiple sources familiar with the matter, the revenue-producing startup officially…

Home game for Artechno at Dubai fair

Artechno's team was present at the AgraME fair in Dubai last week. A home game these days for the Dutch company specialized in vertical farming because since January 1 of this year, Artechno has had a local sales office in Dubai. From there, they operate throughout the Middle East region.  Art van Rijn, Michael…

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LEDESTAR's new LEDs will appear at MjBizCon exhibition

The Las Vegas Marijuana Business Conference and Cannabis Expo (MJBizCon) focuses on the future development trend of the cannabis market, attracting LED plant lighting businesses from all over the world to participate every year, such as Fluence and Gavitad. A variety of products, novel and unique plant…

CAN: ZipGrow and its new ZipPod part of growing agtech sector in Cornwall

A new portable turnkey farming system made in Ontario could contribute to improving food security, solving supply chain disruptions, and conserving water resources. Last month, ZipGrow, a Cornwall-based global provider of vertical farming systems, unveiled its latest innovation: the ZipPod. “The ZipPod…

80 Acres Farms introduces vertically farmed strawberries to the produce aisle

80 Acres Farms, an Ohio-based vertical farm, is announcing a new harvest, Strawberry Sparklers, which will soon be available from retailers across Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee.  The sweet, always-in-season strawberries will join the company's salad blends, microgreens, herbs, tomatoes, and cucumbers…

Recovering nutrients from food waste

Exploring the use of digested food waste as a soil improver and biofertilizer is currently being investigated by CHAP member, IntelliDigest. The company was recently awarded a series of grants totaling £245,000 to fund the further development of its iDigest automated bio-upcycler, which recovers…

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Indoor farming is gaining popularity after Hurricane Fiona devastated Puerto Rico

When Hurricane ‘Fiona’ swept Puerto Rico last September 2022, the United States commonwealth, with around 3.1 million people importing more than 85% of all its food, once again, has been pushed to the edge of food insecurity. According to the report from Puerto Rico’s Department of Agriculture, the…

Equilibrium Capital and Priva join forces in new Asia climate-tech partnership

Priva joins forces with Equilibrium Capital, an institutional investor in Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA), to develop an integrated climate management solution for next-generation horticulture for crop cultivation in SE Asia climates and demographics. Starting in Singapore, the partnership will…

Opening of 15-acre indoor salad greens farm featuring touchless growing system with autonomous harvesting

AppHarvest opened its Berea, Ky., 15-acre high-tech indoor salad greens farm featuring a touchless growing system with autonomous harvesting and announced a $30 million loan from marketing partner Mastronardi Produce secured by the AppHarvest Berea farm. Consistent with its strategy to secure attractive…

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Alliance to unite CEA growers in new association

The CEA Food Safety Coalition is expanding its mission to serve the broader needs of all controlled environment food growers. “With a new name and mission, the new Controlled Environment Agriculture Alliance – ‘CEA Alliance’ – will expand its membership to serve growers delivering the freshest,…

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Keeping it fresh: Ogallala Greens offers veggies from Slaton hydroponics farm

Nestled behind a home in Slaton, the owner of Ogallala Greens checks his variety of vegetables blooming over nutrient-rich water. These produce, which started selling in April, reached people across West Texas, including Lubbock restaurants and Midland residents. "We really think that we can have an…

Highlighting growing greenhouse presence at IFPA's Global Show

Returning to Oppy last summer after nearly 12 years, category director of greenhouse Kevin Batt came aboard to further enhance the company's greenhouse category through his network and expertise. Just months later, as IFPA approaches, the team looks toward showcasing its trusted greenhouse offerings…

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US (NV): Elementary students to sell school-grown vegetables at Henderson Famers Market

Students from McCaw Steam Academy are set to sell school-grown vegetables at the Henderson Farmers Market on October 27. Student-grown produce will be available for purchase in the form of vegetables, fruit, and herbs. The produce was grown via hydroponic gardens, and money earned from the farmers market…

CAN (ON): Greenway Vegetable greenhouse acquisition opportunity

620 Essex County Road 37 (the “Property” or “Site”) is a fully automated, turnkey vegetable greenhouse facility that is now available for sale in Leamington, Ontario. The Property is comprised of a +/-14.86-acre site currently improved with over 431,664 square feet of improvements, including 404,928…

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Bermuda farmers may take legal action to block vertical farm plan

Farmers could take legal action to block government plans to set up a vertical-farming industry on the island. The Bermuda Farmers Association is “addressing the legal path towards presenting an injunction” against the proposal. In an interview with The Royal Gazette last week, David Burt, the Premier,…

AeroFarms expands nationally with Whole Foods Market

AeroFarms announced the expansion from the Northeast region to all Whole Foods Market locations nationwide to meet increased customer demand for its specialty greens celebrated for their elevated flavor. The AeroFarms national launch is an industry first for an indoor grower to be part of the Whole Foods…

Armed to Urban Farm program helping veterans transition to farming

In small lots and in backyards, something is taking root in a program called Armed to Urban Farm. "We train veterans who are interested in urban agriculture versus sort of rural agriculture," said Mike Lewis with the National Center for Appropriate Technology. Thanks to a partnership between The U.S.…

GoodLeaf Farms’ leafy greens now available in all major grocery stores across Ontario

Microgreens and baby greens from GoodLeaf Farms are now available in every major grocery store in Ontario. With the addition of Sobeys, Foodland, and the online home-delivery…

CubicFarms announces management transitions

CubicFarm announces key leadership changes and appoints John de Jonge as Interim Chief Executive Officer of CubicFarms and President of HydroGreen following the departure of…

Local Bounti Corporation

Local Bounti announces $23.3 million PIPE financing to support long-term growth strategy

Local Bounti Corporation announced an equity raise to support the continued scale-up of its organization and build-out of its network of Controlled Environment Agriculture facilities that leverage its proprietary Stack & Flow Technology to significantly improve crop turns, increase output and improve…

Fischer Farms bolsters team ahead of world’s largest vertical farm launch

Fischer Farms is bringing 27 new jobs to the Norfolk area as the firm gears up to open the doors to the world’s largest vertical farm. Construction on the 25,000m2 vertical…

InvertiGro

Sustainable, reliable food production with modern, vertical farming

Helping to support efficient and sustainable modern farmers and feeding the world in a ‘smarter way’ are complimentary business and social impacts for the team at InvertiGro. The Sydney-based company – named as a finalist in the 2022 InnovationAus Awards for Excellence in the Food and Agritech category –…

St. Petersburg urban farm Brick Street expands

If you've wandered around downtown St. Petersburg, you've probably passed 48 acres of farmland and had no idea. Brick Street Farms is growing leafy greens inside upcycled shipping containers in a warehouse and parking lot at Tropicana Field — and they're about to get a whole lot more growing power. The…

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Startup Koidra and U.S. universities land $3.77M USDA grant to develop AI tech for indoor farming

Seattle-based indoor agriculture startup Koidra will share a $3.77 million research grant with Ohio State University, Rutgers University, Cornell University, and the University of Arizona. The four-year grant was awarded to Ohio State University by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Koidra will lead…

Mike Lee, Oasis-X:

"We are now meeting growers where they are, augmenting how they already grow"

Last year's October, Mike Lee was interviewed to share more about his company Oasis-X, a secure automation platform that aims to put farmers and growers in control. This Fall, one year later, they are launching a new product. Mike updates us on what’s new. “Our main aim was to make our products more…

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Jamaica: $22.75 million support for agriculture at Vere Technical High School

Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Pearnel Charles Jr, has announced a program of assistance totaling $22.75 million to develop the agriculture program at Vere Technical High School. He was speaking at a World Food Day event on the school’s compound in Clarendon on Thursday, October 20th. Minister…

The first big screen appearance of a vertical farm

Fusion Farms in Puerto Rico showcases aquaponics in blockbuster movie

For the past year, Kendell Lang and Christopher Buchheit have had to keep the lid on the secret that they worked as "Tilapia Wranglers" on the set of the upcoming blockbuster movie release Black Panther 2 – Wakanda Forever. With milestone after milestone under their belts, Kendell and the team at Fusion…

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US (CO): State approves incentives for hemp vertical-farm equipment firms

Two firms — one a Colorado-based hemp bioplastics company and the other a vertical-farming equipment manufacturer from the United Kingdom — were unanimously approved Thursday by the Colorado Economic Development Commission for state incentive packages aimed at enticing them to expand into Northern…


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