"This partnership introduces innovative technology to our facilities and team members"

ZipGrow has expanded its footprint, moving from leased premises to its own building at the corner of Cumberland and Seventh Street. The new building more than doubles the amount of space available to the manufacturer of the world’s most installed vertical hydroponic equipment. “Demand for our products…

CubicFarm systems hires new vice president corporate development

CubicFarm Systems today announced the appointment of Thomas Liston as Vice President (VP) of corporate development. Thomas (Tom) Liston will provide CubicFarms with strategic…

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How the international space station helps NASA study plant growth in space

As NASA plans long-duration missions to the Moon and Mars, a key factor is figuring out how to feed crews during their weeks, months, and even years in space. Food for crews aboard the International Space Station is primarily prepackaged, requires regular resupply deliveries aboard cargo spacecraft, and…

Grov technologies

Grōv technologies and Hunter Ridge Dairy to build ten olympus tower farms

Advancing sustainable dairy production

Grōv Technologies today signed definitive agreements with Colorado-based Hunter Ridge Dairy to build ten Grōv Olympus Tower Farms as part of the new Grōv-Hunter Ridge feed center, a controlled environment feed production facility designed to advance sustainable dairy production. The ten Olympus towers…

Abu Dhabi: Silal signs up 850 farms to supply fresh produce

Abu Dhabi's new fresh produce and agritech company Silal has signed agreements with more than 850 local farms to supply more than 30,000 tons of fresh produce during the…

P.L. light systems celebrates 40-years in business

"Our dedication to provide lighting solutions and support has never changed"

P.L. Light Systems has reached an exciting milestone, as the company celebrates 40 years of delivering professional grow light systems to the horticultural industry. The company distributes products across Canada, the USA and South America from its manufacturing facility in Beamsville, Ontario,…

Spread Co., Ltd.

'JAS 0012' certificate for hygiene and cultivation management in vertical farms

Japan: Spread acquires world’s first certificate for vertical farms

Spread Co., Ltd. has acquired “JAS 0012” certification, established by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. The certificate is acquired for evaluating hygiene and cultivation management of a vertical farm, at its Kameoka Plant (Kameoka, Kyoto) and the large-scale automated Techno…

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AeroFarms hires new chief revenue officer

AeroFarms, a certified B Corporation and leader in vertical farming, today announced that Gary M. Cohen has joined the company as Chief Revenue Officer. In his role as CRO, Mr. Cohen will lead farm development and business growth initiatives including the commercialization of new product categories.…

Vertical Future adds to research team

Vertical Future announces that Dr. Katie Wilkins will be joining the team today on a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) FMTA Fellowship. Katie is a Broodbank Research Fellow from the University of Cambridge within Professor Julia Davies' lab, where her research on dissecting plant…

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New transmission line will bring much needed electricty to Southwestern Ontario

As more greenhouses open in Southwestern Ontario in the years ahead, more electricity will be needed. Assessments are ongoing and municipalities, greenhouses, Indigenous…

Vertical farm in South Korea going beyond produce

Vertical farm startup Farm & Co has seen growth by boosting produce of medical and cosmetic-based plants. The South-Korean grower joined the country's first regulation-free zone. Watch this video for an introduction with the farm.   

Embedded multi-sensor & imaging horticulture lighting system launched

Agnetix has launched Zenith, a new grow lighting series with built-in sensor & imaging technologies. Building on Agnetix A3, Zenith directly integrates plant health sensors and canopy imaging cameras with the Agnetix water-cooled system. With several standard and optional configurations, Zenith provides…

IKEA

IKEA expands mission to vertical farming

IKEA has expanded their mission to take on urban farming. Sarah Segergren, sustainable innovation leader, comments that “at IKEA, we are truly committed to creating a people and planet positive future. We want to have a positive impact on people, society and the planet. For us, it’s about balancing…

CubicFarms

CubicFarms announces private placement

CubicFarms announced that a non-brokered private placement Burnett Land & Livestock, Ltd. has agreed to purchase 1,464,622 common shares of the company at a purchase price of CAD$1.29 per common share for gross proceeds of USD$1,500,000 (approximately CAD$1,886,437).  Burnett Land & Livestock, Ltd., LLLP is…

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OnePointOne vertical indoor farming company signs lease at Avondale 107

Newmark Knight Frank announced it has arranged a lease on behalf of OnePointOne, a Silicon Valley-based developer of vertical indoor farming, at Avondale 107, a large industrial development in Avondale, Arizona, roughly 15 miles outside of Phoenix.  Newmark’s Managing Director Robert Stephens represented the…

Shenandoah Growers hires new COO

Shenandoah Growers announced Cameron Geiger as Chief Operating Officer as the company enters its next phase of transformational growth. Geiger will report to Shenandoah Growers President Phillip Karp…

Heliospectra's board nominates new members

Heliospectra announces the nomination of two new board members, Ljubo Mrnjavac and Bonny Heeren. They are set to replace Staffan Hillberg and Martin Skoglund. The nomination committee will officially present the nominations at the annual general meeting on May 20th, 2021.  As Heliospectra turns focus towards…

Produce industry comments on merger between PMA and United Fresh

Yesterday, the Boards of Directors of the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and United Fresh Produce Association (United Fresh) announced they reached an Agreement in Principle to create a new global trade association. Both organizations will combine their resources and expertise to enhance member…

UC Davis vertical farming facility takes hydroponics to a new level

The newest greenhouse on campus doesn’t look like a greenhouse at all. It’s a 40-foot-long shipping container filled with cutting-edge, high-tech equipment that will help UC Davis usher in a new frontier in hydroponic agriculture. “We’ve begun a research, teaching and outreach initiative on indoor…

Weezy secures fresh herb supply with vertical farmers Infarm

Rapid grocery delivery service Weezy has struck a deal with vertical farm company Infarm to supply its distribution centers with fresh herbs. Infarm produce grown hydroponically at its grow house in Tottenham will be delivered multiple times a week to four Weezy distribution hubs, in Fulham, Battersea,…

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Saying goodbye to a family farm after 60 years

In the final days of family-run Oh Chin Huat Hydroponics Farms in Singapore, there was lots to do. From wrapping up the last harvests to dismantling large structures and equipment, it was a race against time to prepare the 2.4ha farm for its closure on June 30 last year. "We work so closely together,…

Meezbo

Automated microgreens grower launched on Kickstarter

Meezbo announces the launch of a Kickstarter campaign to promote an innovative microgreens grower that meets the global megatrends of health and urbanization. The Meezbo microgreens grower is aimed specifically at people with a healthy, sustainable lifestyle, as well as businesses. Meezbo is a smart,…

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SaffronTech grows saffron off-season with growing bulbs from Chile

"We plan to revolutionize the saffron industry"

Saffron Tech continues to focus attention on new equipment investments with the addition of saffron bulbs imported from Chile. The specialty bulbs enable Saffron Tech to continue its research and development plans for growing saffron indoors year-round. Prompted by the company’s legislation efforts,…

Partnership to advance blueberry and caneberry production in vertical farms

AeroFarms and Hortifrut S.A., a Chilean berry producer and distributer, announced a multi-year partnership to jointly research and develop blueberry and cane berry production…

Companies receive final decision in patent dispute

Certhon found in favor in proceedings against Plantlab

Is indoor farming patentable or not? That's the question at stake in a legal battle that has raged for several years between Certhon and PlantLab. Last week, the Court of Appeal in The Hague confirmed the annulation of PlantLab's Dutch patent on their indoor farming cultivation system. This is a victory…

Nasa Harvest and CropX partner to support sustainable agriculture

Nasa Harvest and CropX today announced a strategic partnership that will give Nasa Harvest unprecedented soil insights for its global agricultural monitoring efforts. Supporting a more sustainable food ecosystem, together Nasa Harvest and CropX will provide farmers and industry experts with the data and…

The center of excellence for indoor agriculture announces partnership with research journal

The Center of Excellence for Indoor Agriculture, a U.S. based company that supports the growth and development of the vertical and indoor farming industry, announced a…

Organifarms

Organifarms wins the ifok innovation award

Organifarms is proud to announce that the startup has been chosen for the innovation award of the ifok GmbH. The award honors innovative ideas that tackle the social and ecological challenges of our time. Organifarms was chosen for its development of a prototype for the automation of vertical farming…

The Edge Singapore

SG: Warehousing company GKE receives farm license

Warehousing and logistics company GKE Corporation, via its wholly-owned subsidiary GKE Agritech, has received its farm license from the Singapore Food Authority to commercialize indoor farming. The receipt of the farm license allows GKE Agritech to grow and sell its produce commercially in Singapore.  GKE…

Livekindly

Livekindly raises capitol to make plant-based meat global

Livekindly collective, a collection of heritage brands and startups, has announced today a successful capital raise of $335 million. This brings its total raise in its first 12 months to $535 million. The Rise Fund, an investment firm that invests in companies that are driving measurable social and…

Joined up thinking: food & energy grids

It may not always feel like it at this time of year, but on our planet we are blessed to bathe in a constant and abundant stream of energy and warmth. Effectively, all of this energy comes from the sun before being transformed, stored, or used in some way. From the organic matter that once formed our…

Hydrofarm

Hydrofarm highlights new products for indoor farming

Hydrofarm Holdings announced the release of new products this month from GroStar, Autopilot, Plant Success King Crab, Rock Rootinator, and Roots Organics. These products aim to further expand the Hydrofarm's portfolio of innovative and proprietary branded products in the lighting, climate control,…

Freight Farms

Glenview’s farm featured on the history channel’s as "future of food"

A Glenview family-owned farm will be featured on The History Channel this weekend as a representative of the “future of food.”Longtime resident Aviad Sheinfeld started Wiseacre Farm, 1975 N. Lake Terrace, in late 2019. His work will be featured in an episode of “Modern Marvels” at 9 p.m. Sunday on The…

iFarm

iFarm supports Urban Greenhouse Challenge at TPU

iFarm has supported Urban Greenhouse Challenge: Reforest, an international competition held at Tomsk Polytechnic University.  “Urban farming arises at the intersection of multiple technological disciplines: agricultural engineering, engineering and IT. We consider that similar competitions help teams to dive…

Convergence of design, engineering and complex systems integration benefits all crop types

For years, cultivators managed growing operations without the oversight, regulation and market pressure that are prevalent in today’s North American market. As the indoor cannabis market matured, the systems supporting the high-value plant have also grown more detailed and complex. Ancillary companies…

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AeroFarms to become publicly traded

AeroFarms announced that it has entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger with Spring Valley Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company. Upon closing of the transaction, AeroFarms will become publicly traded on Nasdaq, with an estimated equity value of approximately $1.2 billion, under…

GE Current

Current partners with Wageningen for new interlighting study

GE Current, a Daintree company, today extended its global horticulture lighting research initiative, launching a new partnership with Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in the Netherlands. The new study, led by WUR’s Prof. Dr. Leo Marcelis, will focus on determining the value and uses of…

Cultivatd

Cultivatd is now a vendor with Contain

Cultivatd is announcing collaboration with Contain which grants their clients access to indoor agriculture financing and leasing options. Building and operating a substantial indoor agriculture operation requires key financial resources. Given that indoor farmers – those growing in warehouses,…

Bowery

Bowery farming announces expansion of its produce to Albertsons companies’ stores

Bowery Farming, a U.S. vertical farming company serving almost 800 grocery stores and major e-commerce platforms, today announced that it is now providing Albertsons Companies with Bowery’s protected produce that’s local, safe and sustainable, to an initial 275 Safeway and Acme stores across the…

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GrowGeneration acquires agron.io B2B integrated platform

"Give commercial customers real-time data to manage their purchasing"

GrowGeneration, a chain of specialty hydroponic and organic garden centers, today announced its acquisition of Agron.io, a leading wholesale agriculture platform that allows commercial growers to manage their purchasing and logistics in one platform. Agron.io offers commercial pricing, real-time…

WayBeyond creates five global partnerships

"Partnerships allows us to present everywhere"

Following the launch of the business on 1 February, WayBeyond is announcing the first five global partnerships as part of a push to create AgTech collaborations and accelerate new offerings to customers. “These five partners are just the beginning. We have another 30 we are in discussions with, allowing…

"Nothing stays these nutritious greens from the swift completion of their appointed growth cycles"

Second Chances Farm became fully operational in the year 2020, having made structural renovations to their 47,500 square foot building, which had sat empty for a number of years. An indoor vertical farm provides a controlled environment in which plants can grow 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, without…

Carbon-neutral climate control utility launched

"By reclaiming precious water from the air and continually air-processing greenhouse environments, agribusinesses can now reduce utility expenses and realize more value in healthy crops," the team with Selu says. The company created patent-pending technologies to reclaim atmospheric humidity, produce…

"We want to produce 10 million plants in 2022"

French company raises €42m to start three vertical farms

French vertical farming startup Jungle has raised €42m in new funding. They will use the money to develop three vertical farms in France to produce herbs, salads, microgreens and also flowers for perfumery. Currently products from their first farm is already for sale at Monoprix.  Founded in 2016 by Gilles…

CubicFarms appoints scientific advisory board to advance food production technology

CubicFarm Systems, a local chain agricultural technology company, today announced the appointment of a scientific advisory board to guide and advise CubicFarms. The SAB is comprised of top experts in the fields of agriculture and technology. The SAB is primarily responsible for making recommendations to…

Schneider Electric shares tips

"You can be both sustainable and profitable"

"Sustainability is a choice. A strategic, smart choice. And, contrary to what some believe, you do not have to sacrifice business performance to make a direct impact on the world." That's what the team of Schneider Electric is convinced of - and they know what they're talking about The $25B global…

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Vertical urban farm 'Ortaliza' opens Kingsville storefront

A Kingsville farm is celebrating its grand opening Friday, but it’s not your typical, sprawling set-up. The new venture is the brainchild of Carina Biacchi and Alvaro Fernandes, who moved from Brazil to Canada five years ago, bringing  with them a passion for entrepreneurship and farming. “We’ve been dreaming…

Agrify plans to develop R&D facility with Atlantis hydroponics

Agrify Corporation, a developer of hardware and software grow solutions, today announced it has entered into a binding letter of intent, which sets forth the principal terms of a partnership currently being negotiated with Atlantis Hydroponics to build out a 2,500 square foot research and development…

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Auckland urban farm ransacked, 'crate loads' of vegetables stolen

An urban farm that grows vegetables for the community says it has been ransacked twice, with “crate loads” of beetroot, corn, celery and garden appliances stolen. Break-ins on February 20 and March 9 have inflicted $2500 worth of losses on the Organic Market Garden (OMG) in Eden Terrace, Auckland. Farm…

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Aquatic Greens Farm fosters growth in more ways than one

Along with providing fresh produce to the community, Aquatic Greens Farm in Bryan helps support individuals with special needs working on the farm. Sharon Wells established Aquatic Greens Farm in 2013, and with her program over the past two years has been hiring and training adults with special needs to…

New collaboration in research on non-coding DNA influencing gene expression

Annogen, the Amsterdam based biotech company behind the SuRE™ technology for the functional annotation of the non-coding part of the genome, and KeyGene, the Wageningen-based research company developing innovative technologies for crop improvement, are to collaborate in identifying non-coding DNA…

Vertical harvest wants to grow in Westbrook

Developers of the Vertical Harvest project want to add another 6,000-7,000 square feet of retail space and 10 more apartments, for a total of 60, to the building they plan for downtown Westbrook. The City Council received an update on the Vertical Harvest expansion plans Monday along with other updates…

Light Science Technologies

Light Science Technologies opens its new in-house laboratory

"Providing a multi-faceted solution with the potential to CEA farmers and the industry"

Light Science Technologies (LST), has opened its new, state-of-the-art in-house laboratory as it aims to help growers create the most optimal plant recipe.  Simon Deacon, CEO of Light Science Technologies said: “The opening of the laboratory demonstrates our full commitment to the ‘art’ of plant science. It…

Eden green technology expands with new Texas greenhouse

Eden Green Technology, a next-generation vertical farming company, today announced that it has broken ground on a new vertical farming greenhouse, next to its R&D greenhouse in the Dallas-Ft Worth Metroplex. Existing investment partners are investing $12 million into Eden Green Technology as part of the…

Signify number one lighting manufacturer on European patent application list 2020

Lighting manufacturer Signify submits nearly two patent applications per day. This makes the company the number 1 lighting manufacturer on the list of patent applications for…

Secondchancesfarm.com

"Farm expansion throws drink in Covid's face"

Numerous other indoor vertical farmers, municipalities wanting to rejuvenize opportunity zones and organizations dedicated to improving the lives of people re-entering society after serving time reached out to Second Chances Farm to explore partnership opportunities. Interest came from regions across the…

Kalera opens new vertical farming facility in Minnesota

Kalera today announced the purchase of a facility in St. Paul, Minnesota which they will convert to a vertical farming facility. Kalera’s Minnesota location is the eighth facility it has announced. This announcement comes on the heels of the news of Kalera’s appointment of Sonny Perdue, former Secretary…

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Singapore high-tech farms seek to export not just produce but their technology too

Some farms in Singapore are leveraging technology to boost yields, but one high-tech farming company here is now looking to sell more than just its produce. Local vegetable company Sky Urban Solutions on Tuesday (March 16) launched a new micro-farming system that combines aquaculture, vertical vegetable…

Sally Herbert of Altius farms talks being a woman in the industry

According to the 2020 CEA Census Report, women in agriculture are on the rise, representing 43% of the world’s agricultural labor, with around 5% operating within controlled environment agriculture - and Sally Herbert, owner of Altius Farms in downtown Denver, is one of them. But Herbert wasn’t always a…

Microgreens pack big nutritional punch, urban farm near Las Vegas Strip

Farming is taking a bit of a different look in the Las Vegas valley. A new vertical urban farm has opened west of the Las Vegas Strip and it’s growing microgreens. Basically…

Pontus announces agreement with supermarket distributor

Pontus Protein has signed a Letter of Intent with Canadian T&J International Development a private arm's length British Columbia corporation, and distributer to 80% of all Asian Supermarkets in Western Canada, with products including the Natural World brands. The agreement between Pontus and T&J covers…

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Babylon Micro-Farms closes a $3 million seed round

Babylon Micro-Farms announced on Wednesday a $3 million seed round it will use to expand the business. The startup, which creates indoor hydroponic farming systems powered remotely by cloud technology, was co-founded in 2017 by University of Virginia classmates CEO Alexander Olesen and CTO Graham Smith.…

Kalera’s newest facility in Atlanta begins operations

Orlando-based vertical farming company Kalera today announced that it has completed construction of its newest facility in Atlanta, Georgia on-time and on-budget. Its largest farm to date, the facility is 77 thousand square-feet and has the capacity to produce over 10 million heads of lettuce per year.…

"Every year brings new challenges as the company expands"

Madar Farms is a Dubai company using advanced AgTech to help tackle food and water security challenges in the region. This article introduces Digant, Madar Farm's first team…

From farm to table: "how we deliver in hours"

Did you know that 90% of produce in the US is grown on the same field in the West Coast? These crops require massive amounts of resources and rely on chemical fertilizers to encourage growth. Plus, since these crops are primarily grown on the West Coast, the lettuce from this field is transported…

Oishii

Oishii lands $50 million in series A round

'Perfecting the indoor strawberry'

The New York-based company raised $50 million in Series A funding, led by SPARX Group’s Mirai Creation Fund II , to expand its farming footprint outside of Manhattan and invest in further R&D of the strawberry and other flowering fruits, co-founder and CEO Hiroki Koga told Crunchbase News. Existing…

ZipGrow

Introducing sustainable growing systems to multiple Sodexo facilities in Canada and the US

Zipgrow announces partnership with Sodexo

Zipgrow and Sodexo have launched a partnership to develop more sustainable local food chains throughout North America. Sodexo has joined forces with ZipGrow Inc. to develop a unique program to introduce sustainable growing systems to facilities throughout Canada and the United States of America. One of…

Canadian greenhouse conference to present virtual event in 2021

The Canadian Greenhouse Conference (CGC) announced its decision to forgo an in-person event in 2021 and will present a virtual conference this fall. “We had hoped to return to…

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Saffron tech works together with research organisation on high yield saffron

Saffron Tech today announced it has entered an agreement with the Agricultural Research Organization (ARO), Volcani Center to develop propagation protocols for growing high-quality and high-yield saffron year-round. Saffron Tech hopes to disrupt the billion-dollar saffron market with its innovative…

Priva continues to grow its presence in North America

Priva North America is pleased to announce that Alex de Leon has recently joined our commercial team as horticulture sales account manager to meet the growing demand in…

80 Acres Farms

Kroger expands Partnership with 80 Acres Farms

Supplying an additional 316 stores with farm-fresh produce

The Kroger Co. and 80 Acres Farms bring farm-fresh produce to customers across Ohio. The companies are growing their partnership to reach more shoppers in the Midwest, both in-store and online. “Everyone deserves easy access to fresh, affordable, delicious food,” said Dan De La Rosa, Group Vice President…

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AeroFarms to break ground in Dan River Region, bringing job opportunities

Construction of the AeroFarms facility could begin within the next two months. AeroFarms announced in December 2019 it would bring 92 jobs to the region and invest tens of millions of dollars over three years. The Danville-Pittsylvania County Regional Industrial Facility Authority voted unanimously…

Certhon

Certhon appoints new CTO

Since a few months, Haruhiko Kato is here in the Netherlands to strengthen Certhon’s R&D team. Certhon and DENSO entered into a capital alliance last year to develop next-generation greenhouse technologies. Haruhiko Kato has been working for DENSO for 33 years in various departments and positions and has extensive experience as…

Infarm

Urban farming startup Infarm raises extra $100 million to expand

Indoor farming startup Infarm raised an additional $100 million to expand into more foods as the coronavirus pandemic increases interest in growing produce in urban areas. Infarm, which already grows salad greens and herbs, wants to strengthen its presence in existing markets, hire more people and…

Students pivot their business and build a vertical farm in their parents’ cellar

In 2017, Lucas and Brieuc, two Belgian students started a business called Good Move. This company has now gone in a new direction. Until early 2020, Good Move produced cold-pressed, organic fruit and vegetable juices. But then the COVID-19 pandemic broke out and upset the apple cart. “The European…

Netled and Vertigo Farms complete first entirely remote deal

"We want to open up new possibilities for cosmetic and pharma products"

Netled has completed its first entirely remote deal and delivery of Vera vertical farming technology to its Poland-based partner, Vertigo Farms. The deal with Vertigo is of particular significance for two key reasons. Firstly, the project has taken place entirely remotely from signing the deal, assessing…

Water treatment system eliminates excess sodium in irrigation water

Implementation of the Water Framework Directive in 2018 imposed limits to Dutch growers for discharging drain water into sewers and surface water. But, as the amount of sodium will build up, constant recirculation of irrigation water is simply not an option. An issue that is also increasingly occurring…

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Israel-UAE agriculture and water conference: "Desert agriculture can be the answer to food security"

As climate change continues to impact agriculture worldwide, a conference aimed at advancing technological cooperation in agriculture and water was held in Tel Aviv this week with senior government representatives from Israel and Africa along with investors from the United Arab Emirates and Israeli…

AmplifiedAg introduces indoor farm platform

AmplifiedAg introduces its indoor farming platform which includes vertical farms, hydroponic systems, and its proprietary operating system with seed-to-sale SaaS-based technologies.  But the heartbeat of the operation is AmplifiedAg's proprietary Operating System that features industry traceability which tracks…

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Ontario vertical farm startup joins global market

Carina Biacchi is no stranger to business. With a bachelors and postgrads in business administration, she has worked in several different sectors, from NGOs to massive corporations. “I’ve mostly worked in sales and marketing” Carina states. “And I have entrepreneurship in my DNA. My parents were…

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Sustainable vertical farming offers food for thought in a changing world

There is a vegetable farm, but not just any farm; it is a vertical farm. There is no tractor. There is no farmer in dusty overalls, no barn cat or even a barn. There is no sky, no field; only a warehouse with rack upon towering rack, each level boasting a bounty of growing vegetables lit by banks of…

CubicFarm systems appoints former microsoft GM new chief technology officer

CubicFarm Systems, a local chain agricultural technology company, announced today that Edoardo De Martin has joined its senior leadership team as Chief Technology Officer. Prior to joining CubicFarms, De Martin spent 10 years at Microsoft working in various roles including General Manager of the…

Fresh Impact Farms awarded Arlington's first agriculture grant

Arlington County received its first-ever agriculture fund grant from the state, money that will go to Fresh Impact Farms, an Arlington-based company that plans to double production at its indoor growing facility.Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Monday that he had awarded an Agriculture and Forestry…

DesignLights Consortium releases second draft of update to technical requirements for horticultural lighting

The DesignLights Consortium (DLC) today released the second draft of updated Technical Requirements for Horticultural Lighting (Version 2.1). Scheduled to take effect on July 1, the proposed changes would establish Qualified Products List (QPL) eligibility for three additional product types. Comments on…

Joint greenhouse service venture hires two specialists

"We want to unburden global horticulture entrepreneurs"

Hortilogics B.V., the recently launched joint venture between Berg Hortimotive, Koat, HortiKey and Crux Agribotics, lives up to its ambitions to become the world's Full Service Partner for integrated internal logistics in greenhouses and packing halls. With the appointment of Marcel van Steekelenburg and…

WorldWide Local Salads introduces Joe Swartz as an advisory board member

WorldWide Local Salads, a Cornwall-based vertical farming operation, introduces Joe Swartz to its advisory board. “We invited Joe Swartz to join the advisory board as we are a commercial growing company and wanted commercial growers on board. We have known Joe for many years and both Dunling & Swartz…

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UAE: Hamriya free zone signs investment agreement with vertical farm

The Hamriyah Free Zone Authority has just added another company  to its global base of investors after signing an investment agreement with Al Aliyo Hydrofarms, the hydroponic fodder farming industry, at Gulfood 2021. The company will be based in the Sharjah Food Park where it will rent two warehouses extending…

Artemis announces team expansion in Quebec

To bolster its growing presence in Canada, Artemis has added a Client Success Manager and Business Development Representative in Quebec. The two new additions add more than a decade of experience to the Artemis team and expands the team’s ability to support their growing customer base in Canada.  Artemis is…

Kalera welcomes Maria Sastre to board of directors

Vertical farming company Kalera, one of the fastest-growing and largest companies in the world and a leader in plant science for producing high-quality produce in controlled environments, today announced the appointment of Maria Sastre to its Board of Directors. "A seasoned executive with experience in…

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US vertical farm acquires seed development company to unlock the "power of the seed"

Kalera, a vertical farming company today announced the acquisition of Vindara Inc., a company that develops seeds specifically designed for use in vertical indoor farm environments as well as other controlled environment agriculture (CEA) farming methods. Vindara, based in Research Triangle, NC, uses…

Infarm ushers in new era of cloud-based vertical farming

Scalable, sustainable, stable and global farming network

Infarm, the world's fastest growing urban farming company, that is already present in 10 countries, 30 cities and thousands of stores, continues to realize its vision of a global, connected, sustainable and highly efficient farming ecosystem.Infarm's goals include driving innovation in the $3 trillion…

Foundation Farms

Foundation farms joins forces with Econic to deploy indoor farming tech

"This arrangement will multiply our growth potentials"

Foundation Farms are pleased to announce that their respective subsidiaries, Foundation Farms (GMEV subsidiary) and Econic (ZAAG subsidiary) have verbally agreed to collaborate in the manufacturing and deployment of their respective indoor farming technologies. Econic, owner of a 15,000 square foot…

Agriculture organisation UN reinforces partnership with international atomic energy agency

For more than 57 years, the partnership between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and IAEA has contributed to addressing global challenges, including food insecurity, climate change, animal/zoonotic diseases and, most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic. The IAEA and FAO…

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US (CO): James H. Dennedy appointed as President and COO of urban-gro

urban-gro has appointed James H. Dennedy as President and Chief Operating Officer. “We are incredibly pleased to have Jim join our executive management team as President and COO. Since serving on our Board since August 2018, he has consistently provided sound financial and operational counsel. As we…

New indoor farm CMO shares why he moved from sportswear to AgTech

James Woolard spent the last 14 years at Reebok, heading up everything from regional Sports Marketing and Brand to Global Marketing for the brand’s Running and Style units. However, James felt that he needed a change: a new challenge, a new industry, a new way to make an impact. His search brought him to…

High-capacity, large-scale growing center information sheet

Infarm's growing centers integrate Infarm’s advanced cloud platform for sustainable farming, with automated mechanical hardware to offer a high-yield, high-capacity, urban farming. Filled with modular farming units, they want to bring fresh food production at scale, right to the cities and communities…

Netled

Finnish vertical farm launches its first farm in North America

Netled and Rambridge Wholesale Supply have entered into a key strategic partnership that will bring Vera vertical farming technology to the North American market for the first time. In May 2021, Rambridge will take delivery of the Vera Compact vertical farming system, which will also become Netled’s…

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CAN: Local produce options expand with vertically farmed greens

Over the years, the local food movement has grown from a handful of agriculture advocates touting the importance of supporting local farmers to a large-scale demand for everything from meat to chocolate that’s been produced and, when possible, grown here in Alberta.  Yet, as one looks outside at our February…

Lighting company bolsters North-American team with horticulture experience

Fluence by OSRAM (Fluence), a leading global provider of energy-efficient LED lighting solutions for commercial cannabis and food production, today announced that Saman Soltaninejad, Ashley Veach, Brad Susko, Sara Bovorn and Adam Edwards joined the company’s North American team. Following the company’s…

Fomo Corp. acquires assets of Independence LED lighting

Fomo corp., has acquired the assets of Independence LED Lighting, LLC (“ILED”) for 250,000 restricted Series B Preferred shares valued at $2.5 million. As part of the…

US (CO): urban-gro closes $62 million public offering

urban-gro has closed its previously announced public offering of 6,210,000 shares of the Company’s common stock at a public offering price of $10.00 per share, which includes 810,000 shares sold upon full exercise of the underwriter’s option to purchase additional shares. The gross proceeds from the…

US lettuce grower appoints former congressman as new member of advisory board

Living Greens Farm (LGF), the largest vertical, indoor aeroponic farm in the U.S. that provides year-round fresh salads, salad kits, microgreens and herbs, has announced that Joe Donnelly, former congressman and senator from Indiana, has joined LGF’s Advisory Board, effective January 2021. In his new…

Agtech company partners with agri-investors to democratize urban agriculture financing

The two companies will work together to accelerate the urban farming and controlled environment agriculture (CEA) industry across the country by offering new entrepreneurs a more accessible way to raise capital for small-scale or pilot facilities. Research has shown that urban agriculture provides a…

Lighting supplier cultivates Growfoam partnership to aid plant performance

Light Science Technologies (LST), a UK AgriTech company, has partnered with Dutch company Foamplant to harness its pioneering Growfoam product to collate plant performance…

Ontario's fruit and vegetable growers re-elect chair and vice chair

Grape grower Bill George Jr. has been elected to a third one-year term as Chair of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA). Apple grower Charles Stevens was re-elected as Vice Chair. Both George and Stevens first assumed their respective roles in 2019 and were re-elected at the OFVGA…

$20M urban agriculture and food investment fund launched

TPP Capital Holdings (TPP), a Philadelphia based, Black-led social impact private equity fund manager and urban healthcare and real estate development firm dedicated to…

US Biotech innovator hires new chief financial and business officer

iBio, a biotech innovator and biologics contract manufacturing organization, today announced the appointment of Robert M. Lutz as its Chief Financial & Business Officer…

Estonian growing systems provider raises $3.5 million investment from Saudi Arabian university

Natufia, a Talinn, Estonia-based manufacturer of smart indoor food growing systems, announced the completion of a $3.5 million capital investment round. The money was raised from investors led by the Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), through their venture capital…

Dutch horticulture supplier hires new CEO

As from 1st April 2021, Pascal Piepers will join Ridder as its new CEO, putting him at the helm of the international supplier in controlled-environment agriculture.  Pascal Piepers (40) will bring with him extensive knowledge and experience from previous management and executive positions. Over the past five…

Microfarm expands to Virginia, creating new jobs

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced that Babylon Micro-Farms, a Virginia-based company that develops and produces remotely controlled, indoor hydroponic systems for growing fresh herbs, vegetables, and salad greens, will invest $140,000 to expand operations and relocate to the City of Richmond.…

US vertical farm adds new member to leadership team

AeroFarms’ executive team has welcomed Dane Almassy as VP of sales. Almassy will help drive further retail expansion to meet increasing consumer demand for the indoor…

CAN: How to off-set higher labour operating costs

Let’s start with the good news first: total sales from Canada’s greenhouse fruit and vegetable sector increased by 5.0% to $1.6 billion in 2019, continuing a trend of increases that began in 2013. The leading provinces were Ontario at (65.0%), followed by British Columbia (19.2%), Quebec (9.3%) and…

High-tech lettuce crop donated to Australian charities

A lettuce crop grown in a cutting edge vertical farming facility at TAFE Queensland's Toowoomba campus has been harvested and donated to charities in need. TAFE Queensland allowed family-run business Yalara Hydrogardens access to the Grow Pod to trial germination, production and promote protected…

Agritecture announces partnership with crowdsourcing platform

Accelerating the urban farming and CEA industry

Agritecture, LLC, an urban farming consulting and digital services firm, announced it has partnered with Harvest Returns, an agriculture investing platform. The two companies…

TSO Greenhouses

Recycling solar energy for indoor farming use

New patented technology that recycles renewable energy is ready to revolutionize CEA (Controlled Environment Agriculture) and make indoor farming both more profitable and more attainable in remote rural areas. This upgrade in solar technology offers benefits for farmers, consumers, businesses,…

Canadian breaks World Record by eating three Carolina reapers in under 10 seconds

A Canadian with a love for spicy food broke a Guinness World Record by eating three Carolina reaper chili peppers in under 10 seconds. A video was shared of Mike Jack…

Studying invasive species in phytotron research chambers

Invasive species threaten waterways, wildlife and native plants throughout North America. Biologists at McGill University in Montreal are examining the characteristics of these invaders to gain a better understanding of their impact on ecosystems. It’s one of several projects researchers have conducted…

UK agtech lighting specialist grows with three new appointments

Light Science Technologies (LST), one of the UK’s leading AgriTech specialists, has further strengthened its team by appointing three new members of staff to drive the delivery of the company’s ambitious growth plans.  The expansion is in response to meet increasing UK demand for the Derby-based firm’s ground-breaking…

Will vertical farming shape post-pandemic food supply chain?

Babylon micro-farms is an indoor hydroponic farm that designs low-cost micro-farms in order to bring hydroponic to the general public. Alexander Olesen, Co-Founder of the company explains his mission. "We became determined to develop a technology-based solution reducing the cost, complexity, and…

US company raises 10$ for consumer-grade indoor farm system

Bethesda, Maryland-based indoor farming company Gardyn announced today it is raising a $10 million Series A round led by JAB Holding Company. According to a press release sent to The Spoon, the non-controlling investment, when finalized, will bring Gardyn’s total funding to date to $15 million.  The new funds…

Ag-tech company orders first vertical farm installation

Foundation Farms today announced that they have issued a purchase order for the supply and installation of vertical farm equipment package for the Company's Red Deer location. ZipGrow Inc., will supply Foundation Farms with its hydroponic plant production system. Installation and commissioning will be…

Chinese property developer launches green community project farm in Hong Kong

The year 2021 marks the 50th Anniversary of Sino Group commemorating its effort in community-building and dedication to building a more sustainable society. Sino Group today presents Farm Together – an integrated green community project that promotes urban farming and brings the community closer to…

US AgTech company adds experienced controlled environment farmer as innovation specialist

AEssenseGrows, an AgTech company specializing in precision automated aeroponic platforms for consistent high-yield plant production, announced today that Jim Garza, a 4th generation farmer from Texas, with wide experience in Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA), public service, and plant physiology,…

Want to bathe in fresh vegetables?

Would you take a bath in a giant hotpot with real vegetables in it? A Chinese hotpot spa will let you bath in fresh vegetables. Spicy peppers, dates, radish could be all around you. Sit down in a bath of milk, why don't you? Click here to watch your options. 

UK firm set to harvest major vertical farming deals in the Middle East

London-based controlled-environment agriculture firm Vertical Future is set to announce major deals in the next month, which will make the Middle East its largest market. The company currently grows produce for over 100 London-based restaurants and thousands of UK homes. Vertical Future will deploy its…

US vertical farm hires new chief technology officer

Bowery Farming, a U.S. vertical farming company, has appointed Injong Rhee as Chief Technology Officer (CTO), reporting to CEO and Founder Irving Fain. In this new role, Injong is responsible for accelerating the integration of proprietary smart farming technology across Bowery’s network of farms,…

"The company that is taking vertical growth literally"

Affinor Growers Inc. is an ag-tech company engaged in acquiring, patenting, and commercializing various agriculture technologies. Its focus is on vertical farming technology…


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