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UK: £300m futuristic food production hub to be build near Derby

SEGRO has been named as the development partner for a planned £300m food production and manufacturing facility near Derby. The 1.8m sq ft high-tech food manufacturing campus is to be built on the 155-acre former Celanese site near Spondon, Derby for client SmartParc. The flagship Spondon site is part of…

Seed drying technology with less stress developed

Tholen - Building on its experience in the seed breeding business, Croonwolter&dros decided three years ago to look into the development of seed technology. The large Dutch technical services provider established its own brand with Premium Seeds Machines. In the first year, complete systems and machines…

Gardyn receives investment from JAB ventures

$5 million investment added to the portfolio:

Gardyn announced today that JAB Ventures, an affiliate of JAB Holding Company, has increased its non-controlling stake in Gardyn through an additional investment of approximately $5 million. This brings Gardyn’s total raise this year to $15 million. The investment will be used to further develop Gardyn’s…

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AUS: Vertical farm seeks $10 million as it breaks new ground in Queensland

Gold Coast-based Stacked Farms is looking to raise $10 million to further expand its vertical farms across Australia, as the organization breaks ground on its new $13 million sites and looks to take advantage of crippling labor shortages across the agriculture sector. The vertically integrated business,…

Enabling the vertical farming sector to grow

The team at Vertikit comprises scientists and industry professionals who possess broad skills across horticultural science. These individuals have worked extensively with growers and manufacturers in the CEA and vertical farming sectors, both in research and support capacities, and understand the…

Pinduoduo Smart Agriculture Competition starts

Who grows better: farmers or algorithms?

The Netherlands is committed to sharing agricultural technology and supporting the development of sustainable horticulture in China. After all, the two countries have excellent ties and share similar ambitions and challenges, according to Wouter Verhey, agriculture counselor at the Dutch embassy in…

Bosman Van Zaal container system:

New eucalyptus pulp mill for UPM Uruguay

Bosman van Zaal realizes the cultivation system for the new eucalyptus pulp mill nursery of UPM Uruguay, a world supplier of specialty and communication papers, and more. UPM and a future beyond fossilsUPM is a producer of northern softwood, birch, and eucalyptus pulp. They deliver renewable and responsible solutions…

FPC gears up for inaugural UK events to drive agritech innovation and recruitment

The Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC), in conjunction with the University of Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology (LIAT), will present two exciting, new events for the…

Photo report Horti China:

Market for high-end greenhouse crops has great potential

Last week the 2021 Horti China exhibition took place. The show was combined with many events such as the large-scale Venlo Greenhouse Operation Seminar, the Kingpeng Interactive Greenhouse Salon, the Dutch Protected Greenhouse Technology Forum, and the 2021 Plant Factory Trial Production Technology…

Alexander Olesen, Babylon Micro Farms:

On/site indoor farms help reduce food waste

Transportation, processing, and marketing account for up to $0.85 of every $1 spent on fresh produce. However, up to 40% of fresh produce ends up in landfills before it even reaches the consumer.Removing the need for distribution has many benefits – fewer food miles, less plastic packaging, higher…

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Bowery Farming:

US: Vertical farm hires new sales leader

Bowery Farming announces further expansion of its leadership team on the heels of a new $300M Series C fundraise with new Senior Vice President (SVP) of sales, CPG and food industry vet, Shannon Corbett. Reporting to Katie Seawell, Bowery’s Chief Commercial Officer, Corbett will be integral to Bowery’s national…

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Athena continues exclusive partnership with Way To Grow

"We’re excited to continue expanding our brands together in offering premium products"

Athena, a vertically integrated formulator, manufacturer of liquid and dry fertilizer blends designed for commercial cultivators, announces their continued partnership with Way To Grow, a Fort Collins, Colorado-headquartered chain of hydroponic and organic gardening supply stores. Athena is distributed…

Valoya appoints Mr. Tuukka Parviainen as new CEO

"We provide LED-solutions to help customers consume fewer resources"

Valoya, the research-driven manufacturer of horticultural LED lighting solutions announces the appointment of Mr. Tuukka Parviainen as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Parviainen will take on the CEO role starting from October 1st, 2021. “Tuukka is an experienced leader with a strong track record of…

AmplifiedAg hires industry veteran to lead Vertical Roots brand

"Vertical farming represents the future of sustainable food supply and produce capacity"

AmplifiedAg, Inc. announces the hiring of industry veteran Kurt M. Aken to lead the growth of its Vertical Roots brand. Aken joins as Executive Vice President, Business Development following a successful 24-year tenure with two of the most recognized consumer produce brands in the United States - Fresh…

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US (SC): Installing cultivation systems for high-tech indoor farm

Bosman Van Zaal from the Netherlands is installing a cultivation system and a plant handling system for Shenandoah Growers, a company specializing in commercially advanced indoor agriculture, in their 100,000-square-foot indoor ‘Biofarm’ in Anderson S.C.. The Anderson farm, which is expected to be…

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Affinor Growers hires local nursery for strawberry seedlings

“This should be the first of many turnkey strawberry facilities"

Affinor Growers has hired a Fraser Valley, BC nursery for commercial propagation of its first strawberry seedlings. Delivery of the Fragaria Ananassa “Delizzimo” strawberry seeds from the Netherlands is scheduled for this Friday. Affinor expects seed propagation to begin immediately upon receipt of the…

Plenty:

New grow director added to the R&D team

Plenty announced the appointment of Gerardo Navarro Spamer to Grow Director. In this role, Gerardo will manage Plenty’s grow teams in both San Francisco and Compton,…

Vertically Urban:

UK: Farming system delivered to Harper Adams University

Vertically Urban has delivered a vertical farming system to Harper Adams University. UK-based horticulture lighting specialist Vertically Urban was personally recommended to the university for a bespoke LED grow light solution. The team at Vertically Urban offered a complete service solution.   Andrew Littler, Vertically…

CubicFarm Systems:

Toronto stock market is open for agtech company

Dave Dinesen, Chief Executive Officer, CubicFarm Systems, and his team joined Arne Gulstene, Head, Company Services, TMX Group, to celebrate the graduation of CubicFarms to Toronto Stock Exchange and to open the market.  "Graduating to the TSX is an important milestone for CubicFarms as it provides us with…

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Brazilian farm grows to new heights

Pink Farms is located in Vila Leopoldina, a neighborhood in downtown São Paulo. Inside, towers of up to ten floors, lit by red and blue lamps, which simulate sunlight and result in a pink atmosphere that is an optimal environment to grow different types of vegetables, leafy greens, mushrooms, and some…

Pontus:

"After years of planning and testing, the floor plan is coming to life"

Pontus Protein is pleased with the progress on the development of its first commercial production facility. The 20,570 sq. ft. production facility is located in Surrey, British Columbia. "After years of planning and testing in our Victoria, B.C., test facility, I am very pleased to see the progress with…

“Barbados is an exceptional opportunity to showcase our technology"

AgriFORCE Growing Systems announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Humboldt Bliss, an agriculture and aquaculture business based in Barbados, West Indies.…

IGS appoints Chris Horne

Developing academic partnership outreach with new appointment

Edinburgh-headquartered agritech company, Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS) has welcomed entrepreneurial agribusiness operator, Chris Horne, to its team.   Chris joins to offer strategic insight and consultancy as IGS ramps up its commitment to research and development of vertical farming for the benefit of…

Malaysian agtech company completes construction of vertical farm

Agroz Group Sdn Bhd, a Malaysian agriculture technology company, today announced the successful completion of its 3,000 sq ft Indoor Vertical Farm at Sg Buloh that can produce 3 tons of vegetables every month. Agroz currently has a total of approximately 37,000 cu ft of indoor vertical farms with 3x…

1,400 LED lamps to be switched on in Swiss indoor cannabis facility

After successfully completed projects in indoors and greenhouses growing cannabis in North Macedonia, Uruguay, and Israel, Plantalux expands its services in Switzerland. Increasing worldwide demand for high quality cannabis flowers has been attracting more and more companies to invest in the cultivation…

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US (TX): Snyder microgreens business gives customers options

A new Snyder-based business aims to fill a niche with both its product and business model. Tiny House Farms Microgreens, a family-owned indoor farm that spouses Emily and Laura Klapper operate out of their home, launched May 1. The farm grows and sells microgreens, or tiny vegetables used as nutritional…

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"We are developing a testbed for future space missions”

Population projections stress the need for sustainable living on our planet and on others. FII Institute announces today an investment in Interstellar Lab, a space technology company designing closed-loop biodomes for sustaining life on Earth, the moon, and Mars. FII Institute is a global non-profit…

Korea start-up to expand with indoor vertical farm and automatic unmanned cultivation

The Korean start-up CESeL has invested in a vertical farm, big data system, container-farm, and automation cultivating robot to become a tech-leading hub in the global. CESeL is leveraging technology innovation to drive agriculture based on AI. This includes putting software into a farming device to help…

Second Chances Farm

Juice producer partners with hydroponic farm

Nourish, a Kennett Square, Pennsylvania-based cold-pressed juice company founded by Francine Covelli, is collaborating with Wilmington’s Second Chances Farm to offer its probiotic and CBD juices for online purchase and as an add-on for farm-to-table box subscribers. As part of the collaboration, the two…

Sprout AI:

Appointment of global marketing team

Sprout AI announces the appointment of its global marketing team. Sprout AI has selected MarketOne and Generation IACP Inc. (GIACP) to assist its investor relations (IR)…

Wetech Alliance

The new faces of agritech

Agritech companies currently make up roughly 10% of WEtech Alliance’s active client portfolio. Adam Castle, WEtech’s Director of Venture Services, weighs in with the inside scoop. “The Canadian Agriculture landscape is the perfect point of convergence for technology, manufacturing, and sustainability. While the job of farmers…

Automation, vertical farming key to resilient regional food supply chain

A high-tech approach to agriculture that integrates automation and vertical farming will be the key to cultivating a resilient regional food supply chain. That was the message today from Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Sciences, during a visit to Madar Farms, a UAE-based…

Dr. Mark Cochran set to retire from Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

After guiding the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture through a decade of growth, vice president for agriculture Dr. Mark J. Cochran will retire effective Sept. 30. During his tenure, Cochran encouraged the growth of the entrepreneurship and commercialization of research products and…

Surna Cultivation Technologies

Surna expands HVACD products portfolio

Surna Cultivation Technologies has expanded its HVACD product portfolio. “We’ve seen code requirements in several states where variable refrigerant flow (VRF) technologies are required. To serve customers in these states, we have added this technology to our portfolio,” said Troy Rippe, Surna’s Vice…

Plantaform turns to well-known entrepreneur to help grow gardening tech startup

A Gatineau biotech startup that’s developing a soil-free system to grow herbs and leafy vegetables has gained a high-profile financial backer as it pushes toward its market…

Dallas SPAC gets approval for merger, doesn't have required cash

A Dallas-based blank check company led by local energy executives is planning to merge with an indoor farming and agriculture company by the end of the month if it can pull together the required capital. Spring Valley Acquisition Corp. announced Monday that its shareholders voted to approve its business…

Wheat for space: Bavaria is researching "vertical farming"

"Vertical farming" is an international research trend. This means indoor plant cultivation with electric lighting and air conditioning. Work is also being carried out on it in…

CubicFarm to deliver commercial-scale FreshHub of 96 system modules

CAN (BC): CAD$1.2 million deposit for new installation in Vancouver area

CubicFarm Systems has announced a new project to deliver a new commercial-scale FreshHub with 96 CubicFarm System modules, the Company's largest project to date.  The Company has received a CAD$1.2 million deposit from a private investor group for the FreshHub purchase and installation in the Lower Mainland…

Two new team members join AmericanHort

Management changes announced for Cultivate’22

In an effort to continually improve the event and experience for our exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees, AmericanHort is pleased to announce Cindy Lee and Bill Behrens have…

Foundation Farms:

CAN: 450-tower vertical farm to be installed in BC

Foundation Farms has received a 450 tower vertical farm which will be located in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Gross margin is expected to be $445,000 per year or 98% of sales. The joint venture with Life Leaf Gardens, is expected to generate a net profit of $113,000 per year or 25% of sales and payback…

Combining much-needed high-tech machines backed with AI capabilities

South Essex Fabricating partners with Robovision

South Essex Fabricating (SEF) has signed a partnership agreement with Robovision to pave the way for the research and development of deep-learning software and enhanced AI robotics for the horticulture industry. On Sept 1, 2021 Peter Quiring, owner and CEO of South Essex Fabricating, sat down virtually…

Plenty:

Technical leadership team expanded with several new hires

Plenty has added new people to its Technical Leadership Team. The team is helping to lead all technical aspects of Plenty’s new Compton facility. Additions to the team include Jessica McKinley as vice president of product management, Matt McMahon as senior director of technical program management and…

CubicFarms collaborates with Microsoft on cloud services for indoor farming tech

CubicFarm Systems Corp., an agtech company, announced that it has selected Microsoft’s technology to launch the next generation of indoor farming technologies for fresh food and fresh livestock feed. CubicFarms will be working with Microsoft’s cloud services to deliver technology that enables farmers to…

Kalera:

Aric Nissen announced as new CMO

Kalera, a vertical farming company, announced the appointment of Aric Nissen as Chief Marketing Officer. In his new role, Nissen will be an integral part of the executive team as he oversees the development and execution of Kalera’s marketing initiatives. “Aric is a fantastic addition to our executive team with an impressive…

Upward Farms:

Eric Greifenberger named VP marketing and sales

Upward Farms, an aquaponic vertical farm, has named seasoned consumer packaged goods (CPG) executive Eric Greifenberger Vice President of Marketing and Sales. With 25 years of experience in the CPG space, Greifenberger has spent his career shaping strategies and driving profitable growth for brands…

New $100 million fund focuses on greenhouse and indoor projects

A newly launched investment fund that is currently looking for investors, says it seeks to invest primarily in proprietary conventional, organic, and niche market indoor…

Affinor Growers:

Patent issued for automated vertical growing towers

Affinor Growers Inc, a vertical grower, announced it has been issued Patent No. 38806 by the Superintendencia de Industria y Comercio (Industry and Commerce), Republica de Colombia for “vertical growing towers for automated horticulture and agriculture”.  Affinor’s vertical farming towers can be used to sustainably…

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Scotland: Construction kicked off for plant science innovation centers

Building work is underway on the International Barley Hub (IBH) and Advanced Plant Growth Centre (APGC) at the James Hutton Institute. To mark the commencement of the works formally, a breaking-ground ceremony was held at the James Hutton Institute campus in Invergowrie, led by both Mairi Gougeon MSP,…

Fresh herbs from halls and bunkers

From a hall instead of a field: ETH spin-off YASAI soon wants to harvest 20 tons of herbs per year from an indoor plant. Vertical farming primarily brings ecological advantages. More can be produced with fewer resources, according to ETH Zurich. This is how the founders of ETH spin-off YASAI envision the…

"New horticulture technical representative a welcome addition to Southeast region"

Devin McCaffrey joins the BioSafe Systems’ team as a new Technical Sales Representative for the Horticulture Division. He is in the Raleigh, North Carolina area, and will serve the surrounding regional states including NC, SC, GA, VA, WV, KY, and TN. "Devin will be working with the rest of the…

Pinduoduo pledges $1.5 billion to Chinese farmers

Pinduoduo, one of China’s biggest agriculture platforms, has pledged to contribute $1.5 billion to Chinese growers and the agricultural industry. The company explained they want to promote environmentally sustainable practices and invest in the agri-food system. The company announced the creation of a…

Taylor Farms announces investment with Pure Green Farms

Another major North American open field grower enters the CEA industry

One of the biggest open field growers in North America, Taylor Farms, enters the greenhouse growing market with an investment in greenhouse company Pure Green Farms. "This expansion into greenhouse grown fresh offerings will complement our existing 122,200 crop acre field grown program and 16 salad…

PlantLab to cultivate at 15.000m2

NL: Increasing growing capacity by 400%

PlantLab, a vertical farmer, is expanding its Dutch production location by 400%. Starting in November, almost 15,000 square meters will be available in Amsterdam for growing vegetables and herbs, such as tomatoes, cucumber, basil and mint.  In the PlantLab facility, 4,000 square meters are now available for…

Sprout AI:

Jon Olsen appointed as new CFO

Sprout AI Inc., a vertical farming tech company, announced the appointment of Jon Olsen as interim chief financial officer of the company. Olsen brings over 16 years of financial leadership…

Urban Crop Solutions supplies climate chambers to Singapore University

Singapore: Starting operations in new R&D center with indoor farms

Urban Crop Solutions has built the indoor climate precision growth chambers within the Vertical Farming Research Centre at a Singapore University, as part of Singapore’s large-scale investment in controlled indoor farming.  This new installation in a country that prioritises indoor vertical farming as a strategic…

US (TX): New department head joins College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Aimed at helping Texas’ producers of fruits and vegetables with enhanced nutrition and value, Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Horticultural Sciences will be led by Amit Dhingra, Ph.D., who successfully forged relations with pear producers and other agriculture…

GrowGeneration

US (WA): GrowGeneration purchases gardening store in Washington state

GrowGeneration announced the acquisition of Hoagtech Hydroponics. This acquisition brings the total number of GrowGen hydroponic garden centers nationwide to 59 stores. "We're thrilled with our acquisition of Hoagtech Hydroponics, which boasts a strong commercial customer base and a talented team of grow…

US (OH): Construction of $1.5 mil Innovation and Aquaponics center starts

The ceremony for the Antwerp Innovation and Aquaponics Center will take place on Thursday 4PM at the school. The $1.5 million dollar facility is to be constructed in the…

Fusion Farms:

Puerto Rico: Expanding operations due to increasing demand

In the west of Puerto Rico, an ag innovation company is developing tools to help promote the country's food security and sovereignty. The company behind it is Fusion Farms, dedicated to aquaponic agriculture since 2018. Fusion Farms developed vertical farms in which they grow a variety of leafy greens,…

Seedo Corp:

Avi Stern added to board of directors

Seedo Corp. announced the appointment of Avi Stern to its board of directors as an Independent Director. Stern currently serves as the Vice President of Finance at Wix.com.  "We are pleased to welcome Avi Stern to our board as an Independent Director," says Dr.Gil Feiler, Chairman Seedo Corp. "Avi is coming…

Facebook: MetroGrow Hawaii

US (HI): “The demand for locally produced food is on the rise"

Hawaii’s first indoor vertical farm MetroGrow Hawaii has found new markets for its microgreens since the pandemic affected business with hotels and restaurants. Prior to the pandemic, Metro Grow Hawaii was servicing multiple restaurant accounts and had to pivot by increasing online sales and focusing…

Elevate Farms:

Global focus with ongoing farm constructions in Canada, New Zealand and the US

“While many of our competitors are staying relatively localized, we don’t feel that that approach demonstrates scale nor our tech and IP’s ability for global reach. For us, those elements are key,” says Travis Kanellos, chief strategy officer at Elevate Farm. Elevate Farm is a vertical farming company…

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US (WI): $425k loan approved to launch farm operations

An indoor urban farm planned for Milwaukee’s Century City business park was approved for a $425,000 loan to help launch its operation. Hundred Acre is a food-tech incubator that aims to bring hyper-local fresh greens.  The loan was approved by MEDC, a local lender, to help finance the $855,000 Hundred Acre…

Elevate Farms announces closing of $8 million equity financing

"With this offering closed, all our facilities are funded"

Elevate Farms announced that they’ve closed an equity financing deal for a total of $8,000,000, by issuing a non-interest-bearing $1,000 principal amount in unsecured convertible debentures of the corporation.  The financing will be used primarily to bolster global operations to support Elevate’s continued…

LettUs Grow:

UK: First container farm placed at University campus in Bristol

The first DROP & GROW container, supplied by UK-based LettUs Grow, has found its new home at the University of West England in Bristol. The DROP & GROW container is being run by The Greener Greens Co. and is situated at the University of West England in Bristol. The container farm is placed within their…

Several technology providers qualified for AgTech Breakthrough Awards

The spirit of the AgTech Breakthrough Awards is to highlight the products, solutions and companies within the crowded digital agricultural technology markets. AgTech…

Lighting for aquariums, mushrooms and red lettuce varieties

LED strip available in new blue sun spectrum

Active Grow, the sustainable horticultural lighting manufacturer, proudly announces the launch of its 22W T5 4FT LED Horticultural Strip Light in the new Blue Sun Spectrum.…

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Brazil: Project bets on alternative food production in urban centers

Adapted laboratories with controlled temperature, lighting, and nutrients are bets from companies and researchers in large urban centers, such as São Paulo, to offer quality food in sustainable projects. The idea is seen as an alternative for what may be the production of the future. Lettuce, purple…

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Infarm's Bedford (UK) farm

“This location enables us to serve 90 per cent of the UK population rapidly"

Pentadel Project Management, based in Promenade, has worked with Infarm on the design and construction of one of Europe's largest indoor vertical farming facilities. It is located in Bedford and is expected to be up and running in the autumn of this year. Infarm is behind the new growing center in…

80 Acres Farms on their $160 million funding plans

Improving food access through new farms, retail partnerships, and product R&D

“We’ve proven that the technology works so now it’s our time to bring that to more and more communities,” says Noah Zelkind, Director of Business Development at 80 Acres Farms.  80 Acres Farms is a vertical farming company that currently operates eight indoor farms and produces a wide product line including…

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US (NJ): Vertical farm expanding to Hamilton Township

Geoponica Greens, an indoor hydroponics vertical farm business, is expanding its existing operations in New Jersey to Hamilton Township this fall. Based in Chesilhurst, NJ, Geoponica Greens is introducing indoor vertical farming to the historic Mill One warehouse. The warehouse is located in Hamilton,…

AeroFarms:

Expanding in the Midwest, adding a 14.000m2 farm to supply retailers

AeroFarms today announced its plan to expand to the Midwest region as part of a project with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and St. Louis Controlled Environment Agriculture Coalition (STLCEA) to demonstrate strategies to minimize the environmental footprint of indoor agriculture. The greater St. Louis MO-IL…

CAN (AB): Initial order marks commercialization of scalable controlled aeroponic cultivation habitats

Sprout AI has processed an initial purchase order of 140 units in connection with the Company’s proprietary cultivation habitats from TheraCann International Benchmark…

New partnership to provide high-resolution satellite imagery to African space industry

Satellogic today announced a new partnership with GeoTerraImage, the premier geospatial solutions provider in southern Africa. GeoTerraImage will leverage Satellogic’s…

PlantLab:

New US patent granted

PlantLab has further strengthened its patent portfolio now that the second patent in the United States was granted today by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The first patent application was already granted last year. Both patents are retroactive to October 13, 2008. In June 2017, PlantLab's European patent…

AgTech CEA Venture to feed America

Mastronardi Produce Ltd. and AppHarvest have announced a new endeavor that will further strengthen their relationship. The companies have signed a non-binding letter of intent…

Educational wings in Virginia:

Highlighting the benefits of CEA

With a growing population, the world’s resources will need to be used in an increasingly efficient manner. Food will need to be grown near where it is needed. Space will need to be maximized. And these challenges can’t be tackled alone. In an effort to leverage resources, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, School of…

Shenandoah Growers:

US (TX): Construction of indoor farm kicked off

Construction is beginning in Anderson County to make way for Shenandoah Growers, Inc.’s indoor biofarm. The 100,000-square-foot facility will grow produce and leafy greens and…

Valuation of €130 million

Kalera to acquire &ever, aiming to expand globally

Kalera AS, an American vertical farming company, has entered into a share purchase agreement for the acquisition of all shares in &ever GmbH, a German indoor farming company. The total enterprise value is € 130 million. The consideration will consist of a combination of cash and Kalera shares.…

AgTech Startup hires bioengeneering experts to tackle food supply challenges

Professor Daniel L. Farkas PhD has joined GreenState AG as a founding partner. GreenState AG’s CEO, Billie Feldman, and Chief Investment Officer, Arsenije Ggrur, have recruited Professor Farkas to become the company’s Executive Chairman as well as Chief Scientist, entrusted to lead a science team to…

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Seedo Corp:

$1 million granted for saffron R&D and facility expansion

Seedo Corp. has been awarded a $1,000,000 grant from the Israeli Innovation Authority (IAI), an independent publicly funded agency. The new grant will allow the AgTech company to accelerate its R&D program building on its development of the protocols for growing saffron using vertical farming technology.…

AmplifiedAg:

US: $40 million capital raised for Southeast expansion

AmplifiedAg has completed $40 million in equity financing. The funding will be used to continue the expansion of its container farms, Vertical Roots, and the development of its operating system, AmpEDGE™.  "Our ability to scale our indoor farms and technology is leading to discussions with strategic and financial…

80 Acres Farms:

$160 million funding round secured to expand operations

80 Acres Farms, a vertical farming producer, has secured $160 million in additional funding in a round led by General Atlantic and joined by Siemens Financial Services, the U.S. financing arm of tech company Siemens. The company intends to use the capital for continued expansion and product development,…

Vertical Future welcomes new member of software development team

Vertical Future welcomes Sai kee Wong to their software development team as an Embedded Software Engineer. Sai Kee brings an large amount of experience to the Vertical Future team, from a career spanning over 35 years, primarily based in Hong Kong. Kai See started his career as a Technician before…

Fostering agricultural modernization and sustainability

Chinese universities launch Smart Agriculture Competition

Pinduoduo, China Agricultural University and Zhejiang University have jointly announced the launch of the 2021 Smart Agriculture Competition, an agricultural technology competition with the aim of fostering innovation and promoting agricultural modernization. Contestants will take a multidisciplinary…

Farm.One

US (NY): New “Neighborhood Farm” concept launched

FarmOne recently opened its new 10.000 sq. ft. facility (~930m2) in Brooklyn. “We wanted to take a big step up,” says Rob Laing, CEO at Farm.One. “There aren’t many spaces available in Manhattan that have much space for a farm.” After looking at Brooklyn, they found an empty warehouse in the Prospect…

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Eden Green Technology:

Expanding operations in Texas

Dozens of local and company officials braved Wednesday’s Cleburne heat to break ground on Eden Green Technology’s new expansion project. The company, which opened its Cleburne plant in 2018, specializes in vertical greenhouse farming technology. The system produces substantially higher crop yields than traditional farming in a…

CAN: New farm facility to open in Hamilton

Geoponica Greens, a vertical farm based in Chesilhurst, is expanding its existing operations to the historic Mill One warehouse in Hamilton Township this fall, the company announced. Desmond Hayes, founder and owner of Geoponica Greens, said the company utilizes hydroponics, an agricultural practice of…

Feeding astronauts with space food production system

Roto-Gro is capitalizing on the space exploration boom, as it applies to a NASA challenge developing novel food production technologies to feed astronauts on long-term…

Infarm:

Opening large vertical farming facilities in Europe

Infarm has signed a contract for a new Growing Centre in Bedford which will measure 9,760 sqm in size, offering more than 5500 sqm of growing space in Infarm’s cloud-connected…

AeroFarms and Nokia

Multi-year partnership to combine expertise in tech and farming

AeroFarms and Nokia Bell Labs unveiled a multi-year partnership to combine their expertise and expand their joint capabilities in networking, autonomous systems, and integrated machine vision and machine learning technologies to identify and track plant interactions at the most advanced levels. As part…

Infarm:

Plant researcher added to the team

Holding previous appointments as Research Scientist and Ph.D at Wageningen University and Research Pádraic will lead Infarm’s continuous efforts to improve the quality, flavor, and freshness of Infarm produce for sustainable, vertical farming. In addition, Pádraic will drive the development of a dynamic…

Organifarms:

First funding round secured

Organifarms has closed its first round of funding last week. The funding is provided by the Start-up BW Pre-Seed Program of the state of Baden-Württemberg. The start-up was supported by the start-up incubator Grünhof, which acted as a partner for the necessary preparation of the application documents and the pitch presentation.…

Green-focused public relations agency adds three clients

Sustainable PR, a public relations agency based in New York's Adirondack region specializing in earned media services for green companies, announces the addition of three new…

AgriFORCE promotes Troy McClellan to president of AgriFORCE Solutions

AgriFORCE announced that it has promoted Troy McClellan to President of the AgriFORCE Solutions division. In his new role, Mr. McClellan will be responsible for leading the…

Planted Detroit:

Takeing farming to new levels in Detroit

At Planted Detroit, technology and farming are believed to be a perfect match. Bringing these two worlds together to sustainably grow tastier, healthier, and more accessible greens is what Planted Detroit sees as the future of Detroit agriculture. Through their innovation, Planted Detroit harvests every…

&ever

&ever enters partnership with Modula S.p.A.

Partnership to create a fully automated farming system for fruit crops, such as strawberries

“As we are already present in Singapore and are in talks with local retailers and hotels, it was a logical step to start there,” says Mark Korzilius, CSO at &ever. We see a huge potential in Asia but also in the middle east, Europe, and the US.” Recently, &ever, a German vertical farming company, and…

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AgriFORCE appoints chief marketing officer

AgriFORCE Growing Systems has appointed Mauro Pennella as President of the Company’s AgriFORCE Brands division and Chief Marketing Officer of AgriFORCE Growing Systems. Mr.…

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Boston Microgreens:

From humble to high-tech in a matter of a few years

Boston Microgreens is a futuristic farm. Its 2,000-square-foot space in South Boston is a maze of five-level racks covered in trays of minuscule rainbow plants, which are grown, watered, and harvested on an automated schedule. The company began in the living room of cofounder Oliver Homberg’s apartment…

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RotoGro International:

A $2.2 million placement used to expand in vertical farming and mmj

RotoGro International (RGI) has secured firm commitments to undertake a $2.2 million placement. A total of 62,857,143 new fully paid ordinary shares will now be issued to institutional, professional, and sophisticated investors at 3.5 cents. RotoGro will use the money to expand its presence in the…

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Vertical Harvest:

$45 million in financing for Westbrook facility

The Finance Authority of Maine has approved a total of nearly $50 million in financing for two startups — Vertical Harvest L3C, which plans to launch a hydroponic greenhouse in Westbrook, and a Portland provider of 'digital therapeutics', MedRhythms Inc. Vertical Harvest will receive $45 million in…

Rise Gardens raises $9M in funding round

"There is a clear market for vertical and hydroponic gardening for home use"

Rise Gardens, which makes indoor, smart hydroponic garden systems, today announced it has raised $9 million in a Series A round, led by TELUS Ventures, Canada's most active corporate venture capital fund. Current Rise Gardens investors True Ventures and Amazon Alexa Fund also participated in the round,…

Pinduoduo Food Systems Forum

"Technology has big role to play in making agriculture climate-smart"

For centuries, farmers in India could count on groundwater to irrigate their fields. That has changed dramatically just in the past decade as the water table dropped and farmers found themselves paying to irrigate their fields.  That is one of the most visible impact of climate change on agriculture that Shashank…

Planning approved for growth at UK crop science company

Lancashire-based Levity CropScience, one of the UK’s Crop Science companies, has recently received planning approval for its new Crop Science Research Centre in Woodplumpton.…

Organifarms wins start-up prize from the Rentenbank (DE) with harvesting robot

"The fruit can go from harvest, directly to sale"

After the three-day AgTech and FoodTech Bootcamp of the Rentenbank and the TechQuartier in Frankfurt, the Constance-based start-up Organifarms convinced the jury at the Demo…

Sensor provides update on proposed acquisition of EmersonGrow Technology

Sensor Technologies would like to provide an update on its proposed acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding securities in the capital of EmersonGrow Technology. Further to Sensor's press releases of January 20, 2020, February 1, 2021, March 18, 2021, April 6, 2021 and June 7, 2021, EmersonGrow…

Foundation Farms reports second harvest is underway

"Consumers have been delighted with blemish-free produce"

Foundation Farms reported that the second harvest is currently underway at the company's E-roots center located in the Red Deer, Alberta area. Following an overwhelming positive response from customers who purchased the first crop last month, word is spreading throughout the surrounding communities and…

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Agtech startup bringing 'farms' closer to consumers

Cornwall-based agtech startup ZipGrow purchased a 20,000-square-foot building earlier this year, allowing it to more than double its footprint. “We’re growing super fast,” says co-founder and president Eric Lang, a serial entrepreneur with a background in traditional farming methods. The company, created…

US (TX): Fluence partners up with GrowGenerations as LED provider

Fluence by OSRAM has partnered with GrowGeneration as GrowGen’s premier LED horticulture lighting provider. With 55 retail and distribution centers, GrowGen carries and sells thousands of products, such as organic nutrients and soils, advanced lighting technology and state-of-the-art hydroponics…

Businesscloud.co.uk

"Photosynthetic microorganisms will be key choice for food production"

A startup aiming to industrialize photosynthesis to expand the world’s food supply has raised £3 million seed funding.  Arborea is a technology business that has developed a breakthrough cultivation platform for photosynthetic microorganisms for use as food ingredients and proteins. It was founded by CEO Julian…

"Indoor farming could be used to help the UK prepare for climate chaos"

A recent report by the independent Climate Change Committee (CCC) predicts warming will hit the UK harder than originally thought. It is likely that the intensity of heatwaves and rainfall will cause damage to homes, infrastructures, and services, with the CCC stressing that not enough is being done by…

iFarm

Strengthening ties with Qatar to grow in the Middle East

The Arabian Peninsula has an extremely hot and arid climate and Qatar is no exception. There are sands and dunes in the north, sandy hills in the south — with a rocky desert in the middle. In the summer months, temperatures can reach 50 °C. The country has no rivers and obtains most of its freshwater by…

AgriFORCE appoints senior government affairs to board of directors

AgriFORCE, an agriculture-focused technology company, announces that it has appointed senior government affairs executive, Amy E. Griffith, to the Company’s board of…

AVF

DLG and Association for Vertical Farming ready to cooperate

The Association for Vertical Farming (AVF) and the DLG (German Agricultural Society) are planning a strategic partnership to jointly promote indoor/vertical farming in Germany…

GrowFlux

GrowFlux wins $250,000 grant for renewable energy research

Philadelphia start-up tweaks lighting for the indoor ag space

GrowFlux, a Philadelphia agricultural technology start-up that is trying to make the industry more efficient, won a $250,000 grant last week from the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator for research at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Colorado. The aim is to reduce energy consumption in…

Grov technologies

Grōv Technologies signs agreement with Superior Farms

Producing 60,000 pounds of wheatgrass a day

Grōv Technologies, today announced a definitive agreement with California-based Superior Farms for the purchase of 10 Olympus Tower Farms that will produce fresh year-round feed for Superior’s upcoming Sheep Discovery Center™ in Central Utah. Grōv is part of Superior Farms’ efforts to dramatically…

Netled signs €15 million contract to deliver vertical farm to Swedish herb supplier

Netled and Oh My Greens (OMG) have signed a contract for a three-year investment program worth 15 million euros over three years. The project will see Netled deliver its Vera vertical farm to OMG, a Swedish supplier of potted herbs. The contract signed in June 2021, also includes a five-year maintenance…

Affinor growers announces new advisory board member

Affinor Growers announces Bo Slack has joined the Affinor advisory board to assist with growth plans for local, year-round, strawberry production across Canada, the USA and…

NPEC selects Czech company for growth chambers

"We are pleased to announce that we have selected the Czech company Photon Systems Instruments (PSI) to build the NPEC module 4 High Throughput Phenotyping (HTP) growth…

UrbanKisaan

BASF Venture Capital invests in Indian startup UrbanKisaan

BASF Venture Capital GmbH (BVC) is investing in the Indian startup UrbanKisaan, which specializes in hydroponic cultivation of various types of vegetables, greens, and herbs in tropical urban environments. This is BVC’s first investment in an early-stage business focusing on India. Conceptualized in…

Philippines: First harvest from university's ‘smart farm'

Arugula, pak choi, or Chinese white cabbage, lettuce, and romaine crops were among the green leafy vegetables harvested from the country’s first “smart farm”. Department of…

The Grocer

UK: Scaling up production through partnership with wholesaler Reynolds

Vertical farming company Growing Underground has formed a strategic partnership with fresh produce wholesaler Reynolds to scale up production and distribution of its microgreens and salad mixes. As part of the tie-up, Reynolds will distribute produce grown by the business from its original farm in…

Four vertical growers collaborating to deliver social-impact projects in Wales

Four UK vertical farming companies, LettUs Grow, Digital Farming, Farm Urban and GrowStack, are collaborating to bring the benefits of CEA to Welsh communities. This is one of the widest collaborations between leading CEA tech providers in the UK to date, with a focus on delivering vertical farms across…

2021 Global CEA Census will measure the impact of sustainability

"Consumers are making decisions based on sustainability factor"

The 2021 Global CEA Census has launched with a focus on growers’ perspectives on sustainability and how they are measuring specific ESG (environmental, social, and governance) outcomes. This year Agritecture Consulting will partner with AgTech company WayBeyond who has taken over the responsibility of…

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Italian food company invests in vertical farmer for its pasta sauces

Barilla, an Italian family-owned food company, opens up to vertical farming. They're starting a partnership with Zero Farms, through its venture arm Blu1877. The first project of Zero technology in the Barilla world will be focused on the production of greens used for the production of Barilla's…

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UK: Ocado to fund new vertical farm near Bristol as sales leap

Ocado is planning to “assist” with the building of a vertical farm near Bristol, it has announced. The online grocer said it had invested £5 million in Lincolnshire-based Jones Food Company (JFC) as part of a wider £25 million raise. The funding will be used to help JFC - Europe’s largest vertical farm -…

Equilibrium closes industry’s largest CEA fund at $1.022 billion

“There have been boom periods in controlled agriculture, in high tech greenhouses. But even the Dutch industry now realizes something different is happening right now,” says David Chen, CEO with Equilibrium. Today, the company closes the industry's largest Environment Agriculture fund at $1.022 billion.…

Agrify enters into multi-year R&D partnership with Curaleaf

Partnership to study impact of cultivation environment on plants

Agrify Corporation, a developer of hardware and software cultivation solutions for the indoor agriculture marketplace, announced that it has signed a definitive Collaboration Agreement forming a long-term research and development partnership with Curaleaf Holdings. Curaleaf is one of the largest…


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