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Friday, April 18, 2014


TGU moves greenhouse fans with the new VentiLift
Greenhouse fans no longer blocking your workspace
We constantly face similar problems in greenhouses: fans block working space or ways, hinder the sprinklers or they are not located in the optimum position, especially if the height of the planted crops varies. TGU found the solution for these issues with the development of the new fan-lifting-devise, the.....

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Update on Utah's greenhouse project of Houweling’s Tomatoes
Casy Houweling writes on www.houwelings.com about the development of the new greenhouse farm in Utah. "This past week the excitement of planning a project such as Houweling’s Tomatoes sustainable greenhouse farm in Utah, got put into high gear as we are now under construction! As you can see from the.....

NSF now offers CGF certification globally:
CGF enables high-tech greenhouse growers to demonstrate sustainability and quality
NSF Agriculture, part of NSF International, the leading food safety certification body in North America, now offers Certified Greenhouse Farmers (CGF) certification globally for the CGF trade association, which enables greenhouse growers to demonstrate sustainable production practices and quality management.....

Sakata Seed America & Alf Christianson Seed Co. announce merger
Sakata Seed America, Inc. and Alf Christianson Seed Co. announce this week that the two companies will merge, effective immediately. The newly merged entity will operate under the Sakata Seed America name and will be headquartered in Morgan Hill, CA. Sakata Seed America will retain a significant presence in.....

Five quirky indoor agriculture projects
Indoor agriculture has always been about finding the coolest, most tech-savvy way to get produce growing, whether it’s running your container farm from your iPhone or re-zoning your greenhouse to squeeze in a couple more rows. While Indoor Ag-Con is squarely focused on the commercial side of the industry,.....

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Organic farmers in Nova Scotia bounce back from weather bomb
Canada: Fundraiser collects $10,000 to help replace destroyed greenhouses, seedlings
Organic farmers in southwest Nova Scotia are bouncing back from a March weather bomb, with a little help from their friends. A local fundraiser is well on its way to raising $10,000 to help replace greenhouses and seedlings at Whippletree Farm near Annapolis Royal and Wild Rose Farm near Weymouth, destroyed.....


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Workshop on “Harnessing Renewable Energy Potential in the Kenyan Flower Industry”
The Project Development Programme (PDP) of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in collaboration with the Kenya Flower Council will hold a workshop on “Harnessing Renewable Energy Potential in the Kenyan Flower Industry” at Thika and Isinya to present the outcome of a study done on.....


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Canada: Kontos now registered for Greenhouse and Outdoor Ornamentals
Flowers Canada Growers Inc is pleased to announce that Kontos (spirotetramat) is now registered for greenhouse and outdoor ornamental uses. Kontos can be applied as a foliar spray or drench and is registered for a number of major pests including whiteflies, green peach aphid, citrus mealy bugs, western.....


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Research update on the floriculture production
Australia: Level of floriculture import penetration climbs to 8.6% of domestic demand
High import penetration and price competition from supermarkets have put pressure on profit margins in the Floriculture Production industry in the past five years. For this reason, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated its report on the Floriculture Production industry in Australia. The Floriculture.....


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UC Davis researchers help find birthplace of chili pepper
Somewhere between Puebla and Veracruz in central-east Mexico rests the cradle of culinary inspiration: The birthplace of the domesticated chili pepper. That’s the determination of an international team of researchers, led by a plant scientist at the University of California, Davis.That fact is more than an.....


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Plant breeders release first 'Open Source Seeds'
A group of scientists and food activists is launching a campaign to change the rules that govern seeds. They're releasing 29 new varieties of crops under a new "open source pledge" that's intended to safeguard the ability of farmers, gardeners and plant breeders to share those seeds freely.It's inspired by.....


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Interpack- Messe Düsseldorf from 8-14 May:
The role of packaging in preventing food waste
Packaging as a resource for improving the management of food products, from production to consumption. It is with this concept in mind that ILIP, one of the European leading food packaging manufacturers, will be exhibiting at Interpack (stand FG / IPP21), the packaging sector's largest exhibition, to be held.....


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New study provides insight on purchasing barriers for non-flower buyers
The Floral Marketing Research Fund has released results from a study that provides new data about the barriers to and motivations for purchasing flowers.The results were released at the American Floral Endowment’s (AFE) annual fundraising dinner on Sept. 19, held in conjunction with the Society of American.....


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Pelemix's manufacturing system ensures the quality of its coir fibre
Pelemix is currently one of the leading firms in the production and distribution of coir fibre as a substrate for intensive crops.Originally, this Israeli company was merely a primary producer and had its products distributed through a local distributor; however, in 2003 decided to start distributing in a.....


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Malaysia: Small scale programmes to assist farmers produce organic fertilisers
The Borneo state government does not have any specific programmes to assist farmers produce organic fertilisers as a move to control the price of fertiliser which is considered a burden to farmers and consumers. The government, however, has programs to assist farmers in producing organic fertiliser on a.....


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Spain: Testing of air cooling systems in greenhouses
A group of researchers from the Rural Engineering Group of the University of Almeria (UAL), members of the Agri-food International Excellence Campus CeiA3, have implemented a system normally used in the cooling of buildings (evaporator water boxes) to greenhouses in order to analyse its impact onwater and.....


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US (OH): Upcoming sessions target on-farm food safety for fruit, vegetable growers
A series of training sessions hosted by Ohio State University’s Fruit and Vegetable Safety Program continues through May and possibly into June, before the growing season gets into full swing.The Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) sessions provide produce growers the basics of on-farm food safety.In.....


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Canadian food inspection agency:
Canada: No detectable pathogens for 99.9% of leafy green vegetables tested
As part of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) routine testing of various food products, a survey released today found that more than 99.9 per cent of leafy green vegetable samples had no detectable levels of bacterial pathogens and were safe to consume.As part of a five-year microbiological plan.....


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US (OH): Greenhouse to open at Lorain County Joint Vocational School
Students in the Landscape and Greenhouse Management Program will be opening a greenhouse for spring plant sales April 28 at Lorain County Joint Vocational School. Varieties of plants include annual and vegetable flats, perennials, hanging baskets, ferns and pouches. Operating hours run from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m......


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Photoreport Bronisze Wholesale Market Warsaw
During our visit to Warsaw last week, we visited the Bronisze wholesale market and took pictures of the products and retailers. The atmosphere was excellent, although we attracted some strange looks. It was not too busy around 8 o'clock in the morning. The supply on the market was huge and it was striking.....


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