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Indoor saffron farming with special reference to hydroponic system

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2021-Jan-18 Mon 09:11
2021-Jan-18 Mon 09:11
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Indoor farming is a method of cultivating crops or plants normally on a large scale entirely indoors. But, we must make sure that our indoor room’s insulation has enough R-value to support farming 24×7. The R-value is the measure of resistance to heat flow which is thermal resistance indicating the…

📅 Canada: Webinar on use of artificial intelligence in CEA

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2021-Jan-15 Fri 06:16
2021-Jan-15 Fri 06:16
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Koidra and Blue Radix are two companies working with Ontario greenhouse vegetable producers to integrate AI in their production systems. This webinar will highlight each company’s involvement in this space and answer producer questions. To register, visit the website.  For more information:Ontario Ministry of…

A CEA waste study to suggest best practices for sustainability

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2021-Jan-14 Thu 06:16
2021-Jan-14 Thu 06:16
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Controlled environment agriculture (CEA) production has the opportunity to provide a sustainable alternative to conventional farming. A lot of focus has already been placed on CEA's ability to be very water-efficient and space-efficient, and various studies have looked at its energy use. One area which…

Enhancing automation in controlled environment agriculture farming

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2021-Jan-05 Tue 11:15
2021-Jan-05 Tue 11:15
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The Canadian organisation Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada AAFC is launching a challenge to enhance automation in the production and harvesting operations of CEA facilities. Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) is an indoor technology-based production system where crops are grown under a modified and…

CEA growers might miss out on UV light benefits

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-21 Mon 11:03
2020-Dec-21 Mon 11:03
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“CEA agriculture has increased in importance in 2020, with restraints on traveling, shipping and transportation,” says Triston Hooks, Research Associate at Texas A&M AgriLife. However, there are also some issues around it. Triston states that both indoor and greenhouse growing typically block or lack UV…

Growth prospects strong for controlled-environment leafy greens

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-18 Fri 11:15
2020-Dec-18 Fri 11:15
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2020 has been a breakout year for indoor and greenhouse farming, and Abby Prior believes the momentum will continue to build. Prior, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Irvington, N.Y. based BrightFarms, spoke Dec. 14 with The Packer’s Tom Karst about the developments at BrightFarms and the…

'CEA or vertical farming will be an important area for agriculture in the future'

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-11 Fri 11:15
2020-Dec-11 Fri 11:15
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John Harnett, Founder and CEO of accelerator THRIVE, joined the Virtual Precision Agriculture Conference from Silicon Valley in California. He explained that the worlds of agriculture, technology and innovation were not all naturally connecting together, the industry was very fragmented, which is why he…

📄 India: Management of aphid and whitefly on capsicum under protected cultivation

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-09 Wed 11:15
2020-Dec-09 Wed 11:15
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The peach aphid, Myzus persicae (Hemiptera: Aphididae) and silver leaf whitefly, Bemisia tabaci (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) are the major pests of capsicum under protected cultivation. The entomopathogenic fungi (EPF) are environmentally safe than the chemical pesticides. In a new study, different EPF…

A good year for CEA

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-09 Wed 11:15
2020-Dec-09 Wed 11:15
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Approaching the end of a very shaky 2020 from a general business perspective, we went looking for horticultural market data that might show that sector to have overperformed relative to business in general and that might portend positive opportunity for players in horticultural lighting and AgTech. S2G Ventures has published…

Initial lettuce project launched by Precision Indoor Plants (PIP) Consortium

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-08 Tue 13:30
2020-Dec-08 Tue 13:30
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Lettuce is the third most consumed vegetable in the US. However, as a perishable product, much of the produce is not marketable because lettuce leaves discolor after harvest. In fact, 46 percent of head lettuce and 55 percent of fresh romaine and leaf lettuce is wasted. The Foundation for Food &…

Tips for Creating an Inclusive Color-Coding Plan for Food Manufacturing Facilities

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-04 Fri 13:54
2020-Dec-04 Fri 13:54
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Color-coding as a quality assurance and safety measure has been on the rise since the passage of FSMA in 2011. Now, 10 years later, color-coding is being used in a wide range of industries from food manufacturers and processors to pharmaceutical developers and even brewers. As the popularity of the practice of color-coding has increased, so too has the market for color-coded tools. Nowadays, those in the industry can find virtually every high-quality cleaning tool under the sun, and a hygienic tools storage option for that tool in the color needed. The improved quality and availability of these products is wonderful, but nice tools alone cannot ensure a successful color-coding plan. Color-coding compliance is only possible when there is team-wide buy-in. That means meeting the team where they are—making the plan important to every single employee who steps onto a production floor. To do that, it needs to be introduced in an inclusive manner. The following are some tips for creating and implementing an inclusive color-coding plan.

Pathogen control for proactive growers

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-03 Thu 14:51
2020-Dec-03 Thu 14:51
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Contained environments lock out many threats by protecting plants from predators and extreme weather like snow, hurricane winds or scorching heat. Unfortunately, sometimes the smaller the pest the bigger the problem. Consistent issues persist in contained environments caused by fungi, bacteria and human…

Conventional #agriculture uses a staggering 70% of our #water supply and produces 30% of our #CarbonEmissions

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-23 Mon 15:20
2020-Nov-23 Mon 15:20
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Conventional #agriculture uses a staggering 70% of our #water supply and produces 30% of our #CarbonEmissions. #IndoorFarming uses 92% less #water and produces 67-92% less carbon. If we are to curb #climatechange before it’s too late, things need to change.

📅 Controlled-environment specialty crop production

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-19 Thu 10:39
2020-Nov-19 Thu 10:39
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Professional advice on growing thriving specialty crops in controlled environments is available for free at the second annual Urban Agriculture Controlled Environment Conference online December 3. The event is led by research faculty and specialists of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas…

Building trust in CEA food safety

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-17 Tue 10:51
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In early 2019, after the Thanksgiving 2018 romaine recall, numerous leading CEA producers of leafy greens came together with a thought – what if we treat food safety as a pre-competitive issue? We could work together to develop a strong and credible approach to food safety for CEA leafy greens, whilst…

What are the production and training issues facing controlled environment agriculture growers?

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-16 Mon 08:40
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Ohio State University professor Chieri Kubota is focused on helping to resolve the production and training challenges facing controlled environment growers. Trying to produce vegetables in hot, humid conditions can be difficult for controlled environment growers whether growing in a greenhouse or a…

📅 The importance of light quality in CEA systems

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-11 Wed 08:46
2020-Nov-11 Wed 08:46
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500Foods shared this story from HD.com.

Spectrum has an important impact on plant growth, morphology, and development. Plants have evolved a sophisticated photoreceptor system capable of perceiving small changes on the light spectrum. Plants use spectral changes as information to adapt and increase survival and reproduction. Therefore, by…

Subtropical sweet potatoes locally produced in Canadian greenhouses

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-04 Wed 10:10
2020-Nov-04 Wed 10:10
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Over the past few years, sweet potatoes have risen in popularity among Canadian consumers. Ontario production meets just over 50 per cent of the province’s demand for the tubers. A recent report by the Greenbelt Foundation explains how local production could expand to meet 79 per cent of provincial…

CEA Basics: Sustainability

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-31 Sat 14:43
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Indoor food production systems have the opportunity to  reduce the overall impact that agriculture has on the environment. Greenhouses reduce the need for many precious resources, such as land and water, while simultaneously producing higher yields per unit area than field grown crops.  However, other resources are required to produce food indoors, including building materials and energy to operate systems.  Furthermore, technologies like evaporative cooling systems, utilize water, offsetting some of the savings acquired through hydroponic irrigation.  Therefore, environmental stewardship and sustainability should be an important element when planning, designing, building, and operating the greenhouse.   

CEA Basics: Planning and Design

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-15 Thu 15:20
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As you plan to design and construct your indoor agriculture facility, it will be helpful to consider the following questions:What crop(s) will you grow?What type of facility will you use?Where will you grow the crop?Who will manage the crop?How will the crop be managed?When will the crop grow?​The answers to these questions will help your design and construction team determine the operating needs of your facility. Those needs include everything from what type of systems to install; the adequacy of available utility services, such as electricity, natural gas, water and sewer; identifation of local and Federal building codes; and other considerations that will make your facility most efficient and productive. ​The answers to these questions will help guide the design, operational, and marketing requirements of the greenhouse, ultimately determining the crop growth potential and economic viability. 

Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA)

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-09 Fri 17:55
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The purpose of indoor agriculture is to provide plants with a protected and controlled environment. Greenhouses, vertical farms, closed plant production systems, and other protected agriculture systems allow

Grapevines in a greenhouse

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-08 Thu 11:02
2020-Oct-08 Thu 11:02
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Guillaume Grapevine Nursery is set up for ongoing success. Nursery Manager Simon Delbos reported that his ATI greenhouse is ready to perform at a high-level starting next year, he said. “The plan is to grow 150,000 wine grapevines in each turn, with potentially three turns every year depending on our orders.” Growing grapevines…

@LettUsGrow: How does indoor farming work?

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-05 Mon 03:30
2020-Oct-05 Mon 03:30
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How does indoor farming work?

How can it supplement outdoor growing?

Find out by reading our latest blog on the different kinds of controlled environment agriculture & how it's used to grow crops: lettusgrow.com/blog/what-is-i…

CEA food safety group adds members, prepares metrics

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-25 Fri 10:32
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The CEA Food Safety Coalition, which represents controlled-environment agriculture operations that include greenhouses and indoor vertical farms, has added members and is preparing to release food safety metrics by the end of the year.

“The coalition’s members collaborate by establishing standards and sharing insights to protect consumers,” Paul Lightfoot, coalition founder and chairman, and president of BrightFarms. “The more members, the safer the industry, so I’m thrilled that all the major players in our space have joined the coalition.”

The group is developing food safety standards tailored to controlled environment growing, and the group plans to release this year a set of criteria supporting a “no need to wash” label for members, and food safety metrics for members (in addition to underlying external food safety audits), according to a news release.

“Along with the growth of the CEA leafy greens industry comes the need to evaluate food safety risks specific to these commodities,” Jennifer McEntire, senior vice president of food safety and technology at the United Fresh Produce Association. “The coalition is playing a critical role in convening the industry and facilitating these discussions, and United Fresh Produce Association is pleased to contribute to this public health-focused effort.”

The newest members are:

Food safety in CEA systems

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-22 Tue 10:04
2020-Sep-22 Tue 10:04
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In the webinar 'Food Safety in CEA Systems', presented by GLASE on September 24, 2020, Dr. Gioia Massa, plant scientist at NASA, will highlight some of the unique aspects of space crop production and the microbial food safety considerations of space-grown produce. Data will be presented on space-grown leafy green vegetables, as…

'We are developing a sustainable technology that uses 75% less LED lighting'

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-08 Tue 10:13
2020-Sep-08 Tue 10:13
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Verde Compacto, a Mexican start-up, producer of container farms and indoor farming growing technologies, has seen significant demand for their growing systems during the pandemic.  'COVID is driving this market forward because people want to know what is behind their food and their diets. Logistic chains in…

CEA Lite: tech and opportunities for Controlled Environment Agriculture

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-07 Mon 13:45
2020-Sep-07 Mon 13:45
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Environmental challenges, technological advances and changing consumer demand have increased demand for controlled environment agriculture solutions. Agri-TechE is hosting CEA Lite to keep the conversation going around the technologies and opportunities in this vibrant space until everyone can meet again…