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Green Sense Radio invites Chris Higgins to look at the Latest in Green Agriculture

Growing Green with Chris Higgins of Urban Ag News, Singularity University, HP’s Deforestation Goals Aug. 7, 2016  Chris Higgins of Urban Ag News and Hort Americas joins us for our feature, a look at the latest in green agriculture, Growing Green. He’ll tell us about the new Agrihood trend. Singularity University is a benefit corporation […]

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Riococo Coco Coir Substrates

As an organic crop producer, you seek to optimally balance air, water and nutrients in order to attain maximum yields. Hort Americas supports your efforts by bringing you Riococo’s award-winning Coco Coir Substrates. With excellent water/nutrient retention and distribution, you can guarantee your root structure will receive the proper amount of aeration. Riococo controls the […]

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Taking LEDs to the next level

McGill University bioresource engineer Mark Lefsrud said it’s time to take plant research and production to a higher level with LEDs. Much of the research that has been done with LEDs for the last 50 years has been conducted with low light levels. “The biggest research area right now is with LEDs at high intensities […]

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Pre-Empt Organic Hydroponic Nutrients

Proudly brought to the commercial hydroponic and organic grower by Hort Americas and specifically developed for recirculating nutrient film technique (NFT), the Pre-Empt Hydroponic Nutrient is packed with the essential micro- and macro-nutrients, amino acids and vitamins plants hunger for! Pre-Empt goes through a five stage fermentation process which is above and beyond other products […]

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Urban Ag News Online Magazine Issue 14 is live

At Hort Americas, we are proud to be sponsors of Urban Ag News. They continue to produce great articles on urban agriculture and vertical farming including technology and innovation. We hope you enjoy their latest issue as much as we do! Urban Ag News Issue 14  |  July 2016 Urban Ag News Issue 14 cover story […]

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GE is ready to rock in the horticulture lighting industry

GE Horticultural LED Lighting Whether you are growing leafy greens and herbs or starting up fruiting crops like tomatoes or peppers, GE Horticultural LED Lighting from Hort Americas can help insure you get maximum yields! GE provides utility lighting and more. The new Horticulture LED Batten (light strip) is designed to facilitate indoor farming by […]

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Riococo Closed Bottom Organic Plug used for Lettuce

An OMRI-certified option for organic and hydroponic growing

Riococo Closed Bottom Organic Plug For the Organic or Hydroponic grower seeking an OMRI-Certified option for fast and effective seed germination, plug and transplant production for leafy greens and culinary herbs, Hort Americas brings you the Riococo Closed Bottom Organic Plug (CBOP). Whether you grow in 1020 trays, grow bags, nutrient film technique (NFT), raft […]

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University of Florida Nutrient Management Course

Online fertilizer training course from University of Florida begins on July 18

The online course “Nutrient Management (Level 1)/Manejo de Nutrientes (Nivel 1)” offered by University of Florida IFAS Extension (UF) helps growers make better crop management decisions. This course is designed for US and international growers that have practical experience or entry university level, and are in production, technical or sales roles. The course is offered […]

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Kevin Folta University of Florida

Are you using social media to promote your brand, your industry?

Kevin Folta, chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida, said more researchers, farmers and students need to be using social media to promote themselves, their research and their industries.   Kevin Folta, professor and chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida, has been writing online blogs since […]

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Solving the Hydroponic Fertilizer Equation

Hort Americas Hydroponic Fertilizer It is quite common for both start-up and experienced commercial hydroponic growers to feel they need a math degree when it comes to calculating the necessary micro and macro elements of their water soluble fertilizer. Hort Americas has solved the equation with their specially formulated 9-7-37 Hydroponic Fertilizer.  Hort Americas has developed this […]

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Direct-to-consumer food sales could help growers succeed

A study of data collected in the 2007 and 2012 Census of Agriculture shows that direct-to-consumer sales could help growers remain in business longer. In January 2015 a group of economists at the USDA-Economic Research Service released the publication “Trends in U.S. Local and Regional Food Systems: A Report to Congress”. The purpose of the […]

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Meeting the demand for locally grown ethnic produce

Rutgers University researchers are studying the viability of growing ethnic specialty crops in greenhouses and hoop houses for local and regional sales. While consumer demand for organic products continues to increase so does the demand for locally grown produce. USDA reports that industry data estimates that U.S. local food sales totaled at least $12 billion in 2014, […]

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University of Florida offers online greenhouse training courses

Growers at all levels of experience can benefits from four week courses. For the second year, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension will be offering online training courses in English and Spanish starting on May 30. The courses are to be geared towards helping grower staffs make better crop management decisions. […]

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Urban Ag News Issue 13 is Live

Urban Ag News Issue 13  |  April 2016 At Hort Americas, we are proud to be sponsors of Urban Ag News. They continue to raise the bar on covering the latest innovations and technology in urban agriculture and vertical farming. We hope you enjoy their latest issue as much as we do! Urban Ag News’ […]

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How popular are LED lights?

Using only a fraction of the electricity that traditional bulbs use, LED Light Bulbs are becoming increasingly more and more popular each day. Whether you are a home owner or a commercial property owner, there is an obvious incentive to install them – both for cost savings and a reduced impact on the environment. On […]

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Hydroponic growers can avoid issues with soil-borne diseases, soil-hosted insects, poor soil drainage and aeration.
Photo courtesy of American Hydroponics

Can hydroponics be organic?

Regardless of whether you think hydroponic production can be organic, the bottom line is all methods of food production should be considered when trying to feed a growing world population. There is currently much discussion and debate occurring about whether hydroponic production can be labeled as organic. In September 2015 the USDA’s National Organic Program […]

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GAP-audited growers should have an easier time complying with food safety rules

Greenhouse and controlled environment agriculture growers who are participating in USDA’s GAP program are expected to have an easier time meeting Food Safety Modernization Act rules.   The burden of proving a grower is exempt from the Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act’s rule falls squarely on the shoulders of the growers. Phil Tocco, food safety educator […]

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Steve Newman, who is Colorado State’s greenhouse crops extension specialist and professor of 

floriculture, said the new horticulture center will be used for research, teaching and training.

Colorado State University’s new horticulture center will focus on research with LEDs

An agreement between Colorado State University and Philips Lighting to equip its new 27,000-square-foot horticulture center with LEDs will put the focus on using the lights for improving ornamental and vegetable plant production. When officials at Colorado State University went looking for property to build a new football stadium they didn’t have to look far. They decided […]

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Riococo Closed Bottom Organic Plug used for Lettuce

Hort Americas offers OMRI-certified Riococo coir substrates

Hort Americas offers several Riococo coir substrate products. Two of those substrates recently received OMRI certification for use in organic crop production. Riococo Coir Starter Blocks allow growers to propagate easier and faster to produce healthy plants organically. These biodegradable blocks are made from a 100 percent coir fiber compressed disc packed in biodegradable cellulose paper. […]

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Using Supplemental Lighting in Greenhouse Vegetable Crops

Why you should consider lighting greenhouse vegetable crops. Can’t decide if it would be worth installing supplemental lights for your greenhouse vegetables? A combination of supplemental light and carbon dioxide can ensure that you are maximizing plant growth. Melissa Brechner, director of the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center for Technology Transfer at Cornell University, usually tells […]

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