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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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