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Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses magazine closes

February 28, 2018
Steven Carruthers

Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses magazine has closed owing to a decline in advertising revenue. According to the latest Standard Media Index (SMI) released in January, newspaper and magazine advertising spend has dropped significantly over recent years. The Index does not include direct advertising spend where the situation is far worse. Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses (PH&G) has not been immune from the decline in advertising spend. Read More »

Book Clearance Sale

March 28, 2018

For the avid book collector or hydroponic purist, the Publisher’s clearance sale lists the industry’s most iconic books and DVDs, many no longer in print or available. Bargain books, DVDs and downloads at read-iculously low prices. Limited stock. https://tinyurl.com/y969hdyw

Bold vision to grow Australian agriculture into a $100 billion industry

March 23, 2018
Rural Queensland

Australia’s Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud has welcomed the release of the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) blueprint, Talking 2030: Growing agriculture into a $100 billion industry.

“A bold vision for a bold industry,” Minister Littleproud said.

“The Coalition Government is investing to grow agriculture and supports NFF’s ambitious vision for agriculture to become a $100 billion industry by 2030. Read More »

3rd Greenhouse & Hydroponic Technical Management Course for India

March 21, 2018
Hands-on training

Delish Veggies, Graeme Smith Consulting and Future Farms have announced the 3rd Greenhouse and Hydroponic Training Program in Pune, India, after the successes of their two training courses in 2017. Read More »

Autonomous greenhouses challenge using Artificial Intelligence

March 21, 2018

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is organising an international challenge to boost vegetable production using artificial intelligence and autonomous greenhouses. The challenge is sponsored by Tencent, Holdings Limited, a Chinese multinational investment holding conglomerate whose subsidiaries specialise in various Internet-related services and products, entertainment, AI and technology both in China and globally. The goal of the challenge is to produce a cucumber crop within 4 months with a high level of production and a high resource use efficiency.

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Experts wade into World Water Day discussions

March 20, 2018
WSU

World Water Day – held on 22 March every year – is about focusing attention on the importance of water. The theme for World Water Day 2018 is ‘Nature for Water’ – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century.

A range of Western Sydney University experts have come together to share their views on water sustainability and what it will take to ensure that the 2.1 billion people living on the planet have access to safe drinking water. Read More »

Top 5 Advantages of Container Farming

March 19, 2018
Container farming

The allure of container farming has introduced many new farmers to indoor agriculture. The portability and low fixed costs have expanded the possibilities for grow sites for many people. Industry players estimate that there are between 250 and 300 branded container farms in the world, with likely as many homegrown operations in existence.

This growing practice has not only captured the imagination of the media, but it has also attracted entrepreneurs and investors. A container farm’s size, cost and ability to grow in extreme temperatures have made it a great option for the right kind of farmer. While they do have their niche and their own challenges, container farms have several advantages.

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NSW blueberry industry takes lead on Code of Conduct

March 19, 2018
NSW blueberries

Australia’s growing blueberry industry has taken the lead on addressing key land use and rapid industry growth challenges with the release of a new industry led Code of Conduct. Member for Page, Kevin Hogan, said the Code of Conduct would clearly define industry best practice to support a vital part of agriculture in NSW.

“Blueberry production is one of the largest agriculture industries in my electorate and is vital to the Northern Beaches and Clarence Valley’s economy, worth around $95 million in 2015-16,” Mr Hogan said. Read More »