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Month: November 2021

Indoor Ag-Con Hosts Successful 2021 In-Person Edition In Orlando

Back To Business In A Big Way: Indoor Ag-Con Hosts Successful In-Person Edition In Orlando
Premier Trade Show & Conference for
Indoor |Vertical Farming Welcomed Back Growers, Suppliers, Industry Leaders

(October 12, 2021) — Indoor Ag-Con, the premier trade show and conference for indoor |vertical farming and controlled environment agriculture, welcomed growers, suppliers, tech companies, startups and others back for its in-person edition held October 4-5, 2021 at the Hilton Orlando. Delighted by the chance to return to a face-to-face gathering, 398 industry members came to the 2-day event to explore the newest innovations in 52 booths on the expo floor; attend 17 panel presentations, keynotes and fireside chats with 60 speakers; and enjoy a variety of networking events.

“As our first in-person event since the Covid pandemic, we’re thrilled with so many aspects of this edition — including a larger expo floor and notable upticks in our grower, supplier, start-up, tech, construction and other attendee sector numbers ,” said Brian Sullivan, owner|partner, Indoor Ag-Con. “The feedback we’ve gotten from our exhibitors around the meaningful contacts, connections and new business they generated here has been incredible.”

“The energy on the show floor, in the educational sessions, and networking events, exceeded all our expectations,” adds Nancy Hallberg, owner|partner, Indoor Ag-Con. “Everyone was so happy to have the chance to step away from the computer screen, onto the expo floor , and into meeting rooms to see old friends and make new ones. There’s just nothing like a live event for fostering those chance meetings and encounters, quality networking opportunities, and invaluable information exchanges. It’s good to be back!”

Among the many highlights of the 2021 Show in Orlando show included:

Indoor Ag-Con | Signify Welcome Party | October 3
Indoor Ag-Con and Signify lit up the October 2021 edition of Indoor Ag-Con on Sunday, October 3, with a Welcome Party at the Orlando World Marriott Center | Kalera Hycube Harvest Terrace. Attendees had the chance to network with industry friends, enjoy cocktails & hors d’oeuvres, see and learn more about Kalera at the place where it all began

Three CEO Keynote Sessions:
David Rosenberg, CEO, AeroFarms kicked off Indoor Ag-Con with the opening morning keynote with his session, “Indoor Agriculture and the Power Of Partnership.” Later that day, Austin Webb, CEO, Fifth Season, led the keynote session, “A New Category of Freshness.” Mike Zelkind, CEO, 80 Acres Farms, led the day two keynote session, “Maturing the Industry,” on Tuesday, October 5.

Panel Discussions & Fireside Chats

Attendees were able to choose from an array of panel discussions featured within Business & Marketing, Science & Technology and Alternative Crops tracks. Fireside chats included discussions with Ralph Fritsche, Space Crop Production Project Manager, NASA; Greg Ferrara, President, National Grocers Association; and Don Taylor, CEO, AmplifiedAg, Inc. In addition, other sessions included a Women in Ag panel, Hydroponics panel, a cannabis program moderated by Chris Walsh, CEO, MJBiz, and much more.

Sold Out Show Floor

The 2021 edition’s sold out show floor brought together some of the top brands in the business, as well as a number of emerging companies, representing everything from lighting and control systems to irrigation, substrates, pest management and more.

Networking
From lunch and cocktail parties on the show floor to “After Parties” hosted by Native each evening at the nearby Pub Orlando, attendees and exhibitors had countless opportunities to mix, mingle and connect with each other during the 2-day event.

The next edition of Indoor Ag-Con will be February 28 – March 1, 2022 at Caesars Forum in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show will co-locate with the National Grocers Association (NGA) Show, the leading trade show and conference for independent grocers, offering even more networking and business opportunites. The NGA Show and Indoor Ag-Con visitors will have access to all exhibits, and discounts will be available for cross-over educational event attendance. Look for more details coming soon.

ABOUT INDOOR AG-CON
Founded in 2013, Indoor Ag-Con has emerged as the premier trade event for vertical farming | indoor agriculture, the practice of growing crops in indoor systems, using hydroponic, aquaponic and aeroponic techniques. Its events are crop-agnostic and touch all sectors of the business, covering produce, legal cannabis |hemp, alternate protein and non-food crops. In December 2018, three event industry professionals – Nancy Hallberg, Kris Sieradzki and Brian Sullivan – acquired Indoor Ag-Con LLC , so setting the stage for further expansion of the events. More information: https://indoor.ag

 

Agnetix Launches Phenom

AGNETIX LAUNCHES PHENOM LIQUID COOLED MULTI-SENSOR AND IMAGING SMART HORTICULTURE LIGHTING SYSTEM FOR VERTICAL FARMING

Advanced data-focused solutions for indoor cultivation

PHENOM is a trailblazing new vertical grow lighting system with integrated sensor and imaging technologies building on the success of the innovative A3 and ZENITH luminaires. PHENOM integrates plant health sensors and a canopy imaging platform with the patented Agnetix liquid cooled hydronics system. Vertical farms can now increase density, height and energy efficiency by counteracting the environmental impacts caused by micro-climates and fixture waste heat pervasive in commercial grows featuring passively cooled lights.

PHENOM is designed for crops that require a Daily Light Integral (photosynthetic light measurement) for optimum growth ranging from 15-30 DLI, such as lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes and strawberries, to much higher DLI crops such as cannabis, which requires over 40 DLI. PHENOM may also be used in combination with the Agnetix A3 or ZENITH luminaires from start through vegetative growth and flowering as a full facility cultivation platform operating at the lowest carbon footprint of any grower in the same class.

The industry benchmark efficiency of the Agnetix system can now deliver close-proximity 100% PAR light (photosynthetically active radiation) to multi-level grows with luminaire wattage of 375 and an astonishing PPE (photosynthetic photon efficacy) of up to 3.61µmol/J and precision dimming 100-1%. Agnetix patented hydronics cooling extracts up to 140 watts of waste heat from the room per fixture significantly reducing the amount of energy intensive HVAC required versus any other light source.

The Agnetix environmental, thermal-sensing and computer-vision platform allows the vertical farmer to interact via the user interface remotely from the safety and convenience of their computer or mobile device, continuously monitoring the conditions and plant performance at enterprise scale with speed and convenience.

Sensor and imaging technologies empower key stakeholders with direct visualization of plant size and quality:

• Temperature, Relative Humidity, CO₂ ppm Sensor
• Leaf Temperature Sensor (IR)
• Reflected Canopy Light Intensity and Color Sensor
• Canopy Distance and Growth Rate Sensor
• Imaging Engine with Camera and Multi-wavelength LED Flash Illuminator

Critical plant and environmental information captured from PHENOM and HARMONY sensors intersect on the Agnetix HMI dashboard, enabling both manual and automated analysis capabilities.

“PHENOM is the next level of sustainable cultivation for high density controlled environment agriculture. It’s the ultimate high efficiency data driven solution for serious commercial growers and a game changing competitive advantage for our customers.” said Jordan Miles, CEO, Agnetix

Agnetix PHENOM is available to pre-order today with a select offering from the series available to ship to customers in Q2, 2022. For more information, visit www.agnetix.com or contact Sales@agnetix.com.

You can see PHENOM first-hand at Indoor Ag-Con, February 28 – March 1, 2022 in Agnetix booth 3013.

INNIO Joins Science Based Targets initiative

Indoor Ag-Con 2022 Exhibitor INNIO recently announced  that it has signed on to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to set science-based emissions reduction targets in line with 1.5°C emissions scenarios, criteria and recommendations. This commitment builds on INNIO’s leading position as a shaper of the energy transition. In addition, INNIO is proud to join the Race to Zero, a global campaign established by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to bring together global leadership for a healthy, resilient, and zero-carbon future.

INNIO is a leading provider of renewable gas, natural gas, and hydrogen-based solutions and services for power generation and gas compression at or near the point of use. With its Jenbacher and Waukesha engines, INNIO contributes to the energy supply of communities, industry and the public.

“At INNIO, we are relentlessly addressing the threat of climate change by developing carbon reduction actions across our businesses and aligning with external impactful policies that support delivering net-zero emissions,” said Dr. Olaf Berlien, president and CEO of INNIO. “The Science Based Target initiative is an essential part of our commitment to reduce carbon emissions.”

INNIO’s bold sustainability ambitions include that its engines be ready to be powered by 100% climate-neutral gases by 2025 and that 100% of its material inputs be recycled, renewable or reclaimed.

INNIO also is committed to the reduction of greenhouse gases within its value chain and therefore has pledged to lower these emissions at its production and office sites by 50% by 2030. In addition, INNIO suppliers will commit to achieving the same target in the same timeframe, and distributors will be encouraged to follow suit. INNIO used 2020 as the baseline for setting targets and ambitions.

INNIO has taken bold steps to ensure that its sustainability journey is a collaborative process involving all parts of its Jenbacher and Waukesha organizations, from employees to communities to customers to suppliers. Most recently, INNIO published its inaugural Sustainability Report, “Together for a Sustainable Future”; joined the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative; and received a Silver Medal rating from EcoVadis, placing INNIO Jenbacher in the top 17% of its peers working toward sustainability.

More detailed information regarding INNIO’s path to a sustainable future can be found here.

INNIO is a leading provider of renewable gas, natural gas, and hydrogen-rich solutions and services for power generation and gas compression at or near the point of use. With our Jenbacher and Waukesha gas engines, INNIO helps to provide communities, industry and the public access to sustainable, reliable and economical power ranging from 200 kW to 10 MW. We also provide life-cycle support and digital solutions to the more than 53,000 delivered gas engines globally, through our service network in more than 100 countries. We deliver innovative technology driven by decarbonization, decentralization, and digitalization to help lead the way to a greener future. Headquartered in Jenbach, Austria, the business also has primary operations in Welland, Ontario, Canada, and Waukesha, Wisconsin, U.S. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.innio.com. Follow INNIO on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Surna Cultivation Technologies Announces Benching And Racking Line-Up

Continues Expanding Surna’s Product Offering to Commercial Growers

 Surna Inc. (OTCQB: SRNA), operating as Surna Cultivation Technologies,  announced another expansion to its products and service offering to include benching and racking equipment. Surna is a seasoned leader in the controlled environment agriculture (CEA) market and is intent on bringing the most efficient and sustainable designs and systems to the industry. Surna’s benching and racking can be adapted to the grower’s specific requirements.

“Whether you’re a craft grower with a limited amount of space, or a large commercial grower with thousands of square feet and expansion plans, some sort of benching or racking is required for a successful grow. This is true whether you’re cultivating cannabis or food,” said Jamie English, Surna’s Vice President of Marketing Communications. “As Surna has rapidly but thoughtfully expanded its product and services offering, benching and racking systems are a natural fit to add to our line-up of design and equipment offerings.”

Surna now offers a full portfolio of benching and racking options that include single-tier, ebb and flow growing benches, stationary benches, rolling and tracking benches, multi-tier vertical farming racks (also known as archive shelves), and cloning and drying racks.Surna at Indoor Ag-Con 2022

About Surna

Surna Inc. (www.surna.com), operating as Surna Cultivation Technologies, is an industry leader in CEA facility design and technologies. We provide full-service licensed architectural and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineering services, carefully curated HVACD equipment, proprietary controls systems, and benching and racking products. Our team of project managers, licensed professional architects and engineers, technology and horticulture specialists and systems integrations experts help our customers by precisely designing for their unique applications. Through our partnership with a certified service contractor network, we provide installation and maintenance services to assist in a smooth build-out and optimal facility performance. We have been providing solutions to indoor growers for over 15 years and have served over 800 cultivators with over 200 of them being large, commercial projects.

Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, we leverage our experience in the industry to bring value-added solutions to our customers that help improve their overall crop quality and yield, optimize energy and water efficiency, and satisfy evolving state and local codes, permitting and regulatory requirements.

HGS-AME Certified Laboratories – In House Laboratory Solutions

HSG-AME’s Certified Laboratories  in-house laboratory program is an ideal solution to providing all of your testing right at your facility, with your own easily-trained staff using the laboratory.

All of us at HSG/AME Certified Laboratories have been working for years to provide testing, test equipment and supplies for professionals all over the world. Our certified engineers and technicians strive to make sure those who are using testing equipment can do so in the most effective and efficient manner possible. We provide state-of-the-art technology and training at the absolute lowest cost so that you can support, validate or advance your programs to the best of your ability.

Our team is made up of some of the best lab technicians, trainers and engineers available, who are ready to help you anywhere in the world. That is our promise. Contact us by visiting our website at www.hsg-ame.com

Ceres Certifications, International – All The Services You Need To Keep Your Operation In Compliance

Ceres Certifications, International has been serving the produce and tree nut industry since 2001 and has been an accredited Certification Body to conduct GFSI level audits including PrimusGFS since 2011. We have experienced personnel in all categories of agriculture.

CCI is accredited by ANAB, ANSI National Accreditation Board as a certifying body under ISO/IEC 17065 for PrimusGFS and GLOBALGAP.

CCI also does non-accredited inspection audits for many other schemes and programs that can help your organization have what it takes to be successful. CCI is proud that 99% of our clients return every year and recommend our services to other growers.

CCI auditors are always trained on current audit scope revisions, technological updates and industry conditions. CCI auditors are top notch and understand the nature of agricultural business practices. Our auditors stay with you up to three (3) years, providing consistency in evaluation.

CCI offers a Price Match Guarantee, we promise to meet or beat any competitor’s quote. Special pricing is also available for brokers, associations, and co-ops. Additional price discounts may be available. Contact us by calling 715-723-5143 or visit our website at www.ceresci.com

 

Q&A with Planet Farms Founders Travaglini and Benatoff

Focus On Flavor, Sustainability & Automation

Last month, Italy’s Planet Farms officially opened its new farm in Cavenago, just outside Milan.  Described as the largest and most advanced vertical farm in Europe, the operation is the brainchild of Co-Founders and Co-CEOs Luca Travaglini and Daniele Benatoff.

Friends since childhood, Travaglini and Benatoff’s company emerged from the duo’s shared passion to break through traditional agriculture, and is grounded in their Italian roots and focused on food quality and flavor.  Indoor Ag-Con had the chance to learn more about their vision, goals and plans for the future in this month’s CEO Q&A.

Congratulations on the recent opening of your new farm in Cavenago.   What makes your new facility different and unique from others?

Our union of world-class technology and the best of Italian agricultural tradition offers a concrete, scalable answer to the need for agronomic products that are healthy, high quality, low environmental impact, available all year round, and affordable for everyone. With its fully integrated supply chain, a seed comes in and a finished product goes out. We offer a virtuous system of food production that ensures food safety and protects against sudden climatic shocks that could compromise regular food supply and product quality.Planet Farms Opens Newest Farm in October 2021

Where some farms focus on the highest yield at the lowest cost, Planet Farms puts emphasis on flavor first. Can you share more around that philosophy and how you’re working with chefs to help promote your product?

We are proud of our partnership with the Cerea brothers, owners of the 3 Michelin® Star restaurant Da Vittorio, in Brusaporto, near Bergamo. The collaboration started in 2020 during the pandemic, when we donated our products to the Bergamo hospital’s canteen which was managed by the Cerea brothers. They got to try our produce then and were so impressed by its authentic and fresh flavor that the idea of a partnership took form. That road led us to the construction of a Vertical Farm in Brusaporto to supply fresh products directly to the starred restaurant. We became two partners united by a common vision: bringing unique flavor and quality in everything we do. These are just some of the ingredients of this unique gastronomic experience that has developed into a true friendship between our organizations.

Sustainability is a key part of your mission – can you share some of Planet Farms sustainable practices and initiatives ?

Sustainability is the point of departure and the very essence of Planet Farms across every dimension: environmental, social, and economic.   We designed our supply chain system to be life-giving and cyclical, to maximize the abundance of harvests while minimizing energy consumption and waste of any kind. In Planet Farms’ facilities, the water and minerals not absorbed by crops are reintegrated and recirculated into the system reducing water consumption by over 95% compared to traditional farming and production processes. Multi-level farming saves more than 90% of the soil promoting biodiversity, local ecosystems and topsoil restoration. Beyond cultivating produce that respects the environment and human health, Planet Farms is among the first in ready-to-eat salads to use FSC® paper packaging, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council for sustainably sourced, recyclable materials.Planet Farms Focuses on Flavor

 

In 2019, together with our partners Signify, 255 and Sirti, we took part in the LIFE Program, the European Union’s key tool to support sustainable businesses protecting nature and the environment.

We presented our innovative production system and explained how it allows us to save an enormous amount of water. This and many other cutting edge aspects of our company led to our selection among many other major projects. This award meant that we received funding to achieve our ambitious sustainability goals through our Vertical Farm in Cavenago near Milan.

Life Project Planet Farms

Tell us about what you are growing currently and if you have plans to add new crops or varieties.

Our crops grow naturally, thanks to light, water, air and minerals, but without exposure to stress caused by bad weather, excessive heat, parasites, pathogenic micro-organisms or competition with weeds. We currently have four different products; a baby blond lettuce called Lattugood and three different mixes called: Oriental Yummix, Spicy Yummix and Delicate Yummix. Our range is constantly expanding so stay tuned for more exciting launches!Planet Farms Crops

Can you tell us a little about your AI system, Gaia VF

“Gaia VF” is a system for monitoring vegetable growth that generates a constant data flow for analysis, permitting the development of an increasingly ideal environment around the crops and improving production with each cycle. It is at the core of everything we do and analyses and optimizes every step in our automated process.Planet Farms Automation Focus

What’s next for Planet Farms?- 

There are a lot of activities in the pipeline. With the huge amount of requests for our products we have to expand across Italy, so in the coming year we will build a facility twice the size of Cavenago. That same design will be used for the expansion across Europe in 2022. Next to that we are already trialing new crops to be added to the portfolio in the near future; these range from new mixes and specialty leaves to fruiting crops. We are expanding our research facilities as well, so we will also make our way into the B2B segment, growing crops for ingredients, compounds and raw material optimization.

This is just the start for us, we want the world to experience the differentiation our product range brings to the table!

To learn more about Planet Farms, visit www.planetfarms.ag or email info@planetfarms.ag