Feb 16, 2016
Fourth Annual Indoor Ag-Con Focuses on TechnologyBy Jasmina Dolce

Indoor Ag-Con — the United State’s indoor agriculture industry’s leading conference — will be hosting its fourth annual Indoor Ag-Con in Las Vegas on April 5 and 6, 2016. This year, the event will focus on the technologies that drive the indoor agriculture industry, regardless of their origin.

The two-day seminar will be hosted at the Las Vegas Convention Center and is tailored toward corporate executives from the technology, investment, vertical farming and greenhouse growing industries, along with hydroponic, aquaponic and aeroponic startups and urban farmers.

The event will consist of keynotes from industry leaders and academics, and extended networking breaks. The first day will provide an industry overview, while day two will focus on technical aspects of the industry. Session topics include: big data, greenhouse lighting, in-home hydroponics, container farms, using alternate proteins in indoor systems, automation and robotics, and nutrient solutions for hydroponic systems.

For more detailed information on the event or to register, click here.

Will you be attending Indoor Ag-Con? What do you hope to take away from the event? Shoot me an email at [email protected] and let me know. I’d love to hear from you.

— Jasmina

Boston Start-Up Transforms Shipping Containers into Hydroponic Farms

Freight Farms, a Boston-based start-up, is repurposing refrigerated shipping containers and turning them into Leafy Green Machines — hydroponic farms that grow organic vegetables and can be located anywhere. The 320-square-foot units are intended to grow as much produce as 2 acres of farmland while using less water. All Freight Farms units are built in 40-foot insulated shipping containers. Everything from water to the LED lights are digitally controlled, and each unit is also a Wifi hotspot, connected to the network of Freight Farms units across the country. “Everything is fully contained within the module so that it lands as a turnkey product, ready to grow,” said co-founder Brian McNamara. “From day one, people can start seeds and get going.”

Nelson and Pade Announce 2016 Master Class Schedule

Nelson and Pade Inc., a leading aquaponics supplier, has announced its 2016 training schedule. The Aquaponics Master Class is a comprehensive three-day class that covers the science, methods, technology and economics of growing fish and vegetables in an integrated aquaponic system. Classes are scheduled for March 17 to 19, June 9 to 11, August 4 to 6, September 15 to 17 and November 10 to 12, and they will all take place at Nelson and Pade Inc.’s facilities in Montello, Wisconsin. This is a great opportunity to see a state-of-the-art, 14,000-square-foot aquaponics greenhouse.

Urban Fresh Farms to Open Locations in SC and OK

Urban Fresh Farms, a growing movement of hydroponic production facilities, plans to open its first location July 27 in a vacant warehouse in Columbia, South Carolina. Plans for the facility include an indoor farm, mostly to grow lettuce, and a retail storefront where customers can buy fresh produce or pick out live lettuce to harvest later at home. A second location is set to open in the Tulsa, Oklahoma, area on September 12. Urban Fresh Farms’ main focus will be supplying organic produce to nearby restaurants, grocery stores and even schools, said co-founder Scott Harriford.

Jasmina Dolce

Jasmina Dolce is managing editor of GPN magazine. She can be reached at [email protected]

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