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Posts By Nicola Kerslake

Indoor Farming Exec Sees Industry Growth in Urban, Small-scale Localized Production

April 3, 2017 |

Joe Swartz is Vice President at American Hydroponics (AmHydro), a longstanding indoor agriculture consultant and supplier. Based in California, the company services clients across the world. Joe has a lengthy career as a grower, and lives with his family on his East coast family farm. Ahead of his presentation at Indoor Ag-Con in May, we posed five questions to him on the hydroponic greenhouse industry and growing on Mars. Read More

Indoor Growing Propels a Small Town’s Reign as ‘Mushroom Capital of World’

March 28, 2017 |

Michael Guttman is the Sustainability Officer for Kennett Towsnhip, PA, a small town that single-handedly supplies around half of the US’s mushroom supplies. A veteran of the IT world, Michael is applying his entrepreneurial skills to aiding the town in diversifying … Read More

Indoor Ag-Con Returns to Las Vegas to Discuss Farm Economics and New Technology Trends in Hydroponics, Aquaponics & Aeroponics

March 14, 2017 |

Photo credit: Robert Puro.

News Release — Las Vegas, NV – March 14, 2017 — Indoor agriculture – growing crops using hydroponic, aquaponic and aeroponic techniques – has become popular as consumer demand for “local food” leads growers to add new farms in industrial and suburban areas across the country. Indoor Ag-Con – the industry’s premier conference – will be returning to Las Vegas for the fifth year on May 3-4, 2017 to discuss the prospects for this increasingly important contributor to the global food supply chain.

The two-day event will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, and is tailored toward corporate executives from the technology, investment, vertical farming, greenhouse growing, and food and beverage industries, along with hydroponic, aquaponic and aeroponic startups and urban farmers. It is unique in being crop-agnostic, covering crops from leafy greens and mushrooms to alternate proteins and legal cannabis. Participants will receive an exclusive hard copy of the newest edition in a popular white paper series, which is sponsored by Urban Crops and will focus on the US industry’s development. Read More

Leading US Indoor Agriculture Conference Expands to Take a ‘Crop-agnostic’ Approach At Its 4th Annual Event

March 23, 2016 |

News Release – LAS VEGAS, NV. (February 3, 2016) — Indoor agriculture is one of the fastest- growing parts of global farming as it aids in tackling issues of drought and offers local fresh produce year-round to consumers. … Read More

Six Innovative Ways to Fund Your Ag Startup or Farm

August 7, 2014 |

wflogoFinding funding is one of the tougher parts of setting up a sustainable agriculture startup or farm.  The good news is that the range of options are no longer just bank loans, angel investors or venture capital as a plethora of new approaches have flourished over the past few years.  Here are some of the more interesting ones:

Microloans

Historically, microloans – broadly defined as loans under $35,000 made to individuals who couldn’t usually borrow from a traditional bank – have been an emerging market phenomenon, with the work of Nobel prize winner Muhammad Yunus of Grameen Bank seen as leading the way.   Since the economic downturn, it’s become a more popular approach in the US, and the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation estimates that there are now 400 or so microlenders in the nation. Read More