Posts By Nicola Kerslake
Indoor Ag-Con Returns to Las Vegas to Discuss Farm Economics and New Technology Trends in Hydroponics, Aquaponics & AeroponicsMarch 14, 2017 | Nicola Kerslake
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.
Leading US Indoor Agriculture Conference Expands to Take a ‘Crop-agnostic’ Approach At Its 4th Annual EventMarch 23, 2016 | Nicola Kerslake
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. …
Finding 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:
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.
One of the most tech-savvy areas of the sustainable agriculture revolution is indoor agriculture – growing in warehouses, containers and greenhouses using hydroponic, aquaponic and aeroponic systems. The industry has seen a wave of new technology commercialized of late, here’s some of the coolest:
The cynical view of the LED lighting that many indoor farms use to encourage plant growth is that it’s too expensive to buy and run, and too tricky to adjust the lighting to your plants’ needs. Yet, LED prices are forecast to halve by 2020, according to market research firm Lux Research, and tech geeks are now making lights cheaper and easier to run.
DOWNLOAD (.pdf) 5 Reasons the Future of Agriculture is Indoors Infographic
To find out more, attend the 2nd Annual Indoor Agriculture Conference at Springs Preserve, Las Vegas, NV, May 14-15, 2014. Find out more at indoor.ag.