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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.
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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.
“We don’t farm, we don’t run CSAs, and we don’t manage community gardens,” says Green Chips executive director Rick VanDiepen. “But we offer data that supports and encourages all of these activities.”
The four-year-old organization grew from informal brainstorming sessions between Las Vegas casino sustainability executives. The group eventually sought out specific projects to devote their collective energy to, and Green Chips was born. The organization views itself as a public-private partnership with funding from public and private entities, such as the City of Las Vegas, local casinos and utilities. Its board includes representatives from public television, the visitor’s authority and local nonprofits.