Management
Technologies developed for space exploration will be adapted to develop local food production capabilities in the Northwest Territories, thanks to new funding from the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency.
Grow pipes – small-diameter heating tubes that run through the crop canopy and that can be adjusted as the crop grows taller
Short-term liquefied natural gas (LNG) deliveries have been a big part of the global natural gas market in the past two years. Prior to this, the majority of countries importing LNG were doing so on a long-term contract basis, including the U.S.
Cedarline Greenhouses will use surplus heat and carbon dioxide from a local ethanol plant to produce up to 21 million kilograms of Ontario grown tomatoes.
A topic that is very rarely discussed but should be considered with any existing business or new build, is the impact your utility contracts will have on your business. Not only will you need to have an idea of what your usage and pricing will be, but what those utilities are going to ask for in order to set up or maintain your account.
With the announcement this past weekend of two Prince George businesses receiving funding for energy savings projects, now is a great time for a refresher on where greenhouses can look for their own incentive funding for programs and projects.
Sunset Pines Greenhouse in Prince George, BC has received $25,000 dollars from the LiveSmart BC 'Small Business Champion Program' to build a new bio-char furnace system to heat their greenhouse and produce a fertilization product.

At the international horticultural fair Horti Fair soon to occur in The Netherlands, Van Dijk Heating is showcasing the changes it has made to its Active Ventilation System (AVS). 

British Columbia’s carbon tax has long been the focus of heated debate, states a recent press release from Simon Fraser University (SFU). On September 20, a panel of international experts on environmental and tax policy converged on SFU’s Vancouver campus to discuss its future. 

This week, the University of Guelph’s 'George Morris Centre' announced some new exciting initiatives for the agriculture industry on their new website. Featuring policy, economics, education and market analysis, this website is a great resource, says 360 Energy's Lisa Brodeur.

With a great deal of discussions going on in the media over the last several days regarding climate change, with climate change skeptics weighing in as well, this week is a good time to look at how climate changes could affect greenhouse operations, says 360 Energy's Lisa Brodeur.

At the recent Ontario Greenhouse Alliance annual luncheon at Queen’s Park, PC Leader Tim Hudak said the expansion of the southern Ontario greenhouse sector needs an 'affordable energy supply' to move forward.

"There are all kinds of technologies, training programs, workshops and experts in the energy industry," say Lisa Brodeur, quality assurance specialist at 360 Energy. "Each one offers different approaches, outlooks and solutions for a greenhouse grower.  The problem is that there are no assurances about whether or not these tools will work with one other."

In these times of extreme energy management challenges, an energy audit of your operation makes sense – especially when part of the costs may be funded.
New York-based BrightFarms continues to design, build and operate energy and water-efficient hydroponic greenhouses on-site at northern US supermarkets and food distribution centres, “eliminating time, distance and cost from the food supply chain,”says the company. Their greenhouse designs incorporate many efficiency features.

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