Consumers are more often than not the driving force behind business decisions. We are certainly seeing this in the greenhouse industry, as more people want to eat locally grown food. In the west, there is a shift for many greenhouses and farmers alike to shift some of their production away from floral products to more vegetables and fruit.
Brooklyn, a former agriculture powerhouse in the 19th century, is once again re-inventing itself through agriculture. With the latest announcement of new hydroponic greenhouses being built on the rooftops of former Navy warehouses, 100,000 square feet of previously unused space is now going to supply enough fruits and veggies to feed up to 5,000 New Yorkers.
Regardless of the industry, you can't manage your energy performance unless you measure how energy is being used and make that data available to key staff members in a meaningful and timely manner. Listen to Energy Management editor Anthony Capkun tell you why and how.
Energy costs are rising every year and are a significant expense to almost all organizations. While we continue to hear about soaring energy costs in the news, there is something you can do. Energy challenges are not insurmountable; what is required is a sustainable energy plan.
Cut flower grower Rosa Flora from Dunnville, Ontario, has expanded the energy side of the business again with the addition of 4 MW of combined heat and power. Energy Edge discusses this and more with operations manager Ralph DeBoer.
We are a country rich in natural resources, and the greenhouse industry in Canada has benefited from this. The greenhouse industry is one of the largest energy intensive sectors in Canada, yet abundant access to energy at a relatively low cost for producers has made energy management practices a relatively small priority.
This month, we will focus on the first steps required to become an energy leader and why it is important to think strategically long term.
Nov. 2, 2011 — Those growers who think that investments in sustainability techniques and technologies are merely a drain on the bottom line should make time to view a new series of video podcasts.
“If you don’t know where you are going, how will you know when you get there?”
Sustaining staff interest in conservation
Proactive roots of Ontario industry nurtured by longtime Niagara grower
Getting energized on energy usage
Are you energy efficient?
When looking to optimize energy use, look to those already successful – growers in the Netherlands
March 15, 2010, Ottawa – Canadian agriculture producers and agribusiness operators who are considering the use of renewable energy sources in their business will soon have a new financing option thanks to a new Energy Loan announced recently by Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. (Le français suit)

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