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Dutch government invests in energy innovation
Despite the recession, the Dutch government is dedicating 900 million euros ( $ 1.3 billion Cdn) to innovation in the agricultural and horticultural sectors.
A year after delivering its first shipment of carbon-neutral peppers, SunSelect Produce Inc. of Abbotsford, British Columbia, believes the system can deliver both economic and environmental benefits.
How do you know if the actions you take for your business are effective? How do you ensure you receive the benefits of your investments in either time or money or both? How do you determine success?
The plant nutrition research on greenhouse vegetables was initiated when Dr. Gordon Ward was transferred to Harrow from Ottawa in 1960.
Aug. 18, 2009 — One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, or environmentally friendly fuel source. Senreq LLC engineers waste gasification systems. Using any source of waste as a feedstock, its units can produce significant heat for a greenhouse.
Our previous articles have focused on analysis and planning for energy conservation and efficiency improvements. By now you have selected your energy champion, benchmarked your current status, and created a plan that fits your business needs. You have addressed the “easy fixes,” and now a decision will need to be made to proceed with larger initiatives that require increased capital investment.
The last time we addressed energy management, we looked at getting started, appointing an energy champion, and balancing between the do-it-yourself approach and using experts.
Some business risk is unavoidable, but in today’s economic climate, minimizing that risk – particularly in the area of energy management – will contribute to a healthier bottom line.
Welcome to a bonus edition of Greenhouse Canada. Included is the most recent issue of Canadian Biomass, a sister publication of ours published quarterly.
Welcome to the inaugural Energy Matters column. Since energy usually ranks in the top three operating expenses for greenhouses, its impact on the bottom line is substantial.
Feb. 20, 2009 — Alternate energy and on-farm research tax credits will be the subject of timely presentations at a Flowers Canada Ontario workshop on Feb. 25.
Feb. 2, 2009, Regina, Sask. — A new Farm Credit Canada (FCC) report suggests that now is the right time for those involved in Canadian agriculture to examine their energy needs and options for the future.
Jan. 19, 2009, Regina, Sask. — A new Farm Credit Canada (FCC) report suggests that now is the right time for those involved in Canadian agriculture to examine their energy needs and options for the future.
Jan. 9, 2009, Guelph, Ont. – Need help cutting energy costs? Check out Energy Productivity, a full-service energyconservation and efficiency program helping growers, farmers andproducers increase sustainability through energy improvement andmanagement.
Oct. 28, 2008, Vancouver, B.C. – When is a ‘green’ pepper not a green pepper? When it’s a vibrant red, bold orange, or sunny yellow sweet bell pepper – grown, packed and transported in a certified carbon neutral manner.

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