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Last week, Toronto-based MedReleaf Corp. closed a $26-million cash-and-shares deal to buy a one-million sq. ft. greenhouse and 66 hectares neighbouring west of Exeter on Airport Line.

The greenhouse and land had been previously owned by VeriFine, which has other facilities around Exeter. The company’s operations on Thames Road West in Exeter are not included in the deal.

MedReleaf’s new Exeter facility is expected to produce 105,000 kilograms of cannabis each year. Vice-president of strategy Darren Karasiuk says the Canadian marijuana market demand will increase to 1,000 tonnes annually. | READ MORE
Canopy Growth Corp. is a few months away from almost tripling the size of their Niagara-on-the-Lake facility. It will grow to 90,000 square metres from 31,500 sq. m, adding about 100 more workers at the facility that now employs 80.
Built on the roof of a Montreal factory in 2011, Lufa Farms’ greenhouse was a world first. In the last 10 years, they’ve expanded to two more rooftop greenhouses, offering fresh, locally grown produce directly to thousands of people in Montreal and beyond.
Kingsville, ON – And the President's Choice Fresh Product of the Year award goes to? Mucci Farms for their PC Ontario Greenhouse Strawberries.
The provincial government has announced more than $8 million in natural gas expansion grants in Chatham-Kent.
Sunniva Inc. announced its proposal to build two greenhouse facilities in the Okanagan Falls industrial park, purely for the manufacturing and cultivation of medical-grade cannabis.
Greenfield Global ethanol plant is now sending both its waste carbon dioxide and heat to Truly Green Farms, a greenhouse on the opposite side of Bloomfield Road. Greenfield has been sending the carbon dioxide to the 45-acre greenhouse for a few years now, but the heat transfer just went online in December.

Plant manager Veselin Nikolov said they can generate up to 30 megawatts of heat, and Truly Green will use as much as it needs depending on the season. | READ MORE

Up to five scholarships of $15,000 each are being offered to Canadians involved in agriculture and agribusiness.
Erin Nathanielsen had heard about a number of fellow flower growers across Canada selling or switching their businesses over to marijuana production, hoping to cash in when the drug is fully legalized.

However, it wasn’t until a few months ago that she started noticing that the reduced number of competitors was having a positive impact on her family business that grows potted kalanchoes, kalanchoe cut flowers, geraniums and begonias.

To meet that new demand, the Nathanielsens have increased production by an average of about 20 per cent this season. | READ MORE
Canadian cannabis producer Flowr and Hawthorne Gardening Company (subsidiary of the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company) have announced an R&D partnership, building the first facility in North America dedicated to cannabis research and development.

The 50,000 square-foot facility will be built in Kelowna, BC, complete with labs, indoor and greenhouse growing areas, plus genetic breeding space – all in one building. Construction is slated to begin this year, and the facility is expected to be ready next year.

Scientists from both organizations will be collaborating on nutrient fomulations, lighting, environmental systems, irrigation, growing media, as well as integrated cultivation systems supporting Hawthorne brands (Botanicare, Gavita, General Hydroponics, Can-Filters). According to the release, cultivars will be developed for specific growing conditions and therapeutic uses.

“Our alliance with Hawthorne gives us a unique opportunity to combine their deep expertise in cultivation products and systems with our industry-leading expertise in cannabis grow facility construction and cannabis cultivation techniques” said Tony Giorgi, CEO of Flowr.  “We’re excited about the advancements this alliance will bring to us, to Hawthorne, and to the cannabis industry.”

For more, visit flowr.ca


The AgriPump Rebate Program recently launched in Ontario, the first of its kind in the province.
Located on Cote St. Charles in St-Lazare, the Van Egmond family today is continuing the long-held dream that their father (and grandfather), the late Jan Van Egmond, brought with him when he and his wife Catherine emigrated from the Netherlands in 1949.
Leamington, ON – NatureFresh™ Farms has just announced a new 32-acre greenhouse facility in Leamington.
It's a philosophical question that's circulated through Hamilton city hall for months: when it comes to city rules, should growing marijuana be considered the same as growing cucumbers?
Fertilizers with lower environmental impacts and reduced costs for farmers are being developed by University of Adelaide researchers in the world-first use of the new advanced material graphene as a fertilizer carrier.

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