Protix Raises $50m in Largest Insect Farming Investment on Record JUNE 14, 2017 LOUISA BURWOOD-TAYLOR


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Welcome to the Smart ‘Fusion’ of Solar Trackers with Vanadium Flow Batteries

Guest blog by Matt Harper, Avalon Battery

While lithium ion-based battery systems have received the lion’s share of energy storage news, there are other technologies such as vanadium flow batteries (VFBs) that not only have cost-effective, multi-gigawatt-scale potential, but also the ability to be intelligently integrated with solar power plants. As VFB producers, we believe that our technology provides commercial and utility solar owners a superior solution to the incumbent energy storage technologies. But we also realize that we can’t go it alone.

Part 3: Publicly Funded Research is Key in Driving Agriculture and Horticulture Growth –

Part 3: Publicly Funded Research is Key in Driving Agriculture and Horticulture Growth –
  • 9 May 2017

“Knowledge builds on itself so that the pace of discovery is faster when knowledge is freely available.” USDA-ERS, March 2017

The UAN team is continuing to adapt to the changes we recently announced. It has not been easy and as anyone that tries to effect change knows, it doesn’t always go smoothly. But, we continue to believe in our mission and the reasons why we have made those changes and will do our best to continue to bring you the scientific research as well as the experiences of qualified individuals that will help you build a successful CEA business.

What you can expect from us going forward is access to publicly-supported research, which is key for all of us in the horticulture industry. This research is particularly important to those of us who are responsible for the growth and success of small- to medium-size businesses.

UAN is networked with many of the key plant science researchers in the U.S., Canada, the Netherlands and Japan. We will do our best to make this information available, whenever possible, as we know that access to this information and research helps to strengthen our businesses and allows us to support our own development and customer bases.

In order to reach our goal of being an industry connector, UAN will continue to host and help plan industry events. In 2016 UAN hosted an event with the Japanese Plant Factory Association, East Meets West in Salinas Calif. Opportunities like this and the International Congress on Controlled Environment Agriculture are designed to not only “teach” but also to create opportunities to interact with industry leaders. These are times in which you can build partnerships, create collaboration and share ideas so that others can help you reach your goals.

Finally, we will look to provide you with the shared experiences of those that have come before you. These could include stories about industry members like Mike DeGiglio, president and CEO at Village Farms, or Kimbal Musk, co-founder of The Kitchen restaurants and the non-profit Community Kitchen. These stories will be designed to provide you with learning opportunities that will allow you to grow personally and to expand your business.

We need your help

We will not be able to accomplish our goals if we don’t receive input from you. We need to understand what you want to learn about. We need your feedback and thoughts on the information we are sharing.

Please participate in the industry surveys that UAN along with our university partners put together and promote. We need your information, opinions and support. Finally, let others in the industry know what we are working on as well as why we are working on it. Because we are a small and niche industry it is our shared goals and strategic collaboration that will ultimately ensure our success together.

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Chris Higgins

2017 QLD – National Symposium on Beneficial Use of Recycled Organics in Degraded and Marginal Landscapes


2017 QLD – National Symposium on Beneficial Use of Recycled Organics in Degraded and Marginal Landscapes

National Symposium – Beneficial Use of Recycled Organics in  Degraded and Marginal Landscapes


Please submit your abstracts to Dr Maryam Esfandbod via with the subject line “NSRO”

15/06/2017 08:30 – 15/06/2017 16:30

Venue: Eco Centre, Nathan Campus, Griffith University

Australia kickstarts green future with printed solar panel sites

Printed solar panels are rewriting the future of Australia’s energy

Printed solar panels have been developed by Professor Paul Dastoor from The University of Newcastle.Printed solar panels have been developed by Professor Paul Dastoor from The University of Newcastle



The Australian

10:52AM May 24, 2017


Paul Dastoor looks at the buildings, houses and cities around him and sees lost opportunities.

He imagines a future where the majority of roofs are covered in printed solar panels less than one millimetre thick.

“Our vision is that we want to see every building, every structure’s power generated [by] solar cells.”

The University of Newcastle professor has made this vision a reality, creating the first printed solar site in Australia

View From the Paddock

22 May 2017, 5 p.m.


Farmers everywhere will tell you that as much as anything, they are all too often in a race against time – whether mustering stock or harvesting

Freelance journalist and consultant, Peter Lewis.

Freelance journalist and consultant, Peter Lewis.

I recently was privileged to travel to South Africa with the Australian contingent taking part in the annual Congress of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) – the peak body representing the world’s rural journalists, broadcasters and photographers.

It’s an opportunity for many of us to step away from the pressures and priorities of deadlines for a few days and gain some insight and understanding into how our international colleagues confront the same challenges and opportunities as we all do

CSIRO’s Larry Marshall denies climate science strategy backflip as new $20m research centre announced

Posted Mon at 4:28pm

A new $20 million research centre in Hobart reaffirms Australia’s commitment to climate change science, in what CSIRO chief Larry Marshall says is not a strategic backflip.

Key points:

  • The new centre will look at how the southern oceans impact climate
  • CSIRO boss denies it is a turnaround on his 2016 climate change strategy
  • China interested in how the southern oceans affect monsoon

The Centre for Southern Hemisphere Oceans Research (CSHOR), a joint venture principally between the CSIRO and China’s Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology, was announced today and will begin operating in June.

Over five years, the Chinese will stump up $10 million and the CSIRO $8.25 million with the University of New South Wales and the University of Tasmania adding the remainder.

CSHOR (the acronym pronounced ‘Seashore’) will be examining how the southern hemisphere oceans — the Indian, the Southern and the Pacific — interact and drive global climate.

“This centre is really targeting the most important open questions on how the southern oceans work and their influence on climate, and we’re looking from the tropics right down to Antarctica,” CSIRO climate scientist Dr Steve Rintoul said