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Author: Ed Hardy

Talk to me if you are thinking of a renewable installation and want more information on the benefits and return on investment.

Job Title: Senior Engineer

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Email: edward.hardy@nfuenergy.co.uk

Thursday, 30 April 2020
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A view of what’s to come?

Given the current situation around the Coronavirus pandemic, most aspects of society have been greatly affected, horticulture and agriculture is no exception. The lockdowns imposed by the UK government in March, as well as others around the world, have led to immediate consequences for the whole
Thursday, 19 March 2020
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Forty vertical farms to be built across the UK

Shockingly Fresh, a Scottish start-up has plans to develop more than 40 vertical farms in the UK and has recently received planning permission for its first site, a 1.2 Ha glasshouse near Offenham in Worcestershire.
Thursday, 20 February 2020
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How the Dairy Sector can reduce its carbon footprint

Recently I attended Dairy Tech, an expo-style event comprising of seminars and trade stands showcasing the latest innovations and developments in the Dairy industry. This year, there was a lot of talk around reducing the sector’s impact on the climate, in line with the Government’s target to
Thursday, 14 November 2019
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The changes to the trade markets

As the Brexit deadline is further delayed and details of a trade deal with Europe remain unknown, the potential impact of the UK’s departure from the EU on the country’s agricultural industry is still unclear. The recent BBC series ‘What Britain Buys and Sells in a Day’ gave a good insight into how
Thursday, 07 March 2019
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Soft Fruit growers control your climate

GrowSave’s second workshop specifically for Soft Fruit was held on 27 February at New Forest Fruit. The focus of the day was Climate Control, which incorporated aspects of humidity and temperature control, as well as CO2 dosing.
Thursday, 31 January 2019
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Controlling your humidity

If you routinely use ‘minimum pipe’ as a method of humidity control, you could be wasting a significant amount of money. Delegates at the recent two-day GrowSave workshop on Humidity Control learned how other strategies can be much more effective, not to mention cheaper.
Thursday, 13 December 2018
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It’s the most... expensive time of the year

As the winter sets in and the days get colder and shorter, maintaining a productive growing environment can be a challenge. For those targeting year-round production, keeping crops warm and well-lit, this can be an expensive time of year with high heating and electricity bills.
Thursday, 22 November 2018
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GrowSave’s first soft fruit focused event

Over the last 11 years, GrowSave has established itself as a source of knowledge transfer for the horticulture sector, focusing specifically on Protected Edibles (PE) and Protected Ornamentals (PO). Recently, however, we have had the opportunity to include Soft Fruit (SF) in our programme.
Tuesday, 20 November 2018
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The seasons are changing; so should your climate settings

What can you do to ensure your greenhouse is winter ready and you don’t waste vital heat, energy and money? As the days become shorter and the temperature drops, it’s important to make sure your climate settings are correct.
Thursday, 11 October 2018
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The best way to circulate air in a glasshouse

On Tuesday 09 October, a group of around 20 growers attended a GrowSave event on Air Movement, hosted by W. D. Smith and Son near Battlesbridge, Essex. The day was split into two sessions:

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