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Prairie Nursery Grows Important Native Plants in its ATI Greenhouses

Prairie Nursery Grows Important Native Plants in its ATI Greenhouses | Agra Tech

With a relationship that spans several decades, Prairie Nursery in Westfield, Wisconsin has been using greenhouses manufactured by Agra Tech for different applications to accommodate their steady growth since 1992.  

Prairie Nursery | Commercial Greenhouse Manufacturer

Founded by J. Robert Smith, Prairie Nursery began as a small garden on a half-acre plot as one of the first nurseries in the country to grow and market native plants. Inspired by the wildflowers and grasses growing around his farm, Smith began experimenting with Lupine and Butterflyweed, teaching himself how to germinate, grow and transplant prairie plants. 

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Published on:
12/03/2018

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Anita Pound

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Greenhouse Structure  Greenhouses 

Greenhouse Project in Puerto Rico built between hurricanes

Greenhouse Project in Puerto Rico built between hurricanes | Agra Tech

The Caribe Greenhouse Project in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico 

The Caribe Greenhouse Project in Puerto Rico posed some unique challenges for Agra Tech (ATI) of Pittsburg, CA and not only because it is off the continental US. But by working closely with the Caribe Greenhouse Project team and sending ATI's Technical Support Coordinator, James Roberts, to Puerto Rico three separate times to assist, this expansive assemblage of greenhouses is now completed, even though it was delayed for six months because of two hurricanes. 

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Published on:
11/08/2018

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Anita Pound

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Builders  Controlled Environment Greenhouse  Greenhouse Equipment  Greenhouse Structure  Greenhouses  Insect Exclusion  Resesarch 

Leichtag Common's New Greenhouse Project

Leichtag Common's New Greenhouse Project | Agra Tech

Agra Tech Steps Up for the Leichtag Common's New Greenhouse Project 

The Leichtag Common's Director of Engineering Dempsey Sawyer has been working with Agra Tech of Pittsburg, CA and AgCon of San Jose, CA in the design and construction of a very unique gutter-connected series of six Continental ATI greenhouses at their 67.5 acre agricultural property less than one mile from the Pacific Ocean in the heart of Encinitas, CA. It's the kind of project that both companies aren't afraid to get involved in and that's why it's both exciting and intriguing at the same time. 

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Published on:
10/03/2018

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Anita Pound

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Education  Greenhouse Structure  Greenhouses  Vegetable Growing 

Greenhouse Plastics

Greenhouse Plastics | Agra Tech

Greenhouse Plastics: It’s All in the Film 

Jim Ralles, the owner of ARI in Belmont, CA knows the greenhouse film (or plastic) market inside and out, because he’s been working with greenhouse plastics since he was a teenager, he said. He shared his knowledge and expertise with these products, which are used extensively by Agra Tech, Inc., a manufacturer of commercial greenhouses that are used by growers worldwide. Because the right type of film can maximize growing and thereby increase profits considerably, Ralles explained the different types of greenhouse film and the basic concepts behind each.

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Published on:
09/10/2018

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Anita Pound

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Controlled Environment Greenhouse  Greenhouse Accessories  Greenhouses  Transplant Houses  Vegetable Growing 

Agra Tech Blog: Argus Control Systems

Agra Tech Blog: Argus Control Systems | Agra Tech

Argus Control Systems is a Valuable Partner for Agra Tech

Agra Tech often works with a wide range of business partners on commercial greenhouse projects to accessorize their structures and some of them are amongst the world's finest. This blog is a company profile about Argus Controls and how this symbiotic relationship with ATI benefits its customers and ultimately, consumers. 

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Published on:
08/20/2018

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Anita Pound

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Controlled Environment Greenhouse  Greenhouse Accessories  Greenhouse Equipment 

Fresh Farms Aquaponics

Fresh Farms Aquaponics | Agra Tech

Inside the World’s First Caviar Farm That Uses Fish Waste to Grow Vegetables

WILTON, CALIF. – ON A FARM JUST OUTSIDE OF SACRAMENTO, hundreds of prehistoric-looking fish swim around in 50-foot diameter tanks. These are white sturgeon, the largest freshwater fish in North America. They’ve been around since dinosaurs, can grow more than 7 feet long and lay hundreds of thousands of eggs at a time. The roe of these sturgeon are harvested for a boutique food producer regally named Tsar Nicoulai Caviar.

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Published on:
05/30/2018

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Anita Pound

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Deep Water Culture  Greenhouses  Hydroponics 

Adam Pound: Third-Generation and Continuing the Family Tradition

Adam Pound: Third-Generation and Continuing the Family Tradition | Agra Tech

Adam Pound grew up in the family business and today he is the Director of Sales at Agra Tech, Inc., a leader in the commercial greenhouse industry located in Pittsburg, CA. In September, he'll be celebrating ten years working for ATI--a company that his father John Pound founded in 1973 in Salinas, CA.

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Published on:
04/11/2018

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James Roberts

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Greenhouses  Insect Exclusion  Positive Pressure 

Mad River Community Hospital Farm Celebrates First Hydroponic Greenhouse Harvest

Mad River Community Hospital Farm Celebrates First Hydroponic Greenhouse Harvest | Agra Tech

In January of 2017 Mad River Community Hospital (MRCH) celebrated its first harvest from its recently built, 450 square-foot hydroponics greenhouse manufactured by Agra Tech in Pittsburg, CA.

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Published on:
03/16/2018

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Greenhouse Structure  Hydroponics  Vegetable Growing 

Feaster Charter School Loves its Greenhouse Entering Year #2

Feaster Charter School Loves its Greenhouse Entering Year #2 | Agra Tech

Growing produce to feed hungry folks while educating our students about innovative growing systems has been a great experience and our second year is going to be exciting.

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Published on:
01/22/2018

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Education  Greenhouses  Hydroponics  Vegetable Growing 

Sunridge Nurseries Undergoes Large Greenhouse Expansion

Sunridge Nurseries Undergoes Large Greenhouse Expansion | Agra Tech

To change with the times and integrate some of the most innovative systems and processes in the greenhouse growing industry today into their operation, Sunridge Nurseries of Bakersfield, CA embarked on a large greenhouse expansion that started earlier this year. With greenhouses and accessories from Agra Tech and construction provided by AgCon, Sunridge Nurseries is entering a new age of mechanization as they continue their role as one of the largest producers of grape stocks in the world. Sunridge currently sells to grape growers that are as far away as Brazil, Peru, and Namibia–pretty much anywhere that does not have a quarantine situation relative to importing plant material.

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Published on:
11/22/2017

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Controlled Environment Greenhouse  Greenhouse Accessories  Greenhouse Structure  Greenhouses  Insect Exclusion 

Suncrest USA Shows the Way to a Better Day for Greenhouse Farmers

Suncrest USA Shows the Way to a Better Day for Greenhouse Farmers | Agra Tech

By licensing its cutting-edge Deep Water Culture (DWC) hydroponic technology to greenhouse growers throughout the Western U.S., Suncrest® USA is changing the way lettuce is being grown on the planet. By making Agra Tech, Inc. of Pittsburg, CA its go-to source for greenhouses and accessories, Suncrest is at the cutting-edge of greenhouse technology and hydroponics, one of the fastest growing industries in the world today.

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Published on:
10/02/2017

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Controlled Environment Greenhouse  Deep Water Culture  Greenhouse Structure  Hydroponics  Vegetable Growing 

Oceanside Unified School District Gets Into Greenhouse Growing

Oceanside Unified School District Gets Into Greenhouse Growing | Agra Tech

Director of Community Engagement and Innovation Vicki Gravlin works for the Oceanside Unified School District that oversees 23 schools. She is in her 27th year as a teacher and administrator and a former principal of Palmquist Elementary.

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Published on:
09/11/2017

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Controlled Environment Greenhouse  Greenhouse Accessories 

Agra Tech and Lundberg Family Farms Create a One-of-a-Kind Greenhouse

Agra Tech and Lundberg Family Farms Create a One-of-a-Kind Greenhouse | Agra Tech

If you’ve ever purchased any organic rice or rice products at your local grocery store, there’s a very good chance that they were grown at Lundberg Family Farms in Richvale, CA. Today, Lundberg Family Farms is the United States’ leading producer of organic rice and rice products as third and fourth generation Lundberg family members are still carrying on the family heritage by using eco-positive farming methods to produce nutritious and healthy rice products while improving and protecting the environment for more generations to come. “Leave the land better than you found it,” Albert Lundberg told his sons, something they still believe and practice to this day at Lundberg Family Farms.

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Published on:
08/16/2017

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Brightwater Farms Doubles Capacity with New ATI Greenhouse

Brightwater Farms Doubles Capacity with New ATI Greenhouse | Agra Tech

Brightwater Farms, LLC is in the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado, a hydroponic farm that uses two greenhouses made by Agra Tech, Inc. of Pittsburg, CA. They recently purchased their second structure from ATI to accommodate more sales and enable them to achieve better and bigger things.

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Published on:
07/19/2017

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Controlled Environment Greenhouse  Greenhouse Structure  Greenhouses  Vegetable Growing 

Add Value with TAVA Benching

Add Value with TAVA Benching | Agra Tech

At Agra Tech we listen, we learn, and we deliver. In our 40+ years of experience we have had the opportunity to truly understand which accessories can add value to our greenhouses; knowledge that we pass on to our customers so their plants can perform the best they possibly can. With greenhouse automation on the rise, it’s clear that the industry is searching for ways to improve efficiency and cut expenses.

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Published on:
05/03/2017

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Controlled Environment Greenhouse  Greenhouse Accessories  Greenhouses 

The Burchell Nursery Takes on Large Project with the Help of Agra Tech

The Burchell Nursery Takes on Large Project with the Help of Agra Tech | Agra Tech

By embarking on an ambitious three-phase project consisting of a screen house, a head house and a greenhouse for insect exclusion and a standalone propagation house in conjunction with Agra Tech, Inc., the Burchell Nursery is poised to start a new chapter in almond and citrus tree production.

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Published on:
04/04/2017

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Builders  Controlled Environment Greenhouse  Greenhouse Structure  Greenhouses  Insect Exclusion 

Trevor Airola: The Student Becomes the Teacher

Trevor Airola: The Student Becomes the Teacher | Agra Tech

While most 24-year-olds are out there finding themselves and considering their career options, Trevor Airola has already landed the job of his life and if everything works out for the young man, it will be the only position he will ever hold.

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Published on:
03/06/2017

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Controlled Environment Greenhouse  Greenhouse Accessories  Greenhouse Structure 

California Berry Cultivars is a World-Class "Strawberry Start-Up"

California Berry Cultivars is a World-Class "Strawberry Start-Up" | Agra Tech

To develop the strawberries of the future with all of the attributes that a strawberry lover covets–such as sugar content, juiciness and that perfect texture–California Berry Cultivars (CBC) in Oxnard, CA is using cutting-edge technology to create amazing strawberries. And that’s why they recently purchased a 1,800 square foot Solar Light greenhouse from Agra Tech, commercial greenhouse manufacturer. CBC has been using this greenhouse since mid-2016 to achieve their pursuit of the ultimate strawberry.

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Published on:
02/08/2017

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Cover Produce & Agra Tech Have a Relationship Spanning Four Decades

Cover Produce & Agra Tech Have a Relationship Spanning Four Decades | Agra Tech

A multi-generation, family-run operation that grows some of the finest tomatoes in the area, Cover Produce in Tuolumne, CA recently acquired an Agra Tech greenhouse to increase their ability to grow tomatoes year-round. By working closely with Agra Tech sales engineer, Jim Bergantz and much of the company’s support team, in addition to Ag-Con, Inc., Peter Cover and his large family were able to erect a brand-new ATI greenhouse in a short time with outstanding results. This relationship has now come full circle, because believe it or not, back in the early 1980’s, Peter’s parents purchased an Agra Tech greenhouse that they still use.

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Published on:
01/17/2017

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Controlled Environment Greenhouse  Greenhouse Structure  Greenhouses  Transplant Houses  Vegetable Growing 

Agra Tech and CEAC Maintain a Healthy and Growing Relationship

Agra Tech and CEAC Maintain a Healthy and Growing Relationship | Agra Tech

The University of Arizona’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (CEAC) in Tucson supports education, research and extension/outreach as part of the school’s Department of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering and the School of Plant Sciences. Both within their the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the CEAC is known as the country’s leading institution for greenhouse growing education, featuring the finest professors in every aspect of this burgeoning industry. By staying ahead of the technology, the CEAC also offers an innovation platform for plant physiology, sensor technology and applied computer technology.

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Published on:
12/19/2016

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Dave Wilson Nursery Builds Large Greenhouse Manufactured by Agra Tech, Inc.

Dave Wilson Nursery Builds Large Greenhouse Manufactured by Agra Tech, Inc. | Agra Tech

To increase its capacity for growing rootstock, as well as extend the growing season, Dave Wilson Nursery Inc. is working with Agra Tech, Inc. to design and build a standalone 150,000 sq. ft. greenhouse facility with a wide range of cutting-edge features throughout. For the commercial side of Dave Wilson Nursery, this addition is part of a two-stage expansion plan, with another 75,000-sq. ft. addition anticipated to take place sometime next year.

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Published on:
11/08/2016

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Builders  Controlled Environment Greenhouse  Greenhouse Structure  Greenhouses 

Agra Tech Plays a Role in the Helical Outpost Project

Agra Tech Plays a Role in the Helical Outpost Project | Agra Tech

As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of commercial greenhouses, Agra Tech in Pittsburg, CA is always looking for new and innovative ways to improve the industry and a huge part of that is acting as consultants for cutting-edge companies. One of these examples is their involvement in the Helical Outpost® project, a sustainable, state-of-the-art, plug-and-play food, water, electricity and communication system that comes in a box and can be easily transported. It is intended to create global goodwill, reduce poverty and hunger and improve health for communities here in the United States and worldwide.

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Published on:
08/15/2016

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Greenhouse Structure  Vegetable Growing 

Agra Tech's Jim Bergantz Makes Permitting Presentation at 2016 Indoor Ag Tech Conference

Agra Tech's Jim Bergantz Makes Permitting Presentation at 2016 Indoor Ag Tech Conference | Agra Tech

Agra Tech, Inc. is one of the largest manufacturers of commercial greenhouses in the Western US, but they do so much more than selling structures and growing systems to greenhouse farmers. Since day one, Agra Tech has played an integral role in helping to advise the entire industry and assisting people as they enter this field. To this end, the experienced and highly-skilled professionals at Agra Tech speak at seminars, conferences and other events. They don’t get paid for these presentations, but do it for the betterment of the industry as a whole.

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Published on:
07/13/2016

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Builders  Greenhouses 

Agra Tech and Phoenix IRC Work Together to Create Community Farm

Agra Tech and Phoenix IRC Work Together to Create Community Farm | Agra Tech

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic well being, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and 26 U.S. cities helping people to survive, to reclaim control of their future and to strengthen their communities. Recently, Agra Tech, a leading manufacturer of commercial greenhouses, played an integral role in helping IRC in Phoenix, AZ to establish a small greenhouse in conjunction with their New Roots Program.

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Published on:
06/03/2016

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Micro Paradox Acquires Greenhouse System Designed and Installed by ATI

Micro Paradox Acquires Greenhouse System Designed and Installed by ATI | Agra Tech

Always on the cutting-edge of the commercial greenhouse industry, Agra Tech of Pittsburg, CA and Micro Paradox of Pleasant Grove, CA worked in close conjunction to create a commercial greenhouse system that is unique and unprecedented.

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05/02/2016

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Builders  Controlled Environment Greenhouse  Greenhouse Accessories  Greenhouse Structure  Greenhouses  Transplant Houses 

Feeding People in the Future: An Interview with Dr. Merle Jensen

Feeding People in the Future: An Interview with Dr. Merle Jensen | Agra Tech

Dr. Merle Jensen is the Henry Ford, Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein of the present and the future of controlled agricultural greenhouse systems all rolled up into one person. By helping to feed the inhabitants of approximately 50 countries, and teaching his greenhouse growing systems to literally thousands of farmers worldwide, Jensen has a resume and a legacy that is impressive, to say the least.

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Published on:
04/01/2016

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Greenhouses 

Hayes Wholesale Nurseries in New Zealand Uses Agra Tech's Agra Benches

Hayes Wholesale Nurseries in New Zealand Uses Agra Tech's Agra Benches | Agra Tech

With customers worldwide, Agra Tech in Pittsburg, CA has greenhouses and ancillary products in countries all over the world and in this case, New Zealand is the setting for this story. Hayes Wholesale Nurseries is the New Zealand’s largest wholesale growers and suppliers of Pac geraniums, fuchsias and Pac Pelargoniums and sells to local garden centers as well as national chains throughout the country.

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03/03/2016

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Greenhouse Accessories  Greenhouses 

Growing with a Purpose and a Passion at J&J Garden Center in Utah

Growing with a Purpose and a Passion at J&J Garden Center in Utah | Agra Tech
 J&J Garden Center and Nursery

To continue the legacy of an old farm as it enters the new age of greenhouse growing, brothers Jerry and Dave Stevenson operate J&J Garden Center and Nursery on the identical land that their father, grandfather and great grandfather farmed for generations before them.

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01/19/2016

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Controlled Environment Greenhouse  Greenhouse Structure 

Large Companies Tap into Agra Tech's Knowledge and Cutting-Edge Products

Large Companies Tap into Agra Tech's Knowledge and Cutting-Edge Products | Agra Tech

Agra Tech, manufacturer of commercial greenhouses and located in Pittsburg, CA, works with small growers all the way to the largest agricultural providers in the world because they value Agra Tech for its extensive experience, innovative spirit and extensive knowledge.

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12/14/2015

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Controlled Environment Greenhouse  Greenhouse Accessories  Greenhouse Structure  Insect Exclusion  Positive Pressure  Vegetable Growing 

California Transplants Helps Farmers to Get a Growing Start

California Transplants Helps Farmers to Get a Growing Start | Agra Tech

California Transplants in Newman, CA was established in 1997 when Ted Woods, a grower with more than three decades of experience in the vegetable transplant industry started his business. Today the farm operates under approximately 1.9 million square feet of plastic. The plastic we’re referring sits atop the 274 greenhouses that California Transplants uses and maintains on their 100-acre farm.

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11/10/2015

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Controlled Environment Greenhouse  Greenhouse Structure  Greenhouses  Transplant Houses  Vegetable Growing 

Lassen Canyon Nursery Produces the World's Finest Strawberry Plants

Lassen Canyon Nursery Produces the World's Finest Strawberry Plants | Agra Tech

Founded in the 1950s, the Lassen Canyon Nursery grows a quarter billion strawberry plants in California, Mexico and China every year while also growing hay on 930 acres. With its headquarters in Redding, CA and multiple locations worldwide, this company is well-known for producing strawberry plants that are healthy and strong for their customers all over the world, including huge growers (such as Dole, Sweet Darling and Naturipe Farms) all the way to small do-it-yourselfers with modest backyard gardens.

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10/12/2015

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Builders  Consultants  Controlled Environment Greenhouse  Greenhouse Structure  Insect Exclusion 

Agra Tech and Ridder/HortiMaX North America Nurture Growing Relationship

Agra Tech and Ridder/HortiMaX North America Nurture Growing Relationship | Agra Tech

By aligning itself with top companies worldwide, Agra Tech, Inc. is able to be on the cutting edge of every aspect of the commercial greenhouse farming industry and offering its customers world-class solutions. One of these beneficial relationships is with Ridder/HortiMaX North America, a global company with local offices in Ontario, California, Wisconsin and North Carolina. By incorporating products and systems manufactured by Ridder/HortiMaX North America into greenhouses made by Agra Tech in Pittsburg, CA, it is an alliance that benefits both parties, as well as greenhouse growers and ultimately consumers.

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09/09/2015

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Orchids Bloom for a Happy Retiree

Orchids Bloom for a Happy Retiree | Agra Tech

After 30 years as a fire fighter in Hayward, CA, Bart Ingles, 82, retired at age 55 and moved to the rural country of Patterson, CA in Stanislaus County. He bought a little piece of land to retreat from the madness of the Bay Area, not knowing that he would eventually pursue a passion he did not know he had—growing orchids and getting them to bloom for others who were unable to do so.

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08/10/2015

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Seeds and Transplants Help Keithly-Williams to Grow

Seeds and Transplants Help Keithly-Williams to Grow | Agra Tech

Keithly-Williams has been one of the world’s leading growers of vegetable and fruit seeds for nearly three decades and is known for providing high-quality seeds to farmers worldwide. Through its highly-trained and knowledgeable sales force, Keithly-Williams has been making its customers happy since 1981, led by Kelly Keithly, age 70, who has been in the seed-growing industry for nearly half a century and has seen it evolve at a rapid rate. Keithly started back in 1970 as a seed salesman and today he runs a large operation that grows seeds and also grows transplants for farmers throughout the country.

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07/13/2015

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A Growing Demand at Woods Transplants

A Growing Demand at Woods Transplants | Agra Tech

Woods Transplants in Gustine, CA was established in 2008 and currently the farm consists of 28 acres containing 54 greenhouses and totaling 400,000 square feet of greenhouse space. The farm produces primarily tomatoes and during the off-season, they grow kale, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, celery and peppers, Woods said and everything sold is in the form of transplants. The greenhouses featured at Woods Transplants are purchased from Agra Tech, Inc. of Pittsburg, CA—one of the largest commercial greenhouse manufacturers on the west coast.

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04/06/2015

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Greenhouse Structure  Greenhouses  Transplant Houses  Vegetable Growing 

The Finest Orchids in the World are Grown in Agra Tech Greenhouses

The Finest Orchids in the World are Grown in Agra Tech Greenhouses | Agra Tech
McLellan/Tiasuco America grows incredible orchids

By using commercial greenhouses made by Agra Tech, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of greenhouses, McLellan/Tiasuco America grows incredible orchids completely indoor. In 2000, Rod McLellan’s botanical division was purchased by the Taiwan Sugar Company (Taisuco) one of the largest orchid growers on the planet. The purchase gave Taisuco a more prominent position in North America when it bought this long-standing family farm with two large growing operations in California and Texas.

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03/16/2015

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Controlled Environment Greenhouse  Greenhouse Accessories  Greenhouse Structure  Greenhouses  Insect Exclusion  Positive Pressure 

Go Green Agriculture Goes with Agra Tech Greenhouse

Go Green Agriculture Goes with Agra Tech Greenhouse | Agra Tech
Go Green Agriculture | Agra Tech

Go Green Agriculture is a family-owned farm in Encinitas, CA that grows leafy greens without soil in climate-controlled greenhouses made by Agra Tech, Inc. in Pittsburg, CA,commercial greenhouse manufacturer. The company grows lettuce, kale, spinach and basil year-round by carefully manipulating the light, humidity, temperature and nutrients, among other things, to produce ½ million plants for sale every month, through a wide range of retailers, including Barons Market, Safeway and Whole Foods, to name a few.

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02/18/2015

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Controlled Environment Greenhouse  Greenhouse Structure  Greenhouses  Hydroponics  Vegetable Growing 

Agra Tech Helps Willits & Newcomb, Inc. to Keep the Bugs Out

Agra Tech Helps Willits & Newcomb, Inc. to Keep the Bugs Out | Agra Tech

When a large citrus nursery discovered that the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) had been sighted in southern California and was coming their way, they needed help and they needed it right now. An aphid-like insect, the ACP will destroy every citrus tree it encounters and there is no way to stop it, so the nursery called Agra Tech, one of the world’s leading commercial greenhouse manufacturers, located in Pittsburg, CA. They also worked with Ag-Con, a greenhouse construction company located in San Jose, CA. The professionals at Agra Tech and Ag-Con possess more than 300 years of combined experience, designing and building controlled environment structures.

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11/14/2014

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John Pound Interview, Part II

John Pound Interview, Part II | Agra Tech

John Pound is the Owner and Founder of Agra Tech, one of the world’s leading commercial greenhouse manufacturers, with its headquarters in Pittsburg, CA. Click to read Part 1.

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09/10/2014

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John Pound Builds Agra Tech Into a leading Commercial Greenhouse Manufacturer

John Pound Builds Agra Tech Into a leading Commercial Greenhouse Manufacturer | Agra Tech

John Pound, 65 has been running Agra Tech, Inc. for 41 years after founding this commercial greenhouse manufacturing company in Salinas, CA in 1973. Things have changed in many ways since John Pound began this successful company, but his passion hasn’t waned one iota. “People used to ask me how were you able to start a greenhouse business at 24,” Pound said. “But, today I’m the old man in this industry, so things have truly changed.

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07/28/2014

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Building Greenhouses Is Not Just a Job - It's Also a Higher Calling at Kira Construction

Building Greenhouses Is Not Just a Job - It's Also a Higher Calling at Kira Construction | Agra Tech

Kira Construction, Inc. is a North San Diego County-based construction company that builds greenhouses for a wide range of southern California growers, nurseries and propagation houses.  The highly experienced and knowledgeable team at Kira Construction taps into over 75 years of combined construction experience to build the best commercial greenhouses in the world, manufactured by Agra Tech, Inc., one of the leaders in the greenhouse industry.  With a stellar reputation based on safely producing quality greenhouses that feature exemplary workmanship, Kira Construction prides itself on offering some of the finest customer satisfaction in the industry today, by meeting stringent deadlines and completion projects on-time.

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04/11/2014

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Constructing a Greener World in California ... One Greenhouse at a Time

Constructing a Greener World in California ... One Greenhouse at a Time | Agra Tech

By building commercial greenhouses that produce food and plants throughout the Golden State, Ag-Con Construction of San Jose, CA helps to bring better, healthier and fresher food to people all over the world. Since 1989, Ag-Con has been constructing greenhouses of all sizes and for multiple purposes and has performed more than 3,000 projects since opening its doors. Owner Ray Pound and his highly-experienced crew have built commercial greenhouses for large indoor farmers, flower growers, seed companies, citrus growers, organic farmers, agriculture research and development companies and even small mom-and-pop operations.

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03/28/2014

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War Veteran/Second-Generation Farmer Embraces Greenhouse Way

War Veteran/Second-Generation Farmer Embraces Greenhouse Way | Agra Tech

Eric Boyd, 29, grew up on a 16-acre family farm in San Luis Obispo, CA., so he knows that farm work is hard and the hours are long. But, through a life-changing series of events, Boyd is now farming at his family farm but in a different way–by using a commercial greenhouse that he purchased from Agra Tech, Inc., one of the world’s leading manufacturers of commercial greenhouses and greenhouse growing systems.

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02/12/2014

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Major Worldwide Seed Manufacturer Values Its Agra Tech Greenhouses

Major Worldwide Seed Manufacturer Values Its Agra Tech Greenhouses | Agra Tech

In 2008, two of the world’s leading seed companies merged when Harris Moran Seed Company (a U.S. entity) and Clause Vegetable Seeds, (a French company) joined forces to become a major player in the development and production of vegetable seeds worldwide. Now called HM.CLAUSE, this international company specializes in the breeding, production and commercialization of vegetable seeds in a wide range of varieties for professional growers.

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12/20/2013

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Our Neighbors Farm Uses an Agra Tech Greenhouse for Planting and Teaching

Our Neighbors Farm Uses an Agra Tech Greenhouse for Planting and Teaching | Agra Tech

An oasis of food and generosity thrives in Safford, Arizona at Our Neighbors Farm, a 1.3-acre farm that grows fruit and vegetables for Our Neighbors Pantry Food Bank, a food bank that is also located at the same location. In addition to growing a wide range of things, Our Neighbors Farm also hosts garden-based classes for school children, teaching them how to plant, cultivate and harvest plants. Both the farm and the pantry are projects of Graham County Interfaith Care Alliance and currently use a commercial greenhouse made by Agra Tech, Inc. in Pittsburg, California, one of the world’s largest greenhouse manufacturers and a leader in the indoor horticulture industry.

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11/25/2013

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LED Lighting Can Save Time and Money

LED Lighting Can Save Time and Money | Agra Tech

With LED lighting systems that can speed up the growing process more affordably than ever before, greenhouse growers are flocking to these newer, cooler and longer-lasting lighting systems that use less energy than incandescent lights. In this article, we’ll shed some light on this ever-changing technology and how LED lights can be successfully used in conjunction with commercial greenhouses manufactured by Agra Tech, Inc., a leading manufacturer of commercial greenhouses and accessories as well as a major distributor of associated equipment for commercial, horticultural, and agricultural growers, retail nurseries, research and education facilities.

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11/05/2013

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CSP Labs Tests the Seeds of the World

CSP Labs Tests the Seeds of the World | Agra Tech

Founded by Dr. Parm Randhawa in 1992, California Seed & Plant Labs (CSP Labs) performs seed health testing primarily for the vegetable seed industry. Fifteen years ago, CSP Labs expanded its list of capabilities to incorporate a wider range of services, including seed germination, seed purity, disease diagnosis, resistance screening, hybrid purity, variety fingerprinting and Non-GMO testing.

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10/08/2013

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Take Cover - Citrus budwood grown in positive pressure greenhouses keeps pests at bay

Take Cover - Citrus budwood grown in positive pressure greenhouses keeps pests at bay | Agra Tech

A single insect is one insect too many. In fact, the future of California’s citrus industry may well rest on the exclusion of insect vectors from the Citrus Research Board (CRB) sponsored greenhouses at the University of California, Lindcove Research and Extension Center (LREC).

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09/30/2013

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McPhail Farms a Greenhouse Success Story

McPhail Farms a Greenhouse Success Story | Agra Tech

A third-generation family of farmers, McPhail Farms in Lyndon, Washington has been operating a U-Pick operation and farm stand growing and selling blueberries for many years.  Seven years ago, the McPhail family began growing tomatoes in a greenhouse environment and today they produce 80,000 tomatoes annually. Selling them primarily at local grocery stores, McPhail Farms purchased two commercial greenhouses from Agra Tech, Inc., one of the world’s leading manufacturers of greenhouses, and learned how to grow amazing tomatoes consistently from classes taught through the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center’s (CEAC) annual Symposium.

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06/27/2013

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Who Let the Bugs Out? ATI Acts Quickly for Monrovia Nurseries

Who Let the Bugs Out? ATI Acts Quickly for Monrovia Nurseries | Agra Tech

With the clock ticking and much to lose, Agra Tech, Inc., (ATI) a manufacturer of commercial greenhouses, in conjunction with Ag-Con Construction, saved the day for Monrovia Nurseries, headquartered in Azusa, California. By acting quickly and making a series of sage decisions along the way, Agra Tech and Ag-Con Construction pooled their cumulative experience and skills to prevent a possibly tragic situation for Monrovia’s citrus crop in Visalia, California.

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06/21/2013

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Q&A with Michael Christian from American Hydroponics

Q&A with Michael Christian from American Hydroponics | Agra Tech

In a partnership with commercial greenhouse manufacturer, Agra Tech, Inc., American Hydroponics works closely together to enable and train its growers worldwide, so that they can grow vegetables in greenhouse environments. We sat down with Michael Christian, the president of American Hydroponics recently to discuss the growing business of growing vegetables in greenhouses and using his company’s hydroponic systems.

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05/22/2013

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Parsons Homegrown Grows Tomatoes That Get Attention

Parsons Homegrown Grows Tomatoes That Get Attention | Agra Tech

The Parsons family grows grapes and tomatoes in Fulton, Calif., a farm they established in 1994. Today, Kelley and Tom Parsons at Parsons Homegrown grow some of the finest tomatoes in California, by using a greenhouse the couple purchased from Agra Tech, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of greenhouses designed for vegetable growing and all other types of greenhouse farming. Currently Parsons Homegrown grows three varieties of tomatoes–Favorita, a cherry tomato; Geronimo, a red beefsteak, and Yellow Boy, a yellow beefsteak.

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05/06/2013

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Let's Meet Agra Tech's Jim Bergantz, Sales Engineer

Let's Meet Agra Tech's Jim Bergantz, Sales Engineer | Agra Tech

Jim, please tell us about your background when it relates to farming, agriculture and greenhouse farming?

I literally grew up in a greenhouse and purchased my parents’ retail nursery and wholesale/retail growing operation right after graduating from college. That’s where I found my passion in growing bedding plants, native trees, shrubs and poinsettias and learned there is no substitute for getting your hands dirty and working hard. I loved the challenges the business presented;  meeting greenhouse heating and cooling requirements in the extreme heat and cold of foothills weather, managing a seasonal staff, adjusting cultural variables to make sure plants were blooming or colored-up to meet the demands of our customers at holiday times. To promote our business, I developed a weekly radio show which aired for one hour every Saturday and afforded me the opportunity to interface with interesting experts in our field.

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04/23/2013

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Interview with Hydroponics Pioneer Dr. Howard Resh

Interview with Hydroponics Pioneer Dr. Howard Resh | Agra Tech

DR. Howard M. Resh, PhD is a universally known hydroponics researcher, author and practitioner and one of the world’s true pioneers in the field of hydroponics. He has incorporated commercial greenhouses from Agra Tech, Inc., one of the world’s leading manufacturers of greenhouses and considered a leader in the field, into several of his projects over the years and was kind enough to be interviewed for this article.

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04/04/2013

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Sunridge Nurseries Plays a Huge Role in the Wine Industry Worldwide

Sunridge Nurseries Plays a Huge Role in the Wine Industry Worldwide | Agra Tech

If you drank a glass of California wine recently there is a very good chance that the grapes for your Cabernet or Chardonnay came from vines produced by Sunridge Nurseries. Located in Bakersfield, California at the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley, Sunridge Nurseries has a distinct advantage for growing the best grape vines in the world. By capitalizing on its phylloxera-free sandy soils, and its long growing season, the nursery is in an ideal location to consistently produce superior grape vines.

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12/11/2012

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Agra Tech's Energy Curtains Provide Control and Significant Energy Savings

Agra Tech's Energy Curtains Provide Control and Significant Energy Savings | Agra Tech

By controlling the growing environment in a commercial greenhouse and being able to manipulate the weather at any time, Energy Shield Curtain Systems manufactured by Agra Tech, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of commercial greenhouses, are used by growers throughout the country for a plethora of different uses.

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11/13/2012

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Archi's Acres Offers War Veterans Blossoming Careers

Archi's Acres Offers War Veterans Blossoming Careers | Agra Tech

With a high percentage of unemployment among our country’s war veterans, Archi’s Acres and Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training (VSAT) fulfill a pressing need by providing sustainable careers in small-scale organic farming for veterans. By training servicemen and women to establish small farms and setting them up for success within the agricultural industry, VSAT has graduated more than 100 veterans to work for existing farms or starting their very own small businesses and/or family farms. This effort is the brainchild of Colin Archipley and his wife Karen, an amazing couple that is passionate about their organization and proactively supports sustainable agriculture while serving our nation’s veterans.

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08/15/2012

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Gifted Gardens is Growing with the Help of Agra Tech, Inc.

Gifted Gardens is Growing with the Help of Agra Tech, Inc. | Agra Tech

By providing fruitful employment for people with disabilities, Lake Area Industries (LAI) established Gifted Gardens, a program in Camdenton, Missouri where members grow bedding plants and flowers for sale to the community. It all began as a seedling of an idea, but with the help of people like noted horticulturist Bill Regen and by purchasing a Solar Light greenhouse from Agra Tech, Inc., one of the world’s premier commercial greenhouse manufacturing companies, Gifted Gardens has blossomed into a beautiful workshop program that benefits employees and customers alike.

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07/17/2012

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Agra Tech Helps Keep Insects Out

Agra Tech Helps Keep Insects Out | Agra Tech

Positive-pressure greenhouses fulfill research station’s need.

The Lindcove Research and Extension Center (LREC) at the University of California is the home of a program that’s responsible for the introduction, therapy, pathogen testing and distribution of germplasm to the citrus industry and researchers of California and other states. Since the 1960s, when the first Citrus Clonal Protection Program (CCPP) trees were planted at LREC, the CCPP has found it necessary to move its operations from open field plantings to protective screen structures and, finally, to positive-pressure greenhouses. The goal is to keep harmful insects away from valuable germplasm.

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05/30/2012

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Screen Test

Screen Test | Agra Tech

Insect screens could be the solution to propagations pest problems

Most Nurseries use some form of integrated pest management (IPM). Basically, IPM involves pest prevention and monitoring as part of the management program. IPM aspects are control, sanitation/exclusion, environmental/cultural management and pesticide use. Pest management includes control via mechanical, cultural, biological and chemical means.

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04/23/2012

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How to choose The Right Structure, The Right Location, The Right Planning

How to choose The Right Structure, The Right Location, The Right Planning | Agra Tech

Think about future growth when planning a greenhouse operation. Plan for the long term. Not thinking about the future can be a costly mistake if your operation expands and you have to tear down existing greenhouses to add these features later.

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04/23/2012

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Evaporative Cooling

Evaporative Cooling | Agra Tech

Grower 101: Using Evaporative Cooling, Part I

Find out what to use to keep your greenhouse ventilated and cool in the hot, humid summer.

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04/23/2012

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Innovations

Innovations | Agra Tech

Innovations Keep Pace with Market Boom

Based on the assumption that continuing expansion of plant production will eventually require increased capacity, affirmation of a bullish 2001 has come fro a logical source: the National Greenhouse Manufacturers Association (NGMA), the greenhouse industry has been strong, is still strong, and is going to continue to gain strength through ongoing growth.

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04/23/2012

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Custom Trend

Custom Trend | Agra Tech

Custom Trend growing in Structure Market

It’s no small thing. Greenhouse structures, obviously, are not a minor investment. So when it comes to shopping for a new structure, the question in the forefront of a grower’s mind is usually, “How am I going to get the best return for my investment. The answer to that question for many growers today is customization, according to manufacturers.

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04/23/2012

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Shade Houses provide seasonal low-cost protected space

Shade Houses provide seasonal low-cost protected space | Agra Tech

Shade structures provide protection against wind and solar radiation.  They are a useful tool for modifying the environment and extending the growing season, both in cold and warm weather.

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04/23/2012

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Corrosion

Corrosion | Agra Tech

Chemical potentially causing damage to greenhouse tubular/metal components

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04/23/2012

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Vent Screening

Vent Screening | Agra Tech

Insect Screen Installed on Roof Vents Keeps Insects Out

Due to the fact that many chemical applications are prohibited and that insects have gained resistance to insecticides, Agra Tech has engineered insect screen systems for its roof vents.

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04/23/2012

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Identify Risk Factors to Reduce Fire Loss

Identify Risk Factors to Reduce Fire Loss | Agra Tech

Today’s greenhouse production facilities are more costly to build, maintain and replace, so it pays to plan ahead.

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04/23/2012

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Ventilation Research. Research For Development

Ventilation Research. Research For Development | Agra Tech

Here’s an update on current university research on structures and ventilation.

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04/23/2012

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Subirrigation vs. Overhead Watering

Subirrigation vs. Overhead Watering | Agra Tech

Nutritional Effects on Poinsettia

Subirrigation is becoming an increasingly common way of watering and fertilizing greenhouse crops. A properly managed ebb-and-flow, trough or flooded floor system saves labor, water and fertilizer, and reduces nutrient pollution of groundwater and surface water.  However, new growing methods lead to new questions.

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04/23/2012

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Insulated Glazing

Insulated Glazing | Agra Tech

Insulated Glazing or an Insulated Greenhouse? Which is best for you?

With energy costs skyrocketing, growers everywhere are looking for ways to increase energy efficiency.  One of the most obvious places growers look for savings is greenhouse glazing. The knee-jerk response for most growers is to purchase “energy efficient” insulated glazing like twin-wall polycarbonate. Depending on the crop, twin-wall may be a good choice for some growers. 

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04/23/2012

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Thermal Glazings

Thermal Glazings | Agra Tech

The best kept secret. The simple truth about infrared Thermal Greenhouse Coverings

Infrared Films were invented in 1972 to diffuse light for faster, fuller, even crop growth. The light diffusion feature of IR films averages leaf temperature and decreases stress. The diffusers raise the thermal value and slow the loss of heat in the evening. Infrared Films were not developed to save fuel, but they do. As a Bonus, the energy savings pays for the film.

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04/23/2012

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Natural Ventilation vs Retractable Roofs

Natural Ventilation vs Retractable Roofs | Agra Tech

RETRACTABLE ROOF SYSTEMS versus NATURAL VENTILATION

While retractable roof systems are the latest and trendiest in design, they may not be for everyone. When considering a retractable roof, ask yourself what it is you expect from the system. The main function of a retractable roof is hardening off crop, not ventilation.

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04/20/2012

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Building Permits

Building Permits | Agra Tech

CRACKING THE CODE

Tips for obtaining a greenhouse building permit

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04/20/2012

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Positive Pressure Systems, From Concept to Reality

Positive Pressure Systems, From Concept to Reality | Agra Tech

There is an indescribable feeling when it all connects: design, engineering, structure, and growing. It’s that elation every manufacturer feels when a new idea meets the challenge of everyday reality. When it all comes together you know your company will make an impact on the industry.

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04/20/2012

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