After a busy weekend drawing up wiring schematics for several new farms, I came home a little grumpy to a sick baby girl, and half a dozen notifications regarding a LinkedIn thread I’d recently commented on.
Hydroponic farming is experiencing a boom and getting a lot of attention in the press, but many are left with the question, "is hydroponic farming really profitable?"
Hydroponic farms are most commonly built indoors or in greenhouses. Both types of farms have been proven commercially, with dozens of farm operations around the world. These are highly productive facilities that are generating enough revenue to pay overhead expenses and provide healthy wages for farm workers.
Bright Agrotech is providing transparency and powerful resources for aspiring hydroponic farmers. As we have covered in previous sessions, a number of trends are colliding to allow small urban and suburban growers to enter the produce market.
With the falling cost of LED lighting, many growers are adding supplemental lighting to their farms.
But LED lighting can bring an often unwanted cost to the equation in the form of cooling costs.This article will introduce the costs and benefits of an HVAC system, and includes a recorded conversation with Dr. Nate Storey as he discusses LED lighting, cooling costs and HVAC systems.
The Wyoming Business Council announced yesterday, June 16, the approval of a grant to fund a new building for Bright Agrotech's HQ in Laramie, WY.
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We have been growing food under the sun and the wind for thousands of years. However, in the last century we saw an increasing desire for more control over the production environment. This has lead to modern techniques including pesticides, selective breeding, GMO, and artificial fertilizers in their modern form. Indoor farming is a logical extension of this trend.
Despite distinct political tension in the US right now, something that we can all agree on is that the problems arising from water shortages are a big deal. Over 800 million people remain plagued with chronic starvation, even though the global average calories consumed is around 2,940 kcal per capita per day (that's high even for an active male).
Of course, most cases of starvation remain in less developed countries with shaky governments and little to no infrastructure. But another contributing factor to that starvation- something that we here in the USA have in common with folks in say, Syria - is a lack of water.
Today is International Women's Day, and the theme is “50-50 by 2030: Step it Up for Gender Equality.” We at Bright Agrotech think this is especially relevant due to the continually male-dominated field in which we work.
In a recent Foodtank article, it was stated that women farmers’ yields were “20-30 percent lower than for men’s because of a lack of access to banking, financial services, and inputs. But filling this gap--and helping women get the same resources as male farmers--could lift 100-150 million people out of hunger worldwide.” Needless to say, this is absolutely something we can get behind.
One solution that we might hear about is the idea of vocational training. But when we bring up the subject, we usually end up talking about automotive tech schools or welding certifications. We as a society have reduced these fields to “academic consolation prizes” for students who are not “cut out for college”.