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Dear Readers,

We launched AgriExpo e-Magazine earlier this year as a source of innovation and inspiration for agriculture professionals such as yourselves. Our fourth edition concludes the year by highlighting one of today’s most important subjects: urban farming. As German startup Infarm begins building the world’s largest in-store farm in Paris, we dig into the idea of a new generation of farmers who farm everywhere—in supermarkets, restaurants, bars and warehouses. We zoom in on vertical and rooftop farming as they are becoming extremely prominent in our cities.

Our journalist Chris McCullough takes us inside the stable of Friesian horse breeders Jelmer Chardon and his wife Anita whose champion stallion Jurre 495 has won the national event for Friesian horses for the past two years; and to Dutch dairy farmers Sicco Hylkema and his wife Anneke who have recently switched to organic and have implemented an interesting tool as a way to connect with customers.

We cover the German trade fair EuroTier and the 5th International Rice Congress in Singapore.

As a special seasonal treat, we speak to pine tree producers on how they keep the “Christmas tree” tradition alive.


Erin Tallman, Editor-in-Chief

November 22, 2018

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    Infarm, founded in 2013 by Osnat Michaeli and brothers Erez and Guy Galonska, is on the way to building the world’s largest in-store farm in Metro’s flagship store in Paris. In this interview with AgriExpo e-Magazine, the company explains how its farms work, what it’s accomplished this year and what’s on the...

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    Fifty years ago the planet had just 3.55 billion mouths to feed. Today, that number has grown to 7.6 billion, 55% of which live in urban centers. As populations grow, arable land for food production becomes scarcer, and urban sprawl pushes food production further away from the city. In Europe, urban agricultural...

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    In order to learn more about the pros, cons and the hows of creating and running a rooftop garden or farm, AgriExpo e-Magazine spoke with Thomas Schneider, co-founder and director of Rooftop Roots in Washington DC, as well as Michelle Hong of Rooftop Republic, based in Hong Kong, China.   Hong Kongers and city-dwellers...

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    Journalist Chris McCullough trotted inside the stables of Friesian horse breeders Jelmer Chardon and his wife Anita to report for AgriExpo e-Magazine. Jelmer Chardon wakes up every morning to run a business that he is passionate about: “I’m literally living the dream.” Jelmer and his wife Anita breed and train the...

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    As the Danish ornamental plant industry shifts with consumer tastes and global trends, the national industry association, Floradania, is helping growers expand their market at the intersection of aesthetics and health. Research shows that plants can remove harmful toxins from the air as they beautify residential and...

    Image by journalist Vanessa Liwanag

    In the jungle forests of Bali, wild Asian palm civets run around during the night and eat the island’s coffee beans grown from trees of the Arabica and Robusta varieties. Locals have shared that during the time of the Dutch colonial period in Indonesia, native farmers in coffee plantations discovered that civet...

    Baling Christmas Trees in Denmark using Evergreen balers at Collet Christmas Tree Farm. Courtesy of the farm.

    Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open sleigh, through the fields we go, laughing all the way, ha, ha, ha; yes, those jingle bells are ringing with the traditional Christmas holiday around the corner and farmers have been busy preparing their trees that keep oxygen flowing. One acre of this holiday cheer...

    A single cow and customer Durk Breeuwsma at Dutch dairy farmers' Sicco Hylkema and his wife Anneke.

    After visiting Dutch dairy farmers Sicco Hylkema and his wife Anneke, journalist Chris McCullough reports on the switch to organic and connecting with customers for AgriExpo e-Magazine. Deciding to change from conventional farming methods to organic is a big step but with a clearer focus on improving the environment,...

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    We bring you information on the latest award-winning innovations found at EuroTier 2018, classed as the world’s leading trade fair for animal production, held every second year in Hannover and organized by the German Agricultural Society, DLG. At each EuroTier the organizers offer one gold medal and 25 silver medals...

    Lindner has a range of tractors that integrate a platform hoist with an inclinable seat enabling people with reduced mobility to access the tractor’s cabin, stated to be the world’s first. There’s also a specific command lever that gathers all the vehicle control systems in one single cluster. The drive and braking...

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    October—The 5th International Rice Congress in Singapore united professionals through collaborative sessions on the role of rice research and new technologies in tackling critical global challenges. On the list of remaining concerns, leading to the essential topic of world hunger—too many people, not enough yield—:...

    Hidromek HMK 640 WL. Courtesy of Hidromek

    Germany’s Red Dot Design awards rate products from various sectors, notably agriculture. Although aesthetics is a key ingredient to winning the award, functionality is equally important. Over the years, the Red Dot award has become so internationally acclaimed that we know, worldwide, that the winning products not...


    Jennifer Oladipo

    Jennifer Oladipo is the owner of X Editorial and has experience in editorial planning and reporting on a range of business topics including manufacturing, biotechnology, technology, sustainability and finance.

    Erin Tallman

    American artist Erin Tallman is a journalist for various online publications and is the Editor in Chief of AgriExpo e-magazine and ArchiExpo e-magazine. She has published three books, including her first novel.

    Vanessa Liwanag

    Vanessa Liwanag, is an MBA alumni of the prestigious Mod’Art International in Paris and founder of Creative Talents Worldwide.

    Erin Gigl

    Erin Gigl is a freelance design and travel writer, editor and artist.

    Melanie Epp

    Melanie Epp is a freelance agricultural journalist from Ontario, Canada. She writes regularly for over 25 publications in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Website:

    Chris McCullough

    With 16 years’ experience behind him, award-winning multimedia agricultural journalist, Chris McCullough travels extensively around the world to bring readers the freshest and most relevant international news. Chris grew up on a family dairy farm in the heart of Northern Ireland and is based on the country’s east coast.

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