The U.S. Department of Agriculture (ARS) Agrees to Collaborate and Grow Strawberries Using Affinor Grower’s Vertical Farming Technology
Affinor Growers (CSE:AFI)RSSFF 6.21%(FRANKFURT:1AF) (“Affinor” or the “Corporation), a diversified agriculture and biotechnology company with proprietary vertical farming systems, is extremely pleased to have signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with The United States Department of Agriculture’s (“USDA”) Agricultural Research Service (“ARS”).
This landmark agreement will allow the USDA Agricultural Research Service, one of the world’s premier scientific organizations, to work with Affinor’s vertical farming technology.
The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s scientific in-house research agency. ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and will use Affinor’s technology to produce strawberries indoors in the ARS facility in Kearneysville, WV and in the controlled environment at Affinor’s facility in Quebec, Canada.
The ARS is the agency within the mission area of the Research, Education and Economics of the USDA. Congress set the ARS annual budget for fiscal year 2015 at $1.1 billion on the basis of the President’s proposed budget and research priorities. The overall objective of this collaboration with Affinor is to increase productivity and profitability of strawberry production in controlled environments such as vertical indoor farming, plant factories, greenhouses and other harvesting systems.
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