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OSU and USDA Join Forces with Ecoation/HORTECA in Kingsville, ON.

Cultivating Innovation: Ohio State University and USDA Join Forces to visit Ecoation/HORTECA Research facility in Kingsville, ON. An international partnership is to be forged between the entities to advance the future of agriculture.

Kingsville, Ontario, August 21st, 2023. In a unique collaboration that promises to advance the future of sustainable agriculture, Ohio State University (OSU) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) visited the HORTECA Research Center, a joint collaboration between Jem Farms and Ecoation in Kingsville, Ontario Canada in the biggest vegetable hub in North America. The visit to this cutting-edge research facility offered a glimpse into the innovative strides being made in agriculture, from crop cultivation to Artificial intelligence and resource conservation.

At the heart of this visit lies a shared commitment to sustainable agriculture. Both Ohio State University and the USDA have been steadfast in their dedication to addressing the pressing challenges facing modern agriculture, including climate change, resource scarcity, and food security. The HORTECA visit was a testament to their combined efforts to explore groundbreaking possible solutions together.

Visitors were greeted with a breathtaking sight: row upon row of lush, thriving cucumber plants. The greenhouse’s-controlled environment, complete with cutting-edge technology, allows researchers to simulate various growing conditions, fostering innovation in plant breeding, pest management, and resource-efficient cultivation techniques seeing live all the latest Ecoation’s offerings to digitize, forecast and even automate many of the greenhouse processes.

Integrated pest management techniques and digitalization were on display, showcasing natural predators, beneficial insects, and non-toxic pesticides that reduce the need for harmful chemical interventions. A highlight of the visit was the exploration of resource-efficient farming methods. Hydroponics and precision agriculture were demonstrated, illustrating how these practices can reduce water consumption and waste while increasing crop yields.

 USDA's Role in Advancing Agricultural Research

The USDA's presence at the greenhouse visit was instrumental in emphasizing the government's commitment to supporting innovation in agriculture. This possible partnership between a renowned academic institution in Canada and a federal agency in the United States underscores the importance of international public-private collaboration in addressing the global challenges of food security and sustainability.

Inspiring the Next Generation

One of the most heartwarming aspects of the greenhouse visit was its potential to inspire the next generation of scientists, students, and farmers. HORTECA can host students and researchers who are pursuing a career in food production and want to join the workforce that put food on people’s tables.

 Conclusion: A Promising Future for Agriculture

The greenhouse visit by Ohio State University and the USDA was not just an event but a testament to the power of collaboration in shaping a sustainable future for agriculture. It showcased how international research and innovation can drive solutions to the complex challenges facing our food system. As we left the greenhouse, the vision of thriving crops and passionate researchers lingered, leaving us with a sense of optimism about the future of agriculture.


HORTECA is a leading horticultural research and education facility in Kingsville, Ontario. The organization is dedicated to advancing the science of horticulture through innovative research, education, and outreach programs.

About ecoation

ecoation is a technology company that provides data-driven solutions for indoor agriculture. Its advanced sensors and artificial intelligence technology help greenhouse growers optimize crop yields, reduce pesticide use, and improve overall sustainability. With a mission to transform the way food is grown, ecoation is committed to developing innovative solutions that promote sustainable agriculture practices and enhance food security.

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