FFAR Awards $1M Grant To AeroFarms For Research To Improve Quality Of Leafy Greens
by The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research
Posted: 2017-09-11 09:00:30 EST

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), a nonprofit organization established through bipartisan congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill, today announced a Seeding Solutions grant awarded to AeroFarms, a leading indoor vertical farming company with global headquarters in Newark, New Jersey. AeroFarms will match the Foundation’s grant for a total investment of nearly $2 million.

FFAR and AeroFarms were joined by food and agriculture research and industry leaders to celebrate the announcement of the new research project today at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Principal Investigator Roger Buelow, Chief Technology Officer at AeroFarms, will collaborate with Rutgers University and Cornell University scientists to take advantage of the precision that is possible in indoor vertical farming systems, where “stressors” from light to humidity to temperature can be controlled consistently and precisely to improve specialty crop characteristics such as taste and nutritional quality.

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