The Netherlands has developed innovative solutions for crop quality, energy efficiency, and indoor farming, making it the world’s second largest exporter of agricultural goods.
As one of the world’s largest exporters, the Netherlands is known for producing sustainable and delicious food.
How does such a small country produce such a high volume of agri- and horticulture? Through the use of AgTech, or “agriculture technology,” the Netherlands has developed innovative solutions for crop quality, energy efficiency, and indoor farming.
“Twice as much food using half as many resources.” That is the mentality that has made the Netherlands into what National Geographic describes a “tiny country that feeds the world.”
By automating cultivation systems and making their farms self-sufficient in terms of energy, Dutch farmers – from small family-owned operations to big agri-companies – have found a way to optimize the yield and efficiency levels. By using drones and other technological tools to monitor the quality of the crops or the health of a certain plant, the Dutch are able to stay on top of their business.
Dutch innovation mission to California
The AgTech innovation mission to California will take place March 26-29 with 20 representatives from Dutch AgTech industry, investment, research institutes and government. The participants have a strong focus on indoor and vertical farming, with technical expertise in data analytics, robotics, and IT.
The aim of the group is to provide a broad understanding of the current challenges and opportunities of California agriculture, including policy and economic drivers, technology readiness, and incorporation of new technologies, such as AI.
The innovation mission is part of a bigger collaboration between the Netherlands’ government and California’s Department for Food and Agriculture, which signed a collaborative agreement on Climate Smart Agriculture in 2016.
Participating companies & research institutes
The delegation includes some of the most innovative Dutch start-ups in the agrifood sector. Smart ways to monitor crop quality, intelligent greenhouses and innovative solutions for greater energy efficiency are just some examples of their work.
Striving for better quality products, more sustainable cultivation techniques and greater yields, these companies are reshaping the agrifood sector and making it future proof:
- Aris B.V. — A high-tech company that specializes in advanced robotic & machine vision systems within the AgriFood sector.
- Holstcenter/imec — An independent R&D center that develops technologies for wireless autonomous sensor technologies and flexible electronics.
- Botany B.V. — An R&D company that specializes in product development in the agricultural and horticultural sector.
- Mprise Agriware B.V. — A business unit that provides software solutions for horticultural companies.
- Botman Hydroponics B.V. — An innovative company that develops and produces hydroponic systems and substrates.
- OostNL — An agency that strengthens the economy of the provinces of Gelderland and Overijssel, the Netherlands.
- Brabant Development Agency — An economic development company that works as a growth accelerator for companies in Brabant, an important agricultural region in the Netherlands.
- PlantLab — A privately owned company that specializes in controlled environment agriculture with a global reach.
- Crush Marketing Inc. — A marketing company in the agriculture sector.
- Rabobank — A Dutch bank that finances food and agribusiness, and promotes and facilitates connections throughout the entire food and agri value chain.
- Delphy B.V. — A worldwide research expert in plants and flowers.
- Ridder Group — The worldwide leader in electromechanical drive systems for the agricultural market.
- Flevoplant BV — A specialist in the propagation and cultivation of strawberry plants.
- RoboValley — A unique network with more than 170 robotics researchers from a multitude of fields, as well as entrepreneurs and decision-makers in both public and private sectors.
- FME (industry organization) — The Dutch employers’ organization in the technology industry, with 2,200 affiliated companies.
- Solynta — A leading potato seed breeding company based in Wageningen, which has developed an innovative technology for targeted breeding of potatoes.
- Goldfish ICT Services B.V. / itelligence — An IT consultancy company.
- Topsector Agri & Food — A triple helix partnership that stimulates new knowledge and innovations, by creating and financing research and innovation projects.
- Voltea — A technology company that has developed award-winning systems to help people and businesses access low-cost, clean water while reducing environmental impact.
Subject to change
Sunday, March March
- Griffith Park with LandLife Company
Monday, March 26
- Company visit Urban Local Vegetables
- Roundtable at LA CleanTech Incubator, Los Angeles
Tuesday, March 27
- Visit to California Poly Technic State University
- Visit to Scheid Vineyards, Greenfield, CA
- Visit to Western Growers Center for Innovation & Tech, Salinas
- Opening Salinas Valley AgTech Summit in Salinas
Wednesday, March 28
- Farm Field Visit (TBC)
- Salinas AgTech Summit – NL-US Panel on:
- “Scaleability of Technology – best practices on utilizing technological innovations from the Netherlands and California”
- Visit to Driscoll’s
Thursday, March 29
- Roundtable at Consulate General of the Netherlands in San Francisco