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Verano365 promotes Herb Rabalais to president

Verano365, a Texas-based horticulture inputs start-up, has elevated Herb Rabalais to President. Rabalais joined the Verano365 team in January 2020 as an account director, and he takes the reigns as President from John Appel, who will focus on his duties as the President of BPS Agriculture, the parent company of Verano365.

“In the last year, Herb has shown incredible acumen for growing our Verano365 business by developing critical relationships with distributors, growers, and industry associations,” said Appel. “Herb has a finger on the pulse of the grower, and he’s stewarded our culture as a company. He’s well positioned to take Verano365 to the next level from both an industry and business perspective.”

Verano365 provides specialty horticulture innovations for greenhouse, nursery and hydroponic management, ultimately enabling growers to get the most out of their inputs—and Rabalais, a Louisiana state licensed horticulturist, is viewed as a trusted advisor to growers who are adopting the company’s solutions.

Since March 2020, the company has launched three products to address grower needs like nutrient management, root development, yield, and plant quality. “Our Verano365 portfolio of products has ramped up at a rapid pace over the last 12 months,” said Rabalais. “In the coming year, we’ll continue to focus on industry adoption as well as research and development to bring new products to market. I’m honored to usher in this next phase of growth for the company and our team; but more importantly, I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with our customers every day.”

Since joining Verano365, Rabalais has secured agreements with the largest horticultural input distributors in the U.S. to sell the company’s solutions, and he’s established relationships with greenhouse, nursery, and controlled environment agriculture growers across the country. He’s overseen numerous grower trials and critical launch strategies for the company’s products: Evofactor, Thrivedo, and Nutrivix Zn|Cu. The company has a fourth product it will unveil in Summer 2021.

Prior to joining Verano365, Rabalais served as area sales manager for Sun Gro Horticulture, where he was responsible for multiple key accounts and led a team of nine district sales managers spanning across the Central U.S. and Mexico. During his career, Rabalais also worked as a territory sales manager for BWI Companies, and previously owned and operated a small business.

Rabalais is a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University and earned a Certification in Horticulture from Louisiana Technical College. He and his wife reside in Abita Springs, Louisiana, with their two sons.

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Israel announces creation of global seed company

Two Israeli seed producers, Nirit Seeds and TomaTech, have joined forces to create Israel’s largest vegetable seed company. This synergy will enable unique seed breeding research and development that will accelerate the company’s growth in the international seed markets.

Upon completion of the merger, the company will have more than 80 employees worldwide, including molecular biologists, breeders, agronomists, and others.
The company will improve its breeding activities in Israel, Spain, Mexico and Italy, as well as significantly expand its representation in the Netherlands and North America, with a particular focus on growing vegetables in high-tech greenhouses.

Nirit Seeds is one of the most successful internationally traded tomato and pepper seed producers, investing in the development of revolutionary genetic technologies. TomaTech is one of the leading tomato seed companies in Israel, developing premium varieties, including those resistant to the dangerous Tomato Brown Ruffle Virus (ToBRFV).

The production of crop seeds is one of the most advanced and high-tech sectors in Israel. According to the Seed Department of the Federation of Israel Chambers of Commerce, seed exports currently generate $200 million in annual revenue. There are about 25 large and medium-sized companies in the local industry.

For reference. According to market research, the global vegetable seed industry is valued at $8 billion a year and is growing at a CAGR of 8%.

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Karachay-Cherkessia became one of the leaders in the production of greenhouse vegetables at the end of 2021


Greenhouse vegetable production in 2021 reached a record 1.4 million tonnes. According to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, the leaders among the regions in this segment are the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, Lipetsk, Moscow, Kaluga, Volgograd, Novosibirsk, Saratov, Chelyabinsk regions, Krasnodar and Stavropol Territories, the Republics of Bashkortostan and Tatarstan. These regions account for more than 60% of the total production in the country. The intensive development of greenhouse projects in our country helps to provide Russians with fresh vegetables all year round. Last year, the harvest in winter greenhouses updated the 2020 record – more than 1.4 million tons of products were received. Including the production of cucumbers amounted to at least 830 thousand tons, and tomatoes – 590 thousand tons. It is expected that by 2025 the volume of vegetable production in year-round greenhouses will be at least 1.6 million tons of vegetables.


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December: Special Year Overview

In 2022, it will be 22 year since the new millennium started. Can’t believe it? Neither can we, but it is true. Before we go there, it is time to reflect on what has happened this year. Over the next couple of weeks, we will look back at 2021 and we will highlight the most important events that impacted the industry.

New greenhouses, events, even a few shows, technical novelties, and all other relevant news will pass by, offering you something other than Covid to talk about during Christmas and New Years’.


Wish your customers Happy Holidays
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