Vertical farming developments – Presented by Jasper den Besten, HAS University of Applied Sciences

Jasper den Besten, HAS University of Applied Sciences, will speak at Vertical Farming Conference, on June 26, during AgriFood Innovation Event 2019 in Venlo, The Netherlands.

Vertical farming is a young industry and only at the beginning of its product-life-cycle. Technical developments go fast within the horticulture sector and even faster in the world around us. The innovation hype of vertical farming is over, the industry is getter mature and making more and more sense businesswise. The presentation gives an impression of challenges and future chances for this new type of farming.


What drives you?

Passion for plants in high-tech surroundings

Why should the delegate attend your presentation?

No-nonsense overview of potential developments

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?

Short term technologies are improved LEDs, smarter climate management, vision/sensor technology and robots/automation.
Long term developments are machine learning and AI for vertical farming

What kind of impact do you expect them to have?

Short term impact is making vertical farming products more affordable, farms more profitable.
In the long run, farms produce (almost) automatically, without involvement of ‘green fingers’.

What are the barriers that might stand in the way?

No barriers, it just takes some time and money

“Special Quote”

Vertical farming is the best agricultural practice

About Jasper den Besten

Ir. Jasper den Besten (1956) graduated from Wageningen University in 1981 and started to work as a lecturer in the horticulture department at HAS University of applied sciences, Den Bosch, The Netherlands ( ) and nowadays as professor (Dutch: lector) in new cultivation systems. The vertical farming expertise started 10 years ago and resulted in a lot of knowledge and experience in a wide range of crops. HAS University has climate cells in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and HAS is co-founder of BrightBox Venlo ( ). Jasper den Besten is manager of BrightBox Venlo, member of the honorary board of the Association for Vertical Farming (

About HAS University of Applied Sciences

HAS University of Applied Sciences is the best educational and expertise Centre in the South of the Netherlands in the fields of Agro, Food and Environment at 2 locations in the Netherlands, ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Venlo. HAS universities offers full-time bachelor courses, education/training of company staff and applied research for/with the industry.

About AgriFood Innovation Event
On June 26-27, 2019, the 3rd edition of the global AgriFood Innovation Event will take place in Venlo, The Netherlands.

The event will include a two-day expo, four conferences – 3D Food
Printing Conference, Healthy Nutrition Conference, Vertical Farming
Conference and Smart Farming Conference and more activities such as lab
tours, demo corners.

3D Food Printing Conference:
Research and development (taste, texture, structure, flavor, color,
nutrition) | Technologies for 3D Food Printing |Ingredients for 3D Food
Printing | Business Models | Patent / Legal and Regulatory issues |
Investment opportunities

Healthy Nutrition Conference:
Food Innovation and health | Intestinal Microbiology | Behavioural
Gastronomy | Nutritional Sciences and Food Law / Regulation | Smart
& Healthy Ingredients | Sustainable Food Manufacturing | Food design
| Funding

Vertical Farming Conference:
Available technologies – LED lighting, sensors, AI | Plant condition
issues like: CO2, Nutrients, Irrigation, Climate, Lighting | Food safety
/ HACCP | Robotics | Improved resource-use efficiency | Sustainable
Buildings (design, green roof, energy) | Smart Cities / Architecture /
Urban Design | From traditional farmer to vertical farmer

Smart Farming Conference:
Available technologies for Farming 4.0 – drones, sensors, Internet of
Things, Robotics, Big Data, AI and more | Precision agriculture |
Precision Livestock Farming | Plant and crop science for improved
resource-use | Investment in R&D | New business models | Cross
disciplinary themes

For more information about the conferences and the expo, we invite you to visit:

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