Indoor agriculture a growing sector in the industry

Indoor agriculture a growing sector in the industry

April 16, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. (RFD-TV) Let’s say you want to start a farm, but you just don’t have access to some fertile rural land for it.

There are still options.

“Abandoned warehouses and industrial areas can be great locations for them,” said Nicola Kerslake, an organizer for an upcoming national indoor agriculture conference.

Kerslake says the urban indoor farming sector is growing by 15-20 percent a year.

“We’ve seen a number of new farms spring up over the past couple of years,” she said.

Deputy Agriculture Secretary Krysta Harden said she saw one in a major U.S. city.

“Downtown Chicago, an old shoe warehouse. And they were doing hydroponics. They were growing tilapia fish. And they were using the fish in local food banks and shelters. There are examples all over our country with this happening.

The conference is set for May 14 and 15 in Las Vegas.

This report is from our partners at the USDA.

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