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Transforming Agriculture: Maximizing Water Efficiency, Agricultural, and Environmental Benefits with Drip Irrigation and Alfalfa

Mike Bloomfield
By Mike Bloomfield on 02/05/24

Water shortages in the Colorado River system are forcing everyone to look at how we use water in the arid Southwest and evaluate what uses benefit our society most. When we analyze all the uses of the water from the river, we find that most of it is used in agriculture, and most of the water used in agriculture is used to irrigate alfalfa

Challenges Facing the Colorado River Basin

Mike Hemman
By Mike Hemman on 12/20/23

In 2023, the effects of climate change have been seen across the world. We have experienced the hottest June, July, August, September, and October on record, and witnessed once-in-a-century extreme weather events occur with alarming frequency. The Colorado River basin, which supplies drinking and irrigation water for seven Western states, is predicted to run out of water within the next 10 years unless we take drastic measures. The consequences will impact the entire United States.

Introducing Netafim ReGen™ AgVantage Certification Program

Posted on 11/30/23

Netafim USA, Orbia’s Precision Agriculture business, has launched the irrigation industry’s first fully circular dripline recycling solution. The AgVantage Certification Program helps growers recycle used dripline material in an environmentally responsible way. This first-of-its-kind program validates growers and farmers' commitment to sustainability. 

Harvest Season: A Season of Hope

Mike Hemman
By Mike Hemman on 11/03/23

Harvest season is more than just a busy time of year for farmers across the country, it’s a period of hope, a time to reflect, and a chance to improve. Optimism is in the air as the fruit of months of labor comes to fruition.

Growing Together: Celebrating Two Years of Great Place to Work

Posted on 11/01/23

Orbia’s Precision Agriculture business, Netafim USA, is thrilled to celebrate its second year of achieving the Great Place to Work® Certification. Great Place to Work, the global authority of workplace culture, has designated November 1 as Certification Nation Day to honor and acknowledge companies working to create great places to work for all. The certification is recognized worldwide by employees and employers alike for identifying outstanding employee experiences.

Thoughts on the Farm Bill

Mike Hemman
By Mike Hemman on 09/28/23

The current Farm Bill is set to expire at the end of this week on September 30, but it’s unlikely we’ll see an on-time reauthorization of the bill. This is a critical piece of legislation that addresses challenges facing agricultural production and helps to advance the United States' agriculture standing globally. As Congress continues to work on the Farm Bill with hopes of reauthorizing the bill before its funding runs out on December 31, I wanted to share some of my thoughts: 

Building the Future of Landscape with Drip Irrigation

Keith Coulsting
By Keith Coulsting on 09/11/23

The landscape industry has been experiencing rapid growth due to rising residential and commercial real estate demands. However, it is also faced with various pressing challenges, including the rising costs of labor amid the pandemic, local regulations related to water conservation, and the complex nature of “land” itself - the variety of land shapes: walls, rooftops, curves, slopes… to name a few

Building a Commercial Greenhouse

Austin Juma
By Austin Juma on 08/30/23

Building a commercial greenhouse requires careful planning, design, and execution.

A successful greenhouse project hinges on a methodical approach that considers many factors such as location and technologyThis article will delve into a few of the key steps required to build a commercial greenhouse.

Ensuring Food Security while optimizing CAPEX and OPEX

Ricky Elz
By Ricky Elz on 08/24/23

Sustainable agriculture's future lies at the intersection of food security and financial efficiency, driven by commercial greenhouse innovation. Gakon Netafim believes in local, sustainable food production using as few resources as possible. By investing in greenhouses, you can contribute to a secure food supply while optimizing CAPEX and OPEX for long-term success.

Safeguarding Tomorrow: ESG's Intrinsic Role in Every Drop of Saved Water

Mike Hemman
By Mike Hemman on 08/15/23

ESG is not a new focus for Netafim, an Orbia company. It's been a steadfast priority well before the term became a buzzword. ESG represents more than a mere abbreviation; it stands for a commitment that companies must make to our world. It's about choosing the right and responsible path, even if it's tougher or less immediately profitable.

Embracing Sustainability in Agriculture: Drip Irrigation Recycling for a More Sustainable Future

Mike Hemman
By Mike Hemman on 07/18/23

In today's agricultural landscape, the urgency to adopt sustainable practices has never been greater. Traditional methods of managing end-of-life irrigation tubing and tape should be evaluated and a more sustainable future for the industry must be developed. At Netafim, an Orbia business, we recognize the critical need for eco-friendly solutions in agriculture, and we've been leading the charge with our groundbreaking Netafim ReGen™ drip line material recycling process.

Balancing Beauty and Conservation: Why Green Landscapes Are Still Possible

Mike Hemman
By Mike Hemman on 05/03/23

Despite popular belief, preserving green landscapes and practicing diligent water conservation are not mutually exclusive in California. Despite easing drought restrictions, it is critical that we maintain a constant focus on long-term water conservation as a top priority. By adopting this mindset, we can promote responsible water resource usage while still preserving the green landscapes that define a large portion of California.

Keys To Fostering Collaborative Industry Partnerships

Mike Hemman
By Mike Hemman on 04/20/23

Collaborative partnerships are crucial to continue moving the agricultural industry forward. Netafim USA is prioritizing these partnerships by placing a renewed focus on the value we provide to our industry partners. Here are a few considerations we keep top of mind to ensure our partnerships benefit the farmer. 

Supporting Almond Orchards with Drip Irrigation

Domonic Rossini
By Domonic Rossini on 04/11/23

Long shelf life, rich nutrients, less fat, versatility, and a unique flavor. These are just a few factors that have made almonds among the most popular nuts in the market. The past 10 years have seen a 70% increase in the global production of shelled almonds, reaching an annual total of about 1.78 million metric tons. 

Meet the authors

Mike Hemman

President & CEO
at Netafim USA

 

Keith Coulsting

National Sales Manager
at Netafim USA

Domonic Rossini

Western Agronomy Leader
at Netafim USA

 

Austin Juma

Greenhouse Structure Sales Leader
at Netafim USA

 

Ricky Elz

Greenhouse Structure Key Account Sales Manager
at Netafim USA

 

Dror Negbi

Commercial Lead for Strategic System Components
at Netafim USA

 

Naty Barak

CHIEF SUSTAINABILITY OFFICER EMERITUS

 

Assaf Yerushalmi

VP STRATEGY & INNOVATION

 

Eyal Fraidman

AG. R&D - DDS.

 

Dubi Raz

GLOBAL AGRONOMY DIRECTOR AT NETAFIM

 

Gal Yarden

SVP HEAD OF EMEA DIVISION