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Research Project: Strategies and Technologies to Optimize Resources in Controlled Environment Agriculture

Location: Application Technology Research

Project Number: 5082-21000-018-29-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Aug 1, 2019
End Date: Jul 31, 2021

Objective:
Quantify energy, water, and carbon used to grow greenhouse crops in large-commercial greenhouses. Validate the impact of existing crop production models and expand life cycle assessment models for selected model crops with an emphasis on energy, water and carbon inputs. Collaboratively determine the economic consequences of selected greenhouse crop production inputs and processes.

Approach:
Direct and indirect use of energy, water, carbon, and nutrients will be measured using data collected from commercial greenhouses. Using carbon and water footprint models developed using life cycle assessment, the model crops will be validated and additional benchmarks will be developed to help growers evaluate their internal use of resources and the environmental impact, as well as compare their resource efficiency with that of the industry.