Hydroponics

Strawberry Hydroponics (Source:  USDA. ARS.)Hydroponics, or growing plants in a nutrient solution root medium, is a growing area of commercial food production and also is used for home food production by hobbyists. Learn about the state-of-the-art techniques for producing food in a controlled, soilless setting.

USDA. AMS. NOP. Hydroponic and Aquaponic Task Force.

This 2016 report, submitted to National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), "1) describes the current state of technologies and practices used in hydroponics and aquaponics; and 2) ... examines how those practices align or do not align with the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) and the USDA organic regulations." 

The Ohio State University. Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.

Information about hydroponics systems with a decision support system for growing parameters, economics including crop budgets, and plant nutrient information, and an image gallery.

Texas A&M System. Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

Provides information on commercial, home and hobby hydroponic vegetable production including economics, soilless systems, drip irrigation, and nutrient solutions.

University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Compiles University of Florida research and publications featuring the Protect Agriculture project, and other information resources.

The University of Arizona. College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Focused on” the production of plants and their products, such as vegetables and flowers, inside structures such as greenhouses to produce high value crops at maximum productivity in an efficient and environmentally friendly way.”

Cornell University. Biological and Environmental Engineering.

Research and information on production and horticultural requirements, system design especially light and energy requirements, and business and marketing techniques.

 

From Dr. Dickson Despommier, of the Environmental Health Science of Columbia University and the originator of the modern concept of vertical farming, this site has information about the basic ideas, designs, media coverage and the latest news on this project.