The Dutch mission wishes to share its horticultural knowledge and technologies with its counterparts in North Carolina and Georgia

Dutch Greenhouse Delta (DGD) and the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Atlanta are organizing a fact-finding mission to Georgia (Atlanta) and North Carolina from April 11-14. The objective of this mission is to share new innovations in greenhouse technology and food production, as well as to identify new opportunities for cooperation.

The mission includes meetings with Ambassador Andrew Young, North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture, Steve Troxler, Secretary of Agriculture and Natural Resources for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Joey Owle, and others representatives of government, banks, investors, retailers and horticulture-related products. companies.

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On the occasion of the next visit, Deputy Consul General Laurens van Doeveren said: The office of the Consulate General of the Netherlands is delighted to welcome this important delegation. ”Dutch investments and new innovations are creating more than 80,000 jobs in North Carolina and Georgia. With this mission, we aim to drive sustainable, local food production in a win-win partnership between this leading greenhouse technology consortium and our local counterparts in Atlanta, Raleigh and Asheville.”

Increased interest in greenhouse production in different states
In the United States, the demand for fresh and locally produced (organic) vegetables is increasing, driven by growing consumer demand for healthy foods and food safety. The United States has the ambition to become less dependent on imports of Mexican and Canadian fresh vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. As a result, there is increased interest in greenhouse production in different states. There is no greater challenge facing our planet than the climate crisis. Horticulture plays a big role here. Additionally, companies and governments have programs in place to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

A long-term strategy for the United States
Eric Egberts, CEO of Dutch Greenhouse Delta: “The companies of the Dutch Greenhouse Delta consortium are working on a long-term strategy to develop cooperation between the Netherlands and the United States. We focus on the southeast coast first, specifically Atlanta and North Carolina. North Carolina has a unique combination of favorable factors for horticulture, including climate, logistics and an agricultural research facility, and Dutch greenhouse horticulture companies are increasingly investing in this region.

Raleigh, North Carolina

In September 2021, DGD hosted a large delegation of representatives from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS), North Carolina State University (NCSU), and the local agriculture industry at World Horti Center of Naaldwijk.

A special occasion of the upcoming fact-finding mission is the “Feeding the World” reception at the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Atlanta, with Andrew Young as guest of honour. He was a friend of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., Congressman, United States Ambassador to the UN, 55th Mayor of Atlanta and great friend of Dutch innovations.

Participating organizations
The following organizations are participating in the fact-finding mission to the southeastern United States: Dutch Greenhouse Delta, Hagelunie, Hoogendoorn Growth Management, Logics and Ridder.

Donald E. Patel