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Protected Cultivation

The production of high-value vegetables and other horticultural crops in greenhouses and vertical farms. It allows farmers to grow cash crops on small plots in marginal, water-deficient areas where traditional cropping may not be viable. Also called protected agriculture or protected crop production.

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Greenhouse Production

production of crops in a greenhouse structure.


2023–2024 Florida Citrus Production Guide: Citrus under Protective Screen (CUPS) Production Systems

HS1304/CMG19by Arnold W. Schumann, Ariel Singerman, Mark A. Ritenour, Jawwad Qureshi, and Fernando AlferezAugust 16, 20232023–2024 Florida Citrus Production Guide

Indoor Vertical Farming Systems for Food Security and Resource Sustainability

FR429/FOR360 by Jiangxiao Qiu, Haimanote K. Bayabil, and Yuncong LiApril 28, 2020

Integrated Pest Management in Protected Structures I: Basic Principles and Scouting

IN994/ENY868 by Hugh A. Smith, Gary E. Vallad, and Bielinski M. SantosSeptember 20, 2019

Protected Agriculture in Mexico

FE1124/FE1124by Feng Wu, Zhengfei Guan, and Kuan-Ming HuangDecember 8, 2022Mexico is a market power in the US produce market. Protected agriculture accelerated the rapid growth and transformation of the Mexican produce industry. This publication provides a comprehensive overview and in-depth analysis of protected agriculture in Mexico to help understand this fast-growing sector and the driving forces behind its expansion.

Protected Culture for Vegetable and Small Fruit Crops: Types of Structures

HS1224/HS1224 by Shinsuke Agehara, Gary E. Vallad, and Emmanuel A. Torres-QuezadaDecember 8, 2020A protective structure is defined as any structure designed to modify the environment in which plants are grown. Protective structures, such as greenhouses, screen houses, and tunnels, are known worldwide as production systems for high-quality vegetable and fruit crops. This 4-page fact sheet was written by Bielinski M. Santos, Gary Vallad, and Emmanuel A. Torres-Quezada, and published by the UF Department of Horticultural Sciences, July 2013.

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