The world is becoming more and more aware of the benefits of indoor growing/vertical farming. Another piece of evidence for this is the fact that MSU just received a four-year grant from the US Department of Agriculture to study the production of indoor leafy greens. The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Speciality Crop Research Initiative and other organizations had made the grant worth over $5.4 million. The money will be used to find out what the optimal indoor environment conditions are, what the optimal profit on yield should be, and to have indoor farming stakeholders collaborate with learning initiatives.
Quote: “Erik Runkle, a professor in the MSU Department of Horticulture, was awarded the grant by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crop Research Initiative. Others in the industry have matched funding, making the total grant top $5.4 million.” (Schellong, 2020)