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The Best Handling Equipment for Vertical Farming

Posted on December 6, 2022

MFG Tray Fiberglass Greenhouse Totes for Vertical FarmingFrom resource conversation to higher crop yields, vertical farming has a myriad of benefits. Furthermore, seeing as there will be a staggering nine billion people in the world soon, it’s clear that innovative, space-saving methods for growing food are more necessary than ever.

Whether you’re looking for better vertical farming trays or long-lasting storage containers, this post will help guide your search. In it, MFG Tray, an industry-leading material handling equipment manufacturer, covers the state of the agriculture industry, the benefits of vertical farming, and why composite material is important for long-term sustainability.

Growing Up: The State of Vertical Farming

The landscape of farming is constantly evolving. Be it new fertilizers, scientific plant breeding, or specialized harvesting equipment, agricultural innovations are what keep the world’s ever-increasing population full. To keep up with our planet’s food demands, industry experts believe farmers may need to increase production up to 70 percent by 2050.

The U.S. vertical farming market is projected to reach values of around $3 billion by 2024, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 24% from 2018 to 2024. In comparison, experts expect the U.S. fruit and vegetables market size to expand at a CAGR of 5.0% from 2022 to 2030.

Advantages of Vertical Farming

Vertical farming isn’t just some trendy new approach to farming. It will be an essential food-production strategy that can help foster a sustainable future. Vertical farming has a variety of benefits, including, but not limited to:

Increasing Crop Production

One acre of an indoor area offers equivalent production to at least four to six acres of outdoor capacity. Furthermore, farmers can avoid seasonal weather conditions and produce products year-round by farming inside.

Meeting Increasing Food Demand

In less than 30 years, the world’s population will increase to over 9 billion people. In order to ensure everyone has access to fresh food and that farmers have space to grow it, vertical farming will likely be a vital aspect of feeding future generations.

Minimize Water Consumption

The Columbia Climate School found that, compared to traditional agriculture, vertical farming uses 70 to 95 percent less water and over 90 percent less land. So estimates suggest that over 70 percent of the world’s freshwater goes to traditional agriculture.

Build a Sustainable Future

We tend to think of smokestacks and oil rigs as opposed to cornfields and almond orchards when visualizing environmental threats, but farming is a major contributor to climate change. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, farming emits an estimated 10.5 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gasses. Not only would vertical farming minimize greenhouse gas emissions, but it would also decrease the amount of runoff fertilizer that makes its way into lakes, streams, and rivers.

Types of Vertical Farming

Many vertical farms are building-based or shipping-container based, but there is now more interest in even taking the process underground. Additionally, there are three main techniques that farmers use to vertically farm:

  1. Aquaponics: A system that uses waste from farmed aquatic organisms to supply plants with nutrients. The plants, in turn, purify the water for the marine animals.
  2. Hydroponics: A type of horticulture that uses water-based minerals and nutrients to grow plants without soil.
  3. Aeroponics: The process of growing plants by spraying their dangling roots and lower stem with nutrient-rich water nutrients.

All of these techniques require complex production flows to ensure food makes it to the dinner table. One of these essential categories of equipment that makes it all possible is material handling equipment.

Precision and Performance

To produce quality crops consistently using vertical farming, farmers need absolute control over their process flow and environment. With the right material handling equipment, they can ensure:

  • Uniform temperature distribution
  • High-weight capacity and rigidity
  • Secure stackability
  • Superior resistance
  • Easy Cleaning and Storage
  • Odor and mildew resistance

If you’re looking to optimize your vertical farming process, be sure to look for glass-reinforced composite products. Unlike plastic containers, flats, and trays, glass-reinforced composite options are dimensionally stable and will not bend or sag under heavy loads. They’ll also allow for new stacking heights to save space and streamline indoor growing.

Support Your Growth with MFG Tray

MFG Tray has over six decades of experience designing and molding an extensive line of containers, flats, and trays. We continually develop new products to meet specific growing, processing, and storing requirements for those in the agricultural industry.

MFG Tray Farming products provide standardized and customized solutions and consistent benefits regardless of harsh environmental conditions. The materials we use in constructing our containers, flats, and trays are safe and listed in NSF Standard No. 2 and in the USFDA Code of Federal Regulations, Title 21. For this reason, you can use MFG Tray’s products for growing supplies, seed trays, vertical farming displays and flood tables for edible, medical, and landscaping plants.

If you’re interested in our containers, flats, or trays, please browse our vertical farming page or reach out to us today.



Leading manufacturer of high-strength, glass-reinforced composite containers, trays, boxes, flats and totes for material handling in the metal working, plastics and electronics assembly industries, as well as in food service, confectionery and pharmaceutical processing.

MFG Tray continually develops customized solutions for specific material-handling challenges and applications. Customers are encouraged to contact MFG Tray to discuss any unique handling and design requirements.