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STUART, FL--(Marketwired - November 09, 2016) - Ecosphere Technologies, Inc. ( : ESPH), a technology development and intellectual property licensing company, today announced that its majority owned subsidiary, Sea of Green Systems, Inc. ("SOGS"), has executed a Technology Licensing Agreement with Ecosphere Development Company, LLC ("EDC"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Ecosphere Technologies, that designs, builds and leases turnkey growing facilities that utilize SOGS products, technologies, software, nutrients and Agronomic consulting services. In exchange for this right, EDC expects to pay SOGS an agreed upon monthly licensing fee for each growing facility that EDC builds and leases to licensed marijuana growers. As part of its first installation in Washington State, EDC is constructing Phase 1 of its 6 acre Cannatech Agriculture Center that at complete build out will include up to forty-thousand square feet of growing canopy that is split among four licensed, Tier II tenants or ten-thousand square feet per tenant. Each Cannatech Ag Center will be a turnkey, high tech growing facility that incorporates SOGS Precision Agriculture technologies to maximize quality and increase plant yield. EDC plans to build and lease each Cannatech Ag Center to licensed I-502 growers in Washington State that will pay monthly rent and licensing fees to EDC for the use of the facility, complete with SOGS proprietary growing technologies and nutrients. EDC has begun construction of Phase 1 and has signed preliminary leases with its first tenant. Upon completion of construction and the granting of a license to the tenant -- which can only occur after completion of construction -- the tenant intends to commence growing marijuana in accordance with Washington State law. For each one of the four Phases of the Cannatech Ag Center, EDC expects to compensate SOGS $25,000 per month in Technology Licensing and Royalty Payments for the life of the lease term or $100,000 per month, which will equate to $1,200,000 per year for potentially up to 30 years. Corey McGuire, CEO of Sea of Green Systems, stated "SOGS has worked closely with Ecosphere and EDC over the past 2-years to assist in the designing of EDC's turnkey, high tech growing facilities. Not only will EDC be incorporating SOGS Precision Agriculture technologies into its facilities, but EDC has also engaged SOGS to provide Agronomic Consulting Services to its tenants as a holistic approach to ensure high quality and optimum yields. We are excited to be providing our proprietary technologies to EDC as it constructs Phase 1 of this first project and see this as an important step forward in designing, building and leasing turnkey growing facilities to licensed growers in the fast growing, medical and recreational marijuana industry." McGuire continued, "Collectively, we plan to design, build and lease turnkey growing facilities not just in Washington State, but throughout the entire United States market where States have approved either medical and or recreational use of marijuana. This monthly, recurring revenue contract is expected to provide SOGS and its shareholders with a significant opportunity to start monetizing its IP." Dennis McGuire, Chairman and CEO of Ecosphere Technologies, said "EDC has spent the past 2 plus years locating and acquiring its land in Washington State, designing its facilities and structuring a business model for the shareholders of Ecosphere Technologies that is expected to generate significant monthly recurring revenues over a potential lease term of up to 30 years. Rather than leasing buildings or warehouses with no technology in them, to an industry that will continue to require large volumes of commercial space, EDC is building the most state-of-the-art, turnkey "Smart" growing facilities that have been engineered to produce consistent, high quality, increased yields. By utilizing SOGS technology and services, we expect to be able to charge a premium monthly rental fee to our tenants while supplying them with the most state-of-the-art "Smart" growing facilities in Washington State." McGuire continued, "SOGS Precision Agriculture Technologies are at the leading edge of what is currently available in the commercial marijuana industry as well as the commercial agriculture industry. Growers that use SOGS "Smart" technologies to monitor and control the air temperature, humidity, CO2, light levels above the plant canopy, while controlling water temperatures, DO, pH, EC, and ORP in the nutrients the plants use for photosynthesis will reduce the stress events on marijuana plants and allow them to grow to their maximum potential. Our customers have had great success growing high quality medical marijuana this past year using SOGS technology in our ECOS GROWCUBE® both in Nevada and Washington State. Additionally, SOGS CAVISONIX® treated EcosGROW and EcosBLOOM plant nutrient formulas have been used on tomatoes, blueberries, watermelons and commercial sod applications with great success, increasing plant yields and times to harvest. " Sea of Green Systems, Inc. ("SOGS") is a majority-owned subsidiary of Ecosphere Technologies that sells high-tech growing equipment and nutrients to the Precision Agriculture industry. With a global field-of-use license to Ecosphere's multi-patented OZONIX® water treatment technology and CAVISONIX® nutrient-mixing technology, SOGS is well positioned to deliver engineered solutions to the Agriculture industry worldwide. For more information, please visit http://www.EcosphereTech.com/Divisions/Sea-of-Green-Systems OR https://www.SeaofGreenSystems.com Ecosphere Development Company, LLC. ("EDC") is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ecosphere Technologies that was organized to develop and lease turnkey, high tech Agricultural Centers in locations around the United States that are geographically, politically and economically well positioned. EDC's first project is located in Southeastern Washington State, where water and natural resources are plentiful, with over 300 days of sunshine per year. For more information, please visit http://www.EcosphereTech.com/Divisions/Ecosphere-Development-Company Ecosphere Technologies, Inc. ( : ESPH) is a technology development and intellectual property licensing company that develops environmental solutions for global water, energy, industrial and agricultural markets. We help industry increase production, reduce costs, and protect the environment through a portfolio of unique, patented technologies: technologies like Ozonix®, the Ecos PowerCube® and the Ecos GrowCube™, which are available for sale, as well as exclusive and nonexclusive licensing opportunities across a wide range of industries and applications throughout the world. Our technologies and products are available through multiple brands and subsidiaries that include Sea of Green Systems, Ecosphere Development Company and Fidelity National Environmental Solutions For more information, please visit www.EcosphereTech.com For investor related inquiries or to stay informed of news and events, join Ecosphere's email list by visiting us at www.EcosphereTech.com. This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the construction and development of EDC's growing facilities and the receipt of revenues, SOGS expected future revenues, SOGS future services, EDC's anticipated premium rental fees, EDC's plans with respect to the Cannatech Agricultural Center in Washington State and elsewhere, and expected improvements in crop yields. The words "believe," "may," "estimate," "continue," "anticipate," "intend," "should," "plan," "could," "target," "potential," "is likely," "will," "expect" and similar expressions, as they relate to us, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. We have based these forward-looking statements largely on our current expectations and projections about future events and trends that we believe may affect results of operations and business strategy. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ from those in the forward-looking statements include EDC's ability to complete construction within budget, the ability of EDC's tenants to successfully grow marijuana, and developments affecting the price of marijuana and other crops. Further information related to risks affecting us and our subsidiaries is contained in our filings with the SEC, including our Form 10-K filed on April 14, 2016. Any forward-looking statement made by us herein speaks only as of the date on which it is made. Factors or events that could cause our actual results to differ may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of them. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by law.


Mailander M.,Ag Center | Moriasi D.,U.S. Department of Agriculture
Journal of Cotton Science | Year: 2011

Site specific crop management involves closely monitoring the local environment and determining crop input needs for each portion of the field to economically optimize crop yields and reduce adverse environmental impacts of the production system. A key measure in this system is yield information determined by crop yield monitors. Current seedcotton yield monitors use optical and microwave sensing techniques to measure yield. However, the cotton yield monitors based on light emission require regular cleaning during the season and the microwave-based systems are expensive. The objective of this study was to test the use of velocity pressure to measure cotton-mass flow. The eventual goal is to provide an alternative approach for cotton yield monitoring. A cotton-harvester yield monitor concept was developed based on the relationship between air velocity pressure and the mass of seedcotton conveyed. The sensor was tested on a stationary cotton picker with seedcotton at two moisture contents, 5.9% and 8.5% wet basis. Regression analysis on the means of the data signals resulted in a coefficient of determination of 0.43 for the lower moisture content and 0.84 for the higher moisture content. Frequency and moving average filters were applied to the signals but did not improve the correlation. A method of compensating for gaps in the material stream resulted in an increased coefficient of determination of 0.52 and 0.87 for seedcotton at a moisture content of 5.9% and 8.5%, respectively. These results indicate the potential of air velocity pressure as an alternative approach for cotton yield monitoring. © The Cotton Foundation 2011.


Clay T.A.,Nicholls State University | Clay T.A.,University of Arkansas at Little Rock | Suchy M.D.,Nicholls State University | Ferrara A.M.,Nicholls State University | And 3 more authors.
Journal of the World Aquaculture Society | Year: 2011

Alligator gar, Atractosteus spatula, are a new aquaculture species with many aspects about rearing unknown. Alligator gar are cannibalistic during their larval stage and methods to minimize cannibalism should be developed to increase overall survival. Growth and survival were determined for larvae fed pelleted floating food only or fed pelleted floating food supplemented with live Artemia spp. nauplii for the first 7 d of exogenous feeding (5 d after hatching [d.a.h.] to 12 d.a.h.). Total length, weight, condition, and specific growth rate (SGR) was determined at 12 and 20 d.a.h. Fish supplemented with Artemia were larger by 12 d.a.h. and continued to be at 20 d.a.h. than fish fed only floating food. SGR was higher at both 12 and 20 d.a.h. for fish that received the Artemia supplement. Survival was higher for fish supplemented with Artemia (71%) than for the floating food only treatment (43%). Cannibalism was the primary cause of mortalities and was higher in fish fed floating food only (44%) compared to Artemia supplemented fish (19%). Artemia may elicit a stronger feeding response and improve acceptance of pelleted floating foods. Results suggest an improved feeding regime compared to previous feeding regimes used in rearing larval alligator gar. © by the World Aquaculture Society 2011.


Overstreet C.,Ag Center | Mcgawley E.C.,Ag Center | Khalilian A.,Clemson University | Kirkpatrick T.L.,University of Arkansas | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Nematology | Year: 2014

Variability in edaphic factors such as clay content, organic matter, and nutrient availability within individual fields is a major obstacle confronting cotton producers. Adaptation of geospatial technologies such global positioning systems (GPS), yield monitors, autosteering, and the automated on-and-off technology required for site-specific nematicide application has provided growers with additional tools for managing nematodes. Multiple trials in several states were conducted to evaluate this technology in cotton. In a field infested with Meloidogyne spp., both shallow (0 to 0.3 m) and deep (0 to 0.91 m) apparent electrical conductivity (ECa) readings were highly correlated with sand content. Populations of Meloidogyne spp. were present when shallow and deep EC values were less than 30 and 90 mS/m, respectively. Across three years of trials in production fields in which verification strips (adjacent nematicide treated and untreated rows across all soil zones) were established to evaluate crop response to nematicide application, deep EC values from 27.4-m wide transects of verification strips were more predictive of yield response to application of 1,3-dichloropropene than were shallow EC values in one location and both ECa values equally effective at predicting responses at the second location. In 2006, yields from entire verification strips across three soil zones in four production fields showed that nematicide response was greatest in areas with the lowest EC values indicating highest content of sand. In 2008 in Ashley and Mississippi Counties, AR, nematicide treatment by soil zone resulted in 36% and 42% reductions in the amount of nematicide applied relative to whole-field application. In 2007 in Bamberg County, SC, there was a strong positive correlation between increasing population densities of Meloidogyne incognita and increasing sand content. Trials conducted during 2007 and 2009 in South Carolina against Hoplolaimus columbus showed a stepwise response to increasing rates of aldicarb in zone 1 but not in zones 2 and 3. Site-specific application of nematicides has been shown to be a viable option for producers as a potential management tool against several nematode pathogens of cotton. © The Society of Nematologists 2014.


Salmeron M.,University of Arkansas | Gbur E.E.,University of Arkansas | Bourland F.M.,University of Arkansas | Buehring N.W.,Mississippi State University | And 13 more authors.
Agronomy Journal | Year: 2014

Growing conditions in the U.S. Midsouth allow for large soybean [Glycine max L. (Merr.)] yields under irrigation, but there is limited information on planting dates (PD) and maturity group (MG) choices to aid in cultivar selection. Analysis of variance across eight (2012) and 10 (2013) locations, four PD, and 16 cultivars (MG 3–6), revealed that the genotype by environment (G×E) interaction accounted for 38 to 22% of the total yield variability. Stability-analysis techniques and probability of low yields were used to investigate this interaction. Planting dates were grouped within early- and late-planting systems. Results showed that MG 4 and 5 cultivars in early-planting systems had the largest average yields, whereas for late-planting systems, late MG 3 to late MG 4 cultivars had the largest yields. Least square means by MG within planting systems at each environment showed that MG 4 cultivars had the greatest yields or were not significantly different from the MG with the greatest yields in 100% of the environments for both early- and late-planting systems. Yields of MG 5 cultivars were similar to those of MG 4 in 100% of the environments with an early planting but only in 20% of the environments with a late planting. The MG 3 cultivars were the best second choice for late plantings, with similar yields to MG 4 cultivars in 55 to 75% of the environments. These results have profound implications for MG recommendations in irrigated soybean in the U.S. Midsouth and indicate the need to reconsider common MG recommendations. © 2014 by the American Society of Agronomy, 5585 Guilford Road, Madison, WI 53711. All rights reserved.


Meredith W.R.,U.S. Department of Agriculture | Boykin D.L.,U.S. Department of Agriculture | Bourland F.M.,University of Arkansas | David Caldwell W.,Ag Center | And 7 more authors.
Journal of Cotton Science | Year: 2012

Since the 1960s, many changes in cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) cultivar tests have been made. This study partitioned the total variation for 26 traits into environment (E), genotype (G) and genotype X environment (GE) variance components for the 2001 through 2007 Regional High Quality (RHQ) tests with 98 genotypes. It evaluated 26 traits and 56 year-location environments. There were four yield traits, five yield components, six traditional breeder-geneticists (BG) fiber traits, seven High Volume Instrumentation (HVI) fiber traits, and four gossypol traits. Yield variance components for lint, seed, oil, and N were similar with an average of 87, 5, and 8% of the total variance due to E, G, and GE, respectively. Lint %s E, G, and GE were 57, 33, and 10%, respectively and were similar to oil% E, G, and GE which were 53, 37, and 10%, respectively. Length, strength, and micronaire's G components for BG fiber was 28, 52, and 16%, respectively. For the HVI samples, G was similar with 36, 48, and 18%, respectively. Average G for total gossypol and its two isomers, plus (+) and minus (-) was 36, 47, and 29%, respectively. The plus (+) percent of total gossypol was 17, 72, and 11% for E, G, and GE, respectively. This was the lowest E% and highest G% of all the 26 traits. The results of this study suggested that during the last 50 yrs, little changed in E, G, and GE variance components occurred. © The Cotton Foundation 2012.


Tewari S.,University of Massachusetts Amherst | Johnson S.J.,University of Massachusetts Amherst | Johnson S.J.,Ag Center
Journal of Aquatic Plant Management | Year: 2011

A field study was conducted in 2005 and 2006 to evaluate the impact of the herbivores Cyrtobagous salviniae Calder and Sands and Samea multiplicalis (Guenée) on common salvinia (Salvinia minima Baker) in south Louisiana. Our study revealed that treatments consisting of C. salviniae and S. multiplicalis feeding both independetly and together significantly reduced plant biomass of common salvinia. The lowest biomass was recorded for the treatment with both C. salviniae and S. multiplicalis feeding on common salvinia in October during 2005 and 2006. Biomass showed a significant linear trend for the treatment consisting of feeding by both C. salviniae and S. multiplicalis in 2005 and significant treatment by month interaction in both 2005 and 2006. Percent-age terminal-damage and percentage mat-green showed significant treatment effect in 2005 and 2006.


STUART, FL--(Marketwired - November 22, 2016) - Ecosphere Technologies, Inc. ( : ESPH), a technology development and intellectual property licensing company, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Ecosphere Development Company, LLC ("EDC"), received its building permit for the first phase of its Cannatech Agriculture Center in Finley, Washington. A Groundbreaking Ceremony was held on November 18th and was attended by Ecosphere's Dennis McGuire Sr., Dennis McGuire Jr., Corey McGuire, Pete Grosso, and William Mckay of McKay Construction. In addition to the Groundbreaking Ceremony and Event, EDC's Custom-Designed Greenhouses and Buildings have arrived and are on location to be erected. To view pictures from the event, please visit: http://www.ecospheretech.com/water-recycling-news/blog/post?id=6748 As part of its first installation in Washington State, EDC is constructing Phase 1 of its 6 acre Cannatech Ag Center that at complete build out will include up to forty-thousand square feet of growing canopy that is split among four licensed, Tier II tenants or ten-thousand square feet per tenant. Each Cannatech Ag Center will be a turnkey, high tech growing facility that will maximize quality and increase plant yield. EDC plans to build and lease each Cannatech Ag Center to licensed I-502 growers in Washington State that will pay monthly rent and licensing fees to EDC for the use of the facility, EDC has begun construction of Phase 1 and has signed preliminary leases with its first tenant. Upon completion of construction and the granting of a license to the tenant -- which can only occur after completion of construction -- the tenant intends to commence growing marijuana in accordance with Washington State law. Dennis McGuire, Chairman and CEO of Ecosphere, said, "This Groundbreaking Event marks a significant step forward for the Shareholders of Ecosphere and the unique Business Model that has been developed with EDC. We have spent the past 2 plus years locating and acquiring our land in Washington State, designing our facilities and structuring a business model that is expected to generate significant monthly recurring revenues over a potential lease term of up to 30 years." McGuire continued, "Rather than leasing buildings or warehouses with no technology in them, EDC is building the most state-of-the-art, turnkey 'Smart' growing facilities that have been engineered to produce consistent, high quality, increased plant yields. We plan to replicate this model of designing, building and leasing turnkey growing facilities not just in Washington State, but throughout the entire United States market where States have approved either medical and or recreational use of marijuana." About Ecosphere Development Company Ecosphere Development Company, LLC. ("EDC") is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ecosphere Technologies that was organized to develop and lease turnkey, high tech Agricultural Centers in locations around the United States that are geographically, politically and economically well positioned. EDC's first project is located in Southeastern Washington State, where water and natural resources are plentiful, with over 300 days of sunshine per year. For more information, please visit http://www.EcosphereTech.com/Divisions/Ecosphere-Development-Company About Ecosphere Technologies Ecosphere Technologies, Inc. ( : ESPH) is a technology development and intellectual property licensing company that develops environmental solutions for global water, energy, industrial and agricultural markets. We help industry increase production, reduce costs, and protect the environment through a portfolio of unique, patented technologies: technologies like Ozonix®, the Ecos PowerCube® and the Ecos GrowCube™, which are available for sale, as well as exclusive and nonexclusive licensing opportunities across a wide range of industries and applications throughout the world. Our technologies and products are available through multiple brands and subsidiaries that include Sea of Green Systems, Ecosphere Development Company and Fidelity National Environmental Solutions. For more information, please visit www.EcosphereTech.com For investor related inquiries or to stay informed of news and events, join Ecosphere's email list by visiting us at http://ir.stockpr.com/ecospheretech/request-information. This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the construction and development of EDC's growing facilities and the receipt of revenues, and, EDC's plans with respect to the Cannatech Agricultural Center in Washington State and elsewhere. The words "believe," "may," "estimate," "continue," "anticipate," "intend," "should," "plan," "could," "target," "potential," "is likely," "will," "expect" and similar expressions, as they relate to us, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. We have based these forward-looking statements largely on our current expectations and projections about future events and trends that we believe may affect results of operations and business strategy. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ from those in the forward-looking statements include EDC's ability to complete construction within budget, the ability of EDC's tenants to successfully grow marijuana, and developments affecting the price of marijuana and other crops. Further information related to risks affecting us and our subsidiaries is contained in our filings with the SEC, including our Form 10-K filed on April 14, 2016. Any forward-looking statement made by us herein speaks only as of the date on which it is made. Factors or events that could cause our actual results to differ may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of them. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

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