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s climate change and its cascading consequences draw ever
more attention from industries across the board, agricultural
textiles suppliers and manufacturers are also taking note,
devising ways to help mitigate its impact.
Varied yet intertwined concerns
Extreme weather patterns and temperatures are driving the need to better protect livestock
and crops from excessive heat and cold, rainfall, and flooding as well as damage from hail,
snow and the like. Climate change has also resulted in more aggressive insect infestations,
making pest control a growing concern.
Sustainability concerns are another issue as more people become aware of the relationship
between their carbon footprints and climate change. This is driving greater consumer interest
in recyclability and in backyard food gardening.
Sourcing and transportation are another concern, particularly reducing the carbon
footprint associated with getting materials from point A to point B, achieving cost savings by
sourcing closer to home and greater predictability in obtaining supplies.
This article explores several textile options available to farmers and growers designed to
help them address some of the challenging climate change issues they're facing.
Housing animals,
supporting garden centers
Headquartered in Beamsville, Ont.,
Canada, and in Buffalo, N.Y., OutFront
Portable Solutions specializes in
temporary and permanent garden
center compounds as well as in domestyle
buildings offered under the XL
Shelters brand and used primarily for
agricultural and industrial storage
and workshops, says Ed Vander Vegte,
the company's business development
manager, special projects and R&D.
Garden center structures are
Among the structures offered by OutFront Portable Solutions are the company's XL
Shelter Domes. Deployed for agricultural and equestrian storage as well as for housing
young-animal stock, among other uses, the domes are less expensive than traditional
steel buildings, with a design that facilitates good air flow. Shown above is one of the
company's customized low-profile domes. Image: OutFront Portable Solutions
constructed with a metal frame and
vinyl covering or woven polyester with
a PVC-coated shade mesh. Included in
the compounds are benches, carts and
security fencing as needed. The shelter
domes consist of a metal frame with
a cover of high-density polyethylene.
They are available in various widths
and in " endless " length options,
says Vander Vegte, adding that the
company has built them more than
500 feet long. In agriculture, they're
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