NEDERLAND - Hydroponics food production is expected to increase by 6.5 percent over the next five years, according to a new report from Manifest Mind LLC in Nederland.

The seven-person consulting company conducts research on environmentally sustainable topics from around the globe, said Carol Stimmel, founder and chief executive. Manifest Mind's customers have included the Ministry of Energy in Canada, she said.

The hydroponics report also said the value of hydroponic producer farms will increase to $24.3 billion from $17.7 billion. A report summary is available on the company's website at The company's reports can be purchased online.

Stimmel founded the company in 2012. She and some of her employees previously worked at clean-energy research firms such as Navigant Research in Boulder.