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  • Posted By Rodney Michael
    10 hours ago 

    Investment keeps pouring into Ag Tech.. and its much deserved.

    https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210922005335/en/Leading-Ag-Tech-Startup-Iron-Ox-Closes-53-Million-Investment-Round-Led-by-Breakthrough-Energy-Ventures

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    10 hours ago 

    Our Treely & Help For Landowners teams will be working with Longleaf Alliance on prescribed burn projects in the Carolinas - doing work.
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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    10 hours ago 

    Attacking our food - not good.

    https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/second-farming-cooperative-shut-down-by-ransomware-this-week/

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Sep 22 

    Really enjoy stories like this - "Greg's grandfather, started the business in 1936. His son and Greg's father, Ben, carried on the tradition"

    https://www.news-gazette.com/business/agriculture/meet-the-learnard-family-selling-farm-seeds-for-85-years/article_47dc57db-1521-537a-b207-5849be34174c.html

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Sep 21 

    A project were working on at Treely - tethering small plots of dormant land, teamed with a common goal to create critical mass... #foodproduction #carboncapture #underservedlandowners #blockchain
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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Sep 21 

    Check out the "barn on wheels"

    https://www.no-tillfarmer.com/blogs/1-covering-no-till/post/10825-building-stronger-communities-through-agricultural-innovation

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Sep 21 

    I enjoy the capabilities of drones. Have watched watched DroneDeploy and PrecisionHawk grow from their early days, use their products, great to see them continue to raise the bar, hats off to DroneDeploy for the funding raise.

    https://www.futurefarming.com/tech-in-focus/dronedeploy-secures-%e2%80%8950m-to-accelerate-development/

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Sep 20 

    "The world needs to eat", these three #ag stocks are working on solutions and Deere makes the list.. again.

    https://investorplace.com/2021/03/3-agriculture-stocks-to-profit-from-rising-global-populations/

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Sep 20 

    Fastest growing #ag stocks per Investopedia - The Mosaic Co, Fresh Del Monte Produce, Deere & Co.

    https://www.investopedia.com/top-agriculture-stocks-5078974

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Sep 20 

    Per Jim Cramer, John Deere is still a buy.. says their tech is "revolutionary".

    https://www.thestreet.com/jim-cramer/jim-cramer-bull-market-agriculture-stocks-de-agco

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    Posted By Chrissy Wozniak
    Sep 19 

    I got to spend some time at the Island Hopper Songwriter's Festival on Captiva Island this weekend. All I can think about is the article a good friend @Ray Bohacz wrote recently titled Are You the 'Singer or the Songwriter', I highly recommend reading it - https://northamericanag.com/news/are-you-the-singer-or-the-songwriter.

    The hearts behind the great songs of George Strait, Keith Urban, Trisha Yearwood, Tim McGraw, Diamond Rio & Garth Brooks are beautiful! I feel so lucky to have been able to hear the songs they wrote from their mouths - Aaron Barker, Maia Sharp, Bobby Tomberlin, Julia Cole, Clint Daniels, Dave Pahanish, Dan Couch & Steve Dorf. #IslandHopperFest
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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Sep 17 

    45 startups to pitch at FoodBytes event.. several plant based meats, lots of tech, and some extremely sweet logos.. I love ag startups!

    https://www.foodbytesworld.com/event/2021-event/foodbytes-pitch-2021/

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Sep 17 

    Per USDA Census of Agriculture over 1 million farms have women as the principal operator.. I think that's pretty cool.

    https://www.fb.org/viewpoints/diversity-in-agriculture

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Sep 16 

    Big pivot in the works at PepsiCo - "reducing sugar and sodium.. a major transformation for our business", and the plan supports regenerative agriculture practices.

    https://www.foodingredientsfirst.com/news/pepsico-launches-pep-to-promote-planet-society-health-regenerative-agriculture-and-circular-packaging.html

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Sep 16 

    9.6 million private woodland owners tip the scales when it comes to current carbon capture capabilities... controlling more forest than any other group. An interesting article from N.C. State News breaks it down.

    https://news.ncsu.edu/2021/09/saving-americas-forests-could-help-curb-climate-warming/

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Sep 16 

    It's the conversation the forestry industry doesn't want to have.

    https://www.wsj.com/podcasts/the-journal/the-growing-market-of-not-cutting-down-trees/5e0b4e3d-f26e-42cf-94e8-acaab805a65a

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Updated Sep 15 

    I've been a Linkedin user for years.. the last couple of them I've really been turned off with the aggressiveness of the platform... more "autoresponder" responses, more connections for the sake of "connections" - I'm not digging it's testosterone.  For my lifestyle and career, I've made more substantive connections on Agfuse. That is all...
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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Sep 14 

    Congrats to all, and to our team at Help For Landowners - "The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded SC State University 1890 Research & Extension a $750,000 grant to help socially disadvantaged farmers, ranchers and veterans in South Carolina start their own agriculture businesses.
    Beginning ag entrepreneurs will receive hands-on training, educational resources and peer-to-peer mentorship through innovative strategic partnerships with Morning Glory Homestead Farms (St. Helena Island, S.C.), Help For Landowners (Society Hill, S.C.) and National National Veteran Agriculture Association (Gray Court, S.C.).
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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Updated Sep 13 

    Smallholders study by Harvard in 2016 with 20 farmers of green chili... it worked. Treely conducted a proof of concept project in 2018 on smallholders of timberland, one with as little as two acres, it worked, owners participated that likely would have never succeeded on their own. Tethering landowners with a common goal opens production of tracts that are likely sitting dormant.

    https://hbr.org/2021/08/making-small-farms-more-sustainable-and-profitable

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    Posted By AG HeadHunters
    Sep 10 

    The most recent Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer shows surveyed producers are feeling positive about their current fiscal condition, but are uneasy as input costs continue to rise.
    #agriculture #economy #farming

    https://ag.purdue.edu/commercialag/ageconomybarometer/farmer-sentiment-improves-in-august-but-inflationary-concerns-mount/

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Sep 10 

    Never realized how big tomatoes as a crop was in South Carolina until recently.. passed this farm, Seaside Grown, a couple of times last weekend in St. Helena - very impressive operation.

    https://www.seasidegrown.com/

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Sep 10 

    #8 - Apiculture.. BEESFREE stock has gained 250% over the last twelve months. Vegan food market valued at over $14 billion.

    https://www.yahoo.com/now/10-most-profitable-agricultural-business-071053845.html

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Sep 9 

    Really enjoy reading stories like this.. wish I could visit all these cool farms.

    https://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/story/regenerative-agriculture-could-positively-impact-climate-change-local-farmers-say

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Sep 9 

    I enjoy the "startup" world, especially ag related startups. Here are 13 to watch.. I'm keeping an eye on Verdi.

    https://www.agriculture.com/news/technology/meet-13-exciting-early-to-mid-stage-start-ups-at-the-2021-world-agri-tech-innovation

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Sep 9 

    like.

    https://msmagazine.com/2021/04/21/earth-day-mariana-vasconcelos-from-farms-to-incubators-celebrating-women-innovators-agricultural-technology-agtech/

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Sep 9 

    Old news, but good news - "the largest agricultural investment in the history of South Carolina and the largest agricultural investment in a Federal Qualified Opportunity Zone"

    https://www.agweb.com/news/business/technology/south-carolina-gets-314-million-ag-tech-center-multiple-users

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Sep 9 

    More money poured into ag tech by big players.. Local Bounti tethers local products to local people and Cargill is getting in on the action.

    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/local-bounti-disruptive-agtech-company-123000274.html

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Sep 9 

    A quip from an April 2019 article on The Fern.. "one-third of America's 3.4 million farmers are over the age of 65" - we ABSOLUTELY have to engage our youth.
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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Sep 8 

    They have some hurdles ahead, but I like the direction and mission of OLIO... sharing food and less waste.

    https://olioex.com/

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    Posted By North American Ag
    Sep 8 

    https://agfuse.com/article/should-producers-start-thinking-about-growing-and-marketing-crops-that-help-to-combat-inflammation-1
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    Should Producers Start Thinking About Growing and Marketing Crops That Help to Combat Inflammation?

    By North American Ag

    Published Sep 8 

    Today Chrissy Wozniak speaks with Dr. James Hebert about the Dietary Inflammatory Index™ (DII®), what it measures, how it helps people live healthier lives and how food can be used as an anti-inflammatory aid. Connecting Health Innovations (CHI) was founded in 2013 as a spinoff from the University of South Carolina to focus on leveraging the work spearheaded by Harvard-educated Dr. James Hébert on the effects of inflammatory diets on health in the commercial markets.   Dr...

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Sep 7 

    The impact of Hurricane Ida in Louisiana -

    https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/business/article_4067b1f6-0c06-11ec-92b7-136b1eb6b521.html

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    Posted By Becky Johnson
    Sep 3 

    "The good news of course is that producers are expecting top yields this year from crops set to receive record high prices. The bad news though is that input costs went right along for the ride."
    https://www.agdaily.com/crops/ag-market-prices-and-yields-may-be-up-but-inputs-have-been-too

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Sep 2 

    Regenerative Ag goes Vogue... "this has really made us excited about making clothes again."

    https://www.vogue.com/article/co-natural-world-launch-regenerative-agriculture

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Updated Sep 1 

    Stoked about visiting Morning Glory Homestead Farm this weekend in St. Helena, SC, a 12+ acre farm offering products, tours, teaching, camping and more.

    https://www.morninggloryhomestead.com/

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Sep 1 

    Shout out to my friends at Carolina Human Reinvestment, Giany, Laura, and others, for the awesome work they're doing in Georgetown County - "The mission of CHRSC is to inspire a healing environment for the growth, empowerment, and unlimited potential in community youth and families"

    http://www.carolinahumanreinvestment.org/

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Sep 1 

    Deere is plowing growth, up over 80% over the past 12 months -

    https://www.fool.com/investing/2021/08/31/why-deere-is-off-and-running-again/

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 31 

    So, this morning, I was rolling through my Agfuse feed... something happened, I got connected. 1) read a comment from @Mark Smith on a post, he mentioned a demographics company, I visited their website, purchased a report to use at our company Treely. 2) Read a post that mentioned a organization that pays farmers for carbon sequestration / soil health / water quality, reached out and have a call scheduled tomorrow on behalf of our organization, Help For Landowners. Get connected @Agfuse.
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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 31 

    #truth. Share your dog name & breed... our pups are Aspen [beagle] and Stetson [yorkie].
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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 31 

    Good Read Alert - "..realized how futile it was to try to understand and control one's environment."

    https://forge.medium.com/what-do-nothing-farming-can-teach-us-about-perfectionism-165c90c26df6

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 31 

    Lot of square footage out there for this... and growing 365 days a year, like how Bowery is hacking the food supply chain.

    https://www.marketplace.org/2021/08/03/farms-dont-have-to-be-outside-anymore/

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 31 

    "..give back to the communities where they work and live, making the extra effort to put food on tables" - way to go Prestage Farms & Cape Fear Farm Credit > > helping North Carolina communities.

    https://www.bladenjournal.com/news/39212/farm-buddies-gets-the-backing-of-cape-fear-farm-credit-prestage-farms

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 31 

    A 50 year look back at farming technology.. growing processes, twin-rotor combine, genetically modified plant cell, and more.

    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/technology-agriculture-technology-changed-farming-124607378.html

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 30 

    News feed this morning, 5 different headlines that included "__________ is the future of farming", all highlighting different practices. I genuinely appreciate all the effort & focus on agriculture and it's future - #aquaponics #robotfarming #sustainablegrazing #indoorfarming #regernerativefarming
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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 30 

    Helped my son move back to Washington this past weekend, took a flight back yesterday.. really enjoyed seeing the different uses of land from the air - awesome. [not actual photo]
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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 27 

    Watching.

    https://cryptoslate.com/cryptos/agriculture/

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Updated Aug 27 

    An article from 2018, Technology in Agriculture. My, my, how far we've come since then - exciting stuff.

    https://medium.com/@voladutemu/technology-in-agriculture-58b3e08f90e

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 27 

    Backing Green/Brown/Blue, a food accelerator, Google is a player in regenerative farming -

    https://www.greenbiz.com/article/inside-googles-regenerative-agriculture-play

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 27 

    Neat!

    https://newatlas.com/architecture/carlo-ratti-associati-farmscraper/

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 26 

    Makes a valid point -

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/aug/25/sylvanaqua-farms-sustainable-food-affordable

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 26 

    Help For Landowners is still grant writing.. another being submitted tomorrow to Edwards Mother Earth Foundation, was a sub award applicant with N.C. A&T University on a USDA grant yesterday - fingers crossed. Love what's evolving at www.helpforlandowners.org
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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 26 

    I like this guy... farmer refuses to sell his harm to apartment developers.

    https://brobible.com/culture/article/polish-farmer-refuse-sell-harvest-apartment/

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 26 

    Watched this one last night, gave it a thumbs up. Percy vs Goliath - "A Canadian farmer takes on a giant corporation after their GMOs interfere with his crops". Available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Percy-Vs-Goliath-Christopher-Walken/dp/B093DCDZZV
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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Updated Aug 25 

    Was fortunate this morning to have a conversation with Dr. Will Joslin, author of a book of his great-grandfather, Major James Lide Coker.  Major Coker was a huge farmer and founded over 20 businesses, including Sonoco. I encourage other #entrepreneurs to consider this read.. a very inspiring story of overcoming challenges and a model of doing good for others from entrepreneurial success.
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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Updated Aug 25 

    Another California drought story - "It takes 1.1 gallon of water to produce one almond or pistachio nut.. the industry ships 70% of it's almonds overseas... California produces roughly 80% of the world's almonds" and California's reservoirs are drying up.

    https://www.gainesville.com/story/opinion/2021/08/24/douglas-r-noble-californias-agricultural-water-policies-nuts/8217589002/

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 25 

    more feed using less water = winner

    https://cleantechnica.com/2021/08/24/tech-firm-promises-1500x-more-cattle-feed-using-5-of-the-water/

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 24 

    "...human waste as a fertilizer.." - just trying to wrap my head around this one.

    https://www.news-medical.net/news/20210820/Human-waste-derived-nutrient-can-help-sustain-agriculture-economies.aspx

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    Posted By AG HeadHunters
    Aug 23 

    As Americans migrate away from rural areas towards population centers, the impact on agriculture is correlated with that movement. The Food Institute examines the data, the legislative effects, as well as the technological ramifications of a declining farm population.
    #agriculture #populationgrowth #agtech

    https://foodinstitute.com/focus/how-rural-population-decline-impacts-u-s-agriculture/

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 23 

    "1.2 million farms have a woman as a principal operator... 58,000 farms have Black owners.. there are "2.1 million farms in the country" - interested statistics.

    https://www.fb.org/viewpoints/diversity-in-agriculture

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 23 

    Very cool

    https://www.thedrive.com/news/42035/92-year-old-man-carves-the-most-realistic-wooden-john-deere-models-youll-ever-see

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Updated Aug 20 

    Congrats to my Poppy.. was presented with a State Senate Citation by Senator Penry Gustafson for his nearly 50 years of business service in South Carolina.  #entrepreneur
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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 19 

    More money for ag tech startups, thanks Purdue.

    https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2021/Q3/purdue-fund-expands-scope-to-accept-applications-from-startups-in-all-agricultural-disciplines.html

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 18 

    Read two stories this morning... one titled "Is It Time To Break Up Big Ag", the other "..Consolidation Is Driving Family Farms Out Of Business". While I understand consolidation brings efficiency, scale, etc. I'm a fan of family farms.

    https://www.newyorker.com/news/dispatch/is-it-time-to-break-up-big-ag

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 18 

    Story features two Carolina agricultural entrepreneurs..

    https://grist.org/article/sustainable-agriculture-is-the-future-of-farming-heres-why/

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 17 

    Meet the "Chia Queen", stopped farming cotton & corn, pivoted to chia, now earning three times more.

    https://www.thebetterindia.com/260658/karnataka-prema-tribal-organic-chia-farming-earns-lakhs-cotton-corn/

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 17 

    "Five hundred acres of food, on a third of an acre, using 5% of the water..." - amazing.

    https://www.sltrib.com/news/2021/08/16/it-grows-times-food-with/

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 17 

    While I think this is pretty cool and a disrupter, don't think Bayer, Dow, Syngenta and others ag chemical companies are going to like it too much.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/aug/14/weedkilling-robots-farming-pesticide-use-sustainable

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    Aug 17 

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 16 

    Good news from ag giant Cargill on addressing our food future..

    https://time.com/6089480/cargill-ceo-david-maclennan-agriculture/

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 13 

    Story of a hog operation slated to house 26,000 hogs producing millions of gallons of liquid manure annually.. this Wisconsin farmer is not happy. Take a listen -

    https://therealnews.com/in-rural-america-big-agriculture-has-a-bleak-future-in-store-for-all-of-us

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 12 

    A good story

    https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2021/08/11/dozens-of-acres-loaned-to-a-young-farmer.html

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 12 

    John Deere betting big on farm robots -

    https://www.axios.com/robots-the-new-farm-hand-automation-ai-1c93a78a-cec7-440a-87cb-d43a15099bd6.html

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 12 

    Might as well.. and I don't mean that sarcastically. "Consumers should know that they're buying from farms that are using technology to make agriculture more efficient and more sustainable".

    https://www.fastcompany.com/90664643/the-new-label-we-need-on-produce-smart-farmed

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 11 

    Like the vertical approach to maximize the performance of land. This farmer is farming sunshine on top and berries underneath..

    https://www.dw.com/en/farmers-reap-double-benefits-with-solar-power-in-fields/a-58284134

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 10 

    Came across Regenerative Fund for Nature a couple of days ago, it's backed by Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta and other big name design houses. As @Mark Smith touched on recently, not sure we all have a firm grip on "regenerative" yet but I'm happy to see the funding and interest in it.

    https://www.kering.com/en/sustainability/safeguarding-the-planet/regenerative-fund-for-nature/

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 9 

    This ain't good...

    https://www.sciencealert.com/huge-metastudy-says-pesticide-threat-to-bees-likely-underestimated

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 9 

    And, has taught over 12,000 people about hydroponics.

    https://www.thebetterindia.com/260107/navy-cv-prakash-how-to-grow-bags-turmeric-hydroponics-soil-less-farming-yield/

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 6 

    Interesting information... one acre of soybeans can produce 82,368 crayons, one pound of wool can make 10 miles of yarn, only 2 in 5 small farmers in the U.S. turn a profit each year, and there's more..

    https://bismarcktribune.com/news/columnists/kevin-holten/kevin-holten-some-surprising-facts-about-agriculture/article_9d7b6b6b-8e5c-58b0-a5b3-e85ee9cd4255.html

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 5 

    Been watching indoor, vertical farming for awhile.. I like where its headed for a number of reasons.. one being the utilization of vacant buildings.

    https://www.marketplace.org/2021/08/03/farms-dont-have-to-be-outside-anymore/

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 4 

    "Locally, there are hundreds of acres sitting dormant... tethered to a cohesive plan, they come alive" - Proud of the work these two entities are churning out: Treely & Help For Landowners.
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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 4 

    "Gleaning... the act of going into a field and collecting whatever harvest has been left behind" and then donate it. -hit like button

    https://www.treehugger.com/gleaning-help-prevent-food-loss-5194523

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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Aug 4 

    "Stopping China from taking control of a sizeable portion of American critical assets... is critical"

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/aug/3/lawmakers-say-chinese-investment-us-farmland-poses/

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