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  • 7 Ways to Measure Soil Health Improvements

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Mar 7, 2019 

    The report notes that it’s interesting and heartening that “soil health reflects an embrace of a long-term, hard-to-quantify benefit of cover crops, and that for the past two surveys, it has achieved the top spot by garnering 86% of the responses... Reduced ErosionProtecting soil from wind and water erosion is a common reason growers begin using cover crops... “I have seen fields where people who have been in cover crops for a number of years, compared to their neighbors who have not, and it’s frightening the amount of difference there is in the level of soil between the two,” Stott says... Less CompactionAnother soil health benefit you should see after using cover crops is less compaction and deeper root penetration, especially if you’re seeding species like daikon radishes, which are known for growing a deep taproot... In a YouTube video by University of Wisconsin Integrated Pest and Crop Management, soil scientist Francisco Arriaga explains that there is a ½-inch tip and ¾-inch tip...

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    How Brazilian Big Agriculture is Destroying the Brazilian Amazon

    By Maria Dampman

    Published Apr 4, 2018 

    As the deeper parts of the rainforest became accessible, development of these lands became possible, and once begun, continued at an alarming rate. Farmers, loggers and cattle ranchers cleared forest to create grazing land as well as to grow highly profitable crops like soy... Widespread contamination of Brazil’s soil and water, the marked decrease of oxygen in the Earth’s atmosphere and the extinction of countless plants and animals made scientists extremely concerned about the planet’s future... For a while, the work of many environmental groups, agencies and celebrities had been able to slow the unchecked destruction of forest land... With education, advocacy, and widespread support of the Brazilian government, the destruction of the vital forests dropped 84% to 1,700 square miles in 2012...

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    Mike Wandzell United States, CA, Fresno

    Business Title: Agri-Valley Irrigation
    Job Title: Other Ag Professional, Ag Irrigation
    About: Mike Wandzell is an Emmy-Award winning News Producer who left the TV industry to get back into Agriculture. He worked in Agriculture in the cotton and almond business growing up. Mike went to Fresno State, receiving a degree in Mass Communication. After winning the Emmy in 2016 in Television, Mike got back into agriculture. He now works in Irrigation California's Central Valley at Agri-Valley
    Interests: Corn, Cotton, Organic Row Crops, Crop Protection, Irrigation, Soil Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Apps, Precision Agriculture, Telemetry, Marketing, Agribusiness, Farm Management, Tools, Cover Crops, NRCS, Hemp, Orchard Crops, Organic Specialty Crops, Tree Nuts, Vegetables, Conservation Plans

    For Sale in Paraguay South América Rural Fields, Farms and Ranches

    By Diego Lara

    Published Jan 29 

    I am an agribusiness advisor in Paraguay, Sales of Rural Fields, Farms, Ranches, and other properties. My country Paraguay is located in South America between Argentina and BrazilWe invite you to come and invest in Paraguay, we help you choose the best rural fields and start your agribusinessDiego Lara +595 961 892 008 agrointegralpy@gmail. comSoy asesor de agronegocios en Paraguay, Ventas de Campos Rurales, Fincas, Ranchos y otras propiedades. Mi país Paraguay se encuentra en Sudamérica entre Argentina y BrasilTe invitamos a que vengas e inviertas en Paraguay, te ayudamos a elegir los mejores campos rurales y comenzar tu agroindustriaDiego Lara +595961892008 agrointegralpy@gmail. com...

    Categories: Farmland and Real Estate

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    Hotel Financing and Loans

    By Future Loans

    Published Nov 11, 2020 

    Do you own a hotel, motel, or bed & breakfast and is in need of some extra funding to give your business the boost it deserves? Our hotel financing program can help out any hotelier who needs capital quickly, without having to go through the long waiting process typically involved with traditional bank loans... We provide anywhere from $10,000 to $2,000,000+ depending on your qualifications, and can get you a hotel loan in just a few days with no collateral... Hotel loans and Financing ExperienceObtaining hotel financing is much different than securing a traditional home mortgage. Many of the same factors need to be considered; however, additional factors such as the real estate market itself, the economy, tourism in the area, and several others are also key considerations... Hotel Financing and Mortgage loansIf you are new to the business world or even just purchasing one of your first hotels, you may not be aware of the significant differences between hotel financing and a regular loan or financing option...

    Categories: Ag Commentary, Agribusiness, Farmland and Real Estate

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    Sun Continues To Shine On Farmland Outlook

    By Equipment Radar

    Published Apr 15 

    Farmland prices have increased for the first time since 2013, driven by by strong commodity prices and low interest rates. Surveys suggest the outlook is very bright Summary High quality Iowa farmland now exceeds $10,000 per acre, up by 7... Chicago Fed's AgLetter covering farmland outlook is the rosiest in years Farmer optimism is driven by higher commodity prices and low interest rates. Iowa Farmland Survey Strengthened Iowa farmland prices increased approximately 8% over the past six months through March 2021, as measured by the Iowa Chapter of the Realtors Land Institute (“RLI Iowa”) March survey. The report cited higher commodity prices and government support payments as drivers of the price increase...

    Categories: Ag Commentary, Corn, Farmland and Real Estate

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    Project Financing For Oil and Gas Companies/Industries

    By Future Loans

    Published Nov 4, 2020 

    Project Financing For Oil and Gas Companies/IndustriesMuch debate has been ongoing in recent years in the oil and gas industry, especially after the major environmental disasters that the oil and gas industry has played a part in. The oil and gas companies are facing many difficult situations, predominately with sustainability pressures and cost and investment concerns, which are forcing more scrutiny towards the oil and gas industry, as well as dealing with the many transitions that are vital to staying successful in this complicated industry. The oil and gas industry is considered one of the biggest industries in the world today (in terms of dollar value), which means the oil and gas industry typically contributes a significant amount towards the national Gross Domestic Product. The oil and gas industry is often considered a global powerhouse, reinforcing the vital role they have, and continue to play, in the world today. The oil and gas industry also is the leading industry in employment, employing over 173 thousand people, as of November 2016, in the United States alone – if we consider this number globally, it is upwards of a couple million people...

    Categories: Ag Commentary, Agribusiness, Farmland and Real Estate

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    Randal Morris United States, TN, Lexington

    Business Title: Micro Technologies
    Job Title: Ag Retail Professional, Other Ag Professional, Software
    Interests: Beef, Poultry, Apps

    Andre Blanchard United States, LA, Broussard

    Business Title: O2YS Corporation
    Job Title: Ag Retail Professional, Other Ag Professional
    Interests: Canola, Corn, Cotton

    Umesha Sandamini Sri Lanka, Central Province, Kandy

    Job Title: Other Ag Professional, Farmer
    Interests: Rice

  • Mike Wandzell United States, CA, Fresno

    Business Title: Agri-Valley Irrigation
    Job Title: Other Ag Professional, Ag Irrigation
    About: Mike Wandzell is an Emmy-Award winning News Producer who left the TV industry to get back into Agriculture. He worked in Agriculture in the cotton and almond business growing up. Mike went to Fresno State, receiving a degree in Mass Communication. After winning the Emmy in 2016 in Television, Mike got back into agriculture. He now works in Irrigation California's Central Valley at Agri-Valley
    Interests: Corn, Cotton, Organic Row Crops, Crop Protection, Irrigation, Soil Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Apps, Precision Agriculture, Telemetry, Marketing, Agribusiness, Farm Management, Tools, Cover Crops, NRCS, Hemp, Orchard Crops, Organic Specialty Crops, Tree Nuts, Vegetables, Conservation Plans

    Randal Morris United States, TN, Lexington

    Business Title: Micro Technologies
    Job Title: Ag Retail Professional, Other Ag Professional, Software
    Interests: Beef, Poultry, Apps

    Andre Blanchard United States, LA, Broussard

    Business Title: O2YS Corporation
    Job Title: Ag Retail Professional, Other Ag Professional
    Interests: Canola, Corn, Cotton

    Umesha Sandamini Sri Lanka, Central Province, Kandy

    Job Title: Other Ag Professional, Farmer
    Interests: Rice

    Bryna Chandler United States, OH, Germantown

    Business Title: Meadow View Growers
    Job Title: Ag Retail Professional, Other Ag Professional, Agricultural Marketer
    Interests: Ag Commentary, Marketing, News

    Pallavi Dandamudi United States, CA, Berkeley

    Business Title: TeleSense
    Job Title: Other Ag Professional, AgTech Product Manager
    Interests: Canola, Corn, Rice, Sorghum, Wheat, Apps, Precision Agriculture, Telemetry, Ag Commentary, Marketing, News, Ag Policy, Agribusiness, Operating a Farm, Succession Planning, Taxes, Projects, Purchasing, Repair, Tools

    Bill Anderson United States, WI, Hartland

    Business Title: Cross Country Marketing
    Job Title: Other Ag Professional, Marketing Consultant
    Interests: Corn, Cotton, Rice, Soybeans, Wheat, Beef, Dairy, Feed, Grass-Fed Livestock, Crop Protection, Soil Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Apps, Precision Agriculture, Telemetry, Ag Commentary, Marketing, News, Taxes, Purchasing, Cover Crops, Hemp, Orchard Crops, Horses

    Dr. Sandy Graham United States, NC, Franklin

    Business Title: AGRONOMICS
    Job Title: Other Ag Professional, Founder & Senior Partner
    Interests: Sustainable Agriculture, Agribusiness

  • Small-scale farming and Homesteading

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    This group is for people who are small-scale farming or homesteading to connect with each other and share information and experiences. CSA's, organic gardening, animal husbandry, etc.
    Interest: Vegetables, Beef, Dairy, Poultry, Swine, Organic Row Crops, Irrigation

    Ag Industry News And Insights

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    Here’s a place to spread the word concerning announcements and insights that the whole ag industry may be interested in.
    Interest: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Vegetables, Rice, Canola, Sorghum, Beef, Dairy, Poultry, Swine, Cover Crops, Ag Policy, Precision Agriculture, Organic Row Crops, Irrigation, Timber, Marketing, Agribusiness

    Fertility And Soils

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    A group dedicated to providing information on crop fertility and soil qualities.
    Interest: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Cover Crops, Fertility, Soil Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Conservation Easements, Conservation Plans, NRCS

    Agriculture, AgriTech And FoodTech

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    Connected Business enterprises, SMEs, Social Enterprises, Nonprofit Organizations and Start-ups to Funding, Grants and Business opportunities in Agriculture, Livestock, Agrifood, AgriTech and FoodTech
    Interest: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Vegetables, Rice, Canola, Sorghum, Beef, Dairy, Poultry, Swine, Precision Agriculture, Organic Row Crops, Irrigation, Agribusiness

    LandHub

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    Sell Your Land, Land Your Dream! LandHub.com is a portal connecting land buyers and sellers.
    Interest: Timber, Marketing, Agribusiness

    Animal Nutrition and Feed Study

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    Hello everyone. I am conducting a study on animal nutrition and feed habits by farmers in North America. I am looking to network and connect with livestock farmers for the study.
    Interest: Beef, Dairy, Poultry, Swine

    Farm Finance and Management

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    Here’s a group to discuss all of the finance and management decisions that need to be made when operating a farm.
    Interest: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Vegetables, Rice, Canola, Sorghum, Beef, Dairy, Poultry, Swine, Cover Crops, Ag Policy, Precision Agriculture, Irrigation, Timber, Marketing, Agribusiness

    Farm And Rancher

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    Engaging Farmers and Ranchers
    Interest: Beef, Organic Row Crops, Marketing, Agribusiness

  • 7 Ways to Measure Soil Health Improvements

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Mar 7, 2019 

    The report notes that it’s interesting and heartening that “soil health reflects an embrace of a long-term, hard-to-quantify benefit of cover crops, and that for the past two surveys, it has achieved the top spot by garnering 86% of the responses... Reduced ErosionProtecting soil from wind and water erosion is a common reason growers begin using cover crops... “I have seen fields where people who have been in cover crops for a number of years, compared to their neighbors who have not, and it’s frightening the amount of difference there is in the level of soil between the two,” Stott says... Less CompactionAnother soil health benefit you should see after using cover crops is less compaction and deeper root penetration, especially if you’re seeding species like daikon radishes, which are known for growing a deep taproot... In a YouTube video by University of Wisconsin Integrated Pest and Crop Management, soil scientist Francisco Arriaga explains that there is a ½-inch tip and ¾-inch tip...

    Categories: Cover Crops

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    How Brazilian Big Agriculture is Destroying the Brazilian Amazon

    By Maria Dampman

    Published Apr 4, 2018 

    As the deeper parts of the rainforest became accessible, development of these lands became possible, and once begun, continued at an alarming rate. Farmers, loggers and cattle ranchers cleared forest to create grazing land as well as to grow highly profitable crops like soy... Widespread contamination of Brazil’s soil and water, the marked decrease of oxygen in the Earth’s atmosphere and the extinction of countless plants and animals made scientists extremely concerned about the planet’s future... For a while, the work of many environmental groups, agencies and celebrities had been able to slow the unchecked destruction of forest land... With education, advocacy, and widespread support of the Brazilian government, the destruction of the vital forests dropped 84% to 1,700 square miles in 2012...

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    For Sale in Paraguay South América Rural Fields, Farms and Ranches

    By Diego Lara

    Published Jan 29 

    I am an agribusiness advisor in Paraguay, Sales of Rural Fields, Farms, Ranches, and other properties. My country Paraguay is located in South America between Argentina and BrazilWe invite you to come and invest in Paraguay, we help you choose the best rural fields and start your agribusinessDiego Lara +595 961 892 008 agrointegralpy@gmail. comSoy asesor de agronegocios en Paraguay, Ventas de Campos Rurales, Fincas, Ranchos y otras propiedades. Mi país Paraguay se encuentra en Sudamérica entre Argentina y BrasilTe invitamos a que vengas e inviertas en Paraguay, te ayudamos a elegir los mejores campos rurales y comenzar tu agroindustriaDiego Lara +595961892008 agrointegralpy@gmail. com...

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    Hotel Financing and Loans

    By Future Loans

    Published Nov 11, 2020 

    Do you own a hotel, motel, or bed & breakfast and is in need of some extra funding to give your business the boost it deserves? Our hotel financing program can help out any hotelier who needs capital quickly, without having to go through the long waiting process typically involved with traditional bank loans... We provide anywhere from $10,000 to $2,000,000+ depending on your qualifications, and can get you a hotel loan in just a few days with no collateral... Hotel loans and Financing ExperienceObtaining hotel financing is much different than securing a traditional home mortgage. Many of the same factors need to be considered; however, additional factors such as the real estate market itself, the economy, tourism in the area, and several others are also key considerations... Hotel Financing and Mortgage loansIf you are new to the business world or even just purchasing one of your first hotels, you may not be aware of the significant differences between hotel financing and a regular loan or financing option...

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    Sun Continues To Shine On Farmland Outlook

    By Equipment Radar

    Published Apr 15 

    Farmland prices have increased for the first time since 2013, driven by by strong commodity prices and low interest rates. Surveys suggest the outlook is very bright Summary High quality Iowa farmland now exceeds $10,000 per acre, up by 7... Chicago Fed's AgLetter covering farmland outlook is the rosiest in years Farmer optimism is driven by higher commodity prices and low interest rates. Iowa Farmland Survey Strengthened Iowa farmland prices increased approximately 8% over the past six months through March 2021, as measured by the Iowa Chapter of the Realtors Land Institute (“RLI Iowa”) March survey. The report cited higher commodity prices and government support payments as drivers of the price increase...

    Categories: Ag Commentary, Corn, Farmland and Real Estate

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    Project Financing For Oil and Gas Companies/Industries

    By Future Loans

    Published Nov 4, 2020 

    Project Financing For Oil and Gas Companies/IndustriesMuch debate has been ongoing in recent years in the oil and gas industry, especially after the major environmental disasters that the oil and gas industry has played a part in. The oil and gas companies are facing many difficult situations, predominately with sustainability pressures and cost and investment concerns, which are forcing more scrutiny towards the oil and gas industry, as well as dealing with the many transitions that are vital to staying successful in this complicated industry. The oil and gas industry is considered one of the biggest industries in the world today (in terms of dollar value), which means the oil and gas industry typically contributes a significant amount towards the national Gross Domestic Product. The oil and gas industry is often considered a global powerhouse, reinforcing the vital role they have, and continue to play, in the world today. The oil and gas industry also is the leading industry in employment, employing over 173 thousand people, as of November 2016, in the United States alone – if we consider this number globally, it is upwards of a couple million people...

    Categories: Ag Commentary, Agribusiness, Farmland and Real Estate

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    Oh deer! Deer damage and what farmers can do about it

    By John Moody

    Published May 21, 2018 

    As things go from the tunnel to the field, all our friendly little four legged foes start to to make dinner plans… and breakfast plans... Raccoons, rabbits, and the worst of all in our area - deer... How significant? How is a over billion dollars per year? “The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) estimated that losses to field crops, vegetables, fruits, and nuts exceeded $765 million USD in 2001. White-tailed deer were responsible for 58% of field crop losses and 33% of losses to vegetables, fruits, and nuts... Effective Deer Fences press release Fencing to Exclude Deer North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Deer Deterrents--Sights and Sounds press release Deer accidents increasing in Tennessee Nearly six thousand people hit a deer last year and these steps could stop you from being next...

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    A New Era of Farm Employees: Farm Technicians vs. Farm Hands?

    By Gregory Heilers

    Published Jun 4, 2018 

    Traditional agricultural skills that made civilization possible are still alive and in use today. At the same time, hundreds of farm technician job listings across the US, and the rise of precision agriculture and software, clearly evidence the need for technologically-savvy farm technicians in the 21st century agricultural industry... Satellite technology provides a broader view of agricultureTo assess the current state of affairs across the globe, I solicited the expert advice from one of the preeminent farmers in the United States, Joel Salatin, co-owner of Polyface Farm, and John Fargher, co-founder and COO of Australia-based cutting-edge farm management software, AgriWebb. Ecological Farming: the Science Behind Farming Isn’t ChangingIn Joel’s mind, while an individual farmer’s understanding of agriculture may change, the science behind soil health and fertility hasn’t and won’t... ”Compost is the same, but practices have changed on some farmsJoel’s advice for someone looking to educate themselves on ecological farming ranged from reading The Stockman Grass Farmer and ACRES USA to “spending time walking and thinking on your farm...

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    Root Exudates 101: What They Do and Why They Matter

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Mar 23, 2020 

    When you picture what’s happening below ground in your fields, you probably imagine a web of roots branching out to provide your crops support, nutrients and water... Roots are also secreting chemical compounds, known as root exudates, which play an important role in both crop production and soil health. Released primarily from the root hairs and cells immediately behind the penetrating root tip, says an Agronomy for Sustainable Development article, root exudates attract and sustain a variety of microorganisms, like arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and nitrogen-cycling bacteria, in the rhizosphere, which is the zone of soil directly surrounding the roots. When explaining exudates, Paul Hallett uses a quote from the English agriculturist Jethro Tull’s book, Horse-Hoeing Husbandry: “Roots are but guts inverted…that spew out what is superfluous... ”In addition to benefiting the plant itself, root exudates can both affect the soil and be affected by it...

    Categories: Cover Crops

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    What Agribusiness Data Can and Can't Tell You

    By Marjorie Valin

    Published Aug 2 

    The temperature of the air as you plant, the moisture of the kernel as you harvest, the exact coordinate of each weed you find; it all gets absorbed into the digital cloud, analyzed, and processed... Sure, the corn hybrid ‘SKY-3122’ may rate the best in some parts of the country, but does that mean it’s best for your customers’ farms? The all-time favorite food across the US may be a good old cheeseburger fresh off the grill, but try to make everyone eat one and you’ll end up with a lot of unhappy vegetarians... Given a weather prediction and the soil types for a field, we can predict the seed that’ll give you the highest yield. With enough data, we can divide the field into zones and predict how much of that seed you should plant in each square foot. As planter technology advances, we’re starting to sow entirely different seeds in different parts of the field to take advantage of the unique properties of the land...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Precision Agriculture, Sustainable Agriculture

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  • What kind of land is good for wheat ?

    By Zubair Ahmad

    Published Jun 30, 2020 

    Explain what kind of land is good for wheat ? Is sandy/ land is good for wheat ?

    Categories: Wheat, Agribusiness, Irrigation

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    cover cropping with triticale ,hairy vetch and cow peas late fall?

    By Brady Shortell

    Published Oct 18, 2020 

    Looking at planting triticale with hairy vetch and cow peas for a cover crop next year for a cash crop or corn to be planted late May 2021 using a roller crimper to terminate the cover crop before plant. It’s October 18th, I won’t be able to plant until the 22nd. Night time temps have fluctuated from mid 30s to high 20s no consistency yet. Some nights stay closer to 40. Highs are in the 70s and 80s. Am I too late for any of my covers? Any suggestions on planting rates? Will triticale terminate properly if I follow the method used for Rye, waiting until the entire field is dropping pollen?

    Categories: Organic Specialty Crops, Cover Crops

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    What's the difference between a Brent and Unverferth Grain Cart?

    By Anonymous Member

    Published Sep 21 

    Categories: Agribusiness, Purchasing

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    Looking at John Deere's for 20 acre CSA, and poultry any advise.

    By Jordan Trinci

    Published Aug 3, 2020 

    Can't decide on tractor model

    Categories: Vegetables, Poultry

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    How does inflation affect commodities like corn and beans?

    By Anonymous Member

    Published Feb 25 

    Categories: Corn, Soybeans, Marketing

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    What social media platform will take the place of Facebook?

    By Anonymous Member

    Published Jan 12 

    Currently, Facebook is highest social media platform among the Agriculture industry, due to the recent fallout, do you for see the Agriculture industry moving to another platform? If so, which one and why?

    Categories: Marketing

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    Postemergence Herbicides for Eclipta in Peanuts?

    By Anonymous Member

    Published Sep 10 

    Looking for tips concerning identifying and controlling eclipta in peanut fields.

    Categories: Peanuts, Crop Protection, Crop Scouting

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    Amadas Self Propelled Peanut Combines

    By Anonymous Member

    Published Aug 17 

    Does anyone on here use an Amadas self propelled peanut combine? What are the pros and cons of a SP vs a pull type??

    Categories: Peanuts, Agribusiness, Purchasing

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    I'm looking for an agribusiness writer

    By Marjorie Valin

    Published Jul 30 

    Does anyone know a writer with agribusiness, digital or prescription ag experience? Or an agribusiness expert with writing experience? We're looking for someone to develop content with experience on the agriculture and tech/business side. Please reach out to me here or on Linkedin.

    Categories: Sustainable Agriculture, Precision Agriculture, Agribusiness

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    What effects will the coronavirus have on ag commodity markets?

    By Steve Hanks

    Published Mar 17, 2020 

    Regarding agricultural commodity markets, what effects do you think COVID-19 will have in the short-term? And, what effects do you predict in the long-term?

    Categories: Ag Policy, Marketing, Agribusiness

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  • Posted By Jerry Smith
    Sep 21, 2019 

    https://modernfarmer.com/2019/09/rethinking-pests-invasive-species-and-other-paradigms/
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    Accelerating geothermal heat adoption in the agri-food sector: Key lessons and recommendations

    Predominantly known for power generation and district heating, geothermal energy can also be used in its primary form (i.e. heat) in the agri-food sector – for instance in greenhouses or for food drying and processing. Using it for such purposes can help increase food availability, reduce dependency on fossil fuels, protect against price volatility and diminish harmful emissions from the sector. Furthermore, it can significantly reduce food waste.

    Several geothermal applications in food processing and agriculture require low temperatures and can therefore be deployed in areas where the geothermal resources would not be suitable for power generation. These applications could increase the number of countries and regions that could benefit from such indigenous and renewable energy source. Despite its promising potential and increasing interest from policy makers and key stakeholders, direct use of geothermal heat in food-related applications across the world is still rather limited.

    Illustration Photo: Greenhouses at Terbol Station, Lebanon (credits: Michael Major / Crop Trust / Water Alternatives / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0))

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    International Job Vacancy: Expert in Cassava value chain

    Our client, Deko Holding, is manufacturer and exporter of agri-food products.
    They commissioned Smart International Consulting to recruit an Expert in Cassava value chain for their project in Nigeria

    You will work with our team on the development of a commercial cassava plantation and an integrated cassava processing plant (cassava starch, waste to animal feed, waste to energy).

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    Feasibility study
    Design of the agricultural infrastructure
    Design of the commercial cassava plantation
    Design of the cassava processing plant
    Design of the waste to animal feed and waste to energy plant

    Specifications/ Qualifications

    Minimum of 10 years in the cassava value chain.

    Deadline: 31 December 2018

    Work location: Nigeria with some travels to our other project sites in the Southeast Asia.

    Illustration Photo: Aerial releases of natural enemy species of insect pests to cassava field. (credits: International Institute of Tropical Agriculture / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0))

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    Posted By Kosona Chriv
    Nov 28, 2016 

    A Review on Current and Emerging Application Possibilities for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

    Author: Beloev Ivan H.

    Journal Title: Acta Technologica Agriculturae

    Publisher: De Gruyter Open

    Society/Institution: Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra

    This paper presents a review on current and emerging application possibilities for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The introduction section of the paper briefly describes some of the application areas in which drones are currently being used. The next chapters of the paper describe more detailly the use of UAVs for aerial photography, filming, security and logistics, GIS, land and water surveys. The main focus of the last chapters is on the advantages and the disadvantages of the drones usage in precision agriculture, wildlife and nature observations and archaeology. The last chapters also provide information on how the advanced information technology solutions can be implemented in order to provide means for fighting invasive species, to increase the yield of certain crops, to monitor and predict flooding, wildfires and other disasters, etc. This paper provides only overview of the most interesting and widely available applications of the UAVs, but there are also many other more specific and dedicated solutions for implementation of the drones for different purposes.

    Illustration Photo: Drone for rescue operations (Public Domain from Pixabay.com)
    https://adalidda.net/posts/662GEWsNSqFpjsG8i/a-review-on-current-and-emerging-application-possibilities
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    Posted By Kosona Chriv
    Oct 11, 2016 

    Use of the effective Microorganisms as Biofertilizer for Rice Growth and Production

    Authors: Ei Mon Myo, Myo Myint, Zaw Khaing Oo

    Publisher: International Journal of Technical Research and Applications

    Soil sample was collected from the vicinity of the rice and chick pea plants. Forty four bacterial strains and seven strains of actinomycetes had been isolated. Among forty four strains, one strain was Serratia and four strains were Azotobacter species due to their distinct colonial morphology, microscopic morphology and biochemical characterization. From the study on each fertilizing activity, many effective microbial isolates, four strains as nitrogen fixer, six strains as P-solubilizer, ten Kdecomposing strains, were occurred. In P-solubilizing activity, Serratia was the most efficient one, having 35 mm in zone diameter on plate screening and 750.88 ppm by UV spectrophotometric measurement. In quantitative analysis by AAS, the k-decomposing strain defined as K23 could solubilize 10.46 ppm and strain K11 could solubilize 9.92 ppm respectively. In the study on N2 fixing activity of Azotobacter species by ammonium test kit, A1 and A4 could fix nitrogen from 0.2 to 0.5%. The selected strains had co-existence on one another and so these strains were studied in field trial application on rice cultivation. The panicle length, seed number per panicle, 1,000 seed weight and estimated yield of the rice plot which use biofertilizer was greater than the others which were splashed with organic fertilizer and urea. The estimated rice yields from the use of biofertilizer, organic fertilizer and urea were 100, 70 and 80 baskets/acre respectively.

    Photo: Rice Paddy Field (Public Domain from Pixabay.com)
    https://adalidda.net/posts/a73358hf6D3DnPwnp/use-of-the-effective-microorganisms-as-biofertilizer-for
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    Posted By Kosona Chriv
    Sep 23, 2016 

    Agroforestry Practices Promote Biodiversity and Natural Resource Diversity in Atlantic Nicaragua

    Authors: Seeta A. Sistla, Adam B. Roddy, Nicholas E. Williams, Daniel B. Kramer, Kara Stevens, Steven D. Allison

    Publisher: Plos One. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License.

    Tropical forest conversion to pasture, which drives greenhouse gas emissions, soil degradation, and biodiversity loss, remains a pressing socio-ecological challenge. This problem has spurred increased interest in the potential of small-scale agroforestry systems to couple sustainable agriculture with biodiversity conservation, particularly in rapidly developing areas of the tropics. In addition to providing natural resources (i.e. food, medicine, lumber), agroforestry systems have the potential to maintain higher levels of biodiversity and greater biomass than lower diversity crop or pasture systems. Greater plant diversity may also enhance soil quality, further supporting agricultural productivity in nutrient-limited tropical systems. Yet, the nature of these relationships remains equivocal. To better understand how different land use strategies impact ecosystem services, we characterized the relationships between plant diversity (including species richness, phylogenetic diversity, and natural resource diversity), and soil quality within pasture, agroforests, and secondary forests, three common land use types maintained by small-scale farmers in the Pearl Lagoon Basin, Nicaragua. The area is undergoing accelerated globalization following the 2007 completion of the region’s first major road; a change which is expected to increase forest conversion for agriculture. However, farmer agrobiodiversity maintenance in the Basin was previously found to be positively correlated with affiliation to local agricultural NGOs through the maintenance of agroforestry systems, despite these farmers residing in the communities closest to the new road, highlighting the potential for maintaining diverse agroforestry agricultural strategies despite heightened globalization pressures. We found that agroforestry sites tended to have higher surface soil %C, %N, and pH relative to neighboring to secondary forest, while maintaining comparable plant diversity. In contrast, pasture reduced species richness, phylogenetic diversity, and natural resource diversity. No significant relationships were found between plant diversity and the soil properties assessed; however higher species richness and phylodiversity was positively correlated with natural resource diversity. These finding suggest that small, diversified agroforestry systems may be a viable strategy for promoting both social and ecological functions in eastern Nicaragua and other rapidly developing areas of the tropics.

    Photos: Images of landscapes sampled. Secondary forest (a), agroforest (b), pasture (c) in the Pearl Lagoon Basin...
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    Posted By Kosona Chriv
    Oct 7, 2016 

    Advanced Treatment of Wastewater Using Symbiotic Co-culture of Microalgae and Bacteria

    Authors: Ghulam Mujtaba and Kisay Lee

    Journal title : Applied Chemistry for Engineering

    Publisher : The Korean Society of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry

    The co-culture system of microalgae and bacteria enables simultaneous removal of BOD and nutrients in a single reactor if the pair of microorganisms is symbiotic. In this case, nutrients are converted to biomass constituents of microalgae. This review highlights the importance and recent researches using symbiotic co-culture system of microalgae and bacteria in wastewater treatment, focusing on the removal of nitrogen and phosphorus. During wastewater treatment, the microalgae produces molecular oxygen through photosynthesis, which can be used as an electron acceptor by aerobic bacteria to degrade organic pollutants. The released during the bacterial mineralization can then be consumed by microalgae as a carbon source in photosynthesis. Microalgae and bacteria in the co-culture system could cooperate or compete each other for resources. In the context of wastewater treatment, positive relationships are prerequisite to accomplish the sustainable removal of nutrients. Therefore, the selection of compatible species is very important if the co-culture has to be utilized in wastewater treatment.

    Illustration Photo: Raceway pond used for the cultivation of microalgae. The water is kept in constant motion with a powered paddle wheel. (Credit: JanB46/Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0)
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    Posted By Kosona Chriv
    Sep 5, 2016 

    More Tomatoes, faster: Van Eck accelerates Tomato Engineering

    Tomatoes are already an ideal model species for plant research, but scientists at the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) just made them even more useful by cutting the time required to modify their genes by six weeks.

    While looking for ways to make tomatoes and other crop plants more productive, BTI Assistant Professor Joyce Van Eck and former postdoctoral scientist Sarika Gupta developed a better method for “transforming” a tomato – a process that involves inserting DNA into the tomato genome and growing a new plant. By adding the plant hormone auxin to the medium that supports the growth of the cells, they can speed up the plant’s growth, ultimately accelerating the pace of their research. They describe this advance in a study published in Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture.

    Photo: A Van Eck lab member transfers tomato plantlets from a plate of regeneration medium. (Image by Sheryl Sinkow)
    https://adalidda.net/posts/cQGQstEH8XXzoKCvY/more-tomatoes-faster-van-eck-accelerates-tomato-engineering
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    Posted By Kosona Chriv
    Sep 5, 2016 

    Influence of Climate Change Impact on Agricultural Risks in Myanmar’s Dry Zone

    Author: Thanda Kyi

    Publisher: FFTC-AP

    Myanmar has wide range of climatic condition favoring the domestication of numerous crop species. The climate is mainly tropical but is sub-temperate in areas like hills and plateaus. While rice is the staple food crop of the country, field crops are also common in most areas. The well-irrigated areas in the central plain are well suited for rice, oil seeds and other cash crops. Precipitation under monsoonal influence is now very erratic and thus mean annual precipitation is often fluctuating. The irregularity of monsoonal rain follows five distinct patterns: early onset of monsoon, late onset of monsoon, break in monsoon, early departure of monsoon and late departure of monsoon. This monsoonal behavior, which causes varying, amounts of precipitation in various parts of the country, determines crops production in particular years.

    There are still many uncertainties in the climate changing scenarios, and several constraints and limitations are identified. At the primary stage, however, adaptation to climate change could be approached by intensifying the conservation of drought resistance varieties; by improving crop varieties to drought tolerant types; by improving cropping practices to conserve water, intensifying on multiple and mixed cropping and by promoting crop diversification.

    Photo: Picture of a street of Yangon Myanmar, a week after the Cyclone Nargis (Credit: Benoit Gatel/Wikimedia Commons CC BY 3.0)
    https://adalidda.net/posts/wJNKpnL7vi9WLBfwF/influence-of-climate-change-impact-on-agricultural-risks-in
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    Posted By Kosona Chriv
    Aug 24, 2016 

    Fraunhofer Researchers show how Seaweed has the potential to replace Salt

    Without salt, many foods seem tasteless and bland. “Salt acts as a natural flavor enhancer, has a conserving effect and is essential for the human organism,” explains Dominic Wimmer, a researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV in Freising. However, these positive effects are lost if we eat too much salt. According to the latest figures from the World Health Organization (WHO), Europeans consume 8 to 12 grams of salt a day. The recommended amount is 5 grams. “Adding salt at the table isn’t the issue,” Wimmer says: around 77 percent of our salt intake comes from industrially processed foods. Heading the list are bread, cheese, snacks, ready meals and cold meats and sausage products. The biggest problem is the sodium that salt contains, which can contribute to high blood pressure and heart disease. Other conditions related to excessive sodium are kidney ailments, osteoporosis or even stomach cancer.

    Photo: seaweed species Ascophyllum nodosum © Photo Fraunhofer IVV
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