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  • Why Green house Agriculture in my opinion is the leading way of source of Income.

    By Malikireddy Krishna Reddy

    Published Aug 9, 2018

    Simply said , the word income is the answer... Agriculture gives the following benefits too which many in the job world expect and strive for or companies drive the HR departments to establish. The following are such benefits , namely 1... You can always go that extra mile of trying something new and feel a sense of satisfaction... With increasing costs and increasing Automation of various jobs it might be difficult to find a job for everyone, where by people might have to flee the cities as they cannot any more pay the houses or lifestyle they saw as kids...

    The Future of Fresh Produce Trading

    By Ammar Alshami

    Updated May 31

    Technology has caused a disruption in the world. From the corporate sector to the automotive industry, and from the retail world to the agriculture sector, every industry in the world enjoys the benefits of innovative solutions... Robotics, automation, project management tools, RDMS, cloud computing, and blockchain are some of the revolutionary technological tools that help businesses enhance employee performance, meet strict deadlines, boost productivity, and increase profitability... Efficiency with Automation The use of this technology provides automation through smart contracts... Incorporating smart contracts within the system offers complete transparency in the process of automation...

    Categories: Agribusiness

    How Smart Farming Protects the Environment While Saving Crop Loss

    By Jenny Hoo

    Published Sep 6, 2019

    Smart Farming, or known as Smart Agriculture is mainly associated with the term Third Green Revolution due to its sustainability and circular economy features that emphasises on the application of ICT solution in the agriculture industry. Itrepresents the application of modern Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and IoT solutions into farming to increase the efficiency of agricultural operations... Precision Agriculture or FarmingAs rightly pointed out by Sciforce[3], there are two technology fields in smart farming, namely precision agriculture and agricultural automation and robotics... Robotics and AutomationMeanwhile, drones and sensors are key components of agriculture robotics and automation... Another popular part of agriculture automation is weather stations that combines various smart farming sensors...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Precision Ag

    AgSmarts Inc United States, TN, Memphis

    Business Title: AgSmarts
    About: Based in Memphis, TN, AgSmarts is a Precision Ag technology company that offers remote wireless sensing, predictive irrigation and crop management analytics, and equipment automation that collectively represent a revolution in data-driven agriculture. AgSmarts’ platform combines hardware and software solutions into a versatile, powerful and cost effective suite of tools that producers, researchers and agronomic consultants can use today in the struggle to conserve natural resources, control operational costs and maximize crop yields. For more information about AgSmarts, please visit www.agsmarts.com
    Interests: Corn, Cotton, Soybeans, Wheat, Grain Sorghum, Precision Ag, Irrigation, Agribusiness

    5 reasons to choose chitosan oligosaccharide in organic agriculture

    By Darren Chan

    Published Jan 22, 2019

    In the application of agricultural production, chitosan oligosaccharides not only make crops grow better and robust, but also has obvious effects in stress resistance and pest resistance. Numerous studies have shown that chitosan oligosaccharides can induce broad-spectrum resistance, enhance the plant’s own defense ability, inhibit the growth of a variety of plant pathogenic microorganisms, and it is non-toxic and can be microbial degradation, and will not pollute the environment. This makes it an important role in agricultural production as a new type of green production... Inducing the production of plant resistance proteinsChitosan oligosaccharides and their derivatives can induce plants to produce resistance proteins against pathogens. Many studies have shown that chitooligosaccharides induce plants to produce chitinase, chitosanase and l-3-glucanase...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Irrigation, Organic

    Diversity in Agriculture: How Diverse & Inclusive is the Industry?:

    By AgCareers.com Team

    Published Jun 14, 2018

    Employers often allocate resources to recruiting diverse talent and are quick to tell candidates how welcoming of a work environment they'll find. Job seekers want to know they are going to work for an organization that welcomes diversity in its most traditional sense, as well as a broader scope that accounts for diversity of thought and experiences... In response, we conducted a survey to capture employer's efforts to address diversity within their organizations. While there's a lot of talk about diversity in agriculture, we wanted data to back up the statement that the industry generally embraces and supports diversity in the workplace... No longer is there a typical employee in agriculture; rather we've outgrown stereotypes about the demographics of our industry...

    Categories: Agribusiness

    New Agriculture in Kedah: A Move Towards MD2 Pineapple

    By Jenny Hoo

    Published Sep 30, 2019

    Kedah is a state in northern Malaysia and is well known for its agriculture industry, especially in paddy planting. In Malaysia, according to 2016 statistics, about 700,000 hectare land is provided for paddy planting and average annual growth is projected at 0... Compared to other south east Asian countries, Malaysia is positioned as the net rice importer and least rice production compared to Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Malaysia imported 33 percent of their rice from Thailand, Vietnam and Pakistan while producing 67 percent of them locally, primarily in Kedah, Northern Perak and Selangor. On average, a person in Malaysia consumes about 80kg of rice annually...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Precision Ag, Specialty

    Tax Agriculture Tax Planning Strategies for Year End 2019 – Part 2

    By Tyler Davis

    Updated May 14

    This is the second of a two-part series focusing on tax savings, planning opportunities, and other tax considerations for year-end 2019. Part I, published on AgFuse in November of 2019, focused on planning opportunities for farmers with higher than expected earnings in 2019 while Part II focuses on tax planning opportunities for farmers with lower than expected current year performance. Farmers tend to think that tax planning opportunities are only available in high-income years or when they close on a big transaction (selling your property, selling a large amount of stock for a capital gain, etc). However, just as tax planning is essential in those situations, it is also critical to consider tax planning strategies during a down year. One of the major goals in this scenario is to avoid a tax loss for the year because the new loss rules in effect for farmers are much different than they were before the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017...

    Categories: Ag Issues in Washington, Agribusiness

    Supporting Small-to-Midsized Agriculture and Localized Food Distribution During COVID-19

    By Melissa Rouse

    Published Mar 30

    Summary of Needs In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeing a variety of challenges emerge for the farmers, ranchers, processors, and producers that are working across US agriculture to keep our country fed. As “shelter-in-place” mandates stir up consumer worries and instigate stockpiling across the country, small-mid sized farmers and ranchers are coming face-to-face with a variety of challenges across inventory, infrastructure, and cash flow. Overall, there is a lot of pressure on the supply chain at this time - and more on the horizon. It is our goal at FS6 to aggregate information and to identify the gaps in support; we need to work together to realign resources in support of those that are working to feed the American population and to help those that are focused on raising food locally, sustainably, and humanely to weather the challenging times ahead. In summary of the details expanded upon below, FS6 has identified the following core areas as opportunities for support, as we try to mobilize resources to the frontlines of this crisis:1) Mismatched supply/demand + Inventory support: The most immediate need is for network support to connect farmers and ranchers who are losing sales to restaurant closures, with those that are short on inventory for grocery and DTC...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Beef Cattle, Organic

    Key Agriculture Tax Planning Strategies for Year End 2019 – Part 1

    By Tyler Davis

    Published Nov 1, 2019

    This is the first of a two-part series focusing on tax savings, planning opportunities, and other tax considerations for farmers and agriculture businesses for year-end 2019. Part I focuses on when a farming taxpayer has higher than expected earnings in 2019 while Part II, which was published on AgFuse. com in early December 2019, focuses on tax planning opportunities when a farmer has lower than expected current year performance. When considering tax planning opportunities for year-end 2019, taxpayers should first take a step back and analyze their current year performance. Were your current year earnings higher than expected, or were they lower than expected? How did your crop perform this year relative to prior years? Did you have any unexpected or non-recurring gains or losses during the year? These are all great questions to be asking your CPA as you move into these critical final two months of 2019...

    Categories: Ag Issues in Washington, Agribusiness

  • AgSmarts Inc United States, TN, Memphis

    Business Title: AgSmarts
    About: Based in Memphis, TN, AgSmarts is a Precision Ag technology company that offers remote wireless sensing, predictive irrigation and crop management analytics, and equipment automation that collectively represent a revolution in data-driven agriculture. AgSmarts’ platform combines hardware and software solutions into a versatile, powerful and cost effective suite of tools that producers, researchers and agronomic consultants can use today in the struggle to conserve natural resources, control operational costs and maximize crop yields. For more information about AgSmarts, please visit www.agsmarts.com
    Interests: Corn, Cotton, Soybeans, Wheat, Grain Sorghum, Precision Ag, Irrigation, Agribusiness

    Kevin Sparenberg United States, IN, Crown Point

    Business Title: Sparenberg Services
    Job Title: Owner
    About: Retired but still active with instructional design projects.
    Interests: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Specialty/Vegetable, Rice, Canola, Grain Sorghum, Beef Cattle, Dairy, Poultry, Hogs, Specialty, Cover Crops, Ag Issues in Washington, Precision Ag, Organic, Marketing, Agribusiness

    Hanina Ahmrd Sudan, Khartoum, Khartoum

    Business Title: KhudarnaAgricultureandanimalproduction
    Interests:

    RF Agriculture United States, CA, Inglewood

    About: Agricultural products wholesaler
    Interests: Precision Ag, Marketing

    Capitol Commodity Hedging Services United States, IN, Indianapolis

    Job Title: President
    About: My job includes senior commodity analyst and hedging manager; I provide tailored hedge strategies for producers and end users in many market sectors including the following: Grains, Energies, Metals, Livestock, Cotton; and make myself available to discuss implementation of these programs.
    Interests: Corn, Cotton, Soybeans, Wheat, Rice, Canola, Beef Cattle, Dairy, Hogs, Marketing, Feeder Cattle

    AgFuse Administrator United States, SC, Blenheim

    Business Title: AgFuse LLC
    Job Title: Adminstrator
    About: AgFuse is a social media network created specifically to connect farmers and agriculture professionals throughout the world.
    Interests: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Specialty/Vegetable, Rice, Canola, Grain Sorghum, Beef Cattle, Dairy, Poultry, Hogs, Specialty, Cover Crops, Ag Issues in Washington, Precision Ag, Organic, Irrigation, Timber Production, Marketing, Agribusiness

    Melinda Jordy United States, NV, Sparks

    Business Title: Delicious Cluckers
    About: I raise chickens & quail. I write a blog looking to learn and make more friends.
    Interests: Corn, Peanuts, Wheat, Dairy, Poultry, Hogs, Irrigation, Marketing

    Govind Singh Nepal, Western Region, Lumbini

    About: Study new scientific information is my hobby
    Interests: Cover Crops, Organic, Corn, Rice, Specialty/Vegetable, Wheat, Dairy, Soybeans, Poultry, Irrigation

    SUNCUE Grain Dryer Taiwan, Taiwan, Taichung

    Business Title: SUNCUE
    Job Title: Grain Drying Consultant
    About: SUNCUE has been continuously inventing pioneered drying technology over the past 50 years. Pursuing lowest drying cost, producing highest quality grain, providing greatest benefit to farmers.
    Interests: Corn, Peanuts, Soybeans, Rice, Canola, Grain Sorghum, Poultry, Organic, Marketing, Agribusiness

  • Agriculture, AgriTech And FoodTech

    Public
    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, Specialty/Vegetable, Rice, Canola, Grain Sorghum, Beef Cattle, Dairy, Poultry, Hogs, Precision Ag, Organic, Irrigation, Agribusiness

    Nationwide Farm Insurance

    Public
    Our commitment to agriculture began in 1909, through decades of service we have earned our position as the #1 farm insurer in the country. Let our expertise help protect your future.
    Interest: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Specialty/Vegetable, Rice, Canola, Grain Sorghum, Beef Cattle, Dairy, Poultry, Hogs, Specialty, Cover Crops, Ag Issues in Washington, Precision Ag, Organic, Irrigation, Timber Production, Agribusiness

    Healthcare As A Business Advantage

    Public
    Helping Agriculture businesses with healthcare their workers can afford and use.
    Interest: Marketing

    Canadian Agriculture & Equipment

    Public
    If You work in Agriculture or a business supporting it, you need to join this group. Let\'s connect and help each other out.
    Interest: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Specialty/Vegetable, Canola, Grain Sorghum, Beef Cattle, Dairy, Poultry, Hogs, Specialty, Cover Crops, Ag Issues in Washington, Precision Ag, Organic, Irrigation, Timber Production, Marketing, Agribusiness

    Microgreen Farming

    Public
    A group uniting microgreen farmers, fans and people associating themselves with the industry and the business.
    Interest: Marketing, Organic, Specialty

    Agribusiness Insurance Advisors

    Public
    We are an insurance agency dedicated to providing competitive insurance and risk transfer solutions that protect farms, families and agribusiness companies that we serve.
    Interest: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Specialty/Vegetable, Grain Sorghum, Beef Cattle, Dairy, Poultry, Marketing, Agribusiness, Ag Issues in Washington, Cover Crops, Irrigation, Organic, Precision Ag, Timber Production, Canola, Rice, Hogs

    Grain Dryer

    Public
    Grain Dryer & Grain Drying Technology
    Interest: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Specialty/Vegetable, Rice, Canola, Grain Sorghum, Poultry, Cover Crops, Marketing, Agribusiness

    Social Media & Agriculture

    Public
    A place to share ideas, testimonials, and stories about bridging the gap between farmers and the end consumer. If you are passionate about telling your story, join now.
    Interest: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Specialty/Vegetable, Rice, Canola, Grain Sorghum, Beef Cattle, Dairy, Poultry, Hogs, Specialty, Cover Crops, Ag Issues in Washington, Precision Ag, Organic, Irrigation, Marketing, Agribusiness

    Moringaseed

    Public
    Moringa seed and leaves cures uncountable illnesses
    Interest: Corn, Soybeans, Rice, Beef Cattle, Poultry, Specialty, Timber Production, Marketing, Agribusiness

  • Why Green house Agriculture in my opinion is the leading way of source of Income.

    By Malikireddy Krishna Reddy

    Published Aug 9, 2018

    Simply said , the word income is the answer... Agriculture gives the following benefits too which many in the job world expect and strive for or companies drive the HR departments to establish. The following are such benefits , namely 1... You can always go that extra mile of trying something new and feel a sense of satisfaction... With increasing costs and increasing Automation of various jobs it might be difficult to find a job for everyone, where by people might have to flee the cities as they cannot any more pay the houses or lifestyle they saw as kids...

    The Future of Fresh Produce Trading

    By Ammar Alshami

    Updated May 31

    Technology has caused a disruption in the world. From the corporate sector to the automotive industry, and from the retail world to the agriculture sector, every industry in the world enjoys the benefits of innovative solutions... Robotics, automation, project management tools, RDMS, cloud computing, and blockchain are some of the revolutionary technological tools that help businesses enhance employee performance, meet strict deadlines, boost productivity, and increase profitability... Efficiency with Automation The use of this technology provides automation through smart contracts... Incorporating smart contracts within the system offers complete transparency in the process of automation...

    Categories: Agribusiness

    How Smart Farming Protects the Environment While Saving Crop Loss

    By Jenny Hoo

    Published Sep 6, 2019

    Smart Farming, or known as Smart Agriculture is mainly associated with the term Third Green Revolution due to its sustainability and circular economy features that emphasises on the application of ICT solution in the agriculture industry. Itrepresents the application of modern Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and IoT solutions into farming to increase the efficiency of agricultural operations... Precision Agriculture or FarmingAs rightly pointed out by Sciforce[3], there are two technology fields in smart farming, namely precision agriculture and agricultural automation and robotics... Robotics and AutomationMeanwhile, drones and sensors are key components of agriculture robotics and automation... Another popular part of agriculture automation is weather stations that combines various smart farming sensors...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Precision Ag

    5 reasons to choose chitosan oligosaccharide in organic agriculture

    By Darren Chan

    Published Jan 22, 2019

    In the application of agricultural production, chitosan oligosaccharides not only make crops grow better and robust, but also has obvious effects in stress resistance and pest resistance. Numerous studies have shown that chitosan oligosaccharides can induce broad-spectrum resistance, enhance the plant’s own defense ability, inhibit the growth of a variety of plant pathogenic microorganisms, and it is non-toxic and can be microbial degradation, and will not pollute the environment. This makes it an important role in agricultural production as a new type of green production... Inducing the production of plant resistance proteinsChitosan oligosaccharides and their derivatives can induce plants to produce resistance proteins against pathogens. Many studies have shown that chitooligosaccharides induce plants to produce chitinase, chitosanase and l-3-glucanase...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Irrigation, Organic

    Diversity in Agriculture: How Diverse & Inclusive is the Industry?:

    By AgCareers.com Team

    Published Jun 14, 2018

    Employers often allocate resources to recruiting diverse talent and are quick to tell candidates how welcoming of a work environment they'll find. Job seekers want to know they are going to work for an organization that welcomes diversity in its most traditional sense, as well as a broader scope that accounts for diversity of thought and experiences... In response, we conducted a survey to capture employer's efforts to address diversity within their organizations. While there's a lot of talk about diversity in agriculture, we wanted data to back up the statement that the industry generally embraces and supports diversity in the workplace... No longer is there a typical employee in agriculture; rather we've outgrown stereotypes about the demographics of our industry...

    Categories: Agribusiness

    New Agriculture in Kedah: A Move Towards MD2 Pineapple

    By Jenny Hoo

    Published Sep 30, 2019

    Kedah is a state in northern Malaysia and is well known for its agriculture industry, especially in paddy planting. In Malaysia, according to 2016 statistics, about 700,000 hectare land is provided for paddy planting and average annual growth is projected at 0... Compared to other south east Asian countries, Malaysia is positioned as the net rice importer and least rice production compared to Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Malaysia imported 33 percent of their rice from Thailand, Vietnam and Pakistan while producing 67 percent of them locally, primarily in Kedah, Northern Perak and Selangor. On average, a person in Malaysia consumes about 80kg of rice annually...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Precision Ag, Specialty

    Tax Agriculture Tax Planning Strategies for Year End 2019 – Part 2

    By Tyler Davis

    Updated May 14

    This is the second of a two-part series focusing on tax savings, planning opportunities, and other tax considerations for year-end 2019. Part I, published on AgFuse in November of 2019, focused on planning opportunities for farmers with higher than expected earnings in 2019 while Part II focuses on tax planning opportunities for farmers with lower than expected current year performance. Farmers tend to think that tax planning opportunities are only available in high-income years or when they close on a big transaction (selling your property, selling a large amount of stock for a capital gain, etc). However, just as tax planning is essential in those situations, it is also critical to consider tax planning strategies during a down year. One of the major goals in this scenario is to avoid a tax loss for the year because the new loss rules in effect for farmers are much different than they were before the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017...

    Categories: Ag Issues in Washington, Agribusiness

    Supporting Small-to-Midsized Agriculture and Localized Food Distribution During COVID-19

    By Melissa Rouse

    Published Mar 30

    Summary of Needs In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeing a variety of challenges emerge for the farmers, ranchers, processors, and producers that are working across US agriculture to keep our country fed. As “shelter-in-place” mandates stir up consumer worries and instigate stockpiling across the country, small-mid sized farmers and ranchers are coming face-to-face with a variety of challenges across inventory, infrastructure, and cash flow. Overall, there is a lot of pressure on the supply chain at this time - and more on the horizon. It is our goal at FS6 to aggregate information and to identify the gaps in support; we need to work together to realign resources in support of those that are working to feed the American population and to help those that are focused on raising food locally, sustainably, and humanely to weather the challenging times ahead. In summary of the details expanded upon below, FS6 has identified the following core areas as opportunities for support, as we try to mobilize resources to the frontlines of this crisis:1) Mismatched supply/demand + Inventory support: The most immediate need is for network support to connect farmers and ranchers who are losing sales to restaurant closures, with those that are short on inventory for grocery and DTC...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Beef Cattle, Organic

    Key Agriculture Tax Planning Strategies for Year End 2019 – Part 1

    By Tyler Davis

    Published Nov 1, 2019

    This is the first of a two-part series focusing on tax savings, planning opportunities, and other tax considerations for farmers and agriculture businesses for year-end 2019. Part I focuses on when a farming taxpayer has higher than expected earnings in 2019 while Part II, which was published on AgFuse. com in early December 2019, focuses on tax planning opportunities when a farmer has lower than expected current year performance. When considering tax planning opportunities for year-end 2019, taxpayers should first take a step back and analyze their current year performance. Were your current year earnings higher than expected, or were they lower than expected? How did your crop perform this year relative to prior years? Did you have any unexpected or non-recurring gains or losses during the year? These are all great questions to be asking your CPA as you move into these critical final two months of 2019...

    Categories: Ag Issues in Washington, Agribusiness

    Fish Amino Acid Fertilizer Effect & Function in Agriculture

    By Darren Chan

    Published May 18

    Fish protein organic liquid fertilizer is a pure natural fertilizer, It's rich in organic matter, fish protein, peptides, biological polysaccharides, etc. It's also a kind of functional fertilizer, can be used as base fertilizer, topdressing, can be irrigated root, drip irrigation, flushing spray. According to Fish protein fertilizer with rich organic matter, protein, polypeptide, etc. , after plowing soil significantly increased the content of soil organic matter, can rapidly promote the soil microbial breeding, greatly activate the soil nutrient, increase the soil fertility, improve soil protecting fertilizer water retention capacity, the use of fish protein fertilizer can effectively improve soil harden problems, maintain soil fertility. Use fish protein can promote root development, improve photosynthesis, promote the growth of plants, and is beneficial to flower bud differentiation, mature early, and can greatly improve the quality...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Dairy, Specialty

  • An Electrically driven, Computer controlled Robotics platform for Orchard use

    Authors: Jones M H, Seabright M, Barnett J, Neshausen G, Duke M, Scarfe A

    Publisher: Zenodo

    As automation in agriculture progresses, more automation systems will be placed into farms & orchards.

    Systems that service the crops directly are likely to have positioning requirements that make traditional tractor-trailer units unsuitable.

    This paper introduces a platform built for transporting robotics modules through a kiwifruit orchard.

    Performance figures, design considerations and a general hardware overview are presented.

    The platform is controlled either by remote or computer generated drive commands - facilitating autonomous navigation.

    In-orchard testing shows the system is well suited for the target application, achieving stable speed control and repeatable positioning.

    Photo: Robotics platform for Orchard use (credits: Jones M H, Seabright M, Barnett J, Neshausen G, Duke M, Scarfe A)

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    Indoor AgTech 2020 for Innovative Startups that are Disrupting the Indoor Agriculture

    Priority areas include:

    - Lighting technologies

    - Computer vision for indoor agriculture

    - Fertigation technologies

    - Pest control applications

    - Automation of indoor growing processes

    - Operations software

    - Plant data technologies

    - Workflow management for indoor agriculture

    Application Deadline: August 16, 2020

    Illustration Photo: Lighting technologies for indoor agriculture (credits: ACME / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0))

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    Precision Agriculture Techniques and Practices: From Considerations to Applications

    Authors: Uferah Shafi,Rafia Mumtaz, José García-Nieto, Syed Ali Hassan, Syed Ali Raza Zaidi andNaveed Iqbal

    Journal Title: Sensors

    ISSN: 1424-8220 (Online)

    Publisher: MDPI AG

    Internet of Things (IoT)-based automation of agricultural events can change the agriculture sector from being static and manual to dynamic and smart, leading to enhanced production with reduced human efforts. Precision Agriculture (PA) along with Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) are the main drivers of automation in the agriculture domain. PA uses specific sensors and software to ensure that the crops receive exactly what they need to optimize productivity and sustainability. PA includes retrieving real data about the conditions of soil, crops and weather from the sensors deployed in the fields. High-resolution images of crops are obtained from satellite or air-borne platforms (manned or unmanned), which are further processed to extract information used to provide future decisions. In this paper, a review of near and remote sensor networks in the agriculture domain is presented along with several considerations and challenges. This survey includes wireless communication technologies, sensors, and wireless nodes used to assess the environmental behaviour, the platforms used to obtain spectral images of crops, the common vegetation indices used to analyse spectral images and applications of WSN in agriculture. As a proof of concept, we present a case study showing how WSN-based PA system can be implemented. We propose an IoT-based smart solution for crop health monitoring, which is comprised of two modules. The first module is a wireless sensor network-based system to monitor real-time crop health status. The second module uses a low altitude remote sensing platform to obtain multi-spectral imagery, which is further processed to classify healthy and unhealthy crops. We also highlight the results obtained using a case study and list the challenges and future directions based on our work.

    Figure: System deployed across the wheat fields. Credits: Uferah Shafi,Rafia Mumtaz, José García-Nieto, Syed Ali Hassan, Syed Ali Raza Zaidi andNaveed Iqbal

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    Call for Applications: THRIVE Accelerator program for Global Startups in AgriTech and FoodTech

    HOW DOES THE ACCELERATOR WORK?

    THRIVE startups are from all over the globe. The 10 companies selected benefit from a 4 month virtual and in-person accelerator program that provides mentorship from top leaders across industries, direct access to the largest agriculture companies and farmers located in the Salinas and Central California growing regions, and investment. The program begins mid-February and culminates in June at Demo Day at the Forbes AgTech Summit.

    THRIVE Accelerator looks for startups, pre-series A, with technologies focused in the following areas:

    Big Data & Predictive Analytics
    Supply Chain Management and Traceability
    Biotechnology
    Robotics & Automation
    Indoor Farming
    Innovative Food
    Farm Management Software, Sensing, and IoT
    Animal Health & Livestock

    ACCELERATOR BENEFITS

    MENTORSHIP AND COACHING
    Startups are paired with two mentors focused in technology and horticulture. All mentors can be accessed at our mentor base.

    INVESTMENT
    We invest a total of $100K in all of the startups accepted to the accelerator ($50K cash, $50K in program value), with the opportunity for follow-on investment.

    SERVICES & PROGRAM
    Weekly webinars cover fundamentals like fundraising and go to market, and services include office space, legal services by Orrick, AWS and hubspot.

    CORPORATE ACCESS
    Networking opportunities at annual events, as well as making individual introductions, we connect startups with our corporate partners interested in testing new technology.

    ACCESS TO FARMERS
    Through our extensive partner network inclusive of over 6000+ farmers, growers, and agriculture partners, we provide startups with opportunities to conduct active field trials.

    AWARDS & MARKETING
    We provide ongoing marketing services to our accelerator companies, host the THRIVE Top 50 awards and honor our startups at the Forbes Agtech Summit.

    Application Deadline: 31 October 2019

    Illustration Photo: A farmer using the Africa Rice digital application in Ross Bethio, Senegal (credits: CTA ACP-EU / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0))

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    Big Data Analysis for Sustainable Agriculture on a Geospatial Cloud Framework

    Authors: Jorge A. Delgado, Nicholas M. Short Jr., Daniel P. Roberts and Bruce Vandenberg

    Journal: Sustainaible Food System, 16 July 2019

    Publisher: Frontiers

    Humanity is confronted with the grand challenge of how to increase agricultural production to achieve food security during the 21st century and feed a population that is expected to grow to 10 billion people. This needs to be done while maintaining sustainable agricultural systems and simultaneously facing challenges such as a changing climate, depletion of water resources, and the potential for increased erosion and loss of productivity due to the occurrence of extreme weather events. Precision Agriculture emerged out of the advances in the 1980s because of the development of several key technologies like GPS and satellite imagery. This paper argues that with the increasing impact of climate change, the next revolution in precision agriculture and agriculture in general will be driven by Sustainable Precision Agriculture and Environment (SPAE, similar to the 7 Rs), which could leverage past technologies combined with Big Data analysis. This new, technology-focused SPAE transitions from a site-specific management focus to the notion of global sustainability. To accomplish this transition, we introduced the WebGIS framework as an organizing principle that connects local, site-specific data generators called smart farms to a regional and global view of agriculture that can support both the agricultural industry and policymakers in government. This will help integrate databases located in networks of networks into a system of systems to achieve the needed SPAE management and connect field, watershed, national, and worldwide sustainability. Automation and the use of artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), drones, robots, and Big Data serve as a basis for a global “Digital Twin,” which will contribute to the development of site-specific conservation and management practices that will increase incomes and global sustainability of agricultural systems.

    Illustration Photo: Agricultural sensors in a maize field (credits: Claire Benjamin / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0))

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    Posted By Dairy Farming
    Aug 5, 2019

    https://www.agriculture.com/livestock/dairy/adding-automation-to-a-dairy-farm
    Big Data Analysis for Sustainable Agriculture on a Geospatial Cloud Framework

    Authors: Jorge A. Delgado, Nicholas M. Short Jr., Daniel P. Roberts and Bruce Vandenberg

    Journal Title: Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems

    ISSN: 2571-581X (Online)

    Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.

    Humanity is confronted with the grand challenge of how to increase agricultural production to achieve food security during the 21st century and feed a population that is expected to grow to 10 billion people. This needs to be done while maintaining sustainable agricultural systems and simultaneously facing challenges such as a changing climate, depletion of water resources, and the potential for increased erosion and loss of productivity due to the occurrence of extreme weather events. Precision Agriculture emerged out of the advances in the 1980s because of the development of several key technologies like GPS and satellite imagery. This paper argues that with the increasing impact of climate change, the next revolution in precision agriculture and agriculture in general will be driven by Sustainable Precision Agriculture and Environment (SPAE, similar to the 7 Rs), which could leverage past technologies combined with Big Data analysis. This new, technology-focused SPAE transitions from a site-specific management focus to the notion of global sustainability. To accomplish this transition, we introduced the WebGIS framework as an organizing principle that connects local, site-specific data generators called smart farms to a regional and global view of agriculture that can support both the agricultural industry and policymakers in government. This will help integrate databases located in networks of networks into a system of systems to achieve the needed SPAE management and connect field, watershed, national, and worldwide sustainability. Automation and the use of artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), drones, robots, and Big Data serve as a basis for a global “Digital Twin,” which will contribute to the development of site-specific conservation and management practices that will increase incomes and global sustainability of agricultural systems.

    Illustration Photo: Drone flying over a cotton plantation (Image by DJI-Agras from Pixabay)

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    Big Data Analysis for Sustainable Agriculture on a Geospatial Cloud Framework

    Authors: Jorge A. Delgado, Nicholas M. Short Jr., Daniel P. Roberts and Bruce Vandenberg

    Journal Title: Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems

    ISSN: 2571-581X (Online)

    Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.

    Humanity is confronted with the grand challenge of how to increase agricultural production to achieve food security during the 21st century and feed a population that is expected to grow to 10 billion people. This needs to be done while maintaining sustainable agricultural systems and simultaneously facing challenges such as a changing climate, depletion of water resources, and the potential for increased erosion and loss of productivity due to the occurrence of extreme weather events. Precision Agriculture emerged out of the advances in the 1980s because of the development of several key technologies like GPS and satellite imagery. This paper argues that with the increasing impact of climate change, the next revolution in precision agriculture and agriculture in general will be driven by Sustainable Precision Agriculture and Environment (SPAE, similar to the 7 Rs), which could leverage past technologies combined with Big Data analysis. This new, technology-focused SPAE transitions from a site-specific management focus to the notion of global sustainability. To accomplish this transition, we introduced the WebGIS framework as an organizing principle that connects local, site-specific data generators called smart farms to a regional and global view of agriculture that can support both the agricultural industry and policymakers in government. This will help integrate databases located in networks of networks into a system of systems to achieve the needed SPAE management and connect field, watershed, national, and worldwide sustainability. Automation and the use of artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), drones, robots, and Big Data serve as a basis for a global “Digital Twin,” which will contribute to the development of site-specific conservation and management practices that will increase incomes and global sustainability of agricultural systems.

    Illustration Photo: Drone flying over a cotton plantation (Image by DJI-Agras from Pixabay)

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    A Collaborative Pilot Platform for Data Annotation and Enrichment in Viticulture

    Authors: Phivos Mylonas, Yorghos Voutos and Anastasia Sofou

    Journal Title: Information

    ISSN: 2078-2489 (Online)

    Publisher: MDPI AG

    It took some time indeed, but the research evolution and transformations that occurred in the smart agriculture field over the recent years tend to constitute the latter as the main topic of interest in the so-called Internet of Things (IoT) domain. Undoubtedly, our era is characterized by the mass production of huge amounts of data, information and content deriving from many different sources, mostly IoT devices and sensors, but also from environmentalists, agronomists, winemakers, or plain farmers and interested stakeholders themselves. Being an emerging field, only a small part of this rich content has been aggregated so far in digital platforms that serve as cross-domain hubs. The latter offer typically limited usability and accessibility of the actual content itself due to problems dealing with insufficient data and metadata availability, as well as their quality. Over our recent involvement within a precision viticulture environment and in an effort to make the notion of smart agriculture in the winery domain more accessible to and reusable from the general public, we introduce herein the model of an aggregation platform that provides enhanced services and enables human-computer collaboration for agricultural data annotations and enrichment. In principle, the proposed architecture goes beyond existing digital content aggregation platforms by advancing digital data through the combination of artificial intelligence automation and creative user engagement, thus facilitating its accessibility, visibility, and re-use. In particular, by using image and free text analysis methodologies for automatic metadata enrichment, in accordance to the human expertise for enrichment, it offers a cornerstone for future researchers focusing on improving the quality of digital agricultural information analysis and its presentation, thus establishing new ways for its efficient exploitation in a larger scale with benefits both for the agricultural and the consumer domains.

    Picture: Precision viticulture illustration (credits: Phivos Mylonas, Yorghos Voutos and Anastasia Sofou)

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    Tomato Automation Cultivation System: Automatize Watering and Fertilizer Based On Sensory Information

    Authors: Eu Kok Seng, Ang Choon Hwa, Lee Yoon Ket, Tay Tee Tiong, Goh Yeh Huann and Teoh Choe Yung

    Journal Title: MATEC Web of Conferences

    ISSN: 2261-236X (Online)

    Publisher: EDP Sciences

    This research is to build a tomato watering and fertilizing machine for household-based agriculture. The objective is to reduce the work of planting the tomato tree, keeping the tomato tree stays healthily, and increase the interest of the people on the innovative agriculture in the household. This project aims to increase the efficiency of planting tomato, by reducing the tomato growth period and promoting the innovative way of planting. The planting of tomato tree in the household environment has a high chance of suffering diseases such as black spot disease, mould leaf disease, and yellow leaf disease, due to reasons of poorly controlling of temperature, watering, and humanity. The outcome of this automated cultivation machine can prevent the tomato trees away from the above-mentioned diseases. In conclusion, the automated cultivation machine provides an eco-farming environment that closes to the natural environment and the tomato tree not only grow healthy but also speed up the growing process in the machine. Moreover, the size of the machine is suited to household and promotes the interest of the people in household-based agriculture.

    Illustration Photo: Tomato plants in a greenhouse (credits: Jeroen van Luin / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0))

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