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  • 7 Ways to Measure Soil Health Improvements

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Mar 7, 2019

    While there are numerous reasons for using cover crops, a primary one is improving soil health... More Earthworms Earthworms are another indication of good soil health that you can measure, as they “need moist soils that have sufficient residue or organic matter for food,” writes Christina Currell, a water quantity educator for Michigan State University Extension... Currell points out that if earthworm counts are taken when the soil is dry, your number is likely to be lower, and populations are typically higher in areas with high organic matter... Higher Organic MatterAlong with infiltrating water faster, cover crops should also help your soil’s water-holding capacity, as it increases the soil’s organic matter... Stott says you’re not going to see a significant change in your soil test values until there’s been at least a 0...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    What does the $2 Trillion Federal Relief Package Mean for Agriculture?

    By Tyler Davis

    Published Mar 28

    Late in the afternoon on Friday, March 27th, the United States House of Representatives passed the $2 trillion federal relief package called Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES)... The 500-employee cap is adjusted higher for specific business industries... 5 billion to provide support for agricultural produces impacted by coronavirus, including producers of specialty crops, producers that supply local food systems, including farmers markets, restaurants, and schools, and livestock producers, including dairy producers... At USDA we are doing our part to ensure those who need help will get it, whether it's through nutrition assistance, ensuring the food supply chain is safe and secure, or through new flexibilities with our Rural Development loan programs... While the impact on trade and on the USD value is uncertain, the CARES bill should provide stability to our economy and financial markets...

    Categories: Ag Issues in Washington, Agribusiness

    Nuisance Lawsuits are Taking a Bite Out of Big Pork

    By Maria Dampman

    Published Aug 17, 2018

    In the past few months, there have been three landmark cases that pork-producing giant SmithField Foods and subsidiary Murphy-Brown have lost... A Little Background on the SubjectBecause we need farmers to produce the food we eat, in the past there have been protections for farmers against what are called nuisance lawsuits... Smithfield Foods and Murphy BrownSmithfield Foods is one of the top 4 pork production companies that are responsible for over 70% of the current U... At the same time Leuter began buying out the competition, Smithfield Foods began their quest for total vertical integration farming into their plan... When you add in the days of high wind when the waste sprayers are in use, and the entire exterior of your house is splattered with fecal matter, you wonder what took them so long to bring suit against the farms that make their daily lives a living Hell...

    Categories: Hogs

    Citizens Weekly Newsletter July 13, 2018

    By Angie Setzer

    Published Jul 13, 2018

    In fact no retaliation to the threat of additional tariffs has been announced thus far, with some pointing to a desire to schedule further high-level trade discussions by Chinese leaders... The level of anticipation going into the report was a touch higher than usual as the USDA had made it clear they were going to assess and include any adjustments necessary due to the current trade conflict... · The latter mentioned was unnecessary as the USDA left yield projections unchanged for both crops, leaving acreage as outlined in the June 29th report as the only adjustment made to production. · Increased exports and food/seed/industrial usage seen in old crop corn was more than enough to offset reduced feed usage resulting in a cut to old crop ending stock estimates... Though Thursday’s report could be viewed as bullish for corn continued pressure from selling momentum combined with the idea cooler conditions with much needed rains will prevail next week was enough to push values to new contract lows...

    Top 10 Accounting & Tax Benefits for Farmers & Farming Businesses

    By Tyler Davis

    Published Sep 11, 2019

    Farm-Price MethodFarmers who use this method value inventory items at their market price, reduced by the amount of money it would cost to dispose... If a taxpayer transfers an ownership interest in their farm or a piece of equipment which is less than the value of an outstanding debt to a creditor in exchange for the elimination of that debt, the taxpayer would incur taxable income for the difference in value (i... the excess amount of the debt that was cancelled over the fair market value of the asset or interest transferred in satisfaction of the debt)... This election, which is calculated on Schedule J of an individual's Form 1040 can have huge implications if a farming business has extremely high profits in one year compared to previous years where they were subject to a lower tax bracket... But, given the number of farm-specific rules and regulations previous mentioned, there is a bigger tax planning opportunity for taxpayers in this industry with both higher than expected earnings and lower than expected earnings...

    Categories: Ag Issues in Washington, Agribusiness

    The Rise of The Organic Farm Market.

    By Robert Morgan

    Published Jun 12, 2018

    It for centuries was known that cattle which grazed where volcanic dust had settled would become ill and lame:: The reason was their high fluoride intake... Agrilend agricultural research invest heavily in scientifically advanced organic production engineering technologies to keep the chemical composition of ingested foods in agricultural cycles free from molecular changes that are harmful for consumption... The resulted data indicated that the concentration of fluoride was higher in the milk samples of smaller cattle (sheep and goat), as compared to cow and camel... The percentage values of bound fluoride in the milk samples of sheep, goats, and cows were found to be 6... What has been correlated to the carcinogens is the chemical composition of the agricultural foods we are eating and so therefore a trend in the organic farmer market is booming...

    Benefits of Blockchain Technology in Agriculture Industry

    By Jenny Hoo

    Published Sep 21, 2019

    Blockchain’s DLT enable higher-quality transactions and enhanced traceability... She highlights several innovative applications – and new Stanford University research on the organizations and... She highlights several innovative applications – and new Stanford University research on the organizations and... She highlights several innovative applications – and new Stanford University research on the organizations and... She highlights several innovative applications – and new Stanford University research on the organizations and...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Precision Ag

    Cover crops not only helped Russell Hedrick win the 2016 North Carolina Dryland and No-Till Dryland yield contest, they also saved him $123 per acre on fertilizer and herbicide costs.

    How Yield Champions Use Cover Crops for Growing Higher Bushels

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Jun 1, 2018

    The benefit of added crop diversity along with improvements to soil health is paying off, as some of these farmers are achieving the highest yields in the country... “Achieving the high yields is fun to do, but at the same time we try to maintain profitability,” he says... “We did not have a lot of money invested in those high-yield crops,” he says... He advises farmers pay attention to their carbon-to-nitrogen ratios, as too much high carbon biomass can tie up nitrogen... While sometimes they guess wrong — More says there have been times they’ve already entered a yield when they discover another area did even better — it also means their high-yielding practices impact their whole crop, not just a small contest plot...

    Experts warn that growing continuous peanuts or other legumes close in rotation to the peanut crop can have detrimental effects on peanuts — namely soilborne diseases. This includes leguminous cover crops. Photo by Jack Dykinga, USDA Agricultural Research Service

    Can You Use Legume Cover Crops in Your Peanut Rotation?

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Aug 31, 2018

    It’s common knowledge among peanut farmers that the farther out you space your peanut crops in your rotation, the better off the peanuts will be... The 4-year rotation was the highest, increasing peanut yield by an average 2,348 pounds per acre... The seven cover crops were:Common vetch (legume)Hairy vetch (legume)White clover (legume)Red clover (legume)Triticale (grass)Wheat (grass)Rye (grass)While there were no significant differences between the two years in the uninfested field, on the infested field, grasses significantly reduced nematode populations and had significantly higher yields than the legume cover crops... In the book, Phatak explains that they use the legume covers — crimson clover, cahaba vetch or subterranean clover — with the rye or along field borders, around ponds, near irrigation lines and in other non-cropped areas as close to fields as possible, to “provide the food needed to support beneficials at higher populations... “I definitely think in the Southeast, where we have high rainfall, high temperatures and high humidity, cover crops are going to be beneficial...

    Categories: Cover Crops, Peanuts

    Should You Rotate Your Cover Crops? 4 Issues to Consider

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Jun 15, 2018

    Growing different crops back to back provides several benefits, such as preventing pests and disease, improving soil health and reducing fertilizer inputs, all of which can boost your crop yields and your bottom line... com and is an agronomist for Legacy Seeds, says there is value in rotating — especially if you’re using brassicas and peas... Robison recommends growers avoid these issues by buying clean, tagged, high-quality seed... “I think that farmers often times don’t see the value of planting quality seed for cover crops because it’s ‘just a cover crop... “And the next year we plant wheat and we don’t spray any grass killer, then we possibly end up with annual ryegrass in the wheat or malting barley or some other high-value crop...

    Categories: Cover Crops

  • Johnathan Helms United States, SC, Bennettsville

    Job Title: Farmer
    About: We run a family farm in Marlboro County SC of row crops such as wheat corn rapeseed soybeans and sorghum.
    Interests: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Canola, Grain Sorghum, Cover Crops, Ag Issues in Washington, Precision Ag, Organic, Irrigation, Marketing

    Melissa Rouse United States, CA, Oakland

    Business Title: Food System 6 Accelerator
    Job Title: Communications Director
    About: Melissa is a writer and editor with a passion for food system change. She is dedicated to supporting small and mid-sized organizations with big-picture plans for the betterment of local and global food communities.
    Interests: Ag Issues in Washington, Agribusiness, Cover Crops, Irrigation, Marketing, Organic, Precision Ag, Specialty/Vegetable, Beef Cattle, Dairy, Hogs, Poultry, Specialty

    Mattie Hill United States, NY, Bronxville

    Business Title: Mattie Hill Farms
    Job Title: Agricultural Engineer
    About: An Agricultural Engineer, Consultant, Realtor and Investor who's interest is to contribute positively in Agriculture by improving technologies to boost food production and ensure food safety. Hit me up for further details
    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

    Cara Randolph United States, CO, Cortez

    Business Title: FarmAndRancher.com
    Job Title: CEO
    About: CEO of FarmAndRancher.com. Farmer, Rancher, High Altitude Black Angus in SW Colorado, Organic Farmer, Wife of Ag/Livestock, Auctioneer
    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, Hemp, Goats, Social

    Kirangwa Godfrey Rwanda, Kigali, Nyarugunga

    Business Title: Self Employed
    Job Title: Self employed
    About: A full candidate to join university level in USA.
    Interests: Soybeans, Wheat, Specialty/Vegetable, Rice, Grain Sorghum, Dairy, Poultry, Specialty, Cover Crops, Ag Issues in Washington, Organic, Irrigation, Marketing, Agribusiness

    Kenny Neel United States, AL, Opelika

    About: Owner of the Collect-N-GO probeless soil sampling tool and the SummitGold products dealer for the Southeastern US. SummitGold provides high quality specialized crop in-put products and soil and plant fertility guidence. SummitGold products include soil/plant bio-stimulants, organic acids, liquid fertilizers for in-furrow and foliar application, microbial spore packages, and others.
    Interests: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Specialty/Vegetable, Cover Crops, Precision Ag, Agribusiness, Sod, Citrus, Pecans

    Charles Alberich United States, CA, California City

    Business Title: First Funding Finance
    Job Title: Agents Financial Services Corporation
    About: I provides fee-based advisory services for real estate capitalizations of all magnitudes.i have been involved in engagements ranging from $2,000,000 to $200,000,000 for multifamily,industrial,healthcare,mixed-use and self-storage properties. First Funding Finance enables clients to maximize the value of their real estate holdings with a sound financing solution backed by market-smart capital.
    Interests: Cotton, Wheat, Specialty/Vegetable, Rice, Canola, Grain Sorghum, Beef Cattle, Dairy, Poultry, Hogs, Specialty, Cover Crops, Ag Issues in Washington, Irrigation, Timber Production, Marketing

    Hope Floeck United States, TX, Idalou

    About: I grew up farming & ranching with my Dad along the Red River in Grayson & Cook Counties in northeast Texas. I moved to Lubbock to work in Cotton Economic Research at Texas Tech University. I received two degrees from TTU - B.S. in Agricultural Economics & a Masters of Ag in Ag & Applied Economics. I owned & sold a food company & worked for a food manufacturing company where I oversaw USG contracts & projects in almost 60 countries. I now am a consultant on projects in food, agriculture, government relations, humanitarian programs, & technology.
    Interests: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Specialty/Vegetable, Rice, Canola, Grain Sorghum, Beef Cattle, Hogs, Cover Crops, Ag Issues in Washington, Precision Ag, Irrigation, Marketing, Agribusiness

  • Cover Crops

    Public
    A group dedicated to spreading the knowledge of cover crops
    Interest: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Grain Sorghum, Cover Crops

    Marlboro Crops

    Public
    A group where farmers in Marlboro County, SC can provide crop scouting updates to each other.
    Interest: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Cover Crops

    Cover Crops Canada

    Public
    Cover cropping in Western Canada
    Interest: Cover Crops

    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

    AgFunder

    Public
    A digitally native foodtech and agtech venture capital firm with an active media arm in AgFunderNews.com
    Interest: Cover Crops, Ag Issues in Washington, Precision Ag, Organic, Irrigation, Timber Production, Marketing, Agribusiness

    Agribusiness Global

    Public
    For people keen on improving the world\'s largest industry: #Agribusiness (#Food #Fiber #Biofuels) We grow you. Tweets, follows, links, likes, RTs ? endorsement
    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, Marketing, 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

    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

    Fertility And Soils

    Public
    A group dedicated to providing information on crop fertility and soil qualities.
    Interest: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Cover Crops

    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

  • 7 Ways to Measure Soil Health Improvements

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Mar 7, 2019

    While there are numerous reasons for using cover crops, a primary one is improving soil health... More Earthworms Earthworms are another indication of good soil health that you can measure, as they “need moist soils that have sufficient residue or organic matter for food,” writes Christina Currell, a water quantity educator for Michigan State University Extension... Currell points out that if earthworm counts are taken when the soil is dry, your number is likely to be lower, and populations are typically higher in areas with high organic matter... Higher Organic MatterAlong with infiltrating water faster, cover crops should also help your soil’s water-holding capacity, as it increases the soil’s organic matter... Stott says you’re not going to see a significant change in your soil test values until there’s been at least a 0...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    What does the $2 Trillion Federal Relief Package Mean for Agriculture?

    By Tyler Davis

    Published Mar 28

    Late in the afternoon on Friday, March 27th, the United States House of Representatives passed the $2 trillion federal relief package called Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES)... The 500-employee cap is adjusted higher for specific business industries... 5 billion to provide support for agricultural produces impacted by coronavirus, including producers of specialty crops, producers that supply local food systems, including farmers markets, restaurants, and schools, and livestock producers, including dairy producers... At USDA we are doing our part to ensure those who need help will get it, whether it's through nutrition assistance, ensuring the food supply chain is safe and secure, or through new flexibilities with our Rural Development loan programs... While the impact on trade and on the USD value is uncertain, the CARES bill should provide stability to our economy and financial markets...

    Categories: Ag Issues in Washington, Agribusiness

    Nuisance Lawsuits are Taking a Bite Out of Big Pork

    By Maria Dampman

    Published Aug 17, 2018

    In the past few months, there have been three landmark cases that pork-producing giant SmithField Foods and subsidiary Murphy-Brown have lost... A Little Background on the SubjectBecause we need farmers to produce the food we eat, in the past there have been protections for farmers against what are called nuisance lawsuits... Smithfield Foods and Murphy BrownSmithfield Foods is one of the top 4 pork production companies that are responsible for over 70% of the current U... At the same time Leuter began buying out the competition, Smithfield Foods began their quest for total vertical integration farming into their plan... When you add in the days of high wind when the waste sprayers are in use, and the entire exterior of your house is splattered with fecal matter, you wonder what took them so long to bring suit against the farms that make their daily lives a living Hell...

    Categories: Hogs

    Citizens Weekly Newsletter July 13, 2018

    By Angie Setzer

    Published Jul 13, 2018

    In fact no retaliation to the threat of additional tariffs has been announced thus far, with some pointing to a desire to schedule further high-level trade discussions by Chinese leaders... The level of anticipation going into the report was a touch higher than usual as the USDA had made it clear they were going to assess and include any adjustments necessary due to the current trade conflict... · The latter mentioned was unnecessary as the USDA left yield projections unchanged for both crops, leaving acreage as outlined in the June 29th report as the only adjustment made to production. · Increased exports and food/seed/industrial usage seen in old crop corn was more than enough to offset reduced feed usage resulting in a cut to old crop ending stock estimates... Though Thursday’s report could be viewed as bullish for corn continued pressure from selling momentum combined with the idea cooler conditions with much needed rains will prevail next week was enough to push values to new contract lows...

    Top 10 Accounting & Tax Benefits for Farmers & Farming Businesses

    By Tyler Davis

    Published Sep 11, 2019

    Farm-Price MethodFarmers who use this method value inventory items at their market price, reduced by the amount of money it would cost to dispose... If a taxpayer transfers an ownership interest in their farm or a piece of equipment which is less than the value of an outstanding debt to a creditor in exchange for the elimination of that debt, the taxpayer would incur taxable income for the difference in value (i... the excess amount of the debt that was cancelled over the fair market value of the asset or interest transferred in satisfaction of the debt)... This election, which is calculated on Schedule J of an individual's Form 1040 can have huge implications if a farming business has extremely high profits in one year compared to previous years where they were subject to a lower tax bracket... But, given the number of farm-specific rules and regulations previous mentioned, there is a bigger tax planning opportunity for taxpayers in this industry with both higher than expected earnings and lower than expected earnings...

    Categories: Ag Issues in Washington, Agribusiness

    The Rise of The Organic Farm Market.

    By Robert Morgan

    Published Jun 12, 2018

    It for centuries was known that cattle which grazed where volcanic dust had settled would become ill and lame:: The reason was their high fluoride intake... Agrilend agricultural research invest heavily in scientifically advanced organic production engineering technologies to keep the chemical composition of ingested foods in agricultural cycles free from molecular changes that are harmful for consumption... The resulted data indicated that the concentration of fluoride was higher in the milk samples of smaller cattle (sheep and goat), as compared to cow and camel... The percentage values of bound fluoride in the milk samples of sheep, goats, and cows were found to be 6... What has been correlated to the carcinogens is the chemical composition of the agricultural foods we are eating and so therefore a trend in the organic farmer market is booming...

    Benefits of Blockchain Technology in Agriculture Industry

    By Jenny Hoo

    Published Sep 21, 2019

    Blockchain’s DLT enable higher-quality transactions and enhanced traceability... She highlights several innovative applications – and new Stanford University research on the organizations and... She highlights several innovative applications – and new Stanford University research on the organizations and... She highlights several innovative applications – and new Stanford University research on the organizations and... She highlights several innovative applications – and new Stanford University research on the organizations and...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Precision Ag

    Cover crops not only helped Russell Hedrick win the 2016 North Carolina Dryland and No-Till Dryland yield contest, they also saved him $123 per acre on fertilizer and herbicide costs.

    How Yield Champions Use Cover Crops for Growing Higher Bushels

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Jun 1, 2018

    The benefit of added crop diversity along with improvements to soil health is paying off, as some of these farmers are achieving the highest yields in the country... “Achieving the high yields is fun to do, but at the same time we try to maintain profitability,” he says... “We did not have a lot of money invested in those high-yield crops,” he says... He advises farmers pay attention to their carbon-to-nitrogen ratios, as too much high carbon biomass can tie up nitrogen... While sometimes they guess wrong — More says there have been times they’ve already entered a yield when they discover another area did even better — it also means their high-yielding practices impact their whole crop, not just a small contest plot...

    Experts warn that growing continuous peanuts or other legumes close in rotation to the peanut crop can have detrimental effects on peanuts — namely soilborne diseases. This includes leguminous cover crops. Photo by Jack Dykinga, USDA Agricultural Research Service

    Can You Use Legume Cover Crops in Your Peanut Rotation?

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Aug 31, 2018

    It’s common knowledge among peanut farmers that the farther out you space your peanut crops in your rotation, the better off the peanuts will be... The 4-year rotation was the highest, increasing peanut yield by an average 2,348 pounds per acre... The seven cover crops were:Common vetch (legume)Hairy vetch (legume)White clover (legume)Red clover (legume)Triticale (grass)Wheat (grass)Rye (grass)While there were no significant differences between the two years in the uninfested field, on the infested field, grasses significantly reduced nematode populations and had significantly higher yields than the legume cover crops... In the book, Phatak explains that they use the legume covers — crimson clover, cahaba vetch or subterranean clover — with the rye or along field borders, around ponds, near irrigation lines and in other non-cropped areas as close to fields as possible, to “provide the food needed to support beneficials at higher populations... “I definitely think in the Southeast, where we have high rainfall, high temperatures and high humidity, cover crops are going to be beneficial...

    Categories: Cover Crops, Peanuts

    Should You Rotate Your Cover Crops? 4 Issues to Consider

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Jun 15, 2018

    Growing different crops back to back provides several benefits, such as preventing pests and disease, improving soil health and reducing fertilizer inputs, all of which can boost your crop yields and your bottom line... com and is an agronomist for Legacy Seeds, says there is value in rotating — especially if you’re using brassicas and peas... Robison recommends growers avoid these issues by buying clean, tagged, high-quality seed... “I think that farmers often times don’t see the value of planting quality seed for cover crops because it’s ‘just a cover crop... “And the next year we plant wheat and we don’t spray any grass killer, then we possibly end up with annual ryegrass in the wheat or malting barley or some other high-value crop...

    Categories: Cover Crops

  • Call for applications: 2019 TFF Challenge for Socially Responsible Food and Agriculture Startups

    The TFF Challenge calls on the next generation of changemakers from all parts of the world to create breakthrough solutions for sustainable and inclusive food systems. We are looking for locally-relevant solutions that address a wide range of pressing challenges across all parts of the food value chain—from production to distribution through to consumption and waste. By signing up, you will gain access to the TFF Digital Labs and have the chance to win travel, perks and cash prizes.

    Application Deadline: 24 January 2020 at 12:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

    Illustration Photo: Acceso removes the barriers that smallholder Salvadorian farmers typically face and connects them to high-value markets. Acceso provides training, seeds, and fertilizers to smallholder farmers to improve their yield and quality. The business then purchases farmers’ crops at competitive prices, aggregates, performs quality control, and processes the crops at local Acceso collection centers located close to the farmers. Finally, Acceso sells and delivers the crops to large buyers. (credits: Acceso Oferta Local / Business Call to Action / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

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    Smart Farming: Including Rights Holders for Responsible Agricultural Innovation

    Author: Kelly Bronson

    Journal Title: Technology Innovation Management Review

    ISSN: 1927-0321 (Online)

    Publisher: Carleton University

    Society/Institution: Talent First Network

    This article draws on the literature of responsible innovation to suggest concrete processes for including rights holders in the “smart” agricultural revolution. It first draws upon historical agricultural research in Canada to highlight how productivist values drove seed innovations with particular consequences for the distribution of power in the food system. Next, the article uses document analysis to suggest that a similar value framework is motivating public investment in smart farming innovations. The article is of interest to smart farming’s decision makers (from farmers to governance actors) and a broader audience – anyone interested in engendering equity through innovation-led societal transitions.

    Illustration Photo: Extension Associate Professor John Lory talks about his study with a high-crop style tractor mounted with sensors to more accurately distribute nitrogen to row crops and forages. (credits: Kyle Spradley © MU College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0))

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    Africa Call for Proposals: Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition

    Projects actions should seek to contribute to the transformation of Africa into an innovation led and knowledge based economy with a clear demonstration of involvement of youths and women as game changers in the implementation. Project proposals around this general theme should seek to connect research, innovation to the society at large. In particular Research projects that offer solutions and promote innovation are encouraged. Those projects that have received earlier grants from the AURG (2010, 2012, and 2016) and are close to completion stage are encouraged to apply.
    Twinning with projects established through ERAfrica, the ERANET COFUND or the CGIAR and other relevant schemes is encouraged.

    Projects actions should also aim to produce and facilitate access to food with higher nutritional value and health benefits for a growing population, while reducing the environmental impact of agriculture and its demand for ecosystem services. Interest in actions listed below will be funded.

    •Research on improved food value chains so as to deliver and make accessible more nutritionally rich food to consumers with minimal loss of nutritional value, little wastage and a high level of safety
    •Research to improve the nutritional value of crops and animal products, through advances in breeding and biotechnological innovation, such as biofortification (improved mineral and vitamin levels in various highly productive crop lines).
    •Research on sustainable and innovative technologies used for food processing, packaging and storage, post-harvest handling, and technologies that add values to agricultural produce and their accessibility will be funded.

    Deadline for submission of proposals: 22/05/18 1700 Hours GMT+3

    Illustration Photo: A man sorts peanuts at the Meds & Food for Kids Factory (MFK) in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, on Nov. 28, 2011. USAID provided heavy equipment for the factory, which produces nutritional peanut butter that fights malnutrition. (credits: Kendra Helmer / USAID / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0))

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    Use of renewable energy for desalination in urban agriculture in the GCC countries: Possibilities and challenges

    Authors: Salem Al-Jabri, Mushtaque Ahmed

    Journal Title: Journal of Agricultural and Marine Sciences

    ISSN: 2410-1060 (Print); 2410-1079 (Online)

    Publisher: Sultan Qaboos University

    The current dependence of the GCC countries on fossil oil and gas is unwise in terms of economic and environmental sustainability. GCC countries must consider the use of renewable energy to cope with price fluctuations of oil and gas in the global market and to lower the emission of green house gases. The demand for food and water in the GCC countriesis increasing due to high growth rate of population. Given the weather conditions and available amounts of natural water resources, the demand on food and water cannot be met unless alternative sources of water are considered. Several studies pointed out that the desalination technology is probably the only option for producing ample amounts of water for food production in arid environments. This work explores the potential of use of desalination technology for producing irrigation water in GCC countries, with special emphasis on experience of the Sultanate of Oman compared with that of Spain. Desalination can always provide a tailored-quality irrigation water at any climatic conditions. The main challenge for considering desalination for agriculture is purely economic; where GCC countries could consider it only if intensive horticulture of high-value cash crops, such as vegetables and flowers in controlled environments, is considered. Disposal of brine water is also a challenge and must be done at an additional cost. Depending on the quality of desalinated water, several studies showed that solar-operated desalination technologies are in a mature stage and economically viable. Therefore, solar energy can make the desalination technology an attractive option to sustain agriculture and food supply in GCC countries.

    Illustration Photo: A section of the solar water desalination farm set up at Glendolough (aka 'Valley of Armagh'), in Armagh near Clare, Saudi Arabia. (credits: David Clarke / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

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    Posted By Sorghum Producers
    Oct 2, 2017

    http://www.hpj.com/crops/sorghum-for-pet-food-represents-growing-niche-market-in-mexico/article_a62e3036-2c8f-5d24-bd42-05917916d1ee.html

    Posted By Cover Crops
    May 27

    https://agfuse.com/article/how-yield-champions-use-cover-crops-for-growing-higher-bushels

    Posted By Cover Crops
    May 15

    https://agfuse.com/article/should-you-rotate-your-cover-crops-4-issues-to-consider

    Posted By Cover Crops
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