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  • Timber Production

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    Here’s a place to talk timber.
    Interest: Timber Production

    Looking for Reliable Suppliers for Food Products

    By SHANKAR VENKATARAMAN

    Published 9 months ago

    Hello Friends, If you can export the below mentioned products, please contact me urgently. Products & Category: Fruits & Vegetables (Organic) Fish & SeaFoods Confectionery & Snacks Meat Products Olive Oil & Vinegar Gourmet Food Dairy Products Rice & Grains Spices, Herbs & Seasonings Juice, Soft Drinks and Water Honey, Sugar and Spreads Organic and Health Food Products Tea and Coffee Pasta and Noodles We want to import - 5 - 40ft FCL container per month. We need all kind certifications before we procure the products. We are looking for reliable long term suppliers who fulfill our needs. VEL IMPEX BUSINESS SOLUTIONS Email: velimpexsolutions@gmail...

    Vegetable Production

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    A group for vegetable producers to talk production and marketing.
    Interest: Specialty/Vegetable

    John Moody United States, KY, Irvington

    Business Title: Some Small Farm, Whole Life Services, Steader
    Job Title: CEO
    Interests: Specialty/Vegetable, Beef Cattle, Poultry, Hogs, Cover Crops, Ag Issues in Washington, Organic, Irrigation, Timber Production, Marketing

    3 Most Troubling Grapevine Diseases

    By Darren Chan

    Published 6 months ago

    There are more than 30 known grape diseases. Among them, sour rot, anthrax and powdery mildew are the most common diseases. If we know more about grape diseases, we can improve grape growing environment, promote grape yield and improve economic benefits. Grape Sour RotSour rot is usually caused by the mixture of acetic acid bacteria, yeasts, fungi, Drosophila larvae and other microorganisms. It is a serious disease that can reduce grape yield by 30%-80%...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Organic, Timber Production

    Agribusiness Global

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    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

  • John Moody United States, KY, Irvington

    Business Title: Some Small Farm, Whole Life Services, Steader
    Job Title: CEO
    Interests: Specialty/Vegetable, Beef Cattle, Poultry, Hogs, Cover Crops, Ag Issues in Washington, Organic, Irrigation, Timber Production, Marketing

    Dave Mace United States, KS, Wichita

    Job Title: Marketing Writer and Content Creator
    About: I am a communicator, connector and motivator. My industry specialty is food and agriculture, and my primary business mission is to help businesses and individuals achieve their visions.
    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, Millet, Fish, Sustainability

    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

    Pat Rogers United States, SC, Blenheim

    Business Title: Pat And Blake Rogers Farms
    Job Title: Owner
    About: I grow cotton, peanuts, soybeans, corn and wheat in the Pee Dee area of South Carolina.
    Interests: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Grain Sorghum, Cover Crops, Precision Ag, Irrigation, Timber Production, Marketing, Agribusiness

    Rodney Michael United States, SC, Charleston

    Business Title: Treely
    Job Title: Founder
    About: Happily married, proud father of four children, grandfather of one, lover of land, founder of Treely.co
    Interests: Ag Issues in Washington, Organic, Timber Production, Marketing, Agribusiness

  • Timber Production

    Public
    Here’s a place to talk timber.
    Interest: Timber Production

    Vegetable Production

    Public
    A group for vegetable producers to talk production and marketing.
    Interest: Specialty/Vegetable

    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

    Treely

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    We are innovators, real estate specialists, and hands on problem solvers, serving buyers & sellers of country real estate, timber, and commercial real estate in the Carolinas.
    Interest: Cover Crops, Ag Issues in Washington, Precision Ag, Organic, Irrigation, Timber Production, Marketing, Agribusiness

    LandHub

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

    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, Specialty/Vegetable, Rice, Canola, Grain Sorghum, Beef Cattle, Dairy, Poultry, Hogs, Specialty, Cover Crops, Ag Issues in Washington, Precision Ag, Irrigation, Timber Production, Marketing, Agribusiness

    Moringaseed

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

    Farmpally Free Agropreneur Promotions

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    At Farmpally.com, we're helping farmers to keep documents of their farm activities, showcasing them and helping them to market their produce and seedlings to other farmers. This comes at NO COSTS
    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

  • Looking for Reliable Suppliers for Food Products

    By SHANKAR VENKATARAMAN

    Published 9 months ago

    Hello Friends, If you can export the below mentioned products, please contact me urgently. Products & Category: Fruits & Vegetables (Organic) Fish & SeaFoods Confectionery & Snacks Meat Products Olive Oil & Vinegar Gourmet Food Dairy Products Rice & Grains Spices, Herbs & Seasonings Juice, Soft Drinks and Water Honey, Sugar and Spreads Organic and Health Food Products Tea and Coffee Pasta and Noodles We want to import - 5 - 40ft FCL container per month. We need all kind certifications before we procure the products. We are looking for reliable long term suppliers who fulfill our needs. VEL IMPEX BUSINESS SOLUTIONS Email: velimpexsolutions@gmail...

    3 Most Troubling Grapevine Diseases

    By Darren Chan

    Published 6 months ago

    There are more than 30 known grape diseases. Among them, sour rot, anthrax and powdery mildew are the most common diseases. If we know more about grape diseases, we can improve grape growing environment, promote grape yield and improve economic benefits. Grape Sour RotSour rot is usually caused by the mixture of acetic acid bacteria, yeasts, fungi, Drosophila larvae and other microorganisms. It is a serious disease that can reduce grape yield by 30%-80%...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Organic, Timber Production

    Blockchain Technology: A Lifeline to Small-Scale Farmers

    By Gregory Heilers

    Published 1 years, 2 months ago

    Lest you think this is some fringe movement, or premature technology with no practical application, food industry giants such as Walmart, Nestlé, Dole, and Unilever are actively developing blockchain technology applications with IBM. The result? Walmart’s VP of food safety, Frank Yiannis, stated the company was “encouraged” by the potential for reducing the timeline of investigations into food-borne illness from weeks to seconds. By selling through the blockchain, farmers living in all types of economies, from developing to post-industrial, have the opportunity to increase their sales and profit margins, while enhancing food safety... Blockchain technology could streamline harvests, and distributionAgriLedger, a mobile app run by charitable trust AgUnity, is aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. AgriLedger aims to end poverty and hunger, build sustainable communities, promote health, wellness, and equality, and encourage conservation...

    Recent College Grad? Why Now Is The Perfect Time To Pursue A Career In Farming

    By Cortney Farmer

    Published 1 years, 1 month ago

    The U. S. agricultural industry finds itself at a precarious professional crossroads... Technology, production, sales, communication, and finance are just some of the many requirements needed for a robust, thriving farm... Department of Labor anticipates an increase in various green jobs such as food, environmental, and renewable energy careers throughout 2018, resulting in a concentrated effort in college recruiting over the next several years...

    How Cover Crops Affect Your Fertilizer Strategy

    By Laura Barrera

    Published 11 months ago

    But how should farmers adjust their fertilizer practices for their cash crops following cover crops? John Pike, a contract researcher and cover crop specialist for the Zea Maize Foundation and IL Sustainable Agriculture Partnership, and a former Research Agronomist at the University of Illinois at Dixon Springs Research station, says that while there are some nuances that need to be planned for, the basic principles of soil fertility and crop management are much the same... “Nitrogen is an essential food source for the biology that breaks down cover crop biomass and other crop residue, which in turn makes those nutrients available for uptake in this season’s crop,” Pike says... Make sure you are investing in the right product to fit your crop nutrition needs and not simply adding up production costs that don’t generate return to the bottom line... “If you hear about something working on someone else’s farm, especially if it’s not in your specific region, try to determine how your conditions might be different and how the same practice might work on your soils and in your production systems,” Pike explains... “Like any new technology, there is a lot to learn, and while cover cropping is not a new concept at the basic levels, maximizing the benefits of better cover crop systems is leading many farming operations to understand their production systems at a higher level, resulting in profitability and improved resource conservation...

    How farmers can help eradicate world hunger – in 10 steps

    By AgTech News By Agroop

    Published 8 months ago

    Worldwide, there’s enough food to feed everyone – and yet, one out of nine people suffer from chronic hunger. The data is revealed by FAO – the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization – in anticipation of World Food Day, on 16 October. An increasingly hungry world“In September 2015, 193 countries at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York adopted Agenda 2030 and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals... Why? According to FAO, the increase of violent conflicts around the world, which have contributed to forced migration, as well as droughts and other extreme weather events, “have adversely affected food supplies and income and led to increased displacement... Pursue resource-efficiencyFAO recommends that farmers manage natural resources in a sustainable and efficient manner, to guarantee their “future availability, protect the environment, and increase profits by reducing waste...

    Categories: Precision Ag

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

    By Gregory Heilers

    Published 12 months ago

    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. It’s no surprise that tech-friendly millennials interested in farming are encouraged by these developments, which may make farming less labor intensive than in generations past. Technology may even be the antidote to a number of ills plaguing modern agriculture, which have led to a drastic decrease in the number of farms across the United States... Despite the fact that Joel disagreed with technology being the sole answer to on-farm challenges, he did point out its uses in marketing, complying with food supply chain regulations, and navigating “financial transactions and legalities, intricacies of liability insurance, health insurance, etc...

    4 Steps to Building Soil Organic Matter in the South

    By Laura Barrera

    Published 10 months ago

    As we learn more about what goes on in the world beneath our feet, increased attention has been placed on soil organic matter. And for good reason. While it only makes up a small percentage of most soils, the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) says it’s the “very foundation for healthy and productive soils” — and the more organic matter there is, the better the results. Consider the following findings from SARE and the NRCS:A study of soils in Michigan demonstrated potential crop-yield increases of about 12% for every 1% organic matter... In addition to organic matter increasing, Kloot discovered that nutrient levels and pH on the five farmers’ soils were quite stable — remaining practically unchanged, despite being in full production and not having any commercial fertilizer applied, except for nitrogen to grass crops, which Kloot says was typically applied at lower rates...

    What Farmers Need to Know About Mycorrhizae

    By Laura Barrera

    Published 7 months ago

    If someone asked you, “How do plants take up the water and nutrients they need?” you’d probably tell them through the roots. But did you know that for many crops, those roots aren’t working alone?That’s because most plant species associate with mycorrhizal fungi. What is mycorrhizal fungi? University of Alberta biological scientist JC Cahill says that mycorrhizas are actually the interaction between a fungus and a plant... While this symbiotic relationship is often seen and discussed as a benefit to crop production, Cahill and Hart warn that’s not always the case... Grow Native SpeciesInstead, Hart recommends growers focus on promoting the mycorrhizal fungi populations already in their fields by trying to grow plants that are native to the land — whether it be through cash crops, intercropping or cover crops — so the mycorrhizal fungi and all of the soil microbes become more diverse, sustainable, and ultimately, more functional...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    Amending vs. Fertilizing

    By Accidental Agronomist

    Published 11 months ago

    This past winter I spoke at the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture(PASA) and NOFA NJ 2018 Winter conferences. What an honor to be able to talk to so many enthusiastic like-minded people. In this article, which was initially published in Week 5 of the 52 Weeks of Agronomy Series, I talked about one of the things I presented on at those conferences. You can find it along with other articles at News | The Accidental Agronomist I spoke about the concept of amending vs... Having an understanding of the basic concept of their intended use can lead to a more efficient and effective fertility program, ultimately making your farm more sustainable...

  • Call for EOIs: Climate Smart Agriculture East Africa

    The overall goal of the project is to increase the availability of accessible climate smart food for the growing population in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The emphasis of the project implementation will be adopting climate smart practices and technologies among smallholder farmers and agro-enterprises, increasing investments and business growth in climate smart value chains, and creating the enabling environment necessary to ensure the large-scale rollout of market-driven climate smart solutions for the agriculture sector. The project aims to transform, reorient and climate-proof agricultural systems and businesses to the new realities of climate change in a select number of value chains.

    Project Objectives

    Adoption of climate smart practices and technologies among 300,000 farmers
    Development of inclusive business cases for 50 agri-business SMEs and 30 cooperatives
    Climate resilient sustainable food production on 600,000 hectares

    Application Deadline: May 31, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Illustration Photo: On 28 and 29 January 2015 Farmers from CCAFS climate-smart villages and the wider Makueni region, attended the two farmer field days organized by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), East Africa and other partners working in Makueni. Farmers learned about pearl millet, sorghum, legumes and cassava technologies and later on went to Josephine Sammy’s farm for onsite trials. (credits: S.Kilungu (CCAFS) / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0))

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    EU Call for Proposals: Demonstrate bio-based pesticides and/or biostimulant agents for sustainable increase in agricultural productivity

    Bio-based solutions such as bio-based pesticides have the potential to decrease inputs of synthetic pesticides in the agricultural sector, while providing high yields in terms of pests’ control. However, having a higher selectivity than currently used pesticides, they would require the combination of different solutions in integrated pest management approaches to obtain the total desired results. Also, extensive testing needs to prove they meet all requirements regarding risks, toxicity and pathogenicity. These factors have been holding back a wide use so far.

    On the other hand, one of the biggest challenges of agriculture is to guarantee high crop yields and productivity, while matching increasingly stringent environmental regulations dealing with the agricultural sector. Moreover, the increasing world population and the related increased demand for sustainable food production systems are boosting the expansion of agricultural practices also in currently un- or under-exploited lands. Thus, the optimal use of such new arable lands calls for environmentally friendly products for plant health enhancement, such as biostimulants able to foster plant growth without ‘overloading’ the environment with potentially harmful chemical inputs.

    The specific challenge is to apply sustainable solutions for effective pest control and/or biostimulation enabling a sustainable increase of agricultural productivity.

    Dateline for proposal submission: 4 September 2019 17:00:00 Brussels time

    Illustration Photo: Making biopesticide with microorganisms (credits: John Donaghy / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

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    Job Vacancy: Project Manager specialized in Smart Agrifood Application

    Deko Industries is Exporter and Manufacturer of agrifood products. We promote and use open source technologies in our operations. We have operations in the Southeast Asia and West Africa.
    For our projects in Africa, we are looking to hire a Project Manager specialized in Smart Agrifood Application.

    Smart Agrifood aims to optimise the production in farms and food manufacturing plants by using the most modern means in a sustainable way, thereby increasing the production and delivering the best products in terms of quality while maximizing the return. It makes use of a wide range of technologies including IoT sensors, wearables, GPS services, UAVs, robots and drones operating in the field which provide real-time data to systems helping to monitor the production line and support decisions.

    As Project Manager, you will supervise the development and implementation of innovative vertical solutions based on the deployment of IoT combined with real-time Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and dashboard tools on the cloud.

    Skills/Experiences:
    - Artificial Intelligence: Tensorflow, Pytorch, etc...
    - Open source FIWARE ecosystem: IoT, big data, etc..

    Your profile
    You have a proven track record of success of at least 3 years on similar jobs.
    You are driven by the culture of results, you are strong and innovative. You are very rigorous, autonomous with a good sense of listening and relationship.

    Submission Deadline: 31 August 2019

    Illustration Photo: Agricultural Sensors (credits: Claire Benjamin / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0))

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    Call for Applications: Grants to protect natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and promote public health

    The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation is currently accepting applications to protect natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and promote public health in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.

    Food grants help research-based efforts to improve food and nutrition security and improve natural resources and ecosystems. Areas of interest include projects that:
    promote or develop specific sustainable agriculture practices with potential to advance science and practice in other countries;
    test and refine innovative education and training interventions for small scale farmers; and
    advance new approaches to control pests and diseases affecting important food crops in low-income countries.

    Submission Deadline: 1 July 2019

    Illustration Photo: Treated coffee wastewater is used as foliar fertilizers on Bernardino Benítez's, 44, farm in Los Naranjos, San Juan Intibucá, Honduras. (credits: Maren Barbee / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0))

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    Bamboo as an Alternative Bioenergy Crop and Powerful Ally for Land Restoration in Indonesia

    Authors: Roshan Sharma, Jaya Wahono and Himlal Baral

    Journal: Sustainability 2018, 10(12), 4367

    Publisher: MDPI

    The energy demand in Indonesia has increased significantly with its population growth, urbanization, and economic development. The growing concern of meeting energy demand while reducing dependency on fossil fuels has resulted in an increasing demand for renewable energy. As a country with a rich biomass base, bioenergy is now an important component of Indonesia’s energy agenda. However, a crucial problem in bioenergy production is the selection of species that can provide a sustainable supply of feedstock without having an impact on food security and the environment. In this context, we discuss the characteristics and benefits of using bamboo, a perennial grass, as a potential species for bioenergy feedstock in Indonesia. We describe the fuel characteristics of bamboo along with the possibility to align its cultivation, production, and usage with environmental and developmental agendas which makes it a suitable bioenergy crop in the country. In addition, its ability to grow on degraded lands, fast growth, long root system, and easy maintenance prove it as a powerful ally for the restoration of degraded land. We recommend in-depth research on the social, ecological, and economic feasibility of using this species for bioenergy production.

    Illustration Photo: Bamboo Forest in Indonesia (credits: Adam Cohn / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

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    European call for proposals: Sustainable and Resilient agriculture for food and non-food systems

    Successful projects will address:
    • Developing markets for a wide range of products and services generated through integrated food and non-food systems e.g. via new bio-technologies and industrial processes, needs and opportunities of SMEs and intermediate sized businesses.
    • Resilient agricultural systems allowing growth and intensification of agriculture under the increasing stress of climate change, new pests and disease outbreaks and other environmental pressures and preserving biodiversity and ecosystem services.
    • Environmental sustainability indicators to assess other trade-offs between environmental and production deliverables for any particular agricultural system.
    • Spatial targeting of land use to increase biomass production and transformation, stimulating the growth of systems for the efficient utilisation of biomass cascading through novel transformations.
    • Sustainable intensification of integrated food and non-food systems of agriculture, by developing integrated, systems-based approaches to land management.

    Additional requirements to the projects:
    • Each research project proposal must include a plan for valorization of results and link with FACCE SURPLUS projects from the first and from the second call. Interconnections with other relevant initiatives in the thematic field are desirable.
    • Research projects should exploit the potential to produce relevant support for policy makers, e.g. policy briefs.
    • Cross-disciplinary projects encompassing biomass production and conversion thus promoting a comprehensive value chain concept will be given priority. Inclusion of private partners (e.g. SMEs), appropriate stakeholders and/or endusers (e.g. farmers) in the consortia is envisaged.
    • The integration of social sciences and humanities is encouraged to elaborate a broader economic, environmental and societal context.

    The 8 participating countries
    Germany,
    Belgium,
    Estonia,
    La France,
    Latvia,
    Lithuania,
    Poland,
    Romania.

    Submission deadline for the pre-proposal: 19 March 2019, 14:00 CET

    Illustration Photo: Riparian Forest Buffer (credits: USDA / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0))

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    Posted By Kosona Chriv
    4 months ago

    PRIMA Call for Proposals: Farming Systems 2019 - Sustainability and competitiveness of Mediterranean greenhouse and intensive Horticulture

    In the Mediterranean area, the intensive cultivation of horticulture products, such as tomato, pepper and lettuce, can take advantage of favourable environmental conditions for organisational and technological development to result in higher productive efficiency. Technology innovations should include greenhouse climate control, sensors and robotics tools and agronomical practices to improve the efficient use of resources, ultimately fulfilling a circular recovery approach, and also providing environmentally friendly and ecological control of pest and pathogens for production of safe food. Furthermore, special attention must be paid to controlling nutrient leakages to the receiving surface, sub-surface and groundwaters with the purpose to fight growing eutrophication trends.

    New soilless systems (including freshwater aquaponics) should be also incorporated and tested in order to facilitate the adoption of efficient fertigation strategies, particularly under conditions of water scarcity and low water quality while ensuring nutrient balance strict and smart control systems to fight eutrophication. Successful technological implementation rests on the effective use by single users or consortia in tight connection with processing industries. This should include integrating sensors data and algorithms into decision support systems. Proposals should then properly analyse the grower’s needs and offer solutions that will be successfully exploited. A socio-economic study is also advocated to demonstrate economic feasibility while preserving and protecting receiving environmental systems (water and soil) of the proposed measures and proper education and training of growers through specific capacity building activities, and to help promoting a new generation of entrepreneurs, less conservative and more aware of the state-of-the art practices. The greenhouse technology providers, mainly SMEs, constitute an important source of employment for the agri-business. The proposals should aim to better connect private companies and public research, facilitating the exchange of know-how from research centres and academy to the private sector and vice versa.

    The proposed innovative technologies should be tested in small-scale research and demonstration studies, taking in consideration sustainability of technologies related to intensive horticulture, as well as environmental protection (not to increase eutrophication) social aspects, including labour conditions with particular reference to gender issue. The demonstration sites should consider a wide range of environmental conditions and should also ensure that ensuring no adverse impact to degradation of surface and groundwater water quality of receiving waters and ensuring quality of soil is maintained.

    Submission deadline for Pre-proposals: 2...
    PRIMA Call for Proposals: Farming Systems 2019 - Sustainability and competitiveness of Mediterranean greenhouse and intensive Horticulture

    In the Mediterranean area, the intensive cultivation of horticulture products, such as tomato, pepper and lettuce, can take advantage of favourable environmental conditions for organisational and technological development to result in higher productive efficiency. Technology innovations should include greenhouse climate control, sensors and robotics tools and agronomical practices to improve the efficient use of resources, ultimately fulfilling a circular recovery approach, and also providing environmentally friendly and ecological control of pest and pathogens for production of safe food. Furthermore, special attention must be paid to controlling nutrient leakages to the receiving surface, sub-surface and groundwaters with the purpose to fight growing eutrophication trends.

    New soilless systems (including freshwater aquaponics) should be also incorporated and tested in order to facilitate the adoption of efficient fertigation strategies, particularly under conditions of water scarcity and low water quality while ensuring nutrient balance strict and smart control systems to fight eutrophication. Successful technological implementation rests on the effective use by single users or consortia in tight connection with processing industries. This should include integrating sensors data and algorithms into decision support systems. Proposals should then properly analyse the grower’s needs and offer solutions that will be successfully exploited. A socio-economic study is also advocated to demonstrate economic feasibility while preserving and protecting receiving environmental systems (water and soil) of the proposed measures and proper education and training of growers through specific capacity building activities, and to help promoting a new generation of entrepreneurs, less conservative and more aware of the state-of-the art practices. The greenhouse technology providers, mainly SMEs, constitute an important source of employment for the agri-business. The proposals should aim to better connect private companies and public research, facilitating the exchange of know-how from research centres and academy to the private sector and vice versa.

    The proposed innovative technologies should be tested in small-scale research and demonstration studies, taking in consideration sustainability of technologies related to intensive horticulture, as well as environmental protection (not to increase eutrophication) social aspects, including labour conditions with particular reference to gender issue. The demonstration sites should consider a wide range of environmental conditions and should also ensure that ensuring no adverse impact to degradation of surface and groundwater water quality of receiving waters and ensuring quality of soil is maintained.

    Submission deadline for Pre-proposals: 2...
    Precision in Agriculture using IoT and AI

    Authors: Prof. Prabodh. S. Nimat & Prof. Parag K. Shelke

    Publisher: ZENODO

    On every passing day population is increasing and lands are decreasing due to too much civilization and infrastructure development, to feed increasing population agriculture industry need to revolutionize. So IoT has a great potential to improve crop production. In Agriculture industry weather change, diseases, insects damages of crops are majorly analyze by different methods but some of them are unable to proceed properly with precision. Our primary objective is to safeguard the future of the Indian agricultural and food industry, and give our farmers a global competitive advantage. To do this, we provide farmers with the information needed to run their businesses more profitably. In this paper we are proposing precise decision support system using IoT and AI for the proper and sustainable development of crops.

    Photo: A mobile app tapping IBM Watson’s computer vision APIs (credits: Prof. Prabodh. S. Nimat & Prof. Parag K. Shelke)

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    Call for Proposals: Sustainable agriculture, Sustainable fishing, Biodiversity conservation, Sustainable Technologies

    The Fondation Ensemble is seeking proposals from eligible organisations for its Programme Fund.

    Focus Sectors
    Sustainable agriculture: In this focus sector, the Foundation aims to participate in addressing the environmental, social and economic challenges involved in a sustainable agriculture that focuses on the needs of the world’s poorest populations. The projects fund are in areas where the environment is most degraded or under greatest threat, and where local populations are most at risk.
    Sustainable fishing: In this focus sector, the Foundation funds sustainable fishing projects that closely link protection of fish stocks and conservation of ecosystems with protection of marine species and the well-being of local populations. The actions undertaken help the beneficiary families and future generations to ensure their own food security and to find new local income-generating activities.
    Biodiversity conservation: In this focus sector, the Foundation funds terrestrial and marine biodiversity conservation projects (fauna and flora) that bring sustainable social, economic and environmental benefits, particularly for the poorest communities and that contribute to protecting threatened species.
    Sustainable Technologies: In this focus sector, the Foundation provides particular support for the development of innovative technologies that the very poor can afford, and which improve their access to energy, to decent living conditions and to more environmentally-friendly means of production. Innovative technologies based on a sustainable development model can generate microenterprises within communities.

    The project activities are undertaken in one of the Foundation’s six focus countries: Ecuador, Peru, Mozambique, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.

    Dateline for submission: 1 February 2019

    Illustration Photo: Fishing boats at Ngapali beach, Gyeiktaw, Myanmar. (credits: Finn Thilsted / WorldFish / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

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