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  • Bacillus Thuringiensis Bioinsecticide for Sustainable Agriculture

    By Darren Chan

    Published Dec 7, 2020 

    Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is a rod-shaped, gram-positive bacterium that forms spores in the soil. Bt was isolated in 1901 and named in 1911. 1958 was the first time it was used as a commercial biopesticide in the United States. It was placed in IRAC group 11, microbial disruptors of insect mesenteric membranes. Bt is toxic to caterpillars, some fly larvae, and some beetle larvae, but is non-toxic to other organisms...

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    Thinking Out-of-the-Box in Sustainable Food Production

    By Dr. Sandy Graham

    Updated May 8 

    Traditional agriculture and farming techniques have not been able to keep up with growing consumer demand for healthy food nationally and globally. Driven byPopulation growth and urbanization decreasing available arable land dedicated to agriculture,Rising supply chain and energy costs,Growing environmental concern about use of pesticides for crop production,Insufficient water availability for crop production,Limited growing seasons based on the traditional agriculture one-cycle production process,Harsh and severe weather,Political turmoil affecting agricultural trade,Market fluctuations in agriculture prices and costs, and Market shocks from COVID-19National and global demand for food, specifically healthy sustainably produced food will outpace supply... agriculture has the responsibility to meet growing demand by using natural resources more efficiently by thinking out-of-the-box... AGRONOMICS addresses escalating demand for sustainable and healthy food supply while meeting 9 of the United Nations Sustainable Goals using solar micro-grid smart energy technology reducing the carbon footprint creating a New Farming Paradigm to Deliver Farm Sustainability. This form of sustainable food production will not replace traditional agriculture; it is not our intention...

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    From Industrial Pesticides to Integrated Pest Management: A New Trend in Vineyard Practices

    By Thomas Grandperrin

    Updated Dec 14, 2020 

    This article was initially published on The Wine Industry Advisor as part of a series on biological control and Integrated Pest Management written by UAV-IQ Precision Agriculture... From IPM to biocontrol: the need to manage insecticides According to Kent, all vineyard managers or Pest Control Advisors (PCAs) in California are practicing IPM to some extent, and comments that, “There’s not a PCA or farmer that I talk with that isn’t practicing IPM, although their view sometimes will be a little bit more towards conventional insecticides where others might be a little bit more towards sustainable practices... However, due to the fear of pesticide residues and increased regulations and restrictions in agriculture, the trend is turning towards chemical pesticide alternatives, such as biocontrol and mating disruption... Even insecticidal soaps approved for use in organic agriculture can kill natural enemies... ” Kent feels that the process of going from conventional pesticides practices to a more sustainable IPM program is a continuum, and it depends largely on the farmers, their risk assessment and level of comfort with the presence of insects...

    Categories: Organic Specialty Crops, Sustainable Agriculture

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    AGRONOMICS is an Out-of-the-Box Solution to the Growing Demand for Viable Food Production!

    By Joseph Griffith

    Published May 3 

    Traditional agriculture and farming techniques have not been able to keep up with the growing consumer demand for healthy food nationally and globally. Driven by:Population growth and urbanization decreasing available arable land dedicated to agriculture Rising supply chain and energy costs Growing environmental concern about the use of pesticides for crop productionInsufficient water availability for crop production Limited growing seasons based on the traditional agriculture one-cycle production process Harsh and severe weather Political turmoil affecting agricultural trade Market fluctuations in agriculture prices and costs Market shocks from COVID 19 National and global demand for food, specifically healthy sustainably produced food will outpace supply... agriculture has the responsibility to meet the growing demand by using natural resources more efficiently by thinking out-of-the-box... AGRONOMICS addresses escalating demand for sustainable and healthy food supply while meeting 9 of the United Nations Sustainable Goals using solar micro-grid smart energy technology reducing the carbon footprint creating a New Farming Paradigm to Deliver Farm Sustainability. This form of sustainable food production will not replace traditional agriculture; it will however supplement it by providing a viable agriculture alternative to help meet escalating demand for healthy sustainably produced food, utilizing renewable energy that leaves little to no carbon footprint...

    Categories: Ag Commentary, Agribusiness, Sustainable Agriculture

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    What Agribusiness Data Can and Can't Tell You

    By Marjorie Valin

    Published Aug 2 

    In agribusiness, big data means collecting everything. The temperature of the air as you plant, the moisture of the kernel as you harvest, the exact coordinate of each weed you find; it all gets absorbed into the digital cloud, analyzed, and processed. The end result is that we know what seeds grow the best in different conditions, statistically speaking. However, this can lead to homogenized recommendations... Having worked on dispatch software for equipment managers, communication software, ordering software, portfolio recommendations, and generally the entire pipeline of precision agriculture, we’ve seen a need to connect each of these components to provide a higher-order, holistic approach...

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    How to Cultivate Cotton Organically

    By Vijayalaxmi Kinhal

    Updated Oct 24, 2020 

    Though most of the organic cotton in the world comes from Asia, Texas in the USA is also a major producer. Although specific growing methods may vary based on region and farm size, there are general principles that can be applied throughout the world when it comes to growing organic cottonEconomicsThere are many reasons to grow cotton organically. The market share of organic cotton has grown from 1% in 2008 to 21% in 2018. Half of this is grown in India, with China (17%), Kyrgyzstan (7%), and Turkey (7%) being the next major producers... The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCIPM), recommends crop rotation to decrease the severity of bollworms, nematodes, and pathogens causing Verticillium wilt, seedling diseases, etc...

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    I'm looking for an agribusiness writer

    By Marjorie Valin

    Published Jul 30 

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

    Categories: Sustainable Agriculture, Precision Agriculture, Agribusiness

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    AG HeadHunters United States, TN, Nashville

    Business Title: Better Your Workforce Better Your Company
    Job Title: Other Ag Professional, Ag Search Professional
    About: AG HeadHunters is a consulting firm focused on recruiting and training services for agriculture. We understand the complexities of finding, landing, and keeping talented employees; it is the greatest challenge and highest on-going cost of every company. Our mission is to assist our clients in effectively hiring critical employees that stay and remain engaged. Learn more at www.agheadhunters.com
    Interests: Canola, Corn, Cotton, Organic Row Crops, Peanuts, Rice, Sorghum, Soybeans, Wheat, Beef, Dairy, Feed, Grass-Fed Livestock, Poultry, Specialty Livestock, Swine, Crop Protection, Crop Scouting, Fertility, Irrigation, Soil Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Apps, Precision Agriculture, Telemetry, Ag Commentary, Marketing, News, Accounting and Bookkeeping, Ag Policy, Agribusiness, Farm Management, Farmland and Real Estate, Human Resources, Operating a Farm, Succession Planning, Taxes, Projects, Tools, Conservation Easements, Conservation Plans, Cover Crops, NRCS, Hemp, Orchard Crops, Organic Specialty Crops, Tree Nuts, Vegetables, Fishing, Homesteading, Horses, Hunting, Timber, Tobacco

    Mike Wandzell United States, CA, Fresno

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

    INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS FINANCING

    By Future Loans

    Published Nov 12, 2020 

    INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS FINANCINGFuture Loans (IOM) LIMITED has been in the business of International Project Financing business for more than decades, we are poised with the ability to evolve in these ever changing economic times has led to our success. This we achieved through international project financing. Most financial institution who started with us dropped on the way but we are still standing strong. Our proven track record is testament to that. We provide Venture Capital Funding all over the world, in numerous currencies...

    Categories: Ag Commentary, Ag Policy, Sustainable Agriculture

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  • AG HeadHunters United States, TN, Nashville

    Business Title: Better Your Workforce Better Your Company
    Job Title: Other Ag Professional, Ag Search Professional
    About: AG HeadHunters is a consulting firm focused on recruiting and training services for agriculture. We understand the complexities of finding, landing, and keeping talented employees; it is the greatest challenge and highest on-going cost of every company. Our mission is to assist our clients in effectively hiring critical employees that stay and remain engaged. Learn more at www.agheadhunters.com
    Interests: Canola, Corn, Cotton, Organic Row Crops, Peanuts, Rice, Sorghum, Soybeans, Wheat, Beef, Dairy, Feed, Grass-Fed Livestock, Poultry, Specialty Livestock, Swine, Crop Protection, Crop Scouting, Fertility, Irrigation, Soil Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Apps, Precision Agriculture, Telemetry, Ag Commentary, Marketing, News, Accounting and Bookkeeping, Ag Policy, Agribusiness, Farm Management, Farmland and Real Estate, Human Resources, Operating a Farm, Succession Planning, Taxes, Projects, Tools, Conservation Easements, Conservation Plans, Cover Crops, NRCS, Hemp, Orchard Crops, Organic Specialty Crops, Tree Nuts, Vegetables, Fishing, Homesteading, Horses, Hunting, Timber, Tobacco

    Mike Wandzell United States, CA, Fresno

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

    Ray Bohacz United States, NJ, Hackettstown

    Business Title: Farm Machinery Digest
    Job Title: Farmer, Other Ag Professional, Podcaster/Radio show host
    Interests: Corn, Beef, Poultry, Crop Protection, Crop Scouting, Fertility, Irrigation, Soil Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Precision Agriculture, Ag Commentary, Marketing, News, Agribusiness, Operating a Farm, Projects, Purchasing, Repair, Shops, Tools, Conservation Easements, Conservation Plans, Cover Crops, NRCS, Vegetables, Timber

    John Bernard United States, TN, Goodlettsville

    Job Title: Other Ag Professional, Retired University Research/Extension
    Interests: Beef, Dairy, Feed, Grass-Fed Livestock, Irrigation, Soil Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Agribusiness, Farm Management

    Hannah Goeb United States, IN, Whiteland

    Job Title: Other Ag Professional, Agriculture Teacher
    Interests: Corn, Soybeans, Specialty Livestock, Crop Scouting, Sustainable Agriculture, Apps, Farm Management, Homesteading

    Zubair Kazi India, Maharashtra, Amravati

    Job Title: Farmer, Crop Consultant, Precision Agriculture Specialist
    Interests: Cotton, Soybeans, Crop Protection, Fertility, Soil Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Precision Agriculture, Orchard Crops, Organic Specialty Crops

  • Hemp Farming

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    Here is a group for hemp farmers to connect while sharing tips and asking questions.
    Interest: Soil Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Apps

    Fertility And Soils

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

    Organic Citrus

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    We are interested in gathering experiences, solutions and history of organic methods in citrus production. As well as record and document unique policy and market access hurdles organic citrus growers face in each different region of the world.
    Interest: Organic Row Crops, Crop Protection, Fertility, Irrigation, Soil Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Apps, Precision Agriculture, Telemetry, Ag Commentary, Marketing, News, Ag Policy, Agribusiness, Farm Management, Farmland and Real Estate, Operating a Farm, Conservation Easements, Conservation Plans, Cover Crops, Orchard Crops, Organic Specialty Crops, Homesteading

    Canadian Agriculture & Equipment

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    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, Vegetables, Canola, Sorghum, Beef, Dairy, Poultry, Swine, Cover Crops, Ag Policy, Precision Agriculture, Organic Row Crops, Irrigation, Timber, Marketing, Agribusiness

    Agriculture, AgriTech And FoodTech

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

    Social Media & Agriculture

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    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, Vegetables, Rice, Canola, Sorghum, Beef, Dairy, Poultry, Swine, Cover Crops, Ag Policy, Precision Agriculture, Organic Row Crops, Irrigation, Marketing, Agribusiness

  • Bacillus Thuringiensis Bioinsecticide for Sustainable Agriculture

    By Darren Chan

    Published Dec 7, 2020 

    Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is a rod-shaped, gram-positive bacterium that forms spores in the soil. Bt was isolated in 1901 and named in 1911. 1958 was the first time it was used as a commercial biopesticide in the United States. It was placed in IRAC group 11, microbial disruptors of insect mesenteric membranes. Bt is toxic to caterpillars, some fly larvae, and some beetle larvae, but is non-toxic to other organisms...

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    Thinking Out-of-the-Box in Sustainable Food Production

    By Dr. Sandy Graham

    Updated May 8 

    Traditional agriculture and farming techniques have not been able to keep up with growing consumer demand for healthy food nationally and globally. Driven byPopulation growth and urbanization decreasing available arable land dedicated to agriculture,Rising supply chain and energy costs,Growing environmental concern about use of pesticides for crop production,Insufficient water availability for crop production,Limited growing seasons based on the traditional agriculture one-cycle production process,Harsh and severe weather,Political turmoil affecting agricultural trade,Market fluctuations in agriculture prices and costs, and Market shocks from COVID-19National and global demand for food, specifically healthy sustainably produced food will outpace supply... agriculture has the responsibility to meet growing demand by using natural resources more efficiently by thinking out-of-the-box... AGRONOMICS addresses escalating demand for sustainable and healthy food supply while meeting 9 of the United Nations Sustainable Goals using solar micro-grid smart energy technology reducing the carbon footprint creating a New Farming Paradigm to Deliver Farm Sustainability. This form of sustainable food production will not replace traditional agriculture; it is not our intention...

    Categories: Sustainable Agriculture

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    From Industrial Pesticides to Integrated Pest Management: A New Trend in Vineyard Practices

    By Thomas Grandperrin

    Updated Dec 14, 2020 

    This article was initially published on The Wine Industry Advisor as part of a series on biological control and Integrated Pest Management written by UAV-IQ Precision Agriculture... From IPM to biocontrol: the need to manage insecticides According to Kent, all vineyard managers or Pest Control Advisors (PCAs) in California are practicing IPM to some extent, and comments that, “There’s not a PCA or farmer that I talk with that isn’t practicing IPM, although their view sometimes will be a little bit more towards conventional insecticides where others might be a little bit more towards sustainable practices... However, due to the fear of pesticide residues and increased regulations and restrictions in agriculture, the trend is turning towards chemical pesticide alternatives, such as biocontrol and mating disruption... Even insecticidal soaps approved for use in organic agriculture can kill natural enemies... ” Kent feels that the process of going from conventional pesticides practices to a more sustainable IPM program is a continuum, and it depends largely on the farmers, their risk assessment and level of comfort with the presence of insects...

    Categories: Organic Specialty Crops, Sustainable Agriculture

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    AGRONOMICS is an Out-of-the-Box Solution to the Growing Demand for Viable Food Production!

    By Joseph Griffith

    Published May 3 

    Traditional agriculture and farming techniques have not been able to keep up with the growing consumer demand for healthy food nationally and globally. Driven by:Population growth and urbanization decreasing available arable land dedicated to agriculture Rising supply chain and energy costs Growing environmental concern about the use of pesticides for crop productionInsufficient water availability for crop production Limited growing seasons based on the traditional agriculture one-cycle production process Harsh and severe weather Political turmoil affecting agricultural trade Market fluctuations in agriculture prices and costs Market shocks from COVID 19 National and global demand for food, specifically healthy sustainably produced food will outpace supply... agriculture has the responsibility to meet the growing demand by using natural resources more efficiently by thinking out-of-the-box... AGRONOMICS addresses escalating demand for sustainable and healthy food supply while meeting 9 of the United Nations Sustainable Goals using solar micro-grid smart energy technology reducing the carbon footprint creating a New Farming Paradigm to Deliver Farm Sustainability. This form of sustainable food production will not replace traditional agriculture; it will however supplement it by providing a viable agriculture alternative to help meet escalating demand for healthy sustainably produced food, utilizing renewable energy that leaves little to no carbon footprint...

    Categories: Ag Commentary, Agribusiness, Sustainable Agriculture

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    What Agribusiness Data Can and Can't Tell You

    By Marjorie Valin

    Published Aug 2 

    In agribusiness, big data means collecting everything. The temperature of the air as you plant, the moisture of the kernel as you harvest, the exact coordinate of each weed you find; it all gets absorbed into the digital cloud, analyzed, and processed. The end result is that we know what seeds grow the best in different conditions, statistically speaking. However, this can lead to homogenized recommendations... Having worked on dispatch software for equipment managers, communication software, ordering software, portfolio recommendations, and generally the entire pipeline of precision agriculture, we’ve seen a need to connect each of these components to provide a higher-order, holistic approach...

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    How to Cultivate Cotton Organically

    By Vijayalaxmi Kinhal

    Updated Oct 24, 2020 

    Though most of the organic cotton in the world comes from Asia, Texas in the USA is also a major producer. Although specific growing methods may vary based on region and farm size, there are general principles that can be applied throughout the world when it comes to growing organic cottonEconomicsThere are many reasons to grow cotton organically. The market share of organic cotton has grown from 1% in 2008 to 21% in 2018. Half of this is grown in India, with China (17%), Kyrgyzstan (7%), and Turkey (7%) being the next major producers... The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCIPM), recommends crop rotation to decrease the severity of bollworms, nematodes, and pathogens causing Verticillium wilt, seedling diseases, etc...

    Categories: Cotton, Organic Specialty Crops, Sustainable Agriculture

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    INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS FINANCING

    By Future Loans

    Published Nov 12, 2020 

    INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS FINANCINGFuture Loans (IOM) LIMITED has been in the business of International Project Financing business for more than decades, we are poised with the ability to evolve in these ever changing economic times has led to our success. This we achieved through international project financing. Most financial institution who started with us dropped on the way but we are still standing strong. Our proven track record is testament to that. We provide Venture Capital Funding all over the world, in numerous currencies...

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    1-Methylcyclopropene(1-MCP) Apples Fresh-Keeping Agent

    By Darren Chan

    Updated Jun 17 

    1-MCP is a product widely used in apples around the world to improve eating quality and storability. Ripening of the fruit is initiated by ethylene, and in some cases this is also true. To a certain extent, the ripening process's speed is regulated by its concentration in the fruit. Fruits generally soften, and apples soften more rapidly when the ethylene content is high, but ethylene is also volatile in the fruit needed to stimulate the formation of flavor-producing substances. Low-temperature air storage slows the ripening process but does not prevent it...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Crop Protection, Sustainable Agriculture

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    Sources of Small Business Financing

    By Future Loans

    Published Nov 20, 2020 

    Small business financing refers to the means by which an aspiring or current business owner obtains money to start a new small business, purchase an existing small business or bring money into an existing small business to finance current or future business activity. Thousands of small businesses open their doors for the first time each year, but most of them will close doors again within five years. Those that do close usually do so because their owners failed to secure enough capital to finance the business. Sometimes this happens because they simply didn’t know where to go for funding. This doesn’t have to happen to your small business...

    Categories: Precision Agriculture, Projects, Sustainable Agriculture

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    The Rationale for Commercial Solar Farms

    By Nicole Otte

    Published Jul 26 

    Many of the challenge’s facing solar farms and its application to commercial uses were overcome. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) (2021) reported the costs associated with development and use of solar energy continues to drop making solar energy cheaper than traditional fossil fuel energy. The costs of residential solar typically runs between $2 and $4 per watt. Comparatively, the cost of a commercial solar farm as reported by First Solar is about $1 per watt, where the economies of scale are in full effect with commercial solar farms benefiting both building owner and tenants. A solar farm is mainly a large array of solar energy systems used to produce enough power to energize residences to commercial buildings, offsetting the reliance on the macro-grid...

    Categories: Sustainable Agriculture

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  • I'm looking for an agribusiness writer

    By Marjorie Valin

    Published Jul 30 

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

    Categories: Sustainable Agriculture, Precision Agriculture, Agribusiness

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    Can NVDI be used to estimate biomass tonnage in cover crops?

    By Pat Rogers

    Published Feb 15 

    Categories: Crop Scouting, Precision Agriculture

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    Will we see automated drone sprayers in the future?

    By Pat Rogers

    Published Feb 24 

    What is the likelihood that we will see drones spraying commodity value crops like corn and soybeans in the near future? Will this ever be cost effective and efficient enough to replace airplane spraying or even in field sprayers?

    Categories: Corn, Crop Protection, Precision Agriculture

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    What farm analytics services have you used?

    By Anonymous Member

    Published Mar 25 

    Looking for recommendations: What farm analytics services have you used? What do you like and don't like about them?

    Categories: Crop Scouting, Precision Agriculture

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    What social media platform will take the place of Facebook?

    By Anonymous Member

    Published Jan 12 

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

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  • Posted By Rodney Michael
    Apr 6 

    "7 ways for ESG investors to profit from sustainable agriculture" [environmental, social, corporate governance]

    https://www.marketwatch.com/story/7-ways-for-esg-investors-to-profit-from-sustainable-agriculture-11616600205

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    Posted By Darren Chan
    Dec 7, 2020 

    https://agfuse.com/article/bacillus-thuringiensis-bioinsecticide-for-sustainable-agriculture
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    OFID Grants for Sustainable Food Production and Resilient Agriculture in Least-developed countries

    The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – the global blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all – pledge to end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture by 2030 under SDG 2.

    OFID works to support SDG 2 through promoting sustainable food production and more resilient agriculture across the world. At the end of 2018, OFID’s cumulative commitments to the agriculture sector stood at US$3,142.5m, or 13.7% of the organization’s total commitments.

    Application Deadline: Ongoing

    Illustration Photo: Climate-smart farm in Western Kenya (credits: C.Schubert / Cecilia Schubert / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0))

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    Call for proposals: Promoting Family farming in West Africa

    The program supports projects which take into account both the following themes:

    Connecting family farming to urban and rural markets/promoting the consumption of local products

    Developing methods of sustainable agriculture/ sustainable food systems

    Deadline for the submission projects: Monday, 24 February 2020

    Illustration Photo: Family farming (credits: USAID Food and Enterprise Development Program for Liberia (FED) / Nico Parkinson / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

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    Call for applications: Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture - Startups and R&D teams across the world

    Getting innovators, investors and corporates focused on the most pressing challenges in agriculture, generating inclusive livelihoods across the agri-food value-chain and adopting sustainable practices present a tremendous opportunity that you should not miss out on.

    Cultiv@te Challenges

    Urban Agriculture

    More than half of the world’s population lives in cities today. As we consider alternative sources of food and move our production system towards sustainability, we need to rethink food production in cities.

    Rainfed Agriculture

    More than 75% of the world's agriculture depends on rainfall. Climate change and its effects have had (and will have) tremendous impact on production, impacting food security and livelihoods.

    Livestock farming and Aquaculture

    Livestock farming accounts for the food security and livelihoods of almost 1.3 billion people. It is the most environmentally-damaging agriculture sub-sector, as the largest user of land and freshwater resources and significant greenhouse gas emitter. Aquaculture, with its specific challenges around fish feed and freshwater supply, accounts for nearly 50 percent of the world's food fish.

    Application Deadline: February 14, 2020 at 23:00 UTC+8

    Illustration Photo: Tomatoes cultivated in the Antarctic greenhouse EDEN-ISS (credits: DLR German Aerospace Center / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Generic (CC BY 3.0))

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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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    Diversification, Yield and a New Agricultural Revolution: Problems and Prospects

    Authors: Lauren C. Ponisio and Paul R. Ehrlich

    Journal Title: Sustainability

    Publisher: MDPI AG

    Abstract

    The sustainability of society hinges on the future of agriculture. Though alternatives to unsustainable, high-input industrial agriculture are available, agricultural systems have been slow to transition to them. Much of the resistance to adopting alternative techniques stems from the perceived costs of alternative agriculture, mainly in terms of yields. The general assumption is that agriculture that is less harmful to people and wildlife directly will be indirectly more harmful because of yield losses that lead to food shortages in the short-term and agricultural extensification in the long-term. Though the yield gap between industrial and alternative forms of agriculture is often discussed, does industrial agriculture actually produce the highest yields? In addition, to what aspects of the food system is yield relevant? We review the evidence for differences in crop yields between industrial and alternative systems and then evaluate the contribution of yields in determining whether people are fed, the land in production, and practices farmers will adopt. In both organic and conservation agriculture, different combinations of crops, climate and diversification practices outperformed industrial agriculture, and thus we find little evidence that high input systems always outperform alternative forms of agriculture. Yield, however, is largely irrelevant to determining whether people are fed or the amount of land in production. A focus on increasing yields alone to feed the world or protect biodiversity will achieve neither goal. To promote sustainable agriculture, we must move past focusing on these oversimplified relationships to disentangling the complex social and ecological factors, and determine how to provide adequate nutrition for people while protecting biodiversity.

    Illustration Photo: soybean field (Public Domain from Pixabay.com)

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    Posted By AgFuse Administrator
    Apr 28, 2017 

    "The vast majority of the people in the world — about 70% — get their food from small-scale farmers and other small-scale food producers such as fisher-people, pastoralists, and hunters.
    "And yet, at the same time, small-scale farmers and their families make up most of the 800 million people suffering from hunger and the 2 billion people living in extreme poverty, according to a new report by the More and Better Network, a global network for food, agriculture and rural development.
    "If the United Nations and participating governments are to reach goals one and two of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture — more investment and support is needed for small-scale agriculture, reads the report."
    https://agfundernews.com/report-investing-in-small-scale-agriculture-is-3x-more-effective-at-reducing-poverty-than-other-industries.html
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    Posted By AgFuse Administrator
    Feb 4, 2017 

    "The number of female farmers has increased from 128,000 in 1978 to 969,672 in 2012. The percentage of all farmers who are women has nearly tripled in this time, from 5% to 14% of all principal farm operators being women in 2012."
    "Just as farmers are not the only people in agriculture, women who farm are not the only women in sustainable agriculture, not by a long shot!"
    http://www.agrible.com/blog/2017/1/3/women-in-sustainable-agriculture
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    Posted By Kosona Chriv
    Jan 2, 2017 

    Current Trends of Engineered Nanoparticles (ENPs) in Sustainable Agriculture: An Overview

    Authors: Namira Arif, Vaishali Yadav, Shweta Singh, Swati Singh, Rohit K Mishra, Shivesh Sharma, NK Dubey, Durgesh Kumar Tripathi and DK Chauhan

    Journal of Environmental & Analytical Toxicology

    Publisher: OMICS Online

    Nanotechnology is an interesting area of multifaceted research in agricultural perspective. This technology incorporates the manufacturing of material at nano level. Nanoparticles (NPs) have now become an integral part of research because of their unique features like their size, shape and surface reactivity. In agriculture sector engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) i.e., metal NPs, metal oxide NPs and Carbon Nano Tubes (CNTs) etc has been used in the form of nanofertilizers and nanopesticide/ herbicides. Therefore, the appropriate use of nanoparticles could provide a proficient sustainable platform to achieve the food requirement of global massive population. As of the application of nanotechnology to agriculture and food industry is outturn in enhanced crop yield with better food quality as well as safety. Inspite of the significances of nano-material, negative outcomes should also be taken in consideration before applying it on a large scale.

    Graphic: Nanoparticles (NPs) (metal NPs, Metal oxide NPs and carbon nanotubes) at optimum dose increases chlorophyll content, release of required chemicals, nutrient uptake, NPs solubility, cell elongation, germination rate, growth parameters, microbial activities and crop productivity, while at high dose cause phytotoxicity by reducing crop yield and productivity. (credits: Namira Arif, Vaishali Yadav, Shweta Singh, Swati Singh, Rohit K Mishra, Shivesh Sharma, NK Dubey, Durgesh Kumar Tripathi and DK Chauhan)
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