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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...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Farm Management, Sustainable Agriculture

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

    By Dr. Sandy Graham

    Updated May 8, 2021 

    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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    What are the ten functions of chitosan oligosaccharides(COS) in agriculture?

    By Sophia Cheng

    Updated Apr 7 

    Ten functions of chitosan oligosaccharide(1) Improve crop disease resistance(2) Activating the plant's own innate immune system(3) Improve crop stress resistance(4) Improve rhizosphere microbial population and inhibit nematodes(5) Promote crop rooting(6) Promote the early growth of plants(7) Increase the yield of crops and improve the quality of agricultural products(8) Degradation of chemical pesticide residues in plants(9) Safe and efficient(10) Fruit and vegetable preservativesThe optimal concentration of chitosan oligosaccharide:(1) Seed treatment100ppm seed soaking for 12~24 hours (related to temperature), or 500ppm seed dressing or spraying;(2) Foliar spraying50~100 ppm (manual or mechanical sprayer); suitable for flight control, need to increase the concentration;(3) Underground flushingThe dosage per mu is 15-25 grams of chitosan oligosaccharide;Best time to use Chitooligosaccharide(1) Use in the critical period of crop growth, including seed, seedling stage, before and after planting, before flowering, expansion stage or grain filling stage, etc. ;(2) Before the occurrence of adversity or in the early stage of adversity, including frost damage, drought damage, waterlogging damage, disease, etc. , more than 1 day before the occurrence. Onset, validity and duration of chitosan oligosaccharide(1) Effective time(2) The validity period is 24-36 hours;(3) The validity period is more than 7-9 days. Safety of Chitooligosaccharide(1) Excessive use will delay the growth of crops in a short period of time, and will recover within a few days, without causing yield reduction and irreversible damage to crops;(2) Destructive tests on apples show that overuse 5-10 times is still safe for cropsFor more details, please contact:Email: sophia@cyclebioscience...

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    Following dreams: One family’s story of leaving civilization and starting a new sustainable life

    By North American Ag

    Published Feb 15 

    Megan & Terry Buttnor moved to remote Northern Ontario in 2020, to start their new life on a farm that used to serve as the town’s abattoir. Almost two years in they have stories to tell, and share their opinions on how the supply chain, input prices and meatpacker issues effect the family farm. To learn more about Great North Acres, visit their website here: Growing Our Community's Food and So Much More! Available from our farm for you!...

    Categories: Sustainable Agriculture

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    Is Vertical Farming the Future? This Company is Making Sustainable Ag Accessible for Urban Farmers

    By North American Ag

    Published Sep 29, 2021 

    This week Chrissy Wozniak sits down to talk with Eddy Badrina, CEO of Eden Green Technology. Eden Green Technology is a vertical farming company that is changing the way we farm our produce, and feed our communities. Eden Green Technology offers vertical farming technology and turnkey greenhouse systems that can grow 50+ varieties of greens, fruits and vegetables sustainably and efficiently to support economic growth and increase food security. With Eden Green Technology, offer your customers fresh and local produce daily, regardless of the season, significantly lowering the risk of recalls & food-borne outbreaks. Sustainably grow all year long to meet demand, offer unique products, and protect your brand from risk...

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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, 2021 

    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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    GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES FOR AGRITECH BETWEEN MARYLAND AND THE NETHERLANDS

    By Christine Bucan

    Published Jan 26 

    ”In addition to highlighting opportunities for collaboration, the webinar will focus on timely topics like controlled environment agriculture and cybersecurity in agriculture... By supporting the collaboration of companies from both regions we want to stimulate this opportunity for more sustainable and healthy food production. Event speakers include:Signe Pringle — Deputy Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce Rolf Karst — Project Manager Internationalization, InnovationQuarter Eric Egberts — CEO, Dutch Greenhouse Delta Bert Feskens — Senior Programme Manager, Security Delta (HSD) Steve Connelly — Assistant Secretary of Marketing, Animal Industries and Consumer Services, Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) Ewing McDowell — Maryland Department of Commerce Chris Hlubb — Program Director, F3 Tech Andrew Rose — Managing Director, CyberAg Nina Lamba — Assistant Director, Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) Mike Thielke (Moderator) — Executive Director, Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center (ESEC) The webinar is an initiative from InnovationQuarter, Maryland Department of Commerce, F3 Tech, Baltimore-Rotterdam Sister City Committee, Netherlands America Chamber of Commerce Washington Metro (NACCWM), CyberAg, IMET, Rotterdam Partners, Security Delta (SD) and the Maryland Department of Agriculture... Webinar topics are expected to include cyberag; controlled environment agriculture; water management and responding to rising seas, unpredictable weather and climate change; row crop automation; best practices in multi-generational adaptive and resilient structural design... The programs encourage the organic development of high-growth, innovative, and scalable businesses and the jobs they create, with an emphasis on the region’s traditional industries of agriculture and seafood...

    Categories: Agribusiness, News, Sustainable Agriculture

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    Mark Smith United States, TN, Cumberland City

    Job Title: Farmer, Other Ag Professional, Agricultural Historian
    About: Retired military; Veteran Farmer Advocate; Historical Ag Interpretations
    Interests: Vegetables, Cover Crops, Ag Policy, Precision Agriculture, Organic Row Crops, Irrigation, Timber, Marketing, Agribusiness, Wheat, Soil Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Ag Commentary, Accounting and Bookkeeping, Operating a Farm, Taxes, Farm Management, Conservation Plans, Hemp, Organic Specialty Crops, Orchard Crops, Tree Nuts, Hunting, Homesteading, Soil Water

    Lane Cox United States, NC, Lexington

    Business Title: Tractor Supply Company
    Job Title: Other Ag Professional, Garden Center Manager/Greenhouse Specialist
    About: Like most people in agriculture, I wear many hats. I currently work full-time as a retail garden center manager/greenhouse specialist for Tractor Supply Co. I also teach sustainable agriculture continuing education workshops for our local community college. And in my spare time, I manage my farm. I love working with plants, animals, and people. My passion is helping others to learn.
    Interests: Crop Protection, Crop Scouting, Fertility, Irrigation, Soil Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Apps, Ag Commentary, Marketing, News, Ag Policy, Agribusiness, Farm Management, Operating a Farm, Conservation Plans, Cover Crops, Orchard Crops, Organic Specialty Crops, Tree Nuts, Vegetables, Homesteading, Timber, Organic Row Crops, Beef, Feed, Grass-Fed Livestock, Poultry, Specialty Livestock, Projects, Tools, Conservation Easements

  • Mark Smith United States, TN, Cumberland City

    Job Title: Farmer, Other Ag Professional, Agricultural Historian
    About: Retired military; Veteran Farmer Advocate; Historical Ag Interpretations
    Interests: Vegetables, Cover Crops, Ag Policy, Precision Agriculture, Organic Row Crops, Irrigation, Timber, Marketing, Agribusiness, Wheat, Soil Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Ag Commentary, Accounting and Bookkeeping, Operating a Farm, Taxes, Farm Management, Conservation Plans, Hemp, Organic Specialty Crops, Orchard Crops, Tree Nuts, Hunting, Homesteading, Soil Water

    Lane Cox United States, NC, Lexington

    Business Title: Tractor Supply Company
    Job Title: Other Ag Professional, Garden Center Manager/Greenhouse Specialist
    About: Like most people in agriculture, I wear many hats. I currently work full-time as a retail garden center manager/greenhouse specialist for Tractor Supply Co. I also teach sustainable agriculture continuing education workshops for our local community college. And in my spare time, I manage my farm. I love working with plants, animals, and people. My passion is helping others to learn.
    Interests: Crop Protection, Crop Scouting, Fertility, Irrigation, Soil Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Apps, Ag Commentary, Marketing, News, Ag Policy, Agribusiness, Farm Management, Operating a Farm, Conservation Plans, Cover Crops, Orchard Crops, Organic Specialty Crops, Tree Nuts, Vegetables, Homesteading, Timber, Organic Row Crops, Beef, Feed, Grass-Fed Livestock, Poultry, Specialty Livestock, Projects, Tools, Conservation Easements

    Donald W Burchette United States, North Carolina, Chadbourn

    Business Title: AgTec Services
    Job Title: Farmer, Landowner, Ag Retail Professional, Ag Investor, Crop Consultant, Precision Agriculture Specialist
    About: I started out in 1983 as a sales manager in agronomy and continued the trade until 2000 when I got tired of working for someone else so I started my own business also in agriculture and still at it to this day.
    Interests: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Vegetables, Canola, Sorghum, Beef, Dairy, Poultry, Swine, Cover Crops, Ag Policy, Precision Agriculture, Organic Row Crops, Irrigation, Timber, Marketing, Agribusiness, Specialty Livestock, Grass-Fed Livestock, Feed, Crop Protection, Fertility, Soil Health, Crop Scouting, Sustainable Agriculture, Apps, Ag Commentary, News, Farm Management, Accounting and Bookkeeping, Farmland and Real Estate, Operating a Farm, Taxes, Succession Planning, Purchasing, Shops, Repair, Projects, Tools, Conservation Plans, NRCS, Conservation Easements, Hemp, Organic Specialty Crops, Orchard Crops, Tree Nuts, Fishing, Homesteading, Hunting, Tobacco

    Mike Wandzell United States, CA, Merced

    Business Title: Agri-Valley Irrigation
    Job Title: Ag Retail Professional, Precision Agriculture Specialist, Other Ag Professional, Agriculture 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 industries growing up. Mike went to Fresno State, receiving a degree in Journalism. After winning an Emmy in 2016 in TV, Mike got back into agriculture. He now works in Irrigation in California's Central Valley at Agri-Valley Irrigation.
    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, Viticultue

    Maria Belen Amaguana United States, FL, Clearwater

    Business Title: Harvest Harmonics
    Job Title: Ag Retail Professional
    About: We help farmers increase their crop yield, profit and improve the quality of their products. We have the most advanced technology in agriculture
    Interests: Canola, Corn, Cotton, Organic Row Crops, Peanuts, Rice, Sorghum, Soybeans, Wheat, Crop Protection, Fertility, Irrigation, Soil Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Precision Agriculture, Projects, Conservation Plans, Cover Crops, Orchard Crops, Organic Specialty Crops, Tree Nuts, Vegetables

    Danie Bester South Africa, Mpumalanga, Balfour

    Business Title: Deepwater Trading
    Job Title: Farmer, Precision Agriculture Specialist
    About: High Yield chaser, sustainable farming approach with modern agtech. Regenerative ag student.
    Interests: Corn, Soybeans, Beef, Crop Scouting, Fertility, Soil Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Apps, Precision Agriculture, Telemetry, Farm Management, Repair, Shops, Tools, Conservation Easements, Conservation Plans, Cover Crops, Fishing, Hunting

    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

    Kizito Okelue United Kingdom, City of London, City of London

    Business Title: KODGAV
    Job Title: Other Ag Professional, AgTech Founder
    About: Founder of AgTech company KODGAV. KODGAV is an AgTech platform streamlining access to African Agriculture using blockchain technology and smart data.
    Interests: Peanuts, Soybeans, Sustainable Agriculture, Apps, Telemetry, Marketing, Ag Policy, Agribusiness, Organic Specialty Crops

    Jeremie Parr United States, IA, Belle Plaine

    Business Title: Cornelius
    Job Title: Crop Consultant
    Interests: Corn, Soybeans, Crop Protection, Crop Scouting, Fertility, Soil Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Precision Agriculture, Ag Commentary, News, Agribusiness, Ag Policy, Farm Management, Cover Crops

  • Cycle Plantgrowthregulator

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    This is a group that can provide plant growth regulators. Companies or individuals in need are welcome to join, and other colleagues are also welcome to join the group discussion
    Interest: Crop Scouting, Fertility, Irrigation, Soil Health, Sustainable Agriculture

    Treely

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    Coming 2022 - one place where landowners and pros connect, communicate, and do land... no matter it\'s size.
    Interest: Precision Agriculture, Marketing, Agribusiness, Sustainable Agriculture, Apps, Farm Management, Conservation Plans, NRCS

    Marketing With Storybrand

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    This group is for people that follow Donald Miller and Storybrand. It\'s a place to share ideas, ask for help, brainstorm and collaborate.
    Interest: Sustainable Agriculture

    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

    Public
    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

  • 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, 2021 

    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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    What are the ten functions of chitosan oligosaccharides(COS) in agriculture?

    By Sophia Cheng

    Updated Apr 7 

    Ten functions of chitosan oligosaccharide(1) Improve crop disease resistance(2) Activating the plant's own innate immune system(3) Improve crop stress resistance(4) Improve rhizosphere microbial population and inhibit nematodes(5) Promote crop rooting(6) Promote the early growth of plants(7) Increase the yield of crops and improve the quality of agricultural products(8) Degradation of chemical pesticide residues in plants(9) Safe and efficient(10) Fruit and vegetable preservativesThe optimal concentration of chitosan oligosaccharide:(1) Seed treatment100ppm seed soaking for 12~24 hours (related to temperature), or 500ppm seed dressing or spraying;(2) Foliar spraying50~100 ppm (manual or mechanical sprayer); suitable for flight control, need to increase the concentration;(3) Underground flushingThe dosage per mu is 15-25 grams of chitosan oligosaccharide;Best time to use Chitooligosaccharide(1) Use in the critical period of crop growth, including seed, seedling stage, before and after planting, before flowering, expansion stage or grain filling stage, etc. ;(2) Before the occurrence of adversity or in the early stage of adversity, including frost damage, drought damage, waterlogging damage, disease, etc. , more than 1 day before the occurrence. Onset, validity and duration of chitosan oligosaccharide(1) Effective time(2) The validity period is 24-36 hours;(3) The validity period is more than 7-9 days. Safety of Chitooligosaccharide(1) Excessive use will delay the growth of crops in a short period of time, and will recover within a few days, without causing yield reduction and irreversible damage to crops;(2) Destructive tests on apples show that overuse 5-10 times is still safe for cropsFor more details, please contact:Email: sophia@cyclebioscience...

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    Following dreams: One family’s story of leaving civilization and starting a new sustainable life

    By North American Ag

    Published Feb 15 

    Megan & Terry Buttnor moved to remote Northern Ontario in 2020, to start their new life on a farm that used to serve as the town’s abattoir. Almost two years in they have stories to tell, and share their opinions on how the supply chain, input prices and meatpacker issues effect the family farm. To learn more about Great North Acres, visit their website here: Growing Our Community's Food and So Much More! Available from our farm for you!...

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    Is Vertical Farming the Future? This Company is Making Sustainable Ag Accessible for Urban Farmers

    By North American Ag

    Published Sep 29, 2021 

    This week Chrissy Wozniak sits down to talk with Eddy Badrina, CEO of Eden Green Technology. Eden Green Technology is a vertical farming company that is changing the way we farm our produce, and feed our communities. Eden Green Technology offers vertical farming technology and turnkey greenhouse systems that can grow 50+ varieties of greens, fruits and vegetables sustainably and efficiently to support economic growth and increase food security. With Eden Green Technology, offer your customers fresh and local produce daily, regardless of the season, significantly lowering the risk of recalls & food-borne outbreaks. Sustainably grow all year long to meet demand, offer unique products, and protect your brand from risk...

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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...

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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, 2021 

    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...

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    GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES FOR AGRITECH BETWEEN MARYLAND AND THE NETHERLANDS

    By Christine Bucan

    Published Jan 26 

    ”In addition to highlighting opportunities for collaboration, the webinar will focus on timely topics like controlled environment agriculture and cybersecurity in agriculture... By supporting the collaboration of companies from both regions we want to stimulate this opportunity for more sustainable and healthy food production. Event speakers include:Signe Pringle — Deputy Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce Rolf Karst — Project Manager Internationalization, InnovationQuarter Eric Egberts — CEO, Dutch Greenhouse Delta Bert Feskens — Senior Programme Manager, Security Delta (HSD) Steve Connelly — Assistant Secretary of Marketing, Animal Industries and Consumer Services, Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) Ewing McDowell — Maryland Department of Commerce Chris Hlubb — Program Director, F3 Tech Andrew Rose — Managing Director, CyberAg Nina Lamba — Assistant Director, Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) Mike Thielke (Moderator) — Executive Director, Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center (ESEC) The webinar is an initiative from InnovationQuarter, Maryland Department of Commerce, F3 Tech, Baltimore-Rotterdam Sister City Committee, Netherlands America Chamber of Commerce Washington Metro (NACCWM), CyberAg, IMET, Rotterdam Partners, Security Delta (SD) and the Maryland Department of Agriculture... Webinar topics are expected to include cyberag; controlled environment agriculture; water management and responding to rising seas, unpredictable weather and climate change; row crop automation; best practices in multi-generational adaptive and resilient structural design... The programs encourage the organic development of high-growth, innovative, and scalable businesses and the jobs they create, with an emphasis on the region’s traditional industries of agriculture and seafood...

    Categories: Agribusiness, News, Sustainable Agriculture

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    Our VariSun Solar Pumping Systems qualify for Federal and State Incentives

    By Ernesto Montenero

    Published Nov 11, 2021 

    We have been working to help farmers save money and go solar with their electricity and irrigation. Many farmers don't realize that there is funding available for renewable energy and sustainability in agriculture through federal and state incentives. We're here to help spread the word. Power any 3-phase pump with solar pumping systems by Sustainable Technologies Solar solutions featuring VariSun™ controls from Sustainable Technologies qualify for federal incentives such as REAP and state incentives as the SWEEP program, and are a good investment for Agriculture operations looking to save money and go green. Whether you’re involved with crops, dairy, or livestock, Sustainable Technologies can help you harness the sun for clean, economical solutions...

    Categories: Irrigation, News, Sustainable Agriculture

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    Agronomics Announces Actions to Achieve Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2040

    By Nicole Otte

    Published Sep 20, 2021 

    Agronomics is proud to have signed The Climate Pledge and as part of our commitment to the Pledge we’re implementing the integration of solar micro-grid smart power to deliver farming sustainability. Concerns surrounding climate change continue to rise and it is our responsibility as an organization to be held accountable for our environmental impacts. The world is facing a critical need for a sustainable supply of healthy food to supplement traditional agriculture... Agronomics is the agriculture disrupter developing sustainable indoor farming that supports and enhances traditional agriculture with a big impact. The integration of sustainable indoor vertical farming with state-of-the-art fresh produce processing and cold storage warehousing into a single facility powered by solar micro-grid smart power technology, having little to no carbon footprint is just the beginning...

    Categories: Sustainable Agriculture

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  • I'm looking for an agribusiness writer

    By Marjorie Valin

    Published Jul 30, 2021 

    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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    How would you react to someone who put off 5 consecutive meetings?

    By Mike Bowden

    Updated Mar 16 

    He wanted me to fly his Almonds and then flaked

    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, 2021 

    Categories: Crop Scouting, Precision Agriculture

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    Will we see automated drone sprayers in the future?

    By Pat Rogers

    Published Feb 24, 2021 

    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, 2021 

    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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    Have the challenges of farming changed?

    By Ray Bohacz

    Updated Nov 23, 2021 

    Have the challenges of farming truly changed much over the decades or have our expectations changed? Has the affluence of our nation since WWII impacted our perception of agriculture when compared to 70 years ago? Do we need/want more now to feel that we are successful? As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I am sincerely interested in your thoughts on these questions. Thank you and please write as long a response as you deem necessary.

    Categories: Corn, Beef, Dairy

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    What social media platform will take the place of Facebook?

    By Anonymous Member

    Published Jan 12, 2021 

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

    Categories: Marketing

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  • Posted By Rodney Michael
    Apr 6, 2021 

    "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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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    Sep 20, 2021 

    A matrix to define sustainable agriculture goals - #economic, #environmental, and #social.

    https://cosmosmagazine.com/earth/agriculture/a-new-measurement-for-sustainable-agriculture/

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    Posted By Nicholas Machado
    Oct 20, 2021 

    At SAS we create value-added products aimed at promoting profitable and sustainable agriculture for any crop, situation, and for everyone; even in the most adverse edaphoclimatic conditions. We invite you this year to bet again on the most advanced nutritional and biostimulant solutions, on science-driven change in #agriculture, and above all to bet on SAS. #BeSAS, Always in your crop.

    En SAS creamos productos de valor a adido destinados a favorecer una agricultura rentable y sostenible para todos, para cualquier cultivo, para cualquier situaci n, incluso en las condiciones edafoclim ticas m s adversas. Le invitamos, una campa a m s, a que apueste por las soluciones nutricionales y #bioestimulantes m s avanzadas, apueste por cambio en la #agricultura y nase a SAS. #BeSAS, Siempre en su cultivo.
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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))

    Check more https://adalidda.com/posts/8HctBAb24HWXH9Kno/call-for-applications-innovation-for-sustainable-agriculture

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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))

    Check more https://adalidda.com/posts/jCgmx72GGkJQMcje4/call-for-proposals-sustainable-agriculture-sustainable
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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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