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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 1 years, 1 month 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

    Mattie Hill United States, NY, Bronxville

    Business Title: Mattie Hill Farms
    Job Title: Agricultural Engineer
    About: An Agricultural Engineer, Consultant, Realtor and Investor who's interest is to contribute positively in Agriculture by improving technologies to boost food production and ensure food safety. Hit me up for further details
    Interests: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Specialty/Vegetable, Rice, Canola, Grain Sorghum, Beef Cattle, Dairy, Poultry, Hogs, Specialty, Cover Crops, Ag Issues in Washington, Precision Ag, Organic, Irrigation, Timber Production, Marketing, Agribusiness

    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 9 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

  • Mattie Hill United States, NY, Bronxville

    Business Title: Mattie Hill Farms
    Job Title: Agricultural Engineer
    About: An Agricultural Engineer, Consultant, Realtor and Investor who's interest is to contribute positively in Agriculture by improving technologies to boost food production and ensure food safety. Hit me up for further details
    Interests: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Specialty/Vegetable, Rice, Canola, Grain Sorghum, Beef Cattle, Dairy, Poultry, Hogs, Specialty, Cover Crops, Ag Issues in Washington, Precision Ag, Organic, Irrigation, Timber Production, Marketing, Agribusiness

    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

  • Timber Production

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

    Vegetable Production

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

    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

    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

    Moringaseed

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

    Nationwide Farm Insurance

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

    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

    AgFunder

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    An online investment marketplace and daily news service covering the technologies and innovations shaping the agriculture markets globally.
    Interest: 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 1 years, 1 month 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 9 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, 5 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, 5 months 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 1 years, 3 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...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    How farmers can help eradicate world hunger – in 10 steps

    By AgTech News By Agroop

    Published 1 years, 8 hours 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

    How Smart Farming Protects the Environment While Saving Crop Loss

    By Jenny Hoo

    Published 1 week ago

    Coping with Crop Production LossSmart Farming concept first came about when the realization of production and food loss figure surges despite numerous measures applied in the crop field... This poses as a major threat to the human population as these losses would have been enough to feed one billion people! In a report by McKinsey, global food waste and loss is worth $940 billion a year, followed by carbon footprint of 4... All these adds up to a food waste of 1... Thanks to the geniuses who came out with the revolutionary smart farming concept that aims to resolve the challenges of crop and consumption loss as well as food waste... With the new technologies mentioned above, it is no doubt that smart farming is the future of agriculture industry that is circular and sustainable at the same time...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Precision Ag

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

    By Gregory Heilers

    Published 1 years, 4 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...

    What Farmers Need to Know About Mycorrhizae

    By Laura Barrera

    Published 11 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

    4 Steps to Building Soil Organic Matter in the South

    By Laura Barrera

    Published 1 years, 2 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...

    Categories: Cover Crops

  • Call for Proposals: Plant Protein Enhancement Project

    The overarching goal of this RFA is to support innovative research necessary for improving the physico-chemical properties, yield and total plant protein for human consumption. The RFA seeks to provide knowledge and resources needed to enhance the supply chain for plant-based protein in a profitable and sustainable manner. FFAR and its co-funders are committed to supporting research on the following topics:

    1. Genomic resources and a technology toolbox for new or underutilized protein crops.
    2. Enhancing functional and nutritional properties of plant proteins for plant-based food applications.
    3. Performing market-based analyses for new or underutilized and/or production systems of proteins for plant-based food.

    Application Deadline: 9 October 2019 at 5:00 PM ET

    Illustration Photo: Peas Plants (credits: Matthew Bellemare / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0))

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    Big Data Analysis for Sustainable Agriculture on a Geospatial Cloud Framework

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

    Journal: Sustainaible Food System, 16 July 2019

    Publisher: Frontiers

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

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

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    Call for Proposals: Food Security in Qatar

    The Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) is joining hands with QNRF to address, through research, the challenges of Food Security in Qatar, and develop a comprehensive, sustainable and long-term National Food System. The vision of MME falls in line with Qatar National Vision 2030, which is to improve the quality of life in Qatar by achieving Food Security.

    The main research theme of this call has been selected to promote local food production in Qatar, including crop production, fisheries, dairy, poultry, livestock etc, while taking into consideration the full cycle of growing, harvesting, and food distribution.

    Research on this main theme aims to:
    ? Promote innovation by supporting efforts that explore and enhance ways of producing and protecting local agricultural products (plants, animal and fisheries resources).
    ? Promote the integration of relevant technologies into agricultural production (use of Artificial Intelligence-AI and Smart Agriculture).
    ? Integrate efficient water use, energy into agri-technology (greenhouse design, smart animal husbandry, and aquaculture, hydroponics, etc) for efficient local food production.
    ? Integrate food safety and genetic enhancement techniques (breeding and selection) to enhance local crops, animal resources and fisheries production, etc.

    Local food production ensures certain level of sustainability. This will also enhance local foods availability and increase self-reliance of communities.
    Other themes have been selected to take into consideration the complex scheme of Food Security in Qatar, which requires involvement of different parties from different fields and to feed into the area of food production.

    Application Deadline: 2 October 2019

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    Big Data Analysis for Sustainable Agriculture on a Geospatial Cloud Framework

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

    Journal Title: Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems

    ISSN: 2571-581X (Online)

    Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.

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

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

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    Big Data Analysis for Sustainable Agriculture on a Geospatial Cloud Framework

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

    Journal Title: Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems

    ISSN: 2571-581X (Online)

    Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.

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

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

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    Netherlands Enterprise Agency Call for Applications: Partnership for private sector development and improving food security in developing countries

    The SDGP programme is a far-reaching facility. A major part of the SDGP are the subsidy tenders. The 2nd tender focuses on stimulating private sector development and improving food security in developing countries through public-private partnerships (PPPs).

    Projects contribute to one of more of the following focus areas:

    creating better labour conditions and efficient working procedures (better work and income as well as increased production);
    reducing malnutrition;
    promoting economic growth in the agricultural and fisheries sector;
    creating sustainable and ecologically sound food chains;
    increasing private investments in developing countries.

    Application submission deadline: 1 October 2019

    Illustration Photo: MUIIS Project Uganda. Through the Market-led, User-owned ICT4Ag-enabled Information Services (MUIIS) project, CTA in collaboration with other partners has developed a solution to address the current lack of information services and enable Ugandan farmers to make more informed decisions regarding the use of agricultural inputs, such as improved seeds, fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides. Armed with this information, farmers can improve their yields and protect their crops against pests and diseases, as well as increase their farms’ resilience to flooding and drought. (credits: CTA ACP-EU / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0))

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    Soil and Crop Management Strategies to Ensure Higher Crop Productivity within Sustainable Environments

    Authors: Farooq Shah and Wei Wu

    Journal Title: Sustainability

    ISSN: 2071-1050 (Online)

    Publisher: MDPI AG

    The rising population and reduction in the amount of land and some other resources have created tremendous pressure on current agricultural producers to meet the increasing food demands. To cope with this challenge, certain key inputs, such as fertilizers and other chemicals, are overused, which are worsening the surroundings. This intensive agricultural production without adherence to ecological sustainability has led to declining soil health, land degradation, and severe environmental problems. So, future efforts to feed the growing population should aim for greater agricultural production within sustainable environments. In this regard, innovative steps are needed, as business-as-usual policies lack the potential to cope with these challenges. The concept of agricultural sustainability and various soil and crop management strategies (SCMS) that have been designed to optimize crop yield under sustainable environmental conditions are discussed, including nutrient management, site specific nutrient management (SSNM), integrated nutrient management (INM), integrated soil fertility management (ISFM), integrated soil-crop system management (ISSM), ridge-furrow mulching systems (RFMS), sustainable water management (SWM), conservation agriculture (CA), sustainable land management (SLM), vertical/sky farming, and integrated crop management, and breeding strategies as well as other approaches combined with technological and behavioural changes. The present review suggests that a sustainable production system can be developed by combining the multifaceted efforts under SCMS practices with short- and long-term preventive measures. Reducing chemicals’ usage, such as that of fertilizers and pesticides, plus improvements in the crop input use efficiency could minimize greenhouse gases emissions while protecting the environment. Sustainable agriculture holds promise for humankind and the planet Earth, and it can be successful if all developed and developing nations stand together to seek ‘our common future’ to produce more food while generating less environmental pressure.

    Illustration Photo: Plastic-lined farm pond for new, extensive date palm farm. South of the Jordan Valley, Jordan. (credits: Amelia Altz-Stamm / Water Alternatives / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0))

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    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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