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  • Urban Farming

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    For growers in dense urban areas
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    American Association Of Urban Farmers

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    The American Association of Urban Farmers is an organization of individuals, companies, research institutions and universities focusing on advancing Indoor Urban Farming.
    Interest: Organic, Marketing

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

    By Cortney Farmer

    Published 1 years, 4 months ago

    Fickle consumers, climate changes, growing conditions, and a slew of other factors beyond our control can prompt the closure of existing farms as well as deter would-be growers from launching a farming career... Why Now Is The Right Time To Consider FarmingDespite the relatively low numbers of current young farmers in the U... Beyond the significant gap between current open agricultural jobs and available candidates, there are several other compelling reasons why many young professionals are beginning to view farming as their post-college career of choice:Increasing Populations (a... For young, healthy college graduates searching for a non-sedentary, highly active profession (and lifestyle), farming proves an ideal solution... Urban and vertical farming tactics have completely redefined what a day at the office looks like for agriculturalists...

    Prevented Planting? Cover Crops Offer a Silver Lining

    By Laura Barrera

    Published 1 month ago

    Wet conditions across the country forced many farmers to forgo their plans for the season and take prevented planting payments instead. The USDA says that as of July 8, 2019, its paid roughly $184 million in claims for prevented planting because of floods and excess moisture. University of Illinois ag economist Gary Schnitkey estimates payouts could reach a record-setting $3... If the weeds aren’t very big and you think the disturbance of the no-till drill will take care of them, then you can seed first... Cover crop management practices are covered by Good Farming Practice provisions, and the termination guidelines are no longer a requirement for insurance to attach...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    Farming Live United States, WI, Seymour

    Interests: Corn, Soybeans,

    What The Intelligent Investor Can Teach Us About Farming

    By The Crossover

    Published 1 years, 4 months ago

    Here are some lessons from The Intelligent Investor that have crossed over into the way I think about farming... In farming, we are selling commodities rather than buying pieces of a business but the idea is still the same... For example, a 100 acre field that you plan on farming for the next 50 years should be valued differently than one you plan on selling to a neighbor in 5... Investing is most intelligent when it is most businesslike: This could easily be changed to, Farming is most intelligent when it is most businesslike. If you are actively engaged in farming, you likely don't have the luxury of being a passive investor in your operation...

    A Farming Productivity Tool for the New Year

    By AgFuse Administrator

    Published 8 months ago

    Farming is such a unique occupation because the intensity of our work oscillates with the seasons. For most farmers, winter marks a time for some rest and reflection... At this point, you’re probably thinking to yourself, “That’s great, but what on earth does this have to do with farming?” Glad you asked... Farming is such an awesome, unique occupation... ” This is especially true for farming, which is one of the most long-term-oriented professions there is...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Irrigation, Specialty/Vegetable

    Small-scale farming and Homesteading

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    This group is for people who are small-scale farming or homesteading to connect with each other and share information and experiences. CSA's, organic gardening, animal husbandry, etc.
    Interest: Specialty/Vegetable, Beef Cattle, Dairy, Poultry, Hogs, Specialty, Organic, Irrigation

    GroAloe is not just for Organic Farming

    By Christopher Keen

    Published 1 years, 3 months ago

    GroAloe is 100% organic but that does not mean that it is just for organic farmers. It is currently being used in Indonesia and Malaysia on commercial farms. We have just entered the Australian market, one of the worlds largest organic producers. What is a Texas Company doing in that part of the world you ask? Well in part by invitation. GroAloe has been Tested extensively in Indonesia by the Rice Institute IRRI, and we have done side by side trial with the big guns...

    Categories: Organic, Rice

  • Farming Live United States, WI, Seymour

    Interests: Corn, Soybeans,

    Nitin Desale India, Maharashtra, Nashik

    Business Title: Agricos Farming Solutions
    Interests: Cover Crops, Ag Issues in Washington, Precision Ag, Organic, Irrigation, Marketing, Agribusiness

    Jacob Thompson United States, TX, Austin

    Interests: Cover Crops, Marketing, Agribusiness, Hemp, Hemp Farming

    Mike Coolidge Canada, Alberta, Calgary

    Interests: Wheat, Canola, Precision Ag, Organic, Marketing, Agribusiness

    Jay Lytle United States, OK, Shawnee

    Interests: Beef Cattle, Poultry, Marketing, Prairie Hay, Sustainable Farming

    Chris Kitson South Africa, Province of the Western Cape, Durbanville

    Interests: Cover Crops, Organic, Irrigation, Lucerne

    Gerardo Lopez Germany, Lower Saxony, Gottingen

    Interests: Precision Ag, Marketing, Smart Farming

  • Urban Farming

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    For growers in dense urban areas
    Interest:

    American Association Of Urban Farmers

    Public
    The American Association of Urban Farmers is an organization of individuals, companies, research institutions and universities focusing on advancing Indoor Urban Farming.
    Interest: Organic, Marketing

    Small-scale farming and Homesteading

    Public
    This group is for people who are small-scale farming or homesteading to connect with each other and share information and experiences. CSA's, organic gardening, animal husbandry, etc.
    Interest: Specialty/Vegetable, Beef Cattle, Dairy, Poultry, Hogs, Specialty, Organic, Irrigation

    Poultry Farming

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    A group for poultry farmers to discuss all aspects of raising chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese, etc.
    Interest: Poultry

    Dairy Farming

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    A group for dairy farmers.
    Interest: Dairy

    Wisconsin Crop Farmers

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    Looking to discuss farming in Wisconsin. Love to talk about food plots and crops. No livestock.
    Interest: Corn, Soybeans

    Sorghum Producers

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    Here’s a place for sorghum growers to connect while exchanging information on everything from specific farming strategies to the industry at large.
    Interest: Grain Sorghum

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

    By Cortney Farmer

    Published 1 years, 4 months ago

    Fickle consumers, climate changes, growing conditions, and a slew of other factors beyond our control can prompt the closure of existing farms as well as deter would-be growers from launching a farming career... Why Now Is The Right Time To Consider FarmingDespite the relatively low numbers of current young farmers in the U... Beyond the significant gap between current open agricultural jobs and available candidates, there are several other compelling reasons why many young professionals are beginning to view farming as their post-college career of choice:Increasing Populations (a... For young, healthy college graduates searching for a non-sedentary, highly active profession (and lifestyle), farming proves an ideal solution... Urban and vertical farming tactics have completely redefined what a day at the office looks like for agriculturalists...

    Prevented Planting? Cover Crops Offer a Silver Lining

    By Laura Barrera

    Published 1 month ago

    Wet conditions across the country forced many farmers to forgo their plans for the season and take prevented planting payments instead. The USDA says that as of July 8, 2019, its paid roughly $184 million in claims for prevented planting because of floods and excess moisture. University of Illinois ag economist Gary Schnitkey estimates payouts could reach a record-setting $3... If the weeds aren’t very big and you think the disturbance of the no-till drill will take care of them, then you can seed first... Cover crop management practices are covered by Good Farming Practice provisions, and the termination guidelines are no longer a requirement for insurance to attach...

    Categories: Cover Crops

    What The Intelligent Investor Can Teach Us About Farming

    By The Crossover

    Published 1 years, 4 months ago

    Here are some lessons from The Intelligent Investor that have crossed over into the way I think about farming... In farming, we are selling commodities rather than buying pieces of a business but the idea is still the same... For example, a 100 acre field that you plan on farming for the next 50 years should be valued differently than one you plan on selling to a neighbor in 5... Investing is most intelligent when it is most businesslike: This could easily be changed to, Farming is most intelligent when it is most businesslike. If you are actively engaged in farming, you likely don't have the luxury of being a passive investor in your operation...

    A Farming Productivity Tool for the New Year

    By AgFuse Administrator

    Published 8 months ago

    Farming is such a unique occupation because the intensity of our work oscillates with the seasons. For most farmers, winter marks a time for some rest and reflection... At this point, you’re probably thinking to yourself, “That’s great, but what on earth does this have to do with farming?” Glad you asked... Farming is such an awesome, unique occupation... ” This is especially true for farming, which is one of the most long-term-oriented professions there is...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Irrigation, Specialty/Vegetable

    GroAloe is not just for Organic Farming

    By Christopher Keen

    Published 1 years, 3 months ago

    GroAloe is 100% organic but that does not mean that it is just for organic farmers. It is currently being used in Indonesia and Malaysia on commercial farms. We have just entered the Australian market, one of the worlds largest organic producers. What is a Texas Company doing in that part of the world you ask? Well in part by invitation. GroAloe has been Tested extensively in Indonesia by the Rice Institute IRRI, and we have done side by side trial with the big guns...

    Categories: Organic, Rice

    MERCOSUR Farming to Cure Cancer

    By Robert Morgan

    Published 1 years, 2 months ago

    In Colombia, which is only an Associate Member of MERCOSUR farmers have found large concentrations of Rubidium. Rubidium has no known biological role but has a slight stimulative effect on metabolism, probably because rubidium is like potassium. The two elements are found together in minerals and soils, although potassium is much more abundant than rubidium. Plants will absorb rubidium quiet readily. When stressed by a deficiency in potassium, some plants, such as sugar beat, will respond to the addition of rubidium...

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

    By Gregory Heilers

    Published 1 years, 3 months ago

    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... Ecological Farming: the Science Behind Farming Isn’t ChangingIn Joel’s mind, while an individual farmer’s understanding of agriculture may change, the science behind soil health and fertility hasn’t and won’t... ”Compost is the same, but practices have changed on some farmsJoel’s advice for someone looking to educate themselves on ecological farming ranged from reading The Stockman Grass Farmer and ACRES USA to “spending time walking and thinking on your farm. ” He also cited Wes Jackson’s Altars of Unhewn Stone: Science and the Earth, which highlights traditional farming methods as solutions to contemporary agricultural problems. Down under, and representing a different perspective on technology’s place on the farm, John at AgriWebb agreed with Joel on ecological farming practices: “We understand land degradation patterns, and have implemented land management practices to reduce erosion and increase vegetation growth...

    How Yield Champions Use Cover Crops for Growing Higher Bushels

    By Laura Barrera

    Published 1 years, 3 months ago

    There are many factors that can influence corn yield. In fact, Fred Below, a plant physiologist at the University of Illinois, identified seven of them, which he dubbed the “Seven Wonders of the Corn Yield World. ”The seven wonders, ranked in order of most influence on yield, are:WeatherNitrogenHybridPrevious cropPlant populationTillageGrowth regulatorsWhile Below was referring to the cash crop rotation in the fourth wonder, some farmers are taking it one step further by seeding cover crops. The benefit of added crop diversity along with improvements to soil health is paying off, as some of these farmers are achieving the highest yields in the country... If it’s a dry spring, you’ll need to burn the covers down ahead of time to keep them from taking up all of the moisture, but that’s only happened to Hedrick once in the six years he’s been farming...

    4 Steps to Building Soil Organic Matter in the South

    By Laura Barrera

    Published 1 years, 1 month 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... Minimize soil disturbanceThe first principle is to minimize physical, chemical and biological disturbance to the soil, Kloot says, recalling Dakota Lakes Research Farm research manager Dwayne Beck’s comment that “tillage is a catastrophic event in the soil...

    Amending vs. Fertilizing

    By Accidental Agronomist

    Published 1 years, 2 months ago

    This past winter I spoke at the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture(PASA) and NOFA NJ 2018 Winter conferences. What an honor to be able to talk to so many enthusiastic like-minded people. In this article, which was initially published in Week 5 of the 52 Weeks of Agronomy Series, I talked about one of the things I presented on at those conferences. You can find it along with other articles at News | The Accidental Agronomist I spoke about the concept of amending vs... Hence, we are constantly making adjustments to the chemical properties of the soil we're farming to ensure we will get the best yield or nutritional value possible...

  • Posted By American Association Of Urban Farmers
    2 years, 7 months ago

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    Posted By American Association Of Urban Farmers
    2 years, 2 months ago

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    Call for Applications: GOGETTAZ Agripreneur Prize 2019 for young Africans

    GoGettaz is a competition for innovative, young entrepreneurs pursuing the trillion-dollar opportunity of Africa’s agri-food sector. If you are a young agripreneur with a pioneering business venture, you could win one of two US$50,000 cash prizes that will help you change your world and transform the agri-food business.

    The agri-food sector may be defined as businesses including:
    – Agri-food research & development
    – Primary food production (farming)
    – Crop nutrition
    – Irrigation
    – Mechanisation, automation or robotics, including drones
    – Crop protection
    – Hydroponics or urban farming
    – Transport, distribution, storage or logistics
    – Food processing
    – Packaging or marketing
    – Food retail or service
    – Waste management or recycling
    – Digital or technology solutions/services to the agri-food sector
    – Innovative finance solutions/services to the agri-food sector
    – Renewable energy or environmental solutions/services to the agri-food sector

    Application Deadline: 21 July 2019 at midnight Central Africa Time (CAT)

    Illustration Photo: Super gari, made with locally-grown cassava, in Liberia (credits: Jessie Kalsmith, USAID-BEST Project, Fintrac Inc. July 2014. / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0))

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    Agricool raises 28M USD to make urban farming a reality

    In 2030, 20% of products consumed worldwide will come from urban farming (compared to 5% today). In the past 3 years, Agricool’s teams have developed a technology to grow local, healthy fruits and vegetables more productively and within small and controlled spaces, known as “Cooltainers” (recycled shipping containers transformed into urban farms). Thanks to this new funding round, Agricool will be able to confirm its role in the development of this new type of agriculture, while positioning itself as a key player in the segment of vertical farming in France and worldwide. Agricool plans to multiply by a hundred its production by 2021, in Paris first, then internationally starting with Dubai, where a container has already been installed for several months in The Sustainable City.

    Photo: Strawberry grown in Cooltainer (credit: Agricool)

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    EU's Call for Proposals: Food Systems Africa

    Proposals shall assess and deliver better nutrition performance of African farming systems, strengthening the agro-biodiversity (and integrated aquaculture systems) and food diversity. They shall address innovative approaches in local food systems while covering technological, food safety, social and gender issues[2], and address sustainable postharvest technologies, including bio-based packaging, to reduce food waste along the post-harvest/consumer chain and plastic littering. Empowerment of small farmers (including aquafarmers) and processors benefitting rural areas leading to diversity of diets and improving food identity is essential. Food supply chains (conventional and organic) for both local urban markets and high value global markets shall be targeted. Proposals need to ensure the commitment and participation of a variety of partners established in the EU and in Africa, and shall establish relevant links with other projects involved in the EU-Africa Research and Innovation Partnership on Food and Nutrition Security & Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA). Proposals should include a task to cluster with other projects involved in the EU-Africa R&I Partnership on FNSSA and with the cooperation platform established under SFS-33-2018.

    Dateline for submission: 23 January 2019 17:00:00 Brussels time

    Illustration Photo: Smallholder fish farming system in Mbala District, Northern Province, Zambia (credits: Steven Cole / WorldFish / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

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    An Urban Based Smart IoT Farming System

    Authors: Njoroge Mungai Bryan, Ka Fei Thang and Thiruchelvam Vinesh

    Published under licence by IOP Publishing Ltd
    IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, Volume 268, conference 1

    Recent technological developments have led to the emergence of new trends in agriculture to ensure increased production through sustainable utilization of resources. One of the new trends is Precision Agriculture (PA). However, like many new emerging trends, PA is faced with a number of uncertainties and hurdles. One of the major issues and hurdles in precision agriculture is the uncertainty of optimum application of resources necessary for optimum yield production while minimizing resource wastage for sustainable agricultural production. Therefore, this paper presents a fuzzy based Decision Support System (DSS) to intelligently allocate water and fertilizer used in crop production based on the age of the plant and data collected from the soil and surrounding environment with the aid of a network of sensors. An embedded hardware system consisting of a Cartesian robot has also been implemented to ensure effective application of the fuzzy derived decisions. Two Fuzzy Inference Systems (FIS) consisting of linear, non-linear Membership Functions and a 149-rule base for the PA system have been developed in MATLAB, implemented using Arduino microcontrollers and tested on spinach plants whereby results show that the linear FIS is able to achieve more accurate results in terms of the quality of yield realized and resource utilllisation. Resource utilllisation comparison with other systems in literature reviewed is also done whereby the DSS is able to save up to 2031 ml and 524 ml of water and fertilizer respectively.

    Figure: Embedded robotic system (credits: Njoroge Mungai Bryan, Ka Fei Thang and Thiruchelvam Vinesh)

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    Posted By Ag Sustainability And Innovation
    2 years, 9 months ago

    Potential of Vertical Hydroponic Agriculture in Mexico

    Authors: José de Anda and Harvey Shear

    Journal Title: Sustainability

    Publisher: MDPI AG

    In 2050, Mexico’s population will reach 150 million people, about 80% of whom will likely live in urban centers. This increase in population will necessitate increased food production in the country. The lands classified as drylands in Mexico occupy approximately 101.5 million hectares, or just over half the territory, limiting the potential for agricultural expansion. In addition to the problem of arid conditions in Mexico, there are conditions in other parts of the country related to low to very low water availability, resulting in pressure on the water resources in almost two-thirds of the country. Currently, agriculture uses 77% of the water withdrawn, primarily for food production. This sector contributes 12% of the total greenhouse gas emission (GHG) production in the country. Given the conditions of pressure on water and land resources in Mexico and the need to reduce the carbon footprint, vertical farming technology could offer the possibility for sustainable food production in the urban areas of the country in the coming years.

    Photo: Stevia production in a greenhouse by using a hydroponic system in Mexico (credits: José de Anda and Harvey Shear)

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    Posted By Canola Growers
    2 years, 4 months ago

    "Manitoba farmer Bruce Dalgarno is pumped. He’s preparing to plant a whopping 485 hectares of canola — the crop that turns fields a brilliant yellow — on his farm, an hour north of Brandon.
    "His crop will cover the equivalent of about 900 football fields. That’s a lot of canola.
    "However, it’s a relatively tiny portion of the crop — one football field’s worth, perhaps — that has him the most excited. That’s the part he’ll dedicate to helping advance a new cold-pressed, premium canola oil initiative called XV Canola (XV means extra virgin)."
    https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/urban-farming/2017/05/15/finding-the-cream-of-the-canola-crop-the-new-farm.html

    Posted By Corn Growers Group
    2 years, 4 months ago

    "During a 'Future of No-till' presentation at Western Illinois University, New Zealander John Baker discussed how current no-till practices have only achieved about 50% of its potential conservation agriculture capability. . . .
    "What is now needed is to focus on the remaining 50% of conservation agriculture’s objectives. Baker says we need to maximize the two invisible 'silver bullet' assets offered by low-disturbance no-tillage – water vapor and carbon. And only true low-disturbance no-tillage is capable of doing this, he adds."
    http://www.cornandsoybeandigest.com/tillage/low-disturbance-no-till-future-farming

    Posted By Fertility And Soils
    1 years, 1 month ago

    https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/to-feed-the-world-sustainably-repair-the-soil/