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Oaks in the Forest Fontainebleau, by François Ortmans (1826 - 1884), École de Barbizon
California county sees highest number of monarch butterflies in more than 20 years, by Mackenzie Shuman, December 22, 2022
There's some hope fluttering around San Luis Obispo County this holiday season.
It comes in the form of an iconic orange-and-black striped butterfly that makes tall eucalyptus or Monterey cypress trees its home up and down the coast.
More than 129,000 western monarch butterflies were counted in the county by Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation employees and volunteers in November, according to preliminary data shared by local volunteer coordinator Jessica Griffiths.
That's the most counted in San Luis Obispo County in more than 20 years—in 1998 there were about 182,000 counted, according to the Xerces Society's data.
The Wealth of Generations: Latest Update, by Jeremy Horpedahl, December 21, 2022
"Millennials are roughly equal in wealth per capita to Baby Boomers and Gen X at the same age.
Gen X is currently much wealthier than Boomers were at the same age: about $100,000 per capita or 18% greater."
Montigny-sur-Loing, by François Ortmans (1826 - 1884), École de Barbizon
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Still Wrong! New Year’s Paul Ehrlich Interview on CBS’s 60 Minutes, By Marian L. Tupy
The reason the planet matters is that we are here to perceive it and to enjoy it with our senses.
1. The World Database on Protected Areas reported that 15 percent of the planet’s land surface was covered by protected areas in 2017. That’s an area almost double the size of the United States. Marine protected areas covered nearly 7 percent of the world’s oceans. That’s an area more than twice the size of South America. Plans are afoot to increase the size of the protected areas substantially.
2. The world is urbanizing. By 2050, 80 percent of humanity will live in cities. In other words, we are withdrawing from land, thereby increasing, not decreasing, the space available to plants and animals.
3. The Rockefeller University environmentalist Jesse H. Ausubel estimates that due to the continued improvements in the efficiency of farming practices, including rising crop yields, the world will see “a net reduction in use of arable land (i.e., land used for farming) in about 50 years totaling 10 times the area of Iowa, and shrinking global cropland to the level of 1960.”
VISION Conference: Despite Current Challenges, CEA (Controlled-environment agriculture) Offers a Positive Long-Term Future
Today’s troubles are a hiccup on forward progress for controlled-environment agriculture, according to a VISION Conference panel.
Ag Tech Talk Podcast: Traction Ag’s Cloud-Based Accounting Software
Traction Ag CEO Ian Harley discusses the importance of ag-specific accounting software and how consolidation in the industry could affect financials.
Cattle returning, late afternoon, by François Ortmans (1826 - 1884), École de Barbizon
How Agro.Club Uses Technology to Empower Any Farmer to Trade Grain Globally
Agro.Club's global grain marketplace has the potential to become a key component in ensuring global food security.
Sabanto Releases First Autonomy Kit for Kubota M5 Tractors
Autonomy kit allows operators to turn tractors they already own into autonomous machines.
CNH Industrial Takes Minority Stake in EarthOptics
CNH Industrial will begin a pilot testing phase of EarthOptics’ soil sensing technology through our Case IH brand in 2023.
Virtual Cropping Creating Big Picture for Growers
AquaSpy's Kathleen Glass, a presenter at this week's VISION Conference, shares insights on virtual cropping and how it will affect agriculture.
Berger et son troupeau sur la colline, par Charles Ceramano (1831-1909), École de Barbizon
Quantum Computing Forwarding Logistics, Market, and Field Machinery Solutions
VISION Conference speaker Santiago Nunez-Corrales shares where quantum computing is poised to take us in the next 10 years.
Ag Tech Talk Podcast: Bringing AI and Humans Together to Solve Edge Cases
In this AgriBusiness Global podcast, Michael Kohen, Founder and CEO of Spark AI, shares insights on artificial intelligence and the future of farming.
Rising Food Prices Could Create Opportunities in Ag Tech
Learn how AgriFORCE is developing agtech innovations and building out a robust IP portfolio to creatively solve industry problems.
Siemens and 80 Acres Collaborate to Scale Vertical Farming
Siemens technology is aiding 80 Acres Farms and its technology subsidiary, Infinite Acres, in expansion to meet global food supply demands.
Precision AgTech Buying Intentions Survey: How Ag Retailers Will Invest in Technology in 2023
Although overall sales will be flat, retailers in 2023 plan to spend most of their tech dollars on newer segments — except drones.
Best Agriculture Apps for 2023
These agricultural apps will help you farm smarter and do your job more efficiently this year and beyond.
World’s First Agri-Focused Satellite Prepares for Launch from Cape Canaveral
EOS SAT satellite constellation to provide the agriculture and forestry industry with high-quality data to support efficient and sustainable practices.
Berger et son troupeau, par Charles Ceramano (1831-1909), École de Barbizon
Ag Startup Engine and Farmwave Form Joint Partnership
Farmwave is the latest company to be added to the Ag Startup Engine portfolio, a premier seed program for agricultural startups.
Corteva, NEVONEX Collaborate to Explore Advanced Digitally Enabled Crop Protection Opportunities
Companies aim to deliver prescriptive crop protection product performance and farmer ROI through advanced data capabilities.
Raven Advances Precision and Autonomous Agtech with Two Raven Autonomy Product Debuts
Raven debuts Driverless Tillage and Driver Assist Harvest Solutions at the recent CNH Industrial Tech Day Event.
You are happy
New Breakthrough Institute Report Highlights Massive R&D Funding Gap for Agricultural Climate Action
Analysis from The Breakthrough Institute calls for policymakers to embrace agricultural science and innovation to accelerate climate mitigation.
Start 2023 with The VISION Conference and Harness the Power of Ag 4.0
The VISION Conference convenes industry leaders from across the rapidly expanding agtech ecosystem.
Lindsay Corp. Forms Partnership with Ceres Imaging
High-resolution imagery incorporated into Lindsay's FieldNET irrigation management tool offers increased visibility of crop and field conditions.
Crop One Expands U.S. Operations With New Vertical Farm in Pennsylvania
Facility marks the first of 10 farms the company plans to build as part of its five-year roadmap.
Europe's foodtech top 10 deals in Europe Q42022
Europe's foodtech top 10 deals in Europe in 2022
How on-farm artificial intelligence can help horticulture supply chains
Data is the lifeblood for AI, and we see that members of our industry are at different stages of their digitalisation roadmaps, so for those looking to start the journey towards AI-powered farming, a great first step is to identify the key inputs, processes and outputs of your farming business.
Then for each of those, take stock of what data you are currently collecting, where this data is stored, if it can be easily accessed electronically, and if there are any key gaps.
Those gaps could be plugged by investing into new sensors and data loggers to make sure key inputs and outputs are being captured digitally. It will also be useful to think about the level of resolution that your data should be at, to be useful for you and your business.
For example, if you're a horticultural grower thinking about using AI for harvest yield predictions in the future, a key enabler will be having a solid record of previous yields at the level of granularity you wish to predict at, such as per hectare, per block, site or regional/national levels for commercial growers.
An upfront investment in equipment that helps record inputs and accurate yield tonnage volumes at harvest is an essential starting point.
As more digital tools are implemented on farm, data can unlock more pieces of the farming system puzzle. This will allow farmers to manage their production with greater insight and confidence in decision making.
It's exciting to see how data and information technology systems can contribute to more resilient food and agricultural systems for the future.
After the forest fire, Fontainebleau, by Charles Ceramano (1831-1909), École de Barbizon
Harvest Prediction Accuracy - How our customers’ benefit
Using the Digital Playbook with patented microclimate predictions, The Yield's customers can realize up to a:
57% reduction in water requirements
47% increase in safe spray windows
150% better extreme weather event identification
20% improvement in harvest predictions
"Our platform is architected to be hardware agnostic - we already use data from other weather station providers in our apps and analytics," Harvey said.
At this year's Hort Connections, The Yield will kick off a million-dollar Food Agility CRC Research Project using optical metrics from robots (what they did and their observations) to improve their Digital Playbook harvest predictions.
"Working closely with Yamaha Motor Corp., our customer, Treasury Wine Estates, and the University of Technology Sydney, this project will help us to 'close the data loop,' i.e., take data from robots and feed this into our algorithms to improve AI predictions delivered by The Yield.
Maison de Théodore Rousseau, par Georges Gassies (1829-1919)
> AvL Motion, Exobotic, InsightTRAC, Naïo and Nexus finalists for Ag Robot of the Year 2023
The AvL Motion Compact S9000, Exobotic Technologies Land-A2, InsightTRAC Rover, Naïo Jo and Nexus Robotics La Chèvre robots are the finalists for the first-ever global Ag Robot of the Year award. An expert jury selected them from 16 candidates.
> Who do you think should win the Ag Robot of the Year Award?
The AvL Motion Compact S9000, Exobotic Technologies Land-A2, InsightTRAC Rover, Naïo Jo and Nexus Robotics La Chèvre robots are the finalists for the first ever global Ag Robot of the Year award. Besides the jury’s winner, we would like to know who you think should win the award. Cast your vote!
> First autonomy kit for Kubota M5 tractors released by Sabanto
Sabanto's autonomy kit for Kubota M5 tractors is now available. Sabanto's system retrofits onto existing Kubota M5 tractors, allowing operators to turn tractors they already own into autonomous machines.
> Machine Vision is Key for Agriculture 4.0
Did you know that machine vision is part of many automation and robotics applications used in agriculture? The software products of MVTec enable innovative technologies and best-in practice solutions.
Read more about farming machinery, greenhouse automation, precision farming and livestock farming in our whitepaper
> Modular crop scouting robot Tom lets SRC swarm out globally
Small Robot Company (SRC) has launched version 4 of its crop monitoring robot Tom. Its modular design helps SRC to build more robots and cover larger farms globally.
> Field robot Dood to compete in new Ag Robot of the Year election
EarthAutomations’ autonomous field robot Dood is taking part in the new Ag Robot of the Year election and is challenging the other contestants.
> CNH Industrial invests in soil sensing technology
CNH Industrial announces a minority investment in the US-based ag tech company EarthOptics through its Ventures arm. EartOptics develops soil sensing technology.
> Direct starter fertilizer application – a breakthrough
John Deere will very likely be the first company that can offer direct starter fertilizer application metered per seed - a breakthrough in precision agriculture worldwide.
> High fertilizers’ prices: How are farmers worldwide coping with it? | Part III
> A look at the revolutionary SoilReader before it reaches market
> Oscar autonomous irrigation robot makes every drop count
> New technology to help save on fertilizer costs
> Making fertilizer from wastewater is feasible, study shows
> Fertilizers’ market: Prices remain high, but cost relief is on the horizon
30 in-field robots in demos
> Autonomous machines for a sustainable agriculture have now entered the farms. February 7 to 9, World FIRA 2023 will welcome farmers and industrials into the fields, around 30 robot demos on 2 ha of cultivated plots. the Agrobiopole, near Toulouse (France) will also host a large exhibition zone, debates and pitches, and networking times.
> Robots for field crops, veg, vine and trees
> Running two machines from one cab
> Who will become Ag Robot of the Year in 2023?
> Integrating robots: what farmers expect
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Despite economic uncertainty, agtech adoption is up for farmers around the world, says McKinsey, AFN, by Jennifer Marston
“Farmers are willing to innovate, despite macro uncertainty,” says a new global survey of farmers from global consulting firm McKinsey. That’s good news for agtech adoption, as many farmers plan to try new products and practices over the next couple of years.
The survey of 5,500 farmers across nine countries found that 70% of farmers expect profits to remain stable or increase. High crop prices around the world are fueling this cautious optimism.
Where Delta and Omicron Caused the Most Damage?
Letter from 2023: a vintage year to invest in foodtech and agtech, AFN, by Louisa Burwood-Taylor
2023 could be the best year yet to invest in foodtech and agtech.
Sure, we’ve all said this before; that’s part and parcel of being in an industry since the beginning. And with all the amazing innovations we’ve seen over the last 10 years, it’s been hard not to get overexcited about the potential to transform our food and agriculture industries for the better.
But looking back, have the innovations actually been that amazing?
Not really, according to my friend Johan Jörgensen from Sweden FoodTech. Jorgensen wrote a great piece for us earlier this week about the current backlash against certain foodtech sectors like vertical farming and alternative protein, where sales have slumped. “I have looked at the ingredient lists and tasted loads of new protein products over more than a dozen years in food tech and so far nothing has matched the products they try to replace,” he writes of alt protein.
Last week, I interviewed Elliot Grant, CEO of Mineral, the ag data company that Google parent Alphabet has just officially revealed. He reiterated what I hear frequently these days from the farmtech industry: that we still do not have enough farm data to provide truly useful and actionable insights for farmers and agribusinesses. “It is still early days for AI/ML and sensing in agriculture. I love how much innovation is happening — and we need it desperately — but this industry is still at day zero for maturation,” he said. (Responses to that article and Grant’s thoughts are coming in thick and fast so please do email me your thoughts as they probably warrant a follow-up article: louisa(a)agfunder.com.)
Dangerous times for young Americans
New Green Revolution gene discovery sows hope of drought resilient wheat
Reduced height, or semi-dwarf, wheat varieties with improved drought resilience may soon be grown in fields across the globe following an exciting scientific discovery
Farmers Cultivate Golden Rice in the Philippines for the First Time
For the first time, farmers in the Philippines have cultivated Golden Rice on a larger scale and harvested almost 70 tonnes of grains this October.This nearly never-ending story began at ETH Zurich.
This autumn will probably go down in agrarian history. In October, farmers in the Philippine Province of Antique harvested a substantial amount of beta-carotene-enriched Golden Rice for the first time – namely a total of 67 tonnes from 17 fields.
The dried and polished grains are going to be distributed to households with pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers or preschool children who are at risk of diseases caused by vitamin A deficiency.
India super, France not too bad
EarthOptics nets $27.6m Series B to advance soil sensing and data platform, AFN, by Lucy Ngige
Soil analysis has always been core to farmers’ operations and is now more important than ever with concerns around soil erosion and loss across the globe during to damaging farming practices such as over-tilling and extensive use of synthetic inputs damaging soil health. Estimates predict this loss to be worth $400 billion per year.
Soil analysis usually involves sending soil samples to a lab for testing which is not only laborious but time-consuming, something farmers often do not have on their side.
EarthOptics is using data to unlock soil’s potential. It claims to produce real-time data on soil health and structure using ground-based sensors, satellites, machine learning models, and agronomic expertise.
With this financing, EarthOptics says its technologies will be more accessible to its users who comprise farmers, suppliers and food companies. It believes this will increase the delivery of ‘hyper-accurate soil insights’ to farmers, saving costs for them, informing their tillage decisions and determining their carbon output.
Intérieur de bergerie, par Charles Jacque (1813-1894)
2022 India AgriFood Startup Investment, AgFunder
India has overtaken China as the best funded agrifoodtech ecosystem in Asia-Pacific.
In this fourth iteration of the India AgriFoodTech Investment report, in collaboration with Omnivore, we detail a record-breaking $4.6 billion in investment in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2022.
2022 Asia-Pacific AgriFoodTech Investment Report, AgFunder
Investment in Asia-Pacific agrifoodtech startups broke records in 2021 when it reached $15.2bn, taking investment to over $55 billion in 10 years, and accounting for 30% of global foodtech and agtech funding.
2022 Africa AgriFoodTech Investment Repor, AgFunder t
n the past five years, early-stage investors have pumped more than $1 billion into African startups innovating for the food and agriculture industry, achieving a record-breaking $482 million in 2021 alone. That was a 250% jump year-over-year, but still represents less than 1% of global agrifoodtech investment.
2022 Europe AgriFoodTech Investment Report, AgFunder
Some $9.2 billion dollars was invested in agrifoodtech ventures in Europe in 2021.
Similar to the global agrifoodtech scene, investors mostly backed online grocery ventures and other asset-light downstream technologies. European e-Grocery startups raised $4.2 billion, representing 43% of Europe’s total agrifoodtech investment capital and a 1,300% year-over-year jump.
Where did the rest go?
Play-to-earn Metaverse games are becoming increasingly popular among the gaming community. Now, Metaverse platforms are introducing various genres ranging from MMO battles to card trading and even sports games.
One of the most sought-after genres among Metaverse games is crypto farming games. This genre has an immersive virtual world of farming where you can play and earn crypto at the same time. If you are new to the farming games in the Metaverse, here you can discover the five top-rated titles of the genre!
1. Plato Farm Plato Farm is another impressive crypto farming game where you can grow crops and keep livestock to generate profits.
You first need to buy land and other resources to make money in the game. Then you can grow crops, breed your animals on your land...
2. CropBytes is a versatile Metaverse farming game with a balanced economy. The economy of CropBytes depends on the virtual token, CBX. To earn CBX, you first need to get the assets and start growing crops. Then there are animals you have to feed and get extracts from them. Also, you can gather utilities from farms that you can use or sell.
Poor UK railway system
Less inflation, less pessimism
New battery is cheaper than lithium-ion with four times the capacity, By Kristin Houser, December 18, 2022
It could help solve the renewable energy storage problem.
New Method Can Break Down 95% of Toxic 'Forever Chemicals' in Water in Just 45 Minutes, By Clare Watson, 21 December 2022
Scientists have discovered a new way to break apart 'forever chemicals', the notoriously stubborn pollutants that contaminate our waterways and threaten public health, contributing to a growing list of potential methods of dealing with the long-lived compounds.
Labourage, par Georges Gassies (1829-1919)
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