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Châtenay-Malabry (FR - 92290), 12 October, 2020
EFITA newsletter / 954 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment
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Measuring soil compaction at planting
Compaction damage at seeding is costing you, but is it enough to warrant investing in new equipment? To find out, AGCO research effectiveness, and potential return-on-investment, of compaction-prevention tech.
Multi Farming Systems: Autonomous future for Multiplanter
Australian Multi Farming Systems has plans for a 92 metre Multiplanter and an autonomous version.
Good old days (?????): Man Digging in the Orchard by Van Gogh, The Hague, July 1883
How did we the future yesterday??
See the incredible collection developed by Alain Fraval
Machine Vision for Agriculture Solutions
This is today’s agriculture: Tractors drive autonomously and the cultivation of fields can be carried out precisely and plant-specifically. Drones record the condition of the soil and crops from the air. Robots assist in milking, feeding, and monitoring animals. MVTec software makes this possible.
Robots: Autonomous robot built specially for a perfect seed bed
A group of Dutch arable farmers are having a field robot built for shallow soil tillage operations.
Tech adoption: How can small farmers adopt new technology?
Investing in new equipment can seem like an insurmountable hurdle for smaller-scale producers.
Precision seeding: Precision seeding for higher yields and less weeds
Higher yields and fewer weeds are possible if crops are sown in more uniform spatial patterns.
Autonomous tractors: Autonomous planting comes to the American Midwest
Illinois-based company Sabanto pursues efficiency with smaller-scale approach to equipment.
US warns food costs may double with EU's farm-to-fork push, Bloomberg, by Mike Dorning
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue warned that the European Union’s “Farm to Fork” environmental initiative will stoke trade tensions as European producers face higher costs and seek protectionist measures.
Perdue said in a conference call Tuesday with European and U.S. reporters that world food prices would double if the initiative were followed globally. He said that the estimate was based on conclusions from U.S. Department of Agriculture economists he spoke to.
Syngenta acquires biologicals company Valagro, AFN, by Jack Ellis
Good old days (?????): Cider apples by Henry Herbert La Thangue, circa 1899
SwarmFarm raises $3.2m to grow its open platform for ag robotics, AFN, by Jack Ellis
Australia’s SwarmFarm Robotics has raised A$4.5 million ($3.22 million) in a funding round led by local VCs Tenacious Ventures and Artesian. The Queensland Business Development Fund also supported the round.
The startup was founded in 2012 by farmer couple Andrew and Jocie Bate, who also run a dryland crop and beef cattle operation in the remote settlement of Gindie, Queensland.
How Cambodia can revive agriculture with big data, in ASEAN Today, by Grace Lim
Will there be a drought in the coming weeks? Will rice fetch higher prices next month? Farmers will soon be able to leverage Big Data for its predictive insights to facilitate real-time decisions and drive agricultural sector growth in Cambodia.
CEA startup AppHarvest to go public, expects $475m funding at $1bn valuation, AFN, by Lauren Stine
US controlled environment agriculture (CEA) startup AppHarvest has announced a merger with NASDAQ-listed special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Novus Capital, enabling it to go public.
The deal is slated to bring in $475 million in gross proceeds for Kentucky-based AppHarvest, including a private investment in public equity (PIPE) transaction worth $375 million from existing and new investors including Fidelity Management & Research Company, Inclusive Capital, and Novus. This commitment, at $10 per share, values the company at $1 billion.
Good old days (?????): Dans la vigne par Jean-François Millet
Building a Movement from the Ground Up 2019 Environmental, Social, and Governance Report
Located within a day’s drive of 70% of the U.S. population, our base in Appalachia allows us to pick our fruits and veggies when they’re ripe and reduce diesel use in transportation by 80%
Neglected Crops Could Be The Global Solution For Food Insecurity, by Daphne Ewing-Chow
Globally, an over-reliance on a few staple crops, namely maize, wheat and rice, has resulted in limited dietary diversity— a leading cause of persistent malnutrition. These few foods represent more than half of the world’s calorie intake and have typically played a central role in the fight against food security, but to no avail— hunger, inequality and non-communicable diseases continue to rise. Perhaps it is time to try something new.
Good old days (?????): Travailleurs dans un champ de betteraves (1874-76) par Max Liebermann
Can loans tied to soil health save agriculture? A new $250m fund wants to find out, Forbes, by Chloe Sorvino
America’s soil health is in dire straits and a new investment fund, rePlant Capital, has been formed to help clove the crisis with capitalism by tying interest rates for farm loans to improvements in soil’s carbon and water storage as a way to save farmers from the disastrous impacts of climate change.
A third of the country’s topsoil has eroded in the past 50 years, part of a warning from the United Nations in 2015 that predicts soil degradation will be one of the central threats to human health in the coming decades. Farmers are seeking to regenerate soil after decades of misuse from chemical fertilizers and herbicides, but transitioning to less harsh farming practices is costly, and nature cannot solve the problem according to human timeline, requiring 500 years or more to create an inch of fresh topsoil under natural conditions.
Good old days (?????): A little child by Sir Georges Clausen
Her side of the family
A child asked his father, "How were people born?"
So his father said, "Adam and Eve made babies, then their babies became adults and made babies, and so on."
The child then went to his mother, asked her the same question and she told him, "We were monkeys then we evolved to become like we are now."
The child ran back to his father and said, "You lied to me!"
His father replied, "No, your mom was talking about her side of the family."
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