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Giving agriculture a global do-over could feed nearly a billion more people

Diana Gitig for Ars Technica: “We find that the current distribution of crops around the world neither attains maximum production nor minimum water use.”

What is a Farm in a Box?

Farming in a box is a system that uses shipping containers for the purpose of growing year-round agriculture in any environment. Farming in a box allows local food production through design and technology, facilitating anyone to grow food anyplace.

The 3 Main Categories of Drones and Their Advantages & Disadvantages

Sales of drones are expected to rise from 2.5 million in 2016 to 7 million in 2020, a staggering 180% increase. This means newer and more varied versions of them are constantly hitting the market, making it difficult to keep up with the different types of models.

Best-in-Class Corn Stand Counts with Drone Technology

Want to know how to perform in-depth and accurate stand counts to pinpoint areas of potential yield loss and take corrective measures at key times during the growing season?

Discover NDVI and Its Valuable Uses in Agriculture

NDVI gives powerful insights and makes it easier to visualize crop health that the naked eye can’t see. It shows you where the problem is in advance so you can fix it faster. NDVI technology does not replace humans, but it does help make your job easier.

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Meet the "connected cow"

Nic Fildes for Financial Times: Farmers are placing sensors on various parts of cows’ bodies — including the tail, neck, hooves and stomach — to help increase the productivity of their herds.

Good-bye golf course, hello olive groves! New Palm Springs enclave to become an 'agri-hood'

Marilyn Kalfus for the OC Register: The 300-acre sustainable community, named Miralon, is planned as one of the nation’s largest agricultural neighborhoods, or “agri-hoods,” where new homes crop up around community farms.

Saudi Arabia Just Made Plans To Build Mega Metropolis Powered Entirely By Renewables

Brian Spaen for GreenMatters: They’ll be farming in solar-powered greenhouses and vertical farms in densely-populated locations. This will bring in fresh crops to the community, adding to the great quality of life they’re hoping to achieve through its other sectors.

'Tell me phone, what's destroying my crops?'

Jorn Madslien for BBC: The app, called Plantix, was developed thousands of miles away in Berlin, Germany, by a group of graduate students and scientists who came together to help farmers combat disease, pest damage and nutrient deficiency in their crops.

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Future Farm Releases LED Canada Update

LED Canada is in the final stages of providing a quote on its LEDs for the previously announced Mobile, AL farm and another farm in development in Massachusetts. Each vertical farm would require 9,000 8-foot LED lamps, which would represent a multi-million-dollar purchase order for each project.

TechAccel Invests in New Class of Antifungal Technology to Protect Crop Yields

Second "Path to Commercialization" Grant Awarded to Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

The Climate Corporation and Deveron Partner to Deliver On-Demand Aerial Imagery Data to Farmers for Enhanced Crop Analysis

Collaboration Furthers Climate's Commitment to Build a Farmer-Focused Digital Ag Ecosystem that Includes Multiple High-Resolution Imagery Capabilities

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