Sensors applied to plant leaves warn of water shortage

Anne Trafton for MIT News Office: MIT engineers have created sensors that can be printed onto plant leaves and reveal when the plants are experiencing a water shortage

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."

Urban farming containers to play a role in hyper-local food sourcing

Torstar News Service: Forty-foot containers, equipped with infrared lights and vertical hydroponics systems, can produce up to 150 pounds of kale a week.

Organic Farmers Lose Battle Over Soilless Hydroponic Growing

Emily Monaco for Organic Authority: The National Organic Standards Board voted last Wednesday to reject proposals prohibiting hydroponic and aquaponic production methods from being certified USDA organic.

Princeton's Vertical Farming Project harvests knowledge for a budding industry

Morgan Kelly, Princeton Environmental Institute: Princeton University's Vertical Farming Project began at a conference in 2016 when the topic turned to increasing the crop yield of hydroponic systems

Energy-efficient vertical farm to fight food poverty

David Szondy for New Atlas: "Obviously the footprint needs to be small, so you have to go vertical. And you'll need to use artificial lighting. These are the problems we decided to solve for."

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.

IKEA & Top Chef David Chang Round Out AeroFarms Financing For $40M Series D Round

AeroFarms: Having raised in total over $100 million in corporate and project financing, AeroFarms will used the latest round of funds for continued investment in leading R&D and technology and additional farm expansion around the world.

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.

Roots $5m IPO will heat the ground so we can grow strawberries in winter

Melissa Yeo for Stockhead: Roots sells an underground heating and cooling system for crops that increases yields and allows crops to be grown out of season.

GardenSpace, a Smart Garden Robot that Waters, Monitors, and Protects Plants, Launches on Kickstarter

The GardenSpace camera sensor monitors health by determining how chlorophyll level, plant growth, and plant temperature change over time, and then sends precise information to the gardener via an accompanying app.

Small, light robotics to take over big tractors as future for farm machinery

Gerald Piddock for NZ Farmer: Larger farming machinery will be replaced by more efficient systems relying on emerging technologies, agricultural robotics expert Simon Blackmore says.

'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.

3 skills tomorrow's farmer will need

Mike Wilson for Farm Futures: When IBM and Silicon Valley invest in ag, you know it's not your daddy's farm anymore.

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