Farming Is a Tough Business, but New Trends Offer Opportunity

As the challenges to the agricultural industry continue to evolve, we must pay attention to the impact on farmers. We must support those who feed us by finding new ways to empower farmers, both professionally and personally.

Applications Now Open for The Radicle Automation Competition

Startups specializing in agriculture automation can now apply for a $250,000 minimum investment.

XPONENTIAL 2018 is Just Around the Corner

This show is the perfect place to learn about new capabilities and technologies that are transforming the business of agriculture. You can see the next generation of unmanned technology and see how unmanned systems will advance agriculture today and in the future.

Investment-ready disruptors in ag showcased at Boston's AgTech Nexus USA

Presentations and interactive panel discussions will address investment opportunities in upstream agtech advancements - where global investments have grown to $4.2 billion from $2.36 billion in the past three years, according to AgFunder.

New Exoskeleton is Revolutionizing Work Processes

The Airframe is designed like a backpack and can be adjusted to almost any body size with an adjustable frame and straps. It supports the upper extremities of professionals and skilled trade workers who are exposed to repetitive arm motions and/or stationary arm elevation.

Robots Are Trying To Pick Strawberries. So Far, They're Not Very Good At It

Dan Charles for NPR: Any 4-year old can pick a strawberry, but machines, for all their artificial intelligence, can't seem to figure it out. Pitzer says the hardest thing for them is just finding the fruit. The berries hide behind leaves in unpredictable places.

3 Aspects of Modern Farming That Need Data to Thrive

We must continue to improve the output and efficiency of our agriculture in the U.S. and across the globe. Utilizing data to generate timely recommendations for planting, irrigation, fertilization, spraying and harvest will allow us to provide citizens of the world with both higher quality and a greater quantity of crops to enjoy while also protecting the land

Autonomous Solutions, Inc. Provides Automation for FireFly Automatix High-performance Turf Mower

As the autonomous capabilities of the M220 develop, turf farmers will have the ability to create maps of their fields, assign multiple mowers to separate fields and dispatch them to mow, unmanned, all with the click of a mouse or tap on the screen.

Mechanical engineers collaborate in exploration of robotic options for farmers

The first project partners with industry to use robotics to aid farmers with mobility impairments. The Partnership for Innovation grant is a collaborative effort between Virginia Tech's College of Engineering and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences,

Artificial Intelligence in Agriculture: Understanding Crop Growth

There are many different types of potential applications of AI in agriculture -- ranging from machine control, to image analysis, to improving our understanding of where, when, and how a crop might respond toparticular environmental conditions.

Pegasus Food Futures Introduce Ground-breaking Farming Technique

They unveiled plans to use artificial intelligence to improve the efficiency and reduce the costs of hydroponic farming as well as to optimise the nutritional value of the crops.

Big Data Suggests Big Potential for Urban Farming

Amy Crawford for CityLab: A global analysis finds that urban agriculture could yield up to 10 percent of many food crops, plus a host of positive side benefits.

Smart irrigation scheme cuts water use and boosts crop yields - scientists

BT: The micro-irrigation system, which is being trialled on a farm in Tamil Nadu, southern India, has cut water use by up to 80% and doubled the yields of some crops, the scientists from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh said.

TRIMBLE BECOMES LATEST PARTNER TO JOIN THRIVE AGTECH VENTURE & INNOVATION PLATFORM

The new relationship between Trimble and SVG's THRIVE platform signifies the continued commitment to advancing a safer and more sustainable agriculture supply chain and to providing innovative solutions to farmers and their production partners worldwide.

The Promise of Indoor, Hurricane-Proof 'Vertical' Farms

Meagan Flynn for The Atlantic: They might be an efficient way to produce food in a world with more-extreme weather-but only if growers can figure out a successful business model.

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