To meet consumer demands for authentic and fresh-tasting foods, some innovative packaging technologies are doing the job normally given to preservatives, enabling manufacturers to keep the ingredient list to a minimum.
Fran Ryan for The Recoder: The farm at the University of Massachusetts Crop and Animal Research and Education Center on North River Road in South Deerfield is offering proof that solar arrays and agriculture don't have to be at odds, but can actually exist together within the same field.
NANALYZE: One of the big reasons we're rooting for the future is that the world's biggest tech fund, the SoftBank Vision Fund, planted $200 million in the biggest agtech funding round ever for San Francisco-based Plenty. That brought total funding for the three-year-old company up to $226 million.
Blue River has designed and integrated computer vision and machine learning technology that will enable growers to reduce the use of herbicides by spraying only where weeds are present, optimizing the use of inputs in farming - a key objective of precision agriculture.
Adele Peters for Fast Company: The acquisition of a computer vision startup speeds the company's goal of helping farmers grow enough food for an exploding global populatio
Crops need weather. Farmers need weather forecasts. Expect to see more advanced weather information being made available as technology improves.
New Products Enhance User Experience and Propel Precision Agriculture Technology Forward
The Merkle: Plenty Inc will utilize vertical farms to make it feasible to have large growing operations close to consumers. The farms themselves will be state of the art and capable of producing large amounts of food.
Raul Hernandez for Business Insider: Because of the many uncertainties involved in farming, outside investors are sometimes unwilling to take a long-term investment approach, making some farmers skeptical of working with outside investors.
Using Agriculture Drones to Move From Analog to Digital Farming: A Case Study in Quantifying the Return on Investment
For us, the answer on when to go from "analog" to "digital" farming is today. In one growing season, we estimate that we will come out positive on our investment in implementing a "base-plus" variable rate nitrogen program.
Nikkei Asian Review: The business model would strip away the hurdles farmers currently face when trying to enter commercial solar power generation. They would be able to secure enough electricity for their own needs and have a surplus from which to gain an additional source of income.
Nina Sparling for Technical.ly Brooklyn: The Brooklyn landscape is going green - and not just on rooftop farms. Of late, the borough has seen an explosion of innovation about how to grow fresh, healthy food in the heart of the city.
It combines alternative fuels and advanced agricultural technology with readily available powertrain innovation from CNH Industrial sister brand FPT Industrial.
Inspired by sunflowers and other phototropic plants that follow the sun across the horizon, the SmartFlower wakes up at sunrise, fans out its twelve solar "petals" to 194 square feet and automatically cleans itself in preparation for capturing the sun's rays.
Jason Tatge for VentureBeat: Because it's still early days in the realm of digital ag, there's a big risk that sellers are going to try to get farmers locked into their data systems and policies.
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