Combining solar panels and agriculture makes land more productive

Karen Graham for Digital Journal: An agrophotovoltaics (APV) pilot project conducted at Lake Constance has proven that farming and the use of solar panels can be compatible.

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."

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.

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.

Plastomics is growing the next generation of crops with agtech

Christine McGuigan for Silicon Prairie News: Plastomics' chloroplast engineering is a platform that can efficiently introduce multiple traits into the chloroplast and enable simple, more predictable breeding of traits.

Indigo Harvests $156M to Boost Agtech R&D, Harness Crop Microbes

Frank Vinluan for Xconomy: Indigo's work focuses on beneficial microbes-the bacteria, viruses, and fungi that naturally coexist with plants. Some of these microbes work with plants, helping them overcome stresses that they face over a growing season.

Antarctica Is Getting a Farm That Can Grow Produce Even When It's -100 Degrees Fahrenheit Outside

Futurism: The farm will feature a year-round greenhouse that can grow food for researchers at the Neumayer III polar station on the Ekstrom Ice Shelf.

Ikea is bringing a pop-up vertical farm to London

Lisa Bowman for Metro.co.uk: Researchers from the SPACE10 lab at the Lokal pop-up want to show the general public that delicious, fresh food can be grown right in your home, using a hydroponics farming system.

Digital Technology Meets Agronomy

Pam Smith for The Progressive Farmer: Drones buzzed overhead a tractor and spray boom projected images to simulate how spray nozzles can use new technology to spray only where weeds had escaped previous controls.

How John Deere's New AI Lab Is Designing Farm Equipment For A More Sustainable Future

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

A couple of 30-something guys swapped high finance for farmland and now manage $575 million

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.

Farmers face vendor lock-in as agriculture goes digital

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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