Maggie McGrath and Chloe Sorvino for Forbes: "You only get 40 attempts at farming. From your 20s to your 60s, you get 40 seasons,"
There is a growing body of evidence that seems to indicate that closed-loop water recirculation systems like hydroponics and aquaponics (the coupling of fish production with vegetable production) may in fact offer an advantage over soil-based organic growing since the water chemistry of both these systems can be manipulated to boost natural plant bioactives for health benefits.
Sun Bandit Produces Solar Hot Water In Sub-Zero Temperatures to Heat Dwellings and Grow Fresh Produce North of the Arctic Circle
Freeze-Resistant Properties Allow Worlds First Certified PV-Powered Solar Water Heating System to Heat Water, Channel Stored Energy to Feed Radiant Wall and Floor Heating and Extend Growing Season for Hydroponically Produced Fresh Vegetables In Sub-Zero Temperatures
Ten startups with technologies focused in soil health, food safety and traceability, decision making support, and robotics and infrastructure comprise this years THRIVE Accelerator program participants.
Gregor Heard for Queensland Country Life: The Rural IoT Network will provide the backbone infrastructure for shared networks of wireless sensors that constantly report on essential farm metrics.
Robert Morris for Nibletz: Iowas AgriTech Startup Accelerator Attracts California Startups
Aimed at Bringing Open-Source Farming to Consumers, Cool Idea! Award Grant Helps FarmBot Maintain Momentum
FarmBot is an open-source, small-scale farming machine that gives individuals the power to create a digital garden using a desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. Through their Cool Idea! Award, the product's designers leveraged Proto Labs' on-demand injection molding service to decrease production costs and increase quality at scale.
John Boyd & Mike Weaver for The Hill: When they are done, the market will be dominated by two large and two smaller companies - spelling disaster for American farmers and consumers who will see food costs go up and innovation decline.
Jonathan Easley, The Hill: Trump will visit Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, home of the nations largest two-year agricultural college program, to view the schools cutting edge "agricultural geo-spatial technology and precision farming" techniques.
AgriTech Investors Roundtable: According to the latest report, for 2016, over $3.23 Bn was invested in agriculture sector worldwide. Of this, 53 Indian agritech startups raised $313 Mn.
AgWeb.com: An influx of investors is bringing more money to seed-stage AgTech startups. And while that is an incredible thing for the industry at large, it certainly comes with its own set of challenges.
We realize that were only at the beginning of the Bowery journey and we couldnt have asked for a better group of investors to help us grow in this next stage.
Richard Wilson for Electronics Weekly: Technologies such as IoT can be used to address the need for sustainable food production to support the current rate of population growth, according to IoT analyst firm Beecham Research.
Catie Noyes for Farm and Dairy: Precision agriculture and agricultural technology have come a long way in the past five to 10 years.
Precision agriculture isn't just rhetoric; it's real-time intelligence flowing into analytics software that transforms that flow into meaningful, practical information that farm managers can react to quickly. That data -- and that process -- have costs and, for the last few years, farmers have been stretched because commodity prices are down.
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