Scarcity of Specialists a Troubling Trend

Jack Zemlicka for Precision Farming Dealer: For the first time in the 13-year history of the study, recruiting and retaining technicians ranked atop the list of dealer concerns, with some 92% saying they are "concerned" about the availability of technicians.

Are vegetable flats the future?

Fresh Plaza: Vertical cultivation systems are seen as the solution increasingly often. By working in a controlled environment and on multiple layers, an enormous amount of food can be produced on a small surface.

Vertical Farms May Be the Future of Your Food

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.

New Holland Agriculture unveils methane powered concept tractor

It combines alternative fuels and advanced agricultural technology with readily available powertrain innovation from CNH Industrial sister brand FPT Industrial.

EU's future cyber-farms to utilise drones, robots and sensors

Anthony King, From Horizon Magazine: Bee-based maths is helping teach swarms of drones to find weeds, while robotic mowers keep hedgerows in shape.

Ag-tech: The automated farm

Tara Duggan for The San Francisco Chronicle: In the field, self-propelling harvesters lop off the heads of cabbages, then funnel the 8-pound goliaths to workers who trim and sort them. Inside a nearby Taylor Farms packing plant, a three-armed robot pivots and turns to maneuver bagged salads squarely into packing boxes.

FORGET PRECISION AGRICULTURE: DRONE HERDING IS TAKING OFF

Malek Murison for We Talk UAV: Luckily, a few farming pioneers have started using their drones to herd animals, including cattle and sheep, from one place to another.

In India, an Uber for farm machinery aims to make a difference in rural areas

Jon Russell for TechCrunch: The concept is actually quite straightforward. EM3 works with farmers who own equipment like tractors, harvesters and other mechanical implements by allowing them to 'rent out their assets to help pay off the purchase or generate additional revenue.

XAIRCRAFT Launched in Japan Targeting Global Precision Farming

Japan is one of the first countries using large-scale UAV on plant protection in the world. Take rice as an example, ground vehicles spray about 22% (in 2014), and the proportion of UAV plant protection has reached 36%.

As California's labor shortage grows, farmers race to replace workers with robots

Geoffrey Mohan for LA Times: Now, the $47-billion agriculture industry is trying to bring technological innovation up to warp speed before it runs out of low-wage immigrant workers.

This AgTech Startup Just Built A Coinstar For Coffee

Alex Knapp for Forbes: "Our machine, using machine vision and artificial intelligence, analyzes every single coffee cherry," said Jones. "And then we give the grade back to the farmer who produced it."

Ivy Tech Precision Ag Program prepares students with newest technologies in agriculture

Greensburg Daily News: The need for new agriculture training is great. Indiana is seeing an increase in the average age of its farm workers from 49 in 1950 to now approaching the age of 60.

Vineyard Robot Prototype to Debut at FutureFarm Expo in Oregon

Seeking to solve the chronic labor shortage problem facing the US premium wine industry, the Digital Harvest LLC project 'ROVR' team has developed a fully mobile concept demonstrator at their Pendleton, Oregon R&D lab.

Dealers Expecting Growth in Precision Farming Activities

USAgNet: So what are retailers anticipating in 2017? Some 59% of all dealers forecast revenue growth of at least 2% this year, with about 15% projecting growth of at least 8%.

Roomba Inventor Joe Jones on His New Weed-Killing Robot

Evan Ackerman for IEEE Spectrum: Tertill is a solar-powered, weed-destroying, fully autonomous and completely self-contained robot designed for your garden.

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