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.

Roots $5m IPO will heat the ground so we can grow strawberries in winter

Melissa Yeo for Stockhead: Roots sells an underground heating and cooling system for crops that increases yields and allows crops to be grown out of season.

GardenSpace, a Smart Garden Robot that Waters, Monitors, and Protects Plants, Launches on Kickstarter

The GardenSpace camera sensor monitors health by determining how chlorophyll level, plant growth, and plant temperature change over time, and then sends precise information to the gardener via an accompanying app.

Small, light robotics to take over big tractors as future for farm machinery

Gerald Piddock for NZ Farmer: Larger farming machinery will be replaced by more efficient systems relying on emerging technologies, agricultural robotics expert Simon Blackmore says.

'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.

World's first floating farm in the Netherlands

Mina Solanki for IAmExPat: Floating Farm will be made from a concrete base and will measure around 1.000 square metres. The roof will be fitted with solar panels and a rainwater collection system.

UK Farm is First to Complete Fully-autonomous Crop Harvest

Lauren Scrudato for Laboratory Equipment: They completed the task with basic, commercially-available agriculture machines and open-source software typically used to guide hobbyists' drones.

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.

World's First Solar Powered Indoor Vertical Farm Comes To Philadelphia

Steve Hanley for CleanTechnica: It plans to grow the equivalent of 660 outdoor acres worth of crops in less than 100,000 sq feet. "The panels are already installed and turned on, now we're building out the farm.

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.

Vertical Farming Looks to Go Mainstream

Richard Jones for Greenhouse Grower: The summit was a mix of education, advocacy, and policy discussion about urban agriculture - vertical farming in particular - targeted at finding ways to broaden its adoption in cities around the country and around the world.

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.

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.

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