Why Robots Should Shake the BeJeezus out of Cherry Trees

Matt Simon for Wired: Researchers at Washington State University have developed algorithms that scan a tree for individual branches, then determine what bit of each branch to grasp and shake to extract the most cherries-up to nearly 90 percent of them.

Data-Driven Farming Is Keeping Us All Well-Fed

Ronald Holden for Forbes: MSFT got into data-driven farming almost three years ago. "We believe that data, coupled with the farmer's knowledge and intuition about his or her farm, can help increase farm productivity, and also help reduce costs ," says a company spokesman.

How a Mushroom Farm Grows in a Manhattan Restaurant

Nina Sparling for Vogue: Equal parts urban farm and tech startup, their company, Smallhold, deploys hardware and software not only to grow a bounty of fungi but also to carve out alternative routes from farm to table.

Western Growers ag tech center exceeding expectations

Ashley Nickle for The Packer: The center continues to work on strengthening relationships with the venture capital community, and it is seeking feedback from growers on the startups at the center and the technology in development.

U.S. indoor farming startup Plenty eyes rollout in China, Japan: CEO

Dominique Patton for Reuters: Ambitious U.S. indoor farming startup Plenty Inc is seeking urban sites for new farms in Chinese cities as part of a global drive to set up high-tech facilities growing organic vegetables in warehouses under banks of LED lights.

How The AgTech Investment Boom Will Create A Wave Of Agriculture Unicorns

Arama Kukutai & Spencer Maughan for Forbes: With indoor farming, disruptive retail, along with genome and microbial tech all vying for the big dollars, there is understandable angst for the "have nots" trying to attract capital to compete with the "have mores."

Ag Startup Inocucor Adds $9.5M for Microbes that Improve Yields, Soil

Frank Vinluan for Xconomy: When applied to plant seeds or on farm fields, or used in indoor growing operations, the company says these products can help improve crop yields, shorten growing periods, and help form healthier and more resilient soil.

Why pink is the new green at this farm in Dubai

Sapna Dhanwani for News XPRESS: New research shows that plants don't necessarily need the whole spectrum of ROYGBV lights. According to scientists, pink light - a combination of red and blue wave lengths -- is all that they really need to grow.

How Robotics and Automation Will Affect Labor in the Food System

FoodTank: From seed to table, a revolution in technology that prioritizes robotics and automation is on the cusp of transforming the work required to produce, transport, sell, and serve food.

What John Deere's 'Lettuce Robot' Means For Green Agriculture

Desiree Kaplan for GreenMatters: Basically, the robot is towed behind a tractor and uses its cameras to automatically identify, target, and destroy weeds with nearly perfect accuracy.

Farming is going digital. Can antitrust law keep up?

Daniel Oliver for Washington Examiner: Remember when it was next to impossible to transfer documents between a Mac and PC? Imagine the position Bayer-Monsanto will be in when it has all the billions of data points on your farm stored on its digital platform.

Elon Musk's brother is helping millennials quit their desk jobs and become farmers

Aditi Roy for CNBC: Kimbal Musk has an accelerator, Square Roots, that teaches millennials how to farm out of a shipping container in Brooklyn. Musk says today's millennial farmers are trying to make a difference in how food is produced.

10 AG Mergers and Acquistions from 2017

Gil Gullickson for Successful Farming: In a down agricultural economy, firms look to mergers and acquisitions to gain efficiencies.

Former cannabis activist's agtech ideas are game-changers

Brian Blum for Israel21c: Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies has one technology to stabilize plant root temps and another to irrigate farms with dew condensation.

Grow Pod Solutions Introduces Automated Farming to the Investor Community

Grow Pod Solutions has developed the world's most advanced growing pods. Their container farms are fully automated, and feature innovations such as greenhouse control software, Bipolar Ionization, automatic dosing, fertigation scheduling and full-time surveillance.

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