Mechanical engineers collaborate in exploration of robotic options for farmers

The first project partners with industry to use robotics to aid farmers with mobility impairments. The Partnership for Innovation grant is a collaborative effort between Virginia Techs College of Engineering and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences,

Farmers Edge and HBS Systems Launch Exclusive Technology Alliance to Deliver Next Generation Precision Digital and DMS Solutions

New Integrated Solutions Provide Remote Machine Health Monitoring, Detailed Machine Analytics, and Instant Notifications, Enabling OEM Dealers to Respond More Efficiently to Critical Issues

Farm2Kitchen Leverages Blockchain Technology for Food Safety and Security

Farm2Kitchen has developed a network of more than 100,000 small farmers across India. They provided these farmers training, mentoring and direct access to the market, thus providing them better value for their produce and improving their bottom line.

Sentera Adds Gimbaled NDVI Data Capture to DJI Phantom 4 Drone Series

Sentera's latest offering will help ag professionals collect more uniform normalized difference vegetative index (NDVI) or normalized difference red edge (NDRE) data across a wider range of operating and environmental conditions.

Big Data Suggests Big Potential for Urban Farming

Amy Crawford for CityLab: A global analysis finds that urban agriculture could yield up to 10 percent of many food crops, plus a host of positive side benefits.

Smart irrigation scheme cuts water use and boosts crop yields - scientists

BT: The micro-irrigation system, which is being trialled on a farm in Tamil Nadu, southern India, has cut water use by up to 80% and doubled the yields of some crops, the scientists from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh said.

TRIMBLE BECOMES LATEST PARTNER TO JOIN THRIVE AGTECH VENTURE & INNOVATION PLATFORM

The new relationship between Trimble and SVGs THRIVE platform signifies the continued commitment to advancing a safer and more sustainable agriculture supply chain and to providing innovative solutions to farmers and their production partners worldwide.

The Promise of Indoor, Hurricane-Proof 'Vertical' Farms

Meagan Flynn for The Atlantic: They might be an efficient way to produce food in a world with more-extreme weather-but only if growers can figure out a successful business model.

Why Silicon Valley should take ag tech more seriously

Arian Aghajanzadeh for GreenBiz: A 2015 report by McKinsey & Company stated that agriculture and hunting remain the least-digitized industries in the United States. However, farmers long have sought cost-effective tools to increase the efficiency of their fields.

Balderton Capital leads $25M Series A in 'urban farming' platform Infarm

Steve O'Hear for TechCrunch: Infarm has developed an "indoor vertical farming" system capable of growing anything from herbs, lettuce and other vegetables, and even fruit. It then places these modular farms in a variety of customer-facing city locations

Dealing with and preventing fly-tipping

Louise Richardson writing on behalf of Lycetts: Fly-tipping is a large problem for many across the UK - not only for private residents, but also for corporations. We know that the problem exists, but few people know what to do about it when it happens to them.

Smart Farm: Creating the Farm and Farmworkers of the Future

Andy Fell for UC Davis: "Smart Farm is about addressing the grand challenges in agriculture, using technology to increase production of food and renewable energy in the face of a changing climate,"

How A Formerly Struggling AgTech Provider Dominated An Industry Sector, In 3 Steps

David K. Williams for Forbes: The result: production has moved from one machine every 4-6 weeks to an average of 5 machines per month for a total of 130 worldwide and predominance in its sector, with pre-orders booked through June 2018.

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 farmers knowledge and intuition about his or her farm, can help increase farm productivity, and also help reduce costs ," says a company spokesman.

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