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John Deere warns that 2016 will be worse than this year for the farming business

But the farming industry has been getting slammed by falling crop prices, and the world's largest maker of farm equipment says its performance next year will be worse.<p>"Although our forecast calls for lower results in the year ahead, the outlook represents a level of performance that is considerably …

Big Data Companies Agree: Farmers Should Own Their Information

Some of the biggest names in American agriculture, ranging from farmers' organizations to private companies like Monsanto and DuPont, have agreed on principles governing the use of data collected from farms.<p>That data increasingly drives farm operations. Tractors and combines carry sensors that …

This Urban Farmer is Breeding Seeds for Rooftops

Urban farmers in New York City face many obstacles—from high winds, to lack of space, extreme temperatures, and more. But now, there’s a line of …

Hungry Planet: Can Big Data Help Feed 9 Billion Humans?

With a population set to hit 9 billion human beings by 2050, the world needs to grow more food —without cutting down forests and jungles, which are the climate's huge lungs.<p>The solution, according to one soil management scientist, is Big Data.<p>Kenneth Cassman, an agronomist at the University of …

Agriculture

These Scientists Are Training Computers to Help Farmers Save Their Crops

Want to know why your cucumbers are producing flowers but no fruit? It could be that your flowers are only male. Can’t for the life of you figure out …

The Geography of American Agriculture

The United States grows a lot of different agricultural products, from soybeans to sunflowers. And each of these crops are suited to different …

Agriculture and Youth Employment: The Missing Link

<b>Suk Moo Lee is a sensation in his native Korea: He has combined farming and camping to invent 'farmping' on his blueberry farm and, in 2013, his innovation brought in USD 200,000 in profit.</b><p>Suk Moo swapped his polished shoes for work boots in 2010, moving from Korea's capital Seoul to rural …

AgFunder crowd funding for agriculture, launches first deal

Feb. 12 (Reuters) - Crowd funding has found the farm.<p>AgFunder, an online platform for agriculture-related companies to seek capital through a form of crowd-sourced fundraising, said Wednesday it was launching its first campaign by focusing on a California agricultural data company.<p>Through the …

Robot Startup Raises $10 Million to Reduce Chemicals in Agriculture

Blue River Technology, which uses computer vision and robotics to improve the efficiency of agriculture, has raised $10 million in a round led by Data Collective Venture Capital. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors also joined the round, as did earlier investor Khosla Ventures. The …