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How 5G will impact the future of farming and John Deere's digital transformation

In rural America, 5G technology could enable new precision agriculture capabilities on farm equipment leveraging real-time connectivity.<p><i>Video: How 5G</i> …

Farming

Trump Overstates Size of Tax Cuts in Speech to Farmers

NASHVILLE — President Trump delivered an economic victory lap during a speech to farmers on Monday in which he vastly overstated the size of the tax cuts passed by Congress late last year and bragged about a rollback of regulations on American businesses.<p>Declaring that the “American dream is …

The Bananapocalypse Is Nigh

The failure to diversify makes the world's favorite fruit vulnerable to a wipeout.<p>The bananapocalypse is coming. That’s the likelihood that sometime in the next decade, bananas may disappear, victims of a fungal pathogen known as Panama Disease. The disease is on the march throughout the world, …

Forestry

Precision farming will feed the world the green way

With the world population set to reach nearly 10bn by 2050, higher agricultural yields will be needed to meet the demand for food — just as the …

Waste Not, Want Not: Drink Beer To Feed Fish And Help Save The Planet

In Westfield, N.Y., perch, bass, catfish and trout are growing fat on the byproducts of an adjacent brewery and distillery. The fish, still young but intended to be harvested and eaten next year, are the first fruits of an innovative project aimed at turning waste into food while addressing a suite …

The Simple River-Cleaning Tactics That Big Farms Ignore

Des Moines, Iowa<p>In Iowa and elsewhere, runoff from fertilized fields pollutes drinking water and creates dead zones. Yet straightforward solutions exist.<p>Ione Cleverley wasn’t eager to break up with her tenant, who had been farming 88 acres of her central Iowa land for more than a decade. He was …

Farming

Farmland Partners closes lease-purchase deal for CA farmland

Farmland Partners (NYSE:FPI) paid $110M for about 5.1K acres of farmland in California's Central Valley from Olam International. Almonds, walnuts, …

UN dishes up prickly pear cactus in answer to food security

ROME (AFP) -<p>The prickly pear cactus, considered an essential food in Mexico, could be the answer to much of the world's food security woes, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said Thursday.<p>"While most cacti are inedible, the Opuntia species has much to offer, especially if treated …

Agriculture

Full-size pickup sales growth continues: 'The F-Series is killing it'

CLOSE<p>Ford continues to dominate the heavy-truck market, with F-Series truck sales at a 12-year high.<p>Sam Parnagian oversees thousands of acres of …

Farmland Partners Has 42% Upside As American Farmland Recovers

US Farmland seems to be outperforming the rest of the world in the 2017-2018 growing season.<p>This will help market share and total revenues.<p>We …

Why Saffron Farming is Blooming in Unlikely Places

Micheline Sylvestre is unlike most saffron farmers. She waits until later in the day, after all the dew is gone, to pick her flowers, while most of …

Farming

Tesla Unveils ‘World’s Fastest Production Car’ and Electric Big Rig

Elon Musk pulled off a Steve Jobs-ian “one more thing” surprise at the unveiling of Tesla Inc.’s Semi model, rolling a new Roadster sports car out of …

Tesla

Someone Figured Out How to Put Tomatoes on a Blockchain

Intrigued by how blockchain was changing finance, an ex-banker at Wells Fargo & Co. and a former executive at Nasdaq Inc. began looking for other …

Blockchain

The former vice chairman of GM just predicted the car industry’s future: it has no future

It’s not every day a titan of industry predicts the demise of his own. But Bob Lutz, the former vice chairman of General Motors, believes the auto industry is not long for this world.<p>“It saddens me to say it, but we are approaching the end of the automotive era,” he writes this month for Automotive …

Silicon Valley

Lamborghini's Electric Hypercar Concept is Basically Magical

<b>Lamborghini and MIT have teamed up to create a wild and futuristic electric hypercar concept.</b><p>Called the Lamborghini Terzo Millennio, the concept car …

Supercars

An 87-year-old scientist may have just unlocked the secret to growing rice in saltwater

Yuan Longping, an 87-year-old Chinese scientist, has spent his life working to feed a world hungry for rice. Now he's wading into saltier territory.<p>Longping is developing a new high-yield strain of rice that can grow in saltwater paddies.<p>The traditional process of cultivating rice requires a field …

Agriculture

How to actually remove pesticides from your fruit

Assuming that you should be worried about them in the first place.<p>There’s a lot to worry about when it comes to food—or rather, there’s a lot that people <i>want</i> you to worry about. Every mommy blogger and natural living life coach with a URL to their name is bursting with helpful tips on how to rid …

Is This the Future of America's Malls?

The largest shopping-center owner in the country has plans for a new kind of store.<p>Before the so-called "retail apocalypse" began causing havoc with …

Africa

Jones Act Descended From Centuries of Lazy Protectionism

The cabotage laws straining Puerto Rico and many other places around the world are rooted in a fear of competition.<p>Repealing the so-called Jones Act, which is slowing desperately needed aid to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, is obviously the right thing to do. But the growing …

Economics

Tesla Partners With Liberty Mutual for Customized Insurance Plan

Tesla Inc. is partnering with Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. to offer an auto-insurance plan designed specifically for its electric cars in the U.S.<p>The …

Tesla

Sky's the limit for local ag company after it partners with satellite imaging outfit

Winnipeg precision agriculture company Farmers Edge is leveraging its intense deployment of agricultural data sets all the way to the heavens.<p>The …

Why Deere & Company is Paying $305 Million For the Privilege of Trimming Your Lettuce

Deere has acquired cutting-edge agricultural tech company Blue River Technologies.<p>If any company should be at the forefront of 21st-century …

An Internet-Famous Cookie Worthy of Baking in Real Life

Last fall, an aberrant chocolate chip cookie turned up in my Instagram feed. As wide as a salad plate and flat as a flounder, it appeared thin, but it was somehow layered with slabs of chocolate. Oddest of all, it was ringed, like a tree trunk — as if a chunk of chocolate had been dropped in the …

This Snap-On Sensor Could Tell Farmers Exactly How Much To Water Their Crops

In 2010, scientists at California’s Pacific Institute, a global water think tank, defined a condition Earth could face called “peak water.” Loosely, …

Colorado

Tesla Model 3: Exclusive first look at Tesla’s new battery pack architecture

With a starting price of $35,000, the Tesla Model 3 is half the price of the vehicles Tesla is used to designing and manufacturing, the automaker’s flagship Model S and Model X all-electric vehicles.<p>In order to achieve this more affordable price, Tesla had to design a whole new platform and battery …

Inside Out: Continental Rethinks Disc Brakes (and Wheels) for Electric Cars

One little-known upside of hybrid or electric vehicles—especially those that pile on the miles—is that their brakes last surprisingly long. Thanks to regenerative braking systems, which recapture some of the energy as you decelerate, traditional brake pads have a lot of assistance. It’s not …

Electric Vehicles

Mercedes-Benz X-Class Pickup finally revealed -- What will this do for BMW?

There’s been a lot of hubbub over the years about Mercedes-Benz launching a pickup truck. To be honest, it’s not that weird. The three-pointed star …

Mercedes-Benz

Tesla Model 3: new production plan’s effect on $7,500 federal tax credit

While one of the Tesla Model 3’s goals is to make electric cars competitive with gas-powered cars before EV incentives, some US-based reservation holders are still counting on the $7,500 federal tax credit to buy the vehicle.<p>Tesla recently updated its guidance for the rollout of the vehicle and we …

This quiet agricultural ‘moonshot’ could change the future of food

The global population is skyrocketing, the climate is changing, and diets are shifting. So how do you tackle the problem of feeding 9 billion people by 2050? Assemble an elite team of scientists for a year-long brainstorming session.<p>The first meeting of “Science Breakthroughs 2030” just convened to …

Agriculture