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Feeding the ten billion

<i>Growing enough food for future generations will be a challenge. Here’s how to meet it</i><p>One of the extraordinary things about the modern world is that …

Agriculture

16 Simple DIY Aquaponic Systems for Beginners

Having your very own aquaponic system is quite a big deal. It is an achievement that you can really be proud of, and it is also a great way to spend …

Aquaponics

Sinking land, poisoned water: the dark side of California's mega farms

It’s cruel to be living in a state that’s so powerful, so rich, but we can’t count on clean water<p>Isabel Solorio can see the water treatment plant from her garden across the street. Built to filter out the arsenic in drinking water, it hasn’t been active since 2007 – it shut down six months after …

Water

Three Sisters Garden — How to Plant Corn, Squash & Beans Together

By Brian Barth<p>Most folks plant different vegetables in different rows of the garden. Perhaps this tendency is a product of our society's need for …

Making food crops that feed themselves

<b>By 2050, the world's population is expected to reach 9.8 billion. With limited land, and intensive farming already causing irreversible environmental damage, how can we feed the world without exhausting its natural resources?</b><p>All over Vietnam it's transplanting season. In every direction farmers …

Farming: There's an App for That

Future of Food<p>More farmers are going high tech, maximizing yields of crops by tapping GPS, data analytics, and apps—tools known as precision agriculture.<p>As agriculture becomes more high tech, a growing number of farmers are using GPS-equipped machinery supported by platforms that collect data on …

Now Cropping Up: Robo-Farming

Agricultural-equipment makers gear up driverless tractors, combines in quest to produce more food, more sustainably<p>The bright red, driverless tractor drags the tiller in a perfect line in a south Indian field, makes a turn at the edge of the property, encounters a test dummy and then stalls, not …

Farming

Bayer Wins U.S. Nod for Monsanto Deal to Create Agriculture Giant | Investopedia

Bayer won U.S. approval for its planned takeover of Monsanto after agreeing to sell about $9 billion in assets, clearing a major hurdle for the $62.5 …

Minnesota Farmers Making Planting Progress With Favorable Weather

<b>ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP)</b> — Another week of favorable weather has helped Minnesota farmers make good planting progress.The U.S. Department of Agriculture …

Ninety-Nine Percent of America's Farms Are Family-Owned. But Only Half Are Family-Farmed.

Today, 99 percent of American farms are still “family farms” owned by families, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). But …

Weed-killing robots are threatening giant chemical companies’ business models

AI-powered weed hunters could soon reduce the need for herbicides and genetically modified crops.<p><b>How it’s done now:</b> Current farming methods involve …

New AI-enabled tractors target weeds, using 90% less herbicide

Farming is undergoing a quiet but radical transformation as machine learning and automation innovations reduce waste. One especially promising new …

Robots fight weeds in challenge to agrochemical giants

YVERDON-LES-BAINS, Switzerland/CHICAGO (Reuters) - In a field of sugar beet in Switzerland, a solar-powered robot that looks like a table on wheels scans the rows of crops with its camera, identifies weeds and zaps them with jets of blue liquid from its mechanical tentacles.<p>Undergoing final tests …

Farming

Can vertical farming feed the world and change the agriculture industry?

Year after year, cities expand and pristine natural habitats are turned into farms and pastures to support the world’s growing population. But …

Battery-Powered Watering Timer Converted to Solar on the Cheap

Watering the garden or the lawn is one of those springtime chores that is way more appealing early in the season than later. As the growing season …

Farmers Across High Plains Brace for Hard Times as Drought Bears Down

Drought could affect everything from cotton to cattle to farming-equipment sales<p>LAMESA, Texas—This time of year, Shawn Holladay is usually sitting atop a tractor, laying cotton seeds into rows of red soil on his farm here on the High Plains.<p>But less than 2 inches of rain has fallen across much of …

Farming

Event: Urban Farm Exploration Day at Urban Farm in Randall's Island Park

Urban Farm Exploration Day<p><b>Sunday, May 13, 2018</b><p><b>11:00 a.m.</b>–<b>5:00 p.m.</b><p>This event repeats every week on Sunday and Saturday between 5/5/2018 and …

Why Monsanto and its rivals are trying to save butterflies

Agrochemical companies contributed to the demise Monarch butterflies. Now they are joining forces to save them.<p>Rivals BASF (BASFY), Bayer (BAYRY), DowDuPont (DWDP), Monsanto (MON) and Syngenta (SYENF) are ramping up their efforts ahead of a looming deadline to avoid potentially burdensome …

Agriculture

These Shipping Containers Have Farms Inside

Los Angeles startup Local Roots retrofits 40-foot-long shipping containers, turning them into “TerraFarms” that yield as many leafy greens as five …

Aquaponics

Weedkiller products more toxic than their active ingredient, tests show

After more than 40 years of widespread use, new scientific tests show formulated weedkillers have higher rates of toxicity to human cells<p>US government researchers have uncovered evidence that some popular weedkilling products, like Monsanto’s widely-used Roundup, are potentially more toxic to human …

Monsanto

The innovation turning desert sand into farmland

<b>Faisal Mohammed Al Shimmari farms in some of the most extreme conditions in the world, at Al Ain, an oasis in the United Arab Emirates desert, where temperatures can reach 50C.</b><p>"It's expensive as we have to buy water regularly to irrigate these plants," he says.<p>Farmers have to use tankers to bring …

Particles

Amazing plant pods can grow more lettuce in a 10×10 room than a farm can grow on 1/2 acre

Do you live in a tiny apartment and want to grow your own food? Aggressively Organic has an answer. The Indiana-based company offers Micro Growth …

Alibaba Introduces Blockchain System for Food Trade

Alibaba and four Australian and New Zealand companies introduced a food-tracing system based on blockchain technology on Friday.<p>The consortium, which …

19 Ways to Improve Garden Soil and Boost the Yield Year After Year

Did you know that you don’t have to be content with your garden soil? What you start with is not what you have to stick with, if your soil is …

Restaurants Calm Customers, Say Their Romaine Is Safe

As of Friday, at least 98 people in 22 states have gotten sick because of E. coli apparently found in romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona.

Breeding for Faster-Growing Bluegills and Yellow Perch

PIKETON, Ohio — Inside cool water-filled tanks in southern Ohio, the laws of nature are being defied: Female yellow perch mate with other female …

Hog farm’s neighbors awarded $50M after suing over stench

Families who live near a hog farm in Bladen County, NC, have been complaining for decades about bad smells, flies and excessive chemical spraying.<p>But …

Connecticut Kelp Farmer To Be Featured On '60 Minutes'

One of Connecticut’s more interesting entrepreneurs – a “vertical ocean farmer” named Bren Smith – is scheduled to be featured on this Sunday’s …