Michael Black

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Let The Robots And iPhones Tend The Crops

Cheap, networked technology is transforming agriculture<p>Since Dorn Cox began automating his 250-acre New Hampshire farm four years ago, he has installed dozens of sensors. Some measure moisture in soil around his squash. Some track temperatures in the greenhouse air around his cucumbers. Others …

Global Precision Farming Market - Trends, Analysis and Forecasts (2015-2020)

LONDON, Sept. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Precision Agriculture involves systems, services and activities that collect, monitor, track, manipulate and …

Israeli Precision Agriculture Service Targeting Smaller Farms Secures Seed Funding

An Israeli company is targeting small to medium sized farms with its sensor, machine-learning analytics and software technologies after noticing that …

Does Mindfulness Mean Anything?

We are in the middle of a mindfulness revolution.<p>According to Time, The Huffington Post and a host of other media outlets, mindfulness and meditation are having their moment in the spotlight. From hospitals to corporate wellness programs, mindfulness is — supposedly — a new path to relieving …

Mindfulness

We need to grow 50% more food yet agriculture causes climate change. How do we get out of this bind?

The World Bank’s head of agriculture and food security speaks of a “frustrating lack of attention paid to agriculture” at the climate talks and calls for advances in climate-smart farming<p>We are trapped in a vicious cycle: we will need to grow 50% more food by 2050 to feed 9 billion people but …

Agriculture

Nasa data shows the world is running out of water

The world’s largest underground aquifers – a source of fresh water for hundreds of millions of people — are being depleted at alarming rates, …

One Agricultural Scientist's Concerns About The Future Of The Food Supply

I’m generally optimistic about the ability of the world’s farmers to continue to feed the growing population, and also to satisfy the increased food demand of the growing middle class in previously poor countries. That hope is based on the amazing track record of innovation by farmers and their …

HOMEGROWN Life: What will be the future of agriculture?

Drones, robots, and humans collaborating from a control room monitoring the wheat crops? Vat-grown “meats” in factories? Drinkable nutrients for the …

Drone technology brings new perspective to agronomy decisions

Frontier's Gressenhall Open Day at Woodfields Farm - Pilot Jim Hindle with the UAV. Picture: Matthew Usher.<p>© ARCHANT NORFOLK 2015<p>With their working …

Farming

2015 Precision Agriculture Dealer Survey: Top Four Trends To Watch

<i>Editor’s note: The 17th Precision Agriculture Survey was completed with partnerships among the departments of Agricultural Economics and Agronomy at</i> …

Farming

TIP37: Billionaire Ray Dalio and Other Market Wizards

O’Shea asserts that the way a trade is implemented is much more imperative than the trade itself. His methods are to implement trades that offer the …

Investing

Technologies will tackle irrigation inefficiencies in agriculture's drier future

<i>This article is part of The Conversation’s series on drought. You can read the rest of the series here.</i><p>Water is a finite but crucial resource. In …

Water

Internet of Farm Things - MIT Technology Review

Keith Larrabee’s farm sits on 4,000 acres of California’s Sacramento Valley, between a coastal range of mountains to the west and the tall Sierra …

Farming

Why 2015 is the year agriculture drones take off

For years now, drone advocates have cited precision agriculture—crop management that uses GPS and big data—as a way to boost crop yields and profits …

smart floating farm concept ponders agriculture in a world of 9.1 billion

<b>smart floating farms concept ponders agriculture in a world of 9.1 billion</b><br>all visuals courtesy of forward thinking architecture<p><b>given current trends,</b> …

Soil Doctor Offers Healthy Advice for Smallholder Farmers

An international agricultural coalition – “Farming First” – is calling for the improved teaching of soil health to small farmers, particularly in …

Farming

Eyes In The Sky: Foam Drones Keep Watch On Rain Forest Trees

A couple of toy planes are out to catch illegal loggers and miners in the Amazon.<p>It's an awesome responsibility.<p>Every year, illegal logging and mining in the Peruvian Amazon destroy tens of thousands of acres of rain forest. The deforestation in remote parts of the jungle is difficult to detect …

Drones

India's shocking farmer suicide epidemic | Asia

<b>Umbrale, India -</b> After days of hushed chanting that "the sky betrayed" him, Datatery Popat Ghadwaje, 42, committed suicide by ingesting insecticides at his grape orchard.<p>Crushed under a $41,000 debt and a series of bank repayment notices, Ghadwaje of Umbrale village in the western state of …

Urban Farmers Say It's Time They Got Their Own Research Farms

About 80 percent of Americans now live in urban areas, and more and more of us are growing food in cities as well.<p>But where's an urban farmer to turn for a soil test or when pests infiltrate the fruit orchard?<p>Increasingly, they can turn to institutions that have been serving farmers in rural areas …

Jim Rogers On The Coming Water Wars

<b>Water - An Interview with Jim Rogers</b><p><i>Jim Rogers, Jr. is an American businessman, investor and author. He is currently based in Singapore. Rogers is</i> …

Red Sea

Pull Quote

Innovators<p>Pamela Ronald isolates genes in rice that feeds millions. Her integrative approach to agriculture could be an even bigger game-changer.<p>Eighteen scientists are sitting in a lab, talking about new ways to feed the planet. These are some of the world’s foremost experts on rice. Most of them …

Agriculture

Mid-sized farms—and the local food you buy—are in danger

This will be a tough year for farmers—especially for those running mid-size farms.<p>The US Department of Agriculture has released its projections for farm profitability in 2015 and the numbers are not encouraging. Net farm income, projected at $73.6 billion in 2015, is expected to fall 32% from …

Farming

Meet Lily, the world's coolest drone that you probably aren't allowed to use

The Lily Camera is the latest addition to the jaw-dropping array of drones on the market. The only downer about this new unmanned aerial vehicle is …

Drones

Weed genes help boost crop resilience

Plant geneticist <b>Susan McCouch</b> sees weeds as part of the solution for adapting crops to thrive in hotter climates.<p>Photo Credit: Robert Baker, Cornell …

Agriculture

The Dirt on Dirt

When I was eight years old, I saw a public-service announcement about the importance of soil. Rowlf, the piano-playing dog of Muppets fame, sang a …

Farming

Farmers urged not to drag their feet on drone technology

Courtesy of HoneyComb Corp. The Ag Drone, made by a startup Portland company, may represent the application of drone technology in agriculture. …

FAA

Markus Weber on Twitter: "Imaging in SK despite the wintery weather. Snow makes for a nice landing! http://t.co/kvNFLfLyAe"

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Farming from above

GWYNNE, Alta. — The joke in Bret Chilcott’s family was that the Kansas farm boy wasted all the money he earned working on his father’s farm on flying …

Saskatoon