Finding A Way Around The Labor Shortage In Agriculture

It's no longer a matter of if ag businesses will be forced to add more "technology" to their operations but more a matter of how quickly they can make it happen. Japanese dairy farmer Kenichi Kato, knew investing in technology was his only hope to keep his 90 head operation...

Decoded The Cockroach

Did you know the American Cockroach can live for a week without its head. It can also fly short distances and withstand 10 times more radiation than a person All these feats and more are encoded in the cockroach's genome. Interestingly, Chinese scientist have completed and sequenced a complete set...

The U.S. Bio-Based Industry Plays Important Role In U.S. Economy

The USDA released a report that measures economic growth, job creation and household income form biofuel and household income form biofuel and bioenergy production, along with future growth in renewable chemicals and bio-based products. According to the new report, innovations in renewable energies and the emergence of a new generation...

Accidental Cross-Breeding Leads to Higher Yielding Soybeans

In Australia there is a hardy perennial vine that appears in most parts of the country. The vine is called Glycine tomentella and is believed to be the distant relative of modern-day soybeans. The cool part is, scientist now believe the plant contains genetic resources that can substantially increase soybean...

Meet the Stink Bug that I Is Overruning the U.S.

I want to share an article about the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug and the problems it is causing across the U.S. The BMSB, as it is known to entomologists, farmers and exterminators, is a shield-shaped, armored-looking insect about the size of our thumbnail. The pest is thought to have arrived...

U.S. Hay Prices Are Red Hot

All hay stored on United States farms May 1, 2018, totaled just 15.7 million tons, down -36 percent from a year ago. Lower production in 2017, coupled with a higher cattle inventory as of January 1, 2018, has reduced the available hay stocks. April snow in the Northern Plains, and...

New Study On How Much Food Is Wasted… Interesting Data!

This one makes you think a bit. A new study published in the journal PLOS ONE puts a number on how much food Americans waste every year and suggests that it has large environmental consequences. The new data suggests that the average American wastes about one pound of food per day. That...

New Insight into China’s Agricultural Investments Abroad

China's need for agricultural resources and technology are driving rapid growth in Chinese investment in agriculture and food sectors abroad. According to Chinese investment statistics, overseas ventures in agriculture, forestry, and fisheries soared from $300 million in 2009 to $3.3 billion in 2016. But these totals understate the magnitude of...

Using Pigs to Improve Health of Humans

Smithfield Bioscience and the University of Virginia School of Engineering & Applied Science (UVA) announced a research partnership to explore and advance regenerative medicine technologies leveraging porcine bioproducts. According to Smithfield, the goal of the research is to develop and test a tissue-engineering process for skeletal muscle repair and regeneration...

Commercial Drones Can Now Be Airborne In Seconds

Acquiring authorizations from the FAA for commercial drone flights has always been a slow process, leaving many businesses to simply avoid using them. That will change with the recent rollout of a new FAA program. Enterprise drone software company Kittyhawk is collaborating with Boeing, who is one of the ten...

Omnipork… Are You Ready For The Worlds First Plant Based Pork?

The beef industry has been battling "clean meat" or fake meat headlerins for a couple of years, but now the pork industry is going to get a taste. David Yeung, the founder of a vegetarian grocery store and casual dining chain in Hong Kong has created a plant based pork...

Fastest Growing Food Sector Saves Land

Scientists from UC Santa Barbara's National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS)​ ​conducted the first land-use analysis of future food systems, with a focus on aquatic farming. Why a land-use analysis? Population growth and the protein levels needed to feed them by 2050 will increase significantly and the researchers...