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These Entrepreneurs Think It’s Time for a U.S. Tea Industry

Americans drink close to 4 billion gallons of tea a year, yet finding U.S.-grown tea is a serious challenge as it's an incredibly rare thing to find. In fact, there are only about 60 tea farms in all of the U.S., though it can be grown just about anywhere. This was something that surprised Thomas Steinwinder, who runs the Longleaf ...
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Producing a Low Carbon Intensity Crop on Unused Land Over Winter

Cover crops have traditionally been used in agriculture to slow erosion, improve soil health, enhance water availability, and help control pests that might otherwise interfere with the actual crops that are being grown there for harvest. They’re planted to cover the soil rather than for the purpose of being harvested. But what if cover crops can do more? What if ...
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When Life Hands You Locusts…Make Feed and Fertilizer!

Kenya is once again in the midst of a massive dessert locust plague just months after battling another invasion that left farmers reeling from massive crop losses. With a new generation of the voracious insect threatening livelihoods and food security, agtech startup The Bug Picture is helping Kenyan farmers harvest the locusts and turn them into animal feed and fertilizer ...
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Will China Meet USDA’s Lofty Ag Import Goals in 2021?

U.S. agricultural exports in 2021 are forecast to reach $157 billion, driven by record shipments to China that are expected to hit $31.5 billion. The estimate for the fiscal year ending September 30 would mark a new record for U.S. ag shipments and is +$5 billion higher than USDA's November forecast. USDA says the hike was largely due to higher ...
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Number of U.S. Farms Continue to Decline

The number of farms in the United States in 2020 was estimated at 2,019,000, a decline of -4,000 from 2019. That compares to a decline of -5,800 the year before that and -12,800 the year before that. So the good news is this was the smallest decline in total U.S. farms since 2010 when the number actually climbed by about ...
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Uncle Jimmy and the Treasure He Left Behind

James Micioni was an avid collector of baseball cards and memorabilia. He never married, never had kids lived a modest life as a factory worker and high school janitor. He loved sports, he loved baseball, and particularly loved his New York Yankees. He also loved his seven nephews and nieces, who always knew he was somewhat of a sports collector ...
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Could La Niña Trigger Severe Weather this Spring?

Many farmers around the country are still cleaning up the mess that winter recently doled out, but attentions are already turning to what spring weather might have in store. Winter doesn't officially end until the Spring equinox on March 20 but there are several items on the wish list already, as well as worries that some of the severe weather ...
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Saving Farms Money by Using Automated Sustainable Practice Verification and Improving Operational Efficiency

Every input on the farm that goes into the process of growing and harvesting crops is considered a sunk cost. That’s why "operational efficiency" is so important to most farmers’ bottom lines. A company called FluroSat is working to help farmers cut costs by up to -30% by using data to optimize everything from irrigation to harvesting, while also being ...
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Rantizo Brings “Spraying Drone Swarm” to Fields Near You

Farmers that have embraced drones in their agricultural operations tend to use them for crop monitoring purposes but Iowa-based ag startup Rantizo thinks drones can do much more to help lessen the workload for farmers. The company utilizes autonomous sprayer drones for precise input application. Last summer, Rantizo became the first in the U.S. to receive FAA approval for nationwide ...
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INTERESTING… NEW BioRefining Turning Grass into Feed

New Danish research and innovation have now cracked the code on how you can extract protein from grass in an effective way. The process is called biorefining, which covers a wide array of methods that can refine or improve the value of nature’s most basic resources. The perspectives are far-reaching. The company is called "BioRefine Denmark". Keep in mind, fresh ...
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