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New Sciences, New Regulations, and New Crops

Genetically modified products remain a controversial issue here at home and in other countries across the globe. These concerns and mass media hype have stifled progress on many fronts especially in agriculture. However, some significant developments within technology and regulations are starting to pave the way for a lot of exciting things ahead, including new …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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