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Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Satellites Predicting Locust Plagues

Satellites are helping to predict favorable conditions for desert locusts to swarm, which poses a threat to agricultural production and, subsequently, livelihoods and food security. Desert locusts are a type of grasshopper found primarily in the Sahara, across the Arabian Peninsula and into India. The insect is usually harmless, but when they swarm they can

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Sentinel-1A Monitors Aquaculture in the Mediterranean

Images from the Sentinel-1A satellite are being used to monitor aquaculture in the Mediterranean, in another example of the mission’s contribution to food security, as fisheries become the main source of seafood. The satellite counted nearly 4500 fish cages over six months, mainly of mussel racks or finfish, along the western Mediterranean’s coastline. The number

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Measure Joins the Gates Foundation and TechnoServe to Explore the Future of Agriculture

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of an effort between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and TechnoServe, Inc. to increase innovation in agriculture and improve development, Measure’s Vice President of Agriculture Robert Blair led a discussion on how data from drones can increase farm productivity and outcome. “Agriculture has the tremendous challenge and responsibility of feeding

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

Farmobile Announces Data Store and Fees to Farmers

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., April 8, 2016—Farmobile, the farm data company, today launched the Farmobile Data Store. Farmers now have the freedom to sell their agronomic and machine data to vetted third parties on their own terms. The Farmobile Data Store makes fair, secure farm data transactions possible for the very first time. Farmobile is seeding the Data Store

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Trimble Partners with Tieto Corporation to Bring Intelligent Wood and Fibre Solutions to Nordic Forestry Regions

SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 6, 2016—Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today that Tieto Corporation, the largest IT services company in the Nordics, will distribute Trimble’s LogForce™ forestry transportation planning software and WoodForce™ planning control system software for harvesting operations in the Nordic forestry regions. Tieto is investing in forest and paper industry-specific solutions and is now offering

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Agriculture Expansion Could Reduce Rainfall in Brazil’s Cerrado

PROVIDENCE, R.I. —Agricultural expansion is quickly chewing up native vegetation in the vast wooded savannas of Brazil’s Cerrado biome, and a new study shows that those changes in land use are altering the region’s water cycle. “We’ve shown that cropland recycles less water annually back into the atmosphere than native Cerrado vegetation,” said Stephanie

Friday, March 18th, 2016

GEO Announces Launch of Early Warning Crop Monitoring Tool

The Group on Earth Observations announced the launch of the Early Warning Crop Monitor, a new tool to fight food insecurity. The announcement was made during the GEO 36th Executive Meeting held in Geneva on 8-9 March. Developed by the GEO Global Agricultural Monitoring Initiative (GEOGLAM), initiated by the G-20 Agriculture Ministers, the Early Warning

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Can Improved Agricultural Practices Help Combat Climate Change?

Did you know that over half of global non-carbon dioxide (non-CO2) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are accountable to agriculture? According to new a research study recently published in the Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences, this figure is set to rise substantially in the next two decades, especially in developing countries. However, by analysing US Environmental

Monday, March 14th, 2016

New Legal Agreements Empower Farmers to Take Full Ownership and Control of Farm Data

NEW ORLEANS, March 3, 2016 – Today at the Commodity Classic convention, Farmobile, the fast-growing technology company specializing in farm data, announced pro-farmer legal agreements that clearly govern the ownership and control of agronomic data for the first time. The data agreements are simple and transparent by design, and grant full data ownership to the

Friday, March 11th, 2016

$714K USDA Grant Boosts MTSU Agriculture’s Research Efforts

MURFREESBORO — A $714,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to MTSU for collaborative research with two Texas universities will support a partnership to discover novel ways of land management and solve important ecological problems in changing climates and agricultural management. The three-year joint venture between MTSU, Texas A&M and Sam Houston State University is the

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