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Food & Agriculture

Monday, July 14th, 2014

World Vision Joins Ground Breaking Alliance to Support Millions of Farmers Facing Climate Change

Child focused development organisation World Vision has joined an African Union partnership – along with eight other agencies – to reach millions of rural families with climate-smart agriculture approaches that will allow them to produce nutritious and environmentally sustainable crops.

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Trimble Adds Vegetation Health Monitoring Service to its Connected Farm Solution

Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today that it is adding another new agronomic service to its Connected Farm solution. The PurePixel Precision Vegetation Health Solution provides specialized processing of multi-spectral images used for crop health analysis. Field images processed with PurePixel technology provide farmers and their trusted advisors with a visual representation of the selected field’s

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Raytheon and CrescoAg Corporation to Work Together on Next Generation of Precision Ag Tools for Agricultural Applications

CrescoAg Corporation (CrescoAg) and Raytheon Company (Raytheon) have entered into an exclusive agreement to develop a new generation of agricultural technologies and analytics designed to help agriculture producers increase productivity and manage their operations more efficiently.  

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Saving Crops and People with Bug Sensors

University of California, Riverside researchers have created a method that can classify different species of insects with up to 99 percent accuracy, a development that could help farmers protect their crops from insect damage and limit the spread of insect-borne diseases, such as malaria and Dengue fever.

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Meta-Analysis of Crop Simulations Points to Need for Adaptation Measures

Climate change is changing the face of agriculture – rising temperatures, changing rainfall patterns and the evolution of pests and diseases all pose threats to food production. Modelling has been used extensively to predict the likely impacts of climate change on crop yields and ranges, but different studies give different answers, often as a consequence

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

How Much Fertilizer is Too Much for the Climate?

Helping farmers around the globe apply more-precise amounts of nitrogen-based fertilizer can help combat climate change. In a new study published in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Michigan State University researchers provide an improved prediction of nitrogen fertilizer’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural fields.

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Trimble Adds New Agronomic Service to its Connected Farm Solution

Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today a new agronomic service that is part of its Connected Farm™ solution. The new service, Soil Information System™ (SIS) solution, provides farmers and their trusted advisors with in-depth 3-D soil data they can use to make more informed decisions about their crop production goals. The SIS data is accessed through

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Measuring and Managing Agricultural Emissions in Brazil

Brazil is the world’s fifth-largest greenhouse gas emitter, largely due to the impacts of agriculture. Agricultural emissions increased 20 percent from 2005-2010 and now account for more than one-third of the national total. Without interventions, they’re on track to grow another 18 percent by 2030.

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Report Urges U.S. Commitment to Addressing Impact of Climate Change on Global Food Security

U.S. government action can curb the risks climate change poses to global food security, says a new report (PDF) released today by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. 

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Water Mission Boosts Food Security

ESA’s Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity mission has gone beyond its original scientific brief of delivering critical information for understanding the water cycle – this versatile satellite is now being used to predict drought and improve crop yield in regions prone to famine.

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