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  • Lufa farms - re-inventing farming for the Urban age

    In an effort to bring attention to sustainable urban agriculture and direct-to-consumer farm relationships, Lufa Farms -- the world's first rooftop commercial greenhouse - will contribute one percent of the value of each fresh produce basket it sells to consumers to the David Suzuki Foundation. Mohamed Hage, founder and president of Lufa Farms, said Lufa also will make a small cash donation to ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Mainstreaming Precision Farming

    The EIP-AGRI Focus Group on 'Mainstreaming Precision Farming' brought together 19 experts, including scientists, farmers, advisers, and agribusiness to address current opportunities, limitations and transferable innovative solutions on the topic of Precision Farming. In particular, the Focus Group addressed the main question of how to organise data capture and processing to mainstream the ...

  • Transitioning to organic farming

    As the organic food trend continues to grow; more farmers are converting from conventional agriculture to organic production. One of the fastest growing markets in the U.S. is the production of organic milk. The growth of this industry has prompted many farmers to transition their land to organic feed grain production. With transition on the rise, it is necessary for these farmers to have ...

  • Pakscan wireless valve control is “perfect fit” for tank farm automation

    The Rotork Pakscan wireless valve control system is described as a “perfect fit” for a petroleum tank farm automation project in the USA. In 2011, an operating division of Martin Midstream Partners (MMLP) began building a single product tank farm at the Port of Corpus Christi, Texas, consisting of six 100,000 barrel tanks and four booster pumps to serve nearby truck and ship ...


    By Rotork

  • Cover Crops Add to Farm Sustainability

    A potentially record-setting U.S. corn harvest is underway. Many farmers can attribute the use of cover crops as one of multiple best management practices (BMPs) that help them increase yield year after year. Combined with BMPs of The Fertilizer Institute’s 4R Nutrient Stewardship program that promotes the application of nutrients at the right source, right rate, right time and right place, ...

  • Rice paddies synergise with fish farming

    By combining aquaculture with wet paddy farming in its coastal areas Bangladesh can meet food security and climate change issues, says a new report. The approach promises more nutritious food, without causing ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Organic farming profitable long-term

    Organic farming is known to be environmentally sustainable, but can it be economically sustainable, as well? The answer is yes, according to new research in the Sept.-Oct. issue of the Agronomy Journal. In an analysis of 18 years of crop yield and farm management data from a long-term University of Minnesota trial, an organic crop rotation was consistently more profitable and carried less risk of ...

  • Seeds are sown for farming waste rules

    Farmers and growers are being reminded that they need to gear up for new rules governing the disposal of fuel oil and pesticides which will kick in next month. The definition of hazardous waste is increasingly broad and regulations which come into play on May 15 will place stricter controls on the disposal, recovery and movement of this type of waste for farmers in England and Wales. Waste is ...

  • Smart farming recoups IoT investment

    In the United States, California avocado farmer Kurt Bantle experimented with Internet of Things (IoT) connected technology to see if costly water consumption could be reduced in growing his 900 avocado trees. He spent US$8,200 for LoRa stations with soil moisture sensors, valve controllers, LoRa gateway and cellular backhaul. Cellular backhaul refers to a gateway that connects the farm to the ...


    By OMI Industries (OMI)

  • 12 hectares of GATES for Village Farms

    One of the most technologically advanced controlled environment food production greenhouse complexes in the world is currently being built in Monahans, Texas. Earlier this year Village Farms and Verbakel-Bomkas reached an agreement to develop the GATES greenhouse project concept after several years of research and development.  Until June 2011 Monahans, Texas was mostly known for its oil ...


    By VB Greenhouses B.V.

  • How green was my vertical farm?

    By 2050, 80% of the earth’s population will live in cities and 3 billion more people will need to be fed. The simple fact is we are running out of available land to grow enough food to feed them. If we can’t grow our cities outward to find more arable land, the only solution is to grow them upwards. This may change the way we design cities forever. The problem is real and ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • SCR Announces a New Mobile and Web App for Farm Data Control for SCR Heatime® HR Users

    SCR Engineers Ltd. today announced a new mobile and web app service to provide farmers who use the SCR Heatime® HR System for cow monitoring with expanded capabilities. SCR HealthyCow24® increases farmers' flexibility and mobility through a rich set of enhanced capabilities, including seamless connectivity with third party systems, and automated data backups. ...


    By SCR

  • Precision Farming Industry Analysis & Forecast for 2013 - 2018

    ReportsnReports.com adds "Precision Farming Market by Technology (GPS/GNSS, GIS, Remote Sensing & VRT), Components (Automation & Control, Sensors, FMS), Applications (Yield Monitoring, VRA, Mapping, Soil Monitoring, Scouting) - Global Forecast & Analysis (2013 - 2018)" new market research report to its store. The global population is expected to rise up to, nearly, 7.5 billion ...


  • Farm trials support efficacy of ferric phosphate

    On-farm field trials, carried out to raise awareness of pesticides in water, have highlighted the efficacy of ferric phosphate as a viable alternative to managing slug populations. Kelly Hewson-Fisher, catchment advisor at Anglian Water, began the trials in the Louth Canal area in Lincolnshire – an important drinking water source for the county - just over one year ago, and she has since ...


    By Certis UK

  • Wadborough Park Farm fined for persistent pollution

    Yesterday, 12 December 2013, A&A Rodenhurst Ltd of Wadborough was sentenced at Worcester Magistrates’ Court to four charges relating to the repeated pollution of a local watercourse bordering their premises at Wadborough Park Farm, Worcestershire. The company was also sentenced to one charge of failing to comply with an Environment Agency Notice that required them to make improvements ...

  • Fertiliser Storage Tanks and the Latest ADAS Farming Report

    The latest arable crop report from the Agricultural Development and Advisory Service (ADAS) was recently published, revealing that winter drilled crops were in good condition at the end of March. It also reveals that winter wheat crops were in good condition at the end of the month with typical crops at the end of late tillering stage. The control of black-grass and broadleaved weeds was good, ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Interview with small-scale farming advocate Raj Patel

    Raj Patel, a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley"s Center for African Studies and a fellow at The Institute for Food and Development Policy (also known as Food First), has worked for, and later rallied against, the World Bank and World Trade Organization. He is the author of ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Farm machinery and sustainable agriculture must evolve together

    Farm machines have revolutionized agriculture and reduced drudgery for millions of farm families and workers, but the machinery of tomorrow will have to do more than that – it will also have to contribute to agriculture that is environmentally sustainable. A new FAO book Mechanization for rural development, a review of patterns ...

  • Launch of research programme ‘Towards Precision Farming 2.0’

    The launch date for the research programme 'Op naar Precisielandbouw 2.0' (Towards Precision Farming 2.0) is the 19th of June 2015. The aim of this public-private partnership within the Agri & Food top sector strategy is to conduct research together with more than 20 partners on strategic themes within precision farming. Over the next four years, the idea is to accelerate the implementation ...

  • Asteroid Soil Could Fertilise Farms in Space

    OK, so we’re not quite ready to supply horizontal storage tanks and vertical storage tanks for farms in space just yet and we don’t think there will be a huge demand for rainwater tanks either, but an interesting article in New Scientist details how there is enough fertilizer zipping around in space to grow crops for generations of space colonisers and can be found on asteroids. It ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

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