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CAES launches Certificate in Agricultural Data Science

From remote moisture sensors that produce a real-time feed of soil conditions to drones that use optical data to spot plant disease, new streams of data will fuel the next green revolution.

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Website for New Farmers Launched in New Brunswicks

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada: A new website that will connect prospective farmers with a “one-stop shop” to help them investigate opportunities in the sector was officially launched.

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Digital Agriculture Platform to help farmers in Africa

Techno Brain has partnered with Microsoft Corporation to launch a Digital Agriculture Platform in Africa to help farmers improve crop yields and increase income.

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Poultry World to host seminar on Smart Poultry Farming

Learn more at special event, organised by Poultry World during the upcoming VIV Europe and Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA), in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

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USDA’s Farmers.gov Receives $10 Million in Funding for Development

The Technology Modernization Fund Board (Board) awarded funding to support the development of USDA’s Farmers.gov customer experience portal, which helps better connect America’s farmers, ranchers, conservationists, and private foresters with vital USDA resources and programs.

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Mobile app to let farmers test for poultry infection

Chicken farmers in the Philippines will soon test their birds for deadly pathogens with a new hand-held device and smartphone app they can use on their own farms.

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Indo-Canadians’ startup plans on taking artificial intelligence to the farm

A startup founded by two Indo-Canadians will start field trials for their product this month, and in their case, field is the operative word since the new company plans on taking artificial intelligence to the farm.

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Governments Highlight Funded Activities for Manitoba Agri-Processors

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada: Manitoba's agri-processors are now able to access funding for activities under the Ag Action Manitoba program as the Canadian Agricultural Partnership continues to be implemented.

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USDA Announces Streamlined Purchase Program

USDA Announces Streamlined Purchase Program to Supply Nutrition Assistance Programs with American Farm Products, $177.4 million in Commodity Purchases Announced.

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Minister MacAulay to Promote Agricultural Trade in Texas

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada: As negotiations on a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) continue, the Government of Canada is working hard to create new opportunities for producers and food processors on both sides of the border.

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Secretary Perdue Applauds Red Tape Reduction for Farmers

Washington, D.C.: U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today applauded the removal of a burdensome regulation that has long plagued family farms.

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IFC Lends $30 Million to Help Ukraine’s Boost Farm Productivity

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is providing a $30 million loan to Astarta, a leading agricultural producer, to help improve its environmental efficiency and strengthen its agricultural productivity and logistics as part of a broader effort to boost Ukraine's agribusiness sector and spur economic development.

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New crop that saves soil, produces grain and forage for cows

On a splendid May day, Valentin Picasso is visiting tests of a crop called kernza at the Arlington Agricultural Research Station north of Madison.

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Balaka launching manure making campaign

Balaka District Agriculture Development Officer (DADO), Dennis Zingeni, has underscored the need for farmers to embrace agriculture-smart technology as a way of averting effects of dry spells and outbreaks of fall army worm which occurs as a result of climate change.

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Dutch Prime Minister Comes Calling, Boosts Farm, Technology Ties

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte by enhancing bilateral relations in the fields of energy, agriculture, water and technology during the latter’s second visit to India, as the Netherlands joined the International Solar Alliance (ISA).

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Federal Government invests in GPS agricultural technology

cash injection of almost $225 million from the Federal Government will help bring better GPS agricultural technology to more farmers across Australia.

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Canadian Agricultural Partnership to Evolve Northwest Territories Agriculture

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada: Agriculture plays an important role in the lives of all Canadians, creating good, middle-class jobs, and feeding Canadians and other countries around the world.

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Guide to tap investment in climate smart agriculture

Scientists from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) on Wednesday launched a guide aimed at tapping investment in climate smart agriculture in Africa..

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Agriculture Development project for Sri Lanka launched by EU

The project titled "support to the modernization of the agriculture sector in Sri Lanka" will support the development of overarching Sri Lankan agriculture policy..

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Secretary Perdue Commits to Prioritizing Food Waste Solutions

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue hosted a food waste roundtable with Representative Chellie Pingree (ME-1) and David Young (IA-3), food industry leaders, and non-profit groups at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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Organic Integrity Through Technology Innovation

Learn how the National Organic Program uses advances in information technology to strengthen the integrity of the organic seal for producers, businesses and consumers.

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New programming to help reduce threats from agricultural pests

Under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, producers and rural municipalities will have access to new programming to help reduce threats from agricultural pests.

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Best Management Practices for Planting Soybeans in Spring

Although research shows earlier planting dates typically improve soybean yields, Mother Nature had other plans this spring, with extended cold and wet weather conditions delaying planting for many South Dakota soybean growers.

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EU and PA launched Assistance to Agriculture programs

The European Union (EU) and the Palestinian Authority (PA) launched on Tuesday the Assistance to Agriculture programs in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in a ceremony organized in Bethlehem, according to an EU press release.

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Irrigation Conference Looks to the Future

A National Conference looking at the future of irrigation sparked debate on the future direction of the sector and changes on the horizon.

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Agtech Startup Inocucor Enters Plant Nutrition

Inocucor Corporation, a developer and producer of biological crop inputs for high-value produce and row crops, announced it has acquired ATP Nutrition, a producer of science-based plant nutrients based in Oak Bluff, Manitoba, Canada.

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ICRISAT and Corteva Agriscience™ Collaborate with DowDuPont to Share Technology

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, inked a multiyear partnership to strengthen food security by improving crops that feed millions through sharing of high-tech and modern breeding technologies.

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EIB’s investment in the agriculture and bioeconomy sector

The European Investment Bank (EIB), the EU bank, today announced the launch of a new financing initiative that aims to unlock close to EUR 1bn of investment in the agriculture and bioeconomy sector.

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Cow Fitbits and artificial intelligence For dairy farms

Sophisticated AI technologies are helping reinvent how Americans work, offering powerful software that can read and react to mountains of data and save them time and stress along the way.

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Horticulture smart supply chain research

An industry-led horticulture initiative in northern Australia is aiming to get more high value produce into domestic and international markets.

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Nepal and India to Enhance Agriculture Cooperation

To promote cooperation in agricultural science and technology, agricultural production and agro-processing, India and Nepal reaffirmed their resolve.

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Australian Development of Heat-Resistant Wheat

In 2013 scientists at NASA discovered a new way of using satellites to measure fluorescence in plants. During photosynthesis, plants emit a form of light invisible to the naked eye but detectable from above.

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Crops Hold Onto Harmful Mutations That Reduce Productivity

According to a study published in the journal Nature, Limits on improving yield and other critical traits in maize likely are due to rare harmful mutations genetically linked to a beneficial gene combination that were selected for during domestication and breeding.

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Auburn University researchers improve crop growth with new discovery of wasp

Auburn University entomologists have discovered and identified a tiny wasp that could provide a huge benefit to soybean producers and other farmers.

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Grant for agriculture project in Jamaica approved by CDB

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) will provide a grant of GBP974, 000 to the Government of Jamaica, to prepare a feasibility and design study for the development of an agriculture project for communities in the parishes of St. Catherine and Clarendon.

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Census Countdown Begins For New Jersey Farmers

New Jersey farmers have the opportunity to make a positive impact on their communities by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture.

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Africa Urged to Embrace New Tech to Increase Ag Production

The Minister for Agriculture and Animal Resources has said that, Africa should embrace technology and innovations to boost agro-production and, hence save the billions of dollars the continent spends on food imports.

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Government of Canada Launches 'Agricultural Clean Technology Program'

Canadian farmers are important drivers of the Canadian economy, and also make important contributions in the fight against climate change by adopting sustainable technologies and practices.

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Mriya Agro Holding Creates Agronomic Evaluation Department

Mriya Agro Holding has created a technology and science evaluation department to oversee the introduction of global best practice and production processes.

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Canadian Govt Supports Dairy Producer to Modernize Farm

The dairy sector contributes $24 billion to the Canadian economy through sales by farmers and food processors, including over $7 billion in Quebec.

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New England Scientists Identify Weeds on Region’s Organic Vegetable Farms

Scientists from Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont have completed the first comprehensive assessment of weeds found on organic vegetable farms in northern New England.

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Trouw Nutrition collaborates with Dutch on developing feed advisory tool

Dutch Sprouts, developer of the SoilCares handheld scanner, and Trouw Nutrition, a global leader in animal nutrition solutions, have been working together to develop the NutriOpt On-site Adviser.

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Israeli Company Developed Tiniest Cherry Tomato

Though everyone say bigger is better, but in the succulent world of cherry tomatoes, one Israeli company is going smaller than ever before.

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iQShrimp first cloud-based solution for Shrimp farmers

Shrimp farmers can tap into the first cloud-based solution in the aquaculture industry thanks to Cargill’s iQShrimp.

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Ag Technology Transfer to Benefit Both of Malaysia and Taiwan

Taiwan’s Agriculture Minister Lin Tsung-hsien on March 3 visited Taiwanese businesspeople-operated companies and retailers in Kuala Lumpur that have been selling Taiwan-produced agricultural products, hoping to expand the market share of halal market and to promote Taiwan-produced fertilizer, seeds, agricultural machines in Malaysia.

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Lebanese Partner Launches First-Class Ag Lab Facilities

ICARDA’s longtime partner Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute (LARI) celebrated the construction of new laboratories and office space in its headquarters in eastern Lebanon.

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Canada Promoting the Development of Organic Sector

The Canadian organic industry is one of Canada's fastest growing agricultural sectors, thanks to Canada's hardworking organic farmers and food processors who are respected around the world for supplying nutritious, sustainable, and high-quality organic products.

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Asia Agri-Tech Expo & Forum to Introduce Total Solutions for Extreme Weather

According to FAO, 26% of crop losses resulted from extreme weather such as windstorms, floods and droughts happened in developing countries. Not only farmers suffered severely, but also people encountered instability of food supply.

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Improving the Industry in Georgia through Sustainable Agriculture

The Georgian government decided it was time to take action on two significant barriers to its development: a majority of its population eking out a living via subsistence farming and a lack of capital and technology for these farms to thrive.

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Promotion and strengthening of agri-tourism in Baguio

The city government is pushing for the promotion and strengthening of its agri-tourism industry starting from the opening of the first strawberry farm in this summer capital up North.

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FAO and Telefónica to Boost Use of Technology in Agriculture

FAO and Spain’s Telefonica, one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies, have agreed to work together to leverage the use of cutting-edge digital technologies for agricultural development, food security and nutrition, and specifically, prepare and strengthen farmers in the face of extreme weather events related to climate change.

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DowDuPont opens new Innovation Center in Bay Area

The Agriculture Division of DowDuPont announced the grand opening of the Bay Area Innovation Center (BAIC), a newly expanded state-of-the-art research and development facility focused on agricultural biotechnology discovery, enabling technology development and leading-edge informatics.

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Completed Genome sequencing of 7 wild rice varieties

The genome sequencing of seven wild rice varieties has finally been completed. This breakthrough is expected to provide opportunities for breeders worldwide in developing better rice varieties that will respond to the changing needs of the farmers and the consumers.

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Webinar on Supporting the Growth of Crops from Space

Aerospace giant Airbus will host a webinar on January 31, entitled: Supporting the Growth of Your Crops from Space.

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Key Economic Priorities in Ag Outlined By Pa-O Leader

Pa-O region in southern Shan State will focus on modernizing its agricultural and livestock economy while prioritizing building hydropower stations and developing vocational schools as well as ecotourism.

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Root Discovery May Lead to Crops that Need Less Fertilizer

Bean plants that suppress secondary root growth in favor of boosting primary root growth forage greater soil volume to acquire phosphorus, according to Penn State researchers, who say their recent findings have implications for plant breeders and improving crop productivity in nutrient-poor soils.

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IITA/AfDB launches plan to revolutionize African agriculture

Scientists, development specialists, agricultural experts, representatives from national agricultural research and extension systems (NARES), and entrepreneurs from the private sector mainly from Africa will assemble in IITA, Ibadan.

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Alternative Antibiotic Gives Piglets a Boost

An amino acid produced naturally in humans, swine and other species shows promise as an alternative to antibiotics and growth promoters for piglets.

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India Asks Germany to Help Relax New EU Rice Import Rule

India has asked Germany to use its good offices to resolve the issue at the earliest, as the new stringent EU rice import rule kicked in this month.

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Israel’s Agricultural Group Joins Nonprofit to Set Up Agritech Accelerator

To set up an accelerator to mentor agritech entrepreneurs, Israel’s agricultural group Yakhin is joining forces with Tech for Good, a nonprofit organization that promotes the use of technology for social and environmental causes.

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Global workshop on tomato farming at Madanapalle

A three-member team of horticulture scientists from New Jersey, USA, is scheduled to hold a global workshop at Madanapalle on January 25 and 26, targeting tomato growers and marketing personnel.

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USDA’s NIFA Support for Biomass Genomics Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Biological and Environmental Research, announce joint support for research in plant feedstock genomics for bioenergy.

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Penn State Grape and Wine Team Boosts Industry

According to the National Association of American Wineries, Pennsylvania's grape and wine industry pours an estimated $4.8 billion into the state's economy through employment, wine sales, tourism, tax revenue and related avenues.

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Grant License for RNAi Technology in Eucalyptus Enhanced

FuturaGene, a wholly owned subsidiary of Suzano Pulp and Paper, and Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), are pleased to announce that a patent has been issued in Brazil to CSIRO.

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New tech in agri sector - Gene-editing tool

Genome editing (also called gene editing) is a group of technologies that give scientists the ability to change an organism's DNA.

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Successful sequencing and assembly of the Impatiens walleriana genome.

The nation’s two largest general farm organizations are teaming up to confront the issue, as farming communities face mounting challenges with the nation’s opioid epidemic.

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Farm Groups Launch “Farm Town Strong” Campaign

The nation’s two largest general farm organizations are teaming up to confront the issue, as farming communities face mounting challenges with the nation’s opioid epidemic.

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UW-Extension offer pesticide applicator training Program

The University of Wisconsin (UW) Pesticide Applicator Training (PAT) Program provides training materials required to become a certified applicator in the state of Wisconsin.

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Stable Forecast for U.S. Crop Prices

According to Dr. Keith Coble, former chief economist for Senate Agriculture Committee Republicans and the head of the Agricultural Economics Department at Mississippi State University, U.S. grain prices and crop demand for 2017-2018 will likely show no major changes.

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Ag Law Experts Review Top Legal Issues Affecting Farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of $17.6 million in grants focused on organic agriculture research, education, and extension activities.

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NIFA Announces Support for Organic Agriculture Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of $17.6 million in grants focused on organic agriculture research, education, and extension activities.

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Fund Grant to Promote Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture

Improved farming practices, healthier animals and – ultimately – increased food security will be the outcomes of projects supported by a US$ 600 000 grant by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Fund for International Development (OFID) under a partnership with the IAEA signed last week.

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France and FAO Renew Partnership on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change

France and FAO renewed the blueprint for their collaboration, putting climate change, sustainable agriculture, the eradication of hunger, rural development and efficient use of natural resources at the center of their joint strategic actions in coming years.

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Use of Space Technology to Save Water in California Vineyards

Using satellite data and computer models to better manage water resources, ARS scientists are saving water in California's vineyards.

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To Protect Sows and Piglets Use of High-Tech Camera

To protect newborn piglets, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and collaborators are using 3-D imaging by monitoring adult female pigs' behavior.

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'Cultivating Success’ course for Farmers at WSU

A 12-week course, “Cultivating Success: Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Farm Business Planning,” begins Jan. 8 and will be offered 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Mondays, in Stanwood and Renton, via simulcasting.

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) Making Farming Hi-Tech

The AI solutions promise informed inputs to farmers and other stakeholders in the ecosystem, right from sowing to harvesting and then to post-harvest help.

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OIP enable partnership to unlock potential of new soybean variety

The oil from a new specialty soybean variety developed by the University of Guelph has potential for use in industrial applications – and Oilseed Innovation Partners (OIP) is helping to unlock that potential.

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USDA-NIFA Funding Supports Farmers with Disabilities, Youth Safety Programs

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has been awarded funding from the U.S Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture for programs to help prevent fatalities and serious injuries associated with farming and to provide assistance to individuals farming with disabilities.

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KBG Launches First Sector Brief on Agriculture

The Kenya Business Guide has published and launched its first Sector Brief entitled ‘Agriculture Established and Emerging Trends’. The brief contains an overview of current trends in the agriculture sector and an analysis of its projected trajectory.

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Wyffels Hybrids Seed Company Donated Farm Equipment to WIU

Wyffels Hybrids recently donated some of its retired and fully-operational research equipment to Western Illinois University, including a combine with a three-row corn head and a four-row planter.

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Ag Start-ups Turning Towards AI and IoT to Increase Production

In H1 2017, agri and food tech start-ups have raised $4.4 billion. Accenture estimates the digital agriculture services market to hit $4.55 billion by 2020.

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Global Fertilizer Company Acquires Cornell Digital Agriculture Tech

Scientists have long recognized the crucial, and potentially damaging, role of nitrogen in the food cycle. If farmers don’t add enough of the fertilizer to their fields, crops are less productive.

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CountrySTAT platform for sharing agriculture and food security information

CountrySTAT is a web-based information system on food and agriculture which provides easy access to statistical data of good quality that can aid decision-makers in better, evidence-based policy-making and greater efficiency in development politics.

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