Agri View: Job Losses Due to Automation

Dan Agri View, Technology

Everett Griner talks about how automation and technology advances have caused job losses in today’s Agri View. Job Losses Due to Automation More and more farming is becoming an automated industry. It speeds up production and increases overall output. Driverless tractors, milking machines, drone aircraft, just to name a few. It keeps growing. But, there is a downside to all …


Perdue Comments on Rural Broadband Needs

Dan Industry News Release, Technology

On the way to Iowa this week, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told a White House press pool that broadband internet has become the infrastructure of necessity in rural areas. His comments came as President Trump toured agriculture education facilities in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to learn more about agriculture technology, and to pledge a focus on rural broadband in his infrastructure …

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Trump Pledges to Include Rural Broadband in Infrastructure Plan

Dan Industry News Release, Technology

President Donald Trump pledged to include rural broadband in his infrastructure plan while in Iowa Wednesday. The President visited Kirkwood University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to talk agricultural technology, and held a rally in downtown Cedar Rapids. Trump was joined by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross while highlighting the need to expand rural broadband to give …

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Chicken Company Turning to Body Cameras

Dan Industry News Release, Poultry, Technology

Elite Farm Services of British Columbia, Canada, is turning to body cameras to make sure its workers are following the required best management practices regarding animal handling. Elite came under fire this week after a Mercy for Animals undercover video showed workers hitting, throwing, and kicking chickens. Six workers have been fired and investigation into the matter is continuing. A …

Wheat Geneticist Presented with Innovator of the Year Award

Brian German Grain, Technology

During the UC Davis Chancellor’s Innovation Awards ceremony last week, Jorge Dubcovsky was named as one of the 2017 Innovators of the Year by University of California, Davis, Interim Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter. Dubcovsky is a professor of plant sciences and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute researcher.  His most recent breakthrough has greatly accelerated the study of gene function in …

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USDA Helps Expand Rural Broadband Infrastructure in Four States

Dan Industry News Release, Technology

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that USDA is awarding four loans to help provide broadband service in rural portions of California, Illinois, Iowa and Texas. “Too many rural areas still lack access to robust, affordable broadband services that can create jobs and boost rural economies,” Perdue said. “These broadband infrastructure investments will connect rural communities to a digital future and …

Boosting Natural Defenses with a Drone

Taylor Hillman Technology

Most unmanned aerial vehicles in agriculture are being used for imaging and scouting. Parabug is putting a spin on how they use the technology. Their UAV hovers over crops and releases beneficial insects like predatory mites to boost a grower’s natural defenses. California central coast growers saw the drone in action at the annual Santa Maria Strawberry Field Day. “It …


ARS Hydrologist Honored for Bringing Accuracy to Soil Moisture Satellite Work

Dan Industry News Release, Soil, Technology

Research hydrologist Dr. Michael H. Cosh with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, was honored with an Arthur S. Flemming Award for using satellites to improve soil moisture measurements. The enhanced accuracy stemming from Cosh’s work allows for better crop yield projections. It also improves weather forecasting, drought and flood predictions, and wildfire …

Smart Water Deters Ag Theft

Taylor Hillman AgNeTVideo, Technology

Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s agriculture crime unit are using new technology to thwart ag theft. The product is called SmartWater CSI. Detective John Nicholson said equipment owners can use the liquid to mark their tools, much like an invisible serial code. The water has a mineral code in it that can be changed. Owners are given a water …

PMA: Work Smarter, Not Harder

Taylor Hillman Labor and Immigration, Technology

“Work smarter, not harder” was an often-said phrase at the Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) Tech Knowledge Symposium. The annual event is in its fourth year and aims to establish relationships between entrepreneurs and members from all aspects of the food chain. Labor challenges in agriculture are only getting worse with less available workers and increasing costs. PMA’s Chief Science and …

Smart Phone App Balances Conservation and Production

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By Jan Suszkiw, Agricultural Research Service New mobile phone applications (“apps”) are helping farmers and land managers balance productivity with conservation. Known as the “Land-Potential Knowledge System” (LandPKS), the suite of apps identifies and delivers information about specific soils to anyone with a mobile phone, according to Jeff Herrick, a soil scientist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in …


New Communications Concept – SMART Farm Debuts at CES ®

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SMART Farm brings to the forefront advanced technology and innovative practices that help farmers and ranchers grow and raise food sustainably At the CES® (Consumer Electronics Show), the largest consumer electronics show in the world, U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA) introduced a new communications concept, called SMART Farm, aimed at bridging the gap between the acceptance of innovation that’s a …