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Groundbreaking for a one-of-a-kind hemp processing plant in Fort Benton

September 3rd, 2020 at 11:12 am » Comments Off

  FORT BENTON — Thursday was a big day in Fort Benton as the mayor, a U.S. senator, and hemp farmers broke ground on a new facility – the first of its kind in the nation.  Employees of the industrial hemp company IND HEMP were joined by Fort Benton Mayor Rick Morris and Democratic U.S. […]

Tiny weed-killing robots could make pesticides obsolete

July 12th, 2020 at 11:11 am » Comments Off

This swarm of robots may herald a chemical-free food revolution The fleet of Greenfield Robotics weedbots ready and waiting for beta test trials. Photos courtesy of Greenfield Robotics. Clint Brauer’s farm outside of Cheney, Kansas, could be described as Old MacDonald’s Farm plus robots. Along with 5,500 square feet of vegetable-growing greenhouses, classes teaching local […]

Could we be farming rather than mining metals in the future?

June 13th, 2020 at 3:08 pm » Comments Off

Surface of Seabed Manganese Nodule from South Korea  There are trillions of potato-sized metal nodules on the floor of the ocean around the world. Some of these nodules are being explored for economic potential. A major vote by a UN body on the commercial exploitation of these minerals is planned in October 2020 (postponed from […]

U.S. reels toward meat shortage; world may be next

May 13th, 2020 at 11:06 am » Comments Off

Key operations are halted in the U.S., Brazil and Canada, affecting pork and poultry production. Plant shutdowns are leaving the U.S. dangerously close to meat shortages as coronavirus outbreaks now spread to suppliers across the Americas. Almost a third of U.S. pork capacity is down, the first big poultry plants closed on Friday and experts […]

So you’re too ethical to eat meat; but should cows go extinct?

February 5th, 2020 at 12:50 pm » Comments Off

Vegetarianism and veganism are becoming more popular. Alternative sources of protein, including lab-grown meat, are becoming available. This trend away from farmed meat-eating looks set to continue. From an environmental perspective and a welfare perspective, that’s a good thing. But how far should we go? Would it be good if the last cow died? Many […]

Swarms of teeny robo-tractors will outmaneuver Tesla’s driverless cars

January 14th, 2020 at 11:12 am » Comments Off

While Elon Musk and Waymo get all the attention — and regulations — autonomous vehicles for farming face fewer tech barriers and could be just as important Between 2009 and 2015, Google spent $1.1 billion on autonomous vehicles for its Waymo subsidiary, which have so far roamed more than 10 million miles of city streets […]

Cows on Russian farm get fitted with VR goggles to increase milk production

December 3rd, 2019 at 10:31 am » Comments Off

The VR headsets will hopefully relax the cows, offering them sun-filled summer views of green pastures. If you walked onto the RusMoloko dairy farm near Moscow, in Russia, you may think you’ve arrived onto a bizarre futuristic film set, where cows run around fitted with VR headsets. The VR goggles aren’t props for a film, […]

Brighter future for ag: Vertical underground farms, driverless tractors

August 16th, 2019 at 12:34 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey of the DaVinci Institute told InfoAg attendees that agriculture is “soon to become the coolest profession on Earth.” ST. LOUIS — Futurist Thomas Frey says we’re entering a period of unprecedented opportunity. Why? “Because humanity is going to change more in the next 20 years than in all history,” he told the […]

Electric powered farm vehicles set to revolutionise agriculture sector

August 3rd, 2019 at 12:13 pm » Comments Off

 The use of battery power for agricultural vehicles and machinery promises to revolutionise the agricultural industry by lowering costs and improving production. From battery powered large tractors to autonomous small electric robots, battery and solar power are changing the face of agriculture. Agriculture is under pressure to produce more food using a declining availability of […]

Blockchains’s impact on food and farming, explained

July 24th, 2019 at 11:17 am » Comments Off

1. Is it possible to track where food comes from? Several companies have launched services allowing shoppers to see a product’s journey from farm to fork, but they often depend on retailers agreeing to be transparent. When you pop into a store to buy fresh fruit, vegetables or meat, it’s common for the packaging to […]

Meet the future of agriculture. Say Hello to DOT

July 7th, 2019 at 11:02 am » Comments Off

Autonomous agriculture is here.

Radical desalination approach may disrupt the water industry

May 9th, 2019 at 10:19 am » Comments Off

Illustration describing fresh water production from hypersaline brines by temperature swing solvent extraction. Hypersaline brines—water that contains high concentrations of dissolved salts and whose saline levels are higher than ocean water—are a growing environmental concern around the world. Very challenging and costly to treat, they result from water produced during oil and gas production, inland […]

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