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The 10 biggest things that will be less expensive in 2017

December 22nd, 2016 at 11:17 am » Comments Off

In 2017, the list of predictions for what will cost more is long. You’ll even spend more without even leaving home, as rent and house prices are expected to increase.



Will farming be fully automated in the future?

December 7th, 2016 at 11:38 am » Comments Off

Driverless tractors that can follow pre-programmed routes are already being deployed at large farms around the world. Drones are buzzing over fields assessing crop health and soil conditions. Ground sensors are monitoring the amount of water and nutrients in the soil, triggering irrigation and fertiliser applications.



Mixed reality and machine learning drive innovative farming

November 29th, 2016 at 11:03 am » Comments Off

Farming is, by far, the most mature industry mankind has created. Dating back to the dawn of civilization, farming has been refined, adjusted and adapted — but never perfected. We, as a society, always worry over the future of farming. Today, we even apply terms usually reserved for the tech sector — digital, IoT, AI […]



Roomba’s inventor creates a weeding robot for gardens

November 22nd, 2016 at 11:46 am » Comments Off

One of the most time-consuming (and necessary) parts of gardening is weeding. Thankfully, the guy who invented Roomba is on it. Meet Tertill.



Futurist Thomas Frey predicts farming drones, driverless streets

October 20th, 2016 at 5:54 am » Comments Off

What will Iowa’s farms look like when the combines and tractors drive themselves? How will Des Moines’ banking and insurance sectors fare when supercomputers run financial markets? Where will Iowans live when a self-driving car can take them anywhere with the tap of a smartphone? These are the kind of questions Thomas Frey ponders.



Indigo Is Mapping Plant Microbiomes To Produce The Next Generation Of Crops

October 13th, 2016 at 5:01 am » Comments Off

  David Perry thinks the secret to agricultural challenges like drought resistance might lie in the bacteria that live in a bunch of grass on the beach. That’s just one example that Indigo, a company that analyzes the microbiomes of plants to produce seed coatings that impart various attributes, is looking into as a way to combat […]



Modern Farm Tractors Feature Everything But the Farmer

September 8th, 2016 at 6:01 am » Comments Off

As Detroit car makers and Silicon Valley tech giants vie to bring driverless cars to U.S. roads, one of the world’s largest tractor makers is looking to do the same down on the farm. Case IH, the agricultural-machinery unit of CNH Industrial NV, this week unveiled a sleek, aggressive-looking red-and-black machine at the annual Farm Progress […]



7 robots replacing farm workers around the world

August 24th, 2016 at 6:29 am » Comments Off

In the future, robots will increasingly replace farm workers, using artificial intelligence to plant, grow and harvest our food. In fact, many farms are already using fleets of robots, which can tend to fruits and veggies more efficiently than a human can. Here’s a look at seven machines that are currently aiding farmers around the world.



USDA predicts global food insecurity will drop to 6% of world population

July 19th, 2016 at 11:17 am » Comments Off

Given projections for lower food prices and rising incomes, food security for the 76 low- and middle-income countries included in this demand-oriented framework is expected to improve through 2026. The share of the population that is food insecure is projected to fall from 17 percent in 2016 to 6 percent in 2026. The number of […]



IKEA wants to help restaurants build their own indoor farms

June 27th, 2016 at 3:35 pm » Comments Off

The furniture chain is getting into the sustainable farming industry, one restaurant kitchen at a time. Swedish home furnishing giant IKEA is known for its simple, affordable furniture that populates dorm rooms and studio apartments across the country. Now, the furniture chain is hoping to get into the sustainable farming industry, one restaurant kitchen at […]



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