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Precision Ag Specialist Alleviates Growers’ Technology Angst Through Education

August 9, 2017

Teaching is a challenging job with many frustrations, but the rewards that come from educating farmers are numerable for Rich Schlipf. For nearly 15 years, the Indiana farmer-turned-precision ag specialist has helped other growers better understand the ways technology can positively impact their operations.

Source: Successful Farming By: Laurie Bedord

New Funding Available for Agricultural Technology

August 7, 2017

USDA’s National Institute of Food & Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of $400,000 through a new competition to help university researchers bring their discoveries to the marketplace. The Innovations in Food & Agricultural Science & Technology (I-FAST) competition is a joint initiative of NIFA & the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Source: Growing Produce By: Christina Herrick

National soil health measurements to accelerate agricultural transformation

August 7, 2017

The concept of soil health is gaining widespread attention because it promotes agricultural practices that are not only good for the farmer, but also good for the environment. An abundance of research shows that improving soil health boosts crop yield, enhances water quality, increases drought resilience, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, increases carbon sequestration, provides pollinator habitat, & builds disease suppression. To help implement widely-applicable, consistent measures of soil health, the Soil Health Institute announces its endorsement of 19 national soil health measurements.

Source: Corn+Soybean Digest By: NA

Drought-warning tool to help Central American farmers: U.N.

August 2, 2017

A new weather monitoring system to better forecast drought in Central America could help the region’s governments & farmers avoid major crop losses & boost resilience to recurring water shortages, the United Nations says. The tool is based on existing warning systems, & uses satellite and geospatial data to map areas where crops could be affected by drought, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Source: Reuters By: Anastasia Moloney

Climate scientists create Caribbean drought atlas

August 1, 2017

Atmospheric scientists have developed the first-of-its-kind, high-resolution Caribbean drought atlas, with data going back to 1950. Concurrently, the researchers confirmed the region’s 2013-16 drought was the most severe in 66 years due to consistently higher temperatures – a hint that climate change is to blame.

Source: Science Daily By: Cornell University

Water Technology Farms Expanded & Field Days Scheduled

July 31, 2017

The Kansas Water Office (KWO), Kansas State University & Northwest Kansas Technical College is providing an opportunity to see first-hand what is taking place on the Water Technology Farms by hosting a series of Field Days in August. Each location will showcase the technology that has been implemented & the results to date.

Source: KSCB News By: Joe Denoyer