AgGateway Digging into Data Sharing with SPADE

Cindy Zimmerman

Many booths at the recent InfoAg Conference sported this little sign: AgGateway – SPADE Participant. We caught up with AgGateway Standards Director Jim Wilson at the John Deere booth to learn more about the SPADE project. “SPADE stands for Standardized Precision Ag Data Exchange,” Wilson explained. As a non-profit industry consortium, AgGateway is facilitating the project which will ultimately benefit …

Ag Leader, Audio, Data, Industry News, InfoAg, John Deere, MapShots

John Deere Wraps up FinOvation Award

Cindy Zimmerman

The Farm Industry News FinOvation Awards presented during the National Farm Machinery Show each year spotlight the key innovations of the previous year, as chosen by readers. This year’s honorees included everything from an prototype autonomous tractor, to cloud computing, to a new tire made from soybeans. Bigger, higher capacity, gentler, more narrow, and super precise are some of the …

Industry News, John Deere, National Farm Machinery Show

World Food Prize Laureates

Leah Guffey

Three biotechnology scientists were honored at the World Food Prize in a ceremony in Des Moines last week, but before that, they met the press and answered some tough questions about the technology they have dedicated their lives to developing. The 2013 World Food Prize Laureates are Monsanto Chief Technology Officer Dr. Robert Fraley, Marc Van Montagu of the Institute …

Audio, Events, GMO, Industry News, International, Monsanto, Syngenta, World Food

Report: Precision Market Worth $3.7 Million by 2018

Chuck Zimmerman

A new report by Markets and Markets says that the precision farming market will be worth $3,721.27 Million by 2018. The title of the report is, “Precision Farming Market by Technology (GPS/GNSS, GIS, Remote Sensing & VRT), Components (Automation & Control, Sensors, FMS), Applications (Yield Monitoring, VRA, Mapping, Soil Monitoring, Scouting) – Global Forecast & Analysis (2013 – 2018).” You …

Industry News

PrecisionAg’s Top 5 Trends List

Melissa Sandfort

No matter what way you look at it, precision agriculture continues to play an ever more important role in the world today. Right now, precision ag technologies almost run the gambit of alphabet letters, from automatic steering to yield monitors. And each year, more and more customers get involved in the precision agriculture marketplace, looking for ways to maximize their …

Agribusiness, General, Industry News

John Deere Showcases the Future at FPS

Cindy Zimmerman

John Deere is giving farmers a glimpse of what farming in the future might look like at Farm Progress Show and it looks cool. “We put together a little video of a farmer in the future that shows some advanced technology to give a vision of the future,” said Deere’s Barry Nelson. “We’ve got 7 billion people right now, it’s …

Audio, Farm Progress Show, Industry News, John Deere

Calling for a Farm Bill Now at FPS

Cindy Zimmerman

As the Farm Progress Show kicked off in Boone, Iowa, representatives from several of the more than 45 organizations that make up the Farm Bill Now coalition spoke out to urge Congress to finish work on new agricultural policy legislation as soon as possible. Among the diverse representation in the coalition is the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. “We represent 850 …

Audio, Corn, Farm Bill, Farm Progress Show, Industry News

Award of Excellence Winners Announced

Melissa Sandfort

Three outstanding individuals have been chosen to receive the 2012 PrecisionAg Awards of Excellence, an annual program honoring exceptional achievement in precision agriculture adoption, use, and education. The awards are sponsored by the PrecisionAg Institute and its supporting partners. This sixth class of recipients included for the first time a grower from outside the United States. Below is the 2012 …

Events, Industry News

USFRA and Ketchum Receive National SABRE Recognition

Melissa Sandfort

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) has received national recognition for its ground-breaking campaign to help improve the dialogue with consumers about how their food is grown and raised. USFRA, along with its agency partner Ketchum Public Relations, won the prestigious Gold SABRE Award for Excellence in the Associations category. The entry, titled “Since When Did Agriculture Become a …

Company Announcement, Farmers, Industry News, USFRA

Barcodes Help Track and Control Insects

Melissa Sandfort

Barcodes may bring to mind the sales tags and scanners found in supermarkets and other stores. But USDA scientists are using “DNA barcodes” to monitor insects that damage crops as diverse as wheat, barley and potatoes, and to make pest management decisions. In DNA barcoding, scientists sequence a designated part of an organism’s genome and produce a barcode from it …

Industry News, USDA