Foundation Grants $5 million for Irrigation Innovation

cindy zimmerman

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), a nonprofit organization established by the 2014 Farm Bill, has awarded a $5 million grant to launch the Irrigation Innovation Consortium. The purpose of the consortium is to “accelerate the development and adoption of water and energy efficient irrigation technologies and practices through public-private partnerships.” The $5 million FFAR grant was matched …

AgWired Precision, Irrigation, Water for Food

Nebraska Water for Food at 8th World Water Forum in Brazil

cindy zimmerman

The 8th World Water Forum, held in Brazil last month, drew more than 20,000 participants from 170 countries to focus on the challenges and solutions to ensuring water security around the world. The Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska (DWFI) coordinated the Water for Food track of sessions with the Food and Agriculture …

AgWired Precision, Audio, International, Irrigation, water, Water for Food

Water For Food Charts the Way Forward

cindy zimmerman

The Water for Food International Forum last week ended on a high note as more than 40 high-level participants from around the globe shared their vision for and commitment to how the private and public sectors can work toward expanding access to irrigation. Kicking off the very large round table discussion was World Food Programme Ambassador Ertharin Cousin, Distinguished Fellow …

AgWired Precision, International, Irrigation, water, Water for Food

Reinke’s Partnership with NCTA in Curtis

jamie johansen

A skilled labor shortage is being addressed by providing student scholarships for workforce training for the manufacturing industry. And that is how Reinke Manufacturing’s partnership with the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) in Curtis comes into play. Reinke Manufacturing has teamed with NCTA to offer an Irrigation Technician Area of Concentration. This 34-credit, hands-on program helps students obtain knowledge …

Agribusiness, AgWired Precision, Education, Irrigation

Crop Water Use App Makes Farmers More Efficient

kelly marshall

Matthew Rhine from the MU Fisher Delta Research Center presented information about a new app at the recent Missouri Rice Council annual Rice Field Day at the Rice Research Farm in Campbell, Missouri. The Crop Water Use app, available from CropWater.org, is helping growers make the best use of their irrigation systems. “What we’ve done with the development of the …

AgWired Precision, Apps, Audio, Irrigation

New Propane Irrigation Engines Available

cindy zimmerman

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has partnered with Origin Engines to develop new 5.7- and 6.2- liter engines, EPA-certified and optimized for industrial applications like irrigation and power generation. Pete Stout, Origin Engines PERC invested in the research and development of Origin’s new engines, providing industry expertise and financial support through the research, development, and testing process for …

AgWired Energy, AgWired Precision, Audio, Irrigation, propane

Irrigation Pumps Move Africans Out of Poverty

Kelly Marshall

Now founder and CEO of KickStart International, Martin Fisher went to Africa for one year.  Seventeen years later he was still in Kenya, finding ways for technology and engineering to make a difference.  Martin presented what he’s learned at the 2017 Water for Food Global Conference where Jamie was able to sit down with him to hear his story of the …

Ag Group, Audio, Food, Irrigation, water

Water for Food Improving Sub-Saharan Security

Kelly Marshall

The 2017 Water for Food Global Conference took place this week at at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.  More than 400 experts attended the event to focus on ways to grow more food with less water.  One of the major topics of concern at the conference was finding new ways to increase sustainable irrigation in sub-Saharan Africa for increased water …

Audio, Food, International, Irrigation, Video, water

Trimble Introduces VRI Pressure Tech for Center Pivots

Kelly Marshall

Trimble has announced an industry-first technology that gets the right amount of water to the right places. Their new Irrigate-IQ optimal flow variable rate irrigation (VRI) solution allows farmers to use VRI on center pivot systems with a standard pumping system or limited well capacity. In the past a grower couldn’t use VRI on a center pivot without risking damage …

Agribusiness, Irrigation, Variable rate