TechAccel and Danforth Plant Science Center Partner

Kelly Marshall

Kansas City-based TechAccel and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis are working together to bring agriculture innovations to the marketplace.  A $250,000 grant from the Danforth Center will encourage projects expected to produce new assets– license-ready technology, processes or products, or new spin-off companies. “This partnership with the Danforth Center is an important milestone for TechAccel and …

Agribusiness, technology

New Advanta Seeds & Texas A&M Biotech Research Station

Joanna Schroeder

A new Advanta Seeds biotech research station is in the works following a new partnership between Advanta and Texas A&M AgriLife Research. The goal of the facility, which will support all global Advanta Seeds research programs, is to further seed technology R&D. The research will focus on several key crops: sorghum, tropical and subtropical corn, hot peppers and corn. In …

seed, technology

AgTech Accelerator Gains Investor Syndicate

Kelly Marshall

AgTech Accelerator is a unique startup accelerator vehicle with a goal of developing emerging agricultural technology companies. Today they’ve announced they’ll be able to further their goal with the addition of $8.5 million in financing. This funding brings the company’s total capital to $20 million, thanks to Elanco, a leader in animal health and food production.  Other investors include Bayer, …

Agribusiness, technology

FarmLogs Hosting Second Annual User Conference

Lizzy Schultz

FarmLogs will host its second annual series of user conferences this January in Des Moines, Iowa, Champaign, Illinois and Lubbock, Texas. The events are free to attend but registration is required and accessible online here. This year’s conference theme is “Connecting the Dots to Profitability,” and the events will be focused on the future of precision agriculture. Over 500 farmers …

Agribusiness, agronomy, Company Announcement, Events, technology

Danforth Center Develops Field Phenotyping

Kelly Marshall

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center uses research, education and outreach to impact food security and improve the human condition through plant science.  Now researchers are announcing the development of the PheNode, a “smart”, farm-ready, solar-powered environmental sensor and phenotyping station for crops. “With a suite of diverse sensors on the PheNode, we can continuously monitor field crops for growth rate, …

Agribusiness, Data Collection, Research, technology

ERS Releases Precision Agriculture Adoption Report

Kelly Marshall

The USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) has released a report, Farm Profits and Adoption of Precision Agriculture. The report covers current trends in precision agriculture (PA), production practices and farm characteristics associated with adoption. The report also looks at corn data from 2010 to determine if PA practices lead to increased profitability. The report looked at three types of Precision …

technology, USDA

AFBF Selects Teachers to Pilot Classroom Resource

Kelly Marshall

Four teachers will have the opportunity to pilot the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture and the International Food Information Council Foundation‘s new educational resources.  “Bringing Biotechnology to Life” is a set of free lessons that teach students about agriculture biotechnology and how it affects food production. The four educators are: Amy Dawson of Paragould, Arkansas; Ginger Reimer of Claremore, Oklahoma; …

AFBF, Ag Group, Education, technology

54 Different Countries Represented at 2016 InterDrone

Jamie Johansen

BZ Media LLC’s InterDrone™ The International Drone Conference & Exposition, held at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas Sept 7-9, drew 3,518 attendees from 54 different countries on 6 continents. The event featured 155 exhibitors and sponsors in more than 230 booths. FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta gave the Grand Opening Keynote speech to thousands gathered on the first day. …

Aerial Imagery, Agribusiness, Aviation, drone, technology, UAS, UAV

Veris Tech Offers #Soil Sensing Platforms

Cindy Zimmerman

Veris Technologies, which recently announced a new partnership with The Climate Corporation to make high resolution soil maps from Veris on-the-go soil sensors available in the Climate FieldView™ platform, had two of their most popular soil sensing platforms on display at the recent Farm Progress Show. “We’ve got the MSP3, which does three depths of soil connectivity mapping, organic matter …

Audio, Farm Progress Show, Soil, technology

Global Update on BASF Maglis

Cindy Zimmerman

BASF held the global launch of Maglis at the 2016 Commodity Classic and the global media got an update on the online agricultural platform during a press event last week in Germany. Dr. Matthias Nachtmann, head of BASF’s agIT project team, says they had a good initial launch of the Maglis Customer Navigator in North America. “We’re really excited by …

agronomy, Audio, BASF, Data, technology