Precision Ag Bytes 4/10

AgWired Precision, Precision Ag Bytes

  • April 5 marked the 100th anniversary of the European Biological Control Laboratory, operated in Montpellier, France, by the Agricultural Research Service to find, describe and evaluate natural enemies of invasive pests and weeds that arrived in the United States from abroad.
  • The American Seed Trade Association welcomes the decision by the Commission of Phytosanitary Measures to develop a Systems Approach for seed as an Annex to ISPM 38 on the International Movement of Seed.
  • The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center announces the formation of a line-up of agricultural experts to advise the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) as it deploys up to $2.25 million in technical assistance for agtech startup companies.
  • Having succeeded in protecting funding for the Conservation Title in the 2018 Farm Bill, more than 140 leading farm, conservation, and wildlife groups are once again joining together to protect those hard-fought conservation funds and programs in the fiscal year (FY) 2020 appropriations process. In a letter, the groups called upon appropriators to respect the funding decisions made in the 2018 Farm Bill and reject any cuts to farm bill conservation funding through the appropriations process.
  • The National Corn Growers Association – in partnership with the Honey Bee Health Coalition – is releasing new best management practices to protect bees and other pollinators in and around cornfields.
  • The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Bayer, and Lindsay Corporation, a leading global manufacturer and distributor of irrigation technology, announced a platform agreement that will establish two-way data connectivity between The Climate Corporation’s Climate FieldView™ digital agriculture platform and Lindsay’s FieldNET platform. Through the collaboration, mutual farmer customers will be able to make faster, more-informed field and irrigation management decisions.
  • The editors of Farm Equipment magazine announce the release of the first-ever Ag Equipment Intelligence Audio Edition — an audio version of their monthly newsletter that is delivered to Ag Equipment Intelligence VIP subscribers. To listen to the complimentary March 2019 Ag Equipment Intelligence Audio Edition, visit
  • For her outstanding contributions to food science and processing, Agricultural Research Service scientist Tara H. McHugh is the agency’s Distinguished Senior Research Scientist of the Year for 2019.
  • The Soil Health Institute invites applications to give a poster presentation at its Fourth Annual Meeting “Soil Health: A Global Imperative” to be held July 16-18, 2019 in Sacramento, CA. Online applications are due by 5:30 p.m., Saturday, June 1, 2019, and must designate the primary presenter, author(s), primary contact information, and affiliation(s).
  • The Yield Lab is pleased to welcome Allan Harari and Juan Ferreira to the team. Allan is joining the team as a Managing Director and Juan as a Venture Partner.
  • The next deadline for Conservation Stewardship Program applications to be considered for funding this year is May 10.
  • TerrAvion is excited to be integrated with the Agrian platform, the largest most widely adopted agricultural software in the United States.
  • The National Association of Conservation Districts announced it was selected as the recipient of the David Rockefeller Fund Pollinator Education Initiative Grant through an agreement with the Pollinator Partnership.