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Connected cows help farmers track their cattle

Source: techweekeurope.co.uk We’ve all heard how wearable technology devices are becoming more fashionable in order to attract new customers, but now it seems even animals want to get in on the act. A new wearable tracking collar is enabling farmers to locate exactly where their dairy cattle are, helping better …

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Aquaculture acquisitions for Benchmark Holdings

Source: thefishsite.com Benchmark Holdings PLC has today strengthened its position in aquaculture genetics through the acquisition of Norwegian-based aquaculture genetics and research company Akvaforsk Genetics Center AS (AFGC) and American based Spring Genetics for a combined total of NOK 140m (£11 million). Expanding on Benchmark’s position as the second largest …

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Agri wi-fi system set to transform farming

Source: irishnews.com A businessman from Templepatrick, Northern Ireland has developed new technology for the agricultural industry in the country, which could have major positive implications for the rest of the world. Dr Aaron McConnell established his IT solutions company Vynomic Ltd (www.vynomic.com) last year, providing expert IT support across the north. Since then, he’s created a …

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Technology and skills key to fresh produce industry

www.hortweek.com Farming minister George Eustice discussed the areas that the government will focus on to improve UK horticultural productivity at Fruit Focus – the fruit industry trade show. Explaining how the government’s proposed Food & Farming Plan will boost UK horticulture, he told an industry audience: “There is a huge amount …

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Minnesota students trial drones

At a field experiment last week, a drone leashed like a dog to a University of Minnesota graduate student slowly rotated, drifting mere feet above the group and capturing images of apple trees at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. A student nearby controlled the drone from a laptop, moving it slowly …

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Agriculture centre announced for Evraz Place

Evraz Place will soon be home to a new multi-purpose facility. Federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz was on hand in Regina along with provincial agriculture minister Lyle Stewart as the announcement was made on Thursday. The 150,000 square foot multipurpose facility will be known as the International Trade Centre. The …

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Report forecasts agricultural biotechnology business to 2020

The agricultural biotechnology market is growing at a significant rate due to growing cultivation area of genetically modified crops and rising demand for bio fuels. Increased research and development activities and regulatory support in Asia-Pacific and Africa are giving ample opportunities to the agricultural biotechnology market to grow at a …

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Why the industry should prepare for precision agriculture

Precision agriculture is the new frontier of environmentally sustainable development in the sector, experts invited by the Italian national research center CNR said at an Expo Milano 2015 conference on the subject. Drones, satellites, radiometry systems and geo-electric sensors can accurately measure and calculate the needs of plants and help …

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HIA to build fruit fly centre

The world’s first research centre dedicated to combating Queensland fruit fly is a step closer, with the state government signing an agreement with Horticulture Innovation Australia to build and manage the $3.8 million National Sterile Insect Technology facility at Port Augusta. Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister Leon Bignell said the facility …

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Māori aquaculture deal signed in Parliament

Three new Māori aquaculture agreements between the Crown and iwi have been signed in Parliament today. Iwi from the Auckland, Tasman, and Marlborough regions have had agreements signed as a result of the Māori Commercial Aquaculture Claims Settlement Act 2004. The three agreements were signed off in the Grand Hall at …

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