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Small-scale farming traced back 23,000 years

Until now, researchers believed farming was “invented” some 12,000 years ago in the Cradle of Civilization — Iraq, the Levant, parts of Turkey and Iran — an area that was home to some of the earliest known human civilizations. A new discovery by an international collaboration of researchers from Tel …

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Soil scientists enthusiastic about future of sustainable agriculture

Source: abc.net.au We are halfway through the International Year of Soil, and Australian soil scientists are brimming with enthusiasm, a contrast to the doomsayers. The World Food and Agriculture Organisation issued a warning that the world’s soils have only 60 years of harvests left, because they are becoming degraded. The local soil …

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California drought spurs technology on the farm

Source: Wall Street Journal It has been two decades since Willie Hartman started making farm equipment that helps growers conserve water, but sales didn’t take off until the past four years. Credit goes, in part, to California’s worst drought in at least half a century. Farmers in the Golden State’s $45 …

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Silicon Valley startups go farming

Source: fortune.com Agriculture tech is a hot space for venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. Silicon Valley, often accused of following the herd, is doing that quite literally when it comes to startups building technology for farmers. Some of the most well known venture capitalists and entrepreneurs are now focused on bringing the …

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Tesco Future Farmer Foundation opens for new intakes

Tesco has announced that its Future Farmer Foundation has opened again for young farmers looking to make a mark on the industry. First launched in 2014, Tesco said the Future Farmer Foundation aims to help young people make a confident start in the world of agriculture – whether they are …

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Ireland’s smart agriculture future is on a fertile plain

Source: siliconrepublic.com One of the biggest problems the world will face in the 21st century is food supply. This is where Ireland, with its expertise in agriculture and ICT, could be a world leader, according to WIT president and TSSG founder Prof Willie Donnelly. Donnelly said that the world will need …

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India sets up waste management system to boost composting

Source: Times of India More than 600 residents in Gurgaon, India, have set up a waste management system to process over 600kg of horticulture and household kitchen waste generated from the blocks. Gurgaon’s deputy commissioner T L Satyaprakash inaugurated the composting unit. The facility will process 300kg of horticulture waste and 300kg of …

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NIF signs innovation agreement with JKUAT

National Innovation Foundation – India (NIF) has signed an agreement with Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT-Kenya) for the establishment of innovation cooperation between both the organizations. NIF and JKUAT have agreed to collaborate efforts in the areas of developing long term strategies and plan of action to …

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New technology aims to combat aquaculture diseases

Source: thefishsite.com The UK’s Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) is developing cutting edge farmer-led disease diagnostics technology that could help combat devastating disease outbreaks in global fish and shellfish production, saving up to $6 billion lost annually across the global aquaculture industry. Cefas is working with governments and …

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Spain creates aquaculture network

Source: www.fishupdate.com Six Spanish aquaculture companies have teamed up to create the Aquaculture Marine Experimentation Network (REMA), reported FIS today. The group’s main aim is ‘to achieve solutions to scientific and technological challenges of the Spanish marine aquaculture industry’. This new entity, legally constituted as a non-profit association, is one of the …

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