What About Autonomous Farm Carts?

Touch the Soil News #1779 (Feature Photo– Burro Robotic Cart –  photo courtesy of Burro  https://burro.ai/robots/) Small mechanical vehicles, to help with farm tasks including harvests, are attracting millions of dollars of venture capital in the race to capture farm dollars. AgFunder News, brings an interesting story of investors coming together to provide funding to…

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Do You Want an Urban Farming or Controlled Environment Agriculture Degree?

Touch the Soil News #1778 (Feature Photo– Urban Agriculture – CCA SA 4.0 International) Agritecture, a controlled environment agriculture consulting company, brings us a story of 9 universities with urban farming or controlled environment agriculture related degrees. Now you can build your credentials in these exciting new agricultural careers. You can read the full story…

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Can Some Technology Invigorate America’s Agricultural Heritage?

Touch the Soil News #1777 (Feature Photo– Modern Apple Orchard – CCA SA 4.0 International) Agfunder News, brings news about some new fruit picking technology. Concerns with labor and ability to harvest efficiently, may be contributors to declines in American fruit and vegetable production. For example, USDA crop reports show that orange production in the…

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When Beating Desertification Means Everything

Positive Future News #895 (Feature Photo – Women Digging Half Moon Dams by Hand – photo courtesy of The FAO) Beating back the Sahara Desert is one of the world’s top visions.  The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) sees a potential restoration of degraded lands in Africa back to agricultural production as important for millions…

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Agri-Food Canada – Funds Food Greenhouse in Calgary of all Places

Positive Future News #893 (Feature Photo– Calgary – CCA SA 4.0 International) Calgary is one of the largest northern cities in North America. With a population of 1,250,000, the city has a very short growing season, Different from the past, governments are getting interested in urban horticulture to support food banks and other charitable feeding…

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Is the Economic Potential of Urban Production of Fruits and Vegetables Just Getting Started?

Positive Future News #892 (Feature Photo– Fruits – CCA SA 3.0 unported) Fruits and Vegetables are at high risk in terms of broad based access due to the high level of attention needed for cultivation, harvest and dealing with their perishability. That said, it simply makes more sense to have fruits and vegetables produced as…

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Urban Farming – Contributing to a Nation’s Productivity

Touch the Soil News #1775 (Feature Photo– Kitchen Garden – CCA SA 4.0 International) Modern Farmer journalist Dan Nosowitz, brings the story of urban farming productivity. The message that folks can make a difference in their efforts at growing food is encouraging. You can read the story here: https://modernfarmer.com/2022/01/urban-farming-productive/

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