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Next Big Thing in Agriculture: Smart Collars for Cows

WSJ.com: WSJD - Technology

Virtual-fencing startups on at least three continents are looking to sell the collars, which track an animal's location and use audio signals and mild electric shocks to direct movement. The companies say their products could make shifting a herd as easy as drawing a line on a smartphone app. Dutch bank Rabobank, New Zealand fencing company Gallagher Group Ltd. and U.S. venture-capital firms Promus Ventures and Eniac Ventures have invested in some startups that see a big opportunity in the billion-plus global cattle population. In the U.S., farmers were expected to spend more than $300 million on agricultural fencing last year, according to research firm IBISWorld. "The potential of it would be absolutely huge," said Boyd Macdonald, general manager at Lone Star Farms, which hasn't been involved in testing the collars and has some 6,000 cattle on several properties in New Zealand.


What did the first farmers look like?

Christian Science Monitor | Science

What did the first farmers look like? New genetic research suggests that it depends on where you look. DNA sequencing of ancient skeletons has revealed that early human farmers were a genetically diverse group, according to a new study in the journal Science. The findings provide new insight into how agriculture spread throughout the Neolithic world. In the Mesolithic period, humans were exclusively hunter-gatherers.


U.S. Agriculture's Perdue Says Farmer Aid Could Be Less Than First Estimated

U.S. News

"The President feels tariffs have been very instrumental in getting Canada to the negotiation table. Now that we have an agreement, I believe their usefulness regarding those two countries have diminished and I think we should go back to our prior relationship of no tariffs on steel and aluminum," he said.


How Technology can Benefit Agriculture and Farmers in India

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The change in Indian agriculture began with the Green Revolution, which was trailed by accomplishments of large achievements: Blue revolution, white revolution, yellow and Bio-Technology revolutions. In India, agriculture is the core sector for food security, nutritional security, and sustainable development & for poverty alleviation. Around 64% of the total labor force is occupied with horticulture or agribusiness based businesses. After independence, there has been noteworthy development in Indian agriculture with the grain production ascending to 273.83 million tons this year. All things considered, there are enormous challenges to be analyzed to enhance the agricultural growth in India.


How Farmers Business Network Plans To Disrupt Big Agra, One Farm At A Time

Forbes - Tech

Farmers Business Network cofounder Charles Baron shows his startup's analytics to a Nebraska farmer. Charles Baron has a story he likes to tell about the time that farmers in North Dakota saw his data. And for one corn crop across thousands of acres in North Dakota, the data said that Baron's customers were planting the lowest yielding, highest priced seed on the market. "The difference was a lot of money," Baron says. "So we said, don't shoot us as the messenger.