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  • A South African farmer whose vineyard in the Stellenbosch wine region had been occupied by shack dwellers since last year has been shot and killed in his home, heightening tensions amid a contentious national debate over the ownership of land.

  • Technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) has made its way into our lives and businesses.

  • The news that South Africa’s economy shrank by 3,2% in the first quarter of the year comes as no shock to the agricultural sector. Despite its historically reliable and significant contribution to the economy, even agriculture could not surmount the communist policies and downright ineptitude of the ANC and shrank by 13,2% in the same period.

  • There’s little doubt that sustainable agriculture is the only way forward if we are to continue to produce food for generations to come.  Over the past several decades, digital technologies have had a profound impact on our daily lives and businesses.

  • The agricultural economy, by nature, is wobbly relative to other sectors of the economy as its fortunes are largely driven by a factor beyond the control of humankind – the weather.

  • Hou Xueying, a mother from Shanghai, was tired of food safety scares and of a city life disconnected from the land. So she moved her family to the country to learn about sustainable farming.

  • We are currently witnessing the impact of climate change on the agricultural sector, both on the local and global fronts. These effects will probably intensify in future.

  • For decades, agriculture has been associated with the production of essential food crops. At present, agriculture above and beyond farming includes forestry, dairy, fruit cultivation, poultry, bee keeping, mushroom, arbitrary, etc. Today, processing, marketing, and distribution of crops and livestock products etc. are all acknowledged as part of current agriculture.Thus, agriculture could be referred to as the production, processing, promotion and distribution agricultural products.

  • Grain producers could have an extra revenue stream if a construction project proceeds in Kansas.

    VERBIO North America (VNA), a subsidiary of Germany’s VERBIO Vereinigte BioEnergie Ag, wants to build a US$100-million conversion facility on 160 acres of land in Sumner County, Kan. 

    The process turns water and baled crop residue like wheat straw, and corn leaves, stalks and cobs into natural gas using anaerobic digestion.

    The plant would require about 75,000 metric tonnes (82,637 tons) of straw and stover, which could generate up to US$3.5 million in annual income for local farmers. The facility would also create about 75 full-time jobs in the community.

    Ultimately, VNA hopes to use about 150,000 metric tons (165,46 tons) of inputs annually.

    The facility would also create humus, which is a “dark, organic material that forms in soil when plant and animal matter decays,” National Geographic says.

    The plant would return about 1.2 tonnes of humus per one tonne of straw.

    “We will return humus to the land,” Greg Northrup, president of VNA, told a Sumner County Planning Commission meeting, The Wichita Eagle reports. “We take the carbon out of the wheat straw or corn stover. We return all the rest of the values that the crop reside contains – the phosphates (and) nitrates. We will be working with growers to explain the value of this product as it might relate to current farm practices.”

    But several community members oppose the plant.

    VNA’s proposed site is along the Ninnescah River and would require about 100 million gallons of water annually to produce the natural gas and humus.

    Some Kansans feel the plant would remove too much water from the river, making it difficult for residents to wash clothes and feed animals.

    And others are concerned with removing crop residue from fields.

    “The soil is a living organism, dependent on millions of interactions … the key to these interactions is carbon,” Doug Hisken, a crop adviser, told The Wichita Eagle.

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  • Owe Pettersson worked in insurance and finances for decades before becoming the chief executive at Plantagon, an indoor farm that recently opened in Sweden.

  • The future of work is increasingly becoming today’s reality for millions of workers and companies around the world.

  • We are currently witnessing the impact of climate change on the agricultural sector, both on the local and global fronts. These effects will probably intensify in future.

  • Farming has an image problem in large parts of Africa. For many people there, it’s synonymous with poverty. So it’s hardly surprising parents don’t want their children to end up working the land.

  • Nobody wants to be trapped in a menial, minimum-wage job. Yet in commercial and subsistence agriculture alike, these are the vast majority of jobs that the sector offers young South Africans.

  • A group of analysts from around the world met last week in South Africa to discuss the outlook for agricultural markets over the next 10 years. The group agreed it is hard to hit a moving target.

  • No region of the world has ever moved to industrialised economy status without a transformation of the agricultural sector. Agriculture, which contributes 16.2% of the GDP of Africa, and gives some form of employment to over 60% of the population, holds the key to accelerated growth, diversification and job creation for African economies.

  • Family farms are central to our nation’s identity. Most Americans, even those who have never been on a farm, have strong feelings about the idea of family farms — so much that they’re the one thing that all U.S. politicians agree on.

  • It’s time for agricultural researchers to take better advantage of the massive amount of data they produce and move into an era of “big science.” Open data—data that are publicly available and have been intentionally prepared for reuse and innovation by others—is the path to the research breakthroughs of the future. But to make that move, agricultural science must change in significant ways.

  • It's not often you hear people refer to "livestock farming" and "climate change" in a positive context. And even less so among tech entrepreneurs, as increasing numbers look to create meat-free, alternative food products with the hope of reducing the impact of the meat industry on the environment.

  • The US beef market was mixed this week with both positive and negative shifts in market prices, the US beef carcass equivalent declined by 1.7% week-onweek.

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