World Backup Day

Chuck Zimmerman

When was the last time you backed up your computer? Your phone? Your tablet? Your memory cards? Hopefully you know the answer to that. If you haven’t then do it today – World Backup Day. This infographic was sent to me by Cloudwards. Click on it to see the rest of the graphic. March 31st has been declared World Backup …

AgNerd, Events, Gadgets, Technology

CAST Appoints New Executive Vice President

Jamie Johansen

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST), a nonprofit organization that specializes in assembling and communicating science-based agricultural information to a broad audience, announces the appointment of its new Executive Vice President, Kent G. Schescke. Linda Chimenti, the current EVP, will retire at the end of May after 15 successful years with CAST. Mr. Schescke will assume the role …

Ag Group, Science, Technology

Mississippi State University Utilizes Drones

Taylor Truckey

Robert Moorehead, Director of Geosystems Research Institute and Northern Gulf Institutes at Mississippi State University, was at the 2015 Mid-South Farm & Gin Show to showcase the research being done on harnessing UAV technology on farm.. Moorehead had a chance to chat with Chuck Zimmerman about their use of UAVs and drones. Geosystems Research focuses on agriculture; they utilize UAV …

Audio, Farming, Technology, Uncategorized

Census Bureau ICT Survey

Chuck Zimmerman

The agriculture industry is included in the 2013 United States Census Bureau Information and Communication Technology Survey. No release or summary has been posted but you can find more information if you’re interested on their website. The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Survey provides data on both noncapitalized and capitalized spending for information and communication technology equipment and computer software …

Government, Technology

3D-Printable Home Based Food Production System

Jamie Johansen

A Texas patent holder and inventor has launched a collection of 3D printable objects that function as key components in a non-electric, home-based food grow system that can be operated for pennies. The story of the invention can be found at FoodRising, a project of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center which is donating 250 grow systems to schools across America. …

Agribusiness, Food, Technology

TekWear Takes 3rd in Ag Tech Accelerator Program

Cindy Zimmerman

Innovative wearable technology company TekWear, LLC, finished third among 10 finalists at VilCap USA: Agriculture 2014, an entrepreneurial funding program. TekWear was chosen from more than 60 other start-up companies to take part in the three-month program devoted to finding, developing or marketing innovative products and services that provide solutions to agricultural and food production challenges. “We were thrilled to …

Audio, Commodity Classic, Glass, Technology

10th Annual Bayer Ag Issues Forum

Chuck Zimmerman

The 10th Annual Ag Issues Forum, conducted by Bayer CropScience, is underway in advance of this year’s Commodity Classic. I want to thank Bayer for making it possible for us to cover this event once again. Our first speaker is Jim Blome, President/CEO, Bayer CropScience LP. He has talked a little bit about his farm background and challenged attendees to …

Agribusiness, Audio, Bayer, Technology, Video

Agrible Launches Morning Farm Report

Cindy Zimmerman

Agrible, Inc. has just launched the Morning Farm Report, a predictive analytics tool that delivers field-specific data and forecasts to help with decision-making in the field. Designed for growers and agricultural companies, Morning Farm Report uses a subscription model to provide reports and big data views of rainfall, temperature, growing degree days, field work logistics, maximum ground pressures, and yield …

Technology, Weather

Consumer Electronics Offer Glimpse into Ag Tech

Chuck Zimmerman

This ZimmCast is going to be another focus on the AgNerd Cloud. It’s just been working that way lately. I did not attend the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas but via Twitter I met John Shutske, Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach Programs in the University of Wisconsin’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences who was attending. John …

AgNerd, Apps, Audio, Education, Internet, Precision Agriculture, Science, Technology, ZimmCast