Precision Ag News 11/2

Carrie Muehling

  • USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is reinstating the Cost of Pollination Survey, that was suspended on December 6, 2018. NASS has mailed the questionnaires and will collect data immediately. The report, to be published on Jan. 11, 2023, will include data for 2017 and 2022 reference dates, including paid pollinated acres, price per acre, colonies used, price per colony, and total value of pollination per crop.
  • Repair Done Right is a campaign created by the North American Equipment Dealers Association (NAEDA) to change the narrative on Right to Repair. The main part of the campaign is a training platform providing dealer personnel a foundational understanding of what the Right to Repair issue is and how our industry is supporting customer repair.
  • Clariant announces that it has completed the acquisition of BASF’s U.S. based Attapulgite business assets for USD 60 million in cash.
  • Canadian company Nutrien partnered with San Diego, California, Radicle Growth, an accelerator and venture capital firm focused on early-stage agriculture and food technology startups, to sponsor the Radicle Inclusion Challenge. Agtools was one of four finalists chosen that went on to win the Radicle Inclusion Challenge Award.
  • Reinke Manufacturing and FreeWave Technologies announced a partnership to simplify data connectivity between irrigation systems and the cloud, making way for another best-in- class hardware line-up for Reinke’s ReinCloud-Ready products.
  • October 28 marked two years since the groundbreaking ceremony of the Ag Innovation Campus (AIC). As a not-for-profit, the AIC will process about 9 semi-trucks a day, crushing a grand total of 62,400 tons of soybeans per year. Phase two will be an office complex and research labs, with the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute operating the research labs. Phase three consists of rentable discovery bays and a Crushwalk that will be available for short to midterm use for companies who want to prove their designs at full production scale.
  • AgReliant Genetics announced it will invest $18 million in capital improvements at its Decatur, Illinois, foundation seed facility. Scheduled over the next three years, the improvements will expand capacity and add the latest technology and automation to better serve farmers across the U.S. and Canada.
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