Precision Ag News 4/25

Carrie Muehling

  • Some of the timely session topics for this year’s Tech Hub LIVE in Des Moines include The Most Promising Technologies for 2025, Navigating Today’s Autonomous Farming, Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) Growth and Grower Profitability. And Maximizing ROI with Effective Grower-Retailer Communication in the Age of AI. Check out the full schedule and register for the third Tech Hub LIVE July 29-31.
  • Two scientists with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have been named 2023 Fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dr. Martin Williams, an ARS research ecologist, and Dr. Jay D. Evans, an ARS research entomologist, were named Fellows in a vote by the AAAS Council in recognition of their scientific contributions and leadership in the organization’s “Agriculture, Food and Renewable Resources” section.
  • The ASTA Leadership Summit, held this June 15-19 in Nashville, provides a crucial opportunity for mid- to senior-level seed company leadership. From keeping current on the latest seed policy issues, to finding your next great hire, the Summit offers a set of learning objectives specifically for experienced seed professionals that have been built into the event’s design. Register today!
  • The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) proudly announces the recipients of the first round of grants for the Historically Underserved Farmer-to-Farmer Outreach Program. The inaugural round of grantees includes the Guadalupe Soil and Water Conservation District in New Mexico to design and install an implementation project to address the degradation of the Pintada Arroyo Watershed due to erosion and sedimentation, and the Marengo County Soil and Water Conservation District in Alabama to begin the implementation of climate-smart water, soil, and plant health monitoring activities to decrease agriculture input costs and increase yields on historically underserved producer farms in Marengo County, Alabama and Jackson County, Florida.
  • Four research and outreach projects have been funded through the new Agricultural Climate Resiliency Program, a partnership among Michigan State University, the Michigan Plant Coalition, and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
  • Registration is now open for the 2024 Water and Natural Resources Tour. Join the Nebraska Water Center and Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District as we visit Tecumseh, Nebraska City, and more.
  • The Soil and Water Outcomes Fund (SWOF) and John Deere are proud to announce a new collaboration, bringing an integrated digital experience to farmers participating in SWOF’s leading agricultural ecosystem services program. This digital integration with the John Deere Operations Center will streamline the enrollment process and field data management, empowering farmers to adopt sustainable practices more effectively. The Soil and Water Outcomes Fund provides financial incentives to farmers for the environmental outcomes resulting from new or expanded conservation practices. The integration with John Deere Operations Center gives farmers the option to seamlessly record and share their field operational data with SWOF directly from John Deere’s precision ag technology, saving farmers time and increasing accuracy.
  • Digi International revealed the winners of its 2024 Green Tech Customer Innovation Awards. Digi’s fourth annual awards highlight the advancements made by companies and organizations committed to solving today’s environmental challenges — recognizing Digi customer initiatives incorporating the latest green technologies to champion sustainability, carbon reduction and environmental stewardship.
  • Custom Agronomics, a custom formulator and manufacturer of private-label liquid plant nutrition, nutrient use efficiency, and other specialty products for the agriculture, turf, and ornamental markets, announced that it has acquired BioTek Ag to expand its focus on nutrient use efficiency products.
  • Bayer announced that it has signed an agreement with UK-based company AlphaBio Control to secure an exclusive license for a new biological insecticide. The new product will be the first available for arable crops, including oilseed rape and cereals. Targeted for initial launch in 2028 pending further development and registration, this new insecticide was discovered by AlphaBio, with whom Bayer distributes FLiPPER an award-winning bioinsecticide-acaricide.
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