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Precision Ag News 5/22

Carrie Muehling

  • Join the Nebraska Water Center in Lincoln on October 9 and 10, 2024, for our annual Nebraska Water Conference. The conference will highlight successful collaborations and innovations in Nebraska water and discuss future opportunities in water research and management.
  • Seven scaleup companies from Australia and Canada have successfully completed the Cultivo Virtual Academy, speeding their planning for U.S. market entry. The six-week virtual program is hosted and coordinated by America’s Cultivation Corridor, providing participants a unique experience featuring mentorship, interaction with Iowa’s agricultural leaders and an online curriculum that included regulatory and financing systems, and customer perspectives. The Iowa Economic Development Authority was the presenting sponsor of the program.
  • In a significant move to revolutionize greenhouse management, Sollum Technologies is proud to announce a new strategic partnership with Damatex. This collaboration combines the greenhouse lighting control features of Sollum’s proprietary SUN as a Service cloud platform with Damatex’s advanced climate control systems.
  • In honor of Military Appreciation month, Kubota Tractor Corporation and the Farmer Veteran Coalition announced the selection of the 2024 “Geared to Give” farmer veteran recipients of new Kubota equipment. This year’s five awardees, which include both veterans and currently serving members of the Armed Forces, were honored during a special ceremony on the dirt at the 2024 PBR (Professional Bull Riders) World Finals at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday’s commemoration of Armed Forces Day.
  • The 2024 Borlaug Dialogue convenes under the theme “Seeds of Opportunity: Bridging Generations and Cultivating Diplomacy,” echoing Dr. Norman Borlaug’s enduring vision of breaking barriers and transcending boundaries for global food security.
  • Greeneye Technology, the pioneer of AI precision spraying that is proven to reduce chemical use in farming by an average of 88 percent, has announced the opening of its first dedicated dealership. The company is partnering with Nebraska-based Boeck Seed Services to provide sales, installation and service to farmers in Nebraska and adjoining states, in the first of a planned nationwide network of dealerships to support the company’s ambitious expansion plans in the U.S.
  • Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, the state’s largest grassroots farm organization, encourages young farmer entrepreneurs between 18-35 years old with an ag-related business to enter the Grow Your Future Award for a chance to win $10,000. This competition is focused on Farm Bureau members with unique business ventures that tap into niche production, agritourism and other specialty services.
  • Innovative drone company Modovolo will join forces with Dropcopter and M3 Agriculture Technologies to offer pollen distribution technology and sterile insect technique (SIT) capability to the Modovolo Lift.
  • A new farm manager has been named to supervise the Michigan State University Plant Pathology and Entomology Research Centers. Jared Andrews will direct operations and lead administrative duties at the two MSU AgBioResearch on-campus research centers, both located on the south side of campus.
  • The U.S. International Trade Commission agreed to advance a petition by Corteva Agribusiness to place anti-dumping and countervailing duties on imports of the herbicide 2,4-D shipped from China and India. The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) said the decision will impact farmers. Six of the nation’s major commodity groups, including NCGA, sent a letter to the U.S. International Trade Commission in April encouraging it to vote against advancing a petition.
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