Ukraine war: How Russia uses social media to steal sunflower seeds (BBC)

BBC: Ukraine war: How Russia uses social media to steal sunflower seeds. “The BBC has seen significant evidence that Russian forces in occupied areas of Ukraine have been systematically seizing not only Ukrainian grain, but also sunflower seeds from local farmers. We have spoken to farmers who have lost their crops, and tracked messages in private and public social media groups showing how the seeds are transported from southern and eastern occupied parts of Ukraine to Russia.”

USDA: New USDA Database Will Replace Three Import Manuals and the Fruit and Vegetable Imports Requirement (FAVIR) Database

USDA: New USDA Database Will Replace Three Import Manuals and the Fruit and Vegetable Imports Requirement (FAVIR) Database. “The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has developed a new database called ‘Agricultural Commodity Import Requirements’ (ACIR). ACIR gives users a simple search interface for finding and displaying import requirements for agricultural commodities.”

Grocery Business Canada: Sunkist uses citrus fruit sorter that’s powered by Google AI

Grocery Business Canada: Sunkist uses citrus fruit sorter that’s powered by Google AI. “The sorting and grading of citrus fruit just got a lot easier thanks to the fully-automated Sunsortai machine, a next-generation sorter from Sunkist Research and Technical Services. The revolutionary new sorter uses Google AI technology to assess the inherent quality of each piece it processes, including any potential defects.”

Star Tribune: John Deere tapping into Apple-like tech model to drive revenue

Star Tribune: John Deere tapping into Apple-like tech model to drive revenue. “In a world with a dwindling number of grain producers and a growing population, Deere and its rivals are developing self-driving equipment loaded with the latest software that is harvesting a new kind of bumper crop: data. All that translates into recurring revenue, something companies like Apple have long enjoyed and industrial manufacturers like Deere hungrily eye.”

National Agricultural Aviation Association: NAAA’s database connects farmers with aerial applicators

National Agricultural Aviation Association: NAAA’s database connects farmers with aerial applicators. “America’s aerial applicators — or crop dusters as they are known in older jargon — are primed and ready to support farmers in need of fast, timely and effective applications this growing season. If they don’t have an existing relationship with an aerial applicator, farmers in need of an aerial application service provider should search NAAA’s ‘Find an Aerial Applicator’ database.”

Flinders University: Food cyber attacks forecast

Flinders University: Food cyber attacks forecast. “Wide-ranging use of smart technologies is raising global agricultural production but international researchers warn this digital-age phenomenon could reap a crop of another kind – cybersecurity attacks. Complex IT and math modelling at King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia, Aix-Marseille University, France and Flinders University in South Australia, has highlighted the risks in a new article in the open access journal Sensors.”

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: FAO unveils new public tool based on agricultural census data

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: FAO unveils new public tool based on agricultural census data. “The new domain allows rapid access to knowing how many farms exist in a given country, what their sizes are, the tenure typology determining its ownership, the farmer’s gender, and how many people live and work on them, all sourced to national Agricultural Censuses.”

PR Newswire: New Agricultural Data Tool Can Help Fight the Growing Food Crisis in Africa (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: New Agricultural Data Tool Can Help Fight the Growing Food Crisis in Africa (PRESS RELEASE). “The Food Security Tracker for Africa provides free access to real-time data about the supply and demand of major crops, including corn, soy, wheat, and rice for African countries. By combining data on drought, crop conditions, prices, supply and demand all in one place, users will be able to develop more effective solutions and emergency response plans to the growing shortages of key agricultural commodities across the continent.”

American Seed Trade Association: Pest Database For Seeds Available

American Seed Trade Association: Pest Database For Seeds Available. “ASTA has developed the Pest Database for Seeds (PeDS) which currently contains technical/scientific information on over 400 pests of phytosanitary concern to ASTA members that have impacted the international movement of seed.” Apparently free – I was able to access and search the database without issue.

University of Wisconsin-Madison: A New Tool To Help Track Invasive Insects in Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin-Madison: A New Tool To Help Track Invasive Insects in Wisconsin. “The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) declared April to be Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month. To support this effort, the University of Wisconsin Insect Diagnostic Lab recently launched a new Wisconsin invasive insect mapping page to help track invasive insects in the state.”

The Conversation: Farmers are finding a new following on social media – our research suggests it could help with isolation

The Conversation: Farmers are finding a new following on social media – our research suggests it could help with isolation. “In the wake of a chaotic Brexit and an ongoing pandemic, farmers in the UK are experiencing high levels of isolation and loneliness. A poll in Farmers Guardian found that 94% of UK farmers felt this isolation was harming their mental health. In research funded by the British Academy, we looked at how farmers engage with social media to understand whether it can help overcome isolation. To do this, we analysed 5,000 tweets by farmers and interviewed 25 farmers who use social media.”

USDA: USDA NASS to livestream agricultural data briefings, enhances public access to valuable information

USDA: USDA NASS to livestream agricultural data briefings, enhances public access to valuable information. “On March 30, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will livestream the Secretary of Agriculture’s data report briefing for the first time. This and future Secretary data briefings will stream on NASS’s YouTube channel five minutes after NASS reports are released to the public.”