Civil Eats: The Local Food Revolution Goes Online—for Now

Civil Eats: The Local Food Revolution Goes Online—for Now. “As peak harvest season approaches, growers have been scrambling to move their sales online, where orders can be fulfilled without face-to-face interaction, either for through traditional community supported agriculture (CSA) boxes or other creative models. At the same time, groups that support local food economies have also been working to direct consumers to these new systems so that they can continue to buy local food from home.”

MIT Technology Review: Machine learning is making pesto even more delicious

MIT Technology Review: Machine learning is making pesto even more delicious. “What makes basil so good? In some cases, it’s AI. Machine learning has been used to create basil plants that are extra-delicious. While we sadly cannot report firsthand on the herb’s taste, the effort reflects a broader trend that involves using data science and machine learning to improve agriculture.”

DigitalNC: 100 Issues of The Carolina Union Farmer now online at DigitalNC

DigitalNC: 100 Issues of The Carolina Union Farmer now online at DigitalNC. “100 issues of the Carolina Union Farmer are now online at DigitalNC. The recently digitized issues form a nearly complete representation of the weekly paper’s publication between July 1911 and May 1913. Published by the North Carolina Farmer’s Union, the paper provides unique insights into the Labor Movement as it manifested itself in the South during the early twentieth century.”

AdvocateTribune: New online database from the University of Minnesota Extension helps local farmers share sustainable practices

AdvocateTribune: New online database from the University of Minnesota Extension helps local farmers share sustainable practices. “You’re a Minnesota farmer who cares about conservation, but the risks of veering from conventional farming feel great. How would new practices affect the bottom line? Have they worked on other similar farms? And besides what any research says, what do actual farmers think? A new online database will connect farmers with other farmers to share their experiences with sustainable farming methods. Farmers will be able to pull up the tool on their phone or desktop computer, and find nearby peers willing to share their experiences with specific practices.”

Newswise: Researchers Use Crowdsourcing to Speed Up Data Analysis in Corn Plants

Newswise: Researchers Use Crowdsourcing to Speed Up Data Analysis in Corn Plants. “Teaching a machine to finish a complex task can save humans a lot of time, effort and money. But first, the machine has to learn how, and that comes with plenty of its own challenges. An interdisciplinary team of Iowa State University scientists turned to crowdsourcing, or relying on large groups of minimally trained people, to repeat a task often enough that researchers could formulate an algorithm that allows a computer to carry out that task automatically. In this case, the scientists wanted to teach a machine to identify the tassels of corn plants when given a vast number of photographic images to sort through.”

The New Times (Rwanda): ITC launches portal to avail the market price information

The New Times (Rwanda): ITC launches portal to avail the market price information. “The International Trade Centre (ITC) yesterday launched a market price information portal, an online database that will provide access to live updates and prices for more than 100 agriculture products. The portal aims at impriving transparency in trade and help improve the decision-making processes for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to export.” Wondering what the heck is the International Trade Centre? Get the details here.

Wisconsin Ag Connection: NCIS Launches Website Highlighting Crop Insurance in all 50 States

Wisconsin Ag Connection: NCIS Launches Website Highlighting Crop Insurance in all 50 States. “The Senate officially begins its Farm Bill process June 13, as the Agriculture Committee debates a draft bipartisan bill released last week by the panel’s top Republican and Democrat. And thanks to a new website just unveiled by the National Crop Insurance Services, Senators and other interested parties won’t have to look very far for information about how crop insurance affects every state in the country.”

Phys .org: New genomic tool searches wheat’s wild past to improve crops of the future

Phys.org: New genomic tool searches wheat’s wild past to improve crops of the future. “A new genetic directory launched today will enable researchers and breeders to scan the genomes of wild relatives of modern wheat to find disease-fighting properties lost to domestication. The time-travelling trawl is possible following the launch of the Open Wild Wheat, a directory which includes the genetic sequences of 150 wild wheats belonging to a goat grass species called Aegilops tauschii ssp. strangulata. This wild relative, found in the fertile crescent round the Caspian sea, has contributed the D genome pillar, one of the three genomes found in bread wheat.”

NoCamels: Israeli Startup Launches AI-Powered Alert App To Help Farmers Save Crops From Disease, Pests

NoCamels: Israeli Startup Launches AI-Powered Alert App To Help Farmers Save Crops From Disease, Pests. “Saillog, a Tel Aviv-based agriculture tech startup founded just last year, has come up with an innovative way to help farmers stay ahead and devise a containment and management strategy. The company launched a free smartphone app, Agrio, leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) and computer vision algorithms to identify plant diseases and deficiencies. Agrio allows users to take images of crops they suspect are affected, upload them to the platform and, within moments, receive a diagnosis and recommendations on how to proceed.”

Exclusive: Alphabet X is exploring new ways to use AI in food production (MIT Technology Review)

MIT Technology Review: Exclusive: Alphabet X is exploring new ways to use AI in food production. “Alphabet’s X, the secretive lab charged with finding radical ‘moonshot’ solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems, is exploring ways in which AI could dramatically improve food production. Astro Teller, the head of X, revealed the plan at MIT Technology Review’s annual EmTech Digital event in San Francisco.”

ABC News (Australia): Preserving the Earth and a tulip farming legacy with social media

ABC News (Australia): Preserving the Earth and a tulip farming legacy with social media. “This 21st century farmer is using the internet like a farmer’s favourite tool, tapping into a wealth of information on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. ‘Through social media now you can connect with farmers all over the world, everyone is so helpful and you get pushed along by these other people, embracing what is really new … just by engaging you end up getting lots of feedback and lots of interest in what you’re doing,’ [Dave Roberts-Thomson] said.”

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Illinois researchers contribute to publicly accessible agronomy database

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Illinois researchers contribute to publicly accessible agronomy database. “Data from the USDA-funded Sustainable Corn Coordinated Agricultural Project, which includes contributions from University of Illinois scientists, are now publicly available…. Comprising data from five years and 30 field research sites in the Midwest, it has been called one of the most comprehensive agricultural datasets ever to be published.”