University of California Fruit & Vegetable Preservation Resources: New interactive web tools help growers cope with climate change

University of California Fruit & Vegetable Preservation Resources: New interactive web tools help growers cope with climate change. “Growers and crop consultants can use CalAgroClimate’s crop and location-specific tools and resources to help make on-farm decisions, such as preparing for frost or untimely rain and taking advantage of expected favorable conditions. CalAgroClimate currently includes heat advisory, frost advisory, cropphenology and pest advisory tools.” That’s “crop phenology” the science and not CropPhenology the R package.

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.”

AGDAILY: The history of New Farmers of America to be digitized

AGDAILY: The history of New Farmers of America to be digitized. “When it comes to remembering our history, one of the most important steps is to have the recorded documents easily assessable to the public. North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has been awarded a new grant to digitize its unique collection of materials belonging to a former national youth organization that helped train generations of Black farmers and leaders. The project will digitize an estimated 150,000 pieces of memorabilia from New Farmers of America.”

Bangor Daily News: More local farmers relying on social media to help survive the pandemic

Bangor Daily News: More local farmers relying on social media to help survive the pandemic. “Maine farmers aren’t strangers to social media, but the pandemic made the need for a robust and responsive social media presence even clearer for many of them. Farming organizations over the past few years have offered more social media training, and Maine’s farmers have reaped the benefits.”

Mint: Tata-Cornell Institute (TCI) launches hub housing database of over 4,400 Indian FPOs

Mint: Tata-Cornell Institute (TCI) launches hub housing database of over 4,400 Indian FPOs. “Tata-Cornell Institute (TCI) for Agriculture and Nutrition on Wednesday launched a hub for Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) within its Center of Excellence in New Delhi. The hub, which features a first-of-its-kind database of Indian FPOs, has been created with a USD 1 million grant from the Walmart Foundation.” You can get an overview of FPOs here.

Millennium Post (India): How farmers are reclaiming their narrative through social media

Millennium Post (India): How farmers are reclaiming their narrative through social media. “While people protesting against the Central government often have to bear the brunt of trolls and certain media outlets twisting their narrative, the farmers blocking Delhi’s gates have kept up their movement throughout the last 11 days through social media mobilisation on channels like WhatsApp, Twitter and Instagram — amplifying their voices and helping it reach far and wide.”

Daily Democrat: Database connects grain growers, millers, bakers

Daily Democrat: Database connects grain growers, millers, bakers. “California wheat growers have taken the next step in developing premium markets, with the introduction of a new online tool intended to make it easier for all the major players in grains to find each other and cooperate in making the grain more profitable, environmentally sustainable and better for human health. The tool, Golden State Grains, is free software that lets users log on and quickly find, learn about and connect with farmers, seed suppliers, millers, maltsters and bakers.”

Radio New Zealand: More farmers say Google Maps sending drivers over tracks

Radio New Zealand: More farmers say Google Maps sending drivers over tracks. “In a Google Maps update rolled out in July, it concedes a number of driveways and private tracks have been listed in ‘error’, despite not appearing on council or LINZ records. Whangarei farmer James Buckland said he had made many attempts to get his 2 kilometre driveway removed from the app with Google’s Report a Problem tool. He said it was disconcerting not knowing who might be up the back of his property with guns, or bringing dogs near his livestock.”