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Startup Profile: Harvest Power Turns Trash Into Soil Amendment

March 8, 2011 |

Imagine transforming everyday organic waste into sustainably grown food.  Well imagine no further, because that’s exactly what Harvest Power is enabling farmers and producers to do by developing, building, and operating state-of-the-art facilities that produce soil enhancement and renewable energy products from discarded organic materials. By harvesting these materials, the company enables communities and businesses to increase their energy independence, reduce their environmental impact and reliably manage their organic waste.

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IT Solutions Underutilized in Agriculture

March 8, 2011 |

According to Dr. Joseph Reger, Chief Technology Officer of Fujitsu Technology Solutions, the agriculture industry needs to take greater advantage of IT solutions that have the potential to increase production yields.  Reger argues that IT solutions which currently exist to help farmers detect potential issues that might lead to crop failures and determine the optimal time to reap and sow their crops are currently underutilized. Read More

Brazil Poised to Become Agricultural Superpower

March 7, 2011 |

“Brazil stands on the brink of becoming an agricultural superpower.” So says the Financial Times.  Motivated by fears that reliance upon imported food staples would prove financially unsustainable, Brazil, has worked tirelessly over the past four decades to augment its domestic agricultural production through major investments in agriculture research.  As a result of investment in farm technologies and practices, grain production yields have grown by 152% in the past 20 years.  Read More

Agriculture Technology to Feed a Growing World

March 4, 2011 |

An article in The Economist entitled ‘Doing more with less’ examines the feasibility of growing food on a grander scale in the coming years to accommodate a growing population that according to the UN is poised to grow by 2.5 billion people over the next 40 years.  The article focuses on three core areas of agriculture that will have to be addressed in order for agricultural production to keep up with world food demand.  These core areas include: “narrowing the gap between the worst and best producers;” Read More

Ag Subsidies and Support for Sustainable Agriculture Innovation

March 4, 2011 |

Mark Bittman’s latest blog post on the NYTimes Opinionator, Don’t End Agricultural Subsidies, Fix Them, argues for a more sensible program that could, among other things, more robustly “fund research and innovation in sustainable agriculture, provide necessary incentives to attract the 100,000 new farmers Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack claims we need, and to level the playing field so that medium-sized farms — big enough to supply local supermarkets but small enough to care what and how they grow — can become more competitive with agribusiness.” Read More