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Farm Management Software Startup Increases Efficiency, Opens Eyes and Wallets in Silicon Valley

June 12, 2012 |

Running a dairy or cattle operation efficiently requires the management, tracking and assessment of complex sets of data ranging from animal feeding cycles and health to overall production performance. Farmers and their teams often spend an inordinate amount of time and money shuffling through spreadsheets, manually cobbling together data to insure that their operations run smoothly.

To solve this problem and increase the efficiency of data management, a company called Farmeron has developed an online software product that enables livestock farmers to easily track the ins and outs of their animals. The company’s software program allows farmers to manage such data sets as the number of animals on the farm, feeding cycles, milk production, medical treatments, location transfers and much more. Through Farmeron’s cloud-based web application, farmers can update their data as they go and later create reports and analytics that keep their farms running more efficiently. Read More

Local Meat Coming to a Smartphone Near You! KC-based Startup Takes Aim at Meat Distribution Paradigm

June 11, 2012 |

AgLocal, a Kansas City-based tech startup, has designs for changing the meat distribution paradigm with a new web and mobile application that will make it easier for anyone to buy or sell locally raised meats. The company says its app will make local, high-quality meat available to more people with less waste, at subsequently lower prices, and with more money finding its way back to farmers. Changing the way American meat producers have done business for a century might smack of an excess of ambition, but Josh Coleman, the company’s Director of Sales & Marketing sees an industry hemorrhaging dollars and ripe for change. Read More

Gimme a Share, Gimme a Share, Cut Me Off a Piece o’ that Grass-Fed Cow

June 7, 2012 |

The story of Philadelphia CowShare began when founder Jessica Moore bought her first steer. Moore, an urbanite with a professional background in product development, wanted to feed her family quality, locally produced food. She was looking for an economical and efficient option to purchase grass-fed beef and went straight to the source.

“I literally just walked up to a farmer at our farmers market and told him I wanted to buy a steer,” Moore said. Read More

Online Software Streamlines Planning and Management for Small Farmers, Enhances Sustainability

June 4, 2012 |

AgSquared Founders Giulia Stellari and Jeff Gordon. Photo: AgSquared

Farmers all over the United States and beyond have cast aside their notebooks, paper calendars and spreadsheets in exchange for an online software program called AgSquared. The product is designed to ease some of the farmers’ planning, management and record keeping woes by providing a comprehensive tool that helps keep data organized.

Giulia Stellari and Jeff Froikin Gordon founded AgSquared (the company has the same name as the software program) in 2009 after they both received their doctorate degrees from Cornell University, Stellari said. Read More

Data Portal Aims to Help Unlock Food Production Bottlenecks

June 1, 2012 |

News Release – Rome – A new online data portal developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) aims to help unlock the planet’s potential to feed a rapidly growing population.

The Global Agro-ecological Zones (GAEZ) Portal developed by FAO and IIASA is a planning tool designed to help to identify areas for   increased global food production while maintaining natural resources base and facing the challenge of climate change. According to FAO estimates, world food production needs to increase 60 percent by 2050 to feed a world population expected to surpass 9 billion people. Read More