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Recent generations of ag technology have seen new features undercut by rising reliability problems, says Clay Mitchell, co-founder and managing director of Silicon Valley-based Fall Line Capital, a farmland and venture investment firm. Mitchell says the shift to autonomy will accelerate reliability problems beyond anything we’ve seen before. The fifth-generation farmer (the precision farming “poster boy” of the 1990s and 2000s), who holds board seats on Farmwise, Guardian Ag, Pluton Biosciences and Sound Ag, says the role of dealer technicians to keep North America’s farm fleet running is about to increase 10 fold. During the 2024 Precision Farming Dealer Summit, Mitchell will set the stage for what’s yet to come in precision farming, and how to prepare for the challenges that lie ahead. During Clay Mitchell's presentation, attendees can expect to learn: 1. How to service new technology/equipment coming to the market 2. The skills that are needed to support farming in 2024 & beyond
The Agricultural Producers of Saskatchewan have released their final report on Farmers and Food Prices. President Ian Boxall said they wanted the report to clear the air, as some people thought the increase in food prices was related to the increase in commodity prices. APAS worked with Kevin Grier Market Analysis and Consulting to determine the farmer’s share of the retail price of eight products flour, bread, canola oil, margarine, lentils, beer, retail beef, and retail pork. The report uses the USDA's methodology to determine the quantity of a farm commodity required to produce a unit of the final consumer food product. Boxall says the independent study indicates that food prices are not driven by the farm gate. "For example, the total retail price of canola oil went up 41%. They've started to fall off now, but when this report was done, the farmer share only went up 18%. So yes, the farmer got extra when the price went up, but not comparative to what it went up on the groce
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced ways the Biden-Harris Administration is fulfilling long-standing Tribal requests for USDA to support and better partner with Tribal Nations in empowering Tribal food sovereignty and co-stewardship of federal lands and waters. Secretary Vilsack announced the first grant recipients under the Indigenous Animals Harvesting and Meat Processing Grant Program, as well as advances in Forest Service co-stewardship with Tribes, including 120 new agreements totaling more than $68 million in investments. Secretary Vilsack also announced the inaugural appointees of the new Tribal Advisory Committee. Secretary Vilsack made the announcements at the 2023 White House Tribal Nations Summit, where Tribal leaders gathered for Nation-to-Nation conversations with President Biden and senior administration officials on key priorities, new policies and critical issues facing Tribal Nations. “As Tribes have requested, we are reshaping
Astudy of American farmers’ adoption of precision agriculture technology indicates that during the first two decades of the 21st century, acreage farmed with automated systems has increased 10-fold or more. The findings are reported in a study conducted by Kansas State University precision agriculture economist Terry Griffin and colleagues with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service. The report, Precision Agriculture in the Digital Era: Recent Adoption on U.S. Farms, is available online. Griffin said the report studies adoption of precision technology on several major crops, including corn, soybean, winter wheat, grain sorghum and more. “The most adopted technologies typically have the word ‘automated’ in their names,” Griffin said. “The reason for that is that they tend to make life a little bit easier for the operators than if they didn’t have the technology.” As an example, Griffin said equipment that provides automated guidance makes life easier for farm