Tel Aviv: Copia Agro & Food a two-year old fund, investing in and managing disruptive agricultural and food projects developed by Israel's leading research institutes, just announced it is raising $50 million to expand its investments in Israeli technologies to address global challenges, such as climate change and food shortage. The fund, co-managed by Ohad Zuckerman, former CEO of Zeraim Gadera, and Eyal Cohen, cooperates with Israel's leading agriculture research institutes as well as international and local agro/food tech industry partners to transform technologies into products that improve the efficiency and sustainability of the food chain and decrease the negative effects of agriculture on the environment.
The Irrigation Association announced the winners of the 2016 new product contest during the general session, Dec. 8, at the Irrigation Show and Education Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The annual contest highlights innovative products introduced to the market in the last year in five categories: agriculture irrigation, specialty – agriculture, landscape irrigation, specialty – landscape and landscape lighting. Each entry was judged on innovative and/or “changed for the better” qualities, increased water efficiency, ease of use, cost benefits, time savings and design quality. A panel of industry experts selected a winner in each category.
K+S has acquired a 30% stake in fertilizer manufacturer Al-Biariq for Fertilizer Plant Co., Ltd (Al-Biariq) in Saudi Arabia for a high single-digit million figure (US dollars). A contract to this effect was signed today by both companies in Dubai. Through this purchase, K+S is seeking to participate in the growth in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, particularly in the fertigation segment (= use of fertilizers in irrigating systems).
Monheim, December 5, 2016 - Bayer and FaunaPhotonics, Copenhagen, Denmark, have entered into a three-year research cooperation to develop new sensor solutions for improved monitoring of agricultural insect pests as well as non-target insects including beneficials. Efficient pest control which at the same time spares beneficials and pollinators is one of the biggest challenges facing farmers worldwide. The ability to systematically and efficiently detect and identify insect populations is key to improved integrated pest management (IPM), which relies on the accuracy of pest population monitoring techniques.
Shakopee, MN /Arcadia, NE – USA - November 29, 2016
Farmers Edge™, a global participant in precision agriculture and independent data management solutions, announced today it has partnered with Trotter Fertilizer, Nebraska’s retailer of NutriSphere-N® Nitrogen Management Solutions and AVAIL® Phosphorus Fertilizer Enhancers. Through this partnership, Trotter Fertilizer will provide growers with advanced precision agronomy recommendations from Farmers Edge to enhance existing Variable Rate Technology (VRT) programs for their customers throughout central Nebraska.
Haifa Group announces the opening of Haifa Tarim, a new subsidiary in Antalya, Turkey. Haifa Tarim will serve the group's distributors in Turkey, and provide plant nutrition solutions to the local growers. The new subsidiary is led by Mr. Yasar Aydin, and supported by a team of agronomists and logistics experts.
The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) announced that the “Vineyard irrigation scheduling based on airborne thermal imagery and water potential thresholds” project was the winner of the Viticulture Paper of the Year Award. The study, authored by researchers from IRTA and IAS-CSIC (Spain) has been selected by a panel of industry experts among the research published papers of the Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research. Dr. Joaquim Bellvert is the primary author.
San Francisco, USA and Tallinn, Estonia (Nov. 21, 2016)
The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto Company, announced the acquisition of VitalFields, a European farm management software company. The VitalFields team will join The Climate Corporation, strengthening the company's efforts to deliver industry-leading digital technologies to farmers. Founded in 2011 and available in seven European countries, VitalFields offers an easy-to-use tool for farmers to plan, manage and analyze their field activities, including simplified tracking and reporting of all crop inputs to help ensure compliance with European Union environmental standards.
Yargus Manufacturing, Inc., a global manufacturer of Layco brand fertilizer and industrial material handling equipment located in Marshall, IL, has announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its manufacturing operation to Ag Growth International, Inc. (AGI), a publicly traded company located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.