26.06.2017

Agricultural producers could, in the future, make use of better forecasts to more efficiently irrigate their fields using a Purdue-developed technology that could more accurately sense soil moisture below the surface through measuring the reflections of communication satellite signals.

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13.06.2017

CALGARY, AB -- (Marketwired) -- 06/13/17 -- Agrium Inc. (TSX: AGU)(NYSE: AGU), through its subsidiary Loveland Products, Inc. announced today that it has closed on the acquisition of Starpharma Holdings Limited's agrochemical business focused on development of its proprietary Priostar® dendrimer polymer technology portfolio for $35 million. The acquisition is comprised of key intellectual property, as well as a small number of dedicated staff based in Melbourne, Australia. These assets will support Agrium's innovation and technology strategy through the ability to continue providing unique proprietary products that address existing and emerging grower challenges.

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13.06.2017

13 Jun, 2017 - RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – USA. Each year growers are being asked to provide more sustainability information to stakeholders, including processors, wholesalers, retailers and consumers. Matching this trend, 81 percent of farmers/ranchers agree that customers of U.S. grown crops and livestock are growing more concerned and focused on the environmental sustainability of the products they buy.

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12.06.2017

June 9th 2017 - Illumitex Inc., a leading manufacturer of horticultural LED fixtures, has received $4 million in equity funding from WP Global Partners and NEA to accelerate the development and deployment of its digital horticulture system. "Like other manufacturing sectors, agriculture and horticulture greenhouse growers will need Illumitex's technology to meet production standards and yield efficiencies. Illumitex is expanding into digital horticulture services that integrate technology-driven analytics into its LED product offerings," said Greg Oberholtzer, Senior Managing Director of WP Global Partners LLC.. WP Global Partners is private equity firm with investments across many industry sectors, including agriculture and food. They have made several related investments in controlled environment agriculture, from seed companies to hydroponic greenhouses.

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09.06.2017

June, 9th 2017 - Land O’Lakes, Inc., one of America's premier agribusiness and food companies with 2016 annual sales of $13 billion and a member-owned cooperative, has made a minority equity investment in EFC Systems, Inc., an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and Precision / Field Data Management solution provider for the agricultural retail and distribution marketplace headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee. EFC Systems supports advanced farming practices and enables seamless data connectivity among growers and their agricultural service providers. The company has over 25 years of experience serving agribusiness and does business in 47 states as well as Canada.

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09.06.2017

The first European Organic Processing and Trade Association, OPTA, was officially formed in Milan on June 7, with Eosta CEO Volkert Engelsman one of the founding board members.

"The goal of our association is to empower the progress of organic food and farming in Europe in close cooperation with our customers, the organic farmers and other parts of the organic chain," said Engelsman.

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05.06.2017

London, June 5, 2017 - Farm data and analysis at the fingertips of cooperatives, smallholders and customers 

• For cooperatives and farmer groups: commercial management services to better manage stock, creditor and debtor levels
• For smallholders: detailed farm mapping for more tailored support including individual farm management plans, text advice and mobile payment wallets
• For customers: improved transparency, ‘geo-tagging’ and intervention insight reduces supply chain risk and improves funding efficiency
• Implemented across 8 products, 21 countries and 9 languages
• Aiming to reach 500,000 Olam farmers by 2020

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01.06.2017

Horticulture in Morocco has room to become more sustainable and productive. Researchers of Wageningen University & Research have designed a demonstration greenhouse and are developing a research and education programme together with regional partners. In this project plant and economic researchers of Wageningen work together. “In Morocco the tomato production can be improved in terms of quantity and quality. The latter is important for the export to Europe. Because of increasing drought it is also essential to reduce water use,” says Cecilia Stanghellini of Wageningen Plant Research. Morocco wants to further develop its substantial agricultural sector in order to increase farm income in rural areas and to prepare for future challenges concerning food security and climate change.

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29.05.2017

May 29th 2017 - Tevatronic has developed a technological solution that makes growing crops fully autonomous from irrigation and fertilization aspects.
The system is fully capable of deciding when and how much to irrigate, and it executes the irrigation decision without human intervention.

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29.05.2017

May 29th 2017 - According to a new market research report published by Credence Research “Greenhouse Irrigation Systems Market (Sprinklers & Micro Sprinklers, Drip Irrigation and Boom Irrigation) – Growth, Share, Opportunities, Competitive Analysis and Forecast 2015 – 2022”, the global greenhouse irrigation systems market stood at US$449M in 2014 and is estimated to expand with a CAGR of 9% from 2015 to 2022.

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