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Autonomous tractors on track: Case IH Magnum and New Holland NH Drive

Autonomous tractors on track: Case IH Magnum and New Holland NH Drive

A brace of award-winning autonomous concept vehicles, able to till, sow, spray and harvest, adjusting for inclines, negotiating uneven terrain, avoiding obstacles and monitoring their own performance, all without a human at the helm, will be commercially available within the next few years, promising to free agriproducers from tedious cropping tasks forever.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 12th Jan 2018
New large-scale study confirms key role of fruit and veg in mental health and happiness

New large-scale study confirms key role of fruit and veg in mental health and happiness

The findings of a recent study of more than 12,000 Australians has confirmed what previous studies have suggested: that for optimal mental health and happiness in the short and long term, most of us need eight or nine servings of fruit and veg a day- and that fruit consumption particularly impacts women's wellbeing.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 12th Jan 2018
Cover crops can moderate soil temperatures, find US scientists

Cover crops can moderate soil temperatures, find US scientists

US soil scientists have shown that perennial biofuel and cover crops can help protect valuable cash crops by buffering soils against temperature changes that could otherwise impact negatively on plant growth and yield.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 12th Jan 2018
Australian Organic's latest crop of champions

Australian Organic's latest crop of champions

At its 4th Annual Awards for Excellence, held in mid-November 2017, independent organics-industry body Australian Organic Ltd announced an exceptional crop of ‘organic champions’: producers, processors, retailers, innovators and products – including, for the first time, wine.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 5th Jan 2018
More microbial activity in organic soils, finds global meta-study

More microbial activity in organic soils, finds global meta-study

Compared with conventionally farmed soils, those farmed organically contain nearly 60% more microorganisms that are significantly more active, finds a new meta-study from the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture. Humus-rich organic soils also sequester more carbon, reducing harmful CO2 emissions and helping to mitigate climate change.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 4th Jan 2018
Australia's organics-sector boom: the stats

Australia's organics-sector boom: the stats

According to the latest Australian Organic Market Report (AOMR 2017), Australia's organic sector is expanding, exports are up- especially to Asia- and the boom is set to continue, driven by cashed-up middle-class consumers in ‘tiger’ Asian economies and by health-conscious Millennials worldwide.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 4th Jan 2018
New free app aims to up Aussies' veg intake

New free app aims to up Aussies' veg intake

Taking a fresh approach to Australia’s poor vegetable-consumption scorecard, CSIRO scientists developed Veg-Eze, a free app that challenges users to eat more vegies, more often. The resulting data will be used to help farmers cater better to changing consumer demand.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 15th Dec 2017
 AU$10m in grant funds to flow to Australia’s wine tourism sector

AU$10m in grant funds to flow to Australia’s wine tourism sector

The Australian Government has committed AU$10m in grant funding to help boost wine tourism Down Under by 40,000 people by 2019-20. Need funds get your ‘wine experience’ idea up and running? Apply to Wine Australia by 02 March 2018.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 14th Dec 2017
Organic farming could play a key role in sustainable food security, finds FiBL

Organic farming could play a key role in sustainable food security, finds FiBL

A recent study from The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Europe has concluded that organic farming methods could feed 9.5+billion people sustainably by 2050 if we did less of just two other things.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 14th Dec 2017
Pacific Island fish migrating to cooler seas

Pacific Island fish migrating to cooler seas

Many Pacific Island countries and territories will lose 50 to 80 percent of marine species by the end of the 21st century if climate change and global warming continue unchecked, reports a new study published in the November issue of Marine Policy.
Magali Reinert, SciDev.Net, Published 8th Dec 2017

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