A company has developed a way to introduce what they call Nanobubbles into agricultural businesses. Nanobubbles are said to be 2500 times smaller than a single grain of salt. The bubbles are also filled with oxygen. The oxygen may help to reduce pathogens in the water while, simultaneously, helping crops get higher quality water thus growing faster and/or bigger. 

Key Takeaways:

  • The article says that Nanobubbles are 2500 times smaller than a grain of table salt. They are also filled with oxygen.
  • The company believes that these bubbles can increase the amount of oxygen in the water and help to destroy harmful pathogens in the water.
  • The company also says that most companies see a return on the investment within one to three years depending on what they are growing as a crop.

Quote: “As farmers face warming climates, droughts, and need to make tough choices to deal with water scarcity and poor water quality, nanobubble technology can play a crucial role.” (Schilling, 2020)

Link to article: https://www.agriculture.com/technology/nanobubble-technology-improves-irrigation-and-storage-water-quality

#Moleaer #nanobubbles #urbangardening #indoorfarming #technology #agriculture #growhigher

Covid-19 has created a lot of problems. But, if one wishes to be a glass half full sort, one can also say that it has made some problems that were passing under the radar glaring and obvious. For example, while technology has made it possible for us to get goods and services from around the world, it has also made us less likely to lean on our own resources. Creating localized farms that can serve communities is one remedy. Vertical farming makes use of less space. It can be done sustainably and in a way that ensures fewer hands are handling the goods. Hygiene, health and local economy are all promoted in this way. In New Jersey, the city has pledged to create ten new vertical farms with the aid of AeroFarms, a vertical farming facility, with roots in Newark. Creating more equitable food access and a healthier society are two main goals of the project. The Health and Human Services Department is overseeing the project. The city’s mayor went on record about the project early in June. While not all of the locations for the farms have been disclosed, at least two will be within Jersey Public Schools.

Key Takeaways:

  • The mayor argued the coronavirus outbreak has made the need for a more localized food production system even more apparent.
  • The program involves partnerships with AeroFarms, HHS, and the World Economic Forum.
  • There’s an educational component to the program that involves healthy eating workshops and health-monitoring for residents.

“Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop elaborated on the city’s vertical farming program, the first of its kind in the nation and the fourth overall across the globe, during an interview this afternoon.”

Read more: https://hudsoncountyview.com/fulop-elaborates-on-jersey-citys-vertical-farming-program-the-first-of-its-kind-in-the-nation/

Director General of the European Commission, Wolfgang Burtscher, has recently announced that organic farming is more feasible for the environment in the long-run. By 2030, the commission plans for 25% of all EU farmland to be organic. Not only will this help the biodiversity of the area, but it will also provide consumers with healthier produce. Also, Burtscher believes that grazing livestock can have a beneficial impact on biodiversity despite reports of the contrary. Overall, the EU is very seriously taking part in saving the environment.

Key Takeaways:

  • Organic farming comes down to making biodiversity possible. Although it may not be easy, it is very important for the environment.
  • Although we need to make enough food for 9 billion people, we have to make sure the environment is live-able.
  • Livestock can be really important for bio-diversity but extensive livestock can start to bring unwanted problems. It’s about finding a balance.

“The commission’s biodiversity strategy says that 25% of EU farm land must be under organics by 2030.”

Read more: https://www.farmersjournal.ie/organic-farming-more-sustainable-in-environmental-terms-550360

During the current pandemic, many people have taken up gardening and cooking as a step towards self-reliance. Growing herbs is a bridge between these activities. Most herbs can be grown inside and are a great addition to home cooking, in addition to being very economical as compared to purchases from the store. Bulkier herbs like mint or fennel are few exceptions and should be grown outdoors. The choice of herbs depends on the foods you like. Cilantro, basil and chives go well with many dishes. Starting the growth from the seed is often slow. Proper drainage and watering as needed are critical for the success of your indoor herb garden.

Key Takeaways:

  • You will save a lot of money by growing your own herbs, as you can get multiple meals from just one plant.
  • Mint, dill, lemon balm and fennel are some of the herbs that should be grown outdoors, not indoors.
  • Packaged potting soil is ideal because it is lightweight and it provides proper drainage.

“Cooking and gardening have taken the country by storm and easy-to-grow herbs act as a bridge between the two, adding flavor to our food and confidence to our gardening.”

Read more: https://www.chinookobserver.com/life/from-pot-to-table-easy-indoor-herbs-spice-up-cooking/article_02f942d6-acca-11ea-bd06-7f0bb5551f95.html

PineyWoods Farm from LaGrange is a neat non-profit farm that is helping the community in more than one way. In addition to the 50,000 pounds of food they have given away, they also offer education to the community. Kids from local schools are able to come learn about sustainable farming practices. They teach soap making and are planning to create a new discovery building which will be used to teach adults and kids alike how to farm and other valuable skills.

Key Takeaways:

  • They don’t use pesticides, so if a crop becomes bug infested, they pull it up.
  • The farm is home to tens of thousands of bees whose honey is given away for free.
  • When completed, the Discovery Center will host classes on cooking, soap making, and related subjects.

“Working through local food charities such as Feeding the Valley Food Bank and LaGrange Personal Aid, PineyWoods Farm works to ensure residents of Troup County have fresh, organic produce available to them.”

Read more: https://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/associated_press/farm-works-on-3-tenets-charity-education-sustainability/article_044726e8-1c96-5fa3-90c8-53b06803e113.html

If farmers don’t take control of the climate change debate, they will get pushed around. This is why former NFU Scotland president Nigel Miller is taking on the joint chairmanship of Farming for 1.5 Degrees. Based in Edinburgh, the group has 10 farmers, scientists and environmentalists as members. As a livestock farmer and a qualified vet, Miller sees that issues are not one-dimensional. He believes that feeding people, maintaining biodiversity, and managing climate change have to go together.

Key Takeaways:

  • Under the most extreme model, all farms would be either vertical or greenhouses and livestock would be mostly pigs and poultry.
  • Agricultural output could increase from 20 to 40 percent, but red meat and dairy would decrease by 50 percent.
  • Consumers may have to pay more for their food once these changes to take place.

“Feeding people and maintaining biodiversity have to go hand in glove with managing climate change.”

Read more: https://www.fginsight.com/news/farmers-must-take-control-of-the-climate-change-debate-109263

Typical procedure for fertilizing melons in a hydroponics bay was to just dump it all in(and thereby over fertilize). Now, experimenters are realizing that different kinds of nutrients affect the melons in different ways. One nutrient set affected how thick the rind was and how dense the fruit was. Another nutrient set affected the taste and smell of the fruit. So, careful fertilization and application of nutrients will yield the best possible melons from each crop.

Key Takeaways:

  • Hydroponics often over-fertilizes without paying attention to varying nutrient needs across developmental stages.
  • In an experiment, modified nutrient solutions were applied to improve fruit quality and to optimize fertilization schemes.
  • The study demonstrated the benefits of precise N- and K-nutrient formulations applied at different developmental stages.

“The quality-oriented fruit production in well-controlled enclosed hydroponic systems has been greatly enhanced by the technology of precision agriculture.”

Read more: https://www.hortidaily.com/article/9224413/quality-improvement-of-melons-in-hydroponic-system/

Drones may become much more important to farming techniques in the future because of the pandemic. The article, written by an owner of a drone company, says that the use of drones for agriculture has increased dramatically. It also says that the computer systems can detect things such as moisture levels based on the look and color of the crop. The drone can do the work necessary to make sure that the crop stays in shape or is harvested at the optimal time based on that information.

Key Takeaways:

  • The use of drones for farming may become more in vogue in light of the pandemic. The less a human has to touch the product the better it is for those who will touch it later.
  • The article states that there was a 32% increase in the use of drones in the agriculture space according to the article writer/owner of Drone Deploy.
  • It also says that they saw a 33% increase in takeoffs for agriculture verticals between mid-March to mid-April.

Quote: “Currently, drone software can automatically count plants shortly after they emerge from the ground to gauge if areas need to be re-planted (e.g., DroneDeploy’s Count AI tool can automatically calculate trees). It can also help understand which variety of seed performs the best in different types of soil, locations, climates, etc..” (Winn, 2020)

Link to article: https://www.futurefarming.com/Tools-data/Articles/2020/7/AI-to-help-create-a-smarter-post-COVID-19-agriculture-619157E/

#drone #urbangardening #agritech #growhigher

The movement towards indoor gardening, vertical gardening, hydroponics, aquaponics, and urban gardening is opening up the world of crop production again. The article states that a new term has been coined for these people in India which is “villagepreneurs”. It also lists 8 jobs created by the movement.

Key Takeaways:

  • The movement towards indoor gardening has opened up new avenues for entrepreneurs and other career-minded individuals with a green thumb.
  • The article lists 8 jobs created by the movement in India alone.
  • It also has spawned a new job designation which is “villagepreneurs”.

“It is now possible to monitor and control crop rotations and irrigation systems just via a smartphone, using ultrasound in livestock to test DNA of animals to check their pedigree, crop sensors that help in application of fertilisers that maximise the uptake, and this is just a few off the list.” (Acharya, 2020)

Link to article: https://www.femina.in/life/careers-and-money/agritech-is-fast-gaining-momentum-as-a-career-option-168010.html

#agritech #india #urbangardening #villagepreneurs #indoorgardening

One of the important elements in sustainable farming process is the use of cover crops which prevent erosion, improve soil quality and play a role in weed control. These crops are planted after the harvest and removed before planting of the main crop. The issue that the farmers are running into is the lack of land to produce seed for cover crops. This happens because cover crop cannot mature enough to produce seed before it is removed from the main crop land, so a seed feeder land is required. Researchers estimate that the seed demand will soon be higher than the land availability, and the solution primarily lies in scientific methods used to increase the yield of traditional crops.

Key Takeaways:

  • Farmers are planting crops like grasses and legumes between seasons to help with sustainability and more.
  • However, producing enough seed for the cover crops is a growing problem for farmers.
  • One suggestion is to improve current breeding programs to increase the yield of cover crop seeds.

“As farmers across the globe look to grow food more sustainably – with less water, fertilizer, pesticides and other environmental impacts – the use of cover crops is becoming more popular.”

Read more: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/icft-aes060920.php