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California’s High Agricultural Labor Costs Spur Golden State AgTech Tech Innovation

By |July 21st, 2016|

Labor supply is not just decreasing as workers, but it’s becoming more expensive, putting some fruit and vegetable farmers under pressure to find alternative solutions, speakers told the Forbes AgTech Summit today. The post More Technological Innovation Needed to Meet Labor Challenges in Californian Agriculture appeared first on AgFunderNews.

The Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2016

By |July 21st, 2016|

Image courtesy of: Futurism The Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2016 Sometimes the world is not yet ready for a new technology to enter the fray. Virtual reality, for example, sat on the sidelines for many years. The industry went into hibernation around the time of the Dot Com Bust, and it has only recently re-emerged with promise. It is only today that big companies like Microsoft, Google, Samsung, HTC, and Facebook have the infrastructure, peripheral technologies, and capital in place to properly commercialize the technology. Now, instead of using primitive 300 x 200 pixel LCD displays that were prohibitively expensive in the 90s, we are looking at a world where display will be in beautiful 4k quality. Meanwhile, accelerometers and gyroscopes can measure head movement, and modern computing power can reduce lag and latency. It took many years, but finally the true potential of VR is being realized. Like virtual reality, there are 10 other emerging technologies that are finally ready for prime time. Some, like the recent advances in artificial intelligence, have been decades in the making. Other emerging technologies such as the blockchain are relatively new phenomenons that are also ready for their time in the spotlight. Emerging Technologies of 2016 Nanosensors and the Internet of Nanothings is one of the most exciting areas of science today. Tiny sensors that are circulated in the human body or construction materials will be able to relay information and diagnostics to the outside world. This will have an impact on medicine, architecture, agriculture, and drug manufacturing. Next Generation Batteries are helping to eliminate one of the biggest obstacles with renewable energy, which is energy storage. Though not commercially available yet, this area shows great promise – and it is something we are tracking in our five-part Battery Series. The Blockchain had investment exceeding $1 billion in 2015. The blockchain ecosystem is evolving rapidly and will change the way banking, markets, contracts, and governments work. 2d Materials such as graphene will have an impact in a variety of applications ranging from air and water filters to batteries and wearable technology. Autonomous Vehicles are here, and the potential impact is huge. While there are still a few problems to overcome, driverless cars will save lives, cut pollution, boost economies, and improve the quality of life for people. Organs-on-Chips, which are tiny models of human organs, are making it easier for scientists to test drugs and conduct medical research. Petrovskite Solar Cells are making photovoltaic cells easier to make and more efficient. They also allow cells to be used virtually anywhere. Open AI Ecosystem will allow for smart digital assistants in the cloud that will be able to advise us on finance, health, or even fashion. Optogenetics, or the use of light and color to record activity in the brain, could help lead to better treatment of brain disorders. Systems Metabolic Engineering will allow for building block chemicals to be built with plants more efficiently than can be done with fossil fuels. Original graphic by: Futurism Sponsored Infographics The Money Project Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist The post The Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2016 appeared first on Visual Capitalist.

Capital Appreciation in Timberland Offsets Underperformance

By |July 21st, 2016|

Lumber demand will not pick up in the near term, but timberland as an asset class will perform well, says MetLife Agricultural Finance

Timber Exec Leads $8m Raise For Precision Agri Company

By |April 15th, 2016|

Reid Carter of Brookfield timber is leading a group of high net worth investors in a precision agri company that aims to reduce pesticide use on tree crops.

Bobble Bottles Offer Instant Filtered Water, On The Run

By |April 8th, 2016|

Bottled water might seem like a very innocuous, ecologically-friendly beverage, but it does have its dark side – it has been estimated that 1.5 million barrels of oil are used annually for the production of one-use water bottles. About 38 million of those get tossed out each year. True, many of them go to recycling […]

A Glimpse Into Your Future: Venezuela Declares Every Friday A Holiday To Conserve Electricity

By |April 7th, 2016|

When we last checked in on everyone's favorite Latin American socialist paradise, Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro’s opponents "had gone crazy." Or at least that’s how Maduro described the situation in a “thundering” speech to supporters at what he called an “anti-imperialist” rally in Caracas in mid-March. Meanwhile, thousands of demonstrators had been holding counter-rallies calling for the President’s ouster. Maduro angered the opposition - which dealt Hugo Chavez’s leftist movement its worst defeat at the ballot box in history in December - the previous month when he used a stacked Supreme Court to give himself emergency powers he says will help him deal with the country’s worsening economic crisis. "Now that the economic emergency decree has validity, in the next few days I will activate a series of measures I had been working on,” he said, following Congress’s declaration of a “food emergency.” The "emergency measures" in effect, amounted to a shutdown of the country...

Energy Policy and Conventional Thinking

By |April 1st, 2016|

Famed economist John Kenneth Galbraith used to respond to questions about the direction of the economy and financial markets by saying: "I answer because I'm asked not because I know."Such is also the case with poorly informed members of the public whose views pollsters seek on every conceivable... Please click on the post title or visit http://www.econmatters.com for full content.

Making Hay Over Hay: Saudi Lawyer Says Scrutiny of Kingdom’s Western Dairy Grab Unjustified

By |March 31st, 2016|

The Middle East is running out of water — fast. So the Kingdom’s Dairy interests are buying up Western US territory and exporting water as hay. Saudi Lawyer Says Criticism Unjustified.

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Stealth Water Grab: Foreign Countries Buying Huge Swaths of Western Farmland, Exporting US Water as Hay

By |March 30th, 2016|

Saudi Arabia and other water short Middle Eastern countries are buying large swaths of draught stricken farmland across the Western U.S., using the underground water to grow hay for their herds, then exporting the hay back home. Saudi Arabia just bought 15,000 acres of CA and AZ to do just this.

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Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto: No Mo Manufacturing Jobs

By |March 28th, 2016|

The market for industrial robot installations has been on a skyward trend since 2009, and it is not expected to slow down any time soon. According to the World Robotics 2015 report, the market for industrial robots was approximated at $32 billion in 2014, and in the coming years it is expected to continue to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of at least 15%. As VisualCapitalist's Jeff Desjardin notes, that means between 2015 and 2018, it’s anticipated that 1.3 million industrial robots will be installed worldwide. This will bring the stock of operational robots up to just over 2.3 million, mostly working in the automotive and electronics sectors. For how long can the global robot population continue to grow? Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist ROBOT DENSITY Perhaps the most interesting way to peek into the future of industrial robot installations is to look at potential sales in China. Currently, the world’s most populous nation has a density of robots that is about half..