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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

Why spend time and energy growing corn?

By |July 21st, 2016|

David Gladstone explains why lower prices won’t push his REIT toward greater commodity crop exposure and why growers don’t need to own the land they farm.

Rabobank: Milk Prices Unlikely To Rebound Until 2017

By |April 15th, 2016|

Global demand for dairy will remain weak throughout 2016, largely due to EU overproduction, but the outlook for 2017 is better.

NZ Super On Timber and Agri

By |April 15th, 2016|

Head of international direct investment Nigel Gormly tells Agri Investor why it can’t over-expose itself to timber, but is still interested in acquiring assets in farmland and forestry.

VC Exec Predicts Increased Agtech Dealflow

By |April 15th, 2016|

The Canadian agtech VC firm is looking to invest in precision agri companies that focus on new areas in its portfolio like livestock health.

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 […]

ACCC Focuses On Cattle and Wheat Supply Chains

By |April 7th, 2016|

Businesses can supply information to a competition watchdog study on beef and cattle study anonymously, while the regulator has also widened wheat supply-chain access.