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Groundwater Fees Prompt Farmers to Slash Water Use by a Third

Groundwater Fees Prompt Farmers to Slash Water Use by a Third

When it comes to drought and the farming community, it seems a self-imposed fee on groundwater could work better than government regulations, according to a new study from the University of Colorado Boulder. The study suggests that self-imposed well-pumping fees can play an important role, incentivizing farmers to slash use … Read more »

NY Farming Industry Nabs State Cash to Reduce Emissions, Save Water

NY Farming Industry Nabs State Cash to Reduce Emissions, Save Water

Individual farms in central New York, the Finger Lakes and the Hudson Valley regions are receiving grants to assist them on initiatives  geared toward reducing methane emissions and improving water efficiency, according to the Associated Press. The office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the grants for the state, … Read more »

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Are Robots the Future of Farming Efficiency?

Bosch is using a robot to make farming more efficient and reduce its environmental impact, Farming Life reports. Deepfield Robotics, a Bosch startup, developed the robot called Bonirob, which is the size of a compact car. The agriculture robot can monitor new crop varieties’ growth, their resistance to pests and … Read more »

CalCom Solar, Wexus Partner to Bring Water Savings to Ag Industry

CalCom Solar has partnered with Wexus Technologies to deploy technologies that will save energy and water in the farming industry. The California Energy Commission recently awarded Wexus a $4 million grant to commercialize a cloud-based, mobile platform for the agricultural industry. The platform is designed to make the industrial and … Read more »

IBM to Supply Big Data for Water Management in India

IBM will supply the Kerala Water Authority in India with its Analytics and Mobility solutions to analyze, monitor and manage water distribution in the city of Thiruvananthapuram. KWA is looking to the system for help in equitably supplying water and to give it the ability to monitor and flag irregularities … Read more »

EPA Rule Pits Brewers Against Farmers

A group of small craft beer brewers, including Sierra Nevada and New Belgium, are actively supporting the EPA’s proposed Waters of the US rule, arguing it will help ensure that they have clean water for their products, while farmers who supply beer ingredients say the rule has the potential to … Read more »

Big Data Climate Challenge Winners Announced

Projects from the Global Forest Watch and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture have been named the winners of the Big Data Climate Challenge, hosted by the United Nations Global Pulse. In addition, seven submissions were named Projects to Watch. The announcement was part of the buildup to the UN … Read more »

Ben & Jerry’s Partnership Decreases GHGs, Increases Farm Profits

Ben & Jerry’s Partnership Decreases GHGs, Increases Farm Profits

Green Dream Farm in Enosburg Falls, Vt., expects to lower its greenhouse gas emissions by 12,900 metric tons over the next 10 years and save $30,000 annually as the result of a partnership with ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s and NativeEnergy, a carbon offset and project development company. The … Read more »

Tech Firms Help Farmers Combat Climate Change

Panasonic, Fujitsu and other Japanese technology firms, looking for ways to offset decreased demand for their consumer electronics, are producing automated greenhouses and sensor-controlled fields to help farmers in Japan maintain constant conditions for their crops, according to Reuters. Heat and erratic weather in recent years has made it difficult … Read more »

Monsanto Joins White House Panel On Climate Change And Farming

Monsanto joined a roundtable of leaders from the technology and agricultural sectors at the White House July 29 to offer their assistance and collaborative efforts as part of the President’s Climate Data Initiative. The focus of the meeting was on releasing data that will help make certain the country’s food … Read more »

Egg Production GHG Emissions Down 71% Since 1960

Egg Production GHG Emissions Down 71% Since 1960

US egg production has increased since 1930, but the greenhouse gas emissions associated with egg production have fallen by more than 71 percent overt that time period, according to research by the Egg Industry Center. In 2010, a kilogram of eggs produced 2.1 kg of CO2e emissions compared to 7.2 kg of … Read more »