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IN THE KNOW: AgTech News

Each month we recap the biggest news stories in agtech in New Zealand and overseas.

New Zealand: EMOTIONAL ANIMALS
AgResearch is currently conducting groundbreaking research on the emotions in livestock. Understanding from a scientific basis what affects emotions have on an animal’s behaviour is the key outcome, and trials on dairy calves are achieving positive results. Read more >>

World: SOLVING THE FOOD CRISIS
A potential food crisis in the future has got scientists thinking of preventative methods, including the use of technology, to help solve the issue. Recent technological advancements including gathering real-time data and obtaining actionable insights can maximise yield, minimise losses and ensure sustainable practices. The result? Productive agriculture and stabilised crops. Read more >>

New Zealand: SHEEP MILK PRODUCTS IN DEMAND
Ministry for Primary Industries and Spring Sheep Milk Co. have signed a contract for the new Sheep – Horizon Three PGP programme. The programme will provide a major boost to the industry by creating a high value, sustainable sheep milk industry in New Zealand as the international demand for the milk grows. Nearly $32 million will be invested in the programmed over the next 6 years. Read more >>

USA: CULTIVATING SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD AND PLANTS
Bren Smith has spent enough time fishing in the ocean to know how precious this food and plant source is. He’s currently harvesting salt and cultivating two types of seaweed and four types of shellfish from Long Island, NY. The species grown on his sea-farm are restorative; helping to filter nitrogen and absorb carbon. Read more >>

World: TACKLING AGRICULTURE’S CONTRIBUTION TO CLIMATE CHANGE
The Paris Climate Agreement is opening the doors to new solutions in order to help solve climate change. Agriculture, and its ongoing contribution to climate change, is now becoming more of a focus for sustainable change. Read more >>

USA: LEAN MANUFACTURING HELPING SMALL FARMS
A lot can be learnt from manufacturing giant Toyota. Smaller farms are adopting their ‘lean manufacturing’ approach, by eliminating processes that add little contribution or value to their business. Activities that are time-consuming are reevaluated in order to maximise both energy and efficiency. Read more >>

United Kingdom: ROTHAMSTED OPEN INNOVATION FORUM
Fostering collaboration between industry, research and the agritech community to solve the biggest problems in agriculture was the main focus of the recent Rothamsted Open Innovation Forum. The event was designed to get industry heavyweights thinking about how best to tackle impending issues such as the global food security challenge, and was best summed up by Dr Christian Witt – “The work we do is complicated – why we do it, is not”. Read more >>