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Plantix, the app that helps farmers spot disease

Berlin - Designed in Germany and being successfully used in countries like Inida, the newly developed app Plantix allows farmers to identify pests from crop damage. The app also gives advice on how to treat crop diseases.

Taiwan's battle with betel nut addiction

- For years Huang Sheng-yi helped feed Taiwan's addiction to the betel nut, planting thousands of the trees on his mountainous farm.

Interview: The use of agDrones in Asia Special

Hong Kong - The adoption of commercial drones in Asia is happening at an accelerated rate, presenting challenges and opportunities for agriculture in the region. To find out more Digital Journal spoke with representatives of Ipsos Business Consulting.

Underground air-raid shelter feeding London restaurants

London - Under an anonymous back street in south London lies a vast underground air-raid shelter that has been turned into a pioneering urban farm supplying supermarkets and restaurants in the capital.

The digital farm and the impact of ‘green’ eggs

Okanagan - Scientists have been tracking the environmental footprint of Canadian egg products and looking at the optimal models of farming to reduce environmental impacts. The model has utilized digital technology.

Disruption and opportunities with expansion of agribusiness drones

A new report by Ipsos Business Consulting highlights opportunities for the adoption and growth of agriculture drones within Asia. Agriculture drones increased 344 percent between 2013 and 2015, rising in sales from US$ 94.1 million to US$ 323.9 million.

Climate change threatens Latin America coffee producers

Washington - Climate change is threatening the Latin American zones most favorable for growing coffee, according to a study out Monday that warns seed production could drop by nearly 90 percent by 2050.

New blockchain for agriculture and food businesses

Early sales in advance of the new token “FoodCoin” have been successful, with sales reaching over $1.5 million on the first day of trading. This was via Ethereum and Bitcoin.

Digital transformation of farming the Swiss way

Farming is undergoing a steady digital transformation. One country where cutting edge agricultural technology is emerging is in Switzerland, with innovations like milking robots, and driverless vehicles.

Young farmers in Zambia turning to digital technologies

Lusaka - Across the globe farmers are turning to digital technology and one place rich in new ideas is Zambia where young farmers in the Kazungula, Mungwi and Choma areas are putting in place radical new approaches.

Big data analytics helps with cow herding

Researchers have constructed a digital model that incorporates a financial function to explore the behavior of cow herds. This is an example of how big data analytics and computer modeling can be applied to farming.

Rice to riches: Vietnam's shrimp farmers fish for fortunes

With a flashy gold watch and a chunky matching ring, Tang Van Cuol looks a far cry from the average Vietnamese farmer as he slings back a shot of rice wine and boasts about his projected earnings.

French farmers, breeders demand action against wolves

S - Hundreds of farmers, shepherds and politicians rallied in Aveyron, southern France, on Saturday calling for action to halt the slaughter of livestock by packs of wolves.

One million sign petition for EU weedkiller ban

Strasbourg - More than one million people have signed a petition demanding the EU ban the Monsanto weedkiller glyphosate over fears it causes cancer, campaigners said Thursday.

Cow kills hiker in Austrian Alps

Vienna - A hiker in the Austrian Alps was fatally gored on Wednesday when a cow charged at her, local police and media said.

Bolivian coca farmers clash with police over output curb

La Paz - Coca farmers clashed with police Tuesday in the second straight day of violent protests in La Paz against a Morales government bill to limit legal areas of cultivation.

France launches mass duck cull to stem bird flu spread

Paris - Authorities in south-west France began a cull of hundreds of thousands of ducks Thursday as authorities scramble to contain an outbreak of a virulent strain of bird flu sweeping Europe.

Myanmar farmers reap rewards from 3D printing

Yangon - Whizzing across a blue-lit platform with a whirr and a squeak, liquid plastic emanating from its chrome tip, the 3D printer seems a far cry from the muddy, crop-filled fields that fringe Yangon.

Are farming super-mergers affecting food security?

According to one environmentalist, proposed deals could put the majority of seeds, chemicals and genetically modified traits into the hands of just three companies. The effect would deepen poverty for small-scale farmers.

New project to support bee friendly farming

The company Noosa yoghurt has announced a project called Blooms for Bees which is designed to support and help to sustain honeybee populations through improvements to farming.

EU funds feed Bulgaria's grain millionaires

- The farms of the two old classmates sit side by side in the central Bulgarian countryside. On one, a fleet of tractors ploughs through endless golden fields of wheat. On the other, a woman picks raspberries in the searing sun.

EU delays re-approval for weedkiller glyphosate

Brussels - The EU on Wednesday failed to agree on the re-approval of weedkiller glyphosate in Europe amid fresh fears the product could cause cancer.

DNA rice breakthrough raises 'green revolution' hopes

Batong Malake - Rice-growing techniques learned through thousands of years of trial and error are about to be turbocharged with DNA technology in a breakthrough hailed by scientists as a potential second "green revolution".

Europe’s green farming projects as ‘too costly’

Recently pilot studies and initiatives aimed to develop ‘green farming’ have been undertaken in Europe. The aim is to create more sustainable agriculture. There are different measures of success. On cost effectiveness the studies appear to have failed

EU downplays cancer risk from weedkiller in win for Monsanto

Brussels - A highly sensitive EU report on Thursday claimed one of the world's most popular weedkillers is "unlikely" to cause cancer, countering the UN and handing a victory to agri-business giant Monsanto.

Farmers lose debt gamble in typhoon-plagued Philippines

Cabanatuan - Philippine rice farmer Francisco Santo Domingo's life is in ruins after losing yet another gamble with nature, but the typhoon that destroyed his crops means gleeful loan sharks have again hit the jackpot.

Tensions mount over death of Brazil indigenous leader

Bras - Tensions over land ownership are soaring between Brazil's indigenous Guarani people and ranchers after the shooting of a Guarani leader, activists said Wednesday.

Changes to farm use leading to wasp decline

Exeter - A new study links the fall in numbers of wasps and bees to changes to the use of land, especially a decline in the number of green spaces. An environmental group has argued for greater diversification.

Review: ‘Steak (R)evolution’ offers disorganized enlightenment Special

‘Steak (R)evolution’ is a fascinating documentary that travels the world, exploring how different farming techniques and breeds of cow affect the flavour of meat.

U.S. 'laughing gas' emissions cause concern

Emissions of nitrous oxide ('laughing gas') generated from agriculture in the U.S. has been underestimated by 40 percent, according to a recent study.
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A cow in Martin Place for the Target 100 sustainable cattle and sheep farming event.
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Farmer working on his field of oats.
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DISCOVERY: Drakes Bay and Drakes Estero are thought to be where English explorer Sir Francis Drake landed in 1579.
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Farmer working on his field of oats.
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Target 100 sustainable cattle and sheep farming event in Martin Place, Sydney.
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A cow and some sheep in Martin Place for the Target 100 sustainable cattle and sheep farming event.
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