Posts tagged AgLanta 2018
Dryponics® - How Farmers Cut lifts Indoor Vertical Farming to the next level

Indoor farming is a rapidly expanding industry with new farming technologies emerging constantly. One of the latest stand-out innovations is by German farming company Farmers Cut. Seeking to improve upon the already existing soilless growing technologies, Farmers Cut is growing plants using "Dryponics", a system that they claim allows them to be more flexible with space and able to manage resources better than the competition. 

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exploring the smart city revolution

A ‘Smart City’ revolution is underway that applies technology driven solutions to urban problems. But urban food systems, and urban agriculture in particular--despite its unique advantages in making cities more resilient and sustainable--are often left out of the Smart City discussion. To explore these ideas further, Agritecture sat down with Chelsea Collier, founder of Digi.City, to discuss her research on Smart Cities across the globe, and where she sees urban ag in the broader Smart Cities context.

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Reduce Labor Costs: Automate Your Farm Today

Labor is expensive. Twenty six to 40% of total production cost is dedicated to labor in indoor farming, according to Dr. Kozai and NewBean Capital. This cost often includes paying for a combination of highly skilled work (plant science) and traditional manual labor (picking, pruning, packaging, etc). By introducing automation and robotics, farmers have the opportunity to cut costs and improve efficiency. Automation also provides the opportunity to allocate time differently, spending less time on repetitive tasks and more time on improving the industry. 

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Atlanta civic leader to launch urban farm and restaurant

Chuck Meadows, former executive director of the Atlanta Beltline Partnership, is launching his own farm and restaurant that will honor his great, great uncle, who was an accomplished Georgia farmer. Meadows is opening Jim Adams Farm & Table in Bolton Village, a development in Atlanta’s emerging Upper Westside.

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Illumitex unveils new NEOPAR grow lights

LED grow lighting company, Illumitex, has just introduced their new horticulture lighting solution for indoor urban farmers: NeoPAR™. Illumitex scientists and engineers worked closely together to create a light that is all at once highly efficient, ultra-thin, and able to deliver the company's latest X6 spectrum. 

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THIS ATLANTA BASED STARTUP HAS CREATED THE WORLD’S SMALLEST & SMARTEST GARDEN

Enrich Gardening, an Atlanta based startup, recently began selling what they say is “the world’s smallest & smartest garden.” The small and easy-to-use grow kits are designed to empower everyone to enjoy growing food within their own homes. Enrich has also developed a mobile app which acts as a companion to the grow kits. On the front of every kit there is a QR code that can be scanned by the app. The app will load that very plant into a virtual garden and begin sending you reminders on when and how much to water. 

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WANT A PROFITABLE FARM? GET TO KNOW THIS DATA

Running a profitable farm is hard. Among many reasons, running a farm is difficult because variables are constantly changing. Soil moisture levels, nutrient and fertilizer needs, weather patterns, and the threat of pests are among a few of the variables that often fluctuate. This is why farming is really a numbers game. A successful farm is able to collect large amounts of data, determine what data is actually relevant, and then turn this data into insights and predictive modeling. This is what helps farmers know the current condition of crops and the best next steps.

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OVER 32 TRILLION DATA POINTS GIVE GROWERS SOLID ENVIRONMENTAL INTELLIGENCE

Autogrow, a leading global ag tech company, has announced their strategy to use trillions of available growing data points to help their growers’ crop production.

Agritecture is also excited to announce that Autogrow will be a featured sponsor of AgLanta 2018, the South's largest urban agriculture conference. They will be headlining our Smart Resource Management topic area. 

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