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New Technologies Featured at World Ag Expo That California Farmers Should Know About

Boasting over 100,000 attendees from 49 States and 81 countries, the World Ag Expo was another big hit this year.  With  a sea of vendors to navigate across the International Agri-Center grounds in Tulare, it’s hardly feasible for attendees to see it all.  Check out this brief video featuring several companies that Malcolm Media visited with during the event that …

New Robots Featured at FIRA USA to Serve Specialty Crop Ag

The specialty crop ag community was excited to gather recently in Salinas for the second edition of FIRA USA.  The event featured the latest robotics and automation technologies on the market for fruit, vegetable and tree nut growers.  Watch this special video presentation showcasing new technologies from several innovative companies featured at this event.

Hazelnut Grower Modifies Weed/Sucker Spray Equipment to Save Money, Meet Needs

Watch this brief interview with Daniel Ropp, host of the Nut Growers Society’s hazelnut Summer Tour this year, as he shares what he and his family have done to modify some farm equipment in the shop to save money and build their own weed and sucker sprayer to better meet their needs. Read more about Oregon hazelnut growers in Pacific …

$700 Million to Connect People in Remote and Rural Areas to High-Speed Internet

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced nearly $700 million in grants and loans to connect thousands of rural residents, farmers and business owners in 22 states and the Marshall Islands to reliable, affordable high-speed internet through the ReConnect Program,funded by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. This program is uniquely designed to fund the most difficult high-speed internet …

Over 25 Farming Robots to be Featured at FIRA USA 2023 this Fall in Salinas

Weeding, harvesting, picking, carrying,… Robots are today’s answer to many challenges facing agriculture. And they will show up this fall in Salinas for the second edition of FIRA USA. From September 19 to 21, the Salinas Sports Complex, home of the famous California Rodeo Salinas, will be the place to discover the autonomous farming solutions in action. During three days, expo, demos, …

New Farm Bill May Incentivize On-Farm Ag Tech Innovations

Just as the previous Farm Bill has supported farmers with cost-share programs like EQIP to improve their sustainability, the specialty crop sector of ag is pushing for the coming Farm Bill to support on-farm ag tech innovations in a similar way.  Watch this brief interview with California Fresh Fruit Association President Ian LeMay to learn more. Please thank this video’s …

Turlock Irrigation District Serves Growers, Conserves Water with New Technology

Amidst a threatening drought, groups and individuals are working to find more ways to conserve the precious resource of water, and Turlock Irrigation District has been leading the way for sustainable water management with new technologies and strategies. Watch this brief interview with Michelle Reimers from Turlock Irrigation District as she explains their recent improvements and plans. Please thank this …

Oregon Hazelnut Grower Shares Experience with Mechanized Pruning

Due to increasing labor costs and shortages in recent years, many painstaking tasks on the farm are now being mechanized, and Pacific Northwest hazelnut growers are beginning to see mechanical pruning as a more reliable and economical alternative to traditional hand-pruning. But when is an appropriate time to begin this practice for those who have just recently planted new orchards? …

Are Autonomous Self-Driving Tractors Legal in California?

As California’s agricultural industries progress towards a more sustainable future with new technologies and innovations, current Cal OSHA regulations (unless changed) may hinder their progress, particularly with regard to autonomous or self-driving tractors.  Watch this brief video with Michael Miiller from the California Association of Winegrape Growers as he explains.   Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for their industry support.

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