Hack4Farming Nairobi 2016: Inspiring Technological Intelligence for Seed Companies

aWhere co-hosted a Hack4Farming event last month in Nairobi, Kenya, as part of its ongoing hackathon series. The hackathon was the second such event held by aWhere in Nairobi, after the inaugural event last October, and was hosted in the Nailab space. Around 60 participants, including developers, mentors, and representatives from seed companies, participated in the event, hosted alongside the African Agricultural Technology Foundation, iHub and IOTA.

 


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Freedom to Fly: the New FAA Regulations and Drones for Ag

aWhere Provides Weather Data to Add Value to Agriculture- Drone Industry Insights 

                Last month, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued new regulations allowing drones to be used for select commercial purposes, including agriculture.[1]    The announcement of these new regulations[2], and the allowance of drones to be flown commercially, was a boon to the burgeoning agriculture-drone industry, which has been advancing its technology of using drones to collect images that can inform farmers of on-field conditions and influence farming decisions, from fertilizer application to irrigation.

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Weather signals for corn through the summer!  A global view…

As concerns mount that the climate will flip from an El Nino to a La Nina scenario, June’s dryness raised blood pressure and then July’s rains alleviated some of the worst of the fears. Everyday aWhere monitors the agricultural planet to identify where, when, and how deeply weather impacts agriculture.

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Fighting Pests and Disease with Big Data Agriculture

Every year, over 25% of the world’s annual output of agricultural goods are ruined or damaged by pests and diseases. Pests typically eat the agricultural goods, rendering them unfit for use. Meanwhile, fungal diseases tend to produce various mycotoxins, many of which are powerful carcinogens, contaminating the agricultural products so that they are unsafe for either human or animal consumption.

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An energetic atmosphere and increasingly variable weather

Many people are acutely aware that ‘something is up’ with the increasingly extreme weather events we are reading about and experiencing, but few take the time to examine the underlying fundamentals at work.  Science has shown that the earth’s atmosphere has warmed by about 1°C between 1880 and today.[1] 

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Connecting with Ag Retailers at the EFC User Conference

Last week, we had the unique opportunity to spend some time with the end-users of one of our customers – EFC Systems – at the EFC Systems user conference in Nashville, Tennessee.  EFC Systems provides a suite of agricultural software products to agricultural retailers and dealers,

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