Month: January 2019

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Fieldin Signs Cooperation Agreement to Help Argentina Growers Fend Off Pests, Disease

FRESNO, Calif. (Jan. 31, 2019) – Fieldin has signed a cooperation agreement with the Estación Experimental Agroindustrial Obispo Colombres (EEAOC) to help protect the Argentina citrus industry from detrimental pests, bacteria and diseases such as Huanglongbing (HLB). According to the agreement, Fieldin will help the EEAOC monitor and analyze real-time data from more than 5,000 pest traps spread throughout Northern Argentina.

Founded in 2013, Fieldin’s smart farming platform helps growers better understand pest pressures, optimize spray applications and other critical farm management activities.

Using proprietary sensors and mobile-friendly software, Fieldin’s technology seamlessly connects in-field sensors, tractors and machinery to provide managers with actionable data that improves production, transparency and efficiency in the field.

“We’re excited to work with the EEAOC and the growers in Argentina to help prevent the spread of HLB and other threats to the citrus industry,” said Fieldin CEO and Co-Founder Boaz Bachar. “We’ve seen first-hand what invasive species and disease can do to the citrus industry in other regions, and it’s crucial that we leverage real-time field data to get ahead of these issues.”

Bachar, along with Fieldin’s Argentina team, signed the agreement last month in a meeting with EEAOC Technical Director Daniel Plopper in Argentina.

The EEAOC is an autarchic entity in the area of ​​the Ministry of Productive Development of the Government of Tucumán, with a goal of helping advance technology and production in the province’s agriculture industry. Its citrus program aims to improve production for citrus farms by controlling the pests and diseases that affect production and international exports.

“We look forward to working closely with the EEAOC to build forward-thinking solutions for the citrus industry,” said Fieldin COO and Co-Founder Iftach Birger, who first met with the EEAOC on its visit to Israel last year to seek out innovative solutions in the agtech industry.

“It’s refreshing to see a government body move as swiftly as the EEAOC did to help its growers in the fight against HLB and other diseases and pests,” Birger added. “For a lot of these diseases, there is no known cure once trees become infected. So we have to do everything in our power to help identify issues in real-time and prevent the damage from spreading. That’s the power of real-time field data in agriculture.”

To learn more about Fieldin, visit www.fieldintech.com.

About Fieldin:

Founded by CEO Boaz Bachar and COO Iftach Birger in 2013, Fieldin helps the specialty crop market digitize and streamline the growing process through its data-drive platform, enabling a smarter farm.

Using proprietary sensors and mobile-friendly software, Fieldin’s technology seamlessly connects tractors, machinery and in-field sensors to provide managers with actionable data that improves production, transparency and efficiency in the field.

To learn more, visit www.fieldintech.com.

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Fieldin Hosts Almond Board Visit to Israel

Thanks to Almond Board of California’s Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Karen Lapsley and Environmental Affairs Senior Specialist Jesse Roseman for visiting with Fieldin’s team in Israel this week to learn more about our smart farm management platform and how we’re helping bring efficiency and transparency to the Almond Industry.

 

We’re looking forward to assisting the industry meet its Almond Orchard 2025 Goals to improve production with less waste!

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What Ross’ Reappointment Means for California Growers

Karen Ross was reappointed as the Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) on Tuesday.

So what does Ross’ reappointment mean for California agriculture? Well, we’re expecting much of the same with a continued emphasis on precision ag technologies to improve the efficiency of our inputs (pesticides, fertilizers, water, energy use, etc.).

Ross “returns” as California’s Secretary of Agriculture after spending the previous eight years in the same role under Gov. Jerry Brown.

During the past eight years, California agriculture has seen its ups and downs, but for the most part has continued to flourish and is the top producer of many of the fruits, nuts and vegetables that we eat nationally in the U.S.

Over the second half of Ross’ tenure, the CDFA also made a concerned effort to get more technology in the hands of growers, through the help of grants and other programs such as the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) and Healthy Soils Program (HSP).

While administration changes at the federal and state levels will surely affect the dollars earmarked for agriculture over the next two to three years, we’re expecting California growers will continue to be encouraged to adopt precision ag technologies in an effort to improve efficiencies and protect state resources. Not to mention help growers meet increasingly stricter regulations when it comes to spraying, nutrition programs, water management, labor and land use.

After all, as the CDFA’s press release noted in the opening paragraph of the Ross announcement, “the state cabinet-level department was established in 1919 to promote and protect a safe, healthy food supply, local and global agricultural trade, and environmental stewardship.”

In one of her last conference appearances before being reappointed, Ross made a point to emphasize the importance of leveraging ag technologies to meet future food demands and establish benchmarks (think pest control, fertilizer and irrigation management) to not only improve production but get the most out of our resources.

“It’s about documenting what we’re doing and being able to quantify it, and being able to measure and monitor the progress that we continue to make – creating a benchmark that we can all measure ourselves against,” Ross said at last month’s Almond Conference in Sacramento. “That’s the secret to continuous improvement.”

The direction of California agriculture remains to be seen, but you can expect technology to play a major role in helping growers meet future regulations coming down the pike.

Contact us to learn how Fieldin is helping growers do just that, bringing efficiency and transparency to everyday cultural practices, spraying and harvesting activities.

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