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Ag’s Digital Transformation

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Russ QuinnDTN Staff ReporterSAVANNAH, Ga. (DTN) — Global agriculture has been somewhat behind other industries in adopting digital technology. But, as in other aspects of modern life, this technology is slowly transforming different areas of agriculture, including how crops and livestock are produced and how ag businesses operate.Digital technology and its impact on agriculture was one major topic of discussion at the 2019 Fertilizer Outlook and Technology Conference here on Wednesday. The annual meeting is hosted by The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) and the Fertilizer Industry Round Table (FIRT).IMPROVED TRANSPARENCYAllan Gray, executive director of the Center for Food and Agriculture Business at Purdue University and Land O’Lakes chair in food and agribusiness, said during a round-table discussion that digital technology will aid in improved transparency and increased production and sustainability in the future of agriculture. Consumers want to know details about their food, and digital technology helps to satisfy their need for information, he said.A recent survey reported transparency is “extremely important” to 36% of consumers, Gray said. A complete list of ingredients was the most important factor for 65% of consumers in the same survey, he said.Gray said that among the technologies included in this area would be “blockchain,” a term used frequently recently that many people don’t completely understand. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition, blockchain is “a digital database containing information (such as records of financial transactions) that can be simultaneously used and shared within a large decentralized, publicly accessible network.”There could be several different uses for blockchain technology, Gray said, including overseeing farm inventories, enhancing the ag supply chain and modernizing farm management software.Walmart already uses the technology to track its leafy-green vegetables from its suppliers’ fields through being processed and sold in its stores. This process can pinpoint issues in the entire supply chain and protect customers from foodborne illnesses.Gray said agriculture is behind other industries in adapting digital technologies. While this may be the case, ag is moving toward adapting the technology thanks to innovative smaller companies leading the charge.“You look at robotic milking machines on dairy farms as one example of this technology already in use,” Gray said. “These producers can now become better managers with more time to examine data since they aren’t the ones milking the cows.”Gray said another advantage of digital technology is that it can be scalable. He used a 300-cow dairy with robotic milkers as an example.The technology allows those who incorporate it to use fewer resources and get more from the technology. It can increase productivity and improve sustainability, he said.Michael Swanson, senior vice president, agriculture economist and consultant for Wells Fargo and Company, said because of digital technology, nearly everything is connected. This is true with ag, and we are now in a closed-loop system, he said.“I compare this technology to when basketball added the three-point line; I’m sure some of you remember this,” Swanson said. “This one rule completely changed how the game is played, and the same can be said about this technology in agriculture.”TECHNOLOGY IN AFRICAWhile digital technology can aid in North American agriculture, it can also help small farmers in such places as Africa. The technology can increase crop yields in places often called “the last frontier” of agriculture.William Wu is co-founder and CEO of QED, a small firm in Africa attempting to use digital technology to solve basic issues on the continent, ranging from agriculture to human health. The company builds low-cost data systems for farmers and others in Africa.In many cases, African countries face more obstacles than other countries do that can limit crop yields. Some of these issues include a lack of education, limited fertilizer use and local corruption.“We are customizing technology for the realities on the ground here in Africa,” Wu said. “We are motivated by technologies with problems worth fighting for.”Among the products QED is in the process of developing is in-field spectroscope. This process uses a smartphone to analyze soil samples in the field in a short amount of time, he said.The product eliminates a couple different issues often found in African agriculture. Many places don’t have an expensive spectroscope equipment to break down what is found in soil, and transporting soil samples between different locations is often an extremely slow process, Wu said.This technology will allow African farmers to know what is in their soil in a short amount of time and then do something about it, he said.“We really feel industrial partnerships is key for the future of humanity in Africa,” he said.Russ Quinn can be reached at russ.quinn@dtn.com(AGSK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Mehidy Hasan’s 5-wicket haul helps Bangladesh level 2-match Test series vs Zimbabwe

first_imgMehidy Hasan picked a five-wicket haul to spin Bangladesh to a series-levelling victory over Zimbabwe in the second Test in Dhaka on Thursday.Hasan finished with 5/38 to power Bangladesh to a 218-run victory against Zimbabwe and draw the two-match series 1-1.The off-spinner helped Bangladesh dismiss Zimbabwe for 224 on the final day despite a defiant, unbeaten 106 from Brendan Taylor.Hasan underlined his importance as an all-rounder in the absence of Shakib Al Hasan with figures of 8/99 for the match, combined with two unbeaten innings of 64 and 27.Congratulations to Mehidy Hasan Miraz for picking up his fifth 5-wicket haul in Tests. #BANvZIM pic.twitter.com/ZHPEigghJXBangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) November 15, 2018Taylor, who scored 110 in Zimbabwe’s first innings, resisted the Bangladesh spinners but didn’t get enough support for his lineup to bat through the last day to salvage a draw.Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2nd Test: ScorecardIt was Taylor’s second pair of centuries in a Test following his 171 and 102 not out in 2013, also against Bangladesh, making him the third Zimbabwe batsman to achieve that after brothers Andy and Grant Flower.Opener Brian Chari was the other notable contributor for Zimbabwe with 43.Resuming the day on 76/2 and needing to survive three sessions for a draw to seal their first Test series victory since 2011, Zimbabwe began cautiously with Taylor leading from the front.Player of the Series : Taijul Islam. #BANvZIM pic.twitter.com/FIJEedvTnkBangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) November 15, 2018Pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman (1/19) got the opening breakthrough in the third over, dismissing Sean Williams (13).Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam (2/93) continued tormenting Zimbabwe, with his guile and turn to collect the wicket of Sikandar Raza for 12. He finished the series with 18 wickets, including three five-wicket hauls.advertisementTaylor and Peter Moor combined in a patient 66-run partnership to raise hopes of earning a draw, before Hasan fired a quicker delivery and got an inside-edge off Moor, who scored 13 from 79 deliveries.But the big blow came when Regis Chakabva was run out for 2, exposing the lower order.Hasan then took less than a half-hour to finish off the innings and the match.Bangladesh set up the match with their first innings of 522/7 declared, which included Mushfiqur Rahim’s career best 219 not out and Mominul Haque’s 161.Player of the Match : .@mushfiqur15 pic.twitter.com/Hn5KbkGkc7Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) November 15, 2018The hosts took a 218-run first-innings lead after dismissing Zimbabwe for 304, then declared again at 224/6 – after skipper Mahmudullah’s first century in eight years – leaving Zimbabwe in a record chase to win the series.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

Why Are The Browns Hoarding Draft Picks

Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Apr. 25, 2017), we preview the NFL draft by discussing why the Cleveland Browns seem to be hoarding draft picks — and whether it will matter. Next, we’re joined by FiveThirtyEight’s Kyle Wagner, who chats with us about the Golden State Warriors, LeBron James in the playoffs and Harden vs. Westbrook. Finally, we give resident soccer expert Mike Goodman of ESPN and the Double Pivot podcast a call to get our heads around the upcoming Champions League semifinals. Plus, a significant digit on tie games in baseball.SB Nation’s Jeanna Thomas writes that the Browns could ace the 2017 NFL draft — if they don’t screw it up.The Ringer profiles the 14 best NFL draft prospects.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s NBA predictions, updated after every game.ESPN is chronicling the key dates, matchups and news you need to know about for the NBA playoffs.For more soccer insights from Mike Goodman, listen to the Double Pivot podcast.It will be Real Madrid vs. Atletico and Juventus vs. Monaco in the Champions League semifinals.Significant Digit: 1918, the year daylight saving time was first adopted in the United States. FiveThirtyEight’s Harry Enten found that before 1918, upwards of 3 percent of baseball games ended in a tie — with many games being cut short on account of darkness. These days, that percentage is essentially zero. read more

Imperial Beach city official shot and killed while vacationing in Mexico

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom December 29, 2017 Updated: 1:59 PM Posted: December 29, 2017center_img Imperial Beach city official shot and killed while vacationing in Mexico IMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI) — Imperial Beach city officials were shocked to learn of the murder of City of Imperial Beach Administrative Services Director Doug Bradley while on vacation in Ixtapa, Mexico, over the Christmas holiday.Bradley, who was born in Huntington Beach, California, was an avid surfer and was killed on the day before he would have turned 50 years old. He was on vacation in the resort town of Zihuatanejo.News sources from Mexico indicate the State Secretariat of Public Security (SSP) was informed at 8:00 AM, Thursday, December 28, that Bradley had been shot and killed during a robbery in Ixtapa. Bradley was killed after being chased by gunmen in the resort town of Ixtapa about 4 a.m. Thursday, according to news sources in Mexico.Police apparently did not learn of Bradley’s death until about four hours after the incident.“Doug Bradley was loved by all that knew him,” said Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina. “He was always positive, loved to surf, and had helped to turn around the City of Imperial Beach’s financial management as well as restructure city administration to make it more efficient and resident friendly. He will be missed by everyone who knew him and worked with him.”The City of Imperial Beach is working with the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City to help repatriate Bradley’s body back to the U.S.Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is a resort region on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, 150 miles northwest of Acapulco and about 1,700 miles south of the U.S. border. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Access Intelligence to Launch New Technology for Events

first_img While event and exhibition organizers have historically collected data on attendees, LeadsConnect is unique for its streamlined design, which compiles all of the relevant data together for organizers, vendors, and attendees alike. Using a network of RFID chips and beacons placed throughout the event, AI and FISH can gather data that includes session visits, content downloads from the event app, exhibitors visited, and which activities each attendee participated in. Attendees will also have access to a personalized page, which shows them all of their session content, exhibitor downloads, surveys, and prize notifications, allowing for easy and intuitive access to the content they engaged with during the event.  The product will launch at LeadsCon, a performance marketing conference taking place March 20 to 22 in Las Vegas. Access Intelligence, Folio:’s parent company, and FISH Technologies will debut a new events platform at the 2017 LeadsCon. The platform, LeadsConnect, will allow event organizers to collect behavioral data on event attendees in order to make informed leads before and after the show. “Until now, we’ve had to cobble together several different systems — event apps, registration, lead collection, surveys and meetings scheduling — to deliver our event experience. The end result was often cumbersome to our attendees because they had to log in to multiple platforms,” Smith said in the release. “We’re very excited to be able to introduce the same platform being used to enhance the fan-sponsor experience at some of the world’s largest marquee sporting events to the B-to-B industry and especially our LeadsCon community,” Kerry Smith, SVP of Access Intelligence’s Marketing Division, said in a press release.last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For May 18 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Friday, May 18, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Partly sunny, with a high near 59. Northeast wind 11 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.At Wilmington Public Schools: The Wilmington High School’s Lamplighters’ Drama Guild presents “The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy!” You have three opportunities to catch this family-friendly show. ‘The Addams Family” will run on Friday, May 18 at 7pm; Saturday, May 19 at 1pm; and Saturday, May 19 at 7pm in the Wilmington High School Auditorium. Tickets to this popular musical costs $10 for students & senior citizens and $15 for adults. Tickets are available online at http://www.WilmingtonCATS.org and will be sold at the door. Reserved seating only. Learn more HERE. … The 4th Grade Night Out takes place from 6pm to 8pm at the North.In The Community: The Abundant Life Christian School’s Drama Club presents “Treasure Island” this  Thursday, May 17 at 7pm and Friday, May 18 at 7pm at the school (173 Church Street). Tickets cost just $6 and can be purchased at the door.At The Library: Needleworkers meet at 10am. Drop-In Story Time at 10am.  [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Video Exercise at 10am. Special Exercise at 11am. Bingo at 1pm. Cards at 1:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]Go Wildcats!: 7 Wilmington High School teams are in action today. See the complete schedule HERE.Live Music: Pacific Grove (211 Lowell Street) is hosting karaoke with Winnell Entertainment beginning at 8pm.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For May 19, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For March 24, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For March 23, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Byjus on a roll Raises funds from Tencent after acquiring TutorVista and

first_imgTencentReutersEducation technology startup Byju’s is clearly on a roll. The online tutoring firm has hit headlines several times in the last few weeks and now has landed a fundraising deal with Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings Limited. The firm already has a list of renowned investors such as the Chan Zuckerberg initiative and Sequoia Capital.While the exact value of the investment has not been revealed, a source told TechCrunch that the amount could be in the range of Rs 5,000 crore ($800 million). Tencent, which already invests in Indian firms such as Flipkart, Practo and Hike, seems impressed with the way Byju has been growing and functioning to emerge as a market leader.”BYJU’S has emerged as the clear leader in the Indian education-tech sector. We share BYJU’S mission of transforming education by creating personalized learning experiences for students,” Hongwei Chen, executive director of investment and M&A at Tencent, said, according to TC.Tencent’s funding is set to help Byju in product development for existing as well as new markets. “This makes our strong investor portfolio even more diverse. At Byju’s, we have been fortunate to have investors who have always played a crucial role as partners in our growth story. With increased brand awareness and strong adoption amongst students, this year we expect the revenue to double again and we will be profitable on a full year basis,” the Economic Times quoted Byju Raveendran, founder of Byju’s as saying.The firm, which started operations in 2011, has witnessed a funding of over $200 million before Tencent’s investment. While Sequoia invested $75 million last March, the Chan Zuckerberg initiative put in $50 million in the company. Later, the World Bank’s IFC fund invested about $15 million in December.Apart from the fundraising spree, Byju’s has also been in the news for its acquisitions. Earlier this month, the online tutoring firm acquired TutorVista and Edurite from global education brand Pearson Plc. While the acquisition is said to be big, the deal value is yet to be disclosed.”This partnership will enhance our product offerings and give us access in some of the new markets when we launch our international products. We are excited to work with the talented and experienced team who will come on-board as a part of this acquisition,” Live Mint quoted Raveendran as saying. 80 Strand Shell Mex House in London, the headquarters of PearsonWikiCommons/DavidJones”We strongly believe that a product like ours can change the way students learn all across the world. Today, with a wider bandwidth, we have started creating similar products for the international markets that further boost our reach as well as product portfolio.”While Bangalore-based TutorVista acquired Edurite in 2007, Pearson acquired a stake in TutorVista in 2009 and bought the entire stake in February 2013.last_img read more

103 Rohingyas detained in Chittagong

first_imgPolice arrested 103 Rohingya refugees from different parts of Patiya upazila of Chittagong from Sunday night till Monday morning.Acting on information that some Rohingyas were staying in different parts of the upazila, a team of police conducted an overnight drive and arrested 103 Rohingyas, said police officer-in-charge Sheikh Neyamat Ullah.All of them will be sent back to Kutupalong Rohingya camp in Ukhiya upazila of Cox’s Bazar, the OC added.Several lakh Rohingya people have entered Bangladesh in the last several weeks following fresh attacks on Rohingya Muslims by the Myanmar army in Rakhine State.At least 27 check-posts have been set up in Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar to prevent spread of Rohingyas to other places.last_img read more

12member body to be formed to resolve RMG worker unrest

first_imgWorkers of readymade garment factories continued their protest for third consecutive day. Prothom Alo File PhotoThe government on Tuesday decided to form a 12-member tripartite committee involving representatives of workers, readymade garment (RMG) factory owners and the government to resolve the ongoing problems in the country’s RMG sector by one month.“A decision has been taken to form a 12-member tripartite committee with five representatives from RMG factory owners and five from workers, and the secretaries of the industries and labour ministries to resolve the ongoing crisis in the RMG sector,” commerce minister Tipu Munshi told newsmen after a meeting of the crisis management affairs core committee, reports BSS.He said the committee will scrutinise all sorts of problems in the RMG sector and will take steps to resolve those by one month.State minister for labour and employment Begum Monnujan Sufian, labour secretary Afroza Khan, commerce secretary Md Mofizul Islam, Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner Asaduzzaman Miah, president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Siddiqur Rahman, president of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) Md Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin were, among others, present at the meeting held at the Labour Department in the capital in the afternoon.Munshi urged RMG workers to join their work places and assured them of providing their salaries and allowances by one month.last_img read more

Amazing Dragon unearthed in China pushes back date of earliest sauropods in

first_img Two technicians measuring a large in situ shoulder bone of Lingwulong shenqi Credit: Xu Xing One of the four quarries producing Lingwulong fossils Credit: Xu Xing Prior evidence has suggested that millions of years ago, the continents were just one supercontinent, which scientists have named Pangaea. Prior evidence has also shown that dinosaurs were living in Pangaea, but researchers suspect that a large inland sea had cut off parts of what would later become eastern Asia. The evidence for this is the absence of diplodocids, a species of sauropods.Sauropods are a class of dinosaur—they are known as very large vegetarians with long necks and massive bodies. Diplodocids are regarded as a super-family of sauropods representing some of the largest animals that have ever lived on land. They have been classified as neosauropods because of their more recent evolutionary history compared to other sauropods. But their absence in eastern Asia suggested something had prevented them from moving into that area. But now, it appears that assumption is wrong. The researchers working at the Lingwu dig site in China found several fossilized bones, some of which belonged to a creature they named “Lingwulong shenqi,” which translates to “Lingqu amazing dragon.” Testing of the fossils indicated that they were from 174 million years ago, putting them in the Middle Jurassic. The find proves that diplodocids did exist in what is now eastern Asia, during the time before Pangaea broke apart. That means they had to have arrived at least 15 million years earlier than previously thought. Giant dinosaur bones get paleontologists rethinking Triassic period More information: Xing Xu et al. A new Middle Jurassic diplodocoid suggests an earlier dispersal and diversification of sauropod dinosaurs, Nature Communications (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-05128-1AbstractThe fragmentation of the supercontinent Pangaea has been suggested to have had a profound impact on Mesozoic terrestrial vertebrate distributions. One current paradigm is that geographic isolation produced an endemic biota in East Asia during the Jurassic, while simultaneously preventing diplodocoid sauropod dinosaurs and several other tetrapod groups from reaching this region. Here we report the discovery of the earliest diplodocoid, and the first from East Asia, to our knowledge, based on fossil material comprising multiple individuals and most parts of the skeleton of an early Middle Jurassic dicraeosaurid. The new discovery challenges conventional biogeographical ideas, and suggests that dispersal into East Asia occurred much earlier than expected. Moreover, the age of this new taxon indicates that many advanced sauropod lineages originated at least 15 million years earlier than previously realised, achieving a global distribution while Pangaea was still a coherent landmass. An artist’s rendering of Lingwulong shenqi Credit: Zhang Zongda One of the four quarries producing Lingwulong fossils Credit: Xu Xing This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A team of researchers from China and the U.K. has unearthed the remains of the earliest diplodocoid ever found in eastern Asia. In their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, the group describes the place where the fossil was found and what the find revealed about the history of the large dinosaurs.center_img © 2018 Phys.org Two technicians measuring a large in situ shoulder bone of Lingwulong shenqi Credit: Xu Xing Journal information: Nature Communications Citation: ‘Amazing Dragon’ unearthed in China pushes back date of earliest sauropods in Asia (2018, July 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-amazing-dragon-unearthed-china-date.html The researchers report that when alive, the dinosaur would have been approximately 15 meters long—making it smaller than others of the same period found in other places. It would also have had the characteristic long neck and very long, whip-like tail. They suggest their finding will force a rethink of the history of sauropods, most particularly diplodocids. They also suggest the timing of the breakup of Pangaea played a bigger role in the evolution of sauropods than has been thought. They note that their find suggests the possibility of other sauropods living in the same vicinity prior to the breakup of the supercontinent. Explore further Lingwulong skeletal silhouette showing preserved bones Credit: Shi Aijuanlast_img read more