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Open Technology Ecosystem for Agricultural Management – an interview with Dr. Dorn Cox

Open Technology Ecosystem for Agricultural Management – an interview with Dr. Dorn Cox “Our Sci is building some of the key utilities for conducting large-scale public science. One of the core orientations that OpenTEAM has taken – that I think is really important to large-scale collaboration – is focusing on the way in which we ask […]

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SoilStack: Smart Measurements for the Future of Soil Health

SoilStack is designed to be an open-source, all-inclusive, flexible tool to make better decisions about soil sampling, while maintaining clear permissioning and the ability to adapt to future needs.

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Applications open for a new conference on open tech in ag – GOAT

I already get it – take me to the conference page or heck just let me apply now!  Wanting more info… Read on! Why another conference? Information about our food system should be public or easy-to-share. Unfortunately, that is often not the case. Food is currently produced by a mix of private and public entities, and information about […]

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An Open Strategy to build Soil Carbon part 1

Why soil Carbon matters Soils are the largest terrestrial pool of organic carbon on the planet, holding as much as 3,000 Gt of carbon in the upper 2 meters of soil. To put that into perspective, the total amount of carbon in the atmosphere is currently about 870 Gt and annual CO2-C emissions from fossil fuels equal about 9.7 […]

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The future of fresh produce: a skeptical optimist’s view

Imagine if consumers and farmers could measure the nutrient density of fresh produce on farms and in stores in seconds. Consumers would demand nutrient-dense produce because they could see it empirically at the point of sale. Farmers would get a premium for more nutritious crops. Higher prices would motivate farmers to develop farming practices that […]

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Agriculture needs an open solution stack

Farmers may not know about FOSS, but they know when they’re getting the short end of the stick. There’s lots of talk about big data and tech in agriculture… and it falls into two main camps – there’s the ‘machines replace farmers’ camp, ranging from automated tractors, to automated home gardening, to home food computers.  These projects are interesting […]

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