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IGI, LLC Partners with Grain Pro, Inc. to Provide Pesticidal Fumigation Solutions for Commodity Shippers

by IGI, LLC

Posted on Thursday September 14, 2017, 2:17 pm

IGI, LLC’s EPA approved CO2 has been organically certified. Combined with Grain Pro Inc’s pesticide free organic fumigation and airtight storage systems, IGI’s organic carbon dioxide, gives the organic grower/shipper a way to move their products without using poisons or pesticides.

IGI, LLC (Inert Gas Injection, LLC) has entered into an exclusive Agreement with Grain Pro, Inc. of Concord Ma, world leader in Ultra-Hermetic storage, beginning with the states of California, Oregon and Washington with IGI’s EPA approved and certified organic Carbon Dioxide pesticide. The IGI CO2 is approved to replace harsh toxins such as Methyl Bromide and combined with Grain Pro’s unique TransSafeliner™ air tight systems for making shipping containers airtight, allows pesticide free fumigation to be easily accomplished without the fear of toxic chemicals being released into the at...

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Airstream Innovations Sets Their Sights on Cannabis

by Airstream

Posted on Thursday September 14, 2017, 2:12 pm

As perfect storm stories go, Airstream was at the right place at the right time as the Asian Citrus Psyllid and the disease it carries continues to threaten California's citrus industry. It was truly forward-thinking nurserymen who chose Airstream's greenhouses to ensure their crops could be exported anywhere in the world – USDA certified free of the dreaded HLB disease. With 400% increase in yields at half the labor cost and customer satisfaction resulting in longer term contracts, Airstream's greenhouses have proven their mettle. In just the last five years, Airstream Innovations has become the world leader in wind-assisted, air-supported structures specifically designed for growing. With over one million square feet in operation they have conquered a corner in the California citrus nursery market with their pesticide and fungicide free greenhouses. But a storm of a different form ha...

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Apps for Ag Hackathon winner uses artificial intelligence to diagnose plant problems

by Pamela Kan-Rice

Posted on Thursday September 14, 2017, 2:04 pm



For 48 hours, innovators and entrepreneurs at the Apps for Ag Hackathon labored over laptops at The Urban Hive in Sacramento before pitching their ideas to judges at the California State Fair. More than 40 people, some from as far as New York and Texas, competed for a $10,000 grand prize and assistance from UC Agriculture and Natural Resources to turn their ideas into commercial enterprises.

Ultimately Dr. Green, a mobile app to diagnose plant problems, took the top prize on Sunday (July 30). The second-place Greener app also helps people diagnose and treat plant diseases. Farm Table, an app that promotes agritourism, came in third place.

One goal of the hackathon was to produce solutions for military veterans who are becoming farmers. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs was a major sponsor of the event and leaders from Washington D.C. were on s...

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New Survey Reveals Moms Don't Know How Far Their Milk Travels From Farm To Glass

by National Milk Life Campaign

Posted on Thursday September 14, 2017, 2:01 pm

With farm-to-table foods, markets and restaurants popping up everywhere, it's no surprise more than three-quarters of moms are actively looking for locally sourced options when grocery shopping for themselves and their families, according to a new survey from the National Milk Life Campaign.1 As one of the original farm-to-table foods, milk often originates from dairy farms about 300 miles away from your grocery store2, and typically arrives in just 48 hours, on average, from many family-owned and operated dairy farms. Yet 77 percent of moms surveyed didn't realize how far their milk typically travels from farm to glass.

Moms may also have misconceptions about what happens after milk leaves the farm, including what is added to the farm-fresh beverage before it goes to consumers. More than one-third incorrectly believe preservatives are added to milk, and nearly 18 percent th...

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Detecting Defects Hidden in Hides

by ARS

Posted on Thursday September 14, 2017, 1:59 pm

An Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist has found a way to find hidden defects in the animal hides that become our footwear, sporting goods, fashion accessories and other leather goods.

About 90 percent of the 32 million hides produced by the meat industry in the United States each year are exported. Before they are sold in international markets, they are visually inspected, weighed and given a numeric grade. Many hides, however, have hidden defects caused by insect bites, abrasions, scars and natural rough spots. Processing and selling animal hides is a $2 billion industry in the United States, and the lack of any technology for measuring defects and characterizing quality often leads to disputes after the hides are sold, states Stephen Sothmann, president of the U.S. Hide, Skin and Leather Association, which represents leather goods manufacturers and meat packers...

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