Considering Hyperspectral Imaging For Agriculture

Technology in agribusiness continues to grow, just as the number of devices we use to connect with the Internet does. Unfortunately, many of these technologies remain fairly bleeding edge, but for the larger agribusiness company that is looking to make changes that can result in massive growth, but more importantly understanding, of crops and crop yields, there are quite a few higher end technologies.

A not so typical hyperspectral camera.

A not so typical hyperspectral camera.

One of the most exciting breakthroughs recently has been the use of Hyperspectral imaging as well as multispectral imaging in agriculture applications. This enables the …

Price To Subsidy Link Cited With Supply Issues

Governmental support of agriculture rises when markets fall, and appears to diminish when prices rise. Given the intractability of developed country governments in their determination to support agriculture when reason dictates that such support should have long since been abandoned, this phenomenon is hardly surprising.

ptslcThe latest Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development analysis of levels of support to agriculture [*] confirms this unsurprising relationship (see also article in European Policy News section this issue). With a 35% plus fall in world agricultural commodity prices between 1997 and 1999, the proportion of farm incomes in

US Exports Add Up

Ever heard a line like, trade is vital to American agriculture? Or, agricultural trade is an important contributor to the nation’s economy?

We’ll bet you have. You may even have used these lines yourself.

But what are the facts behind these oft-repeated generalities? How does agricultural trade really measure up?

aaWe scrutinized the data and consulted trade analysts. Here are some of the answers we found — compiled in this special selection of ratings, rankings, top ten lists and other factual morsels that are worth a byte in any exporter’s laptop files.

In an age …

Will Investors Consider A Strong Ag Concern For Their Capital?

Capital not only won’t consider agriculture, as now structured, in the future, it will “flee” the industry, he said.

acCooper and Zell, in remarks to the agribusiness leaders and interviews with Feedstuffs, said agriculture can’t succeed as an industry in which thousands of producers make independent, individual decisions about what they can produce based on their productive resources rather than on what they can add value to and sell. The industry’s structure must become “dramatically and profoundly” different, they said.

Cooper and Zell spoke to the agribusiness leaders at the 10th annual conference of the

Food Safety, The WTO And Europe: A Good Ol’ Party

fsThe European Union’s recent submission to the World Trade Organisation negotiations on farm trade liberalisation dealing with the issue of animal welfare (see AE1907, 30.6.00, EP/4) is symptomatic of the growing concern in the European agriculture industry that the increasing burden of animal welfare and environmental costs on the livestock industry is not being reflected in international trade regulations. The animal welfare issue is only part of the non-trade – but trade related – objections to complete liberalisation which the EU can be expected to raise during the course of the negotiation.

There is little

Does Europe’s Agri-Policy Make Sense?

deapPoliticians have long justified the existence and maintenance of agriculture policies on the grounds that they protect the incomes of small and family business-type farms, thus sustaining all the multifarious functions of agriculture and rural policy.

Indeed, the maintenance of current policies which are now increasingly based on direct subsidisation, is being justified in Europe and other developed counties outside Europe on the grounds that it will favour the less geographically and economically advantaged in maintaining an agriculture capable of serving a number of socially, environmentally and economically desirable functions.

The reality is however that …