What IoT portends to the Future of Agriculture

The agricultural industry is expected to make huge strides over the coming years as technological advances aimed at growing yields and preserving food take effect. According to an article published by Business Insider on October 7, the future of agriculture will be shaped by Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data and Smart farming. The development is coming at a time when feeding the growing world population is proving ever challenging. A report released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) indicates that crop yields must increase by 70% in 5 decades to effectively feed the world population in 2050. This is the reason why farmers, research entities and agricultural organizations are quickly turning to IoT, to gather analytics that will help boost yields.


It is important to note that technological transformation has been part and parcel of agriculture for many years. It all started with the discovery of hand held tools several hundreds of years ago, followed by the industrial revolution which saw the use of machines and more recently satellite technology. The uptake of IoT, like smart farming is expected to change a lot of things in the coming years. Some of the ways in which IoT will boost farming, include the use of field sensors to give farmers detailed maps that show the farmlands topography and resources alongside other pertinent information such as soil temperature and acidity. Farmers can also use this information to predict the weather and prepare farms. Today, Smartphone’s can also be used to monitor the farms and livestock remotely.


One smart farming technique that is also expected to change the fortunes of farmers is a new food preservation technique being tested in Santa Barbara, California. According to a report that was published in the New York Times on December 13, Apeel Sciences has come up with a technology that can extend the shelf life of food several times. The technique encourages the processing of leftover fresh plant materials such as stems and leaves to develop an imperceptible, edible barrier that can extend the shelf life of foods like berries and green beans up to 5 times over. This means a farmer can choose when to have his bananas ready for the market. These latest advances are all aimed at developing precision farming.


Strict Regulations on Genetic Engineering

Genetic engineering is a topic that is constantly talked about in the farming and agricultural industry, based on the fact that there is so much controversy surrounding genetically modified crops. Like many issues that are heavily debated, there are two sides to the fence when it comes to GMOs. Opponents of the use of GMOs in our food believe that there are inherent risks to ingesting food that has been genetically modified. On the other hand, there are a lot of benefits that come with producing genetically modified food, primarily on the side of those that are producing the crops, as it is much easier and more predictable to tend to crops that have been genetically engineered. A great deal of guess factor is removed from the process when genetic factors have been modified, which is why it is so attractive to producers of various crops.

While it may provide a great advantage and be desirable to companies that would like to produce their food more efficiently and effectively, there are also a huge amount of regulations that come with producing genetically engineered crops. Over the last few months there’s been quite a bit of talk of draining the swamp, and this has been directly applicable to the discussion over genetic engineering. Many people are now calling to drain the swamp when it comes to erasing in eliminating laws that prevent genetic engineering, based mostly on the fact that it cost so much money to get over all the hurdles that come with working with genetically modified foods. Proponents for genetically modified food would like to see regulations dropped, which they feel would then put them in a great position to make more money and give a great boost to the agricultural industry. While it has been documented around the globe that genetically modified foods are for the most part completely safe for consumption, there’s no denying the fact that there is likely going to be a rocky road ahead when it comes to altering regulations that currently stand. As is with many industries, many of the bigger producers of crops are able to still get by with such regulations, while smaller producers are finding that the hurdles too great and are closing down their operations.


Farming Robot Brings Automation To Agriculture

A New Generation Of Tech

Automation is affecting everything around us from fast food to factories. Now thanks to researchers we can add farming to the list of automated work. Through the combination of existing technologies such as solar power and computer vision engineers working at the Australian Center of Field Robotics have now developed farming robot RIPPA. The researchers hope their robot will become a fixture on farms across the world. This innovation both excites and frightens many in the agricultural industry. While productivity may increase job scarcity could result as many who work in farming find their previous roles automated.



The Inner Workings Of RIPPA

RIPPA is a combination of many technologies in one, but the way these technologies are used is very new. Before this product can see any commercialization. The researchers have conducted experiments to better understand how cattle will respond to the robots and how efficient the robots are compared to humans. After findings revealed the cattle willingly accept the robots ACFR are now focusing on ways to integrate the robots into the agricultural industry. These efforts are not without their own criticisms leveled against them.



The Drawbacks For Works

Like any other automation breakthrough RIPPA is the source of much controversy. Historical trends in industrial technology have vastly reduced the number of jobs in the agricultural industry already. In the 19th century the vast majority of Westerners were farmers, but by the 21st century no more than 5% were employed in some capacity by the agricultural industry. The creators of RIPPA do not believe there is any reason to a fear a possible similar issue arising. Although automation may eliminate certain jobs it can also help create jobs. In the 80s many believed ATMs would spell the end of the line for bank tellers. However, the move actually increased the number of people employed as bank tellers. RIPPA may do the same thing for farmers.


Bacteria Resistant Gene Discovered On Pig Farm

The battle against bacteria continues to falter, as a new bacteria resistant gene is detected on a United States pig farm. According to a published article appearing in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, the bacterial gene resists the antibiotic class referred to as carbapenems. Carbapenems thwart germs that are resistant to existing drugs. Scientific research detected the harmful bacteria plasmids, which are segments of DNA. The discovery is the first occurrence of such a bacteria conjoined with transmissible carbapenem resistance, in the agricultural sector of the United States.


Despite the bad news associated with the discovery, the good news is that the bacterial germs, known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, isn’t being detected in the fecal matter of the pig inventory scheduled to be slaughtered. For now, authorities don’t believe any pork products to be produced and shipped from the pig farms are contaminated.


Research co-author, Thomas Wittum of the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, commenting on the discovery, “We found no evidence that was happening at this farm, but we want to figure out how to be sure that doesn’t happen.” “These bacteria can be a reservoir of resistance genes that they can share with pathogens like salmonella, carbapenems are one of our most important life-saving antibiotics, so that bacteria are becoming resistant is extremely concerning,” according to Wittum.


The gene was accidentally discovered as Wittum and his associates conducted research about agricultural animals resistance to antibiotics. The research conducted over 150 days employed the consumer household electrostatic product, “Swiffer” and surgical gauze swabs. These items collected fecal matter from the housing structure of the pigs for testing.


There are other occurrences of similar bacteria being detected in American livestock. The most recent detection of the threatening bacteria appearing in fecal matter of cattle. To prevent the further outbreak of harmful resistant genes from threatening the United States livestock population, government agencies need to scrutinize swine farm operations, according to Wittum. Wittum believes hat the government and private agricultural livestock operations can implement measures to avoid harmful bacterial strains from spreading.


Troy McQuagge is Named the Most Innovative CEO

Troy McQuagge was recognized as the most Innovative CEO of the year in the insurance industry according to the CEO World Awards. The CEO World Awards program is conducted on a yearly basis and encompasses the best in innovation, leadership, organizational performance, new services and products, corporate social responsibility, CEO case studies, and milestones from all major industries in the world. Any organization from any part of the globe is qualified to submit nominations including profit and non-profit, public and private, large and small, and even start-ups.

Troy has been in the insurance industry for over 33 years and has formerly served as the CEO and Presidents of the Health Markets Agency Marketing Group. During his tenure, his company managed to get annual sales volume of more than $1 Billion.

He became the Director and CEO of the USHEALTH Group Inc. in 2011 and has been leading the corporation to get the highest growth in sales and record profits in the last four consecutive years. USHEALTH is today ten times larger than it was before he took over. Its share price has significantly increased to 1,093% since 2010.

Mr. McQuagge said that he was happy and felt honored to be named the Most Innovative CEO in the insurance industry during the CEO World Awards. He said that the recognition was not about him alone but about USHEALTH’s dedication to innovation and excellence. Troy didn’t forget to mention that their products are designed to offer incredible value to their esteemed customers and that they are a remarkable opportunity for the career agents working in the company. He also said that he was proud and felt privileged to work with an innovative company like USHEALTH.

USHEALTH Group is an insurance company located at Ft. Worth Texas. It focuses on offering innovative health coverage for small business owners and self-employed people. Its main goal is to combine the talents their employees and agents have to market profitable and competitive products and also provide superior customer services in all company operations. In 2016 alone, USHEALTH won several awards as the Company of the Year under Troy’s leadership.

At USHEALTH, McQuagge is responsible for steering strategic growth and the profitability of the organization’s insurance operations and distribution. This is the main reason his company has produced amazing results in profitability and growth.

Troy has always been a dynamic and self-driven Insurance professional and has achieved exceptional results even in highly competitive environments such as start-ups, high growths, and turnaround companies. He is capable of handling multiple complex issues and can get the best solutions for them. Troy also possesses world-class communication skills and has the ability to offer decisive motivation and leadership to cross-cultural, multi-functional teams.

Otter Likely To Win Position at Head of Agriculture Department

The position of Department of Agriculture has not yet been filled in the Donald Trump Administration though there is an obvious candidate who the President Elect appears likely to fill the position with. That nominee is Butch Otter who is the running Governor of Idaho and is in his third term in the position.


Otter was outed as a likely candidate after a spokesman of his discussed his potential nomination on a Boise Idaho radio program. This initial report was later confirmed by another spokesman of his, John Hanian. Otter is currently 74 years old and is a long running Republican in a strongly republican state.


While Otter does not have strong ties to Trump his career was closely tied to Vice President Mike Pence who were both freshman in the House of Representatives in 2001. Otter also has experience in the potato industry having worked for 30 years for potato farming company Simplot International. He eventually became President of Simplot International, a company that was founded by his father-in-law. Otter later served in the House of Representatives for six years from 2001 to 2007.


Otter is still being vetted for the role which is an important position for the country as well as for the Republican party. A strong candidate can help the Republican candidate hold onto certain critical Mid-western swing states during the mid-term and 2020 election cycles like Iowa and Wisconsin. The secretary of Agriculture in the United States is in charge of the Department of Agriculture and is responsible for both the development and execution of laws that are connected with farming and agriculture, food, and the preparation of food.


Butch was not a Trump supporter during the Republican primary and instead supported John Kaisch, but later supported Trump in his Presidential campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton. Trump has tended to lean towards party Republicans as part of his nominations for the various departments that he has filled instead of a pure allegiance to those who supported him during his nomination, which has been viewed as a step of maturation by many political observers.


Trump is still in the process of vetting him for role and is also considering Idaho Representative Raul Labrador. There was no indication of his other competition for the role.



Jeffry Schneider: The Financial Services Industry Veteran

Jeffry Schneider was born in Manhattan. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor’s degree in Science. Immediately after his graduation, Jeffry began working in the financial services industry. He has worked with prestigious firms such as Alex Brown, Smith Barney, and Merrill Lynch. While working at these organizations, Jeffry got deep knowledge on alternative investments that have served him so well in his entire career.

Jeffry began working at the Axiom Capital in 2002 where he managed to establish great relationships with the fund managers. He also performed due diligence to make sure that they were ideal for different customer bases in the firm. Additionally, he worked closely with the alternative investment managers where he advised them on how they can structure their investment vehicles. Jeffry then joined the Paradigm Global Advisors two years later.

In 2009, Jeffrey founded Ascendant Capital. He worked hard with Virtus Real Estate during the nascent years. His efforts really paid off because he managed to raise six different funds that bought real estate worth over $ 1.5 billion.

Ascend Capital LLC is an investment firm that emphasizes on alternative investments. It identifies private equity, hedge, and real estate funds that aren’t availed to investors often. Immediately the team accomplishes this, they start to develop some value-added offerings supported by operational, marketing, sales, and educational services

Ascendant has been experiencing robust success under Jeffry’s leadership. Recently, the company grew tremendously and has more than thirty employees. Ascendant has managed to raise close to one billion dollars while working on behalf of various managers. Mr. Schneider and his team keep working hard each day to boost this upward trajectory. They hope to raise $50 each month within the next year.

Jeffry Schneider is a dedicated leader who always works effortlessly to motivate his employees and bring about success to his company as a whole. He never takes anything short of excellence whether it’s from himself of from the team he is working with. He attributes the success of the company to Ascendant’s unique culture. This fosters trust, open communication, and hard work amongst everyone at the workplace.

Aside from his successful career, Jeffry is always dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle. He commits himself to training and competing in various half Ironman challenges for several years now. These races are grueling, and a participant is required to finish a 1.2-mile swim, do a 56-mile bicycle ride, and then complete with a 13.1 mile run. Jeffry has competed in places such as Florida, Texas, Chile, Saint Croix, and California. He also involves himself with several causes and actively supports Wonders and Worries, Gods Love We Deliver, Cherokee Home for Children, the Gazelle Foundation, among others.

Dr. Avi Weisfogel and His Innovations in Sleep Apnea Remediation

Dr. Avi Weisfogel is a trained dentist in New Jersey who operated his dental practice, Old Bridge Dental Care for 15 years. He was cited by the community as a whole as being the “Best Dentist” in the area for several years in a row.In the process of his professional duties, he not only did an excellent job in the dental field, but he began to notice that many of his patients had sleep problems and that this issue was a possible cause of other health concerns that needed to be addressed. In 2010, Dr. Weisfogel founded Healthy Heart Sleep, which worked with doctors on a worldwide basis with the intent of starting and maintaining sleep labs to study this issue.

In 2012, Dr. Weisfogel started Owner Unlimited Sleep Patient and began working with other dentists on a project of working with their patients regarding their sleep issues, such as sleep apnea. Then in 2014, Dr. Weisfogel established Dental Sleep Masters which was designed to go a step farther than before and attempt to help dental patients resolve their sleeping issues with the recommendation of oral appliances used to treat disorders in the sleep and sleep apnea realm.

Sleep apnea and its possibilities increase with age and excess weight, as the throat muscles can lose their tone and collapse during sleep and cause of momentary lapses in breathing. As a trained dentist, Dr. Weisfogel could see this in individual patients, and when interviewed many admitted that they were having problems.

The fact that dentists see the neck and interior of the throat of patients on a daily basis, they are in a position to address the potential for sleep disorders which can be beneficial to patients. Since many patients might have some idea that they have a sleep disorder problem, they don’t know the extent; of the problem in many cases.

Oral devices have been proven to be effective in keeping the breathing airway open during sleep, and a dentist knows how or can learn how to design and implement these devices. Dr. Weisfogel has been a pioneer in the field of getting dentists more involved in this process.


The Growth of Kabbalah Centres Around the World

Kabbalah is the oldest spiritual wisdom on earth and dates back to the creation of mankind. Kabbalah focuses on the secrets of the universe, connecting them to the mysteries of the human heart and soul. For centuries, the study of Kabbalah was passed down through the generations by word of mouth among the priests and religious leaders of Jewish people. With the founding of Kabbalah Centres, this practical spirituality can be studied by anyone who is interested.

Kabbalah Centres made their first appearance in 1922 when Rav Yehuda Ashlag, an elder of Kabbalah, founded the first Kabbalah Centre in Jerusalem, Israel. The establishment of this Centre was monumental in Kabbalahism because it opened up the study to all. Students came from all around the world to study under Rav Ashlag and the other elders, and Kabbalah started to grow.

The Bergs Open America to Kabbalah with Kabbalah Centres

some of the early students from the U.S. were Rav and Karen Berg. They began their journey in the 1950s, studying documents with the elders and discovering the hidden keys that unlock the wisdom of the universe. They studied there for over a decade, and then returned to America and founded the New York City Centre where they translated ancient documents and taught the principles of Kabbalah.

Within several years, they established a Centre in San Francisco and another one in Los Angeles. Today, there are Kabbalah Centres in 40 cities across the globe with an intense network on the Internet. The Bergs were very instrumental in opening up the study of Kabbalah, and the Kabbalah Centres are now central meeting places for the students. Classes are held daily, there are fellowship dinners and volunteering events within the community. Karen Berg believes that volunteering develops a giving spirit that is at the core of Kabbalahism.

Kabbalah is a practical study, which teaches the spiritual keys that allow the student to make better decisions in their life. Kabbalahism also believes that joy is at the center of every human being, and the studies activate it for the student.

More visit: https://www.kabbalah.com/

Statistics Showing Increase In Crop And Pasture Land In Northwest And California

According to a recent survey and report by the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, agriculture land values have appreciated this year in the Northwest and California area. Evidence shows that there is an extremely tight regional supply of available land despite the fact that low commodity prices are bringing down the value of land in other areas.

The average value of land has decreased by $40 from last year. According to the report, the value of cropland this year is $4,090. In Idaho, the average cropland value increased by $100. It was a 3.1 percent increase to $3,300. In California, the average cropland price rose to $10,910 per acre. The new figure represented a 2.1 percent increase. Other regions that recorded a higher percentage increase in farmland value are Oregon and Washington. Oregon was up by 5 percent, while Washington rose by 4.9 percent. Their cropland value was $2,730 and $2,760 respectively.

The increase in cropland value was also consistent with the pasture values. Nationally, the average pasture value is $1,330 per acre. In Idaho, the pasture value is up by 4 percent, at $1,300 per acre. California recorded an increase by 3 percent as the pasture value was $2,700 per acre. The price per acre in Oregon and Washington increased by 3 percent and 2.4 percent in the two regions.

Ben Eborn, an economist at the University of Idaho Extension, said that the high commodity prices that inflated the market caused the first dip in national land values. The buyers were paying higher prices than they could generate from their land. Eborn predicted that the land values would probably go down in the coming years. Idaho farms did not inflate values at the rate that Midwestern farms did. Eborn said that many investors were leasing the land back to the growers who owned them before.

The Senior Vice President for Western Idaho, Doug Robson, stated that the employer’s internal data proved that the land values in the region have strengthened over the years. He attributed this to the state’s ability to attract investors, who could not find better alternatives to farm land. Doug anticipates that Idaho’s core growing areas will remain stable in the coming years.