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September GeoInnovation National Speaker Series to Examine How to Revolutionize Agriculture through Geospatial Technology

UPDATED: Keely Roth, Climate Corporation’s Data Science Manager to discuss intersection of geospatial technology and farming.

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Farmers to Access More Precise Long-Range, Seasonal Weather Forecasts via BASF and Salient Predictions Agreement

Salient Predictions is using first-of-its-kind technology to provide weather forecasting almost 12 months ahead, with accuracy levels that are up to double those compared to other available services.

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AgTech Insight Announces Global Team of AgriFood Implementation Experts and Interactive Ecosystem Market Map

June 23, 2020, Salinas, California, USA- AgTech Insight is officially launching its Strategic Implementation Services – providing global expertise to create, execute and support transformation throughout Agriculture food.

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Microsoft Announces Program to Accelerate Growth of Agritech Startups in India

New Delhi, June 2020: Microsoft announced the launch of a program for agritech startups in India that are committed to driving transformation in agriculture.

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Danone North America Partners with Brightseed To Discover New Health Benefits in Plants Using Artificial Intelligence Technology

- Innovative food partnership between Danone and Brightseed will unlock health benefits from plants at an unprecedented speed.

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New Mode of Action Classification for BASF Herbicide Luximo®

- First new mode of action classification from the Herbicide Resistance Action Committee (HRAC) since 1985.

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NewLeaf Symbiotics Partners with IN10T’s FarmerTrials Network to Demonstrate Benefits of Microbial Ag Products

MARCH 2020- ST. LOUIS, Mo – NewLeaf Symbiotics (NewLeaf), a plant microbiome technology company, has initiated a partnership with IN10T® (“intent”) to test its M-troph microbial product line Terrasym® with farmers.

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Sensoterra and NNNCo Partner to Bring Low-Cost Soil Moisture Monitoring to Farmers in AsiaPac

Sensoterra, leader in wireless soil moisture sensor solutions, has announced a partnership with NNNCo to empower farmers, agricultural organisations and Councils in the AsiaPac region to make data-driven land management decisions and reduce water consumption by up to 30%.

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Green Dot Bioplastics Brings Plant-Based Plastics to New York Toy Fair 2020

Green Dot Bioplastics, Inc. joins the discussion about the future of toys at next month’s New York Toy Fair.

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GreenTech Americas Conference helps Latin American Growers, Breeders and Suppliers to Optimize Their Cultivation

Amsterdam, Jan 2020 – During GreenTech Americas experts, innovators and visionaries will take stage with the aim to help regional growers, breeders and suppliers to optimize their cultivation.

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Partnership Between Locus AG and Nori Sets the Stage for Monetizing Carbon Farming

San Francisco, CA- Two of the most innovative startups in the carbon farming space, Locus Agricultural Solutions® (Locus AG) and Nori, announced a partnership that provides a pathway for payments to farmers harvesting carbon.

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Locus AG Only U.S.-Based Finalist for Boldest AgriTech Global Award

Kineton (UK), January 2020
- RootWave is developing and marketing solutions to kill weeds using electricity to offer a scalable and sustainable alternative to chemical herbicides.

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RootWave completes EUR 6.5 m Series A financing to develop and market electrical weed killing solutions

Kineton (UK), January 2020
- RootWave is developing and marketing solutions to kill weeds using electricity to offer a scalable and sustainable alternative to chemical herbicides.

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FAO Hosts Digital Innovation Dialogue on Blockchain for Sustainability in Agriculture

Rome, Jan 2020: The IT Division in FAO hosted the Digital Innovation Dialogue session on blockchain for sustainability in agriculture where Foodcoin, AgriLedger, Ripe and FAO presented their blockchain projects.

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Rabobank to Continue TERRA Food & Ag Accelerator Independently

After four years of successful collaboration on the TERRA food and ag accelerator, Rabobank and Rocketspace are ending our partnership. Rabobank will continue to run TERRA independently through the current cohort, which culminates in a Demo Day in March 2020.

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Microsatellite Data Can Help Double Impact of Agricultural Interventions

Data from microsatellites can be used to detect and double the impact of sustainable interventions in agriculture at large scales, according to a new study led by the University of Michigan (U-M).

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Scientists Develop System that Delivers Wheat Rust Predictions Directly to Farmers’ Phones

November 2019, TEXCOCO, Mexico — Using field and mobile phone surveillance data together with forecasts for spore dispersal and environmental suitability for disease, an international team of scientists has developed an early warning system which can predict wheat rust diseases in Ethiopia.

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EU Agricultural Machinery Demonstrates Successful Measures to Tackle Climate Change

Hanover, 11 November 2019 – The European agricultural machinery industry can demonstrate measurable success in the field of climate protection.

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XAG Launches XPlanet® Agricultural UAS at XAAC 2019 that Sets to Unshackle the World’s Smallholder Economy

2019, GUANGZHOU – XAG Annual Conference 2019 (XAAC), themed ‘Empowering the Next-Gen Farmers’, was hosted on 28 October in Guangzhou, China.

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Bayer Launches Latest Fungicide Innovation, iblon™ Technology

Monheim, September 2019 – Bayer announced that its latest fungicide innovation marketed under the iblon™ technology brand has received first registration worldwide from the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries.

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Bayer and Arvinas Unveil Targeted Protein Degradation Joint Venture, Oerth Bio

Monheim, Boston, New Haven, October 2019 – Bayer and Arvinas, Inc., a biotechnology company pioneering the development of a new class of drugs based on targeted protein degradation, announced they have finalized the terms of their agreement to jointly launch a new company,

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XAG and Huawei Cooperate on 5G-powered Smart Agriculture

GUANGZHOU – Sponsored by the world’s leading telecom supplier Huawei Technologies, the Huawei Cloud City Summit, under the theme ‘Cloud for Good’, was recently held in China’s southern city Guangzhou to promote industry innovations driven by 5G technology.

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Improving Summer Production of Strawberries in New Retractable Cooling House in Victoria, Australia

Australian Strawberry Distributors plants first crop in their new 4.2 hectare retractable cooling house Jim Ripepi gives an overview of why he chose it for extending his strawberry season into the summer.

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Origin Agritech Entered Strategic Collaboration Agreement with Inova Genetica Ltda

BEIJING, Sept. 2019-- Origin Agritech Ltd. (NASDAQ: SEED) (the "Company" or "Origin"), an agriculture technology and rural e-commerce company, today announced that the Company has entered into a collaboration agreement with Inova Genética Ltda (INOVA), a member of the Wehrmann Group, from Cristalina-GO, Brazil.

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World Bank Report Ties Agriculture Technology Adoption to Increased Productivity and Income

WASHINGTON, September 2019 – Developing countries need to dramatically increase agricultural innovation and the use of technology by farmers, to eliminate poverty, meet the rising demand for food, and cope with the adverse effects of climate change, says a new World Bank report released

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Hamlet Protein Hosts Technical Seminar in China

Hamlet Protein, multinational producer of soy-based protein ingredients for young animals co-hosted a technical seminar in Guangzhou, China together with USSEC and Vland.

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Portable Tech Sniffs Out Plant Disease In The Field

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed portable technology that allows farmers to identify plant diseases in the field. The handheld device, which is plugged into a smartphone, works by sampling the airborne volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that plants release through their leaves.

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Novel Use of Laser Technology Reveals Interactions between Roots, Soil Organisms

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A novel use of a custom laser system — developed in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences eight years ago — allows researchers to see how soil organisms affect plant roots.

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EU Cocoa Butter Market Rose 1.9% and Reached $3.8B in 2018

IndexBox has just published a new report: 'EU - Cocoa Butter - Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends And Insights'. Here is a summary of the report's key findings.

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Announcing Strategic Partnership w/ Agritecture - Urban Ag Consulting & AgTech Insight!

Salinas, CA, USA and Brooklyn, NY, USA – AgTech Insight LLC, Salinas, CA and Agritecture LLC, Brooklyn, NY are excited to announce the formation of a strategic alliance between the two firms.

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Syngenta Acquires the Cropio Group, an Ag Tech Company

Sept. 2019: Syngenta and The Cropio Group announced today that Syngenta has completed the acquisition of all relevant assets of The Cropio Group, an Ag Tech company with a presence in over 50 countries, but with a primary focus in Eastern Europe.

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Ontario Launches 2019 Excellence in Agriculture Program

Aug 2019: Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, announced that the Excellence in Agriculture program is open to receive applications and now includes a new category to recognize outstanding young farmers.

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AI-Powered Banana Diseases and Pest Detection

A recent paper has been published and examines the use of Artificial Intelligence in 'just-in-time' crop disease detection in banana.

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Scientists Use DNA Fingerprinting to Gauge the Spread of Modern Wheat

Aug 2019: Despite the severe social and political unrest that constrain agriculture in Afghanistan, many farmers are growing high-yielding, disease resistant varieties developed through international

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Microsoft Launches SCAI Center in Bangalore

Bengaluru, August 2019: Microsoft Research India announced the launch of a center for Societal impact through Cloud and Artificial Intelligence (SCAI).

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Ireland Becomes an International Laboratory for Innovative Blockchain Projects in Ag-Tech

Trust is a bedrock attribute when it comes to the food supply. Consumers want to know that the provenance and safety of their food can be assured, which has opened the door in the agricultural world to the heralded, 21st-century technology of blockchain.

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BASF-Ontera Collaborate on Precision Diagnostics to In-field Disease Monitoring

Santa Cruz, California and Limburgerhof, Germany – August 2019 – Ontera Inc. and BASF have announced a research collaboration to detect diseases and resistances in plants leveraging Ontera’s molecular diagnostic platform.

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FAO-ITU E-agriculture In Action: Big Data for Agriculture

In continuation of the efforts to promote sustainable ICTs for agriculture and to share knowledge on emerging technologies that holds great promise for agriculture, FAO-ITU have released the next in the series of E-agriculture in Action publication.

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The Rise of ‘On-site’ Seed Testing Services Underway, Says a New FMI Study

According to a new market intelligence report, the seed testing market was valued at ~ US$ 725 Mn in 2018, and is poised to see ~5.6% YOY growth in 2019.

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Scientists Monitor Crop Photosynthesis, Performance Using Invisible Light

Twelve-foot metal poles with long outstretched arms dot a Midwestern soybean field to monitor an invisible array of light emitted by crops. This light can reveal the plants’ photosynthetic performance throughout

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Agritech Innovation Challenge helping British Columbia Producers and Processors Grow

August, 2019 – Victoria, British Columbia – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture
British Columbia’s Agritech Innovation Challenge has awarded a total of $150,000 to three innovative projects.

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Virginia Tech Discovery could Help Boost $40 billion Soybean Industry

A new article published by Virginia Tech researchers and graduate students has revealed that soybean root nodules harbor high abundances of atypical non-nitrogen fixing bacteria, a discovery that has the potential to improve the crop resilience and yield of the crop.

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Local Weather Forecasting Technology Heralds the Advent of a SmartFarm Network

Before the advent of computer satellite tracking equipment, farmers relied on prognostics, such as candles, weather vanes, the color of the sky, and the fabled Farmers’ Almanac, to make informed planting decisions.

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Garford Farm Machinery and Zürn Harvesting Join Forces

The cutting platform and field research technology specialist Zürn Harvesting has acquired a majority stake in the English hoeing technology manufacturer Garford Farm Machinery Ltd.

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Daniel Royer Joins The AgTech Insight Team!

We are excited to have Daniel Royer join the AgTech Insight consulting team!
Aaron Magenheim, CEO of AgTech Insight states "Danny has been great to work with over the years as a grower customer so its exciting to have him join our team!

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AgTech Insight Announced Strategic Alliance with Verdant Partners

July 2019, Salinas, CA, USA and Champaign, IL, – AgTech Insight LLC, Salinas, CA and Verdant Partners LLC, Champaign, IL are excited to announce the formation of a strategic alliance between the two firms. In its simplest form,

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Bayer and AlphaBio Control Sign Distribution Agreement for Innovative Biological Pest Control Product

Monheim, June 2019 – The choice of pest control products with different modes of action allows farmers worldwide to apply effective resistance management strategies. Bayer and AlphaBio Control have signed a distribution agreement to market Flipper™, an innovative biological pest control product developed by AlphaBio.

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BASF’s Xarvio Digital Farming Solutions Announces New Digital Collaboration with Nutrien Ag Solutions

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, June 2019 – BASF and Nutrien Ag Solutions announced today a digital collaboration to provide their customers with easier access to leading agronomic tools. As part of this collaboration, BASF’s xarvio™ SCOUTING application (app), which enables growers and agronomists to instantly and accurately identify weed and disease threats in their fields, will now be offered within the Nutrien Ag Solutions Customer Portal.

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CSIR-NCL signs Technology Licensing Agreement with Pheromones Biotech LLP

CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR-NCL), Pune signed a Technology Licensing Agreement with the Pheromones Biotech LLP, Hyderabad on May 3, 2019 at CSIR-NCL for the development of an eco-friendly technology for the pest management without toxic pesticides.

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CEMA Welcomes Member States’ Draft Declaration Supporting Technology Uptake in EU Farming

Brussels, 11th of March 2019 – ‘A smart and sustainable digital future for European agriculture and rural areas’ is the title of the Draft Declaration (click here) presented today by the European Commission to the Council’s Special Committee on Agriculture.

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Accenture Collaborates with Corteva on Pilot Program to Bring Technology Skilling to Rural Iowa

JEFFERSON, Iowa; June 2019 — Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and Corteva Agriscience (NYSE: CTVA) announced during a press conference with Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, a collaboration bringing together non-profit groups, higher education organizations, and government leaders to help individuals and educators in Jefferson, Iowa, acquire technology skills while remaining in their rural communities.

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Hearing Highlights Implications of ERS, NIFA Relocation for Agricultural Research

WASHINGTON– During a hearing held today by the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research, key stakeholders expressed concerns about the current and potential ramifications of reorganizing and relocating two major agricultural research agencies.

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Syngenta and The Nature Conservancy Team Up to Deliver Innovation for Nature

Basel, Switzerland / Arlington, Virginia, USA- Multi-year collaboration focuses on business practices aimed at improving soil health, resource efficiency and habitat protection in Argentina, Brazil, China, Kenya and the United States Syngenta commits to integrate sustainability principles into its core business offerings and research and development pipeline

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Project for Philips LED Toplighting Compact at New Greenhouse for Arcadia Chrysantemums

Eindhoven, the Netherlands – Signify (Euronext: LIGHT), the world leader in lighting, today announced that its longstanding partner, Arcadia Chrysanten, a leading commercial grower of single bud chrysanthemums in the Netherlands, will equip its newest 4.7 ha greenhouse with a combination of Philips GreenPower LED toplighting compact and HPS lighting.

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Space Technology to Improve Farmer Livelihoods Across the Drylands

A new experimental tripartite collaboration between researchers from ICARDA, Egypt’s National Authority for Remote Sensing & Space Sciences (NARSS), and the European Commission’s Joint Research Center (EC JRC) is taking shape, aiming to optimize the use of Earth Observation Systems (EOS) for agricultural research.

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Digital and Satellite Technology Program for Smallholder Cocoa Farmers

SAT4Farming, an initiative to reach thousands of small-scale cocoa producers with information and services to improve their productivity and sustainability, was announced today

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AeroVironment Introduces Next Generation of Quantix Drone for precision agriculture

AeroVironment, Inc.(NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems for both defense and commercial applications, today introduced the next generation of its Quantix™ VTOL hybrid drone and the AeroVironment Decision Support System™ (AV DSS) for precision agriculture.

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CDFA accepting grant applications for climate smart agriculture incentives programs

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting grant applications for climate smart agriculture incentives programs administered by its Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation (OEFI) and funded by SB 5 and California Climate Investments.

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Semtech’s LoRa Technology Creates Smarter Farming Networks in Australia

Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq: SMTC), a leading supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, announced that the National Narrowband Network Co (NNNCo), an Australian carrier, is deploying a publicly available network based on the LoRaWAN™ protocol that will leverage Semtech’s LoRa® devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology) to build Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

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New agtech installations at the University’s Hawkesbury campus

Guests toured the new agtech installations at the University’s Hawkesbury campus, including the National Vegetable Protected Cropping Centre (opens in new window).

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California venture expands advance livestock and plant sciences health

SVG Partners, a California-based venture and innovation firm, announced Thursday (Nov. 29) the expansion of its West Coast-based THRIVE AgTech program to the Midwest to focus specifically on animal health and support agriculture advancements.

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CNH Industry entered into Strategic Digital Agriculture Agreement

Hawaii-based agriculture technology company Smart Yields has developed a new program to help small- and medium-size farmers form collaborative partnerships with research, educational, industry and community partners throughout the U.S.

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AlohaAg Challenge to Support Agricultural Development in Frost-Prone Areas

Hawaii-based agriculture technology company Smart Yields has developed a new program to help small- and medium-size farmers form collaborative partnerships with research, educational, industry and community partners throughout the U.S.

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JDC Launches TOV, Empowering Africa’s Smallholder Farmers

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) launched Tikkun Olam Ventures (TOV), an innovative new program addressing poverty among Africa’s smallholder farmers.

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Askham Bryan College constructed modern digital Farm hub

Askham Bryan College’s home farm is all set for a transformation. A modern digital hub is to be constructed for student learning and to showcase the future of farming.

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Kingston University to explore 5G technology for farmers

New research into how cutting-edge 5G technology could pave the way for a new era of ‘smart' farming that would allow intelligent drones to monitor crops and livestock is being carried out by Kingston University experts.

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Jharkhand farmers visit to Israel to learn modern agri techniques

Chief minister Raghubar Das on Sunday sent a delegation of 26 farmers from 24 districts of Jharkhand on a four-day exposure visit to Israel to learn modern agriculture techniques.

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Western Growers Partners with Agritech New Zealand

Western Growers (WG) has formalized a new strategic partnership with Agritech New Zealand to strengthen, share and accelerate the development of agricultural technologies, as well as help businesses in both countries access U.S. and New Zealand agriculture markets.

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TCEB pushes Thailand as a hub for modern agriculture

Thailand set to host two major agricultural business events which feature smart technologies during 22-24 August 2018.

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Genetics technology to help farmers to produce more crops

A multinational agricultural company based in Idaho has acquired gene editing licensing rights that could one day be used to help farmers produce more crops and make grocery store offerings such as strawberries, potatoes and avocados stay fresher longer.

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Victorian govt began search for cutting-edge agtech

The Andrews Labor Government began a global search to find cutting-edge agtech to support its On-Farm Internet of Things Trial.

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Brazilian agri-techs showcasing state-of-the-art technology

With a growing urban population and a growing need for food, Brazil can help ensure India’s food security in a sustainable manner through the exchange of latest food processing and agriculture technology.

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XAG and Harper Adams University partnership for new technology in UK

The National Centre for Precision Farming (NCPF) at Harper Adams University and XAG, one of the world’s largest drone and robot company, have recently formed a strategic academic and research partnership.

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Aeris & Ranch Systems Unite to Improve Smart Farming

Aeris, a technology leader in the Internet of Things (IoT), said it is collaborating with Ranch Systems of Novato, CA to help farmers and businesses improve their sustainable water management, food production and environmental monitoring.

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FFA, Microsoft to develop tech-based agricultural curriculum

The National FFA Organization and Microsoft Corp., on Thursday announced their collaboration to bring innovative technology, science, research and entrepreneurship to the classrooms of the more than 650,000 FFA student members nationwide through an initiative known as Blue 365.

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New technology to maximise fodder on Limerick farms

UCSB SmartFarm is a research project that investigates the design and implementation of an open source, hybrid cloud approach to agriculture analytics for enabling sustainable farming practices.

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UCSB SmartFarm research project by CS department

UCSB SmartFarm is a research project that investigates the design and implementation of an open source, hybrid cloud approach to agriculture analytics for enabling sustainable farming practices.

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To alleviate labor costs UI professor develops farming robot

Researchers at the University developed robots to help farmers of the Midwest tend to their fields. Some models, priced at $5,000, are already being used by early adopters.

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University of Western Australia collaborate with AgTech hub

The University of Western Australia and agribusiness technology commercialisation hub Oterra have signed a collaboration agreement in a drive to accelerate innovation in agriculture and food technology.

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Smart Agri-Systems initiative by University of Leeds

Farmers and agri-businesses are facing more challenges, including political climate changes, fluctuating trading patterns and the need to increase efficiency and productivity.

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THRIVE agtech business park in Salinas

SVG Partners announced during its annual Demo Day held at the Forbes AgTech Summit the details of its expanded THRIVE 2018-2019 program and the unveiling of the new THRIVE Business Park adjacent to Salinas’ airport.

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Indigo launches the world's largest agriculture lab

Indigo Ag, Inc., a company dedicated to harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet, announces today the expansion of its innovation platform, Indigo Research PartnersTM.

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Unique full-scale educational farm in northern Israel

Starting with wheat fields and an almond grove, a full-scale sustainable educational farm now taking root in Israel’s Jezreel Valley will be an international showcase for cutting-edge Israeli technologies in precision agriculture

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Rice technology demo farm established in Ilocos Norte town

George Fox University engineering students will have the opportunity to provide technical assistance to small farmers and rural businesses thanks to a $100,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.

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New £3.2 million agri-informatics facility at Cranfield University

George Fox University engineering students will have the opportunity to provide technical assistance to small farmers and rural businesses thanks to a $100,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.

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Clemson expert bringing high-tech solutions to the farm

George Fox University engineering students will have the opportunity to provide technical assistance to small farmers and rural businesses thanks to a $100,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.

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George Fox University awarded $100,000 USDA grant to assist farmers

George Fox University engineering students will have the opportunity to provide technical assistance to small farmers and rural businesses thanks to a $100,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.

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Agrible® Launches Improved Agricultural Technology Platform

Mahindra group firm EPC Industrie Ltd today said it has formed a joint venture with Israeli greenhouse company, Top Greenhouses Ltd, to work in protected cultivation industry.

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Mahindra group launches joint venture with israeli agtech company

Mahindra group firm EPC Industrie Ltd today said it has formed a joint venture with Israeli greenhouse company, Top Greenhouses Ltd, to work in protected cultivation industry.

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Cutting-Edge Technology Program to Enhance Crop Monitoring

Israel is working with Ethiopia and other East African countries to improve agriculture by developing new technologies such technologies include but not limited to Computer drip irrigation.

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GEPA sign MOU to boost cashew production with modern technologies

Israel is working with Ethiopia and other East African countries to improve agriculture by developing new technologies such technologies include but not limited to Computer drip irrigation.

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Ethiopia-Israel Strengthen Agriculture with New Technologies

Israel is working with Ethiopia and other East African countries to improve agriculture by developing new technologies such technologies include but not limited to Computer drip irrigation.

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High tech for hunting of mushrooms

Liu, an amateur mushroom hunter herself, is developing tools that allow foragers to collect data on environmental conditions while they hunt for fungi.

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HUGrow, new food and ag-tech accelerator

Yissum Technology Transfer Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in collaboration with its seed investment fund AgrInnovation, announced the launch of HUGrow, a new food and ag-tech accelerator.

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Artificial Intelligence based agriculture Experiment

Alphabet's X and John Deere, startups and universities are looking to AI-based agriculture to address these problems

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Mahindra to establish Ag Tech Center in US

Mahindra & Mahindra, the world's largest tractor manufacturer, by volume, today announced plans to set-up a Mahindra Ag Tech Center in the United States at Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.

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Cloud Platform to create digital identity of palm trees

From managing flood to the digital transformation of palm trees, cloud technology seems to be moving from being an efficiency improver to a default platform of creating new business models.

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Ethiopia-Israel to improve agriculture by developing new technologies

Israel is working with Ethiopia and other East African countries to improve agriculture by developing new technologies such technologies include but not limited to Computer drip irrigation.

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Deere invest in test lab for agricultural spraying and applications technology

Deere & Company plans to construct a new 33,000-square-foot facility at the Iowa State University (ISU) Research Park as a design and test lab for agricultural spraying and applications technology.

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Researchers create microparticles to save honey bees

Honey bee colonies could be saved from collapse in the future thanks to a microscopic particle that attracts pesticides, as created by Washington State University researchers..

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Phytelligence brings MultiPHY™ technology to revolutionize Indian horticulture

Cambridge is spearheading a new agritech cluster to help develop promising businesses in the sector.

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Cambridge is spearheading new agritech cluster

Cambridge is spearheading a new agritech cluster to help develop promising businesses in the sector.

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Blockchain technology fix for mango producers

Adelaide AgTech startup T-Provenance has raised $500,000 to pilot its blockchain technology with Northern Australian mango producers, as part of a two-year project being managed by the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA).

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CropLogic Enters into Australian AgTech Market

CropLogic Limited (ASX:CLI) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Share Sale Agreement (Acquisition) for its first strategic ‘beachhead’ acquisition in Australia of agronomy services company, Ag Logic Pty Ltd (Ag Logic), based in a key Australian potato growing state, Tasmania.

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Agtech startups Boosting Harvest in Australia

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach announced that USDA is allocating almost $70 million from Section 10007 of the 2014 Farm Bill to support 494 projects in 49 states, Guam and Puerto Rico.

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USDA Provides California $14.8 million to fight pests & promote agriculture

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach announced that USDA is allocating almost $70 million from Section 10007 of the 2014 Farm Bill to support 494 projects in 49 states, Guam and Puerto Rico.

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DTN Acquire Spensa Technologies to boost agricultural predictive modelling

DTN, an independent source of insight and analysis, and decision-support solutions to customers worldwide in agriculture, energy, commodities and financial analytics, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Spensa Technologies, a precision agriculture technology company.

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UV light enhancement system boosts crop yield

BioLumic, creators of the first ultraviolet (UV) crop yield enhancement system, announced the close of $5 million in Series A financing.

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GCC’s first commercial vertical farm in Dubai

The GCC’s first commercial vertical farm, which grows leafy green vegetables using coconut husks instead of soil and requires 90 per cent less water than regular farming, has officially launched in Dubai.

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First National agtech innovation hub in Mildura

Australia’s leading national agtech innovation hub, SproutX today opened its doors in Mildura in a move that is set to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs across the Mallee region.

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Trimble becomes corporate partner to join the THRIVE

SVG Partners announced today that Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) has become the latest corporate partner to join the THRIVE AgTech Venture & Innovation Platform.

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UK Government announces £90 million for agri-tech

The Ordnance Survey’s use of cutting edge satellite imagery and digital data collection to map over 200,000 miles of England’s farmland and the CROPROTECT app which helps farmers protect crops from pests

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GreenSight Agronomics Granted FAA Waiver For BVLOS Drone Operations

GreenSight Agronomics, a drone services and agricultural intelligence provider, has secured a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration to operate its drone system beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS).

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NCIA Recognizes urban-gro with its Excellence in Technology Award for 2nd Year

urban-gro, a leading Cannabis cultivation technologies company delivering best-in-class systems, solutions, and technologies for large-scale commercial cultivators across North America, today announced the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) has, for the second year in a row, recognized urban-gro with its Excellence in Technology award in the category of Cultivation.

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Paulding Ag Education program introduced new technology

The Paulding Agriculture Education program has introduced a new technology to its program. The past month, the Paulding greenhouse class has been learning about different growing methods besides traditional soil growing.

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Technology to practise eco-friendly farming and increase yield

Bengal government will take help of electronic nose (E-nose) technology to determine the quality of aromatic rice and pulse varieties that the state government buys from farmers to be sold at - Sufal Bangla- fair-price outlets across the state.

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E-nose technology to determine quality of agri products

Bengal government will take help of electronic nose (E-nose) technology to determine the quality of aromatic rice and pulse varieties that the state government buys from farmers to be sold at - Sufal Bangla- fair-price outlets across the state.

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Hi-tech nursery to produce high quality seedlings

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said that his government’s activities are oriented towards ensuring the welfare of farmers for a better farming culture.

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Myriad Mobile acquired ag technology company

Myriad Mobile (Myriad), a full-service mobile and web application development company, today announced it has acquired Omaha-based ag technology company iNet Solutions Group (iNet).

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Telefonica promote the digitalization of farms in Spain

Telefónica , through the Visualnacert group company dedicated to the agrotech sector, will promote the digitalization of farms in Spain in collaboration with the multinational John Deere .

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New Ag-tech facility to make Melbourne smart farming hub

A first-of-its-kind ag-tech facility will be established in Melbourne’s’ southeast with the vision to innovate new smart farming techniques including automated harvesting and driverless vehicles in response to the growing challenges faced by the agriculture sector.

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DARPA latest program Advanced Plant Technologies(APT)

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is pursuing research into genetically modifying plants to turn them into self-sustaining surveillance sensors.

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Bosch makes farms digital with sensors and connected platform

With farmers using sensors to determine the perfect time for harvesting, consulting apps to measure soil temperature, and steering automated tractors across fields, the market for agricultural technology is growing worldwide.

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Experimental robotic farm run by UK scientists

An experimental robotic farm run by UK scientists has been harvested for the first time, yielding about five tonnes of spring barley.

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John Deere Completes acquisition of Blue River Technology

Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) announced today that it has completed its acquisition of Blue River Technology. Earlier in September, Deere said it signed a definitive agreement to purchase the Sunnyvale, California Company to enhance John Deere's leadership position in precision agriculture.

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CSIRO and Ruralco partnership to drive digital farming

$1.5 billion is invested each year in agricultural and rural R&D in Australia. This has contributed towards a 2.8 per cent per annum productivity growth over the past three decades and led to the application of new technologies across the agribusiness sector.

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Watson cognitive technology to help farm sector in India

IBM's India research lab using its Watson cognitive technology to help farmers determine potential crop yields and protect against pests.

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Semios Wins British Columbia Technology Impact Award

Semios, the provider of a precision agriculture solution to growers of tree fruits and tree nuts, is pleased to announce it has been named ‘Most Promising Startup’ at the 2017 BC Technology Impact Awards.

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Banks and Companies Lined Up Agri-tech Initiatives

To help farmers overcome the devastating effects of drought, harnessing modern tools is critical. At the InterDrought-V conference held in Hyderabad, India, this was the key message from Sri Krishna Byre Gowda, Minister of Agriculture, Government of Karnataka.

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InterDrought-V Conference for Modern Agriculture Technologies to Combat Drought

To help farmers overcome the devastating effects of drought, harnessing modern tools is critical. At the InterDrought-V conference held in Hyderabad, India, this was the key message from Sri Krishna Byre Gowda, Minister of Agriculture, Government of Karnataka.

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Ag Techniques to Increase Medicinal Crop Produce.

Agriculture College of Indore is working on varietal development and agro techniques to enhance production of medicinal crops in the Madhya Pradesh state, with an aim to promote medicinal plantations in the region.

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USDA Report Highlights Scientific Research.

Results of investments in scientific research including 222 new inventions, 94 patents awarded and 125 new patent applications filed in 2015 are released by The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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Local Solutions for Tractors Offered by Bosch India

Bosch Rexroth India Pvt. Ltd. strategically located strong production network of plants provide agricultural customers a cost-effective system.

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Farmers Should Adopt New Technology for Farming

Indian Council for Agricultural Research, Director General, T Mohapatra said, Farmers should embrace latest technology and go for value addition in view of irrigation water limitations.

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IntelinAir Bring Automated Aerial Imagery Analytics to Farmers

IntelinAir, Inc., announced it has closed its series seed funding comprised of $3 million in equity and $500,000 in venture debt. IntelinAir is an aerial imagery analytics company whose AG-MRI™ solution provides farmers with a comprehensive health analysis of their farms by combining high resolution aerial imagery analytics, advanced agronomic sciences, and proprietary algorithms derived from traditional computer vision and deep learning methods.

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Ag Tech News: Bayer signed MOU to Improve Agriculture with Space Data

The aerospace technology company Planetary Resources, based in Redmond, Washington, USA, and Bayer have signed a memorandum of understanding about the development of applications and products based on satellite images.

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Ag Tech News: Agri-tech business opportunity offered by Sentinel Satellites

The recent launch of the new Sentinel satellites, part of the European Union’s ‘Copernicus’ Earth observation programme, has the potential to help farmers take precision agriculture to a new level, along with a host of other land monitoring uses. Sentinel data can be applied within agri-tech and will create a major opportunity for service providers.

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Ag Tech: New Technology Could Improve Insect Control in Cotton

Jackson, Tenn. – According to researchers with the University Of Tennessee Institute Of Agriculture, a new biotech trait currently in the development stage could provide improved control of thrips and plant bugs in cotton.

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Ag Tech: Advanced Drone-Based Sensor for Vineyards by SkySquirrel Technologies.

SkySquirrel Technologies Inc. is a crop-analytics company that develops drone-based technology for monitoring crop health, with a primary focus on improving crop yields and reducing costs at commercial vineyards.

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Ag Tech News: Grain Growers Urged to 'Smarter' Farm.

In order to remain viable and sustainable in the long term, grain growers of Australian are being urged to farm 'smarter' not harder.

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Workshop probes new tools and technologies.

Understanding how technology can be practicably applied to their farming operations is valuable knowledge for growers living in a digital age.

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Ag Tech: Growing Food Crops in Space Using Philips LED Lights.

Philips Lighting, a Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX, PHIA) company and global leader in lighting, has collaborated with The University of Arizona Controlled Environment Agriculture Centre (CEAC) to test energy efficient ways to grow food that will help feed astronauts on missions to the moon, Mars and beyond.

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Ag Tech: New Ag Tech Innovation Hub Launched by Harper Adams University.

At Harper Adams University, a new innovation hub for agricultural technology is being built and its credit goes to funding from the Government’s Strategy for Agricultural Technologies.

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Ag Tech News: Satellite imagery to Large-Scale Monitoring of Asia’s Rice Areas.

To help guide policy making related to food security and sustainable development, particularly in rice-growing areas, information derived from satellite images can soon be made available to governments.
The European Space Agency (ESA) satellite, Sentinel-1A, launched in 2014 can provide regular ‛snapshots’ of Asia.

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Ag Tech News: Shama District Introduces 'New Technology for Farming'

Ghana, West Africa: To ensure all year round farming in parts of the Shama district, the district has introduced a new technology. Mr Joseph Nii Tettey Otu is the Shama District Director of Agriculture.

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