Advances in agricultural research 
are happening at a ‘dizzying’ pace. | File photo

Welcome to the revolution

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The world is in the midst of a fourth industrial revolution, and agriculture will be one of the big beneficiaries, according to a person at the forefront of the revolution. “It’s an age of technological change and advancement unlike any other,” said Adrian Percy, global head of research and development with […] Read more

Adrian Percy, global head of research and development with Bayer, told delegates attending Bayer’s AgVocacy Forum in San Antonio the debate surrounding genetically modified crops is over in Europe. | Sean Pratt photo

Speak out to avoid GM mistakes, urges Bayer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Bayer says the debate surrounding genetically modified crops is over in Europe. “To be honest, I think that battle is probably lost,” Adrian Percy, global head of research and development with Bayer, told delegates attending Bayer’s AgVocacy Forum. Bayer is set to become the world’s largest seed technology company if it […] Read more

U.S. farmers not living on easy street

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Jay Hill recalls the exact moment he decided he was going to be a farmer. He was a little boy shovelling cat poop out of his tractor tire sandbox on his parent’s 10-acre suburban farm in southern New Mexico and he looked out at the land and decided he wanted to […] Read more


Vikram Mansharamani says growing populations could result in higher demand for food, but higher prices in poorer countries could lead to food riots.  |  Sean Pratt photo

Demand will push commodity prices up, says analyst

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — There are three themes a person needs to know to understand the current state of the global economy, says a commentator on the topic. The first is that China overdid it. “China underwent an investment bubble that has burst,” said Vikram Mansharamani, who topped LinkedIn’s list of 10 Top Voices in […] Read more

Investors are suddenly taking a keen interest in agricultural technology, according to an expert who tracks where the dollars are going.
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Investors’ new frontier: agriculture

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Investors are suddenly taking a keen interest in agricultural technology, according to an expert who tracks where the dollars are going. Investment in agricultural technology start-up companies around the globe peaked at a record US$4.6 billion in 2015, up from $2.4 billion in 2014 and $500 million in 2013, according to […] Read more