Solar Flare: Minnesota Leads Nation in Solar Mini-gardens

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Exchange Solar Mini GardensVia MPR News

“Richie Porrazzo can’t keep up with the new crop of solar gardens. ‘This is nuts!’ said Porrazzo, wiping sweat from his sun-baked scalp, as his crew scrambled to build an installation in Dakota County. As they labored in the heat, two gardens next to them were already churning out power. Porrazzo said he would have to finish quickly, because more solar orders are waiting in Woodbury and Farmington. Porrazzo is part of the solar flare in Minnesota, the nation’s leader in solar gardens. The number exploded to 208 in 2018 — more than one-third of the total in the U.S.”

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DTN and Esri Strengthen Partnership With Expanded Services

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Image result for DTN logo“MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DTN, the leading provider for actionable weather insights, today announces its expanded partnership with Esri, the world leader in location intelligence. This growing partnership builds on the success of a three-year relationship and now offers even more comprehensive, highly accurate weather data to Esri customers.”

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Traive Announces $1.3 Million in Seed Round Funding

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Traieve logoTraive, an ag-fintech that unlocks credit to farmers using a proprietary Machine Learning-based credit risk assessment, announced that it has raised $1.3 million in Seed Round funding.

The new funding comes from The Syndicate Fund (“TSF”) and a mix of investors from the United States, Australia, and Brazil, and will allow Traive to go after the ever growing agricultural lending market. “The wide range of investors and their deep understanding of agriculture and finance symbolizes the need for this type of solution in many different markets.” said CEO and Co-Founder Fabricio Pezente.

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A Minnesota Robotic Dairy Survives Amid Trade War

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“LA CROSSE, Wis. — On a dairy farm in rural Eyota, Minnesota, a day-old calf wobbled up to a robotic feeding stall. An RFID reader scanned the tag clipped to the calf’s ear and measured the amount of milk allotted to the baby as she drank from the feeder. In just a generation or two, farmers have embraced high-tech advances in their fields and barns.”

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Cargill Using Blockchain To Track & Trace Turkeys

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“Cargill is expanding its traceable turkey program this holiday season so more consumers can know the name of the farmer who raised their Thanksgiving bird.

The Minnetonka-based agribusiness tested the program in Texas last year with its Honeysuckle White brand. Consumers responded so favorably the company decided to nearly quadruple the number of traceable birds available in stores this November and December.”

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Cargill & ADM Form Joint Tech Venture Grainbridge

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“CHICAGO and MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) and Cargill, Incorporated, have agreed to form a technology joint venture, Grainbridge LLC.

The joint venture intends to provide grain marketing decision support, e-commerce and account management software for North American farmers. This includes the development of digital tools designed to help farmers across the U.S. and Canada consolidate information on production economics and grain marketing activities into a single digital platform, at no cost to them.”

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