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Dairy Farmers Turn to Robots to Milk their Herds

By Karen Macdonald - Thursday, June 19, 2014

A growing number of U.S. dairies are turning to technology to streamline their operations, reduce labor costs and improve the health of the herds that together provide 21 billion gallons of milk each year, supplying us with healthy beverages, delicious yogurt and ice cream and staples like butter and cheese. These automated milking systems, also termed voluntary milking systems (VMS) are fairly simple, yet are built on a foundation of complex technology. Read More »

Techie Farmers: Using eCommerce to Increase Retail Sales

By Karen Macdonald - Wednesday, August 21, 2013

This week, Farm Credit is participating in the 2013 National Agvocacy 2.0 Conference in Charlotte, N.C. The AgChat Foundation accepts 75 applicants each year to attend the conference that helps farmers, ranchers and industry professionals share their stories online. From farming with a smartphone to creating a Pinterest strategy, the AgChat Foundation demonstrates that technology usage is alive and well on farms and ranches across the country. Here on The AGgregator, we touch on many of the same topics through the Techie Farmers series which highlights stories of innovation from rural America. Check out our past blog posts here. Read More »

Techie Farmer: Smart Phones Support Smart Farming

By Olga Zvinyatskovskaya - Thursday, March 7, 2013

While it’s true that most American farmers and ranchers embrace traditional values – hard work, family, community – it’s also true that they are increasingly turning to new technologies to manage and improve their operations. One such technology is the now-ubiquitous smart phone. Read More »

Techie Farmers: Innovation Through Technology

By Olga Zvinyatskovskaya - Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A 2011 study by the American Farm Bureau Federation found that 98 percent of farmers and ranchers ages 18 to 25 have internet access and that 76 percent of them use social media. Platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest can build community, and with the right technology, can become valuable business tools. Here are several examples of how tech is changing the way the world farms: Read More »