AgTech FoodTech Incubation

Tesco Agri T-Jam 2020 open for entries for agri-tech start-ups

The Tesco Agri T-Jam has partnered with World Agri-Tech to offer seed and early-stage agri-tech innovators from around the world, the opportunity to work with the UK’s leading food retailer and its supply chain partners. Entries are invited until JULY 28 from agri-tech start-ups with innovative breakthrough technologies and solutions to improve supply chain efficiency and sustainability.

Following an in-depth selection process by the Agri T-Jam judging committee, ten finalists will be revealed during the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit on September 15. At least one start-up will be selected for fast-track introductions and mentoring by the Tesco agriculture team and its supplier network.

“At Tesco, our ambition is to find new products, ideas and technologies that will help us serve our customers, colleagues and communities even better in the future. We want to work with people who have new ideas to help enhance what we do, or how we do things.”

Natalie Smith, Head of Agriculture at Tesco

Tesco is looking for technologies in the following priority areas:

  1. Predictive Farming
  2. Crop Specific Solutions, Shelf Life & Storage
  3. Improving Soil Health & Resilience
  4. Water Quality Analysis & Irrigation
  5. Robotics, Automation & Sensor Technology
  6. Protecting & Supporting Biodiversity
  7. Livestock: Animal Health & Welfare
  8. Supply Chain Efficiency & Waste Reduction
  9. Indoor & Vertical Farming
  10. Operating Remotely

The 2020 Tesco Agri T-Jam Final will be held as a virtual event on Monday October 19 with the judging commitee, supply chain partners and Tesco colleagues. Each finalist will then present again in a showcase webinar promoted to the World Agri-Tech global network, before the winner is revealed.

Roboscientific, a Cambridge-based start-up which uses sensors, ‘Electronic nose’ to detect contamination in agricultural produce was the winner of Tesco TJam Innovation Award for Agriculture 2019. It uses an array of Volatile Organic Compounds that individually respond to the vapours producing a unique response pattern for each separate type of compound or mix of compounds. The technology was at the point of commercialisation for its automatic early disease detection system for growing broiler poultry and early alerts of spoilage in stored potato and onion crops.

The 2018 winner was ImpactVision, a machine learning company, applying hyper-spectral imaging technology to food supply chains to deliver consistent food quality, generate premium products and reduce supply chain waste. The information generated from its technology allows stakeholders across food supply chains to assess product quality in real-time, making decisions that help to achieve superior product consistency, deliver premium quality and prevent supply chain waste

AgTech Water

LTI (Liquid Technology International) Water Treatment Technology

LTI Water Enhancement Technology (LIWET) is the technology which changes the structure of water and enhances its function and benefits to the livings on the globe. LIWET can be applied to any type of water including city water, well water, river and lake water, and even sea water in which each of those applications there could be some outstandingly good effects. 

LIWET simply requires the consistent agitation of the sufficient amount of the specific ceramic beads made from 100% natural ores and the high standard of the stainless steel unit. 

The basic mechanism of LIWET is

  1. to make water particle tiny (much smaller),
  2. deionize the minerals in water and absorb impurities or substance in water which is positively charged and
  3. provide the positive charge to water ( cationize water ).

Prior to the use of LIWET water, my crop was salt and nitrogen burnt with sparse development. The use of LIWET Water has reduced the nitrate and sodium levels to significantly more manageable ranges and the proof is evident in the health of my crop. I highly recommend the LIWET Unit to the Dairyman and Farmer to help manage toxic levels of salts, hard minerals and nitrates. As well as a better value in the feed and rations we feed our cows. I have seen nothing but improvements since using the treated water. 

Carl Souza, Owner, White River Dairy, Stratford, CA 

LTIs significantly high CEC (Cation Exchange Capacity) of the ceramic beads which is created by the constant agitation of our ceramic beads, causes a thermoelectric current that creates a positive charge to the water. CEC ( Cation Exchange Capacity ) of LTI’s ceramic beads is 100~150 meq/100g which is far more than other ceramic beads. CEC of other ceramic beads are mostly less than 50meq/100g. This water activation results in the following effect:

  1. Surface tension of water is significantly reduced so that water have the stronger cleansing effect and water can be absorbed very easily by human, animals and plants and goes into their cell smoothly.
  2. Water can be free from minerals so that hard water can become remarkably soft water. 
  3. Water have significantly antioxidant effect which can kill germ, bacteria or E.coli and some other toxic substances. 

LIWET water increases the solubility of water; within the animal this allows it to realize more nutritional value from its food as well as increasing the effectiveness of medications and supplements by up to 30%. LIWET Water has unique antibacterial and antioxidant properties; these values would ultimately contribute to better quality meat and longer freshness in packaged meat.

Don E. Bice, Jr.

LITWET is proven to have so many good effects on many applications including the following applications where there are immediate effects:

  1. Humans: Uniquely organized hydrogen activated water for drinking with antioxidation effect. It preserve food stuffs in a sanitarily good condition and prevent such food stuffs from being oxidised. It possesses cleansing effect, so that less detergent materials would be required for washing clothes or dishes and deodorant effect, by spraying LIWET water into the substance having bad odour. It provides nice moisture to human skin.
  2. Livestock: It is proven that LIWET water can provide so many benefits to any and all of livestock including chicken, duck, pig, hog and cattle. It significantly reduces the morality rate (e.g. from 18% to 3% in the case of duck) and shorten the cycle of growth (e.g. from 40 days to 32 days in the case of the duck). Moreover, LIWET water significantly reduce the use of antibiotics and help in weight gain in livestock.
  3. Agriculture (fruits and vegetables): It promotes use of less water (35~50% less), less fertiliser (40~60% less), less pesticide (60~80% less) and results in greater harvest (15~30% up ), greater sugar concentration(15~20% up ) and soil remediation (increase of major fertiliser elements like phosphorous and potassium.
  4. Medical: It is fully proven that LIWET can have significant effects on the dialysis equipment where the longevity of RO membrane can be greatly extended and can save patients from having any toxic materials which could be generated from the dialysis equipment when RO membrane is used. It is expected that LIWET can be applied to any other medical field due to its strong antioxidation effects. 
  5. Industrial: LIWET can remove scale or slime in water very efficiently so that it can save the cost of chemicals to clean up the cooling tower. The use of LIWET can also extend the longevity of the pipes since LIWET can remove scale and slime, and can restrain rust from building up. 

 In my nearly 25 years as a consulting agronomist, I have never seen one product that affects so many areas of the growing process. The conclusions are a demonstration of its benefits to soil development, reduction of chemical input, improved plant health, higher yields, more efficient water use and, therefore, lower costs and higher ROI. In an era of shrinking margins, rising water and fertilizer costs and increased sensitivity to wise stewardship of those resources, this product addresses most concerns in a cost effective and environmentally beneficial manner. 

Paraiso Organics Inc., Sugar Loaf Canyon

The above-mentioned effects have been dully proved at least in the following institutions: Plant Science Inc., Pacific Ag research, University of California/ School of Davis, Fresno University ( USA ) Miyazaki University, Kochi University ( Japan ).

This article is contributed by Mr. Ted Nishi, Chairman, LTI (Liquid Technology International)

Agriculture Education

Agriculture Training Support Program in Alberta

Agriculture Training Support Program is intended to offset costs for COVID-19 safety and training, including the costs for personal protective equipment and to remove any barriers to getting Albertans safely working. As part of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership Risk Management programs, this program will improve the agriculture and agri-food sector’s ability to anticipate, mitigate and prepare for risks that could have a major financial impact on the livestock and plant industries, or affect human health and safety.

By providing up to $5 million in support to farmers, agri-businesses and food processors, the program helps offset the cost to train new employees safely in new agri-food roles.

The maximum government contribution under the program is $2,000 per new employee, up to a maximum of $50,000 per employer. Grants will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis until available program funding is fully allocated. In addition, approximately $1 million in funding will be targeted for meat processors to provide support for new hires to undertake meat-cutting training.


Agriculture Food Security Regenerative Agriculture

What is Regenerative Agriculture?

“Regenerative Agriculture” describes farming and grazing practices that, among other benefits, reverse climate change by rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity – resulting in both carbon drawdown and improving the water cycle. It involves, incorporating permaculture and organic farming practices, including conservation tillage, cover crops, crop rotation, composting, mobile animal shelters and pasture cropping, to increase food production, farmers’ income and especially, topsoil.

Only 60 years of farming left if soil degradation continues. About a third of the world’s soil has already been degraded and causes of soil destruction include chemical-heavy farming techniques and deforestation. Generating three centimeters of top soil takes about a 1,000 years.

The loss of the world’s fertile soil and biodiversity, along with the loss of indigenous seeds and knowledge, pose a mortal threat to our future survival. Without protecting and regenerating the soil on our 4 billion acres of cultivated farmland, 8 billion acres of pastureland, and 10 billion acres of forest land, it will be impossible to feed the world. Allan Savory gave a TED talk on fighting desertification and reversing climate change in 2013.


Farm records and its importance

A farm record can be a book, document, file (excel spreadsheet), or software that is used to keep track of the different activities that occur on your farm relating to your operations. Farm records may seem like a highly administrative task that can consume a lot of time, but once you get the hang of it, it will seem less daunting. When recording the information, always ensure that it is relatable, easy to understand, accurate and relevant to you and your farm.

Various types of records that make up your farm records are:

  • Production records including Crop and Livestock records like planting, fertilising, animal health checks etc.
  • Employee records related to the staff members.
  • Logistics records like filing of each delivery note/receipt.
  • Sales records dealing with the revenue generated from the sale of goods and services.
  • Financial records encompassing the daily management of accounting.

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What is Agricultural Accounting?

Agricultural accounting applies to your family farms or corporations runs their business in agriculture. It does not matter what kind of products you produce or sell in the market. The agricultural production cycles are so unique that the accounting methods used in other industries can not be applied in some cases. For example, some crops are annual or perennial. Some livestock is raised for sale or raised as breeding livestock. Depending on types of crops and livestock, and at which stage of the life cycle crops are in influence the selection of proper accounting methods.

Inventory valuation methods used in agricultural accounting are:
Lower of Cost or Market, LCM, usually means that the inventory is valued at its cost. Net realisable value, NRV, is used when the actual cost of the inventory is difficult to determine.

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