HeavyConnect HeavyConnect was announced as a winner in the FDA's Traceability Challenge for their easy-to- adopt food safety management system. Company Founder & CEO Patrick Zelaya shared their enthusiasm for being a part of the FDA’s New Era of Food Safety Blueprint and working with producers of all sizes to simplify regulatory compliance.
Hummingbird Technologies is hiring. Get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more. Hummingbird is an artificial intelligence business that provides advanced crop analysis to its customers by using proprietary machine learning algorithms applied to remote sensing captured imagery. Hummingbird generates variable rate fertilizer applications to increase the uniformity of plant sizes across the field before peak nitrogen uptake. These applications are delivered through side-dressers and allow growers to reduce nitrogen usage by up to 70 percent while increasing yield by up to 10 percent. Hummingbird has been working with selected partners in California and Mexico over the past year and is expanding its trials network for 2022. iFoodDS continues to enhance its comprehensive food supply chain platform for food safety, traceability and quality management. iFoodDS announces the coming release of a new Shelf Life Monitoring solution. Available as a standalone solution or bundled with iFoodDS’ Quality Insights solution, Shelf Life will help identify, manage, monitor and measure fresh food degradation and variability to improve freshness and reduce waste. The iFoodDS solution helps you ensure the consistency of the freshness and shelf-life of the produce you sell, leading to increased sales and customer satisfaction. Q4 has been very busy! Four hundred iTrade customers are currently participating in the Beta Program for its next-generation trading platform to be released in early 2022, and iTrade has added 60 new buying organizations to the platform for growers and suppliers to trade with. Also, OrderMaestro— a new procurement solution for foodservice operators—was released, as well as new capabilities for label-less traceability, incident alerts, food safety event impact analysis and recall management, which help suppliers instantly assess their exposure during an event as well as visually confirm the locations of their products across the supply chain via a set of insights dashboards and maps. Naïo Technologies is a winner of the 2022 World Ag Expo Top-10 New Product with its New Smart Autonomous Robot, which will be unveiled in Tulare, Calif. in February 2022. The robot offers a sustainable, serviceable and smart farming solution combining high-edge technology in robotics and AI. Naïo engineered a light electric and autonomous ag robot for sustainable reasons: no carbon emission, no chemical use. The autonomous high precision robot is dedicated to large-scale vegetable crops and is a sustainable alternative to the use of herbicides that respects soils, improves working conditions and collects data for smart farming. It can also carry any implement that growers are using at the back of the robot thanks to its three-point attachment. It’s Plug & Play! Rantizo’s turnkey system for in-field drone applications has now received a significant boost in productivity due to the use of a larger drone (the T-30). For reference, the tank size on the newest offering is triple the size of what was being using previously. Larger tanks mean more productive and cost-effective options for crop protection applications. As the first company approved to operate the T-30 in the U.S., this means Rantizo’s nationwide network of contractors now have the option to add larger drones to their fleet to service growers. Rantizo lists its value proposition as little-to-no crop damage when compared to conventional sprayers; major cost savings on inputs with spot-spraying capability; improved soil health due to no machinery-caused soil compaction; more versatility in application, less reliance on weather due to precise application; and an additional method of cover crop broadcast seeding. In September, FDA announced the 12 winners of its New Era of Smarter Food Safety Low- or No-Cost Tech-Enabled Traceability Challenge, which was launched as part of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010. There were 90 submissions. HeavyConnect’s External Link Disclaimer provides cloud-based digital traceability and compliance documentation solutions, including an intuitive mobile app that allows producers to capture traceability data in the field and seamlessly share it across the supply chain.
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