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INNOVATIVE MACHINERY TO WORK THE SOIL




In our first issue of the year, we touch on a very concerning topic of our era: soil. It has been documented that the planet has lost half of its topsoil over the last 150 years. Agriculture has impacted the quality of soil due to erosion, compaction, loss of soil structure, nutrient degradation and soil salinity. It is more important than ever to rethink our current methods. Enjoy reading our feature articles on converting organic waste into soil nutrients and on how to achieve zero tillage with the latest, innovative machines on the market.
We also divulge information on the new automation system design for cricket farms, an expanding industry, and cover events such as IPM and DairyTech.
Enjoy,
Erin Tallman, Editor-in-Chief
February 26, 2019

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    David Wilson

    A recovering print journalist, David Wilson has explored much of SE Asia and every subject from terrorism to hairdryers. He’s written for the New York Times, the Guardian, Asia Times and many more.


    Jennifer Oladipo

    Jennifer Oladipo is the owner of X Editorial and has experience in editorial planning and reporting on a range of business topics including manufacturing, biotechnology, technology, sustainability and finance.


    Erin Tallman

    American artist Erin Tallman is a journalist for various online publications and is the Editor in Chief of AgriExpo e-magazine and ArchiExpo e-magazine. She has published three books, including her first novel.


    Chris McCullough

    With 16 years’ experience behind him, award-winning multimedia agricultural journalist, Chris McCullough travels extensively around the world to bring readers the freshest and most relevant international news. Chris grew up on a family dairy farm in the heart of Northern Ireland and is based on the country’s east coast.


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