Uni ‘spends £108,000’ to recruit each additional low-income student

first_imgBrasenoseSt John’s Queen’s CollegeChrist Church HertfordKeble Corpus ChristiWadham WadhamWorcester MagdalenMansfield St Anne’sTrinity Christ ChurchPembroke New CollegeMerton St Catherine’sOriel Lady Margaret HallNew College Part of the blame for colleges’ sustained reliance on students from private schools is attributed to competition caused by the Norrington Table, which annually ranks colleges by final degree results.However, statistical analysis currently under way at the Oxford Student Union suggests no connection between the proportion of students from poorer postcodes and final exam scores. St Edmund HallSt Edmund Hall Students from low-income postcodes are not the only ones being targeted by outreach schemes. In addition, Oxford focuses on two other primary measures of disadvantage: the number of students from under-represented schools and the number of students from areas of low participation in higher education. The University also has targets for students with disabilities.Taking into account all three of the disadvantage metrics, while compensating for students who may fall under more than one indicator, Rusbridger calculates that Oxford formally aims to increase the total number of less advantaged students by 90 by 2019/20, just shy of the combined tally of Eton and Westminster students admitted in 2017/18 – 94.Professor Martin Williams, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education at Oxford University, told Cherwell: “As Alan says, the University cares passionately about having a fair and accessible admissions system.“Our outreach spending has several purposes, including widening interest in higher education generally among children from primary age upwards. Presenting this spending simply as a cost per additional widening-participation student admitted to Oxford doesn’t reflect everything it achieves. For example, our work locally with IntoUniversity is dramatically improving entry to all universities among students from Oxford’s most deprived neighbourhoods.“We have a range of targets for improving access, with 40% of our UK undergraduates now coming from the groups we aim at through outreach. That said, and as Alan rightly points out, more needs to be done.“We will shortly be setting a further set of demanding targets to ensure Oxford education is open to talented students of all backgrounds. Alan’s article is a welcome contribution to the debate around this.“Our colleges are key to this and we welcome the commitment and innovation that colleges, including Alan’s, are showing on the vital question of diversifying our student intake.” MansfieldLady Margaret Hall ExeterHertford Colleges such as St John’s, Merton, and Balliol, place in the top ten in both tables.Warden of Wadham College, Ken Macdonald, is cited by Rusbridger as supporting contextualised admissions, which vary entry requirements according to students’ circumstances.Macdonald said: “We have to recognise that people in failing schools with difficult socio-economic backgrounds who get themselves in a position to make a competitive application have achieved something extraordinary.“I mean, someone who’s got an A and two Bs from a crap comprehensive in Hull is quite capable of being as clever, if not cleverer, than someone who got three A*s at Westminster… I think that’s just a kind of basic recognition that people still struggle with.”Rusbridger’s figures come after news of an Oxford graduate launching a nonprofit aimed at tackling the “structural inequalities” associated with both Oxford and Cambridge. Access Oxbridge hopes to connect 200 disadvantaged students seeking to apply to Oxbridge with current or former students at the two universities by the end of October. OrielSt Hilda’s BalliolBalliol St Peter’sQueen’s College University CollegeSt Anne’s SomervilleSomerville TrinityBrasenose Norrington table ranking% students from poorer postcodes St John’sUniversity College MertonJesus College KebleSt Catherine’s PembrokeSt Hugh’s St Hugh’sExeter LincolnMagdalen WorcesterLincoln Oxford University spends over £100,000 to recruit each additional student from a poorer background in its annual admissions, according to a recent analysis of Oxford’s access efforts.The figures, published by Lady Margaret Hall principal and former Guardian editor, Alan Rusbridger, reveal that Oxford’s “cost of acquisition” for each extra student from a low-income area since 2009 is £108,000.Between 2009 and 2016, Oxford admitted about ten extra students from areas defined as “financially stretched” or regions of “urban adversity” by the Office for Students, while spending at least £14m per year on efforts to improve access as required by higher education regulators.While some of the £14m is spent on bursaries for students already admitted, the £108,000 figure has been calculated by taking the amount spent on outreach activities and staff per year and then dividing it by the average number of extra students admitted each year.According to the University, about 20% of all UK postcodes fall into this disadvantaged category, while about 15% of students who meet minimum entry requirements for Oxford (three or more As at A levels) come from these areas.This means there is a national pool of about 5,000 low-income school-leavers qualified to come to Oxford every year; however, in 2015/16 only 220 ended up attending.By 2019/20, Oxford hopes to have 9.5% of its 2,600 UK undergraduate entries be low-income students, making for a total of 243 low-income students across the undergraduate student body – just 23 students up from the 220 considered baseline.Rusbridger writes: “Twenty three works out at less than one per college. To Oxford this is ‘challenging.’“For comparison, Winchester College (£40,000 fees) sent 24 students to Oxford – about one in three of its Year 13 cohort – in 2017; St Paul’s (£37,719) sends nearly 40.” Jesus CollegeSt Peter’s Source: Alan Rusbridger  St Hilda’sCorpus Christilast_img read more

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Wish Upon a Star- A Disney Themed Ice Show set for March 3 at NDCC Arena

first_imgWish Upon a Star- A Disney Themed Ice Show runs Saturday, March 3rd at 2 p.m. at the NDCC Arena.To see the rest of the winners visit nelsonfigureskatingclub.ca The Capitol Theatre’s Neil Harrower and musician and vocalist Allison Girvan are surrounded by entries for the Nelson Figure Skating Club’s Wish Upon A Star Poster Contest.Harrower and Girvan served as judges to determine winners from three age categories plus an overall winner whose work will become the official poster for the ice show.Girvan holds the winning poster created by 14 year-old Courtney Shrieves.last_img

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Maybe a road trip can turn the tide for the Leafs

first_imgSweep the Eagles and the Grizz this weekend and have Castlegar lose twice to Beaver Valley and the Leafs are right back in the driver’s seat despite the Rebels owning an extra game in the league schedule.Then all the Leafs, leading Beaver Valley by one point, would need to do is sweep the Rebels to win the division.But first things first, Nelson must beat an Eagles team that has won its last two games and only trails division leading North Okanagan by five points.Saturday Nelson faces a team that shutout the Leafs 4-0 in late January but has lost two straight.Calvin named KI player-of-the-monthBeaver Valley forward Dallas Calvin was named the KIJHL player of the month.The Trail native has been on fire of late and owns an impressive 18-game point streak to which he’s accululated 47 points. After losing two of three in the unfriendly confines of the NDCC Arena, maybe the best place for the Nelson Leafs to be is on the road.The Green and White get a chance to re-bond together when the club travels to the Shuswap country for a pair of Kootenay International Junior Hockey League weekend games against Sicamous and Revelstoke.”It starts this weekend,” said Leafs forward Linden Horswill when asked about turning the frown of a three-game losing streak upside down.”We got to forget about (the two recent losses to Beaver Valley) and start thinking about Revelstoke and Sicamous.”Of course, after the sweep at the hands of the Hawks, most people are writing the Leafs off as a team that can still win the Murdoch Division.But looking at the standings, the Leafs trail the Castlegar Rebels by a single point.last_img read more

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CALIFORNIA CUP DERBY QUOTES

first_imgKENNY BLACK (ASSISTANT TO DONALD WARREN), ACCEPTANCE, FOURTH: “He’s been training all right, but for whatever reason . . . we’ll probably find out tomorrow when we get back . . . hopefully he’s fine. He just hung it up for some reason. I’m sure we’ll find out tomorrow. Right now I’m a little bit mystified, because he had everything his own way. He got a little hot going to the gate today, so that’s a little concerning. He was working good and doing everything right; he just didn’t have it today, I guess.” -30- JOCKEY QUOTES BOB HESS JR., MISCHIEF CLEM, WINNER: “A wonderful job by Kent (Desormeaux). The horse has a ton of heart. I questioned his ability to go this far. I think he came through today, and I think more than anything, this is his home track. He loves it here. We were able to train him here, school him here; I didn’t do that last time, and it showed today.“Last time he lost the race in the paddock–before the race. The two horse (Acceptance) is a wonderful horse. He didn’t run his best race today, but he’s a wonderful horse, so no disrespect to him at all. But our horse ran his A-plus race today.“The one (Tough Sunday) kind of got in trouble out of the gate and that kind of changed the complexion of the race. I thought the one would go to the front, the two would lay second, I thought we’d be third. When the one broke slowly and got blocked, then it became more of a jockeys’ race, if you will.”Asked what might be next: “If we think open company, it would be on the synthetic in March at Turfway ($550,000 Spiral, Grade III at 1 1/8 miles on March 21). Until then, we’ll figure out a plan of attack.” KENT DESORMEAUX, MISCHIEF CLEM, WINNER: “This was all Bob (trainer, Hess, Jr.) . . . We were pretty disappointed in his last effort; we’ve always been real high on him. Bob has been entering him in these head-hunting spots because we thought he was ‘all that.’ Every race we always seemed to have a quirk.“The races just didn’t go well, none of them did. He’d either miss a start, hop a start, get stuck inside or last time, he was just too aggressive. In a nutshell, today he was finally able to put everything together and I was able to ride him off my finger tips and he was just the consummate professional and he a got a picture taken.” DRAYDEN VAN DYKE, PULMARACK, SECOND: “He never switched to his right lead and I think that cost him. I think that was about it. I would rather have been where Kluszewski was (in front of us) but I was behind them so I had to go a little wide the whole way.“I think his staying on the left lead mattered and he did hang a little with that other horse. I made a small move turning for home, then I held him again and I tried to let him run again but he just never responded. He did this at Los Al, too, in the King Glorious. I just think he’s still a little green. If he switches leads, he would win the race.”TRAINER QUOTES NOTES: The winning owners are Craig and Lorie Griffin of Phoenix, AZ.last_img read more

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Heartache as family face second Christmas without home after fire

first_imgA Donegal family is facing a second Christmas of not being able to move into their new home following a malicious arson attack last year.A young family’s newly-built home at Ballykeeran, Kilmacrennan, was gutted by a massive fire last December.A year on, they are still not yet able to repair all the damage in order to move into the house before Christmas. Up to €300,000 worth of damage was caused when the house was set alight on Sunday 16th December 2018. The home was completed up to the roof level, but the fire was so severe that it took four units of the Donegal Fire Service to extinguish the flames.The investigation remains open with Gardaí in Milford, who have renewed their appeal for witnesses and any information to catch those responsible.Anyone who may have seen anything or heard anything since the attack, which occurred between midnight and 2am on Sunday 16th December 2018, is asked to contact Milford Garda station on 074 915 3060 or the Garda confidential line on 1800 666 111.Heartache as family face second Christmas without home after fire was last modified: December 18th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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South Africans called to celebrate 20 years of democracy with their vote

first_imgChairperson of Brand South Africa Chichi Maponya2014 will be a landmark year as South Africa celebrates 20 years of freedom and democracy.  It is a unique moment in our history to reflect on the journey taken by so many to achieve this precious freedom and democracy that we enjoy today.  It is also a time to acknowledge the considerable socio-economic progress we have made during the last 20 years, whilst at the same time looking forward to how we can all, as South Africans, continue to work together to implement Vision 2030 to ensure an even brighter future for our country.At the heart of our democratic society is our strong Constitution, one that is considered to be one of the most progressive in the world and admired by many who are fighting for their own democratic freedom.  It underpins South Africa’s democratic, non-racial, non-sexist, united and prosperous society that is based on justice, equality, the rule of law and defending the inalienable human rights of all. It enshrines the rights of every South African and explains our obligations as citizens to each other and the country within those rights.The Constitution and strong public policies have guided our development over the last two decades.Today we can say without equivocation that South Africa has come a long way in addressing injustice, inequality and poverty, and becoming a beacon of democracy and hope for millions of people across the world.  The injustices of the past where people were judged according to their race, creed and sexual orientation have been firmly cast off and a new and proud national identity has emerged, built on a mutual respect for each other and a shared love for our country.At a societal level, transformation has touched every one of our lives since 1994.  Income levels have increased, education levels continue to improve – as we saw this week with the marked improvement of the matric results – and millions of citizens now have access to water, electricity, sanitation and housing.From a health and wellbeing perspective, our quality of life continues to improve and we are now beginning to win the fight against HIV and AIDS.There is no doubt that much has been achieved, yet we still have a long way to go in improving the lives of all South Africans. The triple threat of inequality, poverty and unemployment still remain as major challenges to be addressed.Equally, even though our education system continues its upward trend with more learners entering the schooling system and continuous improvements in education being recorded, we must still do more so that we produce the highly skilled individuals we need to grow the economy.And, although the levels of crime in the country still remain high, we have begun to see progress being made to address this issue and to create a South Africa where all citizens are and feel safe.We should as citizens of this country, respect and acknowledge our past, celebrate the present and work towards building a new future together.The National Development Plan provides our key roadmap to a future that is secure and prosperous. The plan outlines the type of society in which we want to live in 2030 – where no one is hungry, where everyone is able to go to school and further their studies if they wish, where work is available, where everyone is making a contribution because each person has been provided with what they need to reach their full potential.Through realising the vision of the NDP, we can all work together to help build a society as articulated in the Constitution and the Freedom Charter – one that is driven by a capable public sector and a robust civil society.  It will help to give our young people better educational and economic opportunities, and will continue to build a platform for the eventual elimination of gender inequality.Infrastructure is key to growing an economy that can sustain the wellbeing of our people.  South Africa will ensure our infrastructure development through the delivery of eighteen strategic integrated projects (SIPs) that are currently underway.Yet, these rights also come with responsibilities. It is our collective responsibility to actively participate in building our country towards reaching the country’s Vision 2030 as set out in the National Development Plan (NDP).In order to achieve this vision, it is important that we all use our precious, hard-fought votes to help determine the positive path our country needs to take to achieve the future that so many dreamed of 20 years ago.So, as responsible and caring citizens, we all need to heed the call and register to vote in the forthcoming elections, and be ready to work together to make a difference – our votes are the first step in the next phase of our developmental journey together as a united nation.Finally it is appropriate this week to reflect on the centrality of education to sustain our freedom and make it meaningful for millions of our people. As we celebrate the success of our matriculants we need to reflect on how each of us must play our part to support the strengthening of our education system to produce the kind of graduates who will build our economy and reduce the levels of dependency on the state. The roles of parents in supporting their children, communities in making governing bodies work and government in providing resources for teaching and learning to occur needs to come under increased focus if we are to make our education count.We look forward to more positive gains in this year of our celebration of our democracy because without quality education it will all go to waste.Maponya is Chairperson of Brand South Africa.•    This article appeared in the Sowetan newspaper on 14 January 2014.last_img read more

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Blake and friends bring pop-classical mix to stage

first_imgBlake catapulted to success in 2007 with the launch of their first album, Blake. Known for mixing pop, rock and classical music with rich harmony vocals, the public embraced their debut album and over 100 000 copies were sold in just three weeks – earning the four their first gold disc. (Image: Blake)• Sue HarrisUK PublicistRepublic Media+44 (0) 20 8960 [email protected] Jane CookBritish boy band Blake is to tour South Africa, joined by opera star Gardar Cortes and the renowned Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO).They will perform on 27 and 28 June, at six locations. The Brit Award winning trio will combine opera, classical, musicals and pop harmonies.Blake catapulted to success in 2007 with the launch of their first album, Blake. Known for mixing pop, rock and classical music with rich harmony vocals, the public embraced their debut album and over 100 000 copies were sold in just three weeks – earning the four their first gold disc. Their upbeat version of Swing Low was chosen as the official anthem of England rugby that year for the Rugby World Cup.In early 2008, the album won the prestigious Brit Award for Album of the Year, a huge honour for a group still less than a year old. Also that year, Blake released their highly anticipated second album, And So It Goes. It went straight in at number 12 on the UK pop charts and number one on several classical charts around the world.Cortes, an Icelandic tenor, was born into a musical family and trained as a singer in Vienna, Copenhagen and London. He has sung various leading tenors in operas, as well as a leading part in The Phantom of the Opera in London’s West End. His debut album in the UK, titled Cortes, was released in 2007 and entered the UK classical chart at number one.In joining the visitors, the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra aims to challenge the perception that classical music performances are elitist and eurocentric, and appeal rather to a truly egalitarian, local audience.Classic crossoversBlake has a celebrity following of high-profile fans that include the British royal family, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco, actors Kiera Knightley, Will Smith, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and Morgan Freeman, and singer Dame Shirley Bassey – the Blake boys did a special performance at her 70th birthday party.The group has made over 90 live concert appearances; they have toured China, the Philippines, Russia and the United States, and sung in the Olympic Stadium. Their first trip to China took in indoor stadium concerts in Shanghai, Beijing and Tianjin, and they performed live on television to 350 million viewers as the headline international act at the Shanghai International Film Festival.In 2013, Blake continued with their sell-out tours of Europe and the Philippines and early this year they made their New York City debut. Blake were proud supporters of and sang the theme song for the much publicised trek by Britain’s Prince Harry to the Antarctica to raise funds and awareness for Walking with the Wounded. They have sold over one-and-half-a-million albums internationally, and have performed on nearly 160 television shows around the world.Listen to Blake hereLeading tenorDescribed as “the James Bond of classical music”, Cortes had phenomenal success with his self-titled debut album, which was number one in Britain, as well as sell-out tours and a Classical Brit Award nomination in 2008.He has been nominated several times for the Icelandic Music Awards and the Icelandic Performing Arts Awards – and has been voted sexiest man in Iceland twice. He has sung across Scandinavia, and in Europe, the United States and Asia, as well as at the prestigious venues of the Barbican, Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London and Carnegie Hall in New York City. He sang at one of the BBC’s top featured events, the Proms in the Park in front of 40 000 people. It was broadcast live to millions of viewers.Cortes has released classical and crossover albums in his native Iceland and the UK, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, reaching number one on the charts in South Africa and Taiwan.Listen to Gardar Cortes – Nessun Dorma hereWorld-class musicFormed by a group of committed, resilient musicians, the JPO was established in May 2000 following the demise of the National Symphony Orchestra. It strives to be nationally and internationally recognised as South Africa’s leading philharmonic orchestra, performing music that incorporates the greatest accomplishments of classical and South African music genres.During 2000, the JPO used its own scant financial resources to present 15 concerts that included three overseas guest conductors as well as world-renowned overseas artists. Since its inception, the orchestra has presented four symphony seasons every year, mostly with the assistance of corporate sponsorship, individual donations and ticket sales.In addition to its symphony concerts, the JPO has performed Queen: the Concert, The Joburg Pops, La Traviata and La Boheme for Opera Africa, Carmina Burana for the German government’s celebration of 10 years of democracy and Fauré’s Requiem for University of Johannesburg.In 2007, the JPO became a full-time orchestra with permanent musicians on yearly contracts. Two years later, it performed at the inauguration of President Jacob Zuma at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. It also received funding for three years by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and provided the recordings for the opening and closing ceremonies of the FIFA Confederations Cup. In 2010, the JPO was asked once again to record for the FIFA World Cup opening and closing ceremonies.That same year, it celebrated its 10th birthday.Listen to the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra herelast_img read more

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Ohio Pork Council and Farm Credit Mid-America promote careers in farming

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Pork Council and Farm Credit Mid-America are partnering to provide high school students with the opportunity to video chat, live from their classrooms with Ohio pig farmers to learn more current farming practices and strengthen their interest in pursuing a career on a pig farm. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins gets more information from Ohio Pork Council President Rich Deaton.last_img

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Feds Want Apple To Open Up iOS To Rival E-Book Sales

first_imgFollowing its victory over Apple in a major e-book antitrust case, the Justice Department has asked a federal judge to force the tech company to allow links to rival e-book prices and storefronts in, say, Amazon or Barnes & Noble iOS apps. Apple currently forbids such links, which could let users click away to make purchases that wouldn’t return a cut to the iPhone maker.(See also: Judge: Apple Conspired To Fix Prices Of E-Books)Apple called the federal request a “draconian and punitive intrusion into Apple’s business.” If approved, the requirement would stand for two years. Tags:#Antitrust#Apple#ebooks Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement readwrite Related Posts center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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How hard is it to bring precision analytics to agtech?

first_imgCate Lawrence On first thought, agtech seems something of a contradiction. Agriculture involves growing crops. There’s no real world shortcut or fast track in that plants require planting in appropriate seasons with access to sun, water and soil nutrients and time to grow. By comparison, tech is about speed, rapid prototyping and timely deployment.But agtech is actually an evolving nexus between the two practices of agriculture and next-generation connected tech.See also: Platagon partners with Dubai university to create urban agriculture centerAgriculture is an industry that, while rooted firmly in traditions passed down through generations of farmers, is responding to technical advances in machines, robotics, analytics and software. One of the companies at the forefront of this revolution is Arable Labs. Headed by CEO Dr Adam Wolf, their team includes product engineers, biologists, and mathematicians and they work to solve the critical issue of accurate forecasting in the food supply chain.I spoke to Dr. Wolf to learn more about their progress over the last year. The company had the evening before, come runner-up at a competition by water innovation accelerator, Imagine H20. Arable have previously worked with the Met service for Zambia, to facilitate weather monitoring as well as the New York City Parks Service for assistance with weather tracking for storm management so they are well placed to apply their technology to water technology.But their biggest success of late is a $4.25 million Series A round of funding led by Middleland Capital’s agriculture technology fund and S2G Ventures. With the new funds, the company will support the expansion of data science and analytics for the food and ag supply chain, fuelled by mass production of the Arable Mark IoT device (formerly known as PulsePod) later this year.“We have really outstanding investors who understand the space. They are well connected, they know people who are either out ahead in growing, processing or retailing. When you’re in food and agriculture it’s a real secret world that is far enough from most people’s lived experience that it’s hard to really discern what the pain points are who gets what margin,” explained Wolf.“It’s important for us to be really focused on supply chain risk, which is the relationship between the producer and the processor and from the processor to the retailer. To understand how those contracts between those parties are structured and what’s the risk of failure. For example, what happens when a restaurant chain asks for so much cilantro and but then the farmer delivers half as much as they promised. This happens all the time. And so for someone to be able to get the people in the room and go, ok let’s get some conversation going. Well, that is very powerful. That’s where we’re fortunate to have these investors.”The Arable Mark delivers a level of plant health data that is unmatched in the industry. The Mark measures more dimensions of physical meteorology, at greater spatial density than any weather model or station network, and more plant attributes, at a greater frequency than any satellite or aircraft. By measuring over 40 individual environmental data streams, the Mark is the most data-rich device available in IoT.The Mark’s launch coincides with the all-new cloud-based Arable Insights software platform for crop consultants, farmers, large-scale producers, and food processors in the agricultural supply chain. Insights enable each stakeholder to communicate with trusted business partners based on real-time field-level data for the first time ever. It is now possible for managers to benchmark crop performance and seasonal progress across hundreds of fields, while also being able to drill down and understand the details of growth or weather events.  The data synthesis of weather and crop growth enables Arable to predict timing, quality perishability, and yield.“When we think of our business model as hardware-enabled software as a service where the data from the hardware enables an array of different services. What we’ve learned is that data from the field is like a well from which many people can drink” notes Wolf. Tags:#Agtech#AI#Arable#Connected Devices#Internet of Things#IoT#predictive analytics#weather Kickstarting a Stagnant Company Related Posts WordPress for Enterprise – How This Open-… How to Make the Most of Your Software Developer… How big is automation in farming?The general public tends to have a highly romantic image of farmers as salt of the earth folk who eschew the conveniences of modern technology for the simple life. But the reality is that farmers are hacking their tractors, drones are being deployed for crop surveying, and a farmer is more likely to consult a data platform than an almanac before sowing crops. Wolf explained that one of the values their company promoted was customer service:“The initial vision that we had was to treat the farmers with more respect, with good design and price, and it will reward us later.”A 2012 Agriculture Census revealed that during the past 30 years the average age of U.S. farmers has grown by nearly eight years, from 50.5 years to 58.3 years. Does this mean that people will be replaced by robots? Wolf counters this with the comment:“Someone who is growing 35,000 acres of leafy greens to deliver it to restaurants, you want that person to be really good and consistent at it. They really have figured out how to grow it at scale and deliver safe affordable food on time.But young people don’t want to go into low-paid jobs. In places with year-round production, there’s a lot of families, but the children of the Latino workers are going to college, they’re studying software engineering, they don’t want to work in the fields. So the farms have real concerns about maintaining the workforce that they already have and capturing the institutional knowledge of older generations. There is a tendency towards consolidation. So then that team is stuck with managing an ever more sprawling field.We’re definitely not displacing people in what we do, we’re empowering people with productivity. By being able to automate data collection, people get better jobs. People can prioritize and plan where to put their focus.”The company will begin shipping the Mark this spring and make it more widely available through distributors later this year. What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star…last_img read more

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