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New Compact Models in Valtra’s N Series

Valtra recently launched two new compact N Series models: the N93 and N103 with an output of 73kW and 82 kW.

The new tractors feature a brand new design which significantly improves agility and visibility from the cab. As a result the new models offer increased safety and are also easy to use. The new clean three-cylinder AGCO Power engine is economical and provides reliable power.

As with all other Valtra tractors, the N93 and N103 models can be tailored for specific uses and sporting one of eight different colours.

To find out more visit http://www.valtra.com/NewN

Farm Sustainability Blog Contest: Zulkifli M.

Photo illustrating the use of goat’s manure as organic fertilizer around the orchard

Here’s another example of how waste can be reduced on the farm!

Farm sustainability via use of organic fertilizer.

Our farm has been practicing sustainable agriculture for its obvious economical and environmental benefits. In attaining this sustainability, we utilize the goat’s manure from the barn as organic fertilizer in the orchard. Through this approach, we capitalize the organic fertilizer’s versatility and robustness in improving the soil properties through multi-pronged ways structurally, biologically and nutritionally. In addition to fostering improvement in the quality of soil, this method averts the relying on chemical fertilizers.

With orchard nourished organically, the farm nurtures itself as a promoter of organic farm products, keeping tab with the increasing worldwide demand of this niche, which has been growing steadily at a rate close to 9% annually for the past decade. Higher demand converts into competitive pricing and therefore, boosting the farm’s revenues, and placing it a competitive position for organic supply niche.

 

 

Massey Ferguson Seeding and Tillage Photo Shoot – Horsham,Victoria Australia.

Getting some great shots of the New MF Air Seeder in Horsham

It’s fast approaching harvest time in and around the town of Horsham in Victoria’s west, which provided an idyllic backdrop for a recent photo shoot for Massey Ferguson.

The first star of the show was a new 320hp MF 8680 tractor pulling the new 40’ MF9800 Series single disc air drill. With the camera crew in place,  shooting both video and still photography from various vantage points, a great selection of shots were taken showing the awesome power of the MF8680 pulling the new air-seeder through its paces on a fallowed paddock.

Also making an appearance on a beautiful sunny day in the heart of the Wimmera was the new MF9760 self-propelled swather which was fitted with a mower conditioner front and captured making light work of a healthy crop of oats & hay in a nearby paddock.

Shots taken from the day’s shoot will be used in future promotional campaigns. Have you been in the Wimmera lately?

AGCO Australia Marketing and Communications Manager, Mario Capetola next to the MF9760 self-propelled swather

Mount Kilimanjaro-Massey Ferguson Gives Full Support to NFU’s Charity Climb for Farm Africa

The Massey Ferguson banner was hoisted proudly aloft at the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania when the UK’s National Farmers Union’s charity climbers reached the summit after a gruelling six-day trek.


With Gold Sponsor status, Massey Ferguson gave full backing to the NFU’s Africa 100 team who made the ascent in aid of  Farm Africa.The team included eight intrepid explorers from across the food and farming industry. Along with the personal challenge to climb what is the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, the team spearheaded the fund-raising effort for the charity Farm Africa which works towards a prosperous rural Africa through the empowerment of smallholder farmers.“As a headline Gold Sponsor of this exciting NFU initiative, we were thrilled to hear that the team had conquered the summit,” says Campbell Scott, Massey Ferguson Brand Development Manager. “Farm Africa does fine work helping farmers employ the best techniques to develop their agricultural enterprises in a continent where sustainable food production lies at the heart of future economic prosperity and security.”If you would like to donate to the NFU Farm Africa Appeal visit the Virgin Money Just Giving page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/NFUAfrica100

World Food Day

In 1979, the Food and Agriculture Association of the United Nations (FAO) proclaimed October 16th as World Food Day.

Today is a global observance designed to raise awareness and understanding of different approaches to ending hunger. Food is a wonderful thing, and thanks to new technology and innovation in farming practices, farmers today are able feed around seven billion people globally! However, because our population is growing at such a fast pace, there are still roughly a billion people around the world that do not get enough food. This means that almost 1 in 7 people go to bed hungry every night. As our population has grown, hunger has become an increasingly prevalent issue. World Food Day seeks to remind us of this challenge, and also spotlight the different ways in which we can help the farmers tasked with overcoming it. Every year, World Food Day is accompanied with a theme. Last year, the theme was “Food prices- from crisis to stability.” This year, the theme is “Agricultural Cooperatives- key to feeding the world.” As many farmers know, an agricultural cooperative is a member owned organization which allows farmers to pool all of their resources into different areas of activity. According to the FAO, agricultural Co-ops are fundamental in providing solutions to the hunger problem because they allow smallholder farms to negotiate better prices for resources such as seed, fertilizer, and equipment. Take for example one of AGCO’s customers, Agrifirm. Agrifirm is a Dutch cooperative that serves over 17,000 Dutch farmers and horticulturists. They offer “maximum purchasing advantage of high quality products like animal feeds, seeds, fertilizers and pesticides.” In addition to product purchasing power, Agrifirm also offers knowledge and sustainable solutions to its members. Cooperatives such as Agrifirm allow farmers to access to knowledge and equipment that will help boost farm productivity at a lower cost. The more that small scale farms are able to produce, the better they will be able to support their local regions. This is why the U.N believes agricultural cooperatives to be a key element in providing for our world. It is no secret that farmers are faced with a huge task in supplying food, fiber and fuel for a rapidly growing population. It will not be easy—but with the proper resources, continued advances in technology, and widespread participation—it will be possible. Learn more about world food day, and see how you can help make a difference!