Many times when we think of apps, the two main categories that come to mind involve entertainment or business. However, that is just a small part of what mobile apps can accomplish. The students at Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture at Stephen F. Austin State University are finding some amazing ways to combine the power of technology with the importance of environmental stewardship.
Zane Schwendiman is the Operations and Administrative Assistant* at Zen-Noh Hay, Inc, a hay processing facility located in Pasco, WA. Zen-Noh Hay’s services include feed milling, on-farm consulting and brand development, food processing and packaging, transportation and logistics, fuels, and many more.
According to the company’s website, its primary goal is to “provide Japanese consumers with domestically produced farm products that are safe, reliable, and of impeccable quality.” In order to do so, Zen-Noh must be sure its operations are running via the most efficient and up-to-date methods.
Due to its focus on hands-on work, agriculture might not be the first industry you think of when it comes to mobile apps. Farming has a tremenendous amount of potential for innovation and change. While manual labor is a huge part of the work, agcriculture apps can make these processes much more efficient and even successful. Here are four ways mobile apps can help you become a modern farmer.
Founded more than 100 years ago, Sacia Orchards is Wisconsin’s oldest and second largest apple orchard. A family-owned business, Sacia Orchards has been passed down through generations, each committed to growing the best apples in the most sustainable and efficient ways. In fact, previous owner Robert Sacia often commented that “growing apples is a survival of the fittest-- you have to keep up with new varieties, methods, and equipment.” And that’s the way the business is run to this day.
DJ Eksteen Boerdery is a cattle brokerage company in South Africa’s Western Cape whose mission is to reach a wide audience of individuals looking to buy, trade, or sell cattle. Using agriculture apps and online technology, DJ Eksteen Boerdery hopes to empower cattle farmers, feedlots, meat wholesalers, and more who need a quick and easy way to buy and sell cattle with the information they need to do so.