III. Our 10 Year Anniversary: Down to Business
We were pleased to celebrate 10 years of serving Arkansas and growing trade for the state on September 21, 2017.
Senator John Boozman speaks to diplomats, foreign trade officials and Arkansas leaders and World Trade Center Supporters.
We had multiple diplomats present including the Ambassador of Costa Rica and the Ambassador of Kenya.
Our founder Senator John Boozman spoke to Arkansas leaders.
But this day was not merely a celebration.
We took the opportunity to bring these leaders together with Arkansas businesses and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC).
We are the international trade development arm of the AEDC and we work closely with them to serve the entire state of Arkansas.
Senator John Boozman speaks with Mark Hamer and Ben Walters of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.
Of all the meetings we facilitated we are eager to share one new initiative:
Bringing the smart farming technology of a company in Arkansas to countries in Africa.
Even Canada showed great interest - as the tech has strong first world applications.
Travis Florey of Intellifarms speaks to Ambassador Githae of Kenya, Mamadou Kone of Cote d'Ivoire and Delon Chan, consul and trade commissioner of the Canadian Consulate General in Dallas.
Intellifarms is a company whose technology allows a farmer to maximize crop yield and reduce post-harvest waste through a multiphase strategy.
Phase One allows a farmer to pick the best variety of seed for his region and climate to maximize yield.
Phase Two allows the farmer to utilize a soil probe network monitor environmental conditions in real time like weather and soil moisture to make strategic decisions for things like watering and fertilizer.
Phase Three allows a farmer to regulate heat and moisture in his storage bins to extend storage life for more than 3 years without a decrease in quality.
Phases Four and Five have applications for first world countries.
They connect farmers and buyers through a network extending up to 500 miles.
It allows a farmer to input logistical data and the system runs a calculation.
The farmer is then given a list of the top buyers offering the highest price for his crops within 500 miles.
He can also identify selling opportunities for specialty markets.
Intellifarms gives to the farmer the power to maximize yield, reduce loss and even influence supply and demand - making farming profitable eliminating the need for subsidies.
This technology will be key to solving the world's food shortage issues in places like Africa and we are proud to be a part of it.
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