Project Alpha: Making Olive Harvesting Easier

Agroworld by DI ZIO S.R.L. is a company in the start-up phase (visit us on facebook and our project web site). Our business is about making a significant contribution to innovation within agricultural technology by the design, construction and sales of Agricultural machines and products.

The general manager is 29 year old Luca Di Zio, who for 5 years has led the company with an inventive business outlook.

Our business idea is to offer a wide range of products and equipment to offer innovative technological solutions to aid agricultural processing. Making agricultural mechanization more accessable.

In particular we are focussing on agricultural tools that will make fruit harvesting easier.

We do also supply other equipment, sundries, and seeds.

What we would like to do: Our project Alpha

We want to manufacture and supply to farmers, an automatic tool capable of easily and efficiently harvesting olives for the production of Extra virgin olive oil. The tool consists of a double rake  with a pneumatically powered movement mounted on a telescopic pole, lightweight and quiet.

Compared to the traditional method of manual harvesting the tool will offer three major advantages to farmers:

1 Allow the the farmer to work safely from the ground without the need for ladders or hazardous tree climbing.

2 Less physical effort required from the farmer compared to the manual method

3 Reduction of harvest time by up to 80% compared to the manual method.

Results of the Alpha prototype

A prototype of the Alpha pneumatic rake has already been built and used to test and assess its functionality. The Alpha prototype was given to a farmer to be used for the harvesting of 1000 Italian Lecciono Olive trees (Olea europaea L.) which are the most common in the world.

We gave the possibility of using Alpha directly to the farmer plantation owner.

The result was surprising: Harvesting rates of approxiamately 80 – 90 kg of olives per hour were achieved with a total harvest of 80 000 Kg.

 

 

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How to Select the Perfect Wines for Any Summer Event

How to Select the Perfect Wines for Any Summer Event

(Family Features) From weekend backyard barbecues to spontaneous weeknight gatherings, summer is filled with celebrations that bring friends and family together for fabulous food, drink and fun. Whether you’re unsure of what wines to serve as the host, or the best refreshment to pick as a guest, you don’t have to be a master sommelier to choose the perfect wine pairing for every meal or occasion.

As a general rule, nature has color-coded foods with the wines best suited for their flavors. For example, white wines pair well with light foods, while dark wines usually complement richer fare. Here are some more specific scenarios to help you enjoy the warm weather and good times ahead this summer.

Wedding Showers and Celebrations

Long summer days are a great time to celebrate big life events – like wedding showers and house-warming parties. Because many of these soirees include an assortment of foods, there are several routes you can take to discover the perfect wine pairing. For guests enjoying fresh, fruit salad or tilapia with a mango salsa, consider an herbaceous sauvignon blanc which will complement the fruit flavors with its crisp acidity. For those who prefer a more floral wine, a viognier may be the answer to go alongside any grilled chicken or seafood dish.

Al Fresco Events

Summer is often marked by cookouts, picnics and other al fresco dining occasions. A top choice among many guests is a vibrant, flavorful glass of chardonnay. This favorite white wine pairs well with crisp summer salads and lighter grilled selections, such as salmon and shrimp entrees. One expressive offering, Kendall-Jackson AVANT Chardonnay, is fruit forward and fermented in a combination of stainless steel tanks and neutral oak barrels, which bring out its distinctive green apple and lemon flavors. It is the choice for those who prefer a Chardonnay with a little less oak.

Summer Barbecues and Daytime Events

If a sunny, mid-day get together is in your future, there is one delicious pairing option to consider. For hosts who plan to serve a grilled selection, such as pork chops or saucy, smoky ribs, consider pairing the menu with an expressive and fruit forward red blend. Kendall-Jackson AVANT Red Blend offers a silky and smooth texture that begins with fermentation in neutral oak barrels to bring out rich, fruit flavors. A sultry mosaic of French varieties, the wine focuses on Syrah and Malbec with aromas of ripe raspberry and bold black cherry.  Hints of spice and dark chocolate  deliver a smooth, lingering finish, so this red blend will also complement a grilled steak or any other red meat favorite.
No matter what festivities are booked on your summer calendar, this season is full of delightful sips for every event. For more ideas to make celebrations special, visit KJ.com/Avant.

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Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate



A Healthier Relationship

Money Tips for a Healthier Relationship

(Family Features) The way someone saves and spends money can tell you a lot about them, and it can also impact how one chooses a future partner.

In fact, according to an April 2014 Valpak® Consumer Survey, 74 percent of panelists said they find people who save money responsibly more attractive, which is sparking a new relationship trend — savers, not spenders — are the new sexy. While expensive getaways and lavish gifts are nice to fantasize about, couples are finding enjoyment in celebrating the savings and practicing smart budgeting together.

With wedding season well underway this summer, and the national average wedding spend at an all-time high, the topic of money savings is front-and-center with couples nationwide. Renowned relationship expert Dr. Terri Orbuch, better known as The Love Doctor®, is the director of a landmark study called “The Early Years of Marriage Project,” funded by the National Institutes of Health. In her research, she has followed the same 373 married couples for more than 27 years.

“When couples don’t talk openly about money, it can become a sensitive subject and lead to conflict,” said Dr. Orbuch. “As a result, couples learn to avoid serious money conversations that need to happen.”

Four easy steps

Dr. Orbuch has developed four simple money strategies to foster a healthier relationship based on her expert research and observation of couples for more than two decades.

  1. Don’t let finances come between you

My research shows that in the early years of a relationship, money is the number one source of conflict. Too often, disagreements about finances have little to do with the money itself and more to do with other issues within the relationship. When a financial issue comes up, ask yourself if it’s really a money problem or if it’s a relationship problem. Think carefully as you discuss money issues with your partner to make sure there isn’t a larger problem at the core.

  1. Focus on smart saving

Studies show that being financially responsible (or saving smart) can increase the romantic desire between you and your partner. People who focus on saving smart are seen as more desirable and attractive, than those who spend excessively. This is because savers are viewed as responsible, trustworthy and more committed to the relationship.

  1. Have a direct and specific conversation

When you sit down with your partner to have a “money chat,” start with simple, direct questions like, “What are we spending?” or “How can we save?”  If talking about money is new or difficult for you as a couple, start with this approach. If one person in the couple is more familiar with handling finances, keep the language as straightforward as possible with a positive tone.

  1. Keep things exciting and new

It is very common for a relationship to fall into a rut. It becomes routine and humdrum, and partners start feeling as though they are missing all the good things that make relationships exciting. Reignite the excitement in your relationship by trying novel or surprising things together as a couple like a different cuisine. Take advantage of great Valpak® offers in your Valpak envelope and on the Valpak mobile app for activities you can both try for the first time together such as amusement park tickets, or quaint local restaurants.

When you’re prepared with a few financial tips, you’ll have everything you both need to keep your relationship strong and healthy. For more money-saving tips, visit the Valpak Behind The Blue Blog.

 

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