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Buenos Aires, Argentina

The National Agricultural Technology Institute , commonly known as INTA, is an Argentine federal agency in charge of the generation, adaptation and diffusion of technologies, knowledge and learning procedures for the agriculture, forest and agro-industrial activities within an ecologically clean environment.Even though the institute, created in 1956, depends on the Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Fishing and Food of the Ministry of Economy and Production, it has financial and operative autarkic autonomy given by law 25641/02 that provides the Institute with the 0.5% of the importations. Wikipedia.


Barral M.P.,CONICET | Oscar M.N.,Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia Agropecuaria
Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment | Year: 2012

A methodological protocol of strategic environmental assessment was developed to incorporate the valuation of ecosystem services in land use plans. The protocol was applied in rural land planning at Balcarce, a department representative of the Southeast Pampas Region (Argentina). The ecosystem services approach was used as valuation criteria of the 14 principal ecosystems classified in the studied area, where agricultural is the predominant economic activity. The provision of seven principal ecosystem services related to regulation functions or food production was estimated for each ecosystem using a set of indicators integrating climatic, vegetation and terrain variables. The assessment of land use changes showed a significant increase in agriculture in the past 20 years, which affected mainly natural grasslands. The environmental impact of this replacement varied according to the ecosystem and the area. Hills and riparian zones were identified as key areas for grassland conservation in order to provide regulation ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes. On the basis of this analysis, a preliminary zoning was proposed, aimed to retain critical support and regulation ecosystem services without significantly sacrificing food production for humans. Strategic environmental assessment based on ecosystem services appears as a powerful tool to prevent negative environmental costs of land use plans which can remain unnoticed under traditional environmental impact assessment techniques. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. Source


Patent
Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia Agropecuaria | Date: 2013-06-06

A facility for controlling the grain moisture provided with a grain storage silo conveniently installed on a hard flat floor and inside of which an elevated floor comprising air passageways is provided, determining an air chamber inside the silo and below the perforated floor, into which previously conditioned air is blown by an air heater, wherein the control of hot air blowing times is determined based on means of modeling and calculating on and off times applied through an electronic control means, with the ability to read and record manual input data entered by an operator and reading data from a temperature sensor in the air chamber, below the perforated floor, further aided with an ambient temperature and moisture sensor, thereby causing the application of different stages of drying, re-humidification and maintenance of the grain moisture.


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The United States Of America and Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia Agropecuaria | Date: 2014-05-09

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Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia Agropecuaria | Date: 2012-04-06

A load transfer device for seed and fertilizer distribution systems in seeders and fertilizers improving adaptation of seed distribution systems to the different ground irregularities, comprising The system is installed in seed and fertilizer distribution systems, to improve movement along the ground.


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National University of Costa Rica and Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia Agropecuaria | Date: 2013-10-16

A substantial reduction in traction force demand can be achieved for agricultural tools with modified surface topography comprising dimples arranged in a parallelogram (hexagonal) pattern, the morphological unit of which is an equilateral triangle.

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