Internationally, food security is under threat from drought, while agriculture is subject to thin margins and complex global trade. There is also pressure to do more with less to ensure food security for the global population. Because of this, farmers are driven to get the most out of every harvest, even if that short-term focus may have long-term ill effects on the soil and their yield. Farmers in the U.S. are now turning to Ag-Analytics, a leader in AI solutions, to help address these concerns. Sharing Microsoft's goal to help monitor, model and manage Earth's natural resources with cloud and AI, the company brings precision agriculture to fruition in a platform that helps farmers leverage data to make decisions. Read more on Microsoft on the Issues.

"The Future Computed: AI and Manufacturing" is the second book in Microsoft's The Future Computed series, looking at the impact of AI on society. The book examines the way in which leading manufacturing companies are using AI to build the factories and supply chains of the future. It also looks at the way the manufacturing industry is again at the forefront of grappling with the challenges of adopting a new technology. For more, on AI and manufacturing, visit Microsoft On The Issues.

Technology has played a big role in accelerating globalization. While it's our business to advance technology, we also believe that technology should respect and even help protect the world's timeless values. That conviction has led us to announce a new and fourth pillar to Microsoft's AI for Good portfolio – our $125 million, five-year commitment to use artificial intelligence to tackle some of society's biggest challenges. This new pillar will focus on AI for Cultural Heritage. Read more at Microsoft On The Issues.

Fishing is a way of life for coastal communities around the world. An estimated four million fishing vessels sail the world's oceans, providing fish for a global seafood market valued at over $120 billion. Overfishing — when fish is caught faster than stocks can replenish — is a significant factor in the decline of ocean wildlife populations. To fight back against this overfishing, OceanMind is using the power of AI to map data and then feeding that information to government authorities to help catch perpetrators.

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Microsoft announced last week the availability of Microsoft 365 for Campaigns, designed to bring the advanced security capabilities of the Microsoft 365 Business offering to all federal political campaigns and national party committees in the United States. Microsoft 365 for Campaigns can be set up in less than five minutes by any staffer on behalf of an organization using a simple and easy-to-understand onboarding process that surfaces the important choices for achieving a high level of security.

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Globally, more than 1 billion people are living with a disability, yet just one in 10 people has access to assistive technology. Microsoft has been building inclusion into its products and services. And to help everyone get the most from accessibility resources, the company has the Disability Answer Desk. It is free, 24/7 technical support from Microsoft experts trained in assistive technologies.

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