On 29 November 2017, the European Commission (EC) presented its vision on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The communication outlines the EC’s ideas on the future of food and farming and proposes a number of changes to the CAP in order to meet the continuing challenges related to climate change and sustainable development. In this new framework, encouraging the use of modern technologies will take a central role, promising to boost digital innovations and market transparency in European agriculture.
A recent report titled ‘Global IoT Market in Smart Farming 2017-2021’ forecasts that the market for high-tech applications in agriculture using Internet of Things (IoT) technologies will expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 11% in developing countries between 2017-2021. This considerable growth is expected to be driven, amongst others, by cloud computing, an indispensable component of the digital farming revolution.
Last week, the 2017 European Awards for Cooperative Innovation were presented in the European Parliament to five agri-cooperatives for their outstanding innovation practices and solutions by Cogeca, the voice of European agri-cooperatives. In this context, IoF2020 also has a reason to celebrate!
The 5th Organic Processing Conference, organised by IFOAM EU and BIONEXT, will focus on the digital opportunities organic processors have to enhance their performance. ‘The Internet of Things’ can be a powerful tool for organic processors, enabling them to remotely control the processing chain or ensure traceability and transparency. Three representatives of the IoF2020 project will join the conference to present their respective use-cases.
While IoTs will boost the digitization of agriculture through enabling the internal and external networks of farming operations, education and knowledge transfer hold the key to getting smart farming to take off. Here is why strong educational efforts focused on high-tech farming skills are needed.
An ever-increasing amount of data is being collected and processed at dairy farms using smart, interconnected devices. But how does this technological innovation benefit dairy farmers and their animals? The following article will shed some light on the benefits of smart farming technologies for the dairy sector.
Squeezed between urban sprawl and lingering droughts, vegetable and fruit growers in California’s agricultural powerhouse, the San Joaquin Valley, are under pressure to reconsider the way they use water. Luckily enough, the Silicon Valley is stepping in to unlock the potential of Agriculture 4.0 in irrigation management. Will the benefits of the cooperation between California’s Silicon and Food Valleys trickle down to the rest of the world?
While agriculture makes up only 2% of California’s $2...
Researchers from Cornell University, New York, are teaming up with apple growers to boost the efficiency of chemical thinning in orchards. The research program called ‘Precision Chemical Thinning’ aims at optimizing the spraying of plant growth inhibitors according to an optimum number of apples per tree.