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.
With world population projected to reach 10 billion by 2050 and meat diets on the rise, the impact of irrigation on blue water resources (i.e. ground and surface water) will become unstainable—unless we reconsider the current form of irrigation altogether: the average water footprint of a beef calorie is 7 to 8 times higher than it is for vegetables or pulses.
With global population projected to reach 9.8 billion by 2050, meeting the growing demand for food represents one of the main challenges of our time. Considering the mostly negative impact of climate change and increasingly pronounced resource constraints, much will depend on the capacity of the agricultural sector to improve productivity, thus producing more with less. Smart farming might provide some of the answers to this challenge.