On the 17th and 18th of February, the IoF2020 fruit and vegetable trial meeting took place on the premises of Europool in Bonn, Germany. The two days were characterised by intense discussions, information exchange, and sociability.
On the 29th of January, Internet of Food and Farm and Smart Agrihubs organised a high-level event in the European Parliament named ‘Smart Farming: Digitalisation of Agriculture and Vision for the CAP’.
Our trial around precision crop management sent out a questionnaire to the farmers that are part of the use case. The questonaire aimed at highlighting the technical-economic changes, IoF2020 technology has already induced.
Many outcomes of research under IoF2020 are rather technical. Not in the least the work done by the work package on IoT Integration and Capabilities. The work package has been developing a reference architecture for IoT uses in agriculture, and has published their findings. This article is a comprehensive summary of their findings.
The EU has the most extensive integrated agricultural policy in the world. It has already proven to be able to liase it, to an extent, to EU environmental law. New farming technologies, of which IoF2020 is an excellent example, can be beneficial to environmental issues and help bridge agriculture and environmental policy.