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.
Use Case 5.2 aims to optimise poultry chain management in all its aspects. Broken down into three distinct levels, the Use Case has made strides in the development of the 'Smart Farm Assistant', with which the in-farm operations are made more efficient. The first data coming out of the project are promising, but continued developments in sensors and other technology create the needs for the processing of data to catch up.
As felt these last summers, the effects of climate change are not waiting for our mitigation and adaptation action. The reaction of the EU to this summer's drought shows that IoF2020 is vital in coping with these current and future challenges.
The CAP is embarking on a new path: in search of the farming practices of tomorrow it aims to unite environmentally sound, effective, and competitive farming practices. In that pursuit, it supports the developments in IoF2020 and is entirely aligned with its objectives.
Earlier this year, the FAO held a high-level seminar on Digital Agriculture Transformation and people from all around the world participated in it. Considering the relevance of the event and the connections with IoT, we naturally could not miss out on it. The General Director, Graziano da Silva, opened the event by mentioning how profoundly digital technologies change not only agricultural practices but the overall food system.
Stakeholders in the animal feed industry often struggle with the timing and quantity evaluation when restocking their feed silos. These struggles stem mostly from outdated supply chain management. This use case aims to decrease costs and improve labour efficiency for feed suppliers and livestock farmers, by developing an integral feed stock management system to optimise the entire supply chain.
On the 21st and 22nd of March, a Young Cooperative Members Congress was held in Valencia. It was organised by Spanish Co-ops with the support of the Confederation of EU Agri-food Co-operatives (COGECA). During this congress, titled "Young Producers and Agri-food Cooperatives of Tomorrow", 300 young people from multiple regions of Spain and other European countries participated. The generational shift in agriculture and livestock is one of the most important challenges the agri-food sector is facing throughout the European Union and especially in Spain, where the rate of young people working in the sector is among the lowest.
IoT is continually challenging the status quo and massively affecting our everyday lives. The potential for agriculture and beyond is enormous and applied IoT enables all of us to make better decisions for our environment. Hence, IoF2020 contributed to this year’s IoT Week in Aarhus from 17th to 21st June, 2019 with the following parts: