What was once a slow-moving and manual work-based industry, farming is becoming one of the most technologically advanced marketplaces in the world. That’s why this week’s top IIoT news goes back to the farm. We continue to see a shift with how farmers are harvesting, watering, and maintaining their crops as the IIoT takes a stronger hold on the world of agriculture. So how are farmers planting this IoT seed? By leveraging the power of precision agriculture practices and numerous high-tech solutions to push farm automation forward.
This week, precision farming and agriculture news started with back-to-school and turned the corner with more e-learning opportunities. Farming is no longer a rural project; it is now taking center stage in colleges and universities across the nation. As the increase of technological implementations grows on the farm, nowadays you need a background in engineering to understand and implement the complexity of farming tools used to care for your crops. Also in the news, meat and dairy demands can be met more efficiently now with the M2M monitoring capabilities delivered to farmers in real-time. On the regulatory side, the FAA is now clearing a way for drones to be used in the fields, thus paving a way for futuristic mini-drone fleets to care for our crops as well. On the global front, Europe wants to advance precision agriculture to improve farm management across the board, and they believe women involvement is critical to the success of this progression. And…finally, there are high hopes of agricultural tech investment in Southeast Asia, as the latest findings from the AgFunder report show.
We hope you enjoy the “ag focus” of our IIoT news this week – it’s amazing to see how connected devices and smart machinery are pushing the bounds of possibility for the IIoT!
Precision Agriculture Center Planned For Ivy Tech’s Terre Haute Campus (WBAA.org)
Plans are underway to add a Precision Agriculture Center for Ivy Tech. They say, ““We would only expect its influence and impact to grow. As new equipment comes online you know there’s going to be greater and greater use and need for technicians who understand the technology.” To read more about this development, please visit: http://wbaa.org/post/precision-agriculture-center-planned-ivy-techs-terre-haute-campus
Purdue adds to agronomy’s online courses for professionals (CattleNetwork.com)
Purdue expands its e-learning to include a course this year on precision agriculture. Starting in January 2016 who might sign up for the Precision Agriculture course? “Precision Agriculture will appeal to producers and other agricultural professionals who want to gain a better understanding of the latest technology and best practices in this rapidly growing area of agriculture.” To learn more about these online courses, please visit: http://www.cattlenetwork.com/news/industry/purdue-adds-agronomys-online-courses-professionals
FAA clearing way for drones in agriculture (delphosherald.com)
For years now farmers have expressed interest in using GPS drones and big data as a way to improve the efficient nature that crops are produced. “Under the proposed unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) regulations, operators must comply with a certification process, register and maintain aircraft, and follow limitations on aircraft operation. Of the proposed limitations, agricultural operators might have concerns about a “visual line-of-sight” rule requiring that operators have visual contact with aircraft, a flight ceiling of 500 feet above ground level and prohibitions against night flights. Additionally, the proposal fails to address privacy issues and the potential use of drones for surveillance activities on another person’s property.” To learn more about the FAA drone requirements in agriculture, please visit: www.delphosherald.com/Content/News/News/Article/FAA-clearing-way-for-drones-in-agriculture/191/1183/194746
Monitoring Wellbeing of Animals through Precision Livestock Farming (thecattlesite.com)
As supply and demand for meat and dairy increases, farmers are looking at new ways to improve the quality of the products. “Precision Livestock Farming gives the farmer time to do all the necessary monitoring of the animals continuously and automatically, because the farmer cannot be with the animals all the time.” To learn more about precision livestock farming, please visit: http://www.thecattlesite.com/news/48586/monitoring-wellbeing-of-animals-through-precision-livestock-farming/
Hogan: Empowering women farmers in developing countries is ‘absolutely crucial’ (euractiv.com)
The European Agri-tech revolution is entering an era of precision agriculture, allowing the farmers to work smarter with better land management. Farming is no longer a man’s world, Hogan states, “empowering women to play central roles in all areas of agricultural production is absolutely crucial if developing countries are to achieve their full potential in the agri-food sector.” To read more on Hogan’s views, please visit: http://www.euractiv.com/sections/innovations-instead-assistance-farming/hogan-empowering-women-farmers-developing-countries
Micro-drones set for ag lift-off (The Land)
In as little as five years mini-drone fleets could be sent out in to the fields to monitor and care for crops. They say, “Considerable work is being done by robotics experts to develop algorithms that allow micro-drones to fly in swarms, each drone in contact with each other and with a central controller in ways that allow the machines to operate independently while acting as a system.” To learn more about min-drones on the farm, please visit: http://www.theland.com.au/news/agriculture/cropping/general-news/microdrones-set-for-ag-liftoff/2742731.aspx
Agriculture tech: next big opportunity in Southeast Asia? (TECHINASIA)
The AgFunder’s mid-2015 report findings show agtech investment already at $2.6 billion. Now is the time to expand the Southeast Asian agtech market, even though investors have been resistant to push forward. “The best-funded verticals in this year’s mid-term report are food ecommerce startups that change the way produce reaches consumers. The second most popular area was water-related startups. Third was precision agriculture – a term that lumps together big data from drones, satellites, sensors, and other smart equipment, with the goal of helping farmers make better decisions.” To learn more about agriculture tech in Southeast Asia, please visit: https://www.techinasia.com/agriculture-tech-big-opportunity-southeast-asia/