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Big Ag and Agribotics

Thu, May 29, 2014 2:57 PM EDT

By the year 2050, it is estimated that the world population will have reached 9B inhabitants. In order to provide those billions with the 4Fs of food, feed, fiber, and fuel, agricultural production must double while agricultural efficiency must increase by 25 percent.

That’s a tall order, especially when the population of people engaged in agriculture is falling. Barely 2 percent of the U.S. population is on the farm; growers in California’s San Joaquin Valley are hard-pressed to find field workers to hire, and in places like Japan the average age of farmers is 70 years old. The future outlook for more people to fill the gap by taking up farming is slim to none. 

This webcast will address challenges facing agriculture:

  • How mechanization is arriving in the world’s farmlands
  • Planting, field monitoring and harvesting
  • Drones on farm and orchard
  • Autonomous vehicles and broad-acre farming, orchards and small farms
  • Automation of stoop-labor, vegetable and berry picking small Asian rice fields
  • Mechanical worker vs. human farm labor
  • Market leaders
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