Why focus on sustainable agriculture?
As one of the biggest contributors to climate change, agriculture, along with land use degradation and deforestation, account for about a quarter of the global GHG emissions and consumes about 70% of the world’s freshwater resources.
Agriculture is also amongst the most impacted by climate change. Farmers depend on predictable weather for their farm management practices, and unexpected weather events, e.g., high heat, floods, etc. leaves them unprepared to handle impacts by climate change.
By adopting sustainable agricultural practices, including those that can help remove additional carbon from the atmosphere, farmers can also help drive progress to address climate change.
However, making progress on any of the above challenges is difficult due to the lack of data from the farms. Existing approaches for estimating emissions or sequestered carbon are very expensive.
Through this project, our goal is to enable researchers, practitioners, and data scientists to build affordable digital technologies to help farmers (1) estimate the emissions in their farm, (2) with climate adaptation by predicting weather variations, and (3) determine the right management practices that can be profitable and help improve soil health.
We are building on top of our previous research on FarmBeats, to create tools that can help drive adoption of sustainable practices for agriculture. Some of the key technologies include:
Capturing farm data from sensors, drones, and farm equipment
Processing farm data captured by drones or other farm sources
Extracting intelligence from farm data and remote sensing sources
Using chat bots to connect with the farmer, either to query data or relay insights
Outreach and partnerships
Our team collaborates with a number of academic and scientific institutions and serve on various advisory boards.
- AIFARMS Advisory Boards – AIFARMS (illinois.edu)
- AG2PI – Scientific Advisory Board
- AIIRA – Scientific Advisory Board (iastate.edu)
- Advisory Committee – Global Agriculture Innovation ForumGlobal Agriculture Innovation Forum (purdue.edu)
- Terrain-AI – Uncovering new insights to support effective climate change decision making