What does the Future of Agtech Look Like

StartUp City | Wednesday, December 08, 2021

Farm automation refers to technology that makes farming more efficient by automating the crop or livestock production cycle. This can be accomplished through robotics innovation, such as drones, robotic harvesters, self-driving tractors, and automatic watering and seeding robots

Fremont, CA: Agriculture innovation is one of the hottest topics, as the industry has faced a number of challenges in recent years, including rising supplier costs, labor shortages, and significant shifts in consumer preferences for greater transparency and sustainability.

Agtech refers to the application of technology and innovation to improve the efficiency, productivity, and output of agricultural activities such as farming and crop cultivation. Agtech has many applications, but the main goal is to grow more food while using less space and/or fewer inputs. Technological advances in agriculture also save farmers time and money by, for instance, automating tasks and replacing manual labor, which is frequently the most expensive input in farming. Major agricultural innovations have concentrated on urban farming, robotics and process automation, modernized greenhouses, livestock technology, precision agriculture, artificial intelligence (AI), and blockchain.

Urban Farming

Because of its ability to thrive in small spaces, indoor vertical farming is gaining popularity. Its benefits include lower labor costs, higher crop yields, overcoming limited land area by allowing food production in urban environments, and reducing the environmental impact of farming due to shorter supply chain distances, making it more sustainable. Because vertical farming can precisely control variables such as light, humidity, and water, food production is increased with consistent harvest times all year. Vertical farms, in certain configurations, do not even require soil for plant growth while using 70 percent less water than traditional farms and thus optimizing energy conservation.

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Smart Farming

Farm automation refers to technology that makes farming more efficient by automating the crop or livestock production cycle. This can be accomplished through robotics innovation, such as drones, robotic harvesters, self-driving tractors, and automatic watering and seeding robots. In vertical farming, automatic watering and robotic harvesters are already widely used. The primary goal of farm automation is to automate routine and monotonous tasks. However, it also helps to address issues such as labor shortages, the environmental impact of farming, and quickly changing consumer preferences.

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