Transforming Farm Work to STEM-Based Industry: A New Initiative
Published On: April 2018 | Category: Business Services




Technological trend drives forward society in leaps and bounds and the innovations have a supreme role in the area of agriculture and farming. As a part of the future developments, highly-advanced drones and tractors, as well as other technologies will run farms and deliver foods to billions of people.

A team of professors at UC Davis have started the “Smart Farm Initiative,” which aims to utilize and develop technology in agriculture to expand productivity and transform farm work to a STEM-based (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) industry. David Slaughter, a biological and agricultural engineering professor is leading the initiative.

People believe it’s the fourth iteration of the industrial revolution so basically, the initiative marks the development in the agriculture 4.0 which can also be called as a smart farm, according to Ray Rodriguez, a professor of molecular and cellular biology at UC Davis.

The program also strives to transform the agricultural work force from stoop labor, low pay, to rewarding employment like STEM-based workers.

One major part of this new smart farm initiative is the development of the cyber-physical environment. Rodriguez said that by introducing new avenues and giving them digital fluency will let them work in this cyber-physical environment.

With around 20 partners including community colleges, several California State Universities, the Agricultural Natural Resources network, and 4H, UV Davis leads this initiative.

The Smart Farm Initiative along with the future of precision agriculture looking to transform the manual agricultural labor to a high tech, STEM-based industry.

“This created the impetus motivation and the emotional buy in to connect smart farming and the transformation of the agricultural workforce,” Rodriguez said. “Putting these together is a win-win for everyone.”





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