Helping guide targeted actions to improve agricultural and forestry efficiency, productivity and sustainability

What is Digital Agriculture?

It is the use of digital devices to gather, process and analyze spatial or temporal data for integrated characterization and modeling. These modern, data-intensive technologies can help guide targeted actions to improve agricultural and forestry efficiency, productivity and sustainability.

About this Digital Agriculture Resource Website

We consider digital agriculture and applied data science for agriculture to encompass a wide range of topic areas as shown above. This site is designed to be a resource for individuals involved in digital agriculture and forestry.

The purposes of this site include:

  • Inform regarding research, education, and outreach activities, within and beyond our University
  • Offer a means to identify expertise
  • Point to opportunities to increase knowledge
  • Provide direct links to useful resources and applications
  • Highlight and announce important events

To learn more about Purdue Agriculture's research, outreach and education efforts in the digital agriculture space, visit our general Digital Agriculture website.

Upcoming Events

InfoAg 2022

July 26 - July 27
St. Louis, Missouri

More information to come soon!


2022 Nitrogen Use Efficiency Workshop

August 3 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Lincoln, Nebraska

The NUE workshop centers on networking and exchanging innovative ideas around how to move science forward to improve nitrogen use efficiency in agriculture systems. This unique Nebraska event offers the opportunity to highlight the essential role of water management when…


Huskie Hack

November 5 - November 6
DeKalb Campus of NIU

Northern Illinois University’s Office of Innovation will be hosting a hackathon for students 18 and over on November 5-6th, 2022 on the DeKalb campus. The overarching theme is Sustainability with an emphasis on the future of food systems and its…



Extension UAV Initiative Update

The Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, aka drones) Initiative started in 2017 with Specialists conducting field-level research and expanded in 2018 with funding support from Dr. Jason Henderson to acquire UAVs for Educators across the state. The initial group was comprised of 17 Educators and has since grown to over 20…


Digital Records for FSMA | a free toolkit for you

Dennis Buckmaster, Purdue Agricultural & Biological Engineering Amanda Deering, Purdue Food Science Scott Monroe, Purdue Extension The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) necessitates some improved records of monitoring, cleaning, training, and inspections around your farm and firm. Likely you have already learned and applied valuable information from As a complement to that information, a “toolkit”…


A Spreadsheet Toolbox

Spreadsheets come an many sizes and shapes and are a computational tool used for an unbelievable number of quantitative decisions. We presume farms and agribusinesses use them extensively whether the user does the programming or just uses pre-set configurations of tools. We have compiled a spreadsheet toolbox (well just a spreadsheet listing spreadsheets if you…


Spring 2022 Digital Ag Seminar Series

A seminar series featuring Purdue University experts in data science and digital agriculture kicks off at 12:30 p.m. ET Wednesday, January 26 and is being offered both in-person and virtually via Zoom. This semester’s Data-Driven Agriculture seminar series highlights the diversity of uses of data and automation in food and agricultural systems. “Building on the…


REEU – Experiential Research Program

Taking place May 30 – August 5, 2022, this USDA/NIFA funded summer program, Research and Extension Experiential Learning for Undergraduates (REEU), hosted at Purdue University, is designed to equip participants with data science skills that complement their agricultural discipline knowledge. We will enable them to contribute to the rapidly developing research and practice of digital agriculture in…


Understanding Risks & Vulnerabilities via Food Systems Dashboards

The Understanding Risks & Vulnerabilities via Food Systems Dashboards webinar presented by Jayson Lusk, department head and distinguished professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, focused on the importance of having current information on the structure of food supply chains. This information can be used to inform policy makers and industry leaders on where and…


NC State Summer Program

NC State is now accepting applications for the 2022 cohort of the “Pigs, Poultry, the Planet, and Data-Driven Problem Solving” (nicknamed “P4”) Research and Extension Experience for Undergraduates summer program, which is funded through the USDA and a collaborative effort between North Carolina State University and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. As part…


Fertilizer Recommendations Tool

The Tri-State Fertilizer recommendations are a collaborative effort among agronomists and like-minded experts from Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan. This spreadsheet implementation using Indiana-centric equations does the math for you. If you are new to this style of Excel spreadsheet, there is a brief tutorial video explaining how to use the tool. This Excel workbook also…


Data Driven Agriculture Seminar Series

During the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters, Purdue Agriculture hosted a weekly webinar series featuring experts in data science and digital agriculture.  This semester we are back again to provide you with more exciting content! “These presentations will highlight the diversity of uses of data and automation in food and agricultural systems.” said Dennis Buckmaster,…


Data Driven Agriculture Minor

Opportunities abound to expand the data revolution into agriculture by blending data science skills with agricultural knowledge. Pursuing the Data Driven Agriculture Minor allows you to gain valuable skillsets to leverage the complex data sources that are becoming increasingly important in all aspects of the agriculture industry. The minor includes courses that map to these…


Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) Smart Agriculture and Rural Broadband SuperCluster Workshop

NIST and its partners, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NIST), NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, Joint Venture Silicon Valley and Purdue Research Foundation hosted the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) Smart Agriculture and Rural Broadband SuperCluster workshop from July 21-23, 2021. Joined by academics and industry leaders, the hybrid event offered the opportunity to learn…