Animal Agriculture

Enhancing the production efficiency, quality and safety of meat, milk, fiber, and other animal products can be greatly enhanced by employing digital technologies.  Sensors on animals can enhance decisions related to managing animal health, improving comfort, and increasing production.  Automation can help streamline repetitive processes and accomplish difficult tasks, saving costs and helping to reduce human error.  Added insights of sensors, including image and video, can offer tailored intervention otherwise impractical in large-scale operations.

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REEU – Data Science for Agriculture – a funded summer for undergrads!

This USDA/NIFA funded summer experiential research program, 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 a student-centered,…


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Data Driven Agriculture Webinar Series

During the Spring 2021 semester, Purdue Agriculture hosted a weekly webinar series featuring experts in data science and digital agriculture at Purdue University. Each Thursday from February through May, the Data Driven Agriculture webinars explored ways digital agriculture and data science can impact agriculture today and into the future. “Building on the momentum of last…


Smarter Treatment of Livestock Disease

Mohit Verma, assistant professor of agricultural & biological engineering, and Aaron Ault, senior research engineer, from Purdue University recently presented as part of the Data Driven Agriculture webinar series. Bovine respiratory disease is prevalent and costly, leading to losses of almost $1 billion in the U.S. annually. Verma and Ault share how we can improve…


Key Terms

Digital agriculture

The realm in which our physical and social world is fused through digital devices. Integrated characterization and modeling improve decision making using modern data-intensive technologies that collect, connect, curate, communicate, and compute.


Wired data network connection between electronic devices. The hardware/wiring of CAN-Bus networks are generally the same, while the protocols for communication can be different and vary depending on the industry where they are used. These networks are used to link multiple sensors to an electronic controller, which can be linked to relays or other devices on a single set of wires. This reduces the amount of wires needed for a system and allows for a cleaner way to connect additional devices as system demands change.


An interpolation method for obtaining statistically unbiased estimates for field attributes (yield, nutrients, elevation) from a set of neighboring points.


An estimate of the true distance (range) from a GPS receiver to a satellite. The estimate contains some error due to atmospheric perturbations and the offset between the receiver’s clock and the satellite clock.