All humans have a connection to agriculture through the food chain. Sensors and systems from harvest through consumption help to improve quality and safety. Added value can come through identity preservation (traceability) and associated marketing which relies on accurate trait, transport, and processing records.  Post-harvest systems in developing countries are particularly in need of improvement.

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Crowdsourcing Data for Improved Food Quality and Safety

Have you thought that the postings on social media can help improve food quality and safety? Scientist can use Artificial Intelligence to analyze postings and learn about your emotions, lifestyles, and purchase intentions. This is an example of crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing data have been used in…


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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”…


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.

Hyperspectral reflectance spectrometry

The use of remote sensors to collect information about an object or area by using hundreds to thousands of adjacent wavelength bands of the electromagnetic spectrum


A deviation or inconsistency in excess of the normal variation from what one would expect to observe.

Artificial intelligence (AI)

The mechanism by which a machine can take input from the environment via sensors, process this input using the experiences it has gained and take rational and intelligent decision on the environment using actuators, much like how humans do.