The economic and societal importance of vegetables, tree fruits and nuts, berries, grapes, nursery and greenhouse production, as well as specialty grains and oilseeds offers boundless opportunities for implementing digital agriculture. Challenges include the many unique production environments that characterize specialty crop production, the critical importance of product quality and time sensitivity of many operations.
The growth of local food movements offers farmers economic opportunities to access attractive markets for fresh locally-grown crops, such as farmers markets. Farmers markets, a key outlet for beginning and smaller growers, are considered the centerpiece of local food systems. These markets connect food producers…READ MORE
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…READ MORE
Amanda Deering, clinical associate professor in food science at Purdue, and Jennifer Crandall, CEO of Safe Food En Route, LLC, recently presented a webinar titled Data in Produce Safety. The seminar provides information on how big data can be used to improve and track food safety information from the farm to food processors. In addition,…READ MORE