Planting Crops And Launching Drones: A New Tech Hub In Agriculture

Like most industries throughout the United States and the world, the digital age is bringing new ways to innovate farming, food science, and other aspects of agriculture. In some cases, it’s even changing the shape of local economies.

Some of the smallest, least populated nations in Europe have become major players in vegetable, dairy and poultry production. How they’ve managed to do so is testament to the power of science, technology, and cooperation.  These factors have helped in overcoming the challenges of limited land space and human resources. Technology and relationships that bridge different organizations have also served as an inspiring starting point for Boulder, Denver, and surrounding communities in Colorado.


Major Effects On Agricultural Innovation
The state has now become a small hub for tech startups and agricultural science organizations. Based on the success seen in Netherlands and other nations that combine technology and agriculture, local Colorado economists are starting to get excited. The state’s progress in agriculture has even shown how urban centers can have major effects on agricultural innovation.

Following International Leaders
Following the relationship between researchers at Danish universities, farmers, local processing companies and tech startups—known as the Dutch Food Valley— Colorado is aiming to become what some are calling the Silicon Valley of agriculture. Attracting talent across all phases of better food production, from the raw science to agricultural and processing technology, has lead to organically grown, local prosperity.

Technology start ups are playing an especially big role. Drones and robotics have now become fully integrated into agricultural research and production, and the developers of those products have found plenty of opportunity in the new agricultural hub.


A Great Sector For Start ups?
Working in a stable, high demand sector, which the food industry often is, helps a lot too. Colorado is already home to some major names in food production and processing, including Leprino Foods, Ardent Mills, JBS USA, Celestial Seasons, and Justin’s Nut Butter. With the region now becoming more recognized as a place for startups, established companies, and talented professionals, will we see even more brands sprout or put down new roots?

Did you know that Colorado was becoming such an active location for agriculture and related technologies?

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The biggest change I can see is that it is expected to come out of agricultural equipment innovations is the technology that will help farmers improve overall efficiency and field productivity. There are three areas that every customer should ask their dealer about to make farm operations more efficient. These areas include machine optimization, which helps machines improve their capacity and productivity. For example, GPS and AutoTrac assisted steering will reduce passes through the field, improve overall fuel economy, save horsepower, and increase overall comfort to the operator.


I think the future of global agriculture is mixed, with both positive and negative signs. there are positive signs. Many of those who address the future need for food and fiber assume the worst case in terms of global population growth. world population may level out sooner than commonly understood. So the challenges, while very large, may not be as dire as often thought. It is generally understood that world food production tends to outstrip world food demand, despite population growth. So this sort of technology can give society that much more of a boost.


So it seems that Colorado University is leading the field in agricultural technology. It seems fitting that the Buffalos’ are the ones innovating methods for better farming methods and food distribution, not to mention using science to enhance food generation. After all, wasn’t it the Buffalo that were nearly hunted to extinction, or was that the Bison? Are they one in the same?


The agricultural sector is going to face enormous challenges in order to feed the 9.6 billion people that the FAO predicts are going to inhabit the planet by 2050: food production must increase by 70% by 2050, and this has to be achieved in spite of the limited availability of arable lands, the increasing need for fresh water (agriculture consumes 70 per cent of the world’s fresh water supply) and other less predictable factors, such as the impact of climate change.


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