Nextgov: USDA Makes New Move in Broad Effort to Bring Innovative Tech to America’s Farmers

“With sights set on significantly expanding farm production while reducing the field’s environmental footprint over the next decades, the Agriculture Department is looking to learn more about the most innovative, ‘ready-to-go’ technologies and approaches that can be quickly unleashed across the U.S. agriculture landscape.”

“The farm-focused agency invited public- and private-sector players to weigh in via a request for information posted Thursday—and confirmed that responses will inform a ‘comprehensive U.S. agriculture innovation technology strategy’ that USDA intends to develop for its customer-facing programs.”

“‘Across America, we have seen significant advances in agricultural production efficiency and conservation performance during the past two decades,’ USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey said in a statement. ‘We want to keep the momentum.’”

“Specifically, officials plan to pinpoint publicly accessible tech and practices that are fully developed, field tested, and have completed independent research trials. The agency lists robotics, applications, tools and in-field management activities as examples in their pursuit.”

“The work is part of the department’s broader Agriculture Innovation Agenda, an agencywide effort to align USDA’s assets to more deliberately help farmers access and adopt innovative agricultural approaches and products…” Read the full article here.

Source: USDA Makes New Move in Broad Effort to Bring Innovative Tech to America’s Farmers – By Brandi Vincent, September 11, 2020. Nextgov.

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