Digital Technology Supercluster Invests in Autonomous Agriculture for Smarter, More Sustainable Food Production

Improving farmers’ efficiency, reducing emissions and reducing them to pure zero

VANCOUVER, BC, February 15, 2022 / PRNewswire / – Canadian Supercluster of digital technologies is proud to announce an investment in the world ‘s first interactive operational planning software for autonomous agriculture. The A standard data platform for autonomous agriculture The project focuses on the introduction of digital technology and automation in the farm, which will help farmers be more efficient, increase production, reduce costs and have a positive impact on the environment.

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“As our country moves to pure zero, all sectors of the economy understand that we must all contribute to achieve this. For farmers and the agricultural sector, the development of digital innovation can lead to greener, faster and more sustainable food production,” he said. he said. Dear Francois-Philip Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. “Through this investment, it’s gratifying to see Canadian innovators come together with bold and innovative ideas to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create greener jobs and support a sustainable future for Canadian farmers and families from coast to coast.” .

At the head of Verge Ag in collaboration with Theramera, Open Group, Simon Fraser University and QuantoTech, this project will create a digital duplicate farm users to support operational planning and decision making. The platform will use new data sources to help farmers characterize their fields, crops, soil and environmental factors and combine this with farm historical data to optimize planning, cost management and maximizing net income.

“We are pleased to work with a strong consortium of partners with diverse expertise in geospatial technology, data platform development, computer vision and artificial intelligence,” he said. Ryan Johnson, President and CEO of Verge Ag. “As we enter the fourth agricultural revolution, Verge Ag is ready to prepare the next generation of farmers with highly efficient, sustainable and autonomous agricultural solutions. Our ability to link agronomic planning and production with farm operations planning and productivity is just the beginning.”

The effects of climate change and the rapidly rising operating costs of farms are jeopardizing farmers ’livelihoods and the stability of our food supply chain. By changing the way food is grown, Canadian farmers are taking a bold step to increase agricultural productivity, reduce crop losses and combat the greenhouse gas emissions that make up 12% of Canadian total emissions.

“Canadian farmers rely on cutting-edge science and research to sustain their business. Scientific advances have led to new agricultural technologies and practices, provided farmers with the best varieties of crops, and helped protect crops and livestock from pests and diseases. These investments are new technologies. and agri-food data analytics will help make our agricultural sector even stronger while protecting the environment and opening up new market opportunities for our agri-food businesses, ”said the esteemed Marie-Claude Bibo, Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Food.

The total investment in the project is $ 10,811,321 with $ 6,465,377 invested by industry and $ 4,345,944 co-invested by the Digital Supercluster Technology Leadership Program. This project is also supported by the province British Columbia through StrongerBC Agritech grant program, which focuses on strengthening Britain’s economic recovery, agricultural sector and food security by supporting food producers and agro-technological innovators. Other investment support is provided by Mitacs.

“The COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the global supply chain reinforce the need for innovative solutions to ensure that people have access to safe and sustainable food,” he said. Ravi Colon, Minister of Employment, Economic Recovery and Innovation. “BC is proud to invest in new technologies and innovations that will strengthen our food security and build a stronger and cleaner province that works for more people.”

“We have seen BC farmers, engineers and software developers achieve amazing things that increase on-farm production, efficiency and sustainability when they work together,” said the BC Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries. Lana Pofam. “This platform offers opportunities to accomplish all of these things, and helps make crop and business decisions that support food security and the food economy of British Columbia.”

“We need to act quickly and ambitiously if we want to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our agricultural sector. This is exactly what is happening in this project. Solutions such as the draft standard data platform for autonomous agriculture will improve the sustainability of our agriculture. sector, fulfilling the imperative to reduce carbon emissions, ”he said Sue PacheCEO of the Digital Supercluster.

More information on the Standard Data Platform for Autonomous Agriculture project can be found here.

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