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The Precision Farming Connection


Networking 21st Century Digital Farming Operations

June 15th .  2023 . 14:00 UK Time (UK Time)

With the world's population currently at 8 Billion and set to hit 10 billion by the mid-century, increased efficiencies in food production driven by escalating risk of famine and resulting crop failure due to climate change, is a major human imperative. IoT networks, enhanced by AI capabilities, drone deployments, advancements in agricultural machinery and other innovations will monitor crops and livestock to inform important harvesting and animal welfare decisions, as we advance towards the ultimate goal of worldwide food security.  Underpinning this is the necessity of robust, reliable and real-time connectivity... and given the remote nature of almost all farming operations the critical requirement of hyperconverged terrestrial + non-terrestrial hybrid networks.


  • 14:00:    c21-virtual


Paul Stahl, Executive

Opening Remarks (MP4) (Transcript)


  • 14:05    ST Engineering iDirect


Jean-Michel RouylouHead of Enterprise Market

IoT over Satellite Solutions: Enabling Smart AgroTech (Pdf.)

The farming sector is no stranger to technological revolution. From crop rotation to the introduction of mechanized equipment and the introduction of chemical fertilizers and biotechnology, farming has been at the center of technological developments. By 2050 we’ll need to feed two billion more people, but how can this be achieved in a sustainable way? 


This presentation will explore how IoT over satellite solutions revolutionize the agricultural industry by enabling networked farms and applications for various use cases, enhancing efficiency and productivity in AgroTech.

  • ​14:25    Intelsat


Joel Schroeder, Director of Mobility Solutions

The Connected Farm: Smart Machines Optimize Productivity (Pdf.)

Global agriculture is in the throes of a digital transformation.  Powered by billions in investment, emerging technologies are ushering in the era of “smart farming,” in which growers can ultimately operate more efficiently and productively.  The modernization of agriculture enables today’s farmers to harvest crops with greater speed and efficiency using automated tractors and remotely operated equipment. Intelsat’s Joel Schroeder will discuss solutions that provide high-performing, reliable, and rugged connectivity for heavy farming machinery in even the hardest to reach places.

  • 14:45    Accenture


Jaime GuerreroSr Manager, Sustainable Food & Agriculture, Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Global Practice Lead

Controlled Environment Agriculture's Role in Delivering Hope for Food Production (Pdf.)

Humankind is facing unprecedented challenges in the effort to produce enough food for future generations. The world’s population is expected to reach nearly 10 billion in 2050 and it could peak at nearly 11 billion around 2100. To meet the increased demand, we will need to increase the food production by 70-100 percent.  And that will need to happen in a more sustainable manner, which is a significant barrier, given the resource-intensive, high carbon-emission nature of traditional agriculture.

However, there is hope. There is an opportunity to leverage Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) to plug gaps in traditional agriculture. Using CEA systems, the world can meet rising consumer demand, use fewer natural resources, reduce waste, drive sustainable practices, and protect food supply chains from disruptions. While there are some challenges associated with this agricultural model, CEA shows promise to overcome them by as early as 2027.

  • 15:10    BASF


Vera ArrabalDigital Farming Product Manager – LATAM

Trends, Impacts and Opportunities of Digitalization in Latin America (MP4)

I. Trends until 2030 in the use of digital technologies for monitoring and management of weeds, pests, and diseases.

II. Use of drones for weed control and variable-rate application.
      - Explanation of how drones can identify and map weed-infested areas.
      - Benefits of early and accurate detection for more efficient control.

III. Open Innovation and Innovation Ecosystems in Agribusiness 
      - Explanation of the concept of open innovation and its application in the agricultural sector.
      - Benefits of collaboration among companies, startups, universities, and farmers.
      - Discussion on the importance of developing innovation ecosystems in agribusiness.

IV. How digitalization can make pest and disease management are more effective, some practice examples.

  • 15:30    Nedap Livestock Management


Tera (Koebel) BakerMarketing Manager

Nedap: Technology for Life (MP4)

Take a journey through time, past to present of Nedap’s innovations within the livestock space, to understand what the building blocks are for creating technology for life on the farm.  Then peek into the future of how a strong foundation will power the possibilities of an interconnected ecosystem up and down the value chain.

  • ​15:50    Syngenta


Steven TompkinsHead of New Services Northwest Europe

Making Best use of Data on Farm – where are we and what’s holding us back? (MP4)

Data is often heralded as a key foundation for informing farming practices that maximise production, efficiency, and sustainability. However, with a complex landscape of software platforms, IoT devices and machinery that often don’t interoperate, making best use of farm data can be a challenge. What are some of the solutions to overcoming the data interoperability conundrum and where do we go next?

  • ​16:10    Varda - Field Data Exchange


Inês Rocha FerreiraSenior Manager Business Development

Solving Data Fragmentation for a Nature-Positive Food System (MP4)

This presentation will explore the issue of data fragmentation in the agriculture industry and its implications for achieving a nature-positive food system. I will emphasize the critical role of data access in verifying field practices, measuring impact, and incentivizing sustainable farming. By addressing the challenges of data coordination and standardization, we can foster collaboration, enhance connectivity, and leverage technological innovation to optimize agricultural practices, reduce emissions, and promote a more sustainable future for the industry.

  • ​16:25    c21-virtual


Paul Stahl, Executive

Closing Remarks

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