The Evolution of Automation on the Farm

How will agriculture keep feeding the world’s growing population? The technology keeping farms productive now is the same technology that has the power to make agriculture more sustainable for decades to come.

Farmer flying a drone

In addition to the unfolding impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing pressures due to climate change, labor shortages, socio-political instability, and other market disruptions are threatening our food system. To overcome these challenges, farmers are relying on one of agriculture’s most trusted resources—human ingenuity.


From planting to harvest, farmers are further adopting tools like automation, digital platforms and other precision agriculture methods to keep food production moving in a sustainable fashion. 


From Planting to Harvest and Beyond

Agricultural innovations make our food system more sustainable. They limit our use of land, water, energy, pesticides, time, and labor. Computation limits the guesswork. Automation limits the inefficiency. And these growing technologies create different types of jobs in agriculture.


Now is the time to invest seriously in solutions that can help build a steadier food supply and create a more sustainable food system in the process. Because the only way to address some of humanity’s most urgent and ongoing challenges is to pursue big, bold, and new ideas that benefit both people and out planet. 

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