Thursday – May 30, 2019  •  9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Frederick Community College – Student Center (campus map)
7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD 21702

REGISTRATION FEE – $20 per person  (includes lunch)

Though often considered to be rather traditional, agriculture and aquaculture are well on their way to turning into high-tech industries as advancements in machinery and a growing number of startups show. New concepts like smart & precision farming, crop efficiency, and vertical farming bring a breath of fresh air to this field, leading to what is called Agritech and Aquatech.  A growing population, climate change, urbanization, and globalized trade are a few of the megatrends that impact agriculture/aquaculture. In 2017, technology funding reached a record high of $10.1 billion.

The essential value of smart farming lies in making farms, fields and aquatic more efficient. Emerging technologies in this field include software solutions, optimization devices, and process automation tools capable to transform commercial as well as smaller farms by generating more profits from the area of land available.

Although precision farming is related to smart farming the concept goes much further. The farming management concept also known as Precision Agriculture (PA) or Site Specific Crop Management (SSCM) is based on observing, measuring and responding to inter and intra-field variability in crops.

Advanced robotics, automated machinery & drones are crucial to increasing the efficiency of agricultural production in the future. Automated large machinery can take over many aspects of large-scale farming.

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