Date: Thu Jul 25, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Moderator: Adam Bergman
The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) has launched new programming and initiatives focused on agtech, innovation, and the future of agriculture. Learn from Director of Ag Innovations and Technology Transfer Linda Kull, PhD, and farmer board member Elliott Uphoff about ISA’s view on developing an agtech ecosystem in Illinois, the cross-industry relationships needed for adoptable solutions, and the farmer perspective on new tech.
The University of Illinois is a land grant University that was established to aid in education and research with the potential of economic growth from agriculture and mechanics. Now, 150 years after the establishment of the University, once again there is industrial revolution of agriculture modernization, but now with fusion of computing and agriculture. The Research Park at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has developed a cluster of innovation in agriculture digital technology. Large agriculture companies across the value chain have established innovation centers to harness computing, artificial intelligence, and data sciences to drive new products and increased production. New startup companies are commercializing research at the convergence of computing and agriculture. This session will highlight company examples from the growing cluster of agriculture technology innovation in Champaign-Urbana and new models for students employment to drive technology adoption.
With a top ten College of Agriculture, top ten College of Engineering, and a market-oriented president, Purdue is busting the sod to reveal deep, fertile soil for new technologies, initiatives, and startups. Central to all this are many cross-pollinating collaborations, including the 400 acre purpose-driven smart community Discovery Park District, 10-county Wabash Heartland Innovation Network, and the statewide AgriNovus.
Why are farms the last stop for agtech innovations? AgLaunch has developed a model that brings farmers to the center of the innovation pipeline, collaborating with producers to build more impactful technology. By positioning the farmer as a crucial partner in agtech, we can also position farms as incubation sites and rural America as the ultimate place for agricultural innovation.
This project will create a new platform for linking grower/producer communities in the Midwest states with Agtech innovation that is driven by grower’s unmet needs. By building a network of early adopter growers of Agtech innovation, our region will have a new asset that enhances commercialization of Ag technologies by providing an additional path to market for Agtech innovators.
The Early Adopter Grower Innovation Community (EAGIC) will identify growers interested in new innovations and committed to pilot adoption in their operation. EAGIC will determine the unmet needs of these early adopter growers and using its global sourcing network, EAGIC will source solutions and facilitate pilots between the growers and innovators by establishing rigorous evaluation and reporting channels for the pilot projects.
By building a grower-centric and global innovation sourcing platform, EAGIC will make Midwest growers globally competitive.