Provide global food security by 2050


Feeding a population that could reach 10 billion by 2050 is an enormous challenge. Food producers must balance growing more crops with higher nutritional quality while minimizing environmental impacts related to soil resources, water consumption, and CO2 emissions. Producers must dramatically scale sustainable practices, which will require connecting smart farm leadership with policy makers at state and national levels through new business models.

Ensure long-term food and economic security

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Spatial analysis and data science

Spatial technologies and data science must be improved through active research to create broader ranging positive influence at scale.

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Field operations

Field operations must become much more efficient, which implies more automation and digitally supported precision farming.

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IoT and real-time events processing

The Internet of Things (IoT) will become critical to understanding current production status and move closer toward predictive analytical models.

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Imagery and remote sensing

GIS imagery and remote sensing will become critical to agriculture management by detecting change through multitemporal datasets and imagery in real time at scale.

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CASE STUDY

Florida maps support farmers during COVID-19


Leaders in Florida are using GIS to connect potential buyers with farmers and producers of Florida-grown commodities.

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