Digital Technology Supercluster Invests in Autonomous Agriculture for Smarter, More Sustainable Food Production

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Improving Farmer Efficiency, Reducing Emissions and Reaching Net Zero

VANCOUVER, BC, February 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – from Canada Digital Technology Supercluster is proud to announce an investment in the world’s first interactive operational planning software for autonomous farming. the Standard Data Platform for Autonomous Farming The project focuses on bringing digital and automation technologies to the farm that will help farmers be more efficient, increase production, reduce costs and have a positive impact on the environment.

“As our country moves towards net zero, all sectors of the economy understand that we all need to do our part to get there. For farmers and the agricultural sector, the development of digital innovations can lead to greener, faster and more sustainable food production,” said Honorable François-Philip Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. “Through this investment, it’s great to see Canadian innovators coming together with bold, innovative ideas that will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create more green jobs, and support a sustainable future for Canadians. Canadian farmers and families from coast to coast.

Directed by Verge AG in collaboration with Terramera, i-Open Group, Simon Fraser University and QuantoTech, this project will create a digital twin of a user farm to support operational planning and decision-making. The platform will leverage new data sources to help farmers characterize their fields, crops, soils and environmental factors and combine this with historical agricultural data to optimize planning, manage costs and maximize net returns. .

“We are excited to work with a strong consortium of partners with diverse expertise in geospatial technologies, data platform development, computer vision and artificial intelligence,” said ryan johnsonPresident and CEO, Verge Ag. “As we enter the fourth agricultural revolution, Verge Ag is poised to prepare the next generation of farmers with hyper-efficient, sustainable and self-sufficient agricultural solutions. Our ability linking agronomic planning and production with agricultural operations planning and productivity is just the beginning.”

The effects of climate change and rapidly rising farm operating costs are threatening farmers’ livelihoods and the stability of our food supply chain. By transforming the way food is grown, Canadian farmers are taking a bold step toward increasing agricultural productivity, reducing crop losses and tackling the greenhouse gas emissions that 12% of from Canada total emissions.

“Canadian farmers rely on cutting-edge science and research to sustainably grow their businesses. Scientific breakthroughs have led to new agricultural technologies and practices, provided farmers with better crop varieties, and helped protect crops and livestock from pests and diseases. This investment in new digital technologies and agri-food data analytics will help make our agriculture industry even stronger while protecting the environment and opening up new opportunities for our agri-food businesses,” said the Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agrifood.

The project represents a total investment of $10,811,321 with $6,465,377 invested by industry and $4,345,944 co-invested by the Digital Supercluster Technology Leadership Program. This project is also supported by the Province of British Columbia through the StrongerBC Agritech Grant Program, which focuses on strengthening British Columbia’s economic recovery, agriculture sector and food security by supporting food producers and agri-tech innovators. Further investment support is provided by Mitacs.

“The COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the global supply chain reinforces the need for innovative solutions to ensure people have access to safe and sustainable food,” said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Employment, Economic Recovery and Innovation. “British Columbia is proud to invest in new technologies and innovation that will strengthen our food security and build a stronger, cleaner province that works for more people.

“We’ve seen BC farmers, engineers and software developers do incredible things that increase on-farm production, efficiency and sustainability when they work together,” said Minister of Agriculture. British Columbia Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Lana Popham. “This platform provides opportunities to do all of these things and helps guide crop and business decisions that will support BC’s food security and food economy.”

“We need to act quickly and ambitiously if we are to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our agricultural sector. That is exactly what is happening in this project. Solutions such as the Standard Data Platform project for Autonomous Agriculture will improve the sustainability of our agriculture sector, while meeting the imperative of reducing carbon emissions,” said Sue PaishCEO of the Digital Technology Supercluster.

More information about the Standard Data Platform for Autonomous Farming project can be found here.

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On from Canada Digital Technology Supercluster
Before the curve starts here. The Digital Technology Supercluster is building a better Canada growing Canadian businesses, creating a digitally skilled workforce and positively impacting lives across the country. We are accelerating the development and adoption of digital technologies that keep Canadians healthy, fight climate change and boost economic productivity. Through a powerful combination of co-investment, cross-industry collaboration, intellectual property creation and digital talent development, we unlock the potential of Canadians to lead and succeed in the digital world. For more information visit: https://www.digitalsupercluster.ca/

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