One solution to the evolving agribusiness landscape is greater collaboration among technology providers, farmers and the agribusiness industry, which the growing suite of agriculture technology solutions has enhanced and enabled.
Deere worked closely with startups and other tech companies to develop the innovation vital to its success and efficiency, Liefer says. The company also looks to expand technology teams at locations in the U.S. and Europe. Advanced technology, including equipment and precision technology, will be essential to meeting the world’s “accelerating demand for food, fuel, fiber, and infrastructure,” Liefer says.
The need to accelerate efforts to ensure the world has enough to eat became especially clear in a “Roadmap for Global Food Security,” which the U.S. and other nations issued in spring 2022. Among U.S. commitments noted in the plan is a U.S. Department of Agriculture “Food Systems Transformation Framework,” which will support urban agriculture and other innovative production, much of it technology-based.
Deere CEO Keynote at CES 2023
Deere & Co. Chairman/CEO John May will present a keynote at CES 2023 focusing on the ways purpose-driven sustainability and technology advancements address the challenges of feeding a growing global population. The event will mark May’s first CES keynote appearance. He previously served as Deere’s chief information officer and oversaw the company’s development of products such as the world’s first fully autonomous tractor and “See and Spray” technology, which won a CES Innovation Award.
The Consumer Technology Association has partnered with U.N.-affiliated World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS) to boost awareness of the U.N.’s Human Securities for All (HS4A) initiative. The goal is to highlight tech’s essential role in supporting United Nations’ efforts to advance and secure basic human rights.
What Farmers Need
A wide array of technologies and capabilities, some controversial, affect the deployment of advanced agricultural projects. Among the necessary tools are micro-irrigations, water harvesting, bio seeds, nanotechnology and crop protection, according to an analysis from Transparency Market Research. For maximum value, the systems may include genetic engineering and features that deliver drought-tolerant and heat-tolerant crops.
A few of the more prominent global firms now investing in, and improving, infrastructure for new agri-tech products include Deere & Co., H.J. Heinz, Nestlé, Kraft Foods Inc., Bayer Crop Science AG, BASF, Cargill, Novozymes, DuPont Pioneer and Novozymes, according to the report.