Agricultural Technology

Assignment Question

Critically Evaluate: “The world’s population is expanding at a current rate of approximately 80 million people per year. As a result, the competition for land and food supplies is dramatically increasing.” You are to investigate this issue and analyse how a new agricultural technology could help to alleviate this global food issue.

Key Terms

: competition – the activity or condition of striving to gain or win something by defeating or establishing superiority over others.

: Investigate – carry out research or study into (a subject or problem, typically one in a scientific or academic field).

: analyse – examine (something) methodically and in detail, typically in order to explain and interpret it.

: agricultural technology – Agricultural technology refers to technology for the production of machines used on a farm to help with farming. Agricultural machines have been designed for practically every stage of the agricultural process.

: alleviate – make (suffering, deficiency, or a problem) less severe.

: global – relating to the whole world; worldwide.

: The Internet of Things (IoT) – is the inter-networking of physical devices, vehicles (also referred to as “connected devices” and “smart devices”), buildings, and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity which enable these objects to collect and exchange data.

Key Search Terms:

  • Future farming
  • Global food problem
  • Global food issue
  • Global food shortage
  • Global food crisis
  • Smart agriculture
  • High Tech Farming
  • Precision Farming
  • The Internet of Things
  • Agriculture

Combine these terms in searches like:

  • Global food problem + technology
  • Global food issue + solutions
  • Global food shortage + high tech farming
  • Global food crisis + smart agriculture
  • The Internet of Things + agriculture

RESOURCE BANK

WEBSITES

Now What: Tackling The Global Food Shortage With Future Farming

Outlines the changing climate in the world partly as a result of mans impact on the environment and due to the increase in the world’s population. The Food Computer is one technological answer to this problem.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2015/11/06/global-food-shortage-solutions_n_8482286.html

Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations

This page gives an overview of the problems being faced in supplying enough food for many countries in the world.

http://www.fao.org/about/what-we-do/en/

15 Emerging Agriculture Technologies That Will Change The World
This site briefly describes 15

This site outlines some technologies related to agricultural and natural manufacturing under four key areas of accelerating change: Sensors, Food, Automation and Engineering.

https://www.businessinsider.com.au/15-emerging-agriculture-technologies-2014-4?r=US&IR=T

Overview of the concept

The following websites discuss an overview of farming technology, particularly in relation to sensors and programing technology, drones and satellites to maximize productivity.

These self-driving tractors could make farming easier and greener

http://www.businessinsider.com/self-driving-tractors-make-farming-easier-greener-cnh-case-ih2017-4/?r=AU&IR=T

Farmers of the future will utilize drones, robots and GPS

http://theconversation.com/farmers-of-the-future-will-utilize-drones-robots-and-gps-37739

The Future of Agriculture? Smart Farming

https://www.forbes.com/sites/federicoguerrini/2015/02/18/the-future-of-agriculture-smart-farming/#4fde84bb3c42

Agriculture and the ‘Internet of Things’: how it will change in Australia

https://www.forbes.com/sites/federicoguerrini/2015/02/18/the-future-of-agriculture-smart-farming/#4fde84bb3c42

Agricultural Internet of Things technology applications

https://www.ibm.com/blogs/internet-of-things/iot-agricultural-applications/

Specific agricultural industry sectors and Smart Farming

How precision dairy technologies save farmers time and money.

http://www.dairyaustralia.com.au/Standard-Items/Media-Releases/2015/March/11-03-How-precision-dairy-technologies-save-farmers-time-and-money.aspx

How Technology Is Changing Australian Cattle Farming

https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2014/11/how-technology-is-changing-australian-cattle-farming/
Modern Technology Pushes Poultry Industry Into Future

http://farmflavor.com/georgia/georgia-ag-products/modern-technology-pushes-poultry-industry-into-future/

Australian Wool Innovation Limited – Innovations & New Technology

https://www.wool.com/on-farm-research-and-development/wool-harvesting-and-quality-preparation/innovations-and-new-technology/

The Latest Technology and Innovation for Sheepmeat and Wool Producers

http://www.thefarmtable.com.au/sheep-innovation-technology/

New pig farm technology improves profitability, productivity

http://www.wattagnet.com/articles/13047-new-pig-farm-technology-improves-profitability-productivity

Pig Tech: Improving Pork’s Future

http://modernfarmer.com/2013/07/building-a-better-pigpen-building-a-better-pig/