USFRA Shows Off SMART Farm Concept

Kelly MarshallAg Group, USFRA

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) brought their SMART Farm technology to the largest consumer electronics show in the world, CES, taking the opportunity to show off tech created to help bridge the gap between the science and technology on today’s farms and the innovation in a consumer’s everyday life.

“Science and technology are embraced by consumers in all aspects of their lives,” said Brad Greenway, USFRA Chairman and a South Dakota crop and pig farmer. “We want to demonstrate that farmers and ranchers are using similar technology to produce food in a way that is good for the soil, air, habitat and water on and around our farms and ranches – without compromise on cost, quality or taste.”

Today’s SMART Farms use data and technology to help farmers and ranchers become more efficient, nimble, and more equipped to protect the planet’s resources while producing food. While at CES, USFRA and its partners showcased a few examples of these innovations that, for example, result in better care for animals, fewer trips across the field and more precise application of water and crop inputs like fertilizer and pesticides.

“Media, influencers and consumers all understand the notion of ‘smart’ as a descriptor for the innovation and technology that helps improve their lives – the smart phone, the smart home, the smart classroom,” said Randy Krotz, USFRA Chief Executive Officer. “Just like every other forward-thinking industry, American agriculture is employing science and technology to help build an ever-improving version of the American farm.”

USFRA plans many more programs and activities in 2017 to demonstrate SMART Farming.