Agriculture

SmartFarm highlighted on GrowingProduce.com

July 25, 2019

Professor David Slaughter was featured in the article discussing the changes ahead for agriculture as the workers will move from manual labor to digital labor.

Read the article, titled "Where Will We Find Tech-Savvy Farm Workers?" at GrowingProduce.com.

Flying Drones Over Hines Nursery

April 08, 2019
On Tuesday, April 3rd, a small group of researchers met at Hines Nursery in Winters, CA to fly drones. But, these were not just any drones. These drones are equipped with thermal and multi spectral cameras.

Gabriel Youtsey Discusses Industry 4.0 in BAE Winter Quarter Seminar Finale

March 14, 2019
Bridging the gap between agriculture and technology is nearing a crucial tipping point. The world, by and large, is becoming more connected, autonomous, and data driven. Unfortunately, growth in these areas as they apply to agriculture has not kept pace with other sectors.

Dr. Yiannis Ampatzidis talks about AI applications in Agriculture

March 07, 2019

During his recent seminar, Dr. Yiannis Ampatzidis brought up some compelling arguments. According to Ampatzidis, the first agricultural revolution came with mechanization. The second revolution brought agrochemicals such as fertilizer, herbicides and pesticides. The third ushered in genomics and genetic modification. And the fourth, the introduction and incorporation of smart agriculture, digital farming, internet of things, robotics, and artificial intelligence is just beginning.

Running a Company and Building Agricultural and Industrial Equipment with Mr. Paul F. Burkner

March 01, 2019

"We slept a lot of nights in the back of a pick-up truck waiting for the harvester to break down," Mr. Paul F. Burkner said with a smile during his recent seminar for the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering's Winter Seminar Series. In 1979, during those early days of Agricultural Industrial Manufacturing Incorporated (AIM, Inc.), it wasn't too difficult to find Mr. Burkner and his business partner Claude E. Brown, if you knew the color of his truck and which vineyard was harvesting.

The Changing Agricultural Landscape in Peru

February 21, 2019

Over the past ten years, Peruvian agriculture has transformed. The industry has blossomed an, approximately, $2 billion industry in 2007 to over $7 billion in 2018.

According to Manuel Lopez Ortiz, the Director of the Master's degree program in agribusiness and Ph.D candidate at the University of Piura, Peru, this dramatic increase is due to a number of strategies that have been implemented in the last decade.

Incorporating SmartAg Certification with Dr. Tom Burks

February 07, 2019

Words like SmartAg, Precision Agriculture, and Digital Agriculture are quickly becoming everyday parts of Biological and Agricultural Engineering programs around the nation. To meet the food insecurities and sustainability challenges of tomorrow, it is increasingly necessary to ensure students at the university level are being well prepared in SmartAg.

Making Ag Your Business with Don Osias

January 31, 2019

"Good design and good engineering need each other," mentioned Don Osias during the latest Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department's Winter Quarter Seminar Series. As he spoke, it became clear that the good design Don spoke of extended beyond the products he built and into Applied Instrumentation, the agricultural products business he created.