The program will identify the challenges and opportunities for the digitalization of Canada’s agriculture. A better understanding and management of data-driven agricultural technology (AgTech) means increased productivity and sustainability, as well as more predictable ROI and cost savings across the sector.
With generous funding from the Alberta Government, the program’s goals include fostering data management best practices, developing policy recommendations, and enhancing transparency in the agri-food space.
Where we are now
Innovative AgTech options such as robotics, AI, and smart connectivity have already been commercialized, giving us more data than ever before about weather and climate, land use, animal welfare, crops, soil and weed information. It is data that enables producers, input providers, processors, distributors, investors, innovators, consumers, and policymakers to improve collaboration and to make effective decisions for a more sustainable food system.
However, widespread adoption of such technology is currently limited. Different stakeholders have different motivations, different pressures and different problems preventing them from fully exploiting the AgTech opportunities. It’s necessary to understand and to solve the barriers to digitalization in agriculture.