The future is already here at the ninth annual Precision Ag Summit scheduled for Jan. 20-21, 2020, at the North Dakota Farmers Union Conference Center in Jamestown.
North Dakota Farmers Union, Praxis Strategy Group, The North Dakota State University Extension Service, Dakota Precision Ag Center, GK Technology and others are coordinating the event. Precision agriculture industry experts, producers, practitioners and technology developers will discuss data management and analytics, profitability of precision agriculture, precision planting and agricultural automation.
Producers and others will have an opportunity to learn about the latest trends in precision agriculture during the summit. A panel of longtime practitioners of precision agriculture including John Nowatzki, agricultural machine systems specialist in the agricultural and biosystems engineering department at North Dakota State University, Lanny Faleide, Founder and President of Satshot, and Kelly Sharpe, Agronomist at GK Technology will discuss the current state of precision agriculture and the challenges that remain in realizing its full potential.
Keynote speaker Terry Griffin, Associate Professor and Cropping Systems Economist at Kansas State University, will discuss the “The Return on Investment for Selected Precision Agriculture Technologies and Practices.” Griffin is a renowned expert on farmer’s utilization of precision ag technologies.
The next generation of precision farming will be featured in presentations by Brian Carroll, Director of Emerging Prairie’s Grand Farm and Alex Meltnichouck, Digital Farming & Precision Ag Evangelist, from the Olds College Smart Farm in Calgary, Alberta.
The future of farm connectivity will be discussed by Seth Arndorfer, CEO of DCN (Dakota Carrier Network) who was recently appointed to the FCC’s Precision Ag Task Force.
The afternoon schedule on the first day includes sessions on various topics, such as preparing the next generation of agriculturalists, precision farm management, crop data management and postharvest precision technologies, including Bushel, which provides a digital infrastructure to connect and enhance the grain industry.