Special Report: Agtech

Artificial intelligence, drones, nanotech, remote sensing, and robotics are just some of the technologies that the agriculture industry is beginning to employ. Not only can they help increase food production, but they also can reduce farming’s environmental impact and can collect data about crops to help increase profits.

IEEE members are involved in the emerging field, known as agtech. In this issue, you can learn about robots being deployed to help California vintners improve their irrigation systems. A “plant tattoo” made of graphene-oxide can determine which crop variety is most likely to survive a drought. Ocean Spray is testing a microwave scanning system that can automate the process of counting cranberries. And the BioSense Institute in Serbia is connecting farms throughout the country to the Internet.

We also cover a startup that is developing a solar-energy system to power off-the-grid greenhouses. If you have an idea for your own agtech venture, our career piece can help you get started.

Feature Articles


Startup Takes Greenhouses Off the Grid

Solho is developing solar technologies to power horticultural projects in arid areas


Farms Across Serbia Are Being Connected to the Internet

BioSense Institute combines AI, nanotechnology, and remote sensing to increase food production


Robots to Help California’s Grape Growers Conserve Water

The machines are part of the University of California’s precision irrigation system


‘Plant Tattoo’ Can Help Farmers Select Crop Varieties To Survive Drought

The nanodevice measures which plant varieties absorb and retain the most water


Plenty of Money to Be Made in the Emerging AgTech Field

Venture capitalists are seeking innovations that help farmers improve food production and distribution


Researchers Help Ocean Spray Farmers Count Cranberries

University of Wisconsin team applies radar technology to automate the process


Multimedia: Learn About the Future of Food Production With These Four Videos

IEEE.tv programs cover indoor farms and precision agriculture



Indoor Farms Could Revolutionize Agriculture

No soil, sunlight, or pesticides required


Connected Cattle: Wearables are Changing the Dairy Industry

Trackers using cloud computing applications are increasing milk production