28 Jan FARMING, GROWERS AND TOMORROW’S FARMS: FUTURE TRENDS IN AGRICULTURE ARE ON THE HORIZON
Farming stands on the cusp of a productivity revolution with future trends in agriculture here and as food demand surges alongside pressing challenges like climate change, environmental sustainability and pressure on natural resources like land and water. Taking a futurist keynote speaker look at future trends in agriculture, numerous technological and ecological advancements are coming.
Precision farming powered by data analytics, IoT sensors, satellite imagery and agricultural drones for targeted crop monitoring will help automate farming decisions related to irrigation, fertilizers, pesticides etc. GPS guided autonomous tractors, pickers and sensors continuously tune farming practices minimizing waste and enhancing yield.
Indoor vertical farms often integrated with cities in refurbished buildings or shipping containers are emerging to grow produce hydroponically in stacked layers without sunlight under LED lights in controlled conditions. All enable year-round supply, reduce food miles by locating near consumers and conserve water besides addressing land constraints.
Regenerative techniques like no-till farming, crop rotation, organic soil enrichment redirect focus on soil health for strengthening farms’ natural ecosystem balance. Cover crops, compost mulching and crop diversity builds resilience to pests, diseases and climate events like drought, floods while capturing carbon offsetting greenhouse emissions.
Startups are innovating plant-based protein alternatives to animal meat and dairy while cellular agriculture is enabling real meat grown from cells without slaughter to ensure food security for the growing population in a sustainable manner minimizing emissions, land and water usage. Policy support for these eco-innovations is vital.
Blockchain technology is bringing transparency into agriculture supply chains through traceability of produce from farm to fork, helping benchmark origin, transportation practices, and freshness while reducing food fraud especially for premium products. Streamlining Agri workflows may also get decentralized.
While automation and urbanization may seem to edge out small scale farmers, social awareness for food appreciations and support for community farming will hopefully foster balanced progress curating ethical and nutritious food options.