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FutureFarm

  1. 1. FutureFarm:FutureFarm: The European Farm ofThe European Farm of TomorrowTomorrow Prof Simon BlackmoreProf Simon Blackmore Project manager of FutureFarmProject manager of FutureFarm www.FutureFarm.euwww.FutureFarm.eu Managing director of UniBots LtdManaging director of UniBots Ltd www.UniBots.comwww.UniBots.com
  2. 2. FutureFarm overview 1/3FutureFarm overview 1/3 • Meeting the challenges of the farm ofMeeting the challenges of the farm of tomorrow by integrating Farm Managementtomorrow by integrating Farm Management Information Systems to support real-timeInformation Systems to support real-time management decisions and compliance tomanagement decisions and compliance to standardsstandards • IntegrationIntegration • Real-time FMISReal-time FMIS • Compliance to standardsCompliance to standards
  3. 3. FutureFarm overview 2/3FutureFarm overview 2/3 • Integrate information systemsIntegrate information systems • Precision agriculturePrecision agriculture • On-farm data and off-farm guidelinesOn-farm data and off-farm guidelines • Real-time FMISReal-time FMIS • Improve economics reduce environmental impactImprove economics reduce environmental impact • Support at the right time, in the right place, in theSupport at the right time, in the right place, in the right wayright way • Compliance to recognised managementCompliance to recognised management standardsstandards • Requirement of the EU single payment schemeRequirement of the EU single payment scheme
  4. 4. FutureFarm overview 3/3FutureFarm overview 3/3 • Investigate the socio-economic aspectsInvestigate the socio-economic aspects • Look at the social implicationsLook at the social implications • Identify the economic consequencesIdentify the economic consequences • Demonstrate the potential of mobile robotsDemonstrate the potential of mobile robots • Design a new robotic mechanisation systemDesign a new robotic mechanisation system • European field day.European field day. www.fieldrobot.nlwww.fieldrobot.nl • Consider aspects of bio-fuelsConsider aspects of bio-fuels • ‘‘Closed loop’ on-farm systemClosed loop’ on-farm system
  5. 5. FutureFarm detailsFutureFarm details • 3 years duration 2008-2010 worth 3m Euros3 years duration 2008-2010 worth 3m Euros • 35 years effort in 3 calendar years!35 years effort in 3 calendar years! • 4 demonstration farms4 demonstration farms • Denmark, Germany, Czech Republic, GreeceDenmark, Germany, Czech Republic, Greece • 8 work packages8 work packages • 10 countries10 countries • Greece, Italy, Spain, Germany, Czech R., Denmark, Finland, UK,Greece, Italy, Spain, Germany, Czech R., Denmark, Finland, UK, Netherlands, AustriaNetherlands, Austria • 15 partners15 partners • 9 Universities (AU, CU, UCPH, UR, UNIBAS, WUR, AUTH, AUL)9 Universities (AU, CU, UCPH, UR, UNIBAS, WUR, AUTH, AUL) • 3 Institutes (CRTH, ZALF, MTT)3 Institutes (CRTH, ZALF, MTT) • 3 Companies (WR-INFO, Agrocom, PROGIS)3 Companies (WR-INFO, Agrocom, PROGIS)
  6. 6. FutureFarm StructureFutureFarm Structure EU-Commission Steering Committee Technical Committee WP2 Strategies + Compliance [CRTH- ITEMA] WP3 Specification [AU] WP4 FMIS [UR] WP5 Analysis [KU-LIF -FOI] WP6 Robots/ energy [KU-LIFE- IJV] WP7 Generalisation + Demonstration [ZALF] WP8 Coordination [CRTH] WP1 Vision [WR-INFO] Stakeholders
  7. 7. Participating organisationsParticipating organisations • CERETETH – GreeceCERETETH – Greece • Aalborg Univ –Aalborg Univ – DenmarkDenmark • Univ Copenhagen – DkUniv Copenhagen – Dk • Univ Rostock –Univ Rostock – GermanyGermany • ZALF – GermanyZALF – Germany • WR-INFO – Czech R.WR-INFO – Czech R. • MTT – FinlandMTT – Finland • UNIBAS – ItalyUNIBAS – Italy • WUR - NetherlandsWUR - Netherlands • AGROCOM – GermanyAGROCOM – Germany • PROGIS – AustriaPROGIS – Austria • AUTH – GreeceAUTH – Greece • TKK – FinlandTKK – Finland • Univ Almiria – SpainUniv Almiria – Spain • Cranfield Univ - GBCranfield Univ - GB
  8. 8. FutureFarmFutureFarm objective 1/7objective 1/7 • Vision of new knowledge based biological,Vision of new knowledge based biological, technical, social and economic innovations.technical, social and economic innovations. • Develop a vision of the farm of tomorrow from theDevelop a vision of the farm of tomorrow from the perspective of the project team and invitedperspective of the project team and invited stakeholders to show a better understanding ofstakeholders to show a better understanding of how farming will develop. This will includehow farming will develop. This will include identifying relevant drivers and their potentialidentifying relevant drivers and their potential impact on crucial processes in knowledgeimpact on crucial processes in knowledge management in arable crop production.management in arable crop production.
  9. 9. FutureFarmFutureFarm objective 2/7objective 2/7 • Cost efficient compliance with standards asCost efficient compliance with standards as an integral part of farm operations.an integral part of farm operations. • Identify and analyse a range of formal andIdentify and analyse a range of formal and informal management strategies in cropinformal management strategies in crop production and identify required indices in terms ofproduction and identify required indices in terms of management and practices that would constitutemanagement and practices that would constitute compliance to standards within the strategy.compliance to standards within the strategy.
  10. 10. FutureFarmFutureFarm objective 3/7objective 3/7 • Special requirements for high value markets,Special requirements for high value markets, sharing good farming practices, recognition andsharing good farming practices, recognition and communication of ecological and cultural diversitycommunication of ecological and cultural diversity as well as regional demands on multifunctionalas well as regional demands on multifunctional production of non-commodities.production of non-commodities. • Analyse and specify the required knowledge,Analyse and specify the required knowledge, information and methods needed to adopt specificinformation and methods needed to adopt specific management strategies. Produce a set of specificationsmanagement strategies. Produce a set of specifications that can be used to define a flexible and dynamic Farmthat can be used to define a flexible and dynamic Farm Management Information System (FMIS).Management Information System (FMIS).
  11. 11. FutureFarmFutureFarm objective 4/7objective 4/7 • Integrated technologies and ICT tools toIntegrated technologies and ICT tools to make cost efficient compliance with standardsmake cost efficient compliance with standards an integral part of farm operations.an integral part of farm operations. • Apply and test the general principles of a FMIS byApply and test the general principles of a FMIS by developing a prototype of an integrated a FMIS.developing a prototype of an integrated a FMIS. This will include elements from different methodsThis will include elements from different methods and sources. Ease of use and largely automatedand sources. Ease of use and largely automated data handling procedures will be an importantdata handling procedures will be an important aspect. Working prototype will be made availableaspect. Working prototype will be made available for evaluation.for evaluation.
  12. 12. FutureFarmFutureFarm objective 5/7objective 5/7 • Understanding of overall trends of EuropeanUnderstanding of overall trends of European societies, new models of relationships withsocieties, new models of relationships with consumers and citizens, rural economy, theconsumers and citizens, rural economy, the multifunctional European farming model deliveringmultifunctional European farming model delivering public goods.public goods. • Provide a socio-economic, environmental andProvide a socio-economic, environmental and technology assessment to understand the drivers andtechnology assessment to understand the drivers and issues from Objectives 1, 2, 3 and 4.issues from Objectives 1, 2, 3 and 4. Recommendations will be expected to show howRecommendations will be expected to show how development can be made to take advantage ofdevelopment can be made to take advantage of opportunities and avoid obvious problems.opportunities and avoid obvious problems.
  13. 13. FutureFarmFutureFarm objective 6/7objective 6/7 • New models of material flow management, basedNew models of material flow management, based on information and knowledge managementon information and knowledge management supporting on-farm or local integration ofsupporting on-farm or local integration of environmentally friendly closed loop processingenvironmentally friendly closed loop processing facilities, energy efficient cultivation with lightfacilities, energy efficient cultivation with light machinery, precision farming and robotics.machinery, precision farming and robotics. • Assess the influences of robotics and biofuels onAssess the influences of robotics and biofuels on economic and energetic efficiencies of farm production.economic and energetic efficiencies of farm production. Existing robotic and closed-loop on-farm biofuel systemsExisting robotic and closed-loop on-farm biofuel systems will be demonstrated and evaluated as examples ofwill be demonstrated and evaluated as examples of internal flow management.internal flow management.
  14. 14. FutureFarmFutureFarm objective 7/7objective 7/7 • Generalisation of project results andGeneralisation of project results and demonstration of all of the above points anddemonstration of all of the above points and showing its feasibility for many future farms in theshowing its feasibility for many future farms in the EU.EU. • Develop a typology for information technologies inDevelop a typology for information technologies in European farming (like precision farming) and aEuropean farming (like precision farming) and a typology on its suitability for different farm groups withintypology on its suitability for different farm groups within the member states of the EU. Application, integration,the member states of the EU. Application, integration, demonstration, generalisation and dissemination ofdemonstration, generalisation and dissemination of project results on commercial farms within EU-project results on commercial farms within EU- countries.countries.
  15. 15. Vision (WP1) Strategies +Compliance (WP2) Specification (WP3) Analysis (WP5) FMIS (WP4) Robots /Energy (WP6) Generalisation + Demonstration (WP7) Exploitation (WP8) Workpackage interactionsWorkpackage interactions
  16. 16. WP1: Vision of the farm of tomorrowWP1: Vision of the farm of tomorrow • Develop a vision of the farm of tomorrow fromDevelop a vision of the farm of tomorrow from the perspective of the project team andthe perspective of the project team and invited stakeholders to show a betterinvited stakeholders to show a better understanding of how farming will develop.understanding of how farming will develop. • This will include identifying relevant driversThis will include identifying relevant drivers and their potential impact on crucialand their potential impact on crucial processes in knowledge management inprocesses in knowledge management in arable crop production.arable crop production. • 36 person months36 person months
  17. 17. WP2: Analysis of managementWP2: Analysis of management strategies and required compliancestrategies and required compliance to standardsto standards • Identify and analyse a range of formal andIdentify and analyse a range of formal and informal management strategies in cropinformal management strategies in crop production and identify required indices inproduction and identify required indices in terms of management and practices thatterms of management and practices that would constitute compliance to standardswould constitute compliance to standards within the strategywithin the strategy • 34 person months34 person months
  18. 18. WP3: Analysis and specification ofWP3: Analysis and specification of knowledge based farm managementknowledge based farm management • Analyse and specify the required knowledge,Analyse and specify the required knowledge, information and methods needed to adoptinformation and methods needed to adopt specific management strategies.specific management strategies. • Produce a set of specifications that can beProduce a set of specifications that can be used to define a flexible and dynamic Farmused to define a flexible and dynamic Farm Management Information System (FMIS)Management Information System (FMIS) • 55 person months55 person months
  19. 19. WP4: Knowledge management in theWP4: Knowledge management in the FMIS of tomorrowFMIS of tomorrow • Apply and test the general principles by developing aApply and test the general principles by developing a prototype of an integrated FMIS.prototype of an integrated FMIS. • This will include elements from different methods andThis will include elements from different methods and sourcessources • e.g. GIS, DSS, expert systems, trusted third partye.g. GIS, DSS, expert systems, trusted third party knowledge, formal and informal knowledge transfer etc.knowledge, formal and informal knowledge transfer etc. • Ease of use and largely automated data handlingEase of use and largely automated data handling procedures will be an important aspect.procedures will be an important aspect. • Working prototypes will be made available forWorking prototypes will be made available for evaluationevaluation • 89 person months89 person months
  20. 20. Farm management ISFarm management IS Processing engine(s) ( Regulatory) Framework definitions Decision definitions Data (Internal & External) Strategy definitions Manual input Catalogues & Data dictionaries Documentation definitions On-field decisions Documentation Strategy decisions Sustainability assessment Farm Management Information System Onlinerepositories
  21. 21. WP5: Socio-economic andWP5: Socio-economic and technology assessment – economictechnology assessment – economic and environmental impactand environmental impact • Provide a socio-economic, environmental andProvide a socio-economic, environmental and technology assessment to understand thetechnology assessment to understand the drivers and issues from other WPsdrivers and issues from other WPs • Recommendations will be expected to showRecommendations will be expected to show how development can be made to takehow development can be made to take advantage of opportunities and avoid obviousadvantage of opportunities and avoid obvious problems in the future.problems in the future. • 43 person months43 person months
  22. 22. WP6: Influences of robotics andWP6: Influences of robotics and biofuels on economic and energeticbiofuels on economic and energetic efficiencies of farm productionefficiencies of farm production • Assess the influences of robotics and biofuelsAssess the influences of robotics and biofuels on economic and energetic efficiencies ofon economic and energetic efficiencies of farm production.farm production. • Existing robotic and closed-loop on-farmExisting robotic and closed-loop on-farm biofuel systems will be demonstrated andbiofuel systems will be demonstrated and evaluated as examples of internal flowevaluated as examples of internal flow management.management. • 36 person months36 person months
  23. 23. WP7: Generalisation, integration,WP7: Generalisation, integration, application and disseminationapplication and dissemination • Develop a typology for informationDevelop a typology for information technologies in European farming (liketechnologies in European farming (like precision farming) and a typology on itsprecision farming) and a typology on its suitability for different farm groups within thesuitability for different farm groups within the member states of the EU.member states of the EU. • Application, integration, demonstration,Application, integration, demonstration, generalisation and dissemination of projectgeneralisation and dissemination of project results on commercial farms within EU-results on commercial farms within EU- countries.countries. • 72 person months72 person months
  24. 24. Farm-IS Central Data Storage collect query analyse plan apply transfer Standardized Interfaces agroXML Automated Process Documentation On-Farm Data Management Mobile Data Usage Customers’ Software Nashetal.2006 store Raw process data RawprocessdataAggregated process data Applicationmap
  25. 25. WP8: Project coordinationWP8: Project coordination • Scientific management and administrativeScientific management and administrative coordination of the projectcoordination of the project • 419 person months in the whole project419 person months in the whole project • 35 years effort in 3 calendar years!35 years effort in 3 calendar years! • 14 milestone reports14 milestone reports • Project manager and Project administratorProject manager and Project administrator • Steering committeeSteering committee • Technical committeeTechnical committee • 54 person months54 person months
  26. 26. And finally…..And finally….. • My thanks to:My thanks to: • Prof Houstis and Prof Kittas of CRTH for hostingProf Houstis and Prof Kittas of CRTH for hosting FutureFarmFutureFarm • Frank Dreger, Angelika Wurbs and Armin Werner ofFrank Dreger, Angelika Wurbs and Armin Werner of ZALF, Germany for their great help in developing theZALF, Germany for their great help in developing the proposalproposal • The Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7)The Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Union under Grant Agreement Noof the European Union under Grant Agreement No 212117 for funding this research.212117 for funding this research. • Please visit www.FutureFarm.euPlease visit www.FutureFarm.eu

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