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Emerging Agriculture 2016: The Future of Agriculture


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On January 9th, 2016 Nikolas Badminton was the featured keynote at the University of Saskatchewan Emerging Agriculture conference.

What is needed when food production must increase with 60% to be able to feed the growing population expected to hit 9 billion in 2050?

Nikolas Badminton, Futurist, covers everything from the Internet of Things to Big Data to Augmented/Virtual reality to Drones and Autonomous vehicles in this amazing presentation.

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Emerging Agriculture 2016: The Future of Agriculture

  1. 1. THE FUTURE OF AGRICULTURE Design:Culture:Mind
  2. 2. #EmergingAg @nikolasfuturist
  3. 3. “I know there's a farmer out there somewhere who never wants a PC and that's fine with me.” Bill Gates
  4. 4. Today?
  5. 5. “Food production must increase with 60% to be able to feed the growing population expected to hit 9 billion in 2050.”
  6. 6. There is an urgency to increase yield, drive efficiencies and fight the ever changing world.
  7. 7. Internet of Things
  8. 8. Internet of Things Autonomous Vehicles & Drones
  9. 9. Internet of Things Autonomous Vehicles & Drones Big Data
  10. 10. Internet of Things Autonomous Vehicles & Drones Big Data AR & VR
  11. 11. Internet of Things Autonomous Vehicles & Drones Big Data AR & VR …and one more thing
  12. 12. Internet of Things
  13. 13. “The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects or "things" embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity, which enables these objects to collect and exchange data.” Source:
  14. 14. 1. Higher productivity and more efficient use of land, water and fertilizer. 2. Greater transparency. 3. Big data, and the software to collect it.
  15. 15. “4.9 billion connected things will be in use in 2015, up 30 percent from 2014, and will reach 25 billion by 2020.” Gartner Source:
  16. 16. “GE estimates that convergence of machines, data, and analytics will become a $200 billion global industry over the next three years.” Source:
  17. 17. “94% of all businesses have seen a return on their IoT investments.” Source:
  18. 18. Semios - Manage Your Orchard Source:
  19. 19. Vital Herd - Quantified Livestock Source:
  20. 20. “40% of dairy cows get sick each year and those losses from livestock animal sickness amount to $5 billion a year in the U.S. alone.” Brian Walsh, Vital Herd's CEO
  21. 21. “500 billion devices by 2025.” Cisco Source: XXX
  22. 22. Challenges • Cost efficiency • Connectivity • Security • Maintenance and Upgrades • Data, data, data • Training
  23. 23. Drones
  24. 24. “Because of limited arable land, productivity must increase 25% to help meet that goal.” The Robot Report Source:
  25. 25. “Agricultural robot market size to grow from $817 million in 2013 to $16.3 billion by 2020.” ResearchMoz Source:
  26. 26. Autonomous Tractors
  27. 27. Weed Control Source:
  28. 28. WineBot Source:
  29. 29. Herding Drone Source:
  30. 30. Rosphere Source:
  31. 31. And now, a look to the skies.
  32. 32. “The average size of a Canadian farm was 315 hectares in 2012. But in Saskatchewan, the average size was 675 hectares.” Statistics Canada Source:
  33. 33. Farm Drones
  34. 34. eBee Ag: Precision Agriculture
  35. 35. Google’s Project Wing Source:
  36. 36. Source: Lancaster
  37. 37. “In 40 minutes, 120 hectares can be surveyed by Lancaster, the metre- long, 1.4-kilogram drone is used with various plug-and-play imaging sensors, including infrared and hyper-spectral, which depict more than 100 channels of light that can reveal problem areas invisible to the human eye.” Source:
  39. 39. What about some smaller applications with bigger impacts?
  40. 40. Source:
  41. 41. “Honey bees are responsible for $30 billion a year in crops.”
  42. 42. “One of every three bites of food comes from plants pollinated by honeybees and other pollinators. Yet, major declines in bee populations threaten the availability of many fresh ingredients consumers rely on for their dinner tables.” Whole Foods
  43. 43. • Autonomously pollinating a field of crops. • Hazardous environment exploration. • Search and rescue (e.g., in the aftermath of a natural disaster). • High resolution weather and climate mapping. • Traffic monitoring. • Surveillance. Source: Bee drones have wide-ranging applications
  44. 44. Drone Challenges • Securing and patrolling the farm’s airspace. • Navigating legislation and remaining compliant. • Training. • Hacking and theft. • Rogue UAVs.
  45. 45. Big Data
  46. 46. • Machine optimization. • Optimized planting • Identify disease outbreaks. • Creating better seeds and hybrids • Better decisions that prevent mistakes and increase efficiency. Source: The Promise
  47. 47. Source: Farm at Hand - Enterprise Resource Planning
  48. 48. Farmer’s Business Network Source:
  49. 49. Farm Data Simplified. • Analyze your soils, seeds, fertilizers, chemicals, yields, economics, and weather. • Move beyond maps. Unlock profitable, actionable insights from all your data. • Integrate any precision monitor with unlimited file cleaning and storage. Real World Seed Intelligence. • Access agriculture’s largest database of real world seed performance. • Find optimal planting populations and practices on over 700 varieties. Farmers Connecting. • Farm with the confidence of millions of acres of anonymous crop and practice insights. • Join thousands of advanced farmers in the digital coffee shop - this is the new way to share. • Get exclusive access to FBN Events and Member Benefits. Source: Farmer’s Business Network
  50. 50. But, there are some real concerns around big data usage…
  51. 51. Sources: and SCICROP • Acquires worldwide data from agriculture, financial markets and climate, mapping the value-added information. • Analyzes more than 200k data units per day collected through public and private agrometeorological stations (invented by Scicrop), mapping drones (invented by Scicrop), news, social networks and satellite images. • Interpret data and build crop production and climate risk scenarios through realtime farm analysis. “THE S&P AND BLOOMBERG FOR AGRICULTURE.”
  52. 52. Source:
  53. 53. • Who owns the data? • How easy is it to acquire data? • Who profits off of the analytics? • How secure are the services? Source: The Challenges
  54. 54. AR & VR
  55. 55. This is bad
  56. 56. John Deere’s FarmSight
  57. 57. “Every screen larger than the one on your wrist will get eaten by VR/AR in the next 10 years” Source:
  58. 58. Water
  59. 59. Source:
  60. 60. Source:
  61. 61. Source:
  62. 62. Drought & Floods Yorkton, Saskatoon
  63. 63. “Of all natural hazards, floods, droughts and tropical storms affect the agriculture sector most showing the severe impact of climate-related disasters.” US Secretary-General Source:
  64. 64. “Over the last three decades, there has been a rising trend in the occurrence of disasters worldwide - droughts, hydrological events like floods and meteorological events such as storms.” US Secretary-General Source:
  65. 65. “Economic losses have reached an average of USD 250 billion to USD 300 billion a year.” US Secretary-General Source:
  66. 66. Somerset Levels, UK
  67. 67. Cities
  68. 68. “86% of the people in the developed world will live in cities by 2050.” United Nations Source:
  69. 69. Vertical Farms
  70. 70. Source:
  71. 71. Source:
  72. 72. Hydroponics
  73. 73. "We're growing in 16 days what otherwise takes 30 days in a field - using 95% less water, about 50% less fertilizers, zero pesticides, herbicides, fungicides" David Rosenberg, CEO, AeroFarms Source:
  75. 75. Aquaponics
  76. 76. Future Farmer
  77. 77. Smartdust Quantum Computing Human Augmentation Brain-Computer Interfaces Virtual Personal Assistants
  78. 78. + 1 778 918 6446 See and download the presentation at