Smart Farming CSIRO June 2013

Smart FarmingThe Smart Farming: leveraging the impact of broadband and the digital economy report outlines initial research findings from Smart Farming projects, which indicate smart farming productivity benefits.

The roll out of Australia’s next generation broadband network and the growing impact of the digital economy through the adoption of smart digital services has the potential to help the rural sector meet its productivity and sustainability challenges. CSIRO is currently undertaking a number of different Smart Farming projects which look to realise these possibilities.

The Smart Farming: leveraging the impact of broadband and the digital economy report outlines initial research findings from this project which indicate smart farming productivity benefits for soil fertility improvements, feed allocation, animal production and animal health monitoring.

This report is designed to help government agencies, IT professionals, farmers and related businesses to better understand the potential of smart farming technologies in Australia’s agricultural and upstream service and processing industries.

It describes opportunities and benefits for Australia’s rural sector from the broadband network and the digital economy.

Some of these emerging opportunities have been explored through demonstration smart farm initiatives, outlined in the report.

These projects have also pinpointed the key drivers and barriers for adoption of this new technology in the agricultural and related industries.

The report outlines initial research findings from the project which indicate smart farming productivity benefits indicate significant benefits for soil fertility improvements, feed allocation, animal production and animal health monitoring.

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