SMART Farm brings to the forefront advanced technology and innovative practices that help farmers and ranchers grow and raise food sustainably
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Today at CES, the largest consumer electronics show in the world, U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA) introduced a new communications concept, called SMART Farm, aimed at bridging the gap between the acceptance of innovation that’s a part of consumers’ everyday lives with the science and technology happening on today’s farms and ranches.
“Science and technology are embraced by consumers in all aspects of their lives,” said Brad Greenway, USFRA Chairman and South Dakota crop and pig farmer. “We want to demonstrate that farmers and ranchers are using similar technology to produce food in a way that is good for the soil, air, habitat and water on and around our farms and ranches – without compromise on cost, quality or taste.”
Today’s SMART Farms use data and technology to help farmers and ranchers become more efficient, nimble, and more equipped to protect the planet’s resources while producing food. While at CES, USFRA and its partners will showcase a few examples of these innovations that, for example, result in better care for animals, fewer trips across the field and more precise application of water and crop inputs like fertilizer and pesticides.
“Media, influencers and consumers all understand the notion of ‘smart’ as a descriptor for the innovation and technology that helps improve their lives – the smart phone, the smart home, the smart classroom,” said Randy Krotz, USFRA Chief Executive Officer. “Just like every other forward-thinking industry, American agriculture is employing science and technology to help build an ever-improving version of the American farm.”
In the coming year, USFRA will incorporate programs and activities, such as 360 videos, infographics, events, speaking opportunities and more, to demonstrate SMART Farming practices. During CES, USFRA and its partners including John Deere and The Climate Corporation, will be showcasing today’s SMART Farm at Booth #21662.
About U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA®)
U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) consists of about 100 farmer and rancher led organizations and agricultural partners representing virtually all aspects of agriculture, working to engage in dialogue with consumers who have questions about how today’s food is grown and raised. USFRA is committed to continuous improvement and supporting U.S. farmers and ranchers’ efforts to increase confidence and trust in today’s agriculture. To learn more, visit our website at fooddialogues.com. You can also find USFRA on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
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