Ag Tech: Disruption or Distraction?

Many data scientists argue that machine and agronomic data in agriculture fail to meet the definition of “big data.” However, the combination of technology and venture capital directed at agriculture are changing the landscape with respect to on-farm production. Topics shaping the future of agriculture to be explored will include artificial intelligence (AI); cloud computing; internet of things (IoT); data standards and exchange; federated IDs; block chain and cryptocurrencies; data ownership, privacy and security; emerging ecosystems; farming-as-a-service( FaaS), broadband internet access; and supervised and full autonomy. The adoption of technology in agriculture is proceeding at a rapid pace causing concern on the part of farmers and traditional agribusinesses. This presentation will provide an overview of the forces shaping the future of agriculture, and some of the risks faced by those who fail to prepare for this digital revolution.



Scott Shearer received his Ph.D. in agricultural engineering from The Ohio State University (OSU) in 1986. Currently, he serves as Professor and Chair of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering at OSU. Highlights of his research career include development of methodologies and controls for metering and spatial applying crop production inputs, modeling of agricultural field machinery systems, autonomous multi-vehicle field production systems and strategies for deployment of UAVs in agriculture. He has lead research supported by over $15M in grants, authored more than 200 technical publications, and has made numerous invited presentations at international conferences, professional meetings and farmer forums. Dr. Shearer is a Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.


January 11, 2022, 4:00:00 p.m.

CEU Credits Available:

One Crop Management CEU is available for this presentation.