Agribotics Podcast: Big Ag, Agricultural Robotics, Factory Farms and Orchards

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July 06, 2016

Forecasts for the worldwide agribotics market predict a whopping increase from $3 billion in 2015 to $16.3 billion by 2020.

The world’s population is expected to hit more than 9 billion by 2050. That’s a lot of mouths to feed. To grow all that food, the world’s farms will need to increase production by around 25 percent, according to a recent report from the World Resources Institute.

To make matters worse, experts expect shortages of water, fertilizer, and arable land to make it even more difficult to feed future generations.

At the same time, the number of people involved in the often dangerous world of agricultural labor is decreasing — an effect that is especially rapid in Europe and the United States.

The solution to automate agriculture as quickly as possible and as extensively as possible holds out the possibility that technology can help avert worldwide shortages of food in the coming decades.

Tom Green checks in with Frank Tobe, publisher of The Robot Report and founder of Robo-Global ETF, to assess the agricultural robotics landscape, future of automated farming, factory farms, agricultural drones, investing opportunities in automated farms and the way forward to increasing harvests enough to better feed the planet’s 7.5 billion people.

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See Frank Tobe Live at RoboBusiness:

 
Frank Tobe
Frank Tobe
Editor / Publisher
The Robot Report
Leveraging Robotics in the AG Industry

The presentation will cover:

  • the growth of service providers
  • the need for variable-rate dispensers
  • incremental advances (kits for self-driving vehicles, increased back-room robotics for sorting, sizing, QC, packing, stacking and warehouse operations)
  • drivers propelling the movement (population growth, increased cost and reduced availability of labor and water, limited tillable land, climate change, cheaper and faster CPUs and sensors and better AI)
  • examples of successful practices augmented by robotics



 

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