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Helping you leverage technology to increase efficiencies and manage costs.
No matter what you call it, either smart farming, digital farming, or precision agriculture, technology is a big part of your future successes.
But, with Imagine IT, it’s people first, and technology second.
Once you have that, you can tap into technology to …
Our agricultural partners are on a mission and are doing some great things. We couldn’t be prouder to support and guide them.
However, technology is now connected to everything they are trying to accomplish, whether on the farm or in a supportive role.
Choosing the best-emerging technology is one of agriculture’s biggest challenges. Especially given the complexity of farming and the connectivity issues in rural areas.
Smart farming and agriculture are here … are you ready?
Technology is a critical piece for every segment of agriculture
Ag businesses are using technology to increase efficiency and manage costs. The advancement of digital technology and the transformation of agriculture have created new concepts you may already be familiar with.
These terms include precision agriculture or farming, digital farming, and smart farming. These terms are often used interchangeably but have a subtle difference in meaning.
Precision Farming – using technology to give an individual plant or animal exactly what it needs, when it needs it, with extreme precision. And to gain deep insights into hundreds of variables and precisely measure tiny variations. Allowing the farmer to enjoy better yields and optimize their resources.
Precision agriculture – allows farmers to customize decisions per square meter of the farm or even down to each plant!
Smart Greenhouses – Greenhouse farming is used to obtain high yields of fruits, vegetables, flowers, etc., by controlling the microclimate in which crops are grown.
A third green revolution – Allows food to be grown with minimal pesticides and fertilizer use. Again, IoT will improve food traceability, and the environmental benefits of smart farming are very encouraging.
Managing and keeping that technology working and secure is critical to your sucess
A smart farm essentially uses a system built to monitor the crops by using a variety of sensors, to measure light, humidity, temperature, and moisture.
The data process looks something like this:
More data is great, but if you don’t have a way to decipher it, making better decisions will be next to impossible.
Typically, a farmer or Ag business is located in rural America, and they are wondering what cybersecurity has to do with them. And what, if anything, they can or should do about it.
Agriculture and specifically farmers don’t think they are a target for cybercriminals.
There is a false sense of security in the farming and Ag industries
At Imagine IT, our Chief Security Office and Founder Peter Durand, a 25-year expert in cyber security, warns that farms and agriculture are a very real target, and often easy prey for cyber-criminals.
Why? Because Ag businesses and farmers have very limited investment in cybersecurity to date.
Farms and AG businesses are now all connected … and vulnerable
For an industry that is betting on farms becoming increasingly more digitally connected and automated, the need for proper cyber security has become even more critical and urgent.
Whether you are an owner of a co-op or an individual farmer who has connected their operations and data to the “cloud,” you are a now a big target,
Imagine IT has created The Security Shield specifically to address these threats
Like most industries in the United States, American farmers and the ag industry face widespread labor shortages. And even though the causes are complex, there are 4 key factors:
Farm labor shortages have not happened overnight; they have been an ongoing issue for decades.
Automated farming systems can help reduce and alleviate the challenge of attracting and retaining skilled workers. In addition, Ag-tech and smart farming can bring new efficiencies to farm systems and improve overall productivity without causing costs to soar in tandem.
Technology can also help alleviate labor shortages by automating mundane tasks and leaving important jobs to skilled workers.
Looking to make a change …or just kicking the tires?
We are passionate about farming and the Ag industry. Let’s talk about your goals and see if we can help.