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OMAFRA: Examining ag robotics opportunities in Ontario

July 5, 2022  By Fruit & Vegetable

While the past few years have certainly been challenging for the agriculture sector and the world, challenge paves the way for opportunities. And, as Kristin Obeid, horticultural weed management specialist for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) notes, opportunities abound in the ag robotics space.

Since 2021, an AgRobotics Working Group comprised of more than 50 people (OMAFRA staff, Haggerty Creek AgRobotics, growers, grower associations, agri-business, universities and colleges, federal and municipal governments and technology companies) have been meeting weekly to brainstorm about available and future technologies, builds networks and collaborations, conducts on-farm demonstrations, and builds cross-functional teams to apply for funding opportunities. One major goal is to ground-truth (ie. check the validity of technologically gathered data against real-world situations) these technologies in Ontario production systems. |READ MORE


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