Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/14/2020
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Technology is rapidly changing all aspects of society including agriculture, although technology is not disseminated to all sectors of society at the same rate and there is a need for sustainable agricultural management tools on Native American Tribal Lands. The use of technology-based tools such as digital soil mapping, proximal sensing, drones and GPS-enabled tractors are not only driving a new agricultural economy, but also providing a challenge to scientists on how to best utilize big data and technology. New tools and techniques are providing information that has never been accessible to farmers. This team of scientists are focusing on tools that inform better decision-making and optimize production. These tools are also being used to integrate traditional ecological knowledge on Native Tribal lands in Oklahoma in order to provide an ecological approach to agriculture. Tools are also being developed for underserved small farmers in Central America to understand soil functions related to drought mitigation and yield gaps for specific crops. This workshop, “Technology Applications for Optimizing Farm Production,” will highlight the broad spectrum of technology and its application in the Agricultural Research Service, USDA, with specific research presentations on technology applications in a diverse groups demonstrating multiple applications.