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Tech Savvy Small Farmers Stay Ahead Of The Agribusiness Competition

November 30, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Effective farming is no longer just about the right seed, soil or fertilizers. To succeed these days, farmers need to be able to apply technology advances, including data collection and analysis, to farming methods to maximize productivity. Smaller family farmers like Kip Torn use sensors, GPS data, cellular modems, self-driving tractors, iPhone irrigation apps, etc., to navigate the boom-and-bust cycles of farming and to grow and compete with big agribusiness. While less tech-savvy neighbors have faded away, Tom’s farm has grown from 700 acres in the 1970s to 20,000 acres today.
Quentin Hardy, "Working the Land and the Data", The New York Times, November 30, 2014, © The New York Times Company
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