The next agricultural revolution will be driven by the use of digital technologies, informatics & cybernetics. Future Farming brings together elements of technology, society, and biology and enables the use of information, extracted from purposefully collected data, to manage agricultural production systems: optimise yield and quality and increase efficiency whilst ensuring sustainability.
Over the next ten years, we expect to see better use of information within each component of the agri-food production system and perhaps the start of a transition to a single integrated agri-food system, in which thinking and decision making is based on information about the state of all key system components. The ultimate result will be a truly optimised and robust food production system from paddock to plate and fibres from the paddock to the user. To achieve this, we must thoroughly understand all processes involved in the reverse order: from the consumer to paddock.