NextGen Expo, agBOT Challenge to Begin

Posted: Updated:
(photo courtesy of Purdue University) (photo courtesy of Purdue University)
WEST LAFAYETTE -

The Purdue University College of Agriculture and Gerrish Farms in Rockville will Thursday kick off a three-day event to showcase high-tech innovations in agriculture. The NextGen Expo and agBOT Challenge 2019 will both take place at the Agronomy Center for Research and Education on the West Lafayette campus.

The NextGen Expo is an interactive STEM fair that will take place Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will feature interactive exhibits covering industry, farm management, robotics, crop production, and rural broadband, among a number of other topics. Rachel Gerrish, senior executive producer of the event, says one of the goals is to showcase the need for broadband to enhance agriculture, education and healthcare in rural areas.

The agBOT Challenge will be open to the public Friday and Saturday. It is an international competition featuring teams from high schools, universities and industries that have created autonomous robots capable of performing agricultural tasks.

In its fifth year, the competition will see the teams on Friday showcasing their crop management robots that can navigate rows of corn, identify plans, deliver fertilizer, eradicate weeds, and provide real-time observation. Saturday, the teams' robots will gather soil samples and prepare them for diagnostic evaluation.

This year's competition will include teams from Virginia Tech, Colorado School of Mines, the University of Manitoba, Michigan State University, IUPUI, Purdue Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Indiana State University, as well as entrepreneurs from Indiana, South Carolina, Texas, Canada and Egypt.

"Both events offer a glimpse into the future of how unmanned vehicles and other technologies will impact agriculture and society at large," said Ronald Turco, head of Purdue’s Department of Agronomy. "These tools are almost certainly going to be critical to help farmers produce the food that will be required to feed a growing global population, and they also show what is possible with high-speed broadband."

The agBOT Challenge was founded by Gerrish Farms owner Steve Gerrish and his daughter Rachel to raise awareness of the need for high-speed rural broadband, and also to encourage cross-collaborative research and development of new technologies for agriculture.

  • Perspectives

    • Baby Boomers Are Impacting the Building Industry

      There are currently 78 million baby boomers in the U.S., making up 25% of the population and controlling 67% ($28 trillion) of the country’s wealth, according to the Living In Place Institute. AARP says 90% of people surveyed want to remain as long as possible in their homes. The majority of those 65 and older remodel their home to make it safer and accessible. In fact, 45% of all remodeling work is being done for people over the age of 65. With this amount of data supporting...

    More

Subscribe

Name:
Company Name:
Email:
Confirm Email:
HTML
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections
INPower
Subscribe
Unsubscribe

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • Hub & Spoke Aims to Fuel 'Purpose and Passion'

      The co-founder of a $16 million mixed-use development in Fishers says the project aims to have the biggest social impact possible. Officials broke ground Tuesday on Hub & Spoke, which will include a design center, coworking space and makerspace when completed. David Decker says the project is the first of its kind in the nation and seeks to help people find their purpose and passion and tie that into their vocation. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business Reporter...

    • (Photo Courtesy: Roche Diagnostics)

      Roche VP on List of Influential Women Executives

      An executive with Roche Diagnostics has joined an exclusive list of prominent and influential women, including Oprah Winfrey and Serena Williams.  Cindy Carlisle, Vice President of Human Resources at Roche Indy, was named to Savoy Magazine’s 2019 Most Influential Women in Corporate America. 

    • The facility could be build within the River Ridge Commerce Center.

      Jeffersonville Being Considered for CBD Plant

      California-based Layn USA could soon establish operations in southern Indiana. One Southern Indiana, the economic development organization and chamber of commerce for Clark and Floyd counties, says the company has signed a purchase and sales agreement with the River Ridge Development Authority for a proposed $52 million CBD manufacturing facility. The project, the company says, would have the capacity to process a minimum of 5,000 tons of hemp biomass each year. As part of the...

    • Rendering courtesy of Two EEs Winery

      Two-EE's Winery to Adopt New Age Policy

      Two-EE's Winery in Huntington has announced it will adopt a new age policy begining in August. Our partners at WPTA-TV report the winery will no longer allow people aged under 21 to visit the establishment due to ongoing problems with unsupervised or misbehaving children. 

    • New Mixed-Use Development Planned for Fishers

      A new mixed-use development is coming to Fishers. Thompson Thrift Retail Group has announced the development of The Station, an office building that is part of an overall project that includes a 150-room hotel, a future retail pad along 116th Street and nearly 40 3-story townhomes.