NIFA offers $5 million in Cyber Physical Systems funding for smart agriculture implements

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In Washington, D.C., up to $5 million for research to strengthen the science behind the next generation of internet-connected agricultural implements and resources through the Cyber Physical Systems program was made available by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

“Data driven analytical tools throughout the food supply chain – from production through processing, transportation, and food storage – will allow us to make smarter decisions that can promote efficient food production, reduce food waste, and increase food safety,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “These investments in cyber physical systems will improve efficiencies across the agricultural industry.”

The Cyber Physical Systems Joint Competitive Grant program helps coordinate the work of multiple federal agencies to improve the science behind increasingly complex cyber-physical systems.  CPS technologies can increase efficiencies in agribusiness, provide economic opportunities to workers and promote practices that sustain the environment.  Applications are due by March 6, 2017.