Title: International Perspectives
Date: Wed Aug 3, 2016
Time: 1:20 PM - 3:20 PM
Moderator: John Fulton
Precision Agriculture for Food Security and Sustainable Development in China

This presentation will 1)introduce the challenges of Chinese agriculture; 2)overview progresses in precision agriculture research to meet the double challenges of food security and sustainable development; 3) discuss the reasons of low adoption rate in production agriculture; and 4) provide some perspectives on future development of precision agriculture in China. 

Yuxin Miao (speaker)
China Agricultural University
Beijing 100193
Dr. Yuxin Miao got his Ph.D degree in Soil Science/Precision Agriculture from University of Minnesota in 2005, and worked at the Precision Agriculture Center of University of Minnesota for post-doctoral research from 2005 to 2006, and started to work as associate professor of precision agriculture in China Agricultural University in 2007. Dr. Miao received the Pierre C. Robert Precision Agriculture Young Scientist Award in 2012, Outstanding Chinese Alumni Award of University of Minnesota in 2014, and National Teaching Achievement Award of Chinese Ministry of Education in 2014. Dr. Miao's research and extension/outreach programs focus on precision crop management, especially using proximal and remote sensing technologies to improve crop nitrogen management, and developing integrated precision crop management systems for high crop yield and resource use efficiencies and protection of the environment. He services as associate editors for Precision Agriculture and Agronomy for Sustainable Development, and China Representative at ISPA. He is founding Leader of the Precision Nitrogen Management Community of ISPA.
Length (approx): 40 min
PA in New Zealand

Ian’s talk will highlight some of the unique activities and industries within New Zealand’s agricultural and horticultural production systems and their emphasis on export. This leads to an increased emphasis on producing high quality food at minimal environmental impact and cost.  The talk will argue that we are entering a new phase where the old definition of PA will be superseded by Digital Agriculture which will encompass a greater number of activities off farm, with a growing need to integrate off farm activities in order to achieve better  production feedback and environmental governance. His group’s work on hyperspectral imaging is illustrated as their first experience of working in this new data economy which they believe will significantly change the way they operate in the future. This change will be seen across the whole sector from research, production, processing and distribution to the final consumer.

Ian Yule (speaker)
Professor in Precision Agriculture
Massey University
Palmerston North
Ian Yule is professor of Precision Agriculture at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand. He has had a 25 year career in Precision Agriculture, during his 19 years in New Zealand he has been involved in a number of innovative projects mainly around precision agriculture and pasture production. Being brought up on a farm Ian
Length (approx): 40 min
A View of PA in some Latin American Countries

Latin America is diversified and geographically enormous. Agriculture and production scale goes to extremes and precision agriculture practices can go from the traditional small farming handcrafting management to sophisticated high tech farms. Unfortunately, we do not have good information regarding adoption statistics, except from some specific situations, but it is possible to have a picture of what is going on in some countries, especially on crops like grains, sugar cane, coffee, vineyards and tropical fruits.

José Molin (speaker)
Agricultura Engineer, PhD - Associated Professor
University of Sao Paulo
Piracicaba, SP
Agricultural Engineer from the Federal University of Pelotas (1983), with Masters in Agricultural Engineering from the State University of Campinas (1991) and PhD in Agricultural Engineering - University of Nebraska (1996). He is currently Associate Professor at the University of São Paulo and has experience in Precision Agriculture and Agricultural Machinery. He is the president of the Precision Agriculture Commission from the Ministry of Agriculture and works on the organization of Precision Ag Conference that will be held in Brazil in October 2016.
Length (approx): 40 min