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3D Printing – Now and the Future

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Next Week

Smart Food and Precision Agriculture


By 2050, the world’s population will reach 9.2 billion, 34 percent higher than today. With companies like Google racing to extend our lives, are we going to have enough food to feed an increasing population who are living longer than any time in history?

Over $2.3 billion in venture money was invested in agtech in 2014. In this episode, we will explore how precision agriculture is transforming one of the world’s oldest industries. The advanced technologies are helping farmers collect real-time data and predict a variety of variables, such as plant stress level and water usage, to optimize decisions concerning planting, fertilizing and harvesting. I will discuss the implications for large and small farms as well as for consumers with Alex Thomasson, Professor of Biological & Agricultural Engineering at Texas A&M University, and Jim Ostrowski, VP of Engineering at Blue River Technology.