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USDA announces $5 million in Funds for Smart Technology Innovations in Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of 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. Funding for this program is made through NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

Illustration Photo: Humidity and temperature sensors and underground soil tensiometers are strategically located throughout Reiter Berry Farms, in Watsonville, CA, on Thursday, August 27, 2015. Data from this and other sensors will be transmitted to a comunication repeater on the hill in the distance, where it will go to a cloud-based irrigation management system. (Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture / Flickr CC BY 2.0)