Hear it from those who already attended AI in a Day Camp

After each camp we ask youth to share what they learned and what their parents saw them demonstrate in the ‘Show what you Know’ that we close each camp with. Christine really impressed us with her chatbot application! We love seeing kids be successful and learning more about the tech that under lies the applications they already use.

Our next camps are in:

Sioux Falls, SD - July 26 or July 27

Brandon, MB - August 10 or August 11

AI in a Day Camp post camp debrief

Flax

This past weekend we shared a few pictures on our social feed about what we were doing in our flax fields this year. We received a lot of questions and e-mails so we thought we would share more about what the field looks like this year.

It is a little early to share all of the new data capture technologies we are using - although we will have some upcoming blog posts of at least a few partners we are working with. We first want to make sure the tools are 1) easy to use 2) integrate into our existing tool suite and 3) provide data that leads to an action.

In the mean time - hope you enjoy a view of flax in bloom.

Drone crop scouting of flax in bloom. Enabling precision agriculture practices with new forms of data capture.

Ag In Motion - Innovation

This is our first time attending Ag in Motion, just outside of Saskatoon, SK. The show is in its fifth year and has a heavy emphasis on field scale trials and demonstrations. The tag line SEE technology, TOUCH innovation, BE Empowered is certainly fitting for this event!

The Ag in Motion Innovations Program recognizes companies that advance agriculture in four areas:

  • Plant and Soil Science

  • Animal and Livestock

  • Agriculture Equipment

  • Agribusiness Services

In addition, six international ag-tech companies are part of the 2019 show, as Canadian farmers attract the attention of worldwide developers and innovators. Combine this with the release of new seed varieties (two Canterra wheat varieties), companies making new product announcements (autonomous dry spinner spreader) and showing off their products and services in unique ways (virtual reality at the AGI booth) and there is no shortage of innovation.

One day is not enough time for this show!

Farmily Vacation @aginmotion

Farm families know that the line between farm and family is often blurred. And many farm families would tell you that is what makes farming such a great profession and a great way of life! (At least most of the time.)

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Ag in Motion

- a farmily vacation

We strongly believe that farming is an important profession because we are working to make the world a better place - not just for ourselves but by respecting the environment as we feed the world .

We also believe that modern farming continues to have a strong multi-generational tradition because younger generations have the willingness and the skill sets to adapt and mesh agriculture and technology. Multi-generational farm family traditions can only be built if our kids enjoy farm life and see the pleasure along side the hard work.

So, this week we set out on a Farmily vacation; combining a little time away with the Ag in Motion farm expo. If you can’t be there in person you can follow our adventures here or via social media. You can also follow @aginmotion on Instagram and Twitter or find Ag in Motion on Facebook.

#aginmotion #aim19

Canola in Bloom

Did you know?

Canola is the world's only "Made in Canada" crop. It was developed by researchers from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the University of Manitoba in the 1970s, using traditional plant breeding techniques.

The 3 primary uses for canola are:

  1. Vegetable oil - 44% of the seed is oil, which is double the content of soybeans

  2. High protein meal - the remaining 56% of the seed can be used as feed for cattle, poultry, swine and fish. Productivity increases in milk production can be up to 1 litre per day.

  3. Biofuel feedstock - a newer use for canola, the cold weather performance makes canola a new choice for biodiesel.

Drone scouting of the canola field and in field scouting using a digital scouting app.

In addition to the agronomic practices each farmer is using to increase productivity - we are leveraging some additional data collection mechanisms to track those practices and the impact at a much more specific level than in previous years.

We look forward to sharing the results - and the multiple ways we are trying to capture and visualize the impact.

AI in a Day: Camp Stories

The testimonials of our campers and their parents speak louder than our own words. Here are some camp stories from AI in a Day.

“…my favorite part was the image recognition and that I could tell my parents how old they looked”

“…I liked making the chatbot and being able to use the computer microphone and have her talk back to me”

“…I made somebody speak German! I liked how Markus sounded, but when it was English I liked Justin’s voice the best”

“…he told me he had fun and would like to try it again another time.

“I’m excited to use the translation with him. I am trying to re-learn my first language with him in French immersion and this tip alone will be invaluable to us.”

“Could I come back again tomorrow?”

If you would like to register for an upcoming camp, click here.

Ag PhD Field Day + AI in a Day Camp

Farm Femmes will be presenting at Ag PhD Field Day, July 25th at 12:00 about 5 technology trends in agriculture. We will be covering several platforms that have helped other farms in digital transformations and how to leverage the next generation farmers in your operation.

On July 26th and July 27th, we will be hosting AI in a Day camps for youth aged 8-16. These camps are focused on providing the digital skills necessary for 1) farms of the future, 2) generation to generation transformation to digital farming and 3) income diversity in a field that enables programmers to work remotely from their own operation.

No previous programming or computer knowledge is required to be successful. Those who attend will leave the day knowing how to build 3 key Artificial Intelligence models using Amazon Web Services (AWS), and will have access to AWS for 1 year for free.

Camps will be hosted in Sioux Falls, SD at the Dakotah Lodge. Register for camp here.

Ag and Jerry Maguire?

Grads (and their parents and grandparents), earlier this week we gave you some ideas for the what and where of post graduation options in agriculture. Today, we want to talk about the WHY?

WHY AG?

Ag is big business - so, as Jerry Maguire shouted back in 1996, “Show me the money!” (language warning)

In actuality, there is a great possibility that you will not make pro-athlete type money in agriculture.

Most of the people who work in agriculture will tell you that they do it to honor family legacy, to work for something greater than themselves or to feed people. The WHY is feeling proud of contributing to something more. Something lasting. Something important for all of humanity.

So, whether you play a role as a primary producer or as a supporting function in an ag-adjacent industry, being part of the global food system is important work. It is hard to measure the job satisfaction of being able to say that you help to feed the world. #zerohunger

Grads - we need you!

Graduation season is a long one - especially in Canada!  University grads started their celebrations in early May and our local high school graduation occurred yesterday. Congrats to all of the graduates on their hard work!

If you are a recent grad, no doubt you have been asked about your future plans a million times!  If you are still wondering about how to answer those questions this message is for you…consider ag.

Agriculture is a very diverse field that needs a diverse set of skills to continue to advance practice, technologies and equipment.  The links below are shared so that you get a sense of HOW MANY ways there are to further your education and contribute to feeding the world.  If you are interested in Machine Systems Automation Engineering, Robotics, Aeronautics, Food Safety, Animal Health or Meteorology agriculture needs YOU.

25 Best Colleges for Precision Agriculture

University

South Dakota State University - the first B.S. Precision Agriculture offered in the United States

University of Minnesota - Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering (8 areas of research focus including, Environmental Management and Sustainable Systems, Food and Biotechnology and Bioprocessing)

University of Manitoba - Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (7 departments including Animal Science, Plant Science, Food Science and Agribusiness)

Community College

Lakeland College (9 programs including four types of Animal Science Technology)

Assiniboine Community College (8 programs including Agribusiness, Heavy Duty Equipment Technician, Manure Management Planner and Geographic Information Systems)