Autonomous Ag – What is it?
Autonomous Agriculture — What is it? will provide a high level overview of autonomy in agriculture, including differentiating autonomy from automation, describing the different levels of autonomy, summarizing autonomous solutions currently available for the cropping and livestock sectors, and discussing the challenges, opportunities and consequences of autonomy in agriculture.
Bio: Joy Agnew, Olds College Centre for Innovation
Joy grew up on a grain farm near Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and earned her Ph.D. in Ag/Bio Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. Her career has been focused on applied research in agriculture and she joined Olds College in January 2019. At Olds College, Joy oversees the Olds College Centre for Innovation (OCCI), the research division of the College, which focuses on applied research in crop and livestock production with a focus on technology integration and data utilization to improve productivity and sustainability of food production. Joy also has a leadership role in the development of the College’s Smart Ag Ecosystem, bringing together the academic programming, applied research, strategic partnerships, smart farm operations, and extension & communication activities to help the College meet its goal to be a leader in Smart Agriculture. Joy is also past president of the Canadian Society of Bioengineering and is an adjunct professor at the University of Saskatchewan. In 2021, Joy was named one of Canada’s top 50 most influential people in Canadian Ag by Canadian Western Agribition.