From Robots to Drones, Agricultural Innovation Is Rapidly Changing (News-Press)

From Robots to Drones, Agricultural Innovation Is Rapidly Changing

“Precision agriculture,” “artificial intelligence.” It sounds like content for a science fiction movie or TV show. But we’re not talking about “The Avengers” or “Star Trek.” These scientific innovations present us with real-world applications for farms in Southwest Florida and globally. Further, they signify something special to several of our scientists at the University of Florida’s research facility in Immokalee. Those scientists include people such as Dr. Yiannis Ampatzidis.

Ampatzidis came to the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, part of the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) about three years ago and quickly built a reputation as more than a gadget builder. An agricultural engineer, Ampatzidis and his research team design technology that can perform many tasks farmers only dreamed about five or ten years ago.

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