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Ag-Tech Meetup Held in Independence

Monday, June 15, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Elizabeth Peters
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An Ag-Tech Innovation Meetup was held recently in Independence, Oregon that hosted more than 40 representatives of technology, agriculture, education (higher and secondary), economic development, and government. The wide-ranging conversation focused on how to capitalize on Independence’s broadband capacity and proximity to agriculture to create a living laboratory for developing smart agriculture technologies.

Much of the conversation focused on “de-siloing” data that is already being collected, thus creating a platform that aggregates data from a wide range of sensors. This type of collaboration would create the capacity for tools to allow agriculture companies to easily visualize the data in ways that are meaningful for the business, such as cross analyzed datasets and mapping.

The second focus of discussion was on developing a smart ag education center on school district property outside of Independence. The district owns ten acres with a school house that could be transformed into an extension campus, where students could learn ag science or horticulture skills in the morning, then sensor construction, deployment and data analysis in the afternoon.

The Technology Association of Oregon wrote on the event for the Portland Business Journal newspaper.

For more information, contact Shawn Irvine, Economic Development Manager for the City of Independence at

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