Precision Agriculture Technology Adoption for Sustainable Northern Alberta Farms
NWP is looking for ways to make northern agriculture more time and energy efficient. The institution has received funding from NSERC via the Applied Research and Technology Partnership (ARTP) grant to explore innovative applications of data-driven precision agriculture (PA) technology.
The research uses automation, alternative energy, and remote monitoring to make PA technology more tenable in northern locations. This kind of technology is widely used on south and central Alberta farms but has less uptake in the north, where cost and access barriers can delay technology adoption. A main objective of this research is to make it easier for northern producers to access and implement PA solutions, which improve farm efficiency and productivity while reducing environmental impact. This research is supported by project collaborators including Range Ward, Xcel Automation, Simark Controls, and the Peace Country Beef and Forage Association.
- Engage with regional innovators to encourage the uptake of emerging technologies
- Create opportunities for northern producers to access technical training in down-scalable PA technology
- Engage in technology improvement studies for non-grid clean electricity generation for grazing, watering, and other livestock systems
- Adapt PA technologies for use in northern farming by identifying solutions that are useful and user friendly
- Riley Buker, Project Director
- Nathan Parlee, Project Director
- Brett Dillman, Research Associate, plumbing
- Charles Sanderson, Research Associate, electrical
- Mark Rochon, Research Associate, electrical
- Kevin Young, Research Associate, technical support
- Ghen Tourangeau, Traditional Knowledge Consultant