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Key points in this POSTnote include:

  • Precision farming combines technology with livestock and crop science to improve agricultural practice.
  • Benefits include improved animal health, greater crop yields and reduced environmental impacts.
  • Many UK farmers feel the costs of the technology are a barrier to uptake. The use of some techniques is more prevalent in northern Europe, Australia and the US.
  • Automation of repetitive tasks reduces the need for some jobs, but precision farming does not replace humans fully, and creates demand for high skilled work.
  • Data collected in precision farming has great value and potential, but it is not always clear who owns and has rights to use it. 

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