The Digital Agriculture Community is a growing network of partners, devoted to building partnerships and resources that will address emerging issues in precision agriculture, ecosystem management and services, biosciences, socio-economic impacts, and data-related issues in the agricultural ecosystem. You are invited to learn more about our work, and join our community to receive more news and information about our activities.

Digital Agriculture is one of nine thematic communities under the Midwest Big Data Hub (MBDH). The MBDH is a growing network of partners investing in data and data sciences to address grand challenges for society and science. Anyone is welcome to join these efforts.

In 2016, the National Science Foundation funded a collaborative MBDH Spoke project in the digital agriculture area, titled "Digital Agriculture - Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Plant Sciences and Education."

Recent Announcements

December 3, 2020

The NIFA-funded Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative (AG2PI, https://www.ag2pi.org/) is conducting a community survey. The focus of AG2PI is to build cross-kingdom research communities to address the challenges of genome to phenome (G2P) research and find opportunities to work together to identify shared critical research gaps. Importantly, this is an opportunity for the community to share with the USDA a vision that may be used to guide future USDA requests for proposals in this space.

October 15, 2020

A virtual series presented by Cleveland Water Alliance, the Water Environment Federation, and the Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub.

  • APR Cultivating Regional Resilience: Water, Data, and Climate Challenges at Scale

  • JUN Eye in the Sky: Innovations in Remote Sensing for Water Quality

For more information see: https://clevelandwateralliance.org/water-data-forum-series

September 3, 2020

USDA-NIFA AI Institute for Future Agricultural Resilience, Management, and Sustainability, led by a team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, advances AI research in computer vision, machine learning, soft object manipulation and intuitive human-robot interaction to solve major agricultural challenges including labor shortages, efficiency and welfare in animal agriculture, environmental resilience of crops, and the need to safeguard soil health.

August 7, 2020

The Iowa State University OVPR IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE FOLLOWING OPPORTUNITY:  Up to $1000 to cover costs (project coordination, videography, honorarium) associated with the development and delivery of a training session/series/webcast/workshop to build foundational training in data science for agriculture. Projects can range from 50 minutes to a multi-day training workshop. This call will fund up to six proposals.

June 25, 2020


Community Development and Engagement opportunities

 Proposals due by July 24, 2020

Submissions are now open for our Community Development and Engagement funding opportunities! Partner with us to build a vibrant data science community in the Midwest.