CAPIGI presents the three most burning IT issues in agriculture: Big Data and AI, Data Platforms and Performance indicators. Join the CAPIGI conference 11-13 July to learn and discuss these issues with other experts.  

BIG DATA and AI in Agriculture 

On 28 June the European Court of Auditors released their report on the potential of big data analytics in agriculture. ECA states Data is the bread and butter of sound policy-making, and big data is also becoming the gold standard in agriculture’. However, this huge potential of big data analystics is largely untapped. DG-AGRI and national Paying Agenciesare encouraged to make more and better use of farm data (disaggregated and with a European wide unique farm-ID) including scaling up of farm-machinery data. Also more use of data from Copernicus and other sources is recommended. Liia Laanes from The European Court of Auditors will present the report on the Power of data to support farmers and farming’ at CAPIGI-22. Specially recommended for policy makers, paying agencies, farmer data specialists, machine manufacturers and (satellite) data experts. 

Agriculture Monitoring System and Agricultural Performance 

The new CAP regulation includes the use of satellite data for an Agricultural Monitoring System (AMS). While the whole of the EU is waiting for the implementation regulation of the new CAP and the AMS, scientists and businesses are already showing good practices and possibilities and develop tools to analyse agricultural performance at field and farm scale across Europe. The special session on CAPIGI-22 on AMS brings the latest advancements in these data analyses: Eric Griesbach from Planet will discuss how this satellite company collects and distributes relevant and adequate data, Gerhard Triebnig (EOX) and Eva Stierman (Neo) present their studies and pilots on using Planet Fusion. Don’t miss this glance into our next year’s CAP control system. Specially recommended for paying agencies, farmer organisations and startups.  

Carbon Farming 

An essential part of the Farm-to-Fork strategy and the “fit for 55 package” is restoring sustainable carbon cycles and in particular aim for higher carbon removals by agriculture. Although many farmers are aware and working on improving their soil organic matter, creating more carbon sequestration contributes to climate mitigation. In any case, more carbon or organic matter in soils is also improving its resilience to erosion, droughts and excess rain, diseases and fertiliser leakage. So a typical win-win. Scientists, financial institutions, farmer organisations and more are gearing up to create a financial carbon credits system that will allow businesses to compensate their carbon emissions by soil sequestration. Christian Holzleitner from DG-CLIMA will explain the concepts of certification of carbon removals. Further more, Jennie van der Kolk (WUR) presents the latest scientific advancements in the Netherlands, with mineral soils, arable land and high land prices. Sebastian Paolini van Helfteren (Rabobank) presents the concepts of carbon farming to improve smallholder farming in Africa and Lars Hillewaere from the Dutch farmers organisation LTO discusses a farmers led scheme on carbon credits and on monitoring and verification. And more. Excellent session to get updated on the policy, science and business side of carbon removals, recommended for farmers and farmer organisations, policy makers, scientists and financials! 

Data Platforms 

All organisations in the European Union will soon be working according to the Data Act and other EU regulations to improve the data traffic. This will also affect the farm, which is besides a food producing business also a land owner/manager and an important actor in the living environment. For all these purposes data has become an essential part for recording activities and improving farm performance. The value of data increases significantly with the number of fields and farms in the database, so as a result of that all kinds of peripheral organisations have a large interest in collecting farm data: suppliers and offtakers, governments, insurances, machine manufacturers and many more develop data platforms with farm data. The European Commission starts a dataspace programme “Agriculture of Data”. At CAPIGI-22 we present several prominent data platform initiatives. Claudia Rössler director for agriculture at Microsoft, will present the company’s vision on agricultural big data, data analytics and how it will improve farming. Furthermore Merwin Olthof (Fellowmind) presents Farmbeats. Also we have Corné Kempenaar (WUR) presenting the Farmmaps platform. Stelios Kotsopoulos (AgroApps) presents their platform for farm management. Jesper Riber Nielsen from SEGES will present how this farmer organisation deals with data platforms and their role in the Danish data realm. Scientist Can Atik (Tilburg University) presents his study on European data governance. And Adinda Lodders from the Dutch Branche Organisation for Arable farming will reflect on the need for sovereignty in data management for farmers. Not to be missed session for all who work on data platforms, data analytics, data policies and data science.  

Innovation and Inspiration 

Data is so much more than digital numbers. It is driving innovation and make things possible we didn’t imagine before. Hear the latest developments of data and data use in agriculture. Hamed Medipoor(Spectro-AG) presents Hyper4Grass about drones and hyperspectral cameras for protein measurements, Peter Paree (ZLTO) brings the innovations from NIVA4CAP, including the use of Agricultural Machine Data as CAP compliance proof, and Joost Beckers(Planet) presents their ability to measure soil moisture and other traits with satellite data. And more. 

Also don’t miss our field visit to the BAYER’s Forward Farm on Wednesday Afternoon!