Faculty Advisor

Bulled, Nicola

Faculty Advisor

Hersh, Robert

Center

OTHER / Other location, not listed

Abstract

Smart agriculture, the use of proven farming strategies including techniques, technologies and cultivar varieties, increases productivity and reduces costs. Both established and new farmers can benefit by incorporating smart agriculture strategies; yet, there are economic, historic, political, and social complexities that influence how these approaches are considered. Using qualitative methods, a case study and interviews, this project explored engagements with smart agriculture by young, formally educated farmers and a community of established potato farmers in northern Greece. We also developed a model for predicting fungicide application time to prevent a potato crop disease. Findings identify that age, expectations, and established trust influence engagement with smart agriculture.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2016

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs

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