There are many very cool high-tech ideas bouncing around the specialty crop industry, moving forward at various levels of speed, jumping one hurdle after the next. But there are also success stories and real agtech being utilized on the farm. Below are two companies that are well past concept development and are offering equipment that materially reduces the need for labor.

Tim Linden

By Walt Duflock, Vice President of Innovation

The 2022 Automated Technology Field Day was held in June at the Hartnell East Campus in Salinas, Calif. There was a great crowd with over 150 attendees and a great mix of growers, startups, and equipment dealers were in the audience. It was probably the largest agtech field demo day for startups since the Forbes AgTech demo day in 2019.

By Ann Donahue

Needless to say, the world has changed quite a bit since the Farm Credit System was established in 1916 with a mandate from the U.S. Congress to serve agriculture and rural communities with consistent and reliable credit. Sure, it was after the Industrial Revolution, so mechanization existed—but computers? Robots? Biologics? To someone of that era, it would all seem like science fiction.