Farmers will have an opportunity to get an up-close look at cutting-edge ag technology and latest innovations at a new event next summer.
AgSmart, which will take place Aug. 13-14 at Olds College, is a partnership between the college and Agri-Trade.
“AgSmart isn’t just a trade show, it’s a hands-on demonstration and education exposition focused on technology and data across the agriculture sector — how to gather it, and how to use it to enhance productivity and profits,” the college said in a news release.
The show will feature workshops, in-field demonstrations, and an exhibit fair of some of the latest commercialized products.
The event is an outgrowth of Olds College Smart Farm, a state-of-the-art operation that will give students hands-on experience with using the latest ag tech. The first phase of that multimillion-dollar project, which was launched in May, is a 110-acre smart cropping operation. It includes soil monitors, digital weather stations, wireless grain bin sensors, multispectral imaging, precision ag tools, drones, management software, data analytics, and artificial intelligence linked over a Wi-Fi network. The college’s Technology Access Centre for Livestock Production will also be part of the event.
The AgSmart event “builds on Olds College’s vision to be a leader in Smart Ag by transforming our college farm into the demonstration farm of the 21st century,” Olds College president Stuart Cullum said in the release.
“There is so much happening within the ag space right now and our goal is to stage a hands-on learning and demonstration event that profiles some of the most exciting new technologies available in the ag sector today,” said Agri-Trade show manager Dave Fiddler.