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UGA-Tifton Integrative Precision Agriculture Research, Education and Demonstration Laboratory

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With the global population expected to increase from 8 billion to 9.7 billion by 2050, agricultural researchers and producers are faced with the looming challenges of how to feed a growing world.

A key tool in the effort to propel Georgia’s No. 1 industry into the future is the expanding field of integrative precision agriculture (IPA).

At the University of Georgia Tifton campus, the new Tifton Integrative Precision Agriculture Research, Education and Demonstration Laboratory will be the first of its kind in the Southeast to provide state-of-the-art collaborative spaces, top-of-the-line autonomous equipment and job training for the next generation of agricultural leaders.

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2024 Georgia Precision Poultry Farming Conference

The UGA Poultry Science Department and Extension team will host the 2024 Georgia Precision Poultry Farming Conference virtually on May 1.

The event is free for students and the conference will be recorded for sharing with registered participants.

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This year’s conference will be the fourth annual Georgia Precision Poultry Farming Conference. Our past three conferences […]

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IIPA Announces 2024 Seed Grants Program Funding Recipients

Congratulations to the following recipients of the 2024 IIPA Seed Grants:

TitleSSIF:  A Deep Generative Model for Remote Sensing Image Spatial-Spectral Super-Resolution for Precision Agriculture
PI:  Gengchen Mai, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Athens Campus

Title: Harnessing Deep Learning Algorithms for Ultrasound Image Analysis to Support Reproductive Management Decisions in Cattle
PI:  Todd Callaway, Associate Professor, Department of Animal & Dairy Science, Athens Campus

Title:  EggPicker: A mobile robotic system for identifying, localizing, and collecting floor eggs in cage-free hen housing environments
PI:  Guoming Li, Assistant Professor, Department of Poultry Science, Athens Campus

Title:  Enhancing Efficacy of Ornamental Crop Production: Application of Advanced Technologies for Automating Nursery Production Operations to Improve Labor Use Efficiency
PI:  Md Sultan Mahmud, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, Athens Campus

Title:  PRECISIONDETECT (PD): AI-Enhanced Hyperspectral Imaging for Early Chicken Egg Fertility Detection
PI:  Christopher Kucha, Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science & Technology, Athens Campus

Title:  Revolutionizing Agriculture with Data-Driven Solutions:  Exploring Microbiome Function and Modulation in Animals through Machine Learning
PI:  Aditya Mishra, Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics, Athens Campus

Title:  Prediction model for breeding peanuts with desired roasted flavor
PI:  Joonhyuk Suh, Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science & Technology, Athens Campus

IIPA Seminar Series – January 30 – Mehmet Kurum

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Date:  Tuesday, January 30th

Time:   12:00 – 12:30 PM

Join Zoom Meeting (Meeting ID:  Meeting ID: 942 1051 5640; Passcode: 375080)

Speaker:  

Mehmet Kurum

Title:  “Unveiling the Potential of GNSS Transmissometry (GNSS-T) for Remote Sensing of Forest Canopy Water Content: Challenges and Pathways to ‘Radio Realistic’ Forest Scene Generation”

IIPA Seed Grant Projects Presentation – December 8 – Peduzzi & Sun

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Date:  Friday, December 8th
Time:   2:00 – 2:50 PM

Join Zoom Meeting (Meeting ID:  917 3524 6945)

Speakers:  

Alicia Peduzzi

  • Title:  “Smart Forest Harvesting Operations: Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve Management and Logistics”
  • Seminar Time:  2:00 – 2:25 PM

Haijian Sun

  • Title:  “A Precision Tracking and Tracing System in Food Supply Chain Through Ubiquitous Wireless Connectivity”
  • Seminar Time:  2:25 – 2:50 PM

IIPA Seminar Series – October 27 – Dr Joshua Peschel

Robotics and Visual Sensemaking in Agriculture: Perspectives and Future Directions

Dr. Joshua Peschel, Associate Professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University

Friday, October 27
Room 319, Building 1013 (Old Poultry Science Building –  110 Cedar Street)
12:00 pm

Or connect via Zoom

About the Speaker:

Dr. Joshua Peschel is an Associate Professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University; he also holds courtesy appointments in the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Peschel conducts research in cyber-agricultural systems where he and his students create new technologies, data sets, and computational models for automated visual sensing and sensemaking. His expertise includes cyber-agricultural systems, visual data sensing and analytics, and robot-assisted measurement. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Defense and Energy, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and several commodity groups and private industry partners.

IIPA Holds Fall Networking Event

The Institute for Integrative Precision Agriculture (IIPA) held its Fall Networking event “An IPA with IIPA” on Thursday, September 21.

Seventeen faculty members attended, along with two staff members. The event focused on welcoming the Institute’s newest members, while bidding a fond farewell to co-interim director, Jaime Camelio, and recognizing all of his hard work on the IIPA engineering side.

Additionally, IIPA co-director Harald Scherm, introduced the Institute’s newest interim co-director for Engineering, Ramaraja Ramasamy.

New Member Faculty:

  • Chris Kucha, Food Science and Technology
  • Mehmet Kurum, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Qianwen “Cami” Li, ECAM
  • Qin Lu, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Md Sultan Mahmud, Plant Pathology
  • Aditya Mishra, Statistics
  • Shanjukta Nath, Agricultural and Applied Economics
  • Luan Oliveira, Horticulture (unfortunately will not be able to make it from Tifton)
  • Ramaraja Ramasamy, our new interim IIPA co-director, Engineering & CMBE
  • Hongyue Sun, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Announcing the IIPA Precision Agriculture Pre-Seed Grant Program FY2024

The IIPA is now soliciting applications for the FY2024 Integrative Precision Agriculture Pre-Seed Grant Program. The IIPA Pre-Seed Program provides early-stage developmental funding ($5,000/team) to facilitate the formation of faculty teams and collaboration around critical areas of research expertise or emerging research topics in the broad area of integrative precision agriculture (IPA). The goal of the pre-seed funding is to stimulate the formation of new interdisciplinary research teams that position UGA faculty to be competitive for attracting resources for collaborative research, including internal UGA seed grants and ultimately, external grant support.

The IIPA Pre-Seed Program provides early-stage developmental funding ($5,000/team) to facilitate the formation of faculty teams and collaboration around critical areas of research expertise or emerging research topics in the broad area of integrative precision agriculture (IPA). The goal of the pre-seed funding is to stimulate the formation of new interdisciplinary research teams that position UGA faculty to be competitive for attracting resources for collaborative research, including internal UGA seed grants and ultimately, external grant support. The Program is made possible through funding from the Office of Research, in partnership with the Office of the Provost, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and the College of Engineering.

This funding level is insufficient to support research per se, however it may be used for team-building activities such as networking meals, part-time student support, group website development, and travel to meet with potential external collaborators or funding agencies. Faculty may not use this funding to work on a project that is already supported by university funds, directly or indirectly through a center/institute/program.

To be eligible for the program, teams require a minimum of six members across at least three different disciplines/academic units. Each team should be led by a tenure-track or tenured faculty member who is also a member of IIPA. It is strongly encouraged that teams include both members and non-members of the IIPA. Teaching, research and service faculty who are not tenure-track or tenured and not members of the IIPA may participate as team members. Faculty members may join multiple teams but can only be the team leader of one team. Once a research team’s application is approved, a lump sum of $5,000 will be transferred to the team leader for management. These funds are required to be expended within 12 months.

Applications for pre-seed funding require a name for the team, team lead and member names and their units, a brief description of its intended research focus and its relation to IPA, a visual representation or image of the research, and a list of team members. This information will be used to represent the team projects on the IIPA website.

The application window for the FY2024 program will open on 14 August 2023 and will close 13 September 2023 at 11:59 PM or when available funds are allocated. To apply, team leads need to complete and submit their team’s IIPA Pre-Seed application through InfoReady at https://uga.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1913517 using the “Apply” button.

Over the next year, the Institute for Integrative Precision Agriculture (IIPA) will issue two separate calls for proposals, a Pre-Seed Program that provides early-stage developmental funding to support team-building (this program) and a Seed Grant Program that funds preliminary research or infrastructure-building (to be announced later this year).