Investment in food and agriculture technology startups reached $4.6 billion in 2015. The leading driver of that growth was investment in drones and robotics.
So far, USDA has spent $430 million on the system, a project known by the acronym MIDAS for Modernize and Innovate the Delivery of Agricultural Systems.
A class at Iowa State University encourages students to invent a new food product and demonstrate how they would take it to the marketplace.
Farmers are using precision information from their fields to prescribe exact doses of everything from seeds to fertilizer. How much data do they want to share?