US: NIFA invests over $15 million in agri-cyberinformatics tools to boost food output

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) invested over $15 million in two projects under its Food and Agriculture Cyberinformatics and Tools (FACT) and Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).

“Big data and artificial intelligence will increasingly play a vital role in the future of agricultural technologies and innovation. As we work to enhance farmer profitability and agricultural sustainability and realize precision nutrition for consumers, these technologies will keep research and development moving at a rapid pace to provide the tools needed for success,” said NIFA Director Carrie Castille.

Out of the total investment, National Institute of Food and Agriculture awarded $10.4 million to initiate research on big data analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, while $5.1 million has been invested to support nanotechnology-based solutions.