Internet of things, big data and smart farming are the future of agriculture

The world will need to produce 70% more food in 2050 than it did in 2006 in order to feed the growing population of the Earth, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

To meet this demand, farmers and agricultural companies are turning to the Internet of Things (IoT) for analytics and greater production capabilities.

BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service, predicts that IoT device installations in the agriculture world will increase from 30 million in 2015 to 75 million in 2020, for a compound annual growth rate of 20%.

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OnFarm, which makes a connected farm IoT platform, expects the average farm to generate an average of 4.1 million data points per day in 2050, up from 190,000 in 2014.


The future of farming is in collecting and analyzing big data in agriculture in order to maximize efficiency.


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