Ag Bill latest stages: February 13, 2020. Committee debate, 3rd and 4th sittings in the House of Commons
The UK Agriculture Bill 2019-2020 registers an intention to leverage the collection of data on a wide range of agriculture activities from farm-to-fork-to-environment, with the intention of using this data monitor and inform best practice in agri-food supply chains.
While data already has a huge impact on our lives (via our use of services like Amazon, Facebook, Google and many others), the use of data and machine learning to assist decision-making in many other areas of daily life is imminent. One area is agri-food, where we have begun using sensors to monitor farm equipment, drones to monitor crops, "cattle fitbits" for dairy cows, digital mapping of logistic supply chains and demand in grocery stores, and many other examples.
This growing use of data is creating a huge demand for jobs. While there is a general, large and growing demand across diverse job sectors in the UK, the agri-food industry, in particular, is predicted to grow in demand for data scientists, with applications in agri-tech, and smart farming and a large surge in demand for general skills using big data and open data across the sector through 2030.
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