Agrotech Valley

"Agro-Nordwest" Experimentation Field

The experimentation field for the digital transformation of agricultural plant cultivation gets started

As a member of a consortium with Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences and the University of Osnabrück; the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI); the Institute for Future Studies and Technology Assessment (IZT) and the Ruhr University Bochum (Institute for Work Science) the Agrotech Valley Forum e. V. has submitted a successful project application in response to the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture’s invitation to tender for the “Experimentation fields in agriculture” project. On 17 October 2019 representatives of the participating consortium partners were presented with their confirmation of funding by Federal Minister of Agriculture Julia Klöckner in Berlin. The initial stages of work on the joint project focus can thus begin in October.

Within the scope of the project the participating partners aim to make further progress in establishing the infrastructure for an agricultural research station. This agricultural technology test site aims to promote long-term digital transformation in the agricultural sector by facilitating cross-manufacturer, application-oriented research in a non-discriminatory manner and a realistic testing environment, thus enabling practical testing of innovative technologies. In this context, the experimentation field will focus on intensive cooperation with agricultural businesses which takes the varying needs, experience and operating structures of agricultural users into consideration.

Überreichung des Bescheids

On Thursday morning the Federal Minister of Agriculture, Julia Klöckner, presented the project partners participating in the “Experimentation field for the digital transformation of agricultural plant cultivation” project with confirmation of funding totalling 6.1 million euros.

From left to right: Robert Everwand (Agrotech Valley Forum), Prof. Dr. Arno Ruckelshausen (Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences), Dr. Thomas Jarmer (University of Osnabrück), Federal Minister of Agriculture Julia Klöckner, Prof. Dr. Joachim Hertzberg (DFKI), Prof. Dr. Uta Wilkens (Ruhr-Universität Bochum), Dr. Siegfried Behrendt (Institute for Future Studies and Technology Assessment)