NIFA Introduces FACT Program for Data Science in Agriculture

On October 10th, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) convened a summit in Chicago for the purpose of identifying the future of data in agriculture and building on existing US government-wide investments in big data.  NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy, who attended the summit, announced a new initiative named Food and Agriculture Cyberinformatics and Tools (FACT).  FACT aims to develop and provide data-driven solutions for complex agriculture problems.  NIFA is seeking input from the community to identify and propose ideas and opportunities in data-driven advances with focuses on food production, data applications, societal well-being, consumer demand, communication, and other agriculturally relevant topics. Submissions should be directed to the USDA Ideas Engine on the agency’s website – due by 5PM EDT on October 31, 2016.

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Information on the summit may be found at

Recordings of the summit may be found at

The USDA Ideas Engine page may be found at

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