Cornell Institute for Digital Agriculture (CIDA) Seminar Series: Stakeholder participation in precision farming: why, who, and how? – David Rose

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Stakeholder participation in precision farming: why, who, and how?

To be developed responsibly, emergent precision agricultural technologies should substantively include stakeholder perspectives in design and delivery. The mechanics of how to do this and who should participate, however, are not always clear and motivations for doing it can narrowly focus on adoption issues, rather than undertaking a wider reflexive interrogation of inherent socio-ethical dilemmas. In this talk, I will describe some of the work done by the Change in Agriculture group over the last few years. Using UK examples of agri-robotic development (Kirsten Ayris, current PhD student), precision livestock farming (Juliette Schillings, former PhD student), the concept of ‘just’ transitions (Auvikki de Boon, former PhD student), and adherence to research funder responsible innovation protocols (David Rose), I will reflect on current stakeholder participation practices and discuss possible future developments. I would be glad to hear contributions from experts in the US and elsewhere to compare and contrast with current dominant practices in the UK.

David Rose is a Visiting Fulbright Professor from the UK until November 2023. He will be teaching a short course (GDEV 4940/GDEV 6940 Sustainable Farm Transitions) during his time here. David completed his Bachelors, Masters, and PhD degrees in Geography at the University of Cambridge from 2007-2015. Since then, he has undertaken a number of academic faculty positions in the UK, most recently Full Professor in Sustainable Agricultural Systems at Cranfield University. Now between academic positions, he is a Visiting Fellow at the Royal Agricultural University. David is a social scientist interested in agricultural extension. His group conducts research with farmers about the challenges they are facing in making sustainable transitions, including, but not limited to, adoption of new agricultural technologies, ethics of new technologies, behavioral change, farmer mental wellbeing, and responsible innovation. David has published over 70 academic papers since 2014 and has conducted research for government in the UK, the UK Parliament, the FAO, OECD, and a number of other policy and agricultural organizations. He is also an Editor at the Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension.

The Cornell Institute for Digital Agriculture (CIDA), a faculty led initiative focused on creating a strong voice in the emerging area of Digital Agriculture (DA), invites Professor Rose to present his research for CIDA’s monthly seminar series.

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An interdisciplinary group of Cornell University faculty began meeting in early 2017 to formulate an Initiative for Digital Agriculture, believing that Cornell is uniquely equipped to lead in this emerging arena that will benefit the public for generations. We define DA to mean the application of computational and information technologies coupled with nanotechnology, biology, systems engineering and economics to both the research and operational sides of agriculture and food production. With approximately 100 faculty from 5 Cornell colleges participating, we are collaborating with external stakeholders to shape and implement a research agenda for DA that will build a pipeline of discovery and innovations for the next 10+ years. Please contact Gabriela Cestero at [email protected] with any questions

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