Hello BEST-ers,

Today I was reading an article about the place of technology within the
future of agriculture. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the
Indiana-based Conservation Technology Information Center, leaders within
agriculture gathered at the St. Louis headquarters of Monsanto to discuss
new ways of applying technology to farming. Jerry Hatfield, director of the
U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Laboratory for Agriculture, says
we have all the information and data from GPS, but that this data needs to
be turned into information useful for farmers. Advances in machinery and
sensors will also be crucial. These leaders think advances in technology
will lead to sustainable intensification in farming more sustainable

Do you agree? Can technology advance along with sustainability without one
of them overpowering the other? Or do you advocate returning to the basics
of farming and organic agriculture?

Happy Monday!

Technology is key for conservation efforts, panel says
November 5, 2012
Nat Williams