Precision ag event gives data insight

Learn how to use Earth-observation data in precision ag during OSU demonstrations.


COLUMBUS — Enterprises, non-profits, and startups around the world are using the cloud to accelerate innovations that are changing the face of agriculture.

On Sept. 19, at  Ohio State University, and in tandem with the 2016 Farm Science Review, Amazon Web Services and experts from around the country will demonstrate how public data sets of satellite photos and other Earth-observation data can be used in precision agriculture.

Ohio State will host the daylong event — a series of six demonstrations — Sept. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, on the Columbus campus.

The event is free but registration is required. Breakfast and lunch is provided.

What you’ll see. Demonstrations will include:

  • Overview of earth-observation data in the cloud and Internet-of-Things for agriculture studies.
  • Ensuring sustainability and resilience of agriculture.
  • Agriculture data analysis in the cloud.
  • How Big Data is changing agriculture.
  • Internet of Things (IoT) and new sensors.
  • The future of agriculture.

Amazon Web Services’ collection of public data sets includes 85,000 images from Landsat 8, the newest Landsat satellite that gathers data based on visible, infrared, near-infrared, and thermal-infrared light.

Landsat is an earth observation program conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and NASA that creates moderate-resolution satellite imagery of all land on Earth every 16 days.

Register at: or contact Jenna McGuire at 614-247-7855, or


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