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The EU is striving to support sustainable agriculture and food production while protecting natural resources and ensuring food safety. Smart farming, utilizing technologies like GPS, soil scanning, data management, and the Internet of Things (IoT), holds promise for improving both the quantity and quality of farming production across Europe.

The DEMETER project, funded by the EU and deployed in 18 countries, aims to address various challenges faced by farmers in adopting digital technologies and integrating them into their existing farming practices.

One of the primary challenges DEMETER tackles is ensuring farmers feel secure and in control of the vast amounts of data generated on their farms, aiming to provide useful insights from this data overload. Another challenge is enabling farmers to seamlessly integrate new technologies with their existing machinery, preserving their previous investments while embracing innovation. Additionally, DEMETER focuses on optimizing data analysis, overcoming market barriers, promoting interoperability, and setting technological standards to facilitate data exchange and communication within the agricultural sector.

The full text of the good practice is available to read and download in PDF format from the AgriSkills 4.0 e-Learning platform, section “Good practices”. You just need to search for it by name using the search box.

You will find additional 45 good practices, initiatives and use cases in the AgriSkills Reference Catalogue titled “AgriSkills Guidebook on Digitalization in Agriculture”.

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