Canada Invests in Digital Agriculture and Funds AI Farm Data Recorder

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, a department of the Government of Canada, on April 6 announced up to $419,000 in funding to Mojow Autonomous Solutions to develop an artificial intelligence data logging kit.

Mojow is headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta. To help address labor shortages in agriculture, the company will use the funding to develop an AI data-logging kit called the Eye-Box. Eye-Box is a small, robust and cost-effective sensor suite that contains multiple cameras and GPS combined with a powerful computer unit for real-time processing of collected data.

When agricultural machinery is used, Eye-Box automatically collects images and classifies each pixel. This will create a digital twin representation of the whole farm feature. Mojow says Eye-Box will make a difference for farmers because data from the digital representation will be used in computer algorithms, allowing farmers to make informed decisions when dealing with field-level issues.

With the integration of digital technologies and AI, farmers can manage resources more effectively and efficiently. Additionally, these technologies will help alleviate some of the labor shortage pressures facing the sector through new efficiencies for farming systems that will boost overall productivity. Rather than having employees process data, Eye-Box will work automatically and allow farmers and employees to focus their attention on daily tasks.

The funding comes from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership under the AgriScience program, an initiative of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership that supports research activities to help industry overcome challenges, overcome tax barriers faced by emerging smaller sectors and to prepare for and support high-risk opportunities that have the potential for significant returns. The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year (2018-2023) $3 billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen and grow Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector.

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