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NASA to Share Tools and Resources at Upcoming Agriculture Conference

NASA will participate in the 2022 Commodity Classic conference, the largest farmer-led, farmer-focused educational and agricultural experience in the United States.

Agency representatives will discuss information, tools and resources from Earth observation satellites and NASA scientific research. Farmers and others routinely make decisions about water management, planting and business decisions based on NASA data provided by partner agencies and organizations, such as the US Department of Agriculture.

“Collaboration is at the heart of NASA’s efforts, and that’s why we’re participating in the Commodity Classic,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. “The groundbreaking work we do puts our data in the hands of key decision makers, so they get results. And learning more about what our farming communities need first-hand helps us design better tools to make better decisions in the future.

Throughout the conference, Karen St. Germain, Director of NASA’s Earth Science Division, will participate in various events and meetings and present NASA’s Hyperwall, an interactive visual display of images and data. from NASA. Nelson will participate in the conference virtually.

NASA’s vantage point from space gives the agency a unique view of our home planet. For more than 50 years, NASA satellites have provided open source, publicly available data about Earth’s land, water, temperature, weather, and climate. By engaging with an agricultural community that adapts to changing weather and water cycles, NASA can learn about emerging needs and demands to shape future missions.

Nevada farmer Denise Moyle will use OpenET to schedule irrigation for her alfalfa fields. Open ET is a web-based platform putting NASA data in the hands of farmers, water managers, and conservation groups to accelerate improvements and innovations in water management. (photo by Glow by G Photography)


The NASA Hyperwall will feature a variety of topics, including how NASA data can help inform crop conditions and how data can provide information to prepare for changes such as longer and deeper drought, as well as more intense and severe weather conditions. NASA will host virtual and in-person exhibits, which will include science demonstrations and applications. the virtual exhibition will be open to the public throughout the week of the meeting.

More information on NASA’s work in agriculture is available at:
https://appliedsciences.nasa.gov/