Farmers and ranchers all around the world are exploring ways to make their agricultural production more efficient and sustainable. With many different tools available and compliance standards to meet, there may be multiple ways to manage different aspects of their operation. These disconnected systems and data can limit farmers’ efficiency and impede decision-making. Through OpenTEAM, a project led by Wolfe’s Neck Center, we are building a collaborative space where individuals and organizations from across the food system can connect to steward solutions together, co-creating tools that help producers and food systems thrive.
By creating a shared framework for community-driven solutions, OpenTEAM is developing a suite of agricultural technologies that work together to make data collection, sharing, and analysis the most accessible for farmers and ranchers while ensuring their data sovereignty. In using this framework, the OpenTEAM community creates shared goals, increases access to agricultural knowledge, and fosters farmer sovereignty in a traditionally competitive environment. This work is crucial in making regenerative agriculture a viable farming practice.
Using these connected technologies, land stewards, such as farmers and agricultural service providers, can input data once to access a multitude of opportunities and benefits. Land stewards can also share secure access to their data with scientists who can expand their own datasets for climate change research, government agencies who can more easily certify organic operations, or even technical service providers who can share new data-driven insights to help land stewards implement regenerative farming practices.
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