ARI Project: 00-03-051 | Funding Round: Round 1 (1999-2000)  | Start Date: 03/01/2000  | Status: Completed

Building Cal Poly's Reputation as a GIS Center

ARI Member Campus: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Research Focus Area: Agricultural Business
Project Personnel: Director: Strohman, Rollin, BioResource and Ag Engineering Department
Co-Investigator: Gill, Samantha, Natural Resources Management Department; College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences, Cal Poly State University
ARI Allocation: $118,643.00
Match Donors: $93,821.00 - City of San Luis Obispo
$20,010.00 - Questa Engineering Corporation
Total Funding: $232,474.00

Project Objective: To integrate new technologies such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in agriculture and other arenas. Specific activities at the university's new GIS facility include participation in development of a Waterway Management Plan for San Luis Obispo Creek

Project Abstract: Advances in global positioning systems (GPS) technology have made the concept of precision agriculture a reality in California. Precision agriculture combines the use of overhead photography, satellite technology and computer software to help manage crops. It can enable farm managers to make “micro-applications” of water, fertilizers or pesticides. Still, many farm producers remain uninformed about precision agriculture. To help close the information gap, a team of Internet specialists from three universities has developed a World Wide Web-based course to provide free public access to precision agriculture information. Directing the effort is agricultural engineering professor Rollin Strohman of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Providing technical support is Michael Spiess, general manager of the Agricultural Technology Information Network at California State University, Fresno, and Shrini Upadhayaya of the University of California, Davis. The course is open for registration through the precision ag website at http://www.precisionag.org.

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