Virtual agriculture: Developing and transferring agricultural technology in the 21st century

D. A. Holt, S. T. Sonka

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This chapter draws an analogy between the agriculture of the future and the memory of computers. With appropriate software, computers on a network can operate so that the memory (data storage and retrieval capacity) of each computer becomes part of the collective memory of the network. Like the collective memory of networked computers, partners in the complex value-added partnerships of the future, including the partners with responsibility for research and technology transfer, will have to function as one; hence the term “virtual” agriculture. Virtual agriculture is not only analogous to networked computers, it will depend heavily on networked computers. The information infrastructure must play a new role, enabling frequent, easy, powerful, and inexpensive communication and coordination within and among agricultural partnerships. The information infrastructure will also increase the importance of information search and acquisition among research and development activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSite-Specific Management for Agricultural Systems
EditorsP C Robert, R H Rust, W E Larson
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780891182603
ISBN (Print)9780891181279
StatePublished - Sep 1995


  • Agricultural partnerships
  • Agricultural technology transfer
  • Functional integration
  • Market coordination
  • Networked computers
  • Vertical cooperation
  • Virtual agriculture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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