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Farming by Satellite launches ideas competition

The competition promotes development of use of GNSS and Earth observation systems in agriculture.

The Farming by Satellite competition is an initiative of the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and the European Environment Agency (EEA). The competion is aimed at young farmers as well as trainees and students, principally in the fields of IT, mechanical engineering and agricultural sciences.

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Support sustainable farming practices

The competition promotes the continuous development of the use of GNSS and Earth observation systems in European and African agriculture. Its objective is to support sustainable farming practices, improve efficiency and resource usage and so reduce the impact on the environment.

Farming by Satellite encourages young professionals, farmers and students in Europe to create new, sustainable and environmentally compatible solutions using the Copernicus Earth observation system as well as the EGNOS and Galileo satellite-based positioning systems.

The 2020 edition of the competition includes a Special Africa Prize for solutions which cater for the specific needs and resources of the continent’s communities and states with a view to improving their degree of self-sufficiency and bringing sustainable modernisation to African agriculture.

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This year's Farming by Satellite competition is once again being supported by Claas as a sponsor.  - Photo: Claas
This year's Farming by Satellite competition is once again being supported by Claas as a sponsor. - Photo: Claas

“Who would have thought that Galileo and Copernicus would be able to convince young farmers to become tech-savvy entrepreneurs applying innovations derived from space data to improve the quality of life? We need young farmers who are innovative in order to develop competitive and yet sustainable agriculture. It is only natural that they should make use of the opportunities presented by space technologies and our objective with this competition is to support them in achieving the best possible solution,” declared Pascal Claudel, Acting Executive Director of the GSA.

Total prize purse of 10,000 euros

Applicants can take part as individuals or as a team and register online until 15 June 2020, with the top teams selected as finalists for the last round. A total prize purse of 10,000 euros will be distributed between the top four participants.

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