Smart Farm

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Technology for Solution to the Future of Food and How to Feed 9 Billion by 2050 at UC Davis Smart Farm

Feeding 9 Billion by 2050: the future of food

Ensuring global food security while sustaining our planet is one of humanity’s greatest challenges. Vast amounts of data offer nearly unlimited insights into how to better care for livestock and crops while maximizing yields. Smart machines offer the possibility of ultra-precise resource use in the face of a changing climate. But how do we ensure the perspectives and toolsets of different disciplines are working together, pushing the limits of what we can achieve? How do we turn Big Data into action on the ground? Most importantly, how do we prepare tomorrow’s workforce to continually innovate and apply these powerful tools in securing a bright future for food?


Future of Agriculture and Food: Facts and Figures for Feeding 9 Billion by 2050


Revolutionizing sustainable agriculture technology

As the nation’s top-ranked agricultural university, UC Davis is addressing this challenge. Smart Farm is our vision to spearhead a new era of agriculture—a showcase of modern farming in harmony with nature and people. In collaboration with industry and philanthropic partners, Smart Farm will advance solutions to rapidly interpret plant and animal responses to their environment, accelerate crop yields, enhance animal welfare, turn Big Data into useful applications, optimize nutrient and water-use efficiency, and minimize agriculture’s environmental footprint while increasing productivity. Every step of the way, students in the new Agricultural Technology program—from undergraduates to Ph.D. candidates to extension certificate participants—will gain hands-on experience that will prepare them to lead the industry forward.

What differentiates Smart Farm will be the creation of the Agricultural Innovation Hub—a state-of-the-art facility that will fully leverage the depth and breadth of interdisciplinary expertise unique to UC Davis to accelerate solutions in collaboration with industry partners, peer institutions and thought leaders from around the world.


Help find global solutions for food and farming into the future

UC Davis is looking to partner with donors, corporations and foundations to accomplish the following:
  • Build the Agricultural Innovation Hub to develop smart machines with industry collaborators, and create a demonstration farm as well as plant breeding and animal care facilities
  • Create a new educational program in Agricultural Technology that broadens the paths of opportunity for undergraduates, graduate students and UC Davis Extension students
  • Attract the best and brightest minds by endowing faculty positions and a Cooperative Extension specialist to conduct solution-driven research


UC Davis is committed to revolutionizing agricultural technology. We invite the philanthropic partnership of our alumni and friends in creating the farm of the future.