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

Sustainable Agriculture of the Future

Feeding 9 billion by 2050: the future of farming

Ensuring people everywhere have access to safe and nutritious food while sustaining our planet is one of humanity’s greatest challenges. It is predicted that by 2050 the world population will have grown by more than 2 billion. Smart Farm technology is a key solution to the sustainable future of food and farming. This agriculture movement includes vertical farming, innovative food storage methods, and precision monitoring to improve real-time care for livestock and plants. Robotics and automated machinery improve the working conditions for people, maximize yields and save precious resources like water and soil. 

But how do we collaborate to ensure that leaders in the field are pushing the limits of what we can achieve for the benefit of food systems all over the world? How do we turn agricultural research findings into practical next steps for farms everywhere? 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 individual donors, 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 more. Smart Farm will do all of this while minimizing agriculture’s environmental footprint and 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, preparing them to lead the industry forward.

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


Help find global solutions for sustainable food and farming

UC Davis is looking to partner with donors, corporations and foundations to accomplish the following:
  • Build the Agricultural Innovation Hub to develop and showcase farm technology aside industry collaborators, including smart farming machines and precision care technology
  • Create a new educational program in Agricultural Technology that will serve undergraduate, graduate and extension students
  • Attract the best and brightest minds by endowing faculty positions and a Cooperative Extension specialist to conduct solution-driven agricultural research


UC Davis is committed to creating the farm of the future. Help us revolutionize agricultural technology to build better food systems for serving people, animals, and farmland around the world.