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ICAT Playdate — Adapting to Climate Change: Embracing Transformation through Data-Driven Innovation

September 8, 2023

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Climate change - changes in weather, water availability, plant disease occurrence, and crop regional adaptation patterns - significantly alters the various factors affecting production of vegetable crops. As a result, making timely predictions and decisions on when, where, and how crops can grow essential for agriculture production is critical for growers. VT-ARC is leading an NSF Convergence project with researchers across the university, Agricultural Research and Extension Centers and 4-H, the Center for Advanced Innovation in Agriculture, the Center for Economic and Community Engagement, Center for Geospatial Information Technology, and the Center for Educational Networks and Impacts to develop a tool that integrates multiple datasets—biological data, imagery, weather, soil chemistry, and open-source data—to derive actionable insights for vegetable growers. In this talk we describe how we are using User-Inquiry Outreach to design impactful technologies and workforce development programs.

Since we are unifying datasets derived from disparate technical domains, the Precision Produce team brings together developers, computer and data scientists, geographic information systems (GIS) technologists, an agronomist, plant pathologist, entomologist, drone flight engineer, cybersecurity expertise, and an outreach group of social scientists.


  • Matt Wolfe
  • Kang Xia
  • Lisa McNair
  • Ashley Posthumous


  • September 8, 2023


  • 8:30am EDT
     Networking & Donuts at Community Assembly, Creativity and Innovation District LLC
  • 9am EDT
     Presentation begins in the Community Assembly and 360 Online

Virginia Tech faculty can receive Professional Development Network (PDN) credit for attending

  1. Register at 
  2. Check in with Phyllis Newbill during the event.

Location: Community Assembly, Creativity and Innovation District LLC